Not often do events mean as much to me as this one. My sister is finally engaged!! Courtney and her fiance held an elegant and fun, garden engagement party, thrown by Bryan’s mom. The fun went on and on. People stayed and partied with the guests of honor for about 8 hours!!! It was so amazing to be surrounded by the absolute most important people in their lives. Of course, we were missing a ton of family on both sides and friends, but if everyone they love was there, then it would have been the entire wedding guest list. It was a great day of Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and true LOVE! I’m so incredibly happy for these two and I can’t wait for the wedding day!
Everyone had so much fun!! I know this may seem like a totally random image to add into the mix, BUT it’s SOOO my family. My aunt is trying to take an amazing photo while my cousin is goofing around making his classic silly faces. My dad and two uncles, undoubtedly just got finished singing a song together and are laughing, having fun and waiting for my aunt to take a pic while someone else takes a photo of her (that’s me). Seriously, I think we have countless photos of someone in my family taking a photo of someone else taking a photo. So classic!! Plus I love that everyone is just being themselves and having fun.
All American Military Backyard Wedding
This military backyard wedding wedding could not have been more beautiful! I absolutely love when couples choose wedding venues that are close to their hearts and this wedding was no exception. The wedding started at the beautiful Oxford hotel in downtown Bend, Oregon. The ceremony was held at the groom’s parent’s ranch in Tumalo, with the reception at their friend’s wedding venue down the street. The Miracle Barn was a very fun are, perfect for any country reception and Ashley and Alex had a blast!
When Ashley went looking for a new apartment in New York City, she had no idea that one apartment would change her life forever. Ashley and Alex met on the steps of the apartment that once was Alex’s and would soon be Ashley’s. Taking notice of her, Alex casually gave Ashley a business card, knowing that “moving in the city is not fun”. After a few emails back and forth while Alex was off at military training, they both went on with their lives. A few months later, once Alex had graduated and was back in New York, he contacted Ashley asking if she had received any of his mail? They agreed to meet for a drink and so she could give him his mail. The rest is history…
Now, Alex and Ashley both call that apartment home.
With that apartment bringing them together, it was certain that it had to be part of their engagement story. While packing for an Oregon vacation, Ashley’s friend begged her to go out for a quick drink before she left. On her way out the apartment building her friend handed her a stack of mail with Alex’s name as the return to sender. Confused, she stepped outside to see Alex on one knee. Each letter in the stack of mail contained one word spelling out “will you marry me?”.
“Marriage is something Alex and I have clearly said is a once in a lifetime. There is no other option but to make it work. It is forever dating your best friend and always keeping the spark alive.” – Ashley
“I bought my dress at The Bridal Garden in NYC where they donate the proceeds to charity. My seamstress built on the sleeves and created my vision”. – Ashley
Bring on the mail! I love that brought the newspaper with their engagement announcement to be officially part of their wedding!!
Once belonging to her grandmother, these pins were added to Ashley’s bouquet as her something old.
Best groomsmen gifts ever! Each one was personalized for each man.
Ashely pinned her grandfather’s all American A onto Alex for the wedding.
In Alex’s own words, “there’s nothing hotter than a girl with a gun”.
After meeting and becoming friends high school, Camden and Aaron lost touch when she left to fight for our country. A few years late they reunited and have been together ever since. Camden explained, “We always knew we were soul mates. We have just loved each other for a long time.”
They both wanted a simple, beautiful and fun wedding at a stunning location and they found that at The Great Hall in Sunriver, Oregon. They did and amazing job putting together a simple and elegant wedding with the help of a few talented vendors.
Camden chose this beautiful wedding gown from The White Dress. It was the first dress she tried on and she fell in love immediately! She also loved her florist, Sweet Posey. They grow all their own flowers.
Love these patriotic socks to show their love for our county! Go USA!
“Marriage means being with your best friend for the rest of your life to go through the best and the worst of times with.” – Camden
When Brandon and Brooke first met, they quickly bonded over fitness and country music. After becoming friends and exploring beautiful Oregon on hikes together, they knew their was something more to their relationship. They knew they were the one for each other since they loved to do the same things together and now had someone to do them with! Even Brandon’s brother and best man admitted during the toast that he had found the girl version of himself to marry. After dating for a few years, Brandon surprised Brooke with a poster of photos from all their adventures together and with the words, “Will you marry me?”.
They love Brasada Ranch and knew it was the right place for their wedding because it was the place their parents first met. Brooke’s family has been visiting Brasada Ranch for years and she loves it there. In fact, the night their parents met (before they were engaged), Brooke let it slip that she would love to be married at Brasada Ranch.
“Marriage means I have my best friend for life. We are no longer taking on life by ourselves, but together, as a team.” -Brooke
Every wedding location is beautiful, but there is something really special about having your wedding in your own home. This backyard wedding took place in Mandy and Nate’s own backyard. Even after they move away, they will have beautiful memories of the place where their love grew into a marriage.
Mandy and Nate met while working at the same restaurant. Their relationship quickly developed into more than just a friendship. A year after they started dating, they moved into a home together. Little did they know then, that home would be the official place where they would start their life together.
Mandy’s sister helped with hair and makeup on the day of the wedding. Isn’t it so awesome that she had such amazing talent at her finger tips?!
Mandy had 18 diamonds in her wedding band to represent the year they were married, 2018!
This intimate wedding was all about celebrating these two with their closest friends and family. They even included their sweet little dog, Nalah, in parts of the wedding. She couldn’t help but cuddle up to her mom and dad.
Just a block away from their house was this amazing walking trail where Nate and Mandy take their dog almost everyday. I think it is so amazing to have wedding photos at a place that is such a big part of your life. I usually encourage this for engagement sessions, but it is extra special to have such a meaningful location for wedding photos.
Nate currently works at a sign company which he loves! Believe me, I get it! I grew up with a dad who owns a sign company and it is fun to be in such a creative place. At my wedding, I had the photographers stay extra late to make sure they captured the custom magnets my dad made for our limo. The sign company Nate works at had a big part in shaping their wedding design. Not only did have great signs everywhere but they made this custom Cornhole game made for their wedding.
When we travel for weddings I always watch the weather channel. I’m slightly obsessed with storm watches. The morning of Emma and Kevin’s wedding we woke up and saw that everything outside was wet. So we turned on the trusty weather channel and saw that rain was in the forecast for the day. Not only that, but out of the entire continental US, Portland to Seattle was the only area that would get rain that day. Seriously, the entire map was orange and red except the tiny little spot of green we were. They say rain on your wedding is good luck, but being in the only place in the US to get rain has to be the most incredible luck a couple can have, right?
Emma and Kevin really wanted an outdoor space for their reception. Thank goodness they knew that having a covered area was essential to stay out of the heat and rain. “We looked at a few venues in Seattle and a few venues in Portland, but we are so happy that The Reserve worked out.” – Emma
Emma and Kevin met on Kevin’s annual family camping trip when they were still in high school. Sparks immediately began to fly around the campfire. Even though they both knew it was love at first sight, they waited a few years until the timing was right to begin dating. At Emma’s prom she realized she had found her partner for life.
They’ve built a life together, following each others dreams and making them a reality. They even adopted a sweet little puppy named Hank who came with us to their engagement session. Taking care of Hank helped them learn how great they are as a team.
After six years of dating, Kevin proposed on the top of Smith Tower, a historical building in Seattle. With the sun setting over the Olympic Mountains, Emma said,”The mountains look beautiful tonight!”. Kevin leaned over and said,”Not as beautiful as you.” That’s when he got down on one knee and asked her to be his forever! After saying, “YES!”, Emma wanted to call everyone to tell them the good news, but Kevin made her wait. When they arrived home Emma found herself surrounded by all her friends and family to celebrate!
For Emma, a wedding with a rustic, casual and classic theme was the dream. I think she nailed it with these beautiful blue wedding invitations. I love that the flowers for the entire wedding match the invites!
“Finding the dress was a stress-free process! I went to one bridal boutique with my mom to get an idea of what I wanted, and the next day, I went to two bridal stores with my mom, mother-in-law, and all of my bridesmaids. It was a really special day because at lunch, I asked all of the girls to be my bridesmaids.” – Emma
Charlotte’s Bridal in Beaverton, Oregon was the perfect place to find the perfect dress. Being right across the street from Emma’s old high school, this bridal shop had been on Emma’s radar for awhile. After trying on this dress and falling in love with train, she couldn’t imagine herself walking down the aisle in anything else!
Even though the downpour began right as we were heading out for their first look, no one got too wet. The Reserve has a few covered spaces which were all we needed to keep everyone dry and get amazing portraits of the wedding party.
“Marriage means engaging in a lifelong partnership of teamwork. Although we are definitely in the honeymoon phase of our lives right now, we know that life gets hard, but we are so grateful that we will have each other through those times. We are each other’s biggest supporters and strongest advocates. Our love for each other is eternal.” – Emma & Kevin
Every wedding Josh and I go to, I am reminded why I fell in love. I think they nailed it when they describe marriage as teamwork. The thing I am most grateful for in my marriage is having a partner who, no matter what, will support me and be my teammate. I know Emma and Kevin and going to have an amazing marriage! Congrats!