Anne & Branden | July 19, 2014

Surrounded by their closest friends and family members, Anne & Branden exchanged their wedding vows in Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center.  Immediately following the ceremony, guests gathered around the couple for a large group photo.  It is always a fun way to kick off the post-ceremony festivities for the evening.

After signing the marriage license and having some time to capture portraits together as newlyweds, Anne & Branden were officially announced into the reception to a thunderous applause.  Sharyn Sowell, an incredible silhouette artist, provided some entertainment for the guests.  Within minutes, she would meticulously record a guest’s profile onto small black pieces of paper by way of the most unassuming pair of scissors.  Paste the silhouette into a hand-held book, write a custom message to the couple, and at the end of the evening, an incredible one-of-a-kind album is created.  It was such a treat watching her work and so fun to see everyone’s reactions.

Paradox Productions was the DJ for the evening and they kept the dance floor very active throughout the entire evening.  Guests created an exit tunnel for the couple and emphatically waved sparklers in the air as Anne & Branden exited the reception to ride off into the night in a 1947 “Silver Wraith” Rolls Royce Limousine by Best Car in Town.

As always, it was a blast working with Andrea from August Veils throughout the day.  Andrea provided Lady in Waiting service for Anne and assisted me during all the formal portraits.  Cindy and her team of associates with Encore Events flawlessly coordinated the entire day from start to finish.  Leave it to Cindy to not only assemble an incredible team of vendors (as far reaching as a silhouette artist based out of northwestern WA), but to also manage the schedule, details, and everything that needs tending to in order for the couple and their families to enjoy the wedding day stress free.

Congratulations to Anne & Branden!  We wanted to surprise you with this early sneak peek preview of your wedding photos.  Enjoy!

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Jaime & Zach | July 12, 2014

Jaime & Zach found us through the site My Portland Photographer and asked to meet with us to discuss the details of their wedding.  When I asked Jaime & Zach about their wedding party and how many groomsmen and bridesmaids would be present, they stated that their wedding party was just the two of them along with an officiating posse.  An officiating posse?!?!?  It was at that moment that I knew we were a good fit to work together.

They then went on to explain that their wedding would be at Misty Oaks Vineyard with their ceremony timed perfectly with sunset, a nice long cocktail hour for guests to enjoy the sweeping views of hills and vineyards in the background, and that oven baked pizzas and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream would be available for guests at dinner.  Oh, and did I mention that they would arrive for their grand entrance into the reception by way of an RV that they would later use as part of a pre-honeymoon excursion through Oregon and California?  Yes.  It is true.  At the end of the evening, after running through a tunnel of guests waving sparklers, the couple jumped into the RV and rode off into the night.  The wedding was absolutely perfect in every way.

Here are some of our favorite moments and details from Jaime & Zach’s wedding at Misty Oaks Vineyard:

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Carin Perilloux - July 31, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Gorgeous photos – gorgeous wedding! Paul, you were a blast to work with!

Yvonne Roeger - July 31, 2014 - 8:45 pm

Paul, You did one fantastic job and told a beautiful story. I think this wedding was just what the bride and groom wanted and you did a great job capturing the monents. Yvonne Roeger

Suzie Cloud - August 1, 2014 - 8:05 am

Paul, you captured the mood, colors, and emotions of the day perfectly; and at the same time, not being obnoxious with the camera. I will cherish your photos as they bring wonderful memories when I see them. Thank you for a great job.

Cathedral Park Family Portraits

Lyla is just 14 months old and she is already quite the traveler.  She and her parents flew in from Germany and stopped off in the Pacific Northwest before heading onward to their final destination of North Carolina.  With all of their belongings in transit from overseas, it was nice to spend some time with family members before heading onward.

We have been planning this portrait session by email for quite some time so it was a pleasure to finally meet everyone in person.  Lyla really enjoyed exploring Cathedral Park and she was particularly fond of all the dogs.  She even had the opportunity to pet some of them.

Here is a small sampling of images from Lyla’s Cathedral Park family portrait session:

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Family Portrait Session

We had the privilege of photographing Lizzie & Andrew’s wedding at Meriwether’s Skyline Farm back in 2010.  The farm provides all the produce for Meriwether’s Restaurant in downtown Portland.  It is a lovely location for a wedding.  In fact, we will be documenting a wedding there again in just a week!

We recently had the opportunity to connect with the couple and their growing family to document some family portraits.  This past weekend it was Lizzie’s birthday and a newer family tradition for them is to go berry picking on Sauvie Island.  So we met up on Sauvie Island for a family portrait session prior to hitting the fields for berries.

We had such a fun time running around, being silly, and capturing the family spending time together on Lizzie’s birthday.  Here are some of the highlights from the session:

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Newborn Session at Home

Let’s just say that Joan & James are no stranger to this blog.  My goodness, I have had the honor and privilege of documenting many important milestones in their lives.  None, however, feel as sweet and momentous as the arrival of their new son James Jr.  Born on June 28th, James Jr. has entered the world as one of the most curious newborns I have ever met.

Newborn sessions typically take about 3 hours to allow enough time for feedings, changings, etc.  Typically, a newborn will sleep through the better part of the 3 hours.  James Jr. however stayed awake nearly the entire time!  He watched me very closely and even had an awareness of the clicking sound of the camera.  Toward the end of the portrait session, James Jr. fell into a deep sleep and even smiled a few times during his much needed nap.

Both of Joan & James’ parents were visiting during the newborn session so we had an opportunity to capture James Jr. with the new grandparents as well.  We will be documenting James Jr. at 6 months and at 12 months later this year so make sure to check back to see this little one’s first year sessions.

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Family Portraits on Sauvie Island

We have had the opportunity to stay in touch with Diana and Bryan over the years ever since photographing their wedding back in 2010.  We had the honor of documenting their first daughter Emily as a newborn, at 6 months, and at 1 year, and most recently at 2 years as well.  We travelled out to Sauvie Island for the portrait session and selected one of our favorite spots – Howell Territorial Park.

Capturing their family portraits on Sauvie Island was particularly exciting as Diana & Bryan are expecting their second child.  They will be welcoming a baby boy into the world in about a month and so we had the opportunity to capture Emily’s 2 year session in addition to a maternity session at the same time!

We will be connecting with Diana & Bryan for a newborn session in August and will be capturing their son’s first year just as we did for Emily.  I cannot wait to see the similarities and differences between the two and of course having the opportunity to photograph the little ones together.  This will be such a fun and rewarding experience as a portrait photographer.

Here are a number of highlights from Emily’s 2 year session and Diana & Bryan’s maternity session on Sauvie Island:

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Marianne & Nick | June 21, 2014

We all know couples who met in college and then married later in life.  Many of us even know of high school sweethearts.  Ever met a couple who knew each other since kindergarten?  It’s a pretty incredible thought, right?  Well, that is the story for Marianne & Nick.  They were in the same kindergarten class at All Saints.  They lived their lives, followed their own paths, when one day their paths crossed and as they say – the rest is history.

Marianne & Nick exchanged wedding vows at the All Saints Parish on June 21, 2014 amongst family and friends.  Following the wedding ceremony, everyone headed over to the Melody Ballroom for the reception.  It was an absolute blast with some incredible toasts, many memorable moments, and a lot of energetic dancing that continued on well into the evening.

It has been a pleasure working with Marianne & Nick and an honor to document their wedding day celebrations.

To see additional highlights from their wedding day, make sure to check out their wedding slideshow.

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Paul Rich - July 11, 2014 - 2:33 am

Super fun highlights from Marianne & Nick’s wedding are up on the blog!

Mary Severson - July 11, 2014 - 11:59 pm

These are beautiful photos! Congratulations Marianne and Nick!! And it’s great to see the Bradach family too!!