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.

[...] out highlights from our first day in Mexico, an excursion through Playa Del Carmen, and the couple’s rehearsal dinner to see more images [...]

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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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.

Destination Wedding | Mexico

Nickole & Joe were surrounded by their closest friends and family as they exchanged wedding vows along the white sandy beach of The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa in Mexico.  The clear turquoise ocean made a breathtaking backdrop for the wedding ceremony.

The day began with Nickole and her Matron of Honor getting their hair and makeup done at the resort’s spa Zentropia.  We then took a shuttle to Nickole’s room to continue getting ready.  Joe was just a few doors down.  I bounced between the two rooms to capture the excitement of them getting ready.

We planned a nice shaded area underneath some palm trees for the couple to see each other for the first time and continued on with an array of portraits of the couple.  With palm trees, sandy beaches, and vibrant tropical colors, Mexico is a photographer’s visual paradise.

The setting for the wedding ceremony was absolutely stunning with meticulously placed accents of starfish and seashells.  It was the perfect setup for a destination beach wedding.

Cocktail hour followed.  A few rounds of Tequila shots were required and guests happily transitioned to the wedding reception.  One of the things I loved about Nickole & Joe’s wedding, is that they spread out the location of the wedding, cocktail hour, and reception.  The resort where we stayed was absolutely ginormous.  You could spend a full day just walking around the property (and maybe not even see it all).  By hosting each part of the wedding at a different location, guests had an opportunity to experience various parts of the resort.  It was really done well.

But that was not all…  Following the reception, there was the most amazing after party.  A full bar, thumping music, accent lighting, and a circle of white sofas and tables were placed out on the beach for guests to gather around.  Everyone changed out to more casual attire and hit the after party for more drinks and dancing.  It was truly the best way to conclude a day full of celebrations.

Check out this fun slideshow of Nickole & Joe’s destination wedding in Mexico for even more highlights of the wedding.

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Check out highlights from our first day in Mexico, an excursion through Playa Del Carmen, and the couple’s rehearsal dinner to see more images from this destination wedding in Mexico.

Natalie - June 3, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Beautiful pictures!!!! So happy for you guys!

Debra M Sherman - June 3, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Paul, these pictures are absolutely amazing.

Penney Koroush Albin - June 3, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Beautiful location. Bride has grown into such a pretty lady. I know her Momma is really proud. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Kathleen Busico - June 3, 2013 - 8:09 pm

One of the most beautiful beach weddings I’ve ever seen and perfectly captured in these awesome photos!

Lori Martin Garber - June 3, 2013 - 11:52 pm

Paul, your photos are amazing. Great job.

Andrew Funderburg - June 4, 2013 - 4:48 pm

So awesome. Congrats you two.

Maternity Session | Sauvie Island

Lindsay & JR probably look familiar as we photographed their wedding this past summer at Camas Meadows in Washington.  We have photographed them on a number of occasions but most recently for their maternity session.  Lindsay forwarded a small handful of images from Pinterest as inspiration to show me the style she was looking for and I knew right away that Sauvie Island would make the perfect location.  It is hard not to fall in love with the long tall grass, rickety fences, and rustic barns.  Lindsay & JR were looking for something that was relaxed, stylish, and fun.

Here are a handful of our favorites from their most recent maternity session.  Make sure to check back in the upcoming months for the arrival of their first baby girl.

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