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Mary + Garrett | Wildflowers + Sunshine at Faith Hope and Charity Vineyard

floral wedding invitation with engagement ring and band

Second shooting for Mallory Torchio Photography.

It was a bright sunny day at Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards outside Terrebonne, Oregon for Mary and Garrett’s wedding.

The day was filled with laughter, blue skys, wildflowers, and googly-eyed love. Garrett sported a navy suit with a pink neck tie, along with his groomsmen; while Mary wowed everyone in her art deco pattern beaded dress next to her bridesmaids who also wore navy. The couple let the natural scenery, as well as the lush landscaping, do most of the decorating for them. Adding only their reception tables with small centerpieces and strings of edison lights along the courtyard and dancefloor.

I can’t wait for another round of warm days and long summer nights for this year’s weddings.

Here a few of my favorites from Mary and Garrett’s day…

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Ally + Brent | Bend Historic Catholic Church + Deschutes Brewery

Newly wed couple at Deschutes Brewery in blue suit and heirloom dress

Second Shooting for Stevi Sayler Photo.

Ally + Brent had a traditional service at the Historic Catholic Church in Downtown Bend on a blue bird fall day in October.

The bride looked stunning in an heirloom dress; while the groom sported a bold blue suit. Everything about the wedding was colorful from Ally’s bouquet to the beautiful fall leaves.

After the service the newly weds leisurely made their way across the Old Mill to the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room for their reception where friends and family waited to congratulate them.

Here are a few of my favorites from their day.

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Sabra + Zayin | Tumalo Riverside Wedding

bride and groom walking down pond dock while smiling at each other

Second Shooting for Jessica of Lady J Memories.

Private residence weddings can be extra special because everything, including the venue, is personal and holds nostalgic value.

Sabra + Zayin tied the knot at her Aunt’s property outside Tumalo in Central Oregon.

The whole day was a whirlwind of family, family, and more family. …here are some of my favorites from their day.

 

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Hayley + Jordan | Smith Rock Adventure Wedding

bride and groom portraits at top of misery ridge with monkey face in the background

Second Shooting for Andrew Paul Photography

It was a scorching hot day for Hayley and Jordan’s intimate wedding. We started at Ranch at the Canyons for getting ready, reception prep, and family time. Usually the anticipation is the worst part of any wedding day, but H+J had something extra special up their sleeves for us… a midday 104 degree hike up Misery Ridge at Smith Rock. lol! It actually wasn’t so bad since we were constantly stopping to take portraits with some of the most gorgeous views in Central Oregon. Once we were at the top our biggest challenge was deciding which EPIC view to use for their backdrop! After a couple hours it was time for their ceremony at the small amphitheater at the north end of the park. Hayley’s dog, Maybe, was dog of honor/flower dog and stole the show ALL. DAY. LONG. Jordan swept Hayley off her feet with a romantic dip for their kiss!  The couple stopped by Base Camp Pizza in Terrebonne to pick up dinner for everyone that was waiting for them back at the ranch. A chill evening followed as the temps finally started to fall. Everyone enjoyed pizza, beer, doughnuts, yard games, and watching lizards run across the patio.

Congratulations Jordan + Hayley! Here are a few of my favs from the day…

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central oregon desert lizard on wall at ranch at the canyons

groom texting i love you to bride on wedding day

instamax polaroid guestbook ranch at the canyons wedding central oregon

bride's details dress, engagement ring, diamond earrings, and bride putting on shoes

black and white portrait of bride on tuscan style balcony at ranch at the canyons terrebonne oregon

you're my soymate card from bride to groom

groom's details new watch, shoes, and floral tie

butt pinch for first look at ranch at the canyons tuscan estate

hiking shoes on PDX carpet mat for adventure bride and groom

bride and groom adventure portraits smith rock bend oregon

bride and groom adventure portraits on misery ridge trail smith rock bend oregon

bride and groom adventure portraits at top of misery ridge with monkey face in the background

wedding program fan for hot summer wedding

dog of honor flower dog at inimate smith rock wedding

groom watching bride walk to him during wedding ceremony at smith rock terrebonne oregon

wedding ceremony at smith rock terrebonne oregon

ceremony sign at smith rock amphitheater terrebonne oregon

groom takes rings out of box for wedding ceremony at smith rock

romantic dip kiss at the end of wedding ceremony at smith rock

bride and groom cheering with family after wedding ceremony

flower dog cocker spaniel

simple place settings for intimate wedding reception at ranch at the canyons

simple wedding cut cake and doughnuts

lawn games giant jenga during wedding reception

groom playing a funny song for bride during wedding reception

bride and groom golden hour portraits in central oregon wild flowers

bride and groom snuggling for golden hour portraits in central oregon wild flowers

Brandi + Reza | Zenith Vineyard Wedding

wedding rings with hand written vows in both english and persian

Second shooting for Stevi Sayler Photography.

I love it when weddings share so much tradition and culture.

Brandi & Reza had a blended American – Persian wedding at Zenith Vineyards on a cloudless summer day. Everything was rich with color, symbolism, and love as we explored and photographed the ceremony table. Most of the elements were there to express happiness, faith, sweetness, family, and good luck for the future. As the morning went on we learned that some of Reza’s family – including his parents – were not able to be there because of the travel ban on people coming from Iran (and other countries). It cast a shadow of sadness over the day, but that didn’t stop them from doing everything the could to include them. A small handful of guests were in charge of streaming the whole day so that his family could watch it all online.

Dispite missing family members everyone was full of laughter and ready to celebrate.

Both Brandi & Reza were emotional throughout the day… I’m a sucker for a teary groom. So when Brandi walked down the aisle with both her Father and Step-Dad on each side of her Reza was already primed for some tears; though nothing could have prepared him for his bride reading her vows to him in both English AND Persian. It was a beautiful surprise that brought EVERYONE to happy tears. They ended their ceremony with a kiss and by eating honey off each other’s pinky fingers (sweet life & marriage).

That’s when the party really started…

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Natalie + Scott | Romantic Backyard Wedding

bride and groom laughing and hugging next to the willamette river

Second shooting for Stevi Sayler Photography

Working with my photo-wife, Stevi, is always the highlight of my summer… especially since that’s basically the only time we get to see each other during wedding season.

Some folks might say that it’s impossible to have a romantic backyard wedding. Well those folks have clearly never been to Oregon; where backyards can be riverfront property and hold over 150 people who are going to dance the night away! The energy that normally would have gone into a venue instead went into thoughtful details, taking good care of their guests, and gifts for their wedding party – the guys all got fun socks that recalled something personal about them. Natalie + Scott were surrounded by multiple generations of family, friends, and farm land. My favorite part of the day was Natalie’s laugh and smile… and the BBQ food-truck that served us all dinner.

Congratulations Natalie + Scott! Here are a few highlights from the day!

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Tim + Emily | Spring Woodland Wedding at Aspen Hall, Bend Oregon

Second shooting for Gina Cholick.

It’s that time of year where I get to share the photography from weddings that I was a second shooter for this past season. For those of you that aren’t familiar, it has become increasingly common for a wedding photographer to bring on another professional to assist them on a wedding day. This has so many benefits to it and is absolutely worth the investment if it’s not included in your photographer’s service. The second shooter covers alternate angles during the ceremony, helps wrangle family and wedding party for portraits, will work with one of the partners while the primary photographer is with the other, shoots boat loads of candids and reaction photos while the formal portraits are happening, and fixes clothes, hair, makeup, etc. Sometime photographers will use the opportunity to second shoot to learn and gain experience in a highly competitive and high pressure field… personally I only use established professionals for second shooters, but will bring on an assistant or third shooter if someone reaches out to me. As an established professional myself, I really enjoy second shooting for other pros! It gives me an opportunity to make connections with other photographers, try new ideas/techniques, and sometimes diversify my portfolio.

Tim and Emily’s wedding had a certain coziness to it. I’m not sure what it was exactly… but it felt extra welcoming and chillax.

Aspen Hall is a local event hall next door to one of Bend’s larger city parks – Shevlin Park. The hall is surrounded by walking/hiking trails, a fishing pond, Tumalo Creek, and of course aspen trees. Tim and Emily had an outdoor ceremony under a rustic arbor decorated with flowers and greenery. Their indoor/outdoor reception was centered around the photo-booth, dance floor (indoor), and shaded bar (outdoor) featuring local Deschutes beer and custom pint glasses. Toward the end of the day we took advantage of a glowy sunset for some romantic post-ceremony portraits at a nearby overlook.

Enough talk… more photos!

Venue // Aspen Hall

Planning + Coordinating // Shine Events

Floral // Woodland Floral Design

HMUA // Astacia Christenson + Kerry Schoales

Catering + Bartending // Bleu Bite

Music // DJ Sir Juan

Photo-Booth // Adventure Box Photo Booth

Photography // Gina Cholick + Amanda [Photographic] Long

Robin & Russ | Moody Boho with Jewel Tones and Skulls

When it’s one of your own getting married you just can’t hold back!

Robin is the hair and makeup goddess behind Desert Rose Bridal Styling. Her seamless blending, bold moody eyes, and refined hair styles are, in my opinion, her signature look. So when she announced that she and Russ were tying the knot the whole wedding community was bustling with excitement! If there was one thing everyone knew to be true, Robin & Russ’ wedding would be GORGEOUS… and it really really was.

The reception tables were my favorite part of the design and styling. Rich blue linens, mismatched chairs and jewel toned glass, centerpieces ranging from full blooms to delicate cloches to gothy skulls lined the tables. Everything was placed with intention and created an intimate reception spaces for the cold night ahead. One hiccup was the weather… as is common in Central Oregon the Fall can be unpredictable and turbulent. The original plan was for the ceremony to be in front of the tipi with Smith Rock State Park in the background. During set up we had to make the call: outside and risk everything getting ruined plus a rainy ceremony? Or inside where everything is safe, but it’s dark and there isn’t enough room for everyone (anyone) to sit. We went with inside; then just as the ceremony was getting ready to start everything settled down and the sun broke. Such is (wedding) life. …that’s probably a good analogy for marriage actually. Ha!

The creative teams worked through the morning and early afternoon to get the spaces just right; full of floral arrangements, heat lamps, boho decor, candles, string lights, and a prettiest geode cake I’ve ever seen. At the Clubhouse, Robin was working her own magic in the bridal suite with her sisters and soon-to-be step daughter, while Russ was managing their two little boys and rubbing elbows with family. Soon guests would start to trickle in and take in the views from around the Tuscan Stables and enjoy the pre-ceremony cocktail hour that included a rosé that they made from grapes grown at a small vineyard on the Ranch at the Canyons property. With a limited guest list everyone was there because they had deep ties to Robin & Russ. There was laughing and crying, hootin’ and hollerin’, all the hugs and all the cheers! The entire day felt so intimate and personal, like we were all getting a first hand glimpse into their life, their family, and their love.

Stephanie + Renee | Intimate Elopement at Five Pine Lodge

Newly wed brides kissing in the sunlight through trees at Five Pine Lodge

Sometimes folks think that because they’re having an intimate service that they don’t need a photographer… well obviously I disagree.

Stephanie + Renee had a small service on the lawn at Five Pine Lodge on an off/on rainy fall day. It was mostly family in attendance with a few friends, but that didn’t stop them from treating themselves to all the special things that come with a wedding day – professional hair & makeup, getting dressed up, some bling bling, and a photographer to capture it all. It was an emotional ceremony with both brides and all their guests shedding happy tears as each of them said their vows and exchanged rings under the tall ponderosa trees.

I am filled with gratitude to have been part of such an important day for these two beautiful people.

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Venue // Five Pine Lodge   HMUA // Edge Hair & Makeup   Officiant // Chris Lewis – The English Gentleman   Flowers // Woodland Floral

Alison & Austin | Wildfire Romance at Five Pine Lodge, Sisters Oregon

Remember that time when Central Oregon was heavy with wildfire smoke… yea, we all do.

Fortunately for Alison & Austin the Millie Fire didn’t advance far enough to put a damper on their wedding day at Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. The air was still scratchy and it “looked like” a thick overcast or fog was looming in the sky, if it wasn’t for the plenty high temps and red glowing sun you’d almost believe it.

Both having Oregon roots, Alison & Austin chose Central Oregon for their ceremony with their love of the outdoors, mountains, and our favorite… beer! They also enjoy “good tv”, eating amazing food, and fun music. In fact their first dates included the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Fransisco and a Stanford vs. OSU football game. “I can’t believe we rooted for Stanford!”, said Alison. Lol! Speaking of fun music, a friend of Alison’s from high school was their live band – professional honky tonk one man show!!! It was glorious.

My favorite parts of the day: Alison’s Trample the Patriarchy unicorn tank top and GORGEOUS blue & gold wedding dress <3, them both working so hard to keep it together during their vows… even though I insisted that they let it out and cry, those custom riiiiiings, forgoing cake for dessert and having Addy Mac’s ice cream instead!

Here’s what they had to say about their special day:

1. What was your favorite part of the day?

Alison: My favorite part of the day was walking into the wedding venue after the ceremony and greeting all of our guests. It’s a really rare thing to be in a large crowd of people where everyone you see is not only someone you know, but also someone you really like! On top of that, I knew that each one of my guests had made a lot of effort to travel to the wedding venue just to show their support for me and Austin. So each time I said hi to a different person, I was overwhelmed with the love their presence suggested and how much each person clearly cared about me. I was left with a very full heart after having everybody I care most about in one place at one time!

Austin: Seeing Alison for the first time and being absolutely blown away! Also the combination of Alison / her amazing dress / the FivePine landscape / the smoky alien sun just made for an incredible scene.

2. What are you most looking forward to in married life?

Alison: I’m most looking forward to seeing how Austin and I change and grow together over the years. We’ve known each other for five years now, and every single year we grow up a little bit and also grow a little bit closer. We challenge each other to be kind, thoughtful, and empathetic people not only towards others, but also to each other and to ourselves. Now that our lives are officially entwined, I hope our insight and care will lead to an even deeper relationship that allows us to support each other through whatever obstacles lie ahead.

Austin: Hanging out with my best friend every day and knowing we get to do that for the rest of our lives!!

3. What advice would you like to share with others?

Alison: My advice for wedding planning is to hire good people (like Amanda!) who clearly know what they are doing and really know the whole process. Then, give them a little guidance on the vision, hand them a check, and let them take over the rest. I had an amazing time on my wedding day and wasn’t stressed during the planning process because I didn’t go insane over every tiny little detail. There were still inane details for which I was the one that eventually had to make the decision, like what color pens I wanted for my guest book and how to display the seating charts. In those cases, I spent a short while looking at options, and then just made a decision, ordered the necessary things from Amazon, and then crossed that action item off my list. You can spend forever optimizing, but in the end, what people really remember about the wedding is how much fun everyone had! No matter how beautiful your seating chart is, people won’t be talking about it for years to come like they will be talking about the smile on your face.

Austin: For the wedding: Make it your own day – don’t be bound by traditions that you think are important to other people. Make your OWN traditions that reflect your values and what has brought you together as a couple. Everyone will recognize the authenticity and embrace it (otherwise why are they at your wedding?!?)

 

Creative Team

Venue & Catering // Five Pine Lodge & Conference Center  Photographer & Photo-Booth // Amanda Photographic  Florals // Woodland Floral  HMUA // Makeup Mafia  Dessert // Addy Mac’s Ice Cream Second Photographer // Andrew Paul Photography Assistant // Sara Mansfield Ceremony Music // Sam Saunders (Alison’s Brother) Reception Music // Mario Carboni “The Honky Tonk Rebel” Custom Rings // Waylon Rhoads Dress & Suit // Nordstrom