Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 in Review

At the end of every year, I enjoy getting the opportunity to look back at all the memories we created.  It reminds me of how fortunate I am to be a wedding photographer and how exhilarating it is to document such a special day for so many people.  We want to thank all of our 2010 couples.  We wish you the very best and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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Jennifer - December 25, 2010 - 9:32 pm

Fabulous work as always. Cheers to a New Year!

Angela & Ryan | December 4, 2010

When you have a wedding party that consists of 11 bridesmaids, 11 groomsmen, and 3 flower girls, you know you are in for one heck of a party.  And a party it was…

The day began with the men getting ready at the Governor Hotel while the women did hair and make up at Robert’s of Portland.  Everything was going along smoothly when all of a sudden, the men realized that they didn’t quite know how to tie a bow tie.  The iPhones came out and everyone started searching YouTube.  There are instructional videos for sure, but man we just couldn’t quite figure it out.  Thank goodness for Collier’s right across the street.  They helped all the guys get their bow ties on with plenty of time for the wedding.

The men and the women descended upon St Mary’s Cathedral for the wedding ceremony.  With the assistance of Andrea who provided Ladies in Waiting Service and Marilyn and her staff with Portland Wedding Planner, Inc, everything was ready and set to go.  Jordan with Blum Design in Flowers created incredible floral accents throughout.  Heather with Hybrid Moon captured the entire ceremony on video while we captured stills from multiple locations throughout the church.  The couple exited the church surrounded by guests who were waving lit sparklers in celebration.  The couple rode off to the reception in the Best Car in Town’s 1947 Silver Wraith Rolls Royce Limousine.

The couple went straight into their first dance after being announced into the reception with music being played by Eric with All Wright Music.  Naturally, the dance floor stayed jam packed all evening long.  Table signs, seating cards, and cupcake flavor signs were all hand-written by the amazingly talented Alesia Zorn Calligraphy.  Cupcake Jones provided the scrumptious cupcakes and Beaverton Bakery provided the wedding cake.  Thank you to all the vendors who made the wedding day a smashing success and thank you to both Leah Nash and Evrim Icoz for providing additional photography coverage with me throughout the day.

For additional images from Angela & Ryan’s wedding, make sure to check out the sneak peek slideshow.

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Jennifer - December 22, 2010 - 9:03 am

Such a beautiful couple, and what appears to be an AMAZING good time! Your photography captures the magic perfectly! Great work!!

Jordan @ Blum - December 22, 2010 - 10:17 am

Beautiful couple and wonderful images Paul! It was such a pleasure to be a part of that very special day. 🙂

Beautiful photos, Paul! Amazing job of capturing the spirit of the day! And what a day it was! Such a pleasure working with Angela and Ryan and their wonderful family!

Portraits with Vivienne

Vivienne is growing up to be a pretty big girl these days.  She has quickly learned that running is a heck of a lot more fun than walking and she goes at it full steam ahead.  She throws her body forward and then waits for her feet to catch up.  She absolutely loves to play games, loves to be swung in the air, and loves to be on mom or dad’s shoulders.

We met up at Cathedral Park for a fun family session outdoors.  Vivienne led the way with running in all sorts of directions and finding the neatest of things to play with.  A giant yellow leaf was the prize of the day.  Here are a few of our favorites from Vivienne’s most recent photo session with her parents:

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Cathedral Park Family Portraits

Cathedral Park is one of my favorite locations for family portraits.  When John & Rhea contacted us I just knew it was the right location for them.  John’s parents were visiting from Australia for the holiday and his sister and husband were in town from Colorado.  With everyone together and of course the weather being unpredictable, I suggested Cathedral Park as it allows for some nice covered areas outdoors.  In addition, nothing beats the ability to get up onto the St John’s bridge to wrap up the session.  A special thanks to the Anderson family for playing along and being adventurous during the session!

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Holiday Family Portraits

Are you getting together with family for the holiday?  Consider a holiday family portrait.  Whether it is in your home or at a local park, holiday portraits are a wonderful way to celebrate being together.  We have a limited number of spots available during the month of December so please contact us right away by emailing Paul at paul@paulrichstudio.com.

Here is a recent portrait session we documented on Thanksgiving Day.

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Identical Twins in Oahu

Back in September, I had the opportunity to meet up with Beth & Nate (a couple whose wedding we photographed back in 2008) to document them with their parents and the newest addition to the family — August & William.  We met at Cathedral Park for the portrait session and it was the first time I had the chance to meet the twins.  Highlights from the session can be viewed HERE.

Beth & Nate live in Oahu.  So during the portrait session, I mentioned that I would be on the island for Joan & James’ destination wedding.  Our schedules were tight, but we did have an opportunity to connect for a session on the beach.  In fact, as soon as I finished documenting Joan & James’ wedding, I plugged in my GPS and headed over to Beth & Nate’s house.  Luckily for them (and for me), the beach is only a 10 minute walk from their house.  It was the perfect location and the lighting was ideal.

Thanks so much Beth & Nate for making time in your schedules to meet up with me.  Having the opportunity to document your family in Portland and then to meet up again just months later in Oahu was a real treat for me.  Here are a selection of images from our recent portrait session out on the beach:

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Joan & James | November 6, 2010

Joan & James set the tone for their wedding celebration by inviting their friends and family to join them in Oahu.  With temperatures in the mid-80s and beautiful white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, Joan & James selected the perfect location.  As guests began arriving throughout the week leading up to the wedding, the excitement and anticipation continued to grow.  Many took the opportunity to explore the island and take in all that Oahu has to offer.

Joan & James selected a beautiful beach house right on the water as the location for their wedding.  The women began the day in the beach house with hair and make up preparations while the guys got ready in the side cottage.  We selected an area down by the waterfront for the couple’s first moment – an area that remained visible from the balcony of the beach house so friends and family could witness the couple seeing each other for the first time.  With the sound of waves crashing in the background and palm trees whistling in the wind, the stage was set and the moment unforgettable.  The same held true for the wedding ceremony with a gorgeous view of the ocean as a backdrop.

Once Joan & James were officially married, guests gathered around for a fun group portrait.  In true Hawaiian spirit, everyone cheered “ALOHA” for the camera.  It was a great way to kick off the reception festivities that included not only a series of wonderful toasts and fun cake cutting, but an incredible performance by a local Polynesian dance group.  As the afternoon festivities continued on, some guests changed into swimming attire and hit the beach.  After all, it was only 10 feet away!

A special thanks to Joan, James, and their families for the wonderful opportunity to document the wedding.  And a special thanks to Alicia with Milestone Events Hawaii for her incredible coordination of the day.

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Dina Avila - December 2, 2010 - 12:12 pm

These are beautiful! They make me miss my family and Hawaii.
Love that she threw a lei!

Chrissy Rontal - December 2, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Great pics! Congrats and best of luck to you both!

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