Marriage is about partnership.
It’s also about love, and passion, and trust and a lot of other things, but partnership embodies it all.
If you plan on spending the rest of your life with someone, you want to be able to get along. To feel at ease together. To mesh.
Sarah and Matt do just that.
They are partners in crime, without the crime part. I get the chance to observe a lot of different relationships, and this one is pretty darn perfect. I could instantly tell how being with each other made Matt and Sarah calmer, happier, and more relaxed. Throughout their wedding, they were always on the same page, and always together.
It was immediately clear to me that they are going to have a fantastic life together.
Sarah and Matt were married on July 23, 2011 at the Queen Anne Victorian Mansion in Northeast Portland. It was a stunning venue and I would highly recommend checking it out if you are looking for a great place to get married!
I started the day early with Sarah, her mom, and her bridesmaids at Dosha salon off of SE Hawthorne.
Once everyone’s hair was done, we headed back over to Sarah’s dad’s house, to photograph details and do makeup! Sarah got her beautiful dress at Charlotte’s Bridal in Beaverton.
Once they were both ready, I led Sarah and Matt out to the back porch to do their first look and portrait session!
Then we went back inside for a few shots before the ceremony began – they were so calm!
By this point, everyone was starving, and dinner began! Everything (including the cake) was gluten free and delicious. The Queen Anne staff did all the catering, and the cake was made by Sweetpea Baking Company.
And then it was time for toasts! The first one was sweet, the second one was hilarious, the third one was emotional, the fourth one was silly, and the last one was inappropriate! I had a great time catching Sarah and Matt’s reactions to their friends’ words.
Congratulations Sarah and Matt! I had an amazing time getting to know you both! Your wedding was a blast and you planned it perfectly. I hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon in Mexico, and I wish you the best of luck for years and years to come! Thank you for giving me the honor of being your wedding photographer!
He thought she was flaky and always running late. She thought he was a stuck up military boy. Their first impressions weren’t exactly positive… but that just goes to show that first impressions aren’t everything. A few months later, Catherine and Erik connected for a second time on a Catholic church retreat, and everything changed. He realized she was actually a really hard worker. And she realized that despite being in the Navy, Erik actually had a great sense of humor.
It was love at second sight.
Or maybe third, or fourth, or who knows? All I know is that these two were made for each other. Their personalities balance and compliment one another, and you just know that together, they will be ready for whatever life wants to throw at them. They spent their entire engagement apart because Erik was overseas on duty, but he still managed to come home a week early and surprise Catherine before their wedding. That’s commitment right there. That is love.
Their wedding took place on Saturday, May 28th, and despite a gloomy forecast it was a perfect, sunny day. They were married in downtown Portland’s 122-year-old St. Patrick Church, with the reception taking place at the St. Pius Church Community Center in Cedar Mill.
Catherine started the day by getting ready with her family at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Beaverton. And yes, she wore fabulous gold shoes.
Catherine had a no-nonsense approach to getting ready. I’ve never seen such an efficient bride. She was perfectly on time and ready to go, ahead of schedule!
Catherine’s grandmother was at the hotel getting ready too, and was happy to get her makeup done as well!
And then it was off to the church! Definitely one of the most gorgeous churches I’ve been in yet.
Erik waited patiently for their first look.
One of the ring bearers couldn’t help but peak inside. Erik and Catherine were too cute!
And a few of them apart.
They make such a beautiful pair!
Then it was time to take family portraits! I had to share this shot of Catherine and her grandmother.
The wedding party was a hoot! So much personality. This pretty much sums it up:
And with Catherine’s excellent planning, the ceremony began right on time! The couple even had a few minutes to rest beforehand.
It was a full Catholic ceremony, but Catherine and Erik asked me to put down my camera during the sacred moments of communion and prayer. I really respected that they made this decision. I’ve never seen a couple do anything like this before but it really showed a lot of commitment to their faith and to the moment.
Their priest somehow managed to throw a Star Wars reference into the sermon. I don’t know how. Catherine was pretty surprised, haha.
I loved this moment! They were not expecting the “10s”! I love when families surprise their loved ones like this.
Of course once they were married, they had to make out a little bit.
We went back inside the church for a few more portraits.
And then, on the way over to their reception, we stopped in Forest Park to have some fun! Of course, the lighting was perfect.
When we were finished taking portraits, we went on to the reception, which started with a great sword arch!
They had a lot of beautiful details – both Navy and Celtic inspired.
Delicious food too of course!
The toasts afterward blew me away. So heartfelt.
Catherine and Erik then proceeded to attempt a cake-cutting, haha. They looked a little confused at first.
They figured it out though…
At last, it was time for their first dance!
They danced to the same song that Catherine’s grandmother danced to at her own wedding.
Catherine was then whisked away to dance with her father.
Followed by Erik and his mother.
By this point there weren’t very many dry eyes in the room, so the obvious solution was to get everyone dancing.
I started to see the sense of humor that Erik likes to hide under his stoic Navy uniform.
Everyone seemed to be having a great time 🙂
The dancing kept getting more interesting as the night continued…
A few swords were drawn too – I just about died when I saw this.
Lots of dancefloor kisses!
At last, the night came to an end!
Congratulations Erik and Catherine! I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for you two. Thank you so much for inviting me to be part of your day. I wish you a long and happy marriage!