Mike + Bennett | Horning's Hideout Wedding in North Plains, OR

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Mike + Bennett | Horning's Hideout Wedding in North Plains, OR

It was October 2017 when I first received an inquiry from Bennett and Mike. After the initial emails, Bennett called me on the phone and the most amazing thing happened--I just had this feeling like I already knew this girl, and had for years! Her voice was so familiar, and when she spoke she was confident, friendly, and knew what she wanted. I had alllll the good vibes coming from this Bride, and we finalized booking right after our phone call. Everything just fell into place exactly as it should, so it was no surprise to me that their wedding day would unfold just like that too. Every wedding has its ups and downs--things might not go according to plan, little things can get overlooked and forgotten--and this wedding had those moments, just like all other weddings do; the big difference was that no one let the little things get to them, and everyone just went with the flow of things as the moments ticked by. It was perfectly imperfect in some ways, and fairytale perfect in others. Most importantly, for Mike and Bennett, the day was just plain PERFECT. 

Venue: Horning's Hideout, North Plains, Oregon
Catering: Mary Lazarus (no website available)
The Cake: Decadent Creations in Hillsboro
The Dresses: David's Bridal 
Bridal Hairstyles: Sheene & Co. Salon and Spa in Hillsboro
DJ: Mike Lidgett (no website available) lidgett68@gmail.com
Flowers, Décor and everything else: DIY

 

We started the day at the Sheene & Co. salon in Hillsboro, just 25 minutes away from the venue. All of the bridesmaids and the mothers of both the bride and groom had their hair done right along with Bennett. Once the salon staff was finished with Bennett's bridal hairstyle, her bridesmaid, Brenda, took care of her makeup. It was a cool, laid-back morning, and a great way to start any wedding day. 

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Bennett's dress came from David's Bridal, and had a very light blush undertone beneath the layers of lace and sheer fabric. Since her chosen colors for the day were Navy Blue and Red, a red rose was the perfect backdrop for an elegant photo of Bennett's wedding rings. The roses she would carry down the aisle were pink, with red accents and lots of gorgeous greenery. 

Back at Horning's Hideout, Bennett got into her dress and veil with the help of her best friends, and of course her mom, Tricia, and sister Tyann, to help make everything perfect. 

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With a few finishing touches, our beautiful Bride was finally ready--and she was drop-dead GORGEOUS. 

Just before the ceremony, Bennett's father, Daniel, stood anxiously awaiting the moment when he would see his daughter all dolled up for her wedding. Bennett greeted him with the happiest smile and presented him with a custom-made handkerchief. As you can see, he was overwhelmed with emotion! Ahhhhh, I just love precious father-daughter first looks!! They always get me right in the feelers!!! 

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At the ceremony site, the guys were more than ready to get this party started!

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It's time!! Everyone was so excited! Just look at that grin on Tricia's face!

Ten beautiful maidens, and two adorable kiddos!

Where troubles melt like lemon drops, way above the chimney tops... 
Bennett walked down the aisle to a beautiful piano version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

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Now, normally I don't include this many of the formal portraits in my blog posts, but for this wedding I HAD to make an exception. So here I am, editing away, going through the images at my home computer, and bam--I come across the photos I took of the Groom and his groomsmen. I laughed myself silly going through these, and probably sounded like a cackling hysterical lunatic to my family in the next room. Mike and Bennett, I really hope you laugh your asses off when you see these because man, they're hilarious!!! Huge shout-out to Mike and his groomsmen for being so awesome! Looking at these photos is 100 times funnier than it was in the moment when I was taking them--and don't worry, Bennett, we got some "serious" ones too! 

We got some fun shots with the ladies as well! Girls, you ROCKED your time in front of the camera!!!

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Mr. & Mrs. Moreau!!!

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On to the reception...

So much thought and planning went into this wedding! Beautiful red roses were everywhere, there was plenty of beer and wine, and I can't say enough good things about weddings that have a TACO BAR!!! Beef, chicken, Mexican style rice, peppers, and all the taco fixings you could want! They even had tamales! Yummmm!! After a long day of shooting, Angie and I were more than ready to sit down and devour this food! 

Time for a toast--and some cake! 

Mike and Bennett danced their first dance as husband and wife to Led Zeppelin's "All My Love".

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Garter and bouquet toss! Mike's gonna get in there and show you how it's done!!

I want to stop for just a second here to give a shout out to my second shooter for this wedding, the talented Angie Gibby. Thanks, Angie, for coming with me and for your part in capturing this beautiful day! 

And just like that, the night ended with Mike plowing through the crowd of sparkler-wielding guests like Superman, towing Bennett along behind him as they ran for the car, dodging sparks like crazy! The perfect ending to the perfect day!!

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Mike and Bennett, 

I am so glad we met, and that you chose me to be your photographer sidekick for the most important day of your lives! I feel like the luckiest girl, to have been a part of this day filled with laughter, a few tears, and soooo much true love and joy. I can't express to you how happy I am for you both, and I wish you a hundred lifetimes of happiness!!! 

xoxo
Christina

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Rendee + Trina | Winston Community Center Wedding

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Rendee + Trina | Winston Community Center Wedding

On May 20th of this year, I had the great honor of shooting a short, close-knit wedding celebration for my friends, Rendee Hansen and Trina Whitten. I was so surprised and flattered when I received an inquiry about a month out from the wedding! Trina had emailed me hoping to get a price, as she knew that Rendee was an admirer of my photography work and wanted to surprise her by hiring me. Isn't that so sweet?! I was so excited at the thought of being able to shoot their long-awaited wedding, so I got right back to Trina and the rest is history! 

Rendee and Trina have been together for over a decade now, and said "I do" with friends and family surrounding them on the date of their ten year anniversary. Everyone pulled together to help with food, decorations, and planning, and as a result we had a most perfect day. Rendee and Trina's colors were orange and pink, and this brightly colored wedding was so perfect for them!

Venue: Winston Community Center
Officiant: Sarah Calvert
Catering:
Jennifer Allen-Blatt
Cake: Jill's Sugar Buzz Bakery
Flowers: Barb's Flowers and Premier Tanning
Live Band: Captain Blue
Hair: Amanda Morgan
Decorations: Jessica Guido, Brittany Tyler, Lacy Hanussak
Wine: Vogel Vineyards
Bridal Portraits location: Henry Estate Winery

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Rendee's bright and vibrant bridal bouquet was created by Barb's Flowers in Roseburg.

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So many colorful details! I loved the little candy bar/dessert table with all the little orange, pink, glitter and rhinestone accents. Jill's Sugarbuzz Bakery created the wedding cake and mini cupcakes for the brides. 

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Rendee's parents were front and center, and I caught this beautiful moment as they both hugged their daughter before she stepped up to say "I do"!  Both brides were escorted down the aisle by their sons. 

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Right after Rendee and Trina were pronounced Mrs. and Mrs., the guests got a little surprise--those dark curtains opened up, and Captain Blue began playing Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" during the recessional! This was such a fun and cool touch!!! 

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The Wedding Party:

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Party time! Captain Blue was awesome! If you need a band for your wedding, I highly recommend them!

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While the band played and people danced, the sons of the brides were having a little fun outside...

With such a short wedding day, we decided it would be best to schedule the bridal portraits for another day of the week so Rendee and Trina could enjoy all of their reception with the friends and family who came to celebrate their love. 

Henry Estates Winery was very gracious, and allowed us to use their beautiful property for all of the bridal portraits. We spent about an hour just walking around, chatting, getting these ladies giggling, and capturing some beautiful memories for them!

The really nice thing about doing a portrait session after the wedding is, you can take your time to get some shots that are a little different. I love when couples have the patience to let me play a little during portraits to get a cool effect :) 

Thanks sooo much to Rendee and Trina for letting me be a part of your awesome day! You are both such wonderful people, and it's my pleasure to know you and to have captured these memories for you! I wish you all the love and happiness in the world!!!
xoxo
Christina

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Steven + Colleen | Village Green Resort Wedding

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Steven + Colleen | Village Green Resort Wedding

This springtime wedding at the Village Green Resort couldn't have been more perfect. Dusty pinks and steel blues came together seamlessly, creating a beautifully calm and serene color palette for this cool, rainy day Oregon wedding!

Vendors: 

Venue and Catering: Village Green Resort and Gardens in Cottage Grove, OR
Hair + Makeup: Sharaya Ellen Artistry
The Cake: Terry Dowling (father of the Bride!)
The Dress: David's Bridal in Eugene, OR
Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse Eugene, OR
Flowers: Makesha Price (no contact information available)
DJ Services: Barry Maguire at BMAC Productions

Before this wedding, I had not yet heard of the Village Green Resort and Gardens. Let me just say that this venue is absolutely stunning, even in the rain! There's a perfect little room just off the Cascadia Ballroom for the wedding party to get ready, plenty of space for 100 or more people inside the ballroom, and a gorgeous wedding garden for outdoor weddings in warmer weather. There's all sorts of cute details and décor inside, including a vintage telephone booth, and beautiful blooms throughout the grounds. It's easy to see why Steven and Colleen chose this gem of an Oregon wedding venue! 

Just a few finishing touches... 

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The staff at the Village Green did a fantastic job putting together the reception space. These dusty pink cloth napkins rolled into the shape of roses were a classy touch. We just loved photographing these details! 

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Colleen's father, Terry Dowling, created the couple's wedding cake. Just look at this beauty! 
Their vintage cake topper adds a very personal touch, too--it was used first by Colleen's grandparents in the 1950's, and later used by Colleen's parents when they wed. 

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An antique typewriter was a great spot to take a few shots of the rings... 

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Oh, that vintage telephone booth I mentioned? We had to do a few photos in this spot! 

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Steven and Colleen danced their first dance as husband and wife to "All of Me" by John Legend.

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Friends and family dancing the night away...

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Steven and Colleen, thank you so much for choosing me to capture one of the most important days of your life! Your wedding was beautiful and perfect, and we had a lovely time! Best wishes to you both for a lifetime of love! 

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As always, a big thank you to my second shooter/lighting assistant, Janae! Your dedication and hard work on our wedding days is always appreciated! xoxo

Christina

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Erik + Kylie | Springtime Wedding at the Big K

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Erik + Kylie | Springtime Wedding at the Big K

We couldn't have asked for better weather for Erik and Kylie's wedding celebration! This intimate event included only the closest of friends and family. Kylie's mother Therese served as her Matron of Honor, while Erik's brother, Seth, stood by his side as Best Man. With no bridesmaids or groomsmen, this wedding was as simple, sweet and laid back as it could be!

Venue: The Big K Guest Ranch in Elkton, OR

Coordination and Catering: Christine Fischer at the Big K

Cake: Bluebird Cupcakery

Kylie's dress: David's Bridal

Men's attire: Men's Wearhouse

Linens/Other: Party Time Rentals

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Erik and Kylie danced their first dance as husband and wife to Ed Sheeran's "Perfect."

The newlyweds each danced to a special song with their mothers. So sweet!

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Thank you Erik and Kylie for letting me be a part of your celebration! I wish you two all the happiness, love and luck in your new adventures as husband and wife! 

xoxo,

Christina

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JJ + Haley | Disney Wedding at The Big K

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JJ + Haley | Disney Wedding at The Big K

Woohoo!! Welcome to the first blogged wedding of 2018!

JJ and Haley's Disney-inspired wedding took place at the beautiful Big K Guest Ranch out in Elkton, Oregon. If you've never been there, just imagine cruising slowly through over three miles of scenic beauty as you make your way from the entrance off the main road down to the secluded guest cabins, and of course, the Lodge itself. 

Venue: The Big K Guest Ranch

DJ: Your Way Sound & Lights, DJ Jeff

Day-of Coordination: Amanda Huckins (MOH)

Catering: The Big K Guest Ranch, Christine

Men's Attire: Tuxedo Warehouse

Bridesmaids' Dresses: JC Penney

Bride's Dress: Beausoleil Bridal Boutique

 

 

 

Those of you who know me personally know just how right up my alley this wedding was--not just because of the beautiful setting or because it incorporates purple, one of my favorite colors; but because it incorporated little touches of Disney throughout. I love me some Disney magic and this day was full of special little Disney details. 

These Disney centerpieces were both clever and unique! Little bits of animated Disney films from, Alice in Wonderland to Lady and the Tramp, were represented on the reception tables. Everything was tied together nicely by the central colors with little touches of purple and gold. 

While the girls were doing their thing, the guys were getting ready in the game room of the Big K. Haley was really excited to give her gift to JJ--a gorgeous new men's watch with a special message engraved on the back. 

Haley's brother-in-law, Frank, had the honor of walking her down the aisle, so she had a special gift made for him as well! 

Finally it was coming down to the first look! 

JJ's gift to Haley was this fabulous Little Mermaid bag from Disney! Loooove!! 

Ceremony time! JJ and Haley were married by Haley's grandfather, making  her ceremony extra special...

The newlyweds served their guests a comfort-food classic--breakfast for dinner! Muffins, fresh fruit, breakfast potatoes and gravy, sausage, bacon and sweet pastries with coffee, tea or lemonade. The staff at the Big K did an amazing job with the catering and presentation! 

JJ and Haley danced their fist dance as husband and wife to a short version of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters", followed by a special dedication dance with Frank to "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts.

Congratulationis, Mr. & Mrs. Vicari! 

Thank you both so much for letting me be a part of your Disney magic, and for letting me capture it all for you! xoxo

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Isaiah + Sierra | Old Riverbed Park Wedding

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Isaiah + Sierra | Old Riverbed Park Wedding

July 8th, 2017

The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the temperatures warm but not too hot for this summer wedding!

Venue: Old Riverbed Park at James Orchard in Winston, Oregon

Catering: The family of the Bride & Groom

The Cake: Slice of Heaven Bakery in Grants Pass, Oregon

DJ: Brandon Plumlee (Sub Zero)

Hair + Makeup: Amanda Rodriguez

The Dresses: Sierra's dress came from David's Bridal; the bridesmaids' dresses were hand-made by the Groom's mother Jackie Little Miller

Men's Attire: Isaiah's jacket came from Tuxedo Warehouse; the shirts and vests were all sewn by Jackie Little Miller

Wedding Coordinator: Jemelene Wilson

Officiant: Russ Wilson

The Old Riverbed Park, also known as James Orchard, is a truly beautiful place for an outdoor wedding. There's lots of little nooks and crannies just perfect for photos, and plenty of room to accommodate weddings both large and small. The owners are just the sweetest people, and they go out of their way to help every wedding become the best that it can be!

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The happy couple decided to have an unplugged wedding, and had signs up to let their guests know that they wanted them all to be present and truly in the moment with them as they became husband and wife.

I can't even begin to tell you all what a beautiful wedding this was! Sierra chose deep purple as her primary color, and the décor revolved around various tones of purple, gray and white. The theme was what you might call a "Modern Vintage" look, with small crystal chandeliers, hanging flower baskets, tea light candles and more... scroll on and have a look!

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Sierra's gorgeous gown came from David's Bridal, and the Groom's mother, Jackie, made each of the bridesmaids' dresses; she also added a purple lace panel to the back of Sierra's dress that would be visible when the dress was bustled and matched the color of the bridesmaids' gowns. Swoon!!

Just look at this stunning lady! Sierra looked positively radiant in all her bridal glory, and practically out-shone the sun on her wedding day. Her happiness and growing excitement glowed from the inside out!

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Just as Sierra's bridal look came together seamlessly, so did the reception details, décor and table settings!

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Two caged chandeliers stood at the front of the ceremony instead of the traditional archway or arbor. See what I mean by "Modern Vintage"? This unique configuration of props and florals made for an elegant display.

I really love the use of this old clunker typewriter combined with a third caged chandelier, complete with glowing bistro lights, dripping crystals, lace and vintage suitcases and storybooks!

Each of the tables were decorated with smaller white bird cages, purple flowers and candles for yet another touch of vintage elegance.

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Like most everything else, the catering was handled by the family of the Groom and Bride; the cake and cupcakes were created by Slice of Heaven Bakery and were every bit as delicious as they were beautiful!

One last moment of prayer before the ceremony...

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Isaiah first ushered his mother and Sierra's mother down the aisle to their seats, and finally took his place to await his bride.

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A beautiful beginning!

Can we all just take a quick second to say "wow!" to these bridesmaids' dresses? Looking at them, it's hard to believe that they were all hand made by Jackie, the mother of the Groom. Each dress was different, and perfect for each girl! Beautiful!

And now, some portraits of the Bride and Groom!

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I have to say that the one thing that really struck me about this day (besides the amazing couple, obviously!) was how nicely everything just flowed. The entire day was smooth, seamless and had a very relaxed and happy feel to it from the bright beginning to the after-dark sparkler exit. It warmed my heart to be a part of it all, and to see a young couple just starting their lives and surrounded by so much love from friends and family. This is the absolute BEST part of my job!

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Isaiah and Sierra's sparkler send-off was the perfect way to wrap up this celebration of love...

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Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Miller!

I want to thank you, Isaiah and Sierra, for choosing me to capture this amazing and precious time in your lives! I am honored to have worked with such wonderful people, and to have contributed to your family's legacy.

Last but not least, as always, special thanks to my lovely assistant and second shooter, Janae, without whom many of these images would not have happened! MUAH!!

xoxo

Christina

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Aaron + Candace | The Pippen-Fonsen Merger

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Aaron + Candace | The Pippen-Fonsen Merger

June 24th, 2017

OK, so we're not really talking about a merger, but an actual wedding! Candace and Aaron came up with the hashtag #pippenfonsenmerger for their wedding day, and so it seemed the perfect title for this blog feature! Get ready to feast your eyes on all the awesome details; but first, a quick THANK YOU to all of the vendors involved in the making of this kick-ass party!

Venue: Old Riverbed Park at James Orchard

Florals: Barb's Flowers

Wedding Cake + Catering: Lynda Vigue, Festive Catering

Hair: Cassie Brown

The Dress: David's Bridal

DJ: Christian Gruber at Visual Sound

Officiant: Kindra Light (sister of the Groom)

Once again, Oregon lives up to its reputation for unpredictable weather trends and delivered the hottest day of the year on June 24th. The girls stayed nice and cool in the bridal suite thanks to the newly installed air conditioner (thank you James Orchard!!) while the guys stuck out the heat to finish setting up for the day.

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Don't you just love these custom made ring boxes?! Candace's son Brayton and Aaron's son Liam served as ring bearers, and each of them got to carry their own ring down the aisle in these cute cases.

These two necklaces were two very special pieces of jewelry for Candace; the butterfly gem pendant holds a bit of her grandmother's ashes, and the "always in my heart" pendant holds the ashes of her grandfather.

These two necklaces were two very special pieces of jewelry for Candace; the butterfly gem pendant holds a bit of her grandmother's ashes, and the "always in my heart" pendant holds the ashes of her grandfather.

The girls were in high spirits despite the climbing temperatures, and listened to the radio as they took turns helping each other with their make-up!

Just look at this happy bride-to-be!

The Bride and Groom wrote letters to one another and took a few moments to read them together, but separated by a thick curtain so that Aaron would not see Candace before their First Look. They held hands and had a moment of silence before Aaron headed outside. So sweet!

I just love it when couples do a First Look, and I just adore when brides do one with their father, too! Candace's father, Allen, shed a few tears of joy when he saw how gorgeous his daughter looked in her wedding gown!

Long before the wedding day, Candace had her heart set on doing a First Look with Aaron underneath the shade of the large willow tree at James Orchard. This spot was absolutely perfect for an intimate first look!! The moment when Aaron first laid eyes on Candace was so special and beautiful!

The gorgeous flower crown and bridal bouquet were created by the always fabulous Barbara Hagedorn of Barb's Flowers & Premier Tanning in Roseburg.

The Bridesmaids carried these colorful lanterns instead of the traditional flower bouquets, and the guys wore Khaki jeans with suspenders instead of tuxedos--which worked out amazing, since it was soooo hot outside!

Top: Candace w/bridesmaids Madonna, Brittany, Cindy & Lindsay; Bottom: Groom w/groomsmen Taylor, Steve, Reggie & Joel.

Top: Candace w/bridesmaids Madonna, Brittany, Cindy & Lindsay; Bottom: Groom w/groomsmen Taylor, Steve, Reggie & Joel.

Liam, Brayton & Mollie. Aren't they just the cutest?!?!

And now, on with the merger!

The theme for this wedding was Woodland/Fairy style, and decorated with hues of purple and green. The tables were decorated with classic white linens, and each carefully created Woodland centerpiece rested atop custom engraved wood rounds, each with differently phrased expressions of affection. The hanging orbs filled with soil and succulents were a darling idea!

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A photo of Candace's grandparents, who both passed on before the wedding day, was the Bride's way of honoring their memory and including them in the festivities.

For their guest book, the couple asked that their guests each sign one of the leaves on this tree, printed on a canvas for them to hang in their home as a memory of everyone who came to support them.

Here comes the Bride...

The Bride and Groom wanted to do something special to include their children in the ceremony, but didn't want to hassle with messy sand or tree planting. Instead, they put together a unity puzzle with the kids to symbolize the joining of their family as one. How cool is that?!

From there on out, the ceremony was simple, short and sweet. Aaron and Candace wrote their own vows, and read them to each other through laughter and even a few tears...

Mr. & Mrs. Fonsen!

Aaron and Candace danced their first dance as Husband and Wife to not one, but three separate songs! Candace's dedication song to Aaron was "Making My Way to You" by Cole Swindell; Aaron's dedication song to Candace was "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett; and their third and joint dedication song was "My Best Friend" by Tim McGraw.

Father and daughter, Mother and son...

Candace had one more dedication song for her little boy, Brayton: "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (this is one of my faves too!) Aaron and Mollie joined Candace and Brayton on the dance floor for this one!

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The "Shoe Game"! If you haven't heard of it, it's totally fun! The newlyweds hold one of their own shoes and one of their spouse's shoes, sit back to back, and have to answer questions about themselves by raising either the Groom's shoe or the Bride's shoe. Lots of laughs during this game! The guests loved it!

The wedding cake was created by Lynda Vigue with Festive Catering, and OH. EM. GEE. It was beautiful!!! I'm in love with the hand painted succulents, and those vibrant strawberry, lemon and chocolate cupcakes were to die for!! Yummm!

The cake cutting got a little bit messy, lol...

And then, there was dancing... ohhhh, the dancing! Keep scrolling to see all the awesome photos of the guests partying the night away!

...but first, I know that by now the Bride is DYING to see a few Bride & Groom portraits, soooo.... yeah... :)

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Once the light was gone, the party was ON!!  The dancing during receptions is probably one of my favorite parts of the day to shoot! I love to bring my mad lighting skills to the party, and challenge myself to create photos that capture all of the fun around me in a creative and cool way. Just check out these rad dance shots of the newlyweds and their friends gettin' their groove on!

"I would love to get evening pictures of us; I want to get a special picture with the Groom with lights wrapped around us. I have an idea that I would love to shoot past you!" -- This was the message that Candace included at the end of an email to me as the wedding day was approaching, and I was intrigued!! We met up a few days before the wedding to discuss details, and she described to me a portrait, taken at night, with only a set of string lights for illumination; we both searched "twinkle lights portraits" on Pinterest, but neither of us came up with anything close to what she was describing. So for the last shot of the night, we set out to create something new to us and hopefully it would be pretty. Candace, I think we pretty much nailed it!

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At long last, we come to the end of this blog post!  Sorry if I get carried away, guys, but I just LOVE to share, and there are so many good images that I just couldn't narrow them down any further!

Special thanks go out to my amazing second shooter, Janae! Once again we've conquered another wedding day. Thank you for all of your help!!

XOXO

Christina

 

 

 

 

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Aaron + Caitlin | A Rainy Day Wedding

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Aaron + Caitlin | A Rainy Day Wedding

June 10th, 2017

Caitlin and Aaron live in Idaho, but planned their wedding from afar to take place in Winston, Oregon. Although they had hoped for perfect not-too-hot June weather for their outdoor wedding, what they got was a chillier than expected Saturday. It is often said that Oregon changes its mind on the weather every five minutes throughout much of the year, and on this day that was definitely true. We had (a few) patches of sunshine, bits of blue skies, storm clouds, light drizzles, heavy rains and monsoon-like downpours throughout the day. The weather might have been less than perfect, but that didn't stop this couple from enjoying the day to the fullest!

Venue: James Orchards

Florals: Barb's Flowers

Catering: Brett Lindeman and Kathy Meyer

Wedding Cake: Simply Delicious Cakes by Terra Faulkner

Videography: Cree Adamson at Melrose Productions

Hair: Kim Moschgat Adams

Makeup: Katie Eichenbusch

Tents, Lighting & Photo Booth: Destination Events

DJ: Chris Lyon, Epik DC Productions

Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse

The Dress: Blush Bridal and Tux Shop in Eugene

Bridesmaid Dresses: Coral Infinity dresses from Amazon.com

The day started off pretty gray and drizzly, but when I arrived the girls were all in high spirits and ready to conquer the gloom! Caitlin had these beautiful sandals picked out with pearl beading and rhinestones, but she also brought a pair of white rain boots--just in case!

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This gorgeous wooden box was lovingly created by the Groom's grandfather, Wes Clark, and was perfect to house the wedding rings.

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While the rest of the details were still coming together, Aaron walked out to the pond and stood on the dock, and waited to have the first look at his beautiful Bride!

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I think it's safe to say that Aaron was totally smitten with the way Caitlin looked in her wedding dress!

Things got a little mushy before the rain started to fall again!

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The Groom and Groomsmen: Aaaron (Groom), Cody (Best Man), Jesse, Chris and Kenny.

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The Bride and her Bridesmaids: Caitlin (the Bride), Brieann (Matron of Honor), Rose, Summer and Leah.

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After the family and wedding party portraits, we found ourselves running from a sudden downpour! Everyone went back inside to escape the rain while the rest of the wedding details were getting set up. Caitlin and Aaron chose Coral and Gray for their primary wedding colors, which blended perfectly with the spring feel of the greenery and the gray clouds that came and went. This wedding was gorgeous!

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Terra arrived to set up the cake as guests were beginning to arrive; the rain just kept on coming, so the ceremony would now take place underneath the reception tent.

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On to the ceremony...

Caitlin looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the aisle on her father's arm.

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Aaron's daughters, Ashlynn and Addison, were honored during the ceremony with gifts from the Bride.

Caitlin placed a necklace on each of the girls, and promised to always love them as her own. This part of the ceremony made me tear up!

There were also some laughs when the Bride realized she had forgotten her written vows back in the getting ready suite and her Matron of Honor, Brieann, took off like a shot and ran to get them. When she returned Caitlin took the mic and pronounced her the "best bridesmaid EVER!"

From here on out, the rest of the evening was smooth sailing!

There was an assortment of wines to choose from, IPA "For the Win", as well as lemonade and even hot coffee!

By the time dinner rolled around, I was both parched and starving! This beautiful assortment of veggies, salads and tri-tip was absolutely delicious! Kathy and Brett did an outstanding job on both flavor and presentation. This food was sooooo good!

Toasts...

The wedding cake, made by Simply Delicious Cakes, was vanilla with cookie-dough filling. Yum!

Aaron and Caitlyn danced their first dance as Husband and Wife to Kaleb Jones's "'Til the World Stops Turning".

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Father and daughter, Mother and son.

The wedding day bling! The gold band was worn by the bride on her right hand, and belonged to her great-grandmother. It looks beautiful alongside the couple's silvery bands of swirls and sparkles.

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Special thanks on behalf of the Bride and Groom to everyone who came together to make this day possible--and beautiful! Lastly, but certainly not least, I would love to give a shout out to my partner in crime for the day, my second shooter, Tabitha Morales. Working with you is always a pleasure! I appreciate your hard work, attention to detail, and your willingness to brave the rain with me in the name of love. Thank you so much!!! xoxo

Christina

 

 

 

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Tasha + Kyle | Autumn Oregon Wedding

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Tasha + Kyle | Autumn Oregon Wedding

October 8, 2016

It seemed like forever since I first met Tasha and Kyle, but their wedding day finally came! They couldn't have picked a better day for their totally non-traditional, family-centered wedding--the weather was warm but not hot, and the setting was just gorgeous!

These two hosted their wedding and reception in their own backyard, with the comfort of home just steps away when the day was done!

Although most of the day and the details were put together by the happy couple and their family, there were some pretty awesome vendors who helped make this day extra special!  So without further adieu, super huge thanks go out to: 

Make-up: Kristin Upright at Glitter BItten Beauty

Bridal Hairstyle: Rashauna Belloir at The Hair Gallery

Wedding Cake: Amber Walter at Unique Custom Creations

The Dress: Blush Bridal in Eugene, OR (Designer: WToo)

Alterations: Maggie Ocumpaugh at Romantic Bridal Designs by Maggie

Bride's Bouquet: Custom designed bouquet from Eco Flower

Groom's attire: Men's Warehouse

Tables, chairs & linens: Party Time Rentals

Did I mention this was a totally non-traditional wedding? The ceremony was simple and sweet,. and focused only on Tasha, Kyle and their boys, and there was no official wedding party to speak of. Tasha's close friends Maria and Rashauna served as the unofficial bridesmaids, and Tasha and Kyle took care of all the catering themselves. The entire day was planned to accommodate the children and to make sure that Tasha and Kyle were still very much available to meet their needs at all times. This excerpt from Tasha's wedding Questionnaire sums up everything nicely, so I hope she won't mind if I share her words:
 

"This is a unique wedding as it will be completely "nontraditional" yet follow some traditional wedding traditions. Due to our oldest son being Autistic, this is the first large event for him and it may be hard. We are completely working around his schedule and what works for him, that is extremely important to us that he is comfortable and ok with everything. Meaning...if we need to stop our Bride and Groom photos to attend to him, we will. If the first dance doesn't take place right as when planned, we can do it later in the evening! We just want to have it be a fun and relaxed event for all!

We just ask that everyone involved please be understanding of our situation with our son, Cooper! We may need extra time during getting ready, and transitioning from one thing to the next can take a little extra time, patience and love :) Our boys mean the world to us, and although this day is about us getting married, they come first no matter what! We are very excited to have a fun, laid back great time with our friends and family!"

 

This was my first time going into a wedding under these specific circumstances, and I was very moved by this couple's dedication to their boys. I went into this wedding knowing that we wouldn't be able to follow more than a loosely planned timeline, and that was fine with me! After all, what wedding goes exactly as planned every minute of the day? I'm used to going with the flow when things suddenly change, and I viewed this wedding as being no different than any other, at least in that aspect of things.

Tasha's ahhhh-MAZINGLY beautiful wedding gown was designed by WToo, and she said yes to her dress at Blush Bridal in Eugene. I just loved all of the beautiful beading and ruffles!  This dress fit her like a dream, as you will see below! 

Future Brides: If you've never thought of having a personalized hanger created for your wedding day, I highly recommend it!  These are available on Etsy and even Amazon.com for very reasonable prices, and come in tons of awesome designs.  You can even have one made with your new last name and your wedding date, like Tasha did! Plus your dress will look fabulous in the photos on a nice hanger instead of the plastic one it comes with.  *wink-wink, nudge-nudge* 

Kristin Upright was Tasha's make-up artist.  Oh wait, did I say make-up artist? What I actually meant was "Cosmetic Goddess", because that should be her official title, haha.  I have seen this woman's work in many photos before this day, but this was the first time I got to see and photograph a Bride that she did the make-up for.  Tasha looked drop dead gorgeous even before she got her hair done or her dress on!  She could have gotten married in that robe and pulled it off like a boss, honestly.  Great work, Kristin!! 

Tasha's friend and hair artist Rashauna Belloir doubled as unofficial Bridesmaid and Hair Extraordinaire.  I was amazed as I watched Tasha's long blonde locks transform into the elegant up-do that Rashauna created! 

Poor little Wyatt was teething, and came in to get some Mommy comfort while Tasha got her hair done. The whirlwind of wedding craziness certainly didn't keep this girl from being a loving and attentive Mommy throughout the whole day!

Before getting all dressed up himself, Kyle gets a last minute trim from Rashauna.

Once it was time to get dressed, Cooper was happy to have his daddy help him get dressed, and was even more happy to help daddy put on his tie!  So sweet!!!

Almost time to put on the dress! Rashauna helps Maria with her hair, and puts the finishing touches on Tasha's up-do.

Tasha takes a quick peek at her finished make-up and hair as little Wyatt sneaks a peek at me!  He was trying to hide from the camera, but I got him! Haha!

The finished Bridal Look, in bold and beautiful color. Sooooo much awesomeness!

Tasha's bridal bouquet was a custom order from Eco Flower (link at the top!). Eco Flower makes these gorgeous flowers out of WOOD, and they do an amazing job!  Tasha got to pick her colors and style of flowers, and the best part is that she gets to keep this bouquet for the rest of her life. Such an awesome idea! I hope to see more of these on the wedding scene next year!

While the girls were busy getting ready, Kyle and a few friends were putting together the wedding and reception areas.  How's this for a backyard wedding?!

This arbor was made by hand by Tasha's father, Steve. Check out all of the hand-carved details!  

Finally, it was time for the ceremony!

The sun was shining bright as Rashauna and Maria escorted little Wyatt down the aisle, followed by Cooper riding in this cute little wagon!

A truly family centered wedding, Tasha and Kyle's little men stood with them at the altar while they exchanged their vows to each other.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Pachmayr!!!

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Tasha's theme was Eggplant and Sunflowers--the perfect color combination for a fall wedding. 

Did I mention that Kyle built this dance floor himself? Cooper loved racing his toy trains on it! 

A very special First Dance. Kyle is not really a dancer, Tasha says, especially in front of people, so their first dance was even more special to her. Then, right when it couldn't get any more special, Cooper came up and joined them!

When it comes to wedding day nightmares, I think just about every Bride has the fear that something might happen to her precious wedding cake!  So when the top tier and half of the bottom tier slid off the display and came crashing down onto the dessert table, Tasha and Kyle showed us all just what to do if your wedding cake should fall down...

...you pick up the cake topper, plant it firmly into the remaining bit of cake, and you cut what's left of it with a smile on your face. This couple has already faced so many of life's challenges together, and they didn't let this unfortunate event dull the shine of their day! In the end the cake tasted just as good, and Tasha and Kyle were just as ecstatic to finally be husband and wife!

And this, ladies, is how you handle adversity on your wedding day with style and grace!

One thing that I really love at a wedding is the father-daughter dance. My father's memory is very special to me, and seeing Brides dancing with their daddies always gets me a little teary. Tasha's dad took this opportunity to say some things to his little girl that he hadn't said before, and she couldn't hold back her tears.  So sweet!!

As the sun went down, a few of the guests busted their moves on the dance floor, and the kids had a great time chasing each other around on it!

When the light was finally gone and the kiddos were all in bed, we busted out the flashes and did a few fun shots with lights and sparklers!  I love it when couples are totally on board with letting me play with the lights, and the results are often some really cool effects!

Shout out to my awesome second shooter and lighting assistant, Janae!  Without you these shots would never have been possible.  Thanks soooo much, girlfriend!! 

Thank you soooo much, Tasha and Kyle, for choosing me document this special day in your family's lives!  We had a great time meeting all of your family and friends, and capturing your love!  

 

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