It was a beautiful snowy afternoon up at Timberline Lodge for Julie and John’s winter wedding. Everyone was nestled inside getting ready for the big day. Julie was accompanied by her mother and close friends as she got ready for her wedding day. In the tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, Julie wore her great-great grandmother’s pearls (that were over 100 years old) as well as her grandmother’s bracelet. Her unbelievably cute wedding shoes were the something blue. Their vintage charm caught my interest right away and they were a real treat to capture.
John and his groomsmen wore matching socks of the iconic PDX carpet graphic. One can only wonder what a photo might look like of someone wearing those socks standing on the PDX carpet. It would be very meta.
We found a more private area at the lodge for the couple to see each other for the very first time. John was so excited to finally have the opportunity to see Julie, and for the two of them to spend some time together as we captured portraits of them throughout the lodge. There are so many unique locations throughout Timberline Lodge that makes capturing portraits extra fun and exciting. The narrow stone archway, the large expanse of windows, and the oversized painting of R.L. Kohnstamm with one of Timberline’s famed St. Bernards are among my favorite spots for portraits.
One of John’s best friends officiated the wedding ceremony. The private intimate gathering enjoyed some comic levity when the bride’s father’s phone rang playing “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” theme song. There is something about that song combined with the setting of Timberline Lodge during a wedding ceremony that just fits together perfectly.
Immediately following the ceremony, guests gathered around for a big group photo of everyone (with the bride and groom at center of course). As guests worked their way toward the wedding reception, the entire wedding party snuck outside for a quick group photo out in the snow. We captured a few additional photos of Julie & John outdoors as well. Having a light dusting of snow during those pictures was absolutely perfect for capturing the essence of their winter wedding at Timberline Lodge.
Julie and John are both avid readers and wanted to integrate that into the theme of their wedding. In lieu of table numbers, Julie and John used quotes from some of their favorite authors that had personal meaning to them. Their centerpieces incorporated books and even their wedding cake was made to look like a stack of books. Their wedding cake was extremely unique and in fact some guests even thought it was their signature album!
Following dinner, and the toasts and cake cutting, guests headed out onto the dance floor for a night of celebration. The dance floor was very active as guests showed off their best dance moves. John’s impressive air guitar left him virtually breathless by the end of the evening. It was an all out blast and perfect celebration for two incredibly wonderful people who are now officially newlyweds. Congratulations Julie & John!