Kristan has been a huge part of our life for awhile now, since she is Josh’s assistant. She’s an amazing person so I was thrilled when she announced she was getting married! And I was more than happy to be their photographer to capture all the joy of their family filled backyard wedding in Bend, Oregon.
Kristan and Damien wanted a simple wedding filled with intentionally powerful elements as they joined their lives together in this sacred union. If you’ve ever wondered how to fill your wedding with unique and meaningful pieces throughout your day then keep reading. Kristan thought through everything and focused only on the most meaningful things that would help them come together while surrounded by their loved ones.
“My bridal bouquet was created from a piece of wood my best friend (and maid of honor) found on a hike weeks before. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be the perfect handle. I added flowers and a few crystals that held special value to me, along with a few owl feathers I had acquired many years ago. Damien’s boutonniere received an owl feather as well so that he and I would be vibrationally attuned to the other. ” – Kristan
This is their sweet girl Phoenix who we adore! My little Noah can’t get enough of her. Had he not been sick, he would have loved to have been at the wedding to dance the night away with her.
“We created handfasting cords in colors that held value to each of us individually, and chose 2 charms for each cord; one that represented Damien (the Celtic lion head) and one that represented me (the Celtic heart), and a charm on each with a vow promise to the other.” – Kristan
“Dad walked me down the aisle to Connie playing the Crystal singing bowl I found years prior in preparation for Phoenix’s birth… it was perfect! We had a variety of drums available throughout the ceremony as well, because I have a deep connection to the Native Indian way of life. The drum reminds me of connection with the heartbeat of Mother Earth. We also surrounded our ceremonial space and tables with obsidian stones and crystals to both ground our energies and expand our prayers and newly co-created dreams. ” – Kristan
Can you see the magic that Kristan created? I also have a connection to the Native American way of life since I’m part Native American. I love this part about her! It’s been so much fun to see how she incorporates Native Indian rituals into her life, and now her wedding.
They felt incredibly blessed to have Kristan’s soul sister, Connie, officiate their ceremony. Everything came together perfectly for their wedding day, including Connie. Damien trusted Kristan fully with the wedding planning and didn’t know until the day before the wedding that Connie would be the one officiating. It turned out that Connie has known Damien since he was a kid playing with her kids.
“We were so blessed to have 4 generations represented at our wedding, with the youngest at nearly 4 and the oldest at 92!” – Kristan
“Mom and I found my wedding dress just a few short weeks before our ceremony (talk about waiting until the last minutes!) It was the perfect blend of simple-elegant-woodland fairy. My mom had recently found these sweet little wooden butterfly buttons that called out to be on the dress somewhere…since butterflies represent transformation, I carefully sewed a few into the flowing folds. It was a fun little surprise for us all when they peaked out now and again.” – Kristan
“We asked Connie to call in the four cardinal directions and ancestral energies to consecrate our space as sacred, and to invite the spirits of our many loved ones who had already crossed over. In this, we also set up a space where we displayed photos of those loved ones, along with family who weren’t able to join us that day.” – Kristan
Kristan and Damien,
Thank you so much for being part of our lives! Josh and I feel so blessed to know you guys. We had so much fun celebrating with you and we both wish you all the love, joy and luck as you enter this journey together!
-Kelli + Josh
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!
“We’ve been best friends and sole mates since high school. As we’ve grown so has our relationship and we can’t wait to take the next step” – Danielle.
Danielle and Tyler married at River Run Lodge Eagle Crest in Redmond, Oregon. Like she said, they’ve known they wanted to get married since high school. These two have spent the last 9 years camping, fishing, cooking and loving on their dog, Duke. Having a long relationship meant they could have a short engagement. Their engagement was only 4 months.
Ty proposed on Danielle’s birthday at the beach at sunset. So romantic! She had just had surgery and wasn’t sure if she could make it the beach so they ended up having a simple and relaxing evening by the fire watching the sun go down. In the sweet and simple moment, he proposed.
They chose Redmond for their wedding because they love the area and were hoping to get married in the snow. It actually snowed during their ceremony and we were able to capture some beautiful moments in the snow at the end of the night. The venue gave them an exceptional deal since it was off season. The River Run Lodge at Eagle Crest has a view that Danielle could not resist. Both Danielle and Ty loved the rustic and intimate setting of the venue.
They wanted their wedding to be simple, inviting and fun. Everyone had a great time so they definitely accomplished their goals.
“Marriage means you’re stuck with that person forever! through thick and thin, good and bad so you better make sure you’re with the right person. I’m a million percent positive I’ve found the right one. There’s no one else I’d rather spend the rest of my life with and can’t wait to make the commitment in front of God and my family and friends.” – Danielle
Danielle and Ty,
Thank you for letting me be part of your day. Your friends and family were so sweet! I know you guys (and Duke) are going to have a happy and amazing life together.
I love all the matching rose gold jewelry!
This is one of the best custom ring boxes I’ve seen. It’s so beautiful!
Danielle’s sister let her borrow her wedding dress. Danielle looks stunning it and was so thankful to have a sister willing to share something so special.