Monthly Archives: July 2011

Emily & Max (and Gummo)

We recently met up with Emily and Max and their dog Gummo for an engagement session in the Pearl District.  Lots of people were out enjoying the beautiful summer weather making it a perfect day to just stroll through the Pearl.  Emily and Max’s dog Gummo gained the attention of many.  He was very excited to be out and about and he did a great job getting his photos taken.

Emily and Max are getting married at the end of August at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse.  Gummo will be the ring bearer.  Stay tuned for photos from their wedding in mid to late September.

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Allison & Erik | July 9, 2011

It is safe to say that Allison is fully immersed in the world of social media. She is an avid Tweeter (or is it Twitterer) and is a frequent visitor of blogs in addition to managing a few of her own. She is the assistant editor to DiabetesMine and also manages her own personal blog called Lemonade Life where she chronicles her life as a 20-something living with diabetes.  Given her propensities toward social media, it only made sense that she found us through Style Me Pretty (one of our all-time favorite wedding blogs).

Allison and Erik currently reside in New York so all of their wedding planning occurred from afar.  With email, Twitter, and Facebook, we had no problems keeping in touch.  Allison and Erik were married on July 9, 2011 at the Abernethy Center.  The weather was absolutely fantastic and thanks to the work of Mandi and her assistant from Champagne Wedding & Events, the day flowed seamlessly and nothing was rushed.

There were so many unique personalized elements to the day the most notable of which was a customized pocket to hold Allison’s insulin pump.  She writes all about it on DiabetesMine in an article titled Diabetes on My Wedding Day.  Allison and Erik also clearly had a vision for their wedding day – one which incorporated rustic yet stylistic details.  From the centerpieces and chalkboards made out of wood rounds to the well wishes tree and signature drinks (Sweet Tea Vodka & Lemonade was a HUGE hit), everything was well thought out and executed.  One of my favorite details was the pie table.  Fresh handmade pies were provided by Random Order Coffeehouse & Bakery and provided a true taste of the Northwest.  Yet another fun detail was the entertainment provided by Fliptography.  This incredibly innovative evolution of the photobooth concept records seven seconds of “photobooth like action.”  Then, just moments later, you have a flipbook of your performance in hand.

Here are some highlights from Allison & Erik’s incredible wedding celebration:

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business - August 4, 2011 - 8:53 am

……….Allison and Erik were married on July 9 2011 at the Abernethy Center in Portland Oregon. They had so much funErik was always making us laugh and Allison has an amazing spirit.

Tanya Adamson - August 30, 2011 - 8:38 am

Such a beautiful wedding! The pictures are just fabulous. Sounds like your special day went off without a hitch. Congratulations Allison & Erik!

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Ijay & Emeka | July 2, 2011

When I first met Ijay and her mom Florence and we began discussing the wedding details, I was so excited for the unique opportunity to document a Nigerian wedding.  Florence kept saying, “Just wait until you see the hats.  You are gonna love the hats!”  We had so much fun planning for the wedding and just couldn’t wait for the big day to finally arrive.

Ijay and Emeka were married on July 2, 2011 at the Somerset Christian Church.  It was a lovely ceremony highlighted with very spirited and soulful song and dance.  With many guests dressed in native attire, and everyone singing and dancing, it was the most joyful celebration of Ijay and Emeka’s union.

The reception was held at the Embassy Suites in Washington Square.  Once guests were seated, the grand entrance began…and in Nigerian weddings, the grand entrance is unlike anything else.  Traditional Nigerian music is played as the family members dance their way to their seats.  First Ijay’s family danced their way into the room and then Emeka’s family.  And then finally, in came the newlyweds.  Guests cheered upon their entrance into the room and then began a very revered part of Nigerian celebrations – money spraying.  Close friends and family delicately place individual bills on the head of the bride and groom.  The volume of money that is sprayed is typically quite overwhelming, so much so that a family member is usually required to be on standby with a box into which the sprayed money will be collected.  The idea is to shower the couple in riches and good fortune.

Following toasts and the cake cutting, Ijay and Emeka and their entire wedding party transitioned into ethnic attire.  Then, to announce this transition, another grand entrance occurred with additional money spraying.  Once the couple made it out onto the dance floor, they were surrounded by all their guests as the dancing and celebrations continued on well into the evening.

Congratulations Ijay and Emeka and thank you so much for the opportunity to document your wedding celebration.

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njionye nelson - July 24, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Nice Emeka.. Happy married life brother… Looking 4ward 2 seeing you soon.

Roy - July 24, 2011 - 1:35 pm

May the almighty God ,the maker of heaven and earth provide this union all it takes for a marriage to remain intact until the end of time….Amen.

Abiriba Gee - July 24, 2011 - 2:48 pm

How sweet and wonderful to be in a union whc God Himself has odained? Beloveth d Almighty will nurish dis marriage and bless it with every good thing ur hearts might desire: riches, children etc in Jesus name Amen!

chikerequeen - July 25, 2011 - 10:44 am

Is a wonderful thing to be in a union according to Gen 1:28 it says, And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea etc. these are your portion in Jesus Name. HAPPY WEDLOCK my brother

chinwe iruke - July 26, 2011 - 2:49 am

may your marriage be as beautifull as your wedding day………..’HE WHO FINDS A WIFE FINDS A GOOD THING’SO SHALL GOOD THINGS KEEP COMING YOUR WAY IN JESUS NAME……AMEN

Abiriba Gee - July 26, 2011 - 10:36 am

9ce pics bro. My family wish you the best in ur marriage. Happy wedlock bro

Ulaku Iruke-Ofoha - July 27, 2011 - 7:49 pm

Beautiful Pics, congrats Cousin. Your gonna LOVE being married, treat her like a queen. 🙂

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A Mother’s Day Present

On Mother’s Day, Melissa and Leo welcomed their beautiful son into the world.  Baby Marcus arrived weighing 6lb 4oz.  He is absolutely cute as a button and is very calm and content.  During our entire session together, Marcus looked around, took quick little naps, and let us move him all about as we took photos.  Whether he was being held by mom, dad, or his big sister Alexis, Marcus was as happy as could be.  Melissa and Leo have a lovely home that is very close to a little park for the children to play.  They often go for walks to the park together so it made the perfect location for their family portrait session.  Then when we returned back to their home, Alexis wanted to have her picture taken in her room.  She showed me all of her cool stuffed animals and toys.  She is quite the big sister and was very excited to have the opportunity to have her photo taken with Marcus all by herself.  Thank you to Melissa and Leo for inviting me into your home and into your lives.  This is our second photo session together and I look forward to many more in the future.

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Nedra & Greg | Engagement Session

I love photographing engagement sessions.  I get to know my couples better, we get to chat about how things are coming along with the wedding preparations, and at the end of the day we come away with some fun, candid portraits.  It’s just a wonderful experience.  Nedra and Greg chose Cathedral Park for their engagement session location.  I received the sweetest email from Nedra just days before the session asking if it would be ok for them to bring their dog.  Is it ok?  Of course!!!!  Any element that you can include in your engagement photos is highly recommended.  It personalizes your photos and makes them even more meaningful when you look back on them in the years to come.

As we were wrapping up the session, I asked Nedra and Greg if they would be up for heading onto the St John’s Bridge.  It is my favorite way to end engagement sessions at Cathedral Park.  I secretly get an enormous thrill out of stopping traffic to take a photo and the results are always well worth it.

Nedra and Greg’s wedding is now less than 30 days away.  I am looking forward to their wedding and having the opportunity to work with the wildly talented Cindy of Encore Events.  Cindy is a phenomenal wedding planner and is someone you must speak with if you are planning a wedding.

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Yasmin & Reza | Persian Wedding

This has been a very exciting week at the studio with multiple updates from Yasmin & Reza’s week long wedding celebration.  From the mehndi celebration, to the wedding day, to portraits at the Portland Rose Garden, we now bring you the grand finale with Yasmin & Reza’s Persian wedding.  It was a perfect ceremony to signify the union of both families.  As is the tradition with Persian weddings, women play a very integral part of the wedding festivities.  Yasmin’s mother ground up sugar cubes above the couple to symbolize a sweet life together.  Reza’s mother personally prepared and cooked all the food for the evening.  The dishes she prepared were such a delight to photograph and a wonderful treat to experience.  Then, later in the evening came the traditional knife dance.  It begins with a woman dancing and swirling around with the knife that will be used to cut the cake.  She dances around the groom until he pays her money to try to get the Best Electric Knife sharpener back.  It typically takes quite a few dancers before they are willing to relinquish the knife.  Each time the dancer approaches the couple, she is offered money to try to get the knife back.  Once it is finally received, the bride and groom are able to progress to cutting the cake.

Thank you to Yasmin & Reza and all the friends and family who so warmly welcomed me into their lives.  Your wedding celebration was such a delight to photograph.  On Monday, we will be launching your online gallery which will include just over 1,000 images from all of the events!

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