Phila & Bill - Cathedral Park Portland

I had the honor of being with Phila & Bill on the day that they legally got married in Portland last week! These two are off to Phila's home of South Africa in just a few days to celebrate with their closest friends and family but they wanted to have a quick celebration in their current home of Portland before their big day.

Their day started at the courthouse downtown with their 6 minute ceremony. When I I met them they were all smiles at Cathedral Coffee near their home in St. John's. Coffee plays an important role in this couple's relationship - their first "date" was over a cup of coffee at the adidas HQ in Germany.

After a quick cup, we headed over to Cathedral Park for a chilly shoot under, around and on the bridge.

I'm super happy for these two. They have an amazing relationship and I can't wait to see all their adventures together ahead.

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Tim & Chelsea - Aria Minneapolis wedding

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of flying home to my home state of Minnesota to photograph Tim & Chelsea's incredible wedding at Aria in Minneapolis. This wedding was super special for me for a few reasons. First, I've know Tim since the day he was born and have grown up with him over the past 20+ years. It was so amazing to watch him marry his new bride in the same venue that my brother got married in four years ago! Tim and Chelsea were surprised with a snowy evening the night before their big day which provided the perfect winter backdrop for their wedding. Elegance was abound as Tim & Chelsea shared their emotional vows in front of 200 of their closest friends and family. Their day couldn't have been more perfect for the two of them and I was so honored to be a part of it. If any wedding could have put the perfect bow on my 2017 season, this was the one! Huge congrats to the newlyweds! I'm excited to see where your adventures take you both.

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Abhishek & Poorva engagement session

I had so much fun with my new friends Abhishek and Poorva last weekend in Cathedral Park. In just a few weeks, these two will be off to Mumbai for their wedding. They wanted some photos of them in the city that they met in and are growing to love, Portland. We got the perfect Autumn day (hopefully not the last one of the year!) for our shoot and had a blast exploring the park. Wishing these two a lifetime of happiness!

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Arneson family

I had so much fun hanging out with the Arneson family at their home in North Portland last weekend. Nick and I have been friends for years so it was fun to hang out with him, get to know his family a bit better and finally get to check out their new house. We had fun taking photos in their home as well as venturing out for a cold walk in the neighborhood. I'm grateful to have friends with awesome families who live in our neighborhood!

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Jang family

I had so much fun last weekend with the Jang family at their home in NE Portland. It's always such a joy to watch a new family adore their first baby. I love living vicariously through their joy and remembering that incredibly special time in my life as a new parent as well. Seven-week-old Ellie couldn't have been an easier subject on our shoot - no tears, no poops, just smiles! I hope to be able to watch this family grow over the years.

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Naumovski family

I had so much fun hanging out with and photographing the Naumovski family last weekend at Cathedral Park in St. John's. This was the second year in a row that I was able to meet this family. Last year's shoot was a complete rainy mess so we were all super happy to get a perfect, sunny fall day for our shoot this year! We had such a blast playing the leaves, throwing rocks on the beach and exploring the tall bridge. I look forward to seeing this family next year!

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Tiffany & Pete - Vista Hills Vineyard - Dayton, Oregon

Tiffany & Pete got married a few weekends ago at Vista Hills Vineyard and I have to say, it was one of the most spectacular weddings I've ever been to. The day started at The Vintages, where the bride and groom had a leisurely morning with their friends - hanging out, riding bikes and just chilling. From there we headed over to Vista Hills Vineyard where the couple had their first look in the, deep, mossy forest just adjacent to the vineyard. The ceremony was thoughtfully planned to end right at sunset and man oh man was it amazing! Watching the sun set behind the valley hills was truly breathtaking. A beautiful banquet style dinner with tables adorned by spectacular flower arrangements was the perfect setting for a few amazing toasts (roasts!) by the best man and maid of honor. The night was topped with s'mores fireside! All in all, Tiffany and Pete planned a perfectly personal and intimate wedding. I was truly honored to be a part of it!

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Gray family

I had so much fun hanging out with and getting to know the Gray family last weekend. We got the perfect, warm, fall afternoon for our photoshoot in Laurelhurst Park. It was one of those perfect Sunday afternoons in Portland where it seems like everyone has a pep in their step and a smile on their face. We had so much fun watching little Lulu run around the park, chasing dogs, hiding from her parents and most importantly, giggling with her owl stuffy. It was such a pleasure to photograph a new family. I look forward to more shoots to come with this bunch.

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Higdon family

I had so much fun with the Higdon family last weekend in Pier Park. It's been awesome to see this family year after year and to watch my buddy Cole grow up! We had so much fun running through the trees in search for the perfect stump to jump off and leaves bigger than our faces. What exciting news to learn that a new member with be joining the Higdon's in a just a few short months! I'm excited to meet the baby girl when she joins us later this winter.

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Martin family

I had so much fun hanging out with the Martin family last weekend in Washington Park. We had the perfect afternoon for our shoot. We had plenty of sunshine, fall color and more importantly, plenty of green grass for running and chasing! Looking forward to watching this family grow over the years!

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Craig family

I've had so much fun getting to know the Craig family over the years. From the first time I met them when their little Ben was just learning to walk (and loving blueberries), to meeting baby Milo and to now see toddler Milo and big brother Ben, I've enjoyed every shoot with this family. This year's shoot was no different. We chased Milo and Ben all over Pier Park in North Portland watching them explore the fall beauty. What fun to watch these brothers together. I'm looking forward to many more years of shoots with this wonderful family!

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Costanzo family photos - Washington Park - Portland, Oregon

I had so much fun meeting the Costanzo family last weekend in Washington Park. Our first meeting was rained out a few weeks prior so we were determined to get the shoot in this time. If we're being honest, I think we would have all taken a bit of rain instead of the 95* and humid day that we got! Nonetheless, this family were complete troopers through the entire shoot - which only lasted about 30 minutes due to the heat! Callie, their 1-year-old charmed our socks off the entire shoot and was cool as a cucumber for the entire time. I, for one, looked like someone dumped a bucket of water on my head! You wouldn't even know that it we did our shoot in a literal sauna by the looks of this calm, cool and collected family! I hope to have the chance to watch this family grow year after year!

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Justine & Jon - Minnehaha Falls engagement photos

I had so much fun hanging out with Justine and Jon last weekend at Minnehaha Falls park in Minneapolis. These two (and their two giant dogs) were so easy to work with. We explored that park (while being stopped every five minutes by teenager girls who wanted to pet their dogs!) for quite some time before heading down to the falls. These guys were up for anything, including climbing a 500 foot shear limestone cliff (not sure if it was really 500 feet but it was high!). I'm so excited to continue getting to know these two over the next 10 months leading up to their wedding!

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M + F - Union/Pine wedding - Portland, Oregon

I had the honor of shooting one of the most beautiful weddings that I've ever been a part of a few weekends ago in Portland. I had been looking forward to their big day ever since our engagement shoot on Sauvie Island last November.  The day started at the couple's home in the Hawthorne area. I really didn't know what to expect starting the shoot in their home, but I was absolutely blown away. Not only did their home have amazing locations like the sunroom attached to their bedroom that we used as the bridal suite, but the bride was so relaxed and naturally "at home" in her own space. The day continued with our couple photos in Mt. Tabor park and then on to Union/Pine for the ceremony and reception. The couple were so relaxed and happy throughout the day. Por Que No? catered the event, which if you know me, made my day SO MUCH BETTER!! (I actually enjoyed the PQN so much that I spilled salsa down the front of my white shirt !) Everything about M&F's day was absolutely perfect and I was so happy to be a part of it.

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Elvia + Anthony - World Forestry Center wedding - Portland, Oregon

It was such an honor to be a part of Elvia & Anthony wedding a few weeks ago in Portland. I've been looking forward to their big day ever since we first met for their engagement photos last May. Their wedding day started off with a bang at Hotel Deluxe in downtown Portland. Elvia was zipping up her dress right as I walked into her bridal suite and off the day went! After an emotional first look, we headed to St. Patrick's Church where the couple exchanged their vows in front of the closest family and friends. After a quick ride across town, the party really started at the World Forestry Center. The reception was filled with amazing speeches, tons of laughter and a great dance party! I'm so happy for these two. Their love truly shows through in all that they do. Big cheers to the newlyweds!

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Christian + Kristen - Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden - Portland, Oregon

Christian & Kristen chose the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden for the backdrop to their beautiful, intimate wedding affair. In front of their closest 40 friends and family they exchanged their vows on a mid-90 degree Portland day. The day started with some early wedding day nerves that quickly settled as Christian & Kristen shared their first look. The love that these two share shows in the way that they embrace and care for each other. I was so honored to be a part of their special day. Huge congrats to the newlyweds! I can't wait to watch the journey these two take.

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Sam + Celia - Horning's Hideout wedding - North Plains, Oregon

I had such a blast photographing Sam & Celia's fantastic wedding a few weekends ago at Horning's Hideout. When I first met with Sam & Celia months ago they told me that they wanted their wedding to feel like a backyard party. Horning's Hideout served as the perfect backdrop for their party. The ceremony, held creekside, was nestled into the woods was the perfect way to kick off their amazing day. Sam & Celia were such amazing hosts to their backyard party, always with a smile on their face as they moved effortlessly amongst their closest friends and family. Love and joy was in the air the entire day. Seeing true love is obvious to anyone that is looking for it and Sam and Celia have it! It was an honor to be a part of their amazing day.

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Lindsay + Matt - Cooper's Hall wedding - Portland, Oregon

I kicked off my 8th season of wedding photography a few weeks ago with Lindsay & Matt's amazing day. From the day that I met them, I knew that this was going to be one of the most fun weddings of the year. These two are so at ease with each other. They make everyone feel so happy and special and it totally showed through on their day. It's rare to be at a wedding where every single guest was engaged - laughing, smiling, dancing, cheering. These two have an amazing bond. Throughout the day, thoughts in my head were equal parts "I'm so happy I'm photographing this wedding. It's so beautiful!" and "I really wish I was a guest at this wedding! These people know how to get down!" On a 95* day, I was also very thankful for the temperature controlled urban winery, Cooper's Hall which is now one of my new favorite Portland venues. All in all, Lindsay & Matt's wedding was amazing and a perfect start to the season!

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