McLoughlin House in Oregon City Engagement : Lisa + Jeff

They started out as friends nearly a decade ago, and made a pact with each other that if they hadn’t found someone else and gotten married by May 9, 2015, they would marry each other on that date.  You see, that day is very important to them, it has sentimental meaning.

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As the years went on, they became closer and closer and eventually ended up in an actual relationship.  They moved in together in 2009 and then purchased their first home.

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Years went by and 2015 was slowly approaching.  Lisa began to wonder if Jeff had forgotten about their pact they made so many years ago.  She started to make little hints and show him pretty wedding rings, and she talked all things wedding related, anything to try and get some kind of idea of what he was thinking, anything to see if he remembered!

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In April of 2015 that’s all she could think about and talk about with her friends and co-workers.  Later that month, Jeff told her he had a golf tournament out of town the weekend of Friday, May 8, 2015, through Sunday, May 10, 2015, so she thought OKAY, this is it!  A few days passed and of course he asked her if she would like to join him and she no doubtably said YES!

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At this point, she started searching everything for wedding hints, she called different golf courses that held weddings, she looked up how long in advance you needed to be able to get a marriage license, etc.  In her mind, she had it all figured out, he would wait until the last minute and then ask her to merry him and they would go get the marriage license together and then elope, how romantic!  Well, Friday came and they headed straight to the lodge…their drive did not involve stopping for a license, which meant they were NOT getting married on May 9, 2015.  So, she thought, what did he have in store for her then?  She is obviously not pleased at this point.

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They arrived early Friday afternoon and she saw them setting up for the tournament, she thought, was there really a tournament?!  Well, this could be any weekend tournament, so she paid close attention to the players…was it more fun and casual or more competitive?  Jeff played a few practice rounds and she got to play alongside of him.  Paying close attention to detail, she came across a golfer who had a great swing and he was playing with a good set of clubs, so she naturally concluded that this was in fact a legitimate golf tournament and he completely forgot about their date.  She was devastated, but tried to keep a smile on her face.  They finished golfing and she was still upset.  Jeff asked her if she wanted to go to dinner but she could really care less…it was an early night for them.

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The next day, Saturday, May 9, 2015…THE day.  Lisa woke up to Jeff getting ready for his tournament, he had planned on playing golf for 4 hours…while she moped around the lodge all day.  He encouraged her to get a massage while he golfed, she thought Oh joy?!  He asked her if she wanted to go for a quick hike before he left that morning, she said “no!”, he asked her if she wanted to grab a bite to eat, she said “no!”  He said okay, he will go get food and come back, she said “fine!”  She laid in bed watching chick flicks and crying by herself, thinking how could he forget, who is this person, her best friend that she thought she knew so well!

When he came back he had doughnuts and she thought well, okay, at least that’s a positive, she has a sweet tooth, at least he knows that!  He handed her a dozen doughnuts, and for a minute of pure happiness she forgot about their pact.  As she laid there in bed trying to figure out which one she would devour first, she saw a tissue, and being the lover of sweets that she is, she immediately thought it had to be truffles or something like that so she grabs the tissue and she sees it’s a box, a ring box!  And, then everything starts to come back her, their pact, it’s their day, and everything else, all the background noise, disappears, as she opens the box to see an engagement ring!  She starts to cry while leaning in to kiss him!  He didn’t forget!

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Needless to say, there was no golf tournament that he was playing in and they finished the day by going to brunch and zip lining.  It was a great and memorable day!

I am excited to say, that in 19 days, I will have the pleasure of photographing their beautiful wedding and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of and document their special day!

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The Portland Oregon LDS Temple : Leslie and John’s Wedding Ceremony

They called the Pacific NW home, their nest was not too far from the ocean, lakes, and snowy mountaintops.  They met in collage while attending class, got married almost 12 years ago in a courthouse wedding and began their life journey together building their family while traveling all around the world.

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John is a U.S. Marine and they have seen and experienced many different things and exciting places.

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They are now on their final journey overseas where John is stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, but before they left they wanted to celebrate their marriage with their family and have a ceremony at the Portland LDS Temple.  I had the honor of photographing their special day at this serine and beautiful venue.  It was a bright and sunny day, the six spires of the marble-clad temple was rising elegantly among the towering Douglas-fir trees, nothing short of perfection.

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It was a true honor being a part of your special day, and I look forward to seeing your photos from your adventures overseas!

The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas : Jacki and Brian’s Wedding

He was beaming with delight and he wore the biggest smile on his face as he saw his bride smiling at him as she descended down the aisle of the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas.

As their friends and family gathered around them, Jacki and Brian promised to stay true and hold hands as they age, memorizing the grooves and crevices on each finger. As husband and wife, they promised eternity and a day in their vows and sealed their commitment with a kiss.

The rest of the evening was spent clinking and cheering to what may have been the happiest couple in the world at that exact moment. Their day was nothing short of perfection.

Jacki and Brian…Mahalo Nui Loa! I just Googled how to say thank you very much in Hawaiian, but I still don’t think it truly says how I feel. My heart melts in gratitude for your kindness and care for us…and it was a joy to document your first day as husband and wife.  Thank you for making us feel like treasured guests and treating us like family.

Much Love and Appreciation…

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Laurelhurst Park Engagement : Amy + Doug

He’s from SoCal, she’s from Minnesota.  They met on a perfect California Day.  California has proven to be one of their favorite places to be, but so has the Pacific Northwest, which is where they now live!  It’s a small place in their lives that represents peace and joy.  They adore all the outdoors that the PNW has to offer, and they love spending time with their adorable 11 year old doggies, Haley an Maddie!

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On days like Amy and Doug’s engagement session, I feel incredibly lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest…the trees feel like a breath of fresh air and working with such amazing clients is icing on the cake!

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What better way to celebrate engagement photos then a picnic in the park!  Doug was so sweet and he surprised Amy with fresh roses, and some PNW drinks and eats!

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Amy and Doug share a special love and it was exciting to watch their relationship unfold in front of my camera…

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I love engagement sessions, and the magic of Laurelhurst made the day nothing short of amazing!

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WILSONVILLE MEMORIAL PARK STEIN-BOOZIER BARN FAMILY SESSION: FREEMAN FAMILY

A few months ago I received an email from Stacey wanting to schedule her family’s photo session for this fall!  We put a date on the calendar, but being this is Oregon and it rains quite often, we ended up needing to reschedule.  A week later we met at Wilsonville Memorial Park at Stein-Boozier Barn, which is a rustic barn built in 1901!  What!  This is a beautiful place, not only does it include significant natural areas with extensive trails, but also a large playground!  On our day it wasn’t raining, it wasn’t cold, and the fall colors were vibrant and beautiful!  It was perfect!  I love photographing families, and this family was such a breeze to photograph…just look at these little cuties!

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