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!
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.
Yvonne and Jeremy are the sweetest couple! They are both from the same small Canadian town and have always had a great connection since the first day they met. Jeremy and Yvonne have been together for almost 5 years!
They knew they were meant for each other because they simply cannot imagine the future without one another! After 6 months of wedding planning, they are finally husband and wife! They both “feel like the luckiest people in the world to have found the loves of our lives at such a young age”. I love it!!
Jeremy, in his Calvin Klein suit from Men’s Warehouse, definitely describes himself as a modern guy. While Yvonne loves the rustic details. She put the antler centerpieces and flowers together while also making the wood sign that guests saw as they entered the ceremony. Their Modern-Rustic wedding was a perfect blend of their two styles. They chose Brasada Ranch as their venue to show off the beauty of Central Oregon while still allowing all their guests to be close to one another, staying at the same awesome location.
To Yvonne, marriage means, “Having your partner in your corner; someone who picks you up when you’re down, celebrates your achievements as their own, loves you even when they’re mad at you, and someone you couldn’t imagine life without.” Well said!
Congrats Yvonne and Jeremy!!