Wiping tears from the corners of his eyes, one of the groomsmen watched his newly married best friend Slater from across the room.
“Slater loves Laura SO HARD,” he told me. “So hard!!”
And I agreed. The sentiment echoed through every single moment of the day.
At that time, Slater had just finished singing to Laura during their reception and there was hardly a dry eye left in the room. His voice was like honey, and the song – oh the song – it was the one he sang to Laura when he proposed to her. It’s the song he wrote for her after he came home from their first big trip to Thailand together, when she was still there for a few weeks longer and he was home missing her more than anything else in the world. That was when he knew.
Laura was the one. She was the girl he had been waiting for.
Now, I’ve known Slater for a long time now, almost five years. And I remember single Slater telling me how badly he wanted to find someone, the right someone. Everyone wants their friends to find love and find the perfect person for them. But then they do find it, and it is more beautiful than you could have ever imagined.
Laura pulled me aside a little later in the night to point at Slater on the dancefloor.
“Look at him,” she said, beaming. “Look how amazing he is. Look how adorable my husband is!”
That’s love right there. And this was one heck of a wedding.
The day started at two beach houses in Pacific City – one for the girls and one for the guys. Laura proceeded to get the most epic bridal hairdo that I have ever seen, and the boys… well.. they were boys haha.
Once everyone was ready, we all head over to Pelican Pub and Brewery for the ceremony on the beach!
This was not your average processional. Instead of simply walking down the aisle, the wedding party decided to dance. And not just to any song. To “Cinema” by Benny Benassi and Skrillex. Because why not?
After the ceremony we all went back to the beach house for portraits in the dunes!
I could hardly handle how beautiful everything looked. And then I saw the reception site. AMAZING. Sunflower Flats did an incredible job with all the flowers!
This is when Slater started singing to Laura. So. Incredibly. Beautiful.
Everyone went outside for their first dance and toasts on the beach!
Once the room was flipped, they finished up the father-daughter and mother-son dances inside, plus fed each other some delicious cupcakes.
And then I managed to snag the awesome couple for a few more beach portraits at dusk.
Once they got back inside they did their bouquet and garter tosses, and True Love Sound kicked things up a notch with some epic dance music.
Slater you are too adorable.
After the wedding had officially ended, everyone went out to the beach for a big bonfire, more beer, and great conversation. It was the perfect end to the perfect day.
Congratulations Slater and Laura! I cannot thank you enough for having me there to document your day. I love you two so much! This was one of the most incredible weddings I have ever been to!
Nikki and James met in middle school. But the romance didn’t start until at least a decade later.
“I feel like I didn’t even like him when I went to middle school,” Nikki told me, laughing.
But time changes things.
They were all part of the same group of friends from Sisters, Oregon. I knew them because my freshman roommate at OSU was from Sisters, and Nikki had been her best friend since basically forever.
I met them both separately during that year, but they weren’t together yet.
You see, Nikki had started out going to college in New Orleans, but changed her mind and ended up coming back to good ol’ Oregon. James was one of the people she lived with when she returned.
And that’s when they realized they were more than friends.
Funny how life has a way of working out. The person you’ve been looking for has been right there all along.
James and Nikki are currently living in Alaska, they are from central Oregon, but they decided they wanted to have their wedding in Newport. They got married at beautiful Beverly Beach State Park on one of the warmest days of the year, then drove back into town for their reception at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The aquarium has special meaning to them because they went there for their one-year anniversary.
Nikki started the day with her family and friends at a beach house she had rented. Then we went to a beautiful secluded beach spot for her and James’ first look.
Congratulations Nikki and James! I had SO much fun working with you and catching up with old friends! I wish you guys the best!
Alex and Casey were married on July 16, 2011 at the Stone Crest Cellars Bed and Breakfast in Newport, Oregon. I could tell you about how they met (through mutual friends/family/roommates and a little rat infestation problem), or I could tell you about how in love with each other they are, (a whole lot), or I could start talking about all the beautiful, thoughtful little details that they built into their day to create perfection. But I don’t really need to go into all of that, because the photos will say everything. This was one of the most raw, intensely beautiful and emotional weddings I have seen to date. Words do not do it justice. So here, take a look.
I started the day photographing Casey getting ready with the fathers and groomsmen.
For a gift, Casey gave each of his groomsmen a beautiful pocketwatch.
When they were finished getting ready, we headed outside to a shady area to take pictures, since it was getting a little warm at this point.
Yes, this is Casey’s real personality.
After a few of those formal shots, I headed inside to photograph Alex getting ready. We never had a chance to meet up beforehand, so I met her for the first time while she was in her underwear, haha.
Alex’s dress was astonishingly beautiful – and I loved that we found this room in the bed and breakfast that was painted the exact same color blue as Alex’s wedding colors.
Once the girls were ready, we went back outside to take a few more formal shots.
Alex you are completely stunning.
Once we finished those pictures, it was just about time for the ceremony to begin. Although you can’t see them in these shots, there was actually a pod of whales spouting out in the ocean right during the ceremony. It was incredible! Such a treat.
Like I said, so, so much raw emotion.
Once the ceremony was over there was a lot of hugging, followed by more group pictures! Haha.
And then came time for my favorite part of the day – photographing Alex and Casey alone together. I had a blast. These two could not keep their hands off each other. I don’t think I ever had to ask them to kiss or be affectionate – they were wayyyy ahead of me on that one.
We actually got in their car at this point and headed over to the beach a few miles away!
It was beautifully bright and warm outside, but with the classic Oregon clouds.
After having a total blast (and getting pretty sandy) we headed back to the venue to have dinner! It was delicious.
The toasts were just as heartfelt as the rest of the day.
After toasts, they did a little sand ceremony.
Followed by their cake-cutting!
A few fun candids when they sat back down –
After a while, I couldn’t find the pair anywhere, until I realized they had slipped away for a bit…
I gave them some time alone, then got a few more shots of them before it got dark!
When they were done being adorable, we went inside for them to have their first dance… and be even more adorable.
In the middle of the dancing they stopped to sign their marriage license.
Then it was time for the bouquet and garter toss!
And back to dancing, of course!
Had to make a few playlist adjustments…
Time for goodbyes!
Congratulations Alex and Casey! It was a pleasure getting to know you and documenting your wedding day! I know you are going to have a long, happy marriage – you two have so much love in your hearts!