Monthly Archives: August 2012

Nedra & Greg | Maternity Session

We had the honor of photographing Nedra & Greg’s wedding last year and were absolutely thrilled to hear the latest news.  Nedra & Greg are expecting!  We chose the beautiful location of Mt Tabor for the couple’s maternity session.  We waited for some late day sun and made the trek up to the top of the park.  I applaud Nedra for being so adventurous!  If you have ever walked to the top of Mt Tabor, you know it is no small feat.

Here are some highlights from the recent session.  We are looking forward to meeting up with the couple in just a few more weeks for a newborn session.

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Doug Boyes - August 22, 2012 - 3:00 am

So happy for them that was a great wedding!

Amy Vining - August 24, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Such pretty light in these photos. Awesome!

Lindsay & Colin | July 28, 2012

Lindsay and Colin’s wedding was an absolute gem of a day.  It began at Fada Salon with Lindsay and her bridesmaids getting their hair and make up done by Event Cosmetics.  And one of the greatest things about the location, is that it is just walking distance to The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.  Ah, yes.  The Nines Hotel.  One of the premiere locations for getting ready.  There is something absolutely magical about photographing at The Nines.  The color, decor, and the lighting all come together to make for absolutely stunning photographs.  Mix this with a stunningly beautiful couple and you have the recipe for perfection.

Lindsay and Colin had their first moment at the hotel and took the opportunity to capture a handful of images with their bridal party as well.  We then dashed off toward the top of Mt Tabor for the wedding ceremony.  (Fun little factoid: Did you know that Mt Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone?  Well, it is true!)  So, as we are working our way over to Mt Tabor from The Nines, we noticed some traffic beginning to pile up.  Can you guess why?  The Morrison Bridge was up to allow a boat to pass through.  Oh yes!  You can try to plan for everything on your wedding day — but who would ever think about that?  Thankfully, by working with the ever-so-talented team of coordinators at Ella Events, a mere hiccup like this didn’t affect the day at all.  In fact, I even hopped out of the car to capture a photo of the event.  How often do you get to see a bridge up in Portland?  It happens for sure…  But not too often.

So, needless to say, we made our way up to the top of Mt Tabor.  EcoShuttle provided the transportation services for the day bringing not only the wedding party but all the guests up as well.  For those of you who have never been to Mt Tabor or those who are looking for an outdoor ceremony space, we highly recommend that you check out this location.  Guests gathered around and observed Lindsay and Colin exchange their vows underneath an enormous tree.

We then headed over to The Desoto Rooftop Terrace for cocktail hour and the reception.  Kim with Geranium Lake Flowers provided all of the floral decor.  Art of Catering provided the scrumptious food and Random Order Bakery provided the home baked pies.  The custom chalkboards were done by Alesia with Alesia Zorn Calligraphy.  And to really kick off the party, live music was provided by Excellent Gentlemen – and they were absolutely fabulous.  Picture this…  A beautifully warm nice summer evening surrounded by your closest friends and family, dancing the night away to some high energy upbeat music.  Yes.  That happened!

From start to finish, Lindsay and Colin’s wedding was a huge success.  The day flowed together effortlessly.  Everyone was relaxed.  And everyone certainly had a great time.  The evening was capped off with a buffet of donuts from our beloved Voodoo Doughnut.  And lastly, the grand finale was the most spectacular departure of all time.  Guests gathered around and threw NOT rice, NOT bird seed, but chamomile as the newlywed couple headed toward their Portland Pedicab to ride off into the evening.  Chamomile has a unique and distinctive feature when photographed with the flash of a camera.  It transforms into a magical gold dust.  How neat is that?

Congratulations to Lindsay and Colin.  We are extremely excited to share these highlights from your wedding day.

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Theresa Valls - August 16, 2012 - 9:19 pm

well done, Paul Rich! Beautifully photographed. And who knew that Mt Tabor could be such a fantastic spot for a wedding. I’d be delighted if these were my wedding photos.

Susan Phelps Shuff - August 18, 2012 - 1:43 am

Beautiful! I watched you working at the wedding and reception. You did a fantastic job.

Randi Scott - August 19, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Paul, these photos are just amazing. You are very talented. These will be wonderful keepsakes for the rest of our lives.

Connie Sillars - August 20, 2012 - 2:46 am

Awesome photos from a fantastic wedding! So glad we could be there.

Lindsay Scott - August 20, 2012 - 4:09 pm

As the bride, I spent my many intimate moments with Paul observing and never once did I feel awkward by his presence. He has the ability to make his subjects feel at ease while he works so he can capture an authentic moment. This blog post is a perfect summary of the day’s events and I’m glad I get to relive my wedding day through these beautiful  photos.  I can’t give Paul enough praise!

Al Angulo - August 20, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Wow very nice Randi.

Becky - August 20, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple and a special day! Congratulations Lindsay!!!

aoe

Becky

Lindsay Scott - August 20, 2012 - 11:58 pm

As the bride, I spent many intimate moments with loved ones while Paul observed and never once did I feel awkward with his presence. He has the ability to make his subjects feel at ease while he works so an authentic moment can be captured. This blog post is a perfect summary of the day’s events and I’m do glad I get to re-live my wedding day through these beautiful photos. I simply can’t give Paul enough praise!

Mt Tabor » My Portland Photographer - August 21, 2012 - 12:05 am

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Andrea McCoy - August 21, 2012 - 4:21 am

What a beautiful wedding!!! Miss you.

Paul Rich - August 21, 2012 - 6:26 am

Thanks so much Lindsay! It was such an honor to be a part of your day and to document all of the love shared amongst your friends and family. From the moment we first met, observing the relationship between you and your mom, I knew that working together would be a great fit.

Patrick Debremme - August 24, 2012 - 9:34 pm

As a Photographer myself I can certainly attest of a real talent wedding photographer your are. Those will be great memories of a special moment, and I a feel privilege to have been part of it. Plein d’amour et de tendresse aux jeunes maries.

Nichole & Edmund | July 21, 2012

Days after their traditional Navajo wedding ceremony, Nichole & Eddie exchanged vows at The Governor Hotel in downtown Portland.  The wedding party and immediate family members got ready at the hotel and then headed up to the South Park Blocks for portraits.  It was a beautiful sunny day and we found the perfect shaded location to keep everyone cool.  Once the formals were complete, we headed back to the hotel for the wedding ceremony in the Renaissance Room.  With Nichole being selected as one of the 50 most influential Portlanders in 2012 by Portland Monthly Magazine, it was an honor to have former Portland Mayor Tom Potter officiate the wedding.  The wedding ceremony included a community elder who gave a blessing and a family friend who played an honor song.

Following the ceremony, the entire wedding party gathered into the Fireside Room and had a blast celebrating with the newlyweds.  It was the perfect getaway experience following the ceremony and a chance for Nichole & Eddie to have some relaxing down time with their closest friends.  Meantime, guests gathered in the Grand Ballroom for cocktail hour and eagerly awaited Nichole & Eddie’s grand entrance.  A huge round of applause erupted as the couple entered the room.  Nichole & Eddie then took a moment to welcome their guests.  Eddie’s uncle gave a prayer before dinner and guests were treated to an exquisite meal catered by Jake’s Catering.  There were a number of incredible speeches given by family and friends including an elder Alaskan native who walked the couple through the process of jointly tying a knot to symbolize their union.  Following the speeches, the dance floor opened up and guests danced the night away.

A special thanks to all the vendors who participated in making Nichole & Eddie’s wedding day a huge success.  As always, it was a privilege working with our fellow Loftie Event Cosmetics, who did the make up for the bride and her bridesmaids.  And most importantly, we would like to congratulate Nichole & Eddie!  They have just returned from their honeymoon in Hawaii and we are so excited to share this collection of highlights from their wedding day.

 

 

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Traditional Navajo Wedding Ceremony

Throughout the years, I have had the honor of photographing many weddings across a variety of different cultures.  However, this most recent Navajo wedding ceremony was a personal highlight.

Nichole and Edmund were married at a private estate in the foothills of Mt Hood.  The couple celebrated their union amongst close family and friends in a traditional Navajo wedding ceremony.

To begin the ceremony, the groom and his family and friends traditionally enter a Hogan (a traditional home of the Navajo people) and sit on the west side facing the east.  They enter the Hogan clockwise.  Nichole and Edmund had a structure made to designate the location of the ceremony.

Once Edmund and his family and friends entered the ceremony area, Nichole and her family followed.  Nichole carried the traditional wedding ceremony basket containing a sacred corn mush.  She entered the ceremony area and sat next to Edmund.  Her family entered in clockwise and sat on the right side.  Nichole’s father carried the traditional water jug, cup, and corn pollen.

The wedding was opened with a prayer and then the corn mush was blessed with corn pollen by Nichole’s father.  A line was made from east to west and back to east.  Another line was made from south to north and back to south and then the corn mush was outlined with the corn pollen in a circular shape going clockwise, starting from the east direction and making a full circle.    Water was poured into the gourd and given to Edmund and Nichole to wash their hands.  Then, Edmund took a pinch of corn mush from the east direction and ate it.  Nichole followed.  They continued to the south, west, and north, and then took a pinch from the middle of the mush.  Traditionally, the remaining mush is passed onto the groom’s family to finish, however, Nichole and Edmund offered for anyone to come up and try the corn mush.

Four different elders gave words of wisdom to encourage the young newlyweds.  Then, Nichole and her friends and family fed Edmund and his family to conclude the ceremony.  Frybread and soup were served to guests and the wedding day celebrations continued on well into the evening.

Here are some highlights from Nichole & Edmund’s Navajo wedding ceremony:

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Beverly Charriere Mason - August 14, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Beautiful! Such a stunning setting and culturally rich cermony. Love it! ~ http://www.TheRadiantTouch.com wedding officiant.

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty - August 14, 2012 - 5:42 pm

What a treat to see this beautiful day unfold and learn about their wedding traditions. You photographed it beautifully!

Adria Lailer - August 15, 2012 - 1:31 am

What a magical ceremony! Thank you so much for sharing it.

[…] What an incredible accomplishment and what an incredible honor to have the opportunity to document Nichole & Edmund’s Navajo wedding ceremony. […]

Emee Pumarega - April 5, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Really gorgeous wedding. Saw this in your email news, don’t know how I missed it the first time around!

Shane Shine - April 17, 2013 - 6:06 am

Beautiful scene?

Marcy Lore - July 7, 2013 - 4:48 am

Love love love.

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Cathedral Park Family Portraits

We had the privilege of photographing Janice & Tom’s wedding back in 2006.  They were married at one of the cutest lesser known venues in Portland called Leach Botanical Garden.  If you are planning a smaller sized wedding and are looking for venue options, this one is an absolute must see.

We recently met up with Janice and Tom and their son Peter for some fun outdoor portraits at Cathedral Park.  Due to schedules and challenging weather, we had to re-schedule the session a handful of times, but it was well worth the wait.  The weather was ideal for portraits and Peter was in the best mood possible.  We really got him laughing and even got to play by some railroad tracks.  Peter is a huge fan of trains, so the location was extra special.

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Marlyah

I recently had the opportunity to meet up with Brittney and her daughter Marlyah for a portrait session.  Brittney wanted to include some photos of Marlyah in the invitations she created for Marlyah’s 1st birthday.  So, we had to make sure to sneak the portrait session in a bit on the early side.  These images were captured of her at 11 months and we have been keeping them a bit of a secret ever since.  We have been so excited to share these photos but wanted to wait until the invitations went out for the big birthday party.  Now that the invites are out, we can share some highlights from the recent session at Mt Tabor.

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Brittney Haynes - August 9, 2012 - 6:08 am

These are so amazing – thank you again!

Emily Johnson - August 9, 2012 - 6:44 am

So beautiful! Proud to be related! I will watch her for you anytime!!!

Rebeka Self - August 9, 2012 - 9:04 am

Beautiful pictures! Marlyah is adorable and her smile lights up her whole face! 🙂

Brittney Haynes - August 9, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Thank you 😉 Paul sure does amazing pictures! i couldnt of been any happier with the way they turned out