Lucas Lodge Lower Rogue River Wedding

Fishing and river guide weddings here in Oregon are now my very favorite. This one did not disappoint especially with such a unique and special couple. Artists and river guides with a tiny baby in tow they were an absolute pleasure to work with...

This wedding was absolutely perfection! We travelled to meet his couple and their friends who had rafted into Lucas Lodge on the lower Rogue River for a beautiful elopement style wedding. After a journey up the Oregon Coast to Gold Beach, Oregon...due to Bear Camp Road being closed during Spring, it was as always a refreshing experience to land at Lucas for this destination Oregon wedding. 

Here is a peek at Mr and Mrs Sampsel~

 

Oregon Bohemian Wedding

This wedding was absolutely one of the most charming wedding days of my Summer. Joe and Karli with the name of The Lewis and Clark Wedding came into my life full of smiles and joy and unique genuine personalities that immediately captured my heart. Scroll to the end to read Joe and Karli's story and the details of their special day~

So many creative details throughout it all and they can be seen as well here published on an international bohemian wedding blog called Boho Weddings! 

Our Story

Joe and I met while attending college at Western Oregon University. It was a time in which neither of us was interested in a relationship but after a week of trekking around Moab with the Natural Science club (of which Joe was the president hehe). We found the chemistry and compatibility too strong to ignore. Our partnership grew over countless bow hunting and backpacking trips where we pushed ourselves to new limits spending weeks in our beloved Eagle cap wilderness, harvesting mushrooms, deer, elk, berries, and exploring new basins and sacred spots known only to us.

One day in 2014 after a long and monotonous work week I came home and announced that I had planned to hike the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest trail, reaching from the Mexico to Canada border. Without a bat of the eye or any element of surprise Joe replied “lets do it!” Together and now equipped with a new set of adventure dreadlocks and our one man tent we made the entire length of the trip in 4.5 months. If there were ever a better test to see if you are compatible with someone; 25 miles a day and only one shower a week will do it.

Fast forward 3 years after a rainy hunting trip Joe popped the question at a hotsprings in La Grande Oregon. I was stunned as he pulled the most beautiful and unique locally made (and from my hometown to boot!) ring that encompassed all the most important elements to us. A citrine sun signifying Fire, engraved waves for the water, a mountain for the earth aspect, and finally air, portrayed by the blowing wind.

Our adventures as husband and wife continue as we just recently moved into a RV full time in order to travel for Joe’s work. We split our year between the Northern Oregon Coast and the beautiful mountains and blue sky of Eastern Oregon running, hiking, foraging and playing with our pup Indi.

 

 

The Details

Bride

Dress- BHDL (http://www.bhldn.com/stores-portland/)

Shoes- Toms (http://www.toms.com/)

Earrings- Red Geode Halves moonstone by KristynRenne Jewelry (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KristynReneeJewelry)

Hairpieces- Gold vines by SarasBoutique Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SarasBoutique)

Ring- David and Sabine (http://www.davidandsabine.com/)

Boquet- Becca Atley (http://branchesandvine.com/)

Hair and makeup- Alyssa Underwood (http://www.alyssaunderwoodartistry.com/) (https://www.instagram.com/underwoodmakeup/)

Tattoos- Flash tattoos (http://www.flashtat.com/)

Bridesmades dresses- Lulus https://www.lulus.com/

 

Groom and Groomsmen

Shirts: Macys INC brand

Leather suspenders- Heysir Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeySir)

Pants- Prana stretch Zion (http://www.prana.com/)

Shoes- Clarks (http://www.clarksusa.com/us/)

Boutonnieres- Hand assembled by the mother of the bride feathers are from the brides great grandfathers fly tieing collection.

Ring- Mountian Lake Irinis world Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/IrinisWorld)

 

Vendors and other elements

Personalized Mountian Beer steins- Alex Appland Pottery (http://alexapland.com/)

Personalized “lewis and Clark” essential oil bug spray- Growing Wise (http://www.growingwise.biz/)

Guest Book- Kate Burkow leather (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KateBrunkowLeather)

Food- Mama Mia Woodfired Pizza (http://www.mammamiagelateria.com/)

Dessert- Dropout cookies (https://www.facebook.com/dropoutcookie/)

Cake- Ambrossia Bakery (https://ambrosianaturalbakery.com/)

Arbor and Benches- Handmilled and stained by the groom and family friends from timber on the venue property. Antler accents Elk courtesy the groom.

Table designs- Bride’s personal home treasures

Venue- Private Residence on the Rogue River in Grants Pass Oregon

Bounce House- Big Air (http://bigairjumphouses.com/)

Custom Signs- (https://www.facebook.com/emmyandbo/)

 

Oregon Ginger + Peach Inspired Portraits With Madison

This session is a three part series of women portraits with ginger girl tones. I LOVED my time with Madison! She is always so sweet, beautiful and goes along with my random ideas and long random talks. I can only hope my little one ends up like this gorgeous girl someday. 

I changed the plan a bit on these always trying to keep things a bit original. Sometimes that means taking a drive for a restart until I see just the right thing ~ which in this case I did! We wandered some local areas here in Southern Oregon for the evening at last light on a great Spring day. These are edited with my new Elysian Presets I am working on with natural tones and pops of color. 

Enjoy~

The rose gold necklace featured: Chloe Christine Jewelry

Model Instagram: @madisonelisee

 

Oregon Painted Hills Wedding Inspiration

This styled session in the Painted Hills of Oregon was just the most incredible adventure. This particular set I shot at last light both digitally here and with Portra 400 film you can see here: Painted Hills 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 Willow. This 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 you may see here: Painted Hills Black and White Film

Cape Kiwanda Styled Engagement

Where the desert meets the sea...

This beautiful session on the Oregon coast at Cape Kiwanda was a little dreamy adventure. Having this real couple Mayra and Gonzalo it was just filled with so much love. The soft beachy tones, beautiful florals and styling was absolutely perfection on this day.

Invitations by Julie Ha Calligraphy, table decor Shop River Rock, vintage rentals by Rosewood Vintage, florals by Good Seed Floral, Ring by Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry, Cake by Mrs Cards Cakes, Ribbon by Silk and Willow, Hair by The Nest Salon and makeup by Robin Opal Artistry.  

Redwoods Maternity Photography

"She was one of the rare ones, so effortlessly herself, and the world loved her for it." ~Atticus

A walk in the Redwood Forest with this beautiful momma to be was absolutely magical. I was just about to post a model call for maternity when I stumbled upon Maya...30 weeks along and glowing. More to this story to make it perfection is that just not long ago I had photographed her wedding in the Redwoods as well. 

I chose to keep a more natural vibe on these...neutrals and softer greens with lots of natural light falling through the canopy. 

Here is a peek at our day~

Oregon Engagement and Newborn Sunset Session

Give me Oregon at sunset in the Spring, a beautiful family, lots of love and a baby, and I will give you magic~

This session was unique. For my friend Aaliyah I combined newborn & engagement together as this family has lots to celebrate! This little precious one is the most beautiful tiny person who was so wide eyed and looking all around at the great outdoors. 

Here is a peek at Aaliyah, Jared and precious baby Malani. Please join me in congratulating them on all things on their new journey together~

Southern Oregon Vineyard Maternity Photography

Several years ago I received a message from sweet Aaliyah. She was inquiring about my senior rep program which I was no longer doing at the time. However there was just this magic draw about her that made me want to not only get to know her but capture her raw natural beauty. There are some people who just glow from the inside out I think and she was one of them. She was one of the most incredible representatives I've ever had.

Fast forward to this year and she became the most beautiful momma to be. I approached her for a personal project that I would style her for a maternity session and take a few photos at a local vineyard in a greenhouse they had there knowing it would work rain or shine. I was actually going for a more dark moody feel but instead we were blessed with sunny skies, fields of flowers and blooms on pear trees. We were able to relax first on Schmidt Vineyards patio and enjoy refreshments prior. Shooting this was only about a 15 or 20 minute window of time. The more I grow in photography over the years, and the more I go in with a vision, the less time I find necessary for accomplishing lens magic. 

Here is a peek at Aaliyah. I am sure you will enjoy~ One of the most beautiful mommas to be I have ever worked with~