Monthly Archives: June 2013

Baby Hurley

We recently posted highlights from Rachelle & Donny’s maternity session on the blog and are now excited to share images of Baby Hurley.  Hurley was born on June 5, 2013 weighing 9 lbs 2 oz at 20.5 inches long.  He is absolutely precious and looks incredibly similar to his big brother Hendricks.  Check out Hendricks’ newborn photos and you will see exactly what I mean.

Congratulations to Rachelle & Donny!

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Mandi Wiley - June 27, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Oh my- these are adorable! I may have voted them all as my favorite- how do you choose! Love this family so much! Perfectly captured, Paul!

Mickey Chase - June 27, 2013 - 11:50 pm

I love the family picture, the one of Donnie and Hendricks laughing, that is great and the one Hendricks is kissing little brother! They all are good.

Engagement Session | Hoyt Arboretum

Julia & Erik are getting married at The Waverley Country Club this July and we had the opportunity to catch up with them this past weekend for their engagement session.  The couple asked for some suggestions for a location and we decided upon Hoyt Arboretum.  There are many things that I love about this location but among them is the ability to capture many different looks within a relatively small area.  In fact, we were able to move so quickly that we were able to incorporate a couple of outfit changes and a total of 3 different locations.

We explored a couple of locations within Hoyt Arboretum and also explored the Portland Rose Garden.  As we all know, Portland is pretty famous for its roses.  In fact, when the couple was traveling in Madrid, Spain they came across a rose garden and saw roses specifically labelled from Portland.  How neat is that?!?!?

We look forward to documenting Julia & Erik’s wedding later this summer and wanted to share some highlights from their recent engagement session.

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Pearl District | Engagement Session

The story of how Courtney, Brant, and I connected is a story filled with serendipity.  The couple is getting married this August at The Oregon Garden.

Courtney was visiting the wedding venue in Silverton, OR and decided to swing by Branches & Bloom to look at their floral arrangements.  While she was there, she noticed some of our work on the walls and on the revolving television displays and grabbed our contact information and pricing.  Courtney lives in NE Portland relatively close to our office at The Bridal Loft.  On her way home, she decided to swing in and see if she could have her wedding dress altered.  When she arrived, she immediately noticed my name and some of the work on the walls.  I also happened to be at The Loft at that time and we had a chance to connect and discuss the details of her wedding.

People oftentimes think it is funny that I operate 2 different offices, especially as far apart as Portland and Silverton, OR.  But it is moments like these that remind me how important it is to be in multiple locations.

Courtney & Brant have a wildly crazy schedule and we have worked for many weeks to coordinate a time when we could connect for an engagement session.  The couple wanted to do something in downtown Portland and so I suggested the Pearl District.  It offers the perfect urban setting for photos.

We strolled around and came away with lots of fun candid photos of Courtney & Brant.  Following the session, we hit up Trader Vic’s for some mai tais and my favorite edamame hummus.

Here are some highlights from Courtney & Brant’s engagement session from this weekend:

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Kari Mathies - June 3, 2013 - 8:44 pm

These look great, Paul! Good job!

Nicole Townend - June 4, 2013 - 5:13 am

Are you kidding me with these? HOTTTT

Arriving in Mexico

Destination weddings are always a real treat to photograph.  They mix two of my favorite things — taking photos and travel.  Nickole & Joe chose The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa along the Mayan Riviera in Mexico for their destination wedding.  The resort is surrounded by lush gardens with regional tropical vegetation outlined by a long private beach of fine white sands along the rich turquoise waters of the Caribbean. The resort, decorated with a Spanish colonial style, offers guests an ideal place to rest, relax, and in our case, enjoy all the activities leading up to and including the wedding day.

That is actually my favorite part of documenting a destination wedding – all the festivities.  With guests traveling from all over, there are typically a number of times when everyone gets together during the trip to have fun.  Having a professional photographer to document those events is key.

When I first arrived to the resort, I spent the day familiarizing myself with the grounds.  I walked around and explored all the resort had to offer.  I familiarized myself with where the couple would be getting ready, its proximity to the ceremony location, the lighting at the ceremony location, where cocktail hour would take place, and where the reception would be held.  Understanding the layout, the logistics of getting from point A to point B, and how much time would be needed for each aspect of the day, made me extremely prepared for the wedding day.  When traveling for a destination wedding, reasons like these are why we arrive at least 2 days in advance.  It is best to have a day for location scouting and to be present for the rehearsal (which typically takes place the day before the wedding).

So, during my first day in Mexico, while scouting out various locations, I brought my camera with me and captured a few images of the resort to document the setting for the wedding festivities.  While out strolling, I ran into Nickole & Joe who were just about to jump in the ocean.  It was perfect timing and a great opportunity to capture some fun casual portraits of the two of them.

 

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Check out highlights from Nickole & Joe’s destination wedding in Mexico.

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Playa Del Carmen

A couple of days prior to the wedding, Nickole & Joe coordinated an excursion out to Playa Del Carmen.  Guests gathered up in a large passenger van and headed out to explore the local town.  Playa Del Carmen is a tourist hot spot and as soon as you arrive you can see why.  There are all sorts of shops, restaurants, and various forms of entertainment that line the streets along the beach.

For dinner, we stopped off at Carboncitos, an authentic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Playa Del Carmen.  Our hope was for some good food and drinks, but what we received far surpassed that!  Not only was the food incredible, but the waitstaff delivers your drinks in one of the most unique ways.  It is highly entertaining.  Then, while eating dinner, a music trio approached our table and played some local music.  It was a real treat especially when Nickole & Joe got up and danced.

Having special time with family and friends like this is one of the many great features of hosting a destination wedding.  Everyone had a blast and enjoyed a very fun evening spent together.

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Check out highlights from Nickole & Joe’s destination wedding in Mexico.

Rehearsal Dinner

The night before the wedding, family and friends connected at La Adelita Restaurant at The Grand Palladium Colonial Resort & Spa.  The food was absolutely fantastic and Joe’s dad gave a wonderful heartfelt speech.  The dinner was our final opportunity to review the game plan for the wedding day and to make sure everyone knew where they needed to be.

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Check out highlights from Nickole & Joe’s destination wedding in Mexico.