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Best of 2015

2015 was an enormous growing year for me as a wedding photographer. Every venue was one where I’d never worked before, I booked twice as many weddings, second shot seven more, and participated in two stylized weddings out-of-state. With virtually no off-season at the end of last year I’ve already started on this years’ weddings and I can already say that 2016 going to give 2015 a run for its money. Last year I had the good fortune to do a bit of traveling to photograph some of these weddings – Eastern Oregon, Portland, New York/Massachusetts, Seattle, with plenty of local-ish ones in between.  Some of these categories were really really really difficult to pick just one… Note: I didn’t include any of the stylized weddings or weddings that I second’ed for in this favorites list.

Favorite Dress
Emily + Collin | Conway Ranch, John Day, OR

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Favorite Groom Attire
Rosalinda + Jeremy | Cathedral Park, Portland, OR

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Favorite Bridal Attire
Erika + Matthew | H&H Ranch, The Berkshires, Mass/NY

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Favorite Tie
Sarah + Ben | Old Iron Ranch, Shedd, OR

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Favorite Ring
Anna + Andy | Historic Old School, Albany, OR

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Favorite Floral
Amy + Michael | Bridegport Brewery, Portland, OR

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Favorite Cake
Brittany + Patrick | Family Farm, Junction City, OR

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Favorite First Look – Tie!
Stephanie + Tim | Green Villa Barn, Independence, OR

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Favorite First Look – Tie!
Favorite Invitations
Elizabeth + Emily | Pacific Tower, Seattle, WA

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Favorite Venue
Erika + Matthew | H&H Ranch, The Berkshires, Mass/NY

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Favorite Wedding Party Creative Photo
Madison + Scott | St. Mary’s Church, Corvallis, OR

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2014 – Favorite Dresses

Strapless Mermaid Cut

Lindsey + Riley Tobin
Married April 19, 2014 – Dallas, Ore.

Beautiful bride laughing while getting ready for her wedding with sister maid of honor father-daughter first look before wedding in vineyard garden black & white details of mermaid cut wedding dress and first kiss

Tea Length | Illusion Top

Joe + Emily Tremblay
Married July 12, 2014 – Yachats, Ore
tea length illusion top wedding dress hanging in window beautiful bride standing waiting at the oregon coast tea length dress means that bride can play and have fun with wedding party

Mother’s Wedding Dress | Altered to fit

Carmine + Taylor Sciulli
Married June 21, 2014 – Ashland, Ore
vintage wedding dress hanging from tree with fine bead-work details beautiful bride showing off hair piece and top of heirloom wedding dress bride and groom together in southern oregon forest clearing before their wedding ceremony father-daughter dance and first dance for husband and wife in heirloom dress

Beaded Cocktail Dress

Patricia + David Conklin
Married August 9th, 2014 – Corvallis, Ore
beaded nordstrom cocktail dress with jimmy choo shoes beautiful bride holding bouquet and walking with groom and wedding party older bride and groom wedding ceremony kissing bride and groom in stairwell of contemporary venue

2014 – Favorite Rings

Custom “Tangled” Themed Wedding Bands

Ashleigh + Brandon McKenna

Married February  22, 2014 – Oregon City, Ore.

custom yellow gold tangled themed wedding rings in book

Halo Diamond Wedding Set + Date Engraved Men’s Band

Lindsey + Riley Tobin

Married April 19, 2014 – Dallas, Ore.
Beautiful halo diamond wedding set with orange flower Engraved men's wedding band with halo diamond wedding set on budding grape vine branch

Vintage Style Diamond Wedding Set + Simple White Gold Men’s Band

Chelsea + Tristen Shay

Married August 22, 2014 – Keizer, Ore.
white gold vintage style diamond wedding sets with cake toppers and ketubah

Heirloom Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

Erika + Matt

Engaged – Portland, Ore.
Heirloom Vintage Art Deco Engagement Ring in Coffee Beans

2014 – Favorite Florals

Farmer’s Market + Handpicked Wildflowers

Carmine + Taylor Sciulli
Married – June 21, 2014

Green Springs Inn | Ashland, Oregon
Floral Arrangements | Family + Friends

DIY Wildflower Wedding Floral Arrangements Lavender bunches for floral wedding reception

Fragrant Herb Boutonniere + Beautiful Colorful Bouquet

Nicole + Paul Stinnett
Married August 2nd, 2014

Garden in the Woods | Albany, Oregon
Floral Arrangements | White Rose Custom Floral Design

fragrant white rose and herb boutonniere large beautiful multi colored bridal bouquet

Timeless + Classy + Sophisticated

Patricia + David Conklin
Married August 9th, 2014

The Vue | Corvallis, Oregon
Floral Arrangements | Celebration Florals

soft colors and textures for a classy and sophisticated bridal bouquet and boutonniere wedding reception floral arrangements

Cool Color Tones + Succulents + Candles

Margaux Friend + Ron Mangas
Married September 31st, 2014

Congregation BJBE | Deerfield, IL
Floral Arrangements | Fragrant Design

cool tones and succulents bridal bouquet and boutonniere succulents and candles at sweetheart table for wedding reception

2014 – Favorite Wedding Portrait Locations

Brandon + Ashleigh McKenna
Married – February 22, 2014

Portraits at Marylhurst University

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I love this location because it has such a formal feel to it. With a winter wedding (in rainy Oregon especially) you have to have a rain plan and also consider that condition of the ground. Working at Marylhurst University was ideal because it offered beautiful architecture, paved walkways, stairs, and a fairytale feeling that perfectly matched Brandon + Ashleigh’s literary themed wedding.

Carmine + Taylor Sciulli
Married – June 21, 2014

Portraits at Tub Springs State Park
natural wedding portraits at tub springs state park outside ashland oregon

Tub Springs State Park was perfect for Taylor + Carmine because it took us away from the wedding venue and gave them some alone time for their first look. The long hiking path, tall trees, and dappled light was just rough enough to be authentically natural without being worrisome [for Taylor’s vintage dress]. At the entrance was also a spring pool that they regularly fill their water bottles from. I wish every couple could have such a personal location for their wedding portraits.

Joe + Emily Tremblay
Married – July 12, 2014

Portraits at Yachats Beach
kissing wedding portraits on Oregon Coast in Yachats

The Oregon Coast is such a special place… and unpredictable. So when it was a calm, partly cloudy day for Joe + Emily’s wedding I was thrilled! Joe’s family lives in Yachats so this section of beach is personal for him, but Emily grew up on the East Coast so this location [to me] represented her becoming part of Joe’s family. They met in South Korea, while they were both teaching English, so having an opportunity to include the Pacific also [to me] incorporated their sense of adventure, travel, and their future together. I love how you can see the small coastal town behind them!