Wood Wedding at Grizzly Peak Winery

This couple was so kind and amazing! I first met them when they ventured out from chilly Minnesota for a little adventure in the Redwood Forest and engagement session in December. Although Oregon and northern California can be risky that time of year, we were gifted with gorgeous sun filtering through the canopy and warmth!

In June I was so blessed to witness them say I Do at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland, Oregon. Usually the first weekend in June we have record breaking high temperatures, however, on this day we had stormy skies and rain in the forecast. The venue was beautiful and had an indoor space that was just right for such a day. There was also just enough breaks in the clouds to allow portraits outdoors and guests to stroll around a bit. The whole day made me smile. I hope it will make you smile as well~

Here is a peek at The Wood wedding...

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 Beach Destination Wedding

This incredible beach wedding was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined~

As most of us Oregonians know, days like this do not happen at the Oregon Coast all the time. It can be unpredictable and the rain can blow in at any moment. This evening was gorgeous! The house that hosted everyone was large and inviting with paths leading down to the beach to the ceremony site. The sun shone through at just the right moment and burnt off the fog, rolling it into the distance. Two beautiful people united on this day with their two beautiful children and family and friends on the beachfront. I was so blessed to have been able to travel to, witness and photograph it.

I loved the details of this wedding. There were dainty beach jewel sandals handmade by one of the bridesmaids for all the bridesmaids and flower girl, the brides daughter. The bride's barefoot sandals were by Sandals Amour. The flower girl dress was from Kutie Tuties. Handsome tuxedos for the groom, groomsmen and his son. Groom's tux by Yves Allure Men. Cake by Sugar Rush who always makes incredible confections. And last but not least were stunning florals by Cathy's Floral Creations.

Here is a peek at The Waites Wedding~

 

Oregon Spring Fever Floral Crown Inspiration

Have you ever woke up into the sun and fields of green grass after months of dull winter days?

That was the simple inspiration for this shoot. 

I love styling simple last minute shoots like this. I in fact will, at times, just see something inspiring happening and run with it wildly. It seems often to be when I am at my most creative. A quick walk through of a store found this incredible gown on a discount rack. A brief trip through the floral department at the local grocery located some delicate flowers. 

I then picked up beautiful Val who agreed to humor my last minute dash for the sunset and we drove through the hillsides to this incredible spot shared with me by a good photographer friend after first ending up in the middle of nowhere. Upon arrival the flower crown was a quick 5 minute wrap and we began to shoot. 

This shoot was special to me in that it was my first time using a unique lens. After this session I in fact purchased it and added it to my army. It creates a bit of interesting depth and distortion I have seen very rarely. I LOVE IT!

Here is a peek~

Bigelow Wedding Columbia Falls Montana

Montana has my heart...

This Fall I flew back to shoot this incredible wedding in Columbia Falls with my good friend and photographer Jaci Brillon. Not only were the mountains in this region of our country breathtaking, so was this bride. Her horse, her beautiful mountaintop home and property on which she had her wedding and children.

Here is a peek at Mr and Mrs Bigelow~

I am so blessed to have been able to capture and witness this while on my visit to the Flathead area of Montana. Destination weddings and travel to capture special days for couples this past year have been a person with wanderlusts dream come true. I am always available to travel back to this great state for wedding bookings as well as many others. For more information please visit my website or contact me by email.

Ashland Oregon Mountaintop Couples Engagement Style Session

There is nothing better than love on the top of the world between two people. This incredible couples session took place to celebrate a one year anniversary and the evening was pure Oregon magic...

Our adventure took us through incredible old growth forest. We climbed to the tops of mountains with 360 degree views overlooking the Rogue Valley in one direction and all the way to Mt Shasta and California in the other. There were rainbows in the skies and flowers in the fields. The Siskiyou Mountains gifted us so many special moments that evening and love was in the air. 

Here is a peek at The Delavegas and our incredible adventure~

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.

 

 

 

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