Monthly Archives: October 2011

High School Seniors | Class of 2012

We recently met up with a handful of seniors for an afternoon of portraits at Cathedral Park in St John’s and in The Pearl District in downtown Portland.  Alexa is graduating from Tualatin High School.  Clayton is graduating from Century High School.  Jazzmyn is graduating from Tigard High School.  Congratulations to our 2012 Seniors!

Special thank you to Katherine with Event Cosmetics for doing all the makeup, Andrea with August Veils for all the coordination and scrumptuous food, and Steven for being the total rock star assistant.

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Leialoha Ka'ula - October 22, 2011 - 11:26 am

Ummm, I’d like to order, please 🙂

Becky & Greg | September 18, 2011

I met Becky & Greg in February of 2010 to begin discussing their plans for an August 2010 wedding.  The plan was to have the wedding on August 22, 2010 at her sister’s residence and to have the reception at the Portland Art Museum.  Weeks after meeting with the couple, I received an email from Becky:

Hi Paul,

I wanted to write to you and let you know what’s going on with me. I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago. I have a surgery scheduled for a week from Friday and it is more than likely that I will undergo chemo and radiation in the coming months. We have absolutely no idea how this will effect our wedding plans…I just wanted you to be aware. We haven’t made any decisions yet and probably won’t for a few more weeks or months as we know more information.  Just so you know, we want you to be part of our day however it goes!  I’ll of course be in touch as I know more.

Regards,
Becky 🙂

I was so saddened by the news and wanted to do anything I could to make their wedding day exactly what they wanted.  The plan was to re-schedule the wedding for a future date but then even more news came…  I asked Becky to detail her experiences leading up to her wedding celebration and she had this to say:

Greg and I got engaged in October 2009 and planned to get married in August, 2010. We were so excited to get married in my sister’s backyard and have a big party at the Portland Art Museum. However, on Feb. 23, 2010, our life turned upside down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. I had two surgeries in two months followed by three months of chemotherapy. We decided to postpone our wedding exactly one year so I would have energy and hair! The year was really difficult but the wedding provided us with something to look forward to. Three weeks after my final surgery in December, my father was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The doctors urged us to move up the wedding to make sure my dad would be there and be strong. So, we got married on April 17, 2011 in Seattle with our best friends and close family surrounding us. We still wanted to celebrate with our friends and got to do just that on September 18, 2011 in my sister’s backyard. My mom and dad were there and the whole night was magical. Thank you to Paul Rich for being so flexible with us in changing the dates so many times! I am now cancer free with a new curly hairdo. Though the journey was difficult, it has taught us that life is full of surprises and it is important to celebrate the good times, which we got to do… twice!

What an incredible journey leading up to Becky & Greg’s wedding and what an incredible honor to have the opportunity to document this momentous event.  Becky & Greg opted to have their wedding celebration on September 18, 2011.  It was also the same day at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Portland.  So Becky & Greg and their close friends and family had the opportunity to participate in the event in the morning and then celebrate their marriage in the evening.  Congratulations to Becky & Greg.  You did it!

I would like to thank Champagne Wedding & Events, 3 Leg Torso, and all the vendors who played an integral role in making the day a huge success.

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Paloma Griffin - October 13, 2011 - 6:32 pm

STUNNING shots of a beautiful couple. Love your photos!

Amy Collins - October 13, 2011 - 6:32 pm

What gorgeous photos! Becky and Greg look so happy, the yard looks magical, and everyone looks like they are having a great time. I wish I could have been there to celebrate such a wonderful couple.

wedgie - October 13, 2011 - 7:05 pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! All of it!!! What an amazing job capturing the spirit of an incredible union and celebration. Thank you!!

janet coleman - October 13, 2011 - 7:34 pm

These photos are so beautiful – classic and CLASSY.
I will most certainly, look you up when I get married!

Marla Hornsten - October 13, 2011 - 7:52 pm

Thank you Paul for memorializing my sister’s wedding so beautifully. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (although I really like what you wrote in the blog too).
Thank you for pairing the Race for the cure t-shirt with the wedding dress–it is the perfect juxtaposition, showing so clearly what Becky and Greg have gone through. The evening was wonderful all around and we thank you for the gorgeous pictures!!!

Marisa - October 13, 2011 - 7:56 pm

It was such a beautiful and meaningful wedding and these photos (and I’m sure many others) captured it elegantly and with great humor. That’s perfect for Becky and Greg, two elegant people with GREAT humor and love amongst them.

Rebekah Pierson - October 14, 2011 - 5:47 am

Simply the most beautiful bride and handsome groom I have ever seen!

Blair Foote - October 26, 2011 - 4:21 pm

What love and lightness! Beautiful pics of a beautiful couple. Great job, Paul, on so magically capturing the journey in both words and pictures.

ISES | 2nd Annual Table Top Competition

The Portland Chapter of the International Special Events Society recently held their 2nd Annual Art of the Party Table Top Competition at the Portland Art Museum.  Eddie Diaz from Encore Creations was the guest speaker and judge for this year’s table top designs.  With 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eddie has been recognized by Catersource, ISES, Event-Solutions Magazine, Florida Biz Bash, and Orland Style Magazine.  This year’s participants included: One Divine Party, Billede Design, Barclay Event Rentals, Multnomah Athletic Club, The Party Place, and Peter Corvallis Productions.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Best Use of Alternative Materials: Multnomah Athletic Club

Best Use of Theme: Peter Corvallis Productions

People’s Choice Award: Peter Corvallis Productions

Best Overall: Barclay Event Rentals

Special thanks to the Portland Art Museum for hosting the event and to Vibrant Table for the exquisite catering.

Table Top Design by: One Divine Party

Table Top Design by: Barclay Event Rentals

Table Top Design by: One Divine Party & Billede Design

Table Top Design by: The Party Place

Table Top Design by: Multnomah Athletic Club

Table Top Design by: Peter Corvallis Productions

Lucy Visits the Northwest

Lucy recently flew out to Portland from North Carolina to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  Her mom is a breast cancer survivor of 5+ years and so participating in the event was especially important.  During her visit, she had the opportunity to check out some of the local food carts.  She particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to hold her fork all on her own.  Lucy also had the chance to check out the Oregon Zoo.  It was a very exciting trip and she got to spend lots of time with family.  She even had the chance to have her own photo session.  Laurelhurst Park was the perfect location.  She was able to run around and do just about everything possible to avoid being photographed.  But we caught her!  And that’s when the smiles really came out.  Here are some highlights from the session:

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