Kristan and Damien
“Marriage to me means partnership and supporting someone through whatever comes.” – Lindsey
Lindsey and Tyler said their vows on Sunday at the Sunriver Great Hall with their closest friends and family from all over Northern America. Sunriver has been a special place for Lindsey for a long time. She grew up wth her family spending vacations in Sunriver. Knowing how much this location means to Lindsey, when Tyler proposed, he chose Sunriver as the setting. Just outside the lodge at sunset, Tyler got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. It was no surprise that Lindsey and Tyler chose this beautiful location for their wedding!
Lindsey and Tyler met through mutual friends in Washington DC where they both lived as they served our country. Lindsey worked for Senator Wyden. Tyler was an army ranger who served in Afghanistan. They have been together for over 5 years and have a sweet little puppy named Ranger who they wished could be part of the wedding day. They knew they couldnʼt bring him to the wedding so we did have him in the engagement session and he is just the sweetest thing. Here is their amazing engagement session in Arizona: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/01/18/papago-park-engagement-session-arizona/
Lindsey had a number of different items with her to remember those who couldnʼt be with her. The ruby red necklace she wore around her neck once belonged to her grandmother. Her grandfather had given her grandmother a bracelet of jewels. When grandma passed away, grandpa broke the bracelet apart and turned each jewel into a necklace for the granddaughters. Lindsey wore this necklace around her neck and close to her heart for her wedding.
Lindseyʼs other grandmother had a special handkerchief made for Lindsey to catch her tears of joy. Lindsey also wore her grandmotherʼs garter around her leg as her something blue, borrowed and old.
Every detail of this wedding was elegant and classic with a touch of nature! I know Lindsey loves nature, but I donʼt think she expected as much nature as she got at her wedding. They say itʼs good luck if it rains on your wedding day. It started to rain just as we were photographing family photos. Thank goodness we could find refuge at the lodge. It only sprinkled a little during the ceremony, but everyone got an incredible lightening show just behind the bride and groom. I love lightening so it was a blast to see the storm in the distance with bolts coming down around us. It sure seemed like God was excited to see Lindsey and Tyler get married!
Jewish wedding celebrations are so much fun! There are so many amazing traditions that fill the wedding day with joy and love. Tyler was so excited to see his bride before the wedding. Through the day everyone could see how happy they both were, not just to finally be married, but to be surrounded with the most important people to them. Everyone had a blast celebrating!
Lindsey and Tyler, you two are so perfect together! We truly enjoyed getting to know you two and Ranger and canʼt wait to see what adventures you will go on next. Have an amazing time in Italy on your honeymoon! We wish you guys a lifetime of love and joy!! – Kellianne
Katie and Tony’s garden wedding in Independence, Oregon was filled with pink flowers, grey accents and a ton of fun! Seriously, the whole wedding party had a great time taking photos and hanging all throughout the day. The Green Villa Barn & Garden in Independence, Oregon was the most amazing setting for a fun-filled garden wedding.
The day started in the little white barn in the middle of the gardens where the bride and bridesmaids got ready. Katie was surrounded all morning with her best friends, sister, mother and mother-in-law. Everyone was so excited to be part of her day!
We decided to do their first look in the middle of the garden which was tricky but perfect. After taking a ton of photos with the flowers and the vintage lamp post I had to move them onto the swing. I just love their beautiful photos on the country swing with the mossy tree hanging low overhead. So amazing!!
After a few bride and groom photos we headed down into the trees. Katie had mentioned that she loved the tall trees with trunks showing in the photos and wanted a photo with them. After taking Katie and Tony down into the trees, I realized that this was the perfect spot for the wedding party photos too. I hadn’t seen it before because it was actually the parking lot. Seriously, who would have thought that the parking lot would be the best place for photos? We even had someone park in the middle of the grass when we left to grab the wedding party. It’s ok, they moved the car for us so we could capture beautiful wedding party photos!
The ceremony was held in the middle of the amazing garden greenery in a gazebo. Inside the gazebo was chandelier to give a touch of elegance to the ceremony. The flowers placed along the gazebo perfectly framed Katie and Tony as they said their vows. It was so sweet to see both moms tear up!
After the ceremony we were able to pull the extended family aside under a large willow tree to quickly capture some great family photos and allow them to get back to celebrating.
The entire wedding was about casually (yet beautifully) hanging out with friends and family and just enjoying each other’s company. Everyone had fun playing lawn games and dancing. I just love the custom Corn-hole game that was made for their wedding. They are going to love that for years!
I love these simple invitations the Katie made using their engagement photos from Black Butte Ranch. They are the sweetest couple and their love really shows through in their photos! Here’s their engagement session in case you missed it: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/04/25/black-butte-ranch-engagement-photography-or/
Katie and Tony, no one deserves a perfect wedding filled with joy and love more than you do! I hope your wedding was everything you wished for! Thank you so much for letting us be part of it. Your friends and family are absolutely amazing. Josh and I know you guys are going to have a happy marriage!!
I love when brides wear flats on their wedding day! This pair by Kate Whitcomb even had a little sparkle!
The girls had so much fun with taking photos and hanging out before the wedding! It was so nice to have a place with air conditioning to get away from the heat. Although it was hot, it actually seemed to be the perfect summer day for a wedding.
This photo above was pretty much perfect when I shot it. I even stopped to show Katie and she loved it! I think she may have doubted me for a second since they were standing in dirt and weeds with some random farm equipment right next to us, but it really was perfect! I love how the leaves are gently framing Katie and Tony!
Katie asked that I pull the bridesmaids aside and capture special photos just for them. I thought it was so sweet of her to share her photo time with her bridesmaids. Katie is such an amazing person! I really hope they love their 5 minute mini session photos!
Can I just say how much I love this couple! Nicole and David are the absolute best. After 3 years of dating, they got married last weekend at Rock Springs Ranch in Bend, Oregon with a rustic and romantic wedding with an outdoorsy vibe.
Nicole and David are so down to earth and fun. They love riding their horses, enjoying sunsets and having bonfires together. Not to mention they love hunting together! Which is why they have antlers throughout their wedding. At their engagement session we went to their favorite place to hang out and did all the things they love (except the hunting). I’m hoping we will get back out to the lake and splash around with their horses for trash the dress session!
So how’d these two get engaged? (I know, I love the details too!) Nicole planned a photoshoot in a place that is super special to them – the place we took their engagement photos. He popped down on one knee in the middle of the photo session with the horses in the background. Amazing right?!
Nicole did such a great job planning for their wedding day. She had all the little items ready to be photographed and knew just where she wanted to have photos taken. I love brides that know what they want, especially when they trust me fully to capture their memories.
My favorite comment Nicole made was,“most adventures consist of the worst roads and Bob Seger on repeat”. I mean, how can you not get along with someone like that? Did I already say I love this couple?! They are fun, spontaneous and totally go with the flow. Which was great on their wedding day.
It was so hot the day of the wedding and I was running around getting everything photographed before the flowers wilted. We even avoided the sprinkler system while taking photos in the barn with a little more running. Then the heat got to me and I got a little sick. In 15 years of photographing weddings, this has never happened. Nicole’s parents took care of me as I took a little break to feel better. Her family is just amazing. On the wedding day nothing should take attention away from the bride and I know I stole a few minutes of attention, which breaks my heart! But like I said, Nicole went with it and had a great attitude. I feel so lucky not only to have such wonderful clients who know that things just happen sometimes, but I also to have an amazing husband/second photographer. I’m honestly not sure how people shoot with different 2nd photographers all the time. Josh and I know how each other shoot and can take over the other’s job in a heart beat. It’s great if we are caught off guard or if I get a little nauseous.
He took over and captured some amazing photos, including shooting the entire ceremony with the sun beating down on us. I managed to recover once the sun started easing off and was back in action by the first dance. The rest of the night was full of fun, dancing and documenting these two as they spent time celebrating with their closest friends and family.
Congrats David and Nicole!! (And thanks again for being so awesome!)
Nicole’s grandmother was part of the wedding too. Her hankie was sewn into the under side of the dress so she can be right beside Nicole the whole day!
Nicole made the invitations herself!
Second chances do happen, and sometimes they are the best thing in the world! Every girl dreams of finding the perfect person to listen to you and support you in achieving your dreams.
When Michelle met Roy she knew he was different. He was someone she could trust fully. He became her person and she became his.
Last weekend we were asked to attend and photograph a wedding for my best friend since 5th grade, Michelle, and her man Roy. It was a whole weekend of family fun! My mom performed the ceremony too (sometimes I think my mom is closer to my bestie than I am). Spending the weekend with Roy and his family made me really see who this man is and why she chose him. He is kind, he knows Michelle’s fears and dreams and he’s there to support her. He is everything she needs and wants.
Their families and closest friends came in from all over California, Texas, Oregon and Washington to support them in their marriage. Sometimes weddings aren’t about all the little details and perfect pieces. Sometimes they are just about celebrating with the people closest to you. It was a simple intimate wedding and it was perfect for them. Congrats Michelle and Roy!
It’s funny how you can plan things just right, but come wedding day, anything go wrong and totally mess things up. Michelle’s wedding happened to have a number of things that went wrong all of sudden and it totally through things for a loop! So what do you do when you show up to photograph the bride and she and the rest of the ladies are no where to be found? I went on a hunt. I happened to remember a comment she made about needing to pick up the dress across the street on her way to the getting ready sight. So I headed to one of two dress shops across the way and found her dress! I new I’d find eventually.
I finally got ahold of Michelle and found out there had been a hair disaster and they were running super late because of it. So, as any good photographer would do, I picked up the dress and headed to the getting ready site for dress photos and details. Well the fun didn’t stop there. The getting ready location wasn’t open. Now I had the bridesmaids with me and we called the location, banged on doors and couldn’t get it open.
I think God really likes it when two people commit their lives to each other, because I feel like every wedding day seems to come with a little bit of luck. Michelle’s family happened to be staying next door in a beautiful home. So we moved the getting ready photos over and captured some special moments for the bride!
I’m no t going to lie, I had a slight panic attack when Michelle turned to me after the ceremony and said that she wanted to skip all the portraits of her and her new husband.
We had 5 minutes for the first look. Normally after the first look we take about 30 minutes for portraits of the bride and groom so we cut out a large chunk of portrait time after the ceremony and they can get back to their guests. That was the plan, but we didn’t have time to take more than 3 portraits before the ceremony. I literally only had 5 minutes for the entire first look and portraits. So when my best friend/bride asked me to skip to portraits, I said NO. I made her do it.
I knew what we talked about before the wedding and I knew her priorities. I knew she would be heartbroken to not have beautiful images of the two of them on their wedding day. So we took 10 minutes and went out into the garden to capture a little bit of gorgeousness. She thanked me as we were walking to the reception.
I’ve always been known for capturing candid portraits during the wedding. This is one of my favorite things to do and especially for this wedding. I loved capturing special moments of my best friend’s family, the people I grew up with, as well as Roy’s family!
Of course this wedding day would not be complete with a few images of me and Michelle! Plus my boys were there so we grabbed a few of our family too! It’s so fun to be guests at weddings and not just photographers!
Styled shoots are always fun I’m surrounded by such amazing talent! Thanks to all the vendors who came together to create a beautiful space for Mount Bachelor Village Resort in Bend, Oregon.
I’ve photographed weddings here before but I never knew how many amazing spots there are for photos! When I arrived, Hank (the venue coordinator), quickly showed me to the secret spot where you can see down into the valley where the Deschutes River runs. He said that he really wanted photos here to show off the property, then he apologized for the bad direct-sun lighting as he saw how unflattering it was. We scheduled this shoot around the busy vendors and not by best light. Seriously, we shot from 11a-1p, midday! It was a true make-it-work moment and we did!
I always tell my clients that I’m not a golden hour only photographer. I don’t need the perfect light to make people look beautiful. I actually like the challenge of tough lighting, so this was fun! And it totally worked! Our amazing models look great!
And a special thanks to those models too! They were not pros, just two people willing to be in a few photos. I love working with people who just trust what I’m doing and go with it. These two did just that. Because they trusted me, I was able to get genuine emotions even on a fake wedding day.
Look at all this amazing food from the in house and very exclusive catering crew: Who’s Catering! Personally, I can’t resist the bacon.
Black Butte Ranch is such a beautiful place for engagement photos. I love the sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains and how many different places there are to take photos! We didn’t even have to walk far to get all these amazing images of Katie and Tony!
I was hoping there would be a few extra leaves on the trees, but Aspen trees look great no matter what. So, since spring didn’t quite arrive in Central Oregon in time for this session, we stayed clear of the winterized bushes and opted for those gorgeous white trunks and the mountains as our settings.
I can’t wait for their wedding!!
Nicole and David are the sweetest couple. They first told me their engagement story at our first coffee meet up. They went out to their favorite secret lake for a photo session. He stopped in the middle of the session and proposed. When we started discussing places for their engagement session, we all knew their lake was the place. So of course we got photos at the spot where he proposed (below) and all of the lake area. Despite being a gorgeous day late in March, we still had to fight some snow, but it all turned out great!
Who can resist a bonfire and a bottle of wine? These two have enjoyed countless summer sunsets looking out over the lake. Nicole chose Two Vines riesling for their engagement session because they are two vines becoming one. So sweet!
We just couldn’t resist getting their horses in a few photos. Every cowboy needs his horse and, had there not been snow at the lake, they would have come with us. So even though the sun had set and our session seemed like it really should be over, I just couldn’t be done without a few photos with their lovely horses.
Congrats Nicole and David!! I can’t wait for wedding day!
Josh and love to get away in the winter and Scottsdale, Arizona is warm and, most importantly, has a direct flight out of Bend so off we went to spend a weekend away together. While we were out discovering all of Scottsdale’s awesomeness we had a chance to hang out with one of our amazing couples!! It was so much fun to get to know Lindsey and Tyler a little more and to take engagement photos of them in their backyard.
Lindsey and Tyler moved out to Arizona only 4 months ago. Although Tyler grew up in Scottsdale, all the Arizona adventures are still new to Lindsey. We got to hike around Papago Park’s Hole In The Rock to get beautiful portraits of their little family together.
Of corse when Lindsey asked if their dog, Ranger, could be in some of the photos, I couldn’t resist saying yes! I love adding in fur babies for snuggles. He was great to have at the shoot and Josh was a great dog wrangler! Josh only got a chance to take a few images at this session, but his help in caring props and taking care of Ranger was so important! Overall it was a great weekend away together topped off with a beautiful and fun engagement session at Papago Park in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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 want