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Chris + Anna

Chris and Anna casually asked me if I’d be their wedding photographer about a year ago at a cyclocross race. Chris and Josh are both on the Boneyard Cycling team so we’ve had a chance to get to know him over the last couple years. I felt so honored to be part of their day!

There’s truly nothing more magical than getting married in front of Mount Bachelor on Elk Lake. It’s a divine setting! Chris and Anna chose a fall colored theme throughout there wedding complete with succulents they grew themselves. They also added in a traditional lei ceremony that they shared with their kids.

It was simple, romantic and just perfect.

Anna and Chris,

Thank you so much for letting me capture this perfect day for you and your family. I can’t wait to get know you guys even more once the cycling season begins again. You guys are so fun and hope this day was everything you hoped it would it be!

-Kellianne

Hailey + Nate

“Marriage is surviving that relationship each day and still loving each other enough to say I love you at night” – Hailey

Hailey and Nate met at work were they became friends and developed a great base for their relationship. Eventually they started dating and Nate knew she was the one after just a few dates. He told Hailey he would wait for her as long as she needed to say yes. They’ve been together for 5 years and finally joined their two families together in Sisters, Oregon at FivePine Resort.

While enjoying the beautiful waterfalls along the South Fork of the John Day River, Nate pulled out a ring and proposed to Hailey on Christmas Eve. As a second marriage for both Nate and Hailey, they were thinking a small wedding with just close family and friends would be enough to share their love. However, Hailey’s grandparents stepped in. Having been their for Hailey throughout her life like parents, they wanted their Hailey to have a magical wedding.

Hailey’s grandmother took care of almost all of the planning for her and did an amazing job! Wanting a simple fall themed wedding in the woods, they chose the FivePine Resort in Sisters, Oregon for the stunning setting. With warm tones of reds, oranges and candle light sprinkled throughout the day, her grandmother created the perfect fall wedding for the couple. She even handmade the candles and the soap gifts for the guests.

Hailey said, “We are building a home together and manage a small 300+ acre hobby farm, this brings you close together. If you can survive building a home and what is thrown at you with farm life, then you can endure anything.”

Hailey and Nate,

It was so wonderful to get to know you guys! Hailey, as moms of boys, I feel like we’ve bonded 🙂 I can’t wait to photograph your whole family again. We loved getting to know your friends and family and seeing how much love you have in your life. I hope you continue to cherish the love around you and keep enduring and enjoying life together!

-Kellianne (and Josh)

“My dress was purchased from Blueberry Boutique in the tri-cities. Due to the COVID pandemic, entering a dress shop was prohibited. However, we waited until their was a guideline lifted and, though it takes months to order the exact dress, I was able to purchase one from the store I could take home. It was a very special experience. My Grandfather purchased my dress and my Grandmother was with me when it was chosen. My Grandfather makes sure we girls look and feel beautiful.” – Hailey

It’s so fun to see Nate having a blast with Hailey’s sons!

One of the sweet girls at the wedding created a little bracelet and something blue for both the bride and the groom. I’ve actually never seen a groom have a something borrowed, something blue and something new before. Nate had them all – this was a first for me!

“We have laughed a lot in the last day, as Nate experienced a unforgettable change in his hairstyle. He went for a trim and was given a clean shave of his whole head. There really isn’t a fix at this point and again we have just decided that it isn’t what is the most important thing about our day…these are the reasons we get through everything” – Hailey.

I love the attitude Hailey has. the most important thing as that they share love and she definitely kept that as a focus!

Sweet father-daughter moments are the best!

Hailey’s 93 year old Grandpa was a huge part of her day and has been a huge part of her life since her mother passed away when she was young. We had to celebrate this special time with a sweet first look between them just before the ceremony.

Hailey’s grandmother often makes handmade soaps for the family. When it came to the wedding day, this seemed like the perfect gift to give to the guests. They are so beautiful!

Hailey’s grandmother handmade these mercury glass candle holders. Every one is unique and absolutely stunning. Didn’t she do an amazing job?

I love candids! Especially when we can capture moments of joy with kids, grandkid, grandparents and best friends from kindergarten like in these fun photos!

Their musical-star friend played a few songs to celebrate their day. She also played at Hailey’s grandparents wedding years ago so this was an extra special performance on their wedding day.

Me and the bride! It was a blast celebrating you guys!

How to keep warm at your winter wedding…

If you are dreaming of a winter wedding, snow slowly falling from above creating a blanket of beautiful white along the ground, then there is one thing to keep in mind: snowy winter days are cold. Wedding dresses are often made of lace and are created for brides getting married in the popular summer months. Often they are not designed to keep a bride warm on a winter wedding day. So how do you keep warm in the cold without ruining your style? 

Many people have asked, what do brides wear when it’s cold? The most sophisticated style choice is fur. Fake or real is up to you, but the look and feel is the same. Fur will keep you warm while elevating your winter wedding day look.

Here are a few stylish ways real brides kept warm at their weddings in the cold months:

The white fur shawl, shrug, wrap, cape or stole. 

One of my favorite winter wedding wear items is the white fur shawl. Call it shawl, stole, cape or shrug, this delicate item adds warmth to the bride without hiding the dress much. It also adds texture to the image with an elegant, upscale charm.

Erin chose a white fur shawl for her rustic wedding in central Oregon at Brasada Ranch. She looked gorgeous all day! (And yes, we did take a bunch of photos without the shawl too!)

The full fur coat.

Felicia had a snow surprise on her wedding day. She had hoped for snow and planned for it, but didn’t expect 6 feet of it! Luckily she really did plan ahead and not only had a big fur cote to keep herself warm, but also had a beautiful colored fur shawl for her bridesmaid. They looked gorgeous on wedding the day! I love how the colored fur pops against the white snowy backdrop.

The color-coordinated wrap.

Lindsay also got married at Brasada Ranch but chose a colored wrap for her spring wedding. With her husband wearing bright purple, it made sense for her to match. Often brides will wear white and gift their bridesmaids a colored shawl. Lindsey opted for color and had her bridesmaids wear denim jackets to tie in to her rustic ranch wedding.

The fur vest. 

Yvonne was hoping for a slightly warm wedding day and bought this winter fur vest for her chilly engagement session. I love how the texture pops off her images! On her wedding day, the wedding turned cold so she had her bridesmaids grab a blanket and her fur. They only used them for a few minutes while I was photographing the groom and his groomsmen. They definitely kept her warm for a few minutes and were great to have around!

Denim jacket, leather jacket or fabric jacket.

Another option for a down-to-earth, rustic wedding is grabbing your jean jacket. I love when brides add a cowboy charm to their wedding day! Tammy brought her jean jacket to the reception on a cool summer evening. I think she only wore it for the photos with her sweet horse, but it added perfectly to their rustic charm at their causal wedding while keeping her warm when she wasn’t on the dance floor. 

Chelsea chose a simple fabric jacket for her winter elopement. She even wore the jacket during the ceremony to keep warm. 

More…

Looking for more inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite warm wedding wear ideas and where to find them – just click on the link and it will take you there!

The Bridal Fur Shawl, Stole, Shrug and Wraps:

The Bridal  Poncho: 

The Long Bridal Cape: 

The Short Bridal Cape:

The fur bridal jacket:

The bridal jacket:

The Bridal Bolero (cropped jacket):

Abigail + Quinton

Central Oregon Private Residence

Abigail and Quinton were married at a private residence in Central Oregon with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop to their rustic wedding. Abigail’s vintage inspired trumpet wedding gown was delicate and elegant.

Pink and purple popped throughout the decor. Abigail’s sister made the romantic flower arrangement on the arbor. They combined rustic chairs, logs and benches for the ceremony seating. The burlap runner adds rustic charm to the ceremony. Even the couple’s rings were vintage inspired with a rose gold finish. The reception area was filled with vintage couches, lace, rustic tables, old lanterns, candles and flowers for a simple rustic beauty.

Another one of Abigail’s sisters made and decorated the beautiful two tiered wedding cake. Thinking of everything, Abigail and Quinton chose to make one of the cake tiers completely gluten free for their guests. They even had a Smore’s bar for everyone to enjoy. Quinton and Abigail added a person touch to their wedding by enjoying a toast of their favorite pink Kombucha.

Carrie + Jon

Its not everyday a photographer gets asked to not only photograph a wedding but also be a witness. Josh, Mary Ellen, Mary Ellen’s friend and of course Carrie and Jon hiked out to a spot on Sparks Lake for beautiful and totally intimate wedding ceremony in the mountains. The bride and groom shared their vows and then a toast to their new marriage.

Photographer: Josh Jordan Officiant: Wedding with Heart

Valerie + Ed

Golf Club Wedding

I met Valerie and Ed at their nephew’s wedding 2 months before they started planning their wedding and I was so happy to be able to be part of their day too. Valerie and Ed reside near Broken Top Golf Club and take long walks together around the golf course so when it came to choosing where to get married, it was the obvious choice.

Their wedding day was about joining too families together. Their wedding party was filled with their children who were so excited for their parents to be joining together. Their wedding party photos were really family photos that will be able to enjoy forever. At one point, the kids kicked their parents out of the photos. It was a first for me to be photographing the wedding party without the bride and groom. We had a lot of fun and you could tell everyone was thrilled that this day had finally arrived.

The reception was filled with pink accents as well as love and laughter. The band played all night creating a fun vibe for the celebration. Valerie and Ed took dance lessons for their first dance and even had their instructor teach a dance to their guests during the reception. It was a fun and elegant night!

Coordinator: Mint Location: Broken Top Golf Club / Band: Precious Byrd / Cake: Ida’s Cupcakes Hair: Traci Furtado Bridal Dress and Grooms Attire: Cordially Invited / Makeup: Crys Billings

Chelsea + Brandon

Five Pine Lodge, Sister, Oregon

Chelsea and Brandon tied the knot a few weeks ago at a beautiful Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. This gorgeous Central Oregon Wedding was filled with mountain-modern details. They announced their wedding with invitations printed on wood created by AE Creative. Her makeup was perfectly done by Edge Salon. Chelsea wore cowgirl boots under dress by Blush Bridal to give her elegant look a fun mountain spin.

Floral arrangements by Summer-Robbins Flowers were shown off throughout the lodge wedding in Chelsea’s bouquet, adorning the arbor, placed delicately on their delicious Fox Tail Bake Shop cake and in the modern centerpieces provided by AE Creative. Their wedding was filled with fun and love. Congrats Chelsea and Brandon!

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Christina + Jim

Deschutes River Elopement

Christina and Jim got married with their closest friends and family along the rushing waters of the Deschutes River in Bend, OR. Christina wore a simple and elegant dress from BHLDN. Flowers by Summer Robbins added elegance to the bride’s look.

Photographer: Josh Jordan / Officiant: Wedding With Heart / Flowers: Summer RobbinsHair & Makeup: Edge Salon, Lori TomposBride’s Dress: BHLDN / Reception: 900 Wall

Emily + Levi

Emily and Levi were married two weeks ago at the beautiful Aspen Lakes Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. Emily and Levi are one of the lucky couples that met in high school, fell in love and now they get to live their whole lives together.

Throughout their wedding you can find adorable little touches like the “I Do” “Me Too” on the bride and grooms forks or the hidden “I do” on the bottom of the boots. The blue cowgirl boots where the perfect item for this bride to use as her something blue and they match the cowgirl boots worn by her bridesmaids. Her dress was the perfect combination of lace and chiffon too, topped off with a beautiful beaded belt.

It was a bummer that the smoke from the fire made it so you could not see the mountain range behind them during the ceremony. The smoke did create beautiful soft light for their portraits and first dance though.

I think my favorite thing at this wedding was the yummy cookie treats that served as the thank you gifts for guests. I also loved the big engagement photo from their engagement session they had out for guests to sign. I can’t wait to help them choose a wedding photo to put in the signed mat. We had a great time photographing this pink and green country wedding in Central Oregon. Emily and Levi are awesome and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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