My friend and colleague, Peter Chee, asked me to second-shoot a wedding with him in Portland last weekend, and I had a blast! The ceremony was at The Old Church on 11th and Clay downtown, and the reception took place at the Portland Art Museum. I didn’t get a ton of pictures of the two alone together, because during that section of the night I was actually helping Peter hold lighting equipment (to get some insanely beautiful night shots of the two alone in the Pearl District and in front of the Schnitzer) but I had a lot of fun shooting the rest of the evening anyway! I even ran into a few friends at the reception- Olivia and Brian Carter (I LOVE Olivia’s blog- here) who I went to high school with, and my old choir teacher from 8th and 9th grade who I hadn’t seen in over half a decade! I love how small and awesome Portland is.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots from the evening!
The Old Church was an amazing backdrop for detail shots.
I liked Sydney right away, I mean, how could I not? She is full life! Always laughing or smiling.
Her mom seeing her for the first time- and helping with her bracelet.
Her sisters and friends helping out with her veil.
So pretty! The sliding doors behind her were tricky though- people kept coming in and out while Peter and I were taking these shots haha.
I love brides who have a sense of humor!
Their first look, with family watching from afar.
Then we headed outside for some quick portraits before the ceremony- we didn’t have a ton of time but luckily the weather was perfect! Peter shot the guys and I shot the girls. Look at all these happy faces!
I always love shooting one-on-one portraits of brides and their girls.
And then a few of them together- I was so happy that streetcar paused there!
They really are a beautiful couple.
The church was packed!
They rented a Bentley for an hour after the ceremony and Peter and I drove around taking night portraits of them around town. We could not have asked for a better night too- clear sky and it wasn’t even that cold! Unfortunately I helped out with lighting during that time, so I don’t have any awesome shots to post.
The reception at the art museum was just incredible though. Sydney’s dad gave a beautiful long speech to start it off.
He also made a joke about people needing Depends… and gave Sydney a package!
More beautiful toasts..
Showing off the bling!
They were very well-behaved serving their cake!
Beautiful first dance.
Adorable father-daughter dance too!
And the reception turned into one giant dance party. EVERYONE was dancing. Sydney used to teach line dances at OSU so she led the electric slide!
I had such a fun time that night! Thank you Peter for bringing me along, and thank you Sydney and Matt for being such wonderful, happy, photogenic people! Congratulations!