It was a dark, seriously dark, afternoon as I made my way up to Portland for a lovey-dovey photo session with Joni + Jennelle. Did I mention that it was threatening rain the whole day as well? Well it was… but we weren’t going to let that deter us. I was coming up for Corvallis and Joni was skipping out of class early so that we could start our session before sundown; we were committed!

Joni + Jennelle got engaged (YAY!!!) over the summer during a super stealthy picnic photo opportunity set up by Jennelle in Cathedral Park. A few months later they went up to the courthouse and registered for a Domestic Partnership. When J+J are able to legally wed in Oregon I know that it is going to be the most super rad wedding EVER! You see J+J are co-owners of a little boutique bartending outfit called Mint + Mirth. They will build a custom cocktail recipe just for your event – then be there to prepare and serve it to your lovely guests. This is actually how I met J+J… They contacted me about participating in my September Stylized Wedding shoot and designed the perfect cocktail for us.
… I’m getting off track, Joni + Jennelle are such a lovely couple with a great sense of taste and style. When I saw some instagram pics of them at the courthouse we immediately started convo’ing about doing a photo session to celebrate.

We met up at Laurelhurst Park in SE Portland. Like I said it was a dark afternoon, we were working under tree cover, and we didn’t even get started until 3:45pm the day after daylight savings ended (fall back) 🙁 We worked quickly – taking advantage of as much color and light as we could find. J+J really brought their A-game. Wonderful fall outfits with color, texture, and completely true to their style. We made a loop around the pond and said our good-byes in the dark. I LOVE seeing couples in love. My heart was so happy while editing their photos that I started texting with Joni before I was even finished. hahahaha! Congratulations to Joni + Jennelle <3

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Yes, this is a 3″ button of a photo of their cat… whose name I forgot. How could I not use it?

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