Cannon Beach Engagement: Julie + James

What can be more flattering than a couple from out of state reaching out to have their photos taken by YOU while on a mini getaway? Not much comes to mind. When the newly engaged Julie and James had started making plans for their trip to the Oregon Coast, they realized that this special getaway (even if surrounded by work events), needed to be documented. It was their first time visiting the gorgeous Cannon Beach, and quickly they decided they absolutely needed to come back and visit. What's not to love about the salt in the air, the stunning view of Haystack Rock, and the endless stretch of beach. I had to brag, but the Pacific Northwest really has the most incredible beaches. 

Meeting the two for the first time, especially on such an occasion, was a real treat for me and Jem. It was obvious that this kind and silly pair had a deeper understanding of love and friendship than the average couple. How else can I describe them but sweet, passionate, carefree, and warm.

Being in their presence was a gift enough, not to mention they were so much fun to photograph. They have a way of being fully there with each other at all times, without making it seem like they are ignoring or forgetting the outside world. But simply, enjoying it together. 

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How to Keep Your Flowers Alive in Summer Heat

How to Keep Your Flowers Alive in Summer Heat

Choosing the best blooms is something that happens long before the week of your wedding - it happens when you are browsing Pinterest and thinking through your dream wedding. It means taking care to either research what will be available, or trusting your florist to do that! Or event being flexible to look at your ideas and ask a few tough questions and be willing to make some changes. 

Keith + Jenny: Trillium Lake Proposal

Keith + Jenny: Trillium Lake Proposal

Shooting secret proposals is one of those session types that I wish we could shoot more of, but it's definitely NOT for everyone. But for those who opt to surprise their babe with not only a shiny ring, but also photos of the special moment, are definitely bring us photographers a lot of joy. Surprise proposals are also VERY tricky...because they're supposed to be a surprise. In our experience actually, we've never had to hide behind trees or cars to capture the event, but actually working with the couple before it even happens. The trick is, finding the RIGHT excuse to keep it a secret. Personally, I loved Keith's disguise. He promised Jenny I was just getting started in this business and needed couples to pose for me to grow my portfolio! At first, Jenny didn't believe him. But he swore up and down this wasn't the moment he would propose...whoops! 

Venue Highlight: Gorge Crest Vineyards

Gorge Crest Vineyards was one of my very first venues as a professional photographer and still remains to be one of my favorite venues off the Columbia River Gorge. It sits a few miles outside of Hood River in Underwood, Washington and really needs no introduction to how beautiful the space is. It has been featured in The Knot and holds The Hall of Fame badge, as well as in Wedding Wire as the winner multiple times of the Couple's Choice Awards. When you get a peek for yourself, you understand instantly what makes it so special.

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In June I had the privilege of working with a few Hood River vendors to put together a shoot that could highlight the beauty of the gorge. I of course worked side by side with Samantha of StruckSured Interiors and Events, as well as Molly Ryan Floral, Riverhood Rentals, and Boda's Kitchen to create a summery dining table of our dreams. 

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YES, if you're wondering, the food WAS amazing. And truly a treat to experience the style and expertise first hand of the ladies running Boda's Kitchen. And at this point, it is left unsaid that I am always impressed with the detail Samantha puts into all of her work. And that's not just limited to event planning! 

 Dress by  Elizabeth Dye

Dress by Elizabeth Dye

I am always excited to return to this stunning venue every year and look forward to being there again this August for Kristina and Tyler's celebration. To see that amazing view of Mt. Hood, and to experience such a breathtaking wedding in the sweet private vineyard is always a treat. If you've stumbled upon this blog and are looking for the perfect outdoor wedding venue near the gorge, I can tell you, you've found it!