Courthouse weddings don't have to be drab, especially when your courthouse is beautiful (like the Washington County courthouse), you request an outside ceremony with the judge (I didn't even know you could do that, did you?!) or, when your bride and groom show up looking dapper as hell. Ian and Ana hired me for two hours and we made some magic together on a smoky, hot day in September. A huge wildfire nearby was burning and so the air smelled like a campfire and the light was softened with an orange hue. There were even ashes falling, dusting the men's coat jackets during the ceremony. I'm so happy for these two and so glad I got to spend time with them on their wedding day! Small weddings are the absolute best.
It rained non-stop on the day of Brianna & Matt's wedding but never once did I hear either of them (or their guests) complain. Through the ceremony and portraits everyone just laughed and threw on a rain jacket. The reception got moved inside, which included Matt & Brianna's much-rehearsed Dirty Dancing routine. (She even had her dress custom made to replicate the swingy, pink one worn by "Baby" in the movie's epic final scene.) It was in this cramped living room of a vacation rental home near Mt. Hood that they drank cider, shared homemade pie, let the dogs loose on the dance floor, and ate their first meal (burgers & hot dogs) as man and wife for the first time. It was casual. It was fun. It was wet. It was so, so perfect. It was why I love small weddings at home because they are less about perfection and more about the heart. I often become friends with my couples, and with these two it's been no exception. Matt & Brianna are so much more than my friends though, they are role models for what I want to have with a partner. They are eachothers' best friend and have an easiness about they way they communicate and share their life that I admire so damn much. Happy anniversary you two. I'm so happy for you. xoxo
The day before their wedding, Brianna & Matt had a courthouse ceremony and asked me to come along instead of photographing their rehearsal that night. I LOVE courthouse ceremonies and loved the extra opportunity to get a few portraits of them outside of their wedding day. If you are planning your wedding consider this an option!
This was my favorite wedding of 2016. Am I allowed to say that? It's just that I LOVE an intimate backyard wedding. I LOVE September weddings. And I love Maia & Aaron. From the very beginning, our relationship was effortless, often meeting for wine or dinner to discuss the details of their day. Being high school sweethearts, their love was rooted deep, lending itself to a wedding day that was just as relaxed as it was emotional. There wasn't a dry eye during the ceremony and because of the less rigorous schedule, we had plenty of time to wander the property and take portraits. Guests traveled from all over the world to spend a few days with them in this vacation rental south of Oregon City. It was the perfect backdrop for such an occassion. Congrats to these two lovebirds!