Sweet Cheeks Winery Styled Wedding

Sweet Cheeks Winery is one of the most lovely venues I've had the opportunity to photograph at. Located in the Southern Willamette Valley here in Oregon it has stunning views of the surrounding areas like no other. This beautiful location provided such an incredible dramatic backdrop for our wedding portraits on a Spring Oregon day. As we know Oregon weather can change at the drop of a hat. On this day we were served rain, sunshine, rainbows and then sunset skies! 

Special thank you goes out to Peachy Keen Coordination for bringing this together for us. And to my incredible partners and photographer friends Heather Mills and Lynn Marie Chapman for this adventure.

Thank you so very much to our incredible vendors for coming together as well~ Sugar Momma's Bake Shop for a beautiful cake, Hardcore Florist for a gorgeous bouquet, Off The Vine Calligraphy for stylish invitations, Poppies and Top Hats for WOW props, Merrime Bridal for a gown fit for a princess, Meghan Donahue Custom Jewelry for rings and pretty things and to Felicia Knapp for hair and makeup and to Cheri and Shel for modeling.

 

 

 

Petite Masquerade Bridal Session

Masquerade balls were a feature of the 15th century and spread through most of Europe by the 17th and 18th centuries. Balls, gardens, plays, operas with an air of secrecy, were considered a little bit if not a lot quite scandalous. Lending an air of mystery in much different times, they still to this day evoke a feeling of clandestine love and emotions. 

This styled session at Sweet Cheeks Vineyard nestled in the hills surrounding Eugene, Oregon was just the magical place for a bit of masquerade. Our model Heidi Marie Carpenter evoked just the right amount of mystery in her eyes. The purple and gold accented meringues were absolutely delicious. The handmade ring was to die for. The bouquet brought the smell of fresh herbs mingling with the passing rain storm that day. The props were bold and colorful. The gown had a frothy cascading train.  Everything was perfection. 

Special thank you to my two beautiful partners and our incredible collaborators:

Heather Mills Photography, Photography by Lynn Marie, Peachy Keen Coordination, Poppies and Top Hats, Merrime Bride and Soiree, Meghan Donahue Handmade Jewelry, Gingerhead Cookies, Hardcore Florist, Silk and Willow, Makeup/Hair Felicia Knapp. 

Oregon Bridal Inspiration: Painted Hills Fine Art Film

This styled session in the Painted Hills of Oregon was just the most incredible adventure. This particular set I shot at last light with Portra 400 film. We travelled up through Eugene, Oregon to pick up our gorgeous model Abby VanSteenberghe then on into Salem, Oregon to pick up some incredible florals from Ponderosa and Thyme before our journey to the desert. Lovely vintage rental items were from Rosewood Event Rentals in Medford, Oregon, the glorious ring from one of my favorite jewelers in our state By Angeline. Beautiful flowing skirts by Space 46. Calligraphy by Kelsey Malie Calligraphy and ribbons by Silk and WillowThis whole vision was styled and brought together by Lahna Marie Photography and these incredible vendors. I was so blessed to be able to do some film work and assist on this dream shoot of hers. She has been an incredible mentor and inspiration to me over the past two years and I simply cannot repay what she has gifted me. Here is a look at the Oregon Painted Hills in color following up my black and white Delta 3200 film post from earlier...