Daniella and Chad | Damascus Wedding Phototgraphy

“Oh God, I love this woman,” he said over and over again as he opened the gift she gave him. I could see his chin quiver, barely managing to hold back tears as a huge smile crept across his face.

Because even a man as strong as Chad – a man who has fought in the Middle East and who has probably seen it all – couldn’t hold back his emotions on the beautiful day that he married Daniella.

But that’s okay, because their friends and families couldn’t either.

In fact, no less than 15 minutes later in the bride’s room, I watched as 15 woman wept tears of happiness as Daniella read Chad’s letter outloud.

“You are the answer to so many of my prayers. You are the woman I love with my whole heart and are the most beautiful bride. I can not wait to see you walk down that aisle today!”

Tears. All of the tears.

This wedding made my heart feel full. I hope that these photos can do it justice.

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The day took place at the gorgeous East Fork Country Estate in Damascus, Oregon. You could see Mt. Hood in the distance beyond fields of beautiful farmland and forests. It looked magical.DaniellaChadWedding-1058.jpg

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Daniella, who claims to be “not crafty” hand-made personalized wire hangers for each of her bridesmaids! Such a sweet touch.
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Not a dry eye in the place!!
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Once they were all ready, they opted to do a first look so they could take photos before the ceremony!
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I seriously love these bridesmaids. Did I mention that I went to high school with Daniella and I know half these goofy girls? Because they are amazing.
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Daniella did a first look with her Dad too!
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After a few family portraits it was time for the ceremony!
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Not your average walk down the aisle…
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Yay! They got back on the carriage after the ceremony – sooo romantic!
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And then it was time for the reception! Everything was decorated beautifully. Can you tell Daniella loves pink?
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After dinner, I heard some of the most beautiful toasts of my life. My favorite was when both of Daniella’s sisters said that Chad was the big brother they had always wanted. So, so sweet.
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When the toasts were finished, Daniella, Chad and I ran off for a few more portraits before it got dark!
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When we got back, her sister had prepared a song to sing to her and Chad!
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After the song, it was time to cut the cake and do their first dance!

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After the Mother-Son dance, Daniella and Chad gave a little speech to thank everyone, but then threw in a little surprise! Chad’s parents have been married for decades, but never got to have a big fun wedding of their own. So sadly, they had never really had their own first dance. Daniella and Chad decided to change that. They played a special song just for them to have the first dance they never got. I almost started bawling.
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After that beautiful moment, they did the garter and bouquet tosses and it was time to partttayyy!
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Congratulations Daniella and Chad! It was such an honor to get to be there to document your wedding day. I am so happy for you two!!

Vendors:

VENUE: East Fork Country Estate
HAIR: A Cut Above Salon
CAKE: Bales Market place & Thriftway
FLOWERS: Amanda’s Wedding shoppe
DRESS: Charlottes Weddings and More
MAKEUP: Ana Nunez
CATERING: Chef du Jour catering
DJ: Sam Nunez

Dillon | Portland Senior Pictures

Dillon is a gorgeous senior at Beaverton HS! We took these pretty shots at the Jenkins Estate a few weeks ago.

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Ellen | Portland Senior Pictures

Ellen is a beautiful senior at Beaverton High School! We took these pictures at Cathedral Park and near the train trestle off of NW Dick and Phillips Roads. Hair and Makeup by Kelli Thomsen at Elixir Beauty.

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Madison and Tyler | Mt. Hood Engagement Pictures

This is my favorite kind of day. Hopping in the car with two beautiful people and taking off for the mountains. Laughing and exploring. Climbing up hillsides and wandering around lakes. Making memories in this beautiful state we call home. Soaking up the Oregon summer.

Madison and Tyler, you two are amazing. If I could do a photoshoot like this every day, I would.

So here it is. A Mt. Hood adventure. One of my favorite shoots ever with a couple I adore. Enjoy!

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Trena and Jeremy | Forest Grove Wedding Photography

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By the end of the night, every last speck of makeup was gone from the tip of Trena’s nose.

Jeremy had kissed it all off.

Because he’s adorable like that. Every single time I looked away and then looked back at the couple, Jeremy was dancing with Trena, pulling her closer, kissing her nose, her forehead, her lips, making her giggle and erupt in contagious laughter that spread across the party.

Love.

This was a happy wedding.

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The day started with the boys playing poker and betting with goldfish crackers while wearing their ties over their t-shirts. YES.
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Meanwhile the girls were busy being beautiful.
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Once the bridesmaids were dressed, they took this little picture and sent it as a picture text to Jeremy and the groomsmen! So great!
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They played the shoe game!
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And then it was time to partyyy!
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The awesome DJ even let the couple spin for a bit!
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I caught Jeremy putting his tie on Trena… hahahahaha.
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After dancing and lawn games and cupcakes, I stole the couple away for a few more portraits!
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And then they continued to dance the night away!
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Congratulations Trena and Jeremy! Thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer! You are two of the nicest people I have ever met and it was an absolute pleasure to work with you!!

Vendors:

Hair: Jenny Dentler
Makeup: Katherine Sealy, Event Cosmetics – eventcosmetics.com
Cake: Flying B Cakes – flyingbcakes.com
Bouquet flowers: Beaverton Florists – beavertonflorists.com
Reception Flowers: Costco
Venue and Caterer: McMenamins Grand Lodge
Dress: Watters Wtoo dress, bought at Charlotte’s Weddings and More, Beaverton
Coordinator: Michelle Horrocks – Memoriesofmuzic.com
DJ: Chris Horrocks – Memoriesofmuzic.com
Guys: Men’s Warehouse suits/shirts/ties

Henry | Portland Senior Pictures

Henry is a senior at Clackamas High School! We took these pictures in the middle of downtown Portland near Pioneer Square on a gorgeous evening a few weeks ago.

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