Up Inspired Wedding | Adam & Josh

Themed weddings are always a special treat to attend and especially fun to photograph.  Adam and Josh hosted an Up inspired wedding at Home Place Farm in Molalla, OR.  The venue provided the perfect setting for their themed wedding.

Naturally, with an Up inspired wedding, balloons played a significant role in the decor for the wedding.  Guests “signed in” to the wedding by inking their thumb print onto a canvas made to look like a collection of balloons.  Each guest was then given an “Ellie badge” (a soda bottle cap pin) to wear for the occasion as well as an individual balloon to hold during the wedding ceremony.  After Adam and Josh exchanged their wedding vows and their first kiss as newlyweds, everyone released their balloon into the air.  It was the most magnificent sight coupled with a lot of humor as the balloons got caught up by the surrounding trees.

The reception was meticulously decorated with all sorts of vintage decor and the little ones were entertained with a craft table, lawn games, and the most spectacular tent made of bed sheets.  I don’t think I have ever seen guests enjoy themselves as much as I did at Adam and Josh’s Up inspired wedding.  The children were entertained with all sorts of activities freeing up the adults to have their fun too.

Congratulations to Adam and Josh and their wildly fantastical wedding celebration.  Here are just a few of our favorite moments and highlights from the wedding day:

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Samantha & Jamie | Engagement Session

Samantha & Jamie requested to have their engagement session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in SE Portland.  I had heard of the location many many times (and in fact live within 3 miles of the garden), but had never actually photographed there before.  It seemed like one big giant mystery.  Why hadn’t I photographed there before?

Well, when we arrived, I really started to ask myself that question because it is absolutely stunning.  While planning for the engagement session, Samantha & Jamie asked what time of day might be best for the photo shoot.  I recommended that we aim for a time late in the day as the sun was setting.  It was the perfect choice for this location as the sun trickles through the trees and offers very dramatic lighting.

I have known both Samantha & Jamie for many years through the wedding industry.  We have worked together on a number of occasions so it is an extra special honor to have the opportunity to photograph their wedding in 2016.  During the engagement session, we had the opportunity to catch up a bit and discuss more details regarding their wedding plans.  I cannot wait to photograph their wedding.  They both have made wedding days possible for others, it will be so fun watching them celebrate their very own.

Here are highlights from Samantha & Jamie’s engagement session at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden:

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Terry Erwin - August 5, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Walking hand in hand down the path of life !!! All great pics !!

Melody Regan - August 5, 2015 - 9:33 pm

So beautiful!! They made me verklempt! I am so happy for you two!

Luke’s 6 Month Session

Logan & Kevin drove down from Seattle for a wedding and brought their 2 littlest ones with them for some updated family photos.  It was Luke’s 6 month session and we found the perfect outdoor location for the photo shoot.  George Rogers Park has beautiful grassy areas, a nice long bridge, and a perfectly sized beach area all within just a 2 minute walk from each other.  I assess a location’s strength for portraits based on the variety of work that can be created within a relatively small area, especially when little ones are involved.

Some locations are absolutely amazing but when you take into consideration other factors, they may not make the best portrait location.  George Rogers Park however essentially has it all.  Logan & Kevin found the perfect outfits for the entire family and Luke was extremely excited to have his photos captured.  Olivia just loves being the big sister and loves nothing more than being tossed way up in the air by her dad.  Kevin got quite the workout in.

With just a little bit of extra planning and preparation, your portrait session can be a smashing success.  All of these images were captured within the span of about 45 minutes and the little ones had a chance to run around, dip their toes in the water, and eat a few snacks in between.

Here are ah handful of highlights from Luke’s 6 month session at George Rogers Park:

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Logan - August 4, 2015 - 2:52 pm

I LOVE all of these! Can I vote for all of them?! :)

Kari Mathies - August 9, 2015 - 4:26 pm

These are fabulous! Great job, as ALWAYS, Paul Rich!!! We can’t wait for you to capture our little human in just a couple of weeks!

Baby Giuliana | 2 Month Session

We had the honor of photographing Giuliana within 48 hours of her birth.  It was one of the most incredible experiences being granted special access to the NICU at the hospital.  Now that Giuliana is out of the hospital, we wanted to take the opportunity to capture some pictures of her at home with her parents.

We will be checking in with Giuliana regularly throughout her first year to capture lots and lots of photos of her.  I cannot wait for her first birthday and to be able to look back on all the photos we will have captured of her leading up to that fun day.  She is already growing so quickly so it is nice to capture her at various milestones.

Here are some of our favorites from Giuliana’s first official portrait session at home:

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Harper Turns 1

Laurelhurst Park is a wonderful location for family portraits.  It is among our favorites.

One of our dearest clients, Dolcie and Erik, whose son we have photographed numerous times, gifted a portrait session by Paul Rich Studio to their friends.  Their daughter Harper was turning 1 and it made for the perfect gift.

I met up with Harper and her parents at Laurelhurst Park for a 1 year session outdoors.  We played around in the park, saw some people walking their dogs (which Harper found particularly fascinating), and had the opportunity to explore lots of new things.  Harper particularly enjoyed playing on the long set of stairs that lead down into Laurelhurst Park.  It was the perfect spot to capture her in her super cute 1 year outfit.

Here are a few images from Harper’s recent 1 year session:

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Leach Botanical Garden Elopement

Michelle and Frank are based out of the Chicago area and when they were planning their wedding elopement, they decided that they wanted to travel somewhere outside their local area.  Oregon seemed like a fitting location.  It’s certainly quite different from Chicago, so why not?

Michelle did a bunch of research online and located just the right spot for their wedding elopement – the Leach Botanical Garden.  The lush greenery, tall trees, and colorful flowers made the perfect setting for their wedding.  Guests gathered in a heavily wooded area for the ceremony and then travelled downtown to one of Portland’s finest restaurants Andina for the reception.

Just prior to departing for Andina, we had the opportunity to capture some fun portraits throughout the grounds of Leach Botanical Garden.  Knowing what inspired Michelle & Frank to elope in Oregon, we made sure to capture some of the iconic elements of what make the Pacific Northwest so unique.

Here are some highlights from their wedding elopement at Leach Botanical Garden:

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Sandra Rosellini - August 4, 2015 - 1:43 am

Love all of them! Beautiful pictures!

Linda Kinczkowski - August 4, 2015 - 5:32 pm

All the pictures are wonderful! Too hard to choose!
Love you guys!

Fernanda & Markus | July 11, 2015

The Ponzi Historic Estate is a stunningly beautiful location for an intimate wedding celebration.  Old vines descend off into the distance and beautiful fir trees can be seen throughout the property.  It makes for an exquisite backdrop.

The story of how Fernanda, Markus, and I met is a fun one.  They hired Emee with EJP Events to coordinate their wedding.  Fernanda is from Brazil.  Markus is from Germany.  Emee recommended our services to them for wedding photography but at the time I was traveling overseas in New Zealand.  Fernanda and Markus had an opportunity to view our wedding portfolios at The Bridal Loft and very much wanted to chat in person.  So we coordinated our schedules, if I recall I was about 17 hours ahead, and we chatted by Skype.  We discussed the flow of their day and what they were wanting in terms of wedding photography coverage.  We scheduled a time to meet in person once I got back into the US and we had an opportunity to connect at the Ponzi Historic Estate just days before their actual wedding celebration.  I was in awe of the setting and really excited to be chosen to document their wedding.

With just 12 of their closest friends and family members, Fernanda and Markus exchanged their vows and were officially married on July 11, 2015.  Additional Bridal Loft members who assisted in Fernanda & Markus’ wedding celebration include: floral design by Gifford Flowers, wedding dress alterations by Custom Fit to You, and a custom veil by August Veils.  It was extremely fun having the opportunity to work with may of my peers at the Bridal Loft and to document such a momentous occasion of two families meeting for the first time here in the US.

Congratulations to Fernanda, Markus, and their incredibly cute daughter. :)

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