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.


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!


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!


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... :)


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!


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!!