Vanessa & Jeff | August 11, 2013

Vanessa & Jeff tied the knot at the Jenkins Estate on August 11, 2013.  The venue is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is situated amongst 68 acres of lush gardens and breathtaking views. The Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District recently formed a partnership with Elephants Catering to manage and cater all events held at the estate.  In fact, Vanessa & Jeff’s wedding was the very first to occur under this partnership.

The Jenkins Estate is the perfect blend of everything I love about the Northwest.  The tall trees, lush greenery, and beautiful streaming light make this rustic setting an incredible location for a wedding.  It is truly a photographer’s delight.

There was a great moment during Vanessa & Jeff’s wedding ceremony when Reverend Cathy Hume began reading the couple’s vows for them to recite.  She began with Vanessa and just as she began to read the vows, Vanessa proclaimed, “I do!”  Realizing that she said it too quickly, Vanessa gasped and all the guest erupted in laughter.  Unscripted moments like these are so memorable and fun and Vanessa’s expression was absolutely priceless.

I made sure to schedule extra time to capture portraits of Vanessa & Jeff.  With the property being so expansive, the options are truly endless.  The day flowed together seamlessly thanks to all the hard work by Jeannine with Panache Weddings & Events and the food was absolutely scrumptious thanks to Elephants Catering.

Prospective brides take note: I receive a lot of requests from brides looking for an outdoor venue that offers a real taste of the Northwest coupled with options for an indoor reception.  The Jenkins Estate is conveniently located in the Portland area and has so much to offer as a wedding venue.  Make sure to add it to your list to check out.

Congratulations to Vanessa & Jeff and thanks Vanessa for the added humor to the wedding ceremony.  :)

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Laura & Alex | August 10, 2013

How does that saying go?  Something like always expect the unexpected…  Well it holds true for weddings too.

Laura & Alex were married on August 10, 2013 at The River’s Edge Hotel and had the perfect plan in place for their wedding day celebrations.  The couple would get ready at the hotel and walk next door for the ceremony and reception at Aquariva.  The outdoor terrace area overlooks a stunning backdrop of the Willamette River and makes the perfect location for a wedding ceremony.

When I arrived, the sun was out, everyone was getting ready, and everything was going according to plan.  When I stepped outside with the groom and his groomsmen to capture some portraits, a handful of gray clouds began filling the sky.  I brought the guys inside and then brought Laura and her bridesmaids outside for portraits.  Even more gray clouds began filling the sky.  The weather really shifted and toward the end of capturing portraits a very light drizzle began to emerge.  How is this possible?

The drizzle turned into rain and guests gathered inside Aquariva waiting to see if the rain might let up enough for us to head outside for the wedding ceremony.  Well, the rain persisted and it came to the point of needing to make a decision.  Do we move the ceremony inside?  What options might be available?  I walked the grounds with the wedding planner and noticed a nice area underneath a tree that seemed to be void of rain.  There was still a reasonable view of the Willamette River and guests would be able to remain dry.  It seemed like just the right solution.

The planner and I headed back into the hotel to check in with Laura and to run by our latest plan.  I was a bit concerned because I knew how much time and effort Laura & Alex put into the placement of their wedding ceremony.  The wedding arch, all the chairs, the flowers, decor… everything was set and ready to go.  We offered the idea of having guests gather around underneath the tree for the wedding ceremony.  We thought it would be fun and intimate to have everyone gather around for the ceremony.  Without even blinking an eye, Laura said, “Let’s do it.”

A few items from the ceremony area were gathered and placed underneath the tree, the most important of which was the wedding arch.  Guests gathered around and the ceremony went off without a hitch.  It’s so funny how the unplanned events are the ones that become the most memorable from the wedding day.  Guests really loved the informality of the ceremony and there is something really neat about going “off script.”

In fact, once Laura & Alex were married and exchanged their first kiss, I looked behind myself and noticed there wasn’t an aisle for them to walk through.  So I gestured to the guests to clear a path and with that, Laura & Alex were able to walk by all their guests as newlyweds.

All the vendors came together to make some split decisions and allow Laura & Alex to still have their wedding ceremony outdoors.  The timing was absolutely perfect in that once the ceremony was complete, the rain let up and guests were able to enjoy cocktail hour outdoors.  Laura, Alex, and I escaped away for a bit to capture portraits.  It truly could not have worked out more perfectly.

Congratulations to Laura & Alex!  Your wedding was an absolute blast and one that could not have been planned any better.  Exiting out of your ceremony through a tunnel of guests was one of the neatest experiences.

 

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Richard N Taylor - August 23, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Some preliminary views of the wedding day and a great story by the photographer, Paul Rich, about pulling it off. Thanks to all – The proud Poppa.

Ru Hong Terajewicz - August 25, 2013 - 3:20 pm

I love every one of the pictures. Everyone looked sooooooooooo happy. Congratulations Laura & Alex, you look great.

Elephants Catering & Jenkins Estate

We have had the opportunity to work with Elephants Catering on a number of occasions throughout the years.  Their catering services are absolutely fabulous.  Many of you have had their food at a number of their locations throughout the Portland area.

Elephants Catering & Events has established a new partnership with the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District where they now manage all events and catering at the Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, OR.  To announce their new partnership, Elephants Catering & Events held an Open House event just last evening.  A fully hosted bar and delectable treats were provided by Elephants Catering.  The Party Pros provided all the rentals and Botanica Floral Design provided the floral.  Kevin with NW Mobile DJ Service played a number of hits and got the guests out on the dance floor having fun.

Make sure to check out the Jenkins Estate for your wedding celebration.  The location has lots of rustic charm and incredible light.  It is a photographer’s dream location!

Baby Emmi

We are so excited to announce the arrival of Miss Emmi James!  Emmi was born on August 7, 2013 at 8:08pm.  She was 8lbs 6oz and 20.5 inches.  Within days of her arrival, we met up for a newborn portrait session at the studio.

Emmi did an amazing job during her portrait session.  She slept straight through most of it and gave us a few smiles in between.  Here are some highlights from Emmi’s first official portrait session.

Congrats to Lindsay & JR!

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Family Portrait Session

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Sunny & Tim’s most recent addition to their family – their baby boy River.  River is just 10 weeks old and full of energy.  Most babies his age sleep and take long naps — but not this little one!  He is wide awake and eager to take everything in.

Many of you likely recognize Sunny.  She is the owner of Puddle Jumpin’ Cards - an invitation and card design studio.  Sunny specializes in hand crafted and customized designs, hand carved block printed stationery, personalized rubber stamps, custom wedding invitations and more.  She is extremely talented and I have always admired her work.  Check out some of Sunny’s incredible cards.

We all met up down by the waterfront area in Hood River for a family portrait session.  The setting was absolutely stunning and we capitalized on some late day sun.  Here are a few of our favorites from the portrait session:

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Marlyah Turns 2

It is amazing how quickly kids grow.  While the most dramatic shift occurs within a child’s first year, it is still just as fun and equally as important to capture subsequent years.  We have had the opportunity to photograph Marlyah and her mom Brittney on a number of occasions and most recently at the Hoyt Arboretum.

Marlyah wore her favorite princess dress and was very excited to wear a tiara and carry her very own pocketbook.  We explored the park, played in the water, and ran around like crazy having fun.  Here are some of our favorites from Marlyah’s 2 year photo session:

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Julia & Erik | July 27, 2013

Julia and Erik were officially married on July 27, 2013 at The Waverley Country Club in Portland, OR.  The wedding ceremony took place outdoors amongst lush greenery and a beautiful view of the Willamette River.  One of Erik’s close friends officiated the wedding and the 4 flower girls did a tremendous job leaving flower petals along the aisle for Julia’s grand entrance.

Following the wedding ceremony, I ran out onto a balcony area to capture a bird’s eye view of all the guests as they gathered around for a group portrait.  I love capturing these portraits.  Nothing beats seeing the bride and groom surrounded by all their friends and family.

Among the beer and wine that was served during cocktail hour was a special home brew made by Erik for the wedding day.  It was titled “7-27 IPA Wedding Ale.”  The reviews were very favorable.

The reception was highlighted with heart felt speeches by close family members and the wildly successful highly entertaining choreographed first dance by Julia & Erik.  They had spoken to me many times about it in advance of the wedding day.  SO I have to admit that I was at least a bit prepared.  But watching these two tear up the dance floor was a real treat in itself.  The guests absolutely loved it!

A special thanks goes out to my friends at Altura Studio for connecting Julia & Erik with us.  We were honored to document the couple’s wedding day.

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