Romantic Willamette Valley Vineyard Wedding

I met Erika over a cup of coffee, as I usually do with my clients. It's one of my many love languages, as I talk about often on my Instagram page. Erika had expressed concern that she wasn't sure where to start planning a wedding, so it was important to her to work with vendors who were helpful, informative, and could easily take the reigns. We originally met to discuss their engagement photos (which we took at Cannon Beach on the hottest day of the year), but by the end of the consultation, she had said her decision was made on her photographer...now all she had to do was choose her venue. (Spoiler: she chose a really beautiful one).

When I met Kurt, I could instantly tell how great the match was. Erika would joke that their meeting wasn't all that romantic as it was incredibly casual. But I would always remind her that not every relationship should look the same, and what makes the two of them unique is more about them as a unit, not necessarily how they crossed paths. Besides, when I asked them what they both loved about each other, they each responded somewhere that they loved their kindness, and that is a sweeter answer than they know. 

It goes without saying that their wedding day was one for the history books. From their wedding party to their guest list, everyone was kind, loving, and supportive towards the couple, which created for such a fun and light wedding day. And the dancing lasted tirelessly, all night long. The Willamette Valley Vineyards was a gorgeous backdrop for the couple's I Do's, not to mention the pleasant 76 degree temperature! And the summery details of the day made for the ideal, picture-perfect wedding. 

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Erika and her girls started their morning out with mimosas, classically, while they sat in the chairs of the Powder Inc makeup gurus. Her shoes, Badgley Mischka of course, her dress, veil, and her jewelry all perfectly detailed to catch the light. 

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I don't know if this tradition is newer or more of a classic one, but first looks with the bride's father is probably my favorite part of the day. I only shoot these moments a hand full of times, but each time my heart explodes with joy and emotion. Which is why it's important for me
to have a second shooter ;) Erika opted to do a Father's First Look, and her dad's face
really says it all.

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And of course, afterwards it was Kurt's time. I mean, look at that smile! It's no lie that Erika is truly surrounded by people who adore her. 

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I will mention here that Kurt took the mic at one point to make a "Thank You" of his own, and literally had a mic drop moment. I didn't include that in this blog because it is discouraged among DJs, but it's still an important detail to include in the story nonetheless ;) 

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Also worth noting, Luxe Sucre makes incredible cakes. Not only are they gorgeous to look at, but the delicious berries inside are exactly what you dream a wedding cake should have.

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It's always a bittersweet moment for us to end a wedding day. The couple's last formal photos are at sunset, and this is the first real moment they get to have to take the whole day in. The emotions are a mix of pure joy and the feeling of wishing the day could last a little longer. The sunset portraits are at the top list of favorite things to shoot because gone are the feelings of "what if". They're married. The day was a gorgeous success. And we've been working together for about seven hours, so all anxious feelings are long gone. This is the true moment when a couple relaxes into who they are. Two wonderful people in love. Nothing else matters.

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