Staci and Elvis are the kind of couple that creates a strong family bond with those they meet. It was incredibly apparent how much they are supported in love and life during their wedding day. The rooms were packed with laughter and excitement. Not a single person in the room was ever bored. They didn’t plan any elaborate games or sources of entertainment, but rather knew that their family and friends that they would enjoy their time simply because of their naturally high and playful spirits.
The wedding day started off my favorite way: with the first look. Elvis stood patiently on the rooftop of The Nines Hotel, a gorgeous modern space in Downtown Portland. You will most likely recognize this space at Departure, their rooftop restaurant!
The couple was shy to start, but the moment Elvis turned around, all the nerves and fear melted away. And of course this happy energy was only further encouraged by their happy and wonderful wedding party! Can we just take a moment to say how good looking this party was?!
Staci and Elvis had requested to leave downtown for a few minutes to visit this beautiful willow tree by the Vera Katz Esplanade. It’s one of my personal favorite spots to shoot, as my record shows, so we made sure to adjust our timeline accordingly. Not to mention it gave us a really cool opportunity to capture downtown inside and out.
After our mini excursion we made our way back to the venue, where they held a tea ceremony with their close family before mentally preparing for the big moment.
By far one of my favorite moments of the ceremony was when Elvis helped Staci up the stairs. Talk about a gentleman!
And by support of their friends, who read letters of affirmation, and their family, they finally got to say I do! And literally dances themselves back down the isle! It’s probably one of my favorite parts about a wedding. There’s always an excuse to dance!
Because there was little time to spare between dinner and their reception, we took a few minutes just outside the hotel to capture their sunset portraits. I don’t do these often in the city, so this was a fun moment for all of us! We chose to shoot at Director Park; the neon signs adding a sort of Hollywood romance that couldn’t have been captured anywhere else!
We wrapped up after a few short minutes and headed back inside. The couple absolutely beaming the whole time.
With a kiss let us set out for an unknown world. - Alfred de Musset