Liz + Matt's Wedding at Castaway PDX

At our meeting with the couple, all we did was laugh and joke, so we were very excited for this fun, full wedding day! I wore a metallic pink jacket to the meeting, too, and Liz absolutely loved it so I brought it on the day for her to wear in a few shots! Krishna dropped me off at their uber swanky apartment for bride prep, and he headed to Matt and the guys at the Hotel Kimpton. Liz and her girls were so fun and they even jumped on the bed and pelted the bride with pillows. Love Lit Photography was photographing that day and we were stoked to work with Kaitlin and Amy again! Kirstie Wight did everyone’s hair and makeup and created the bride’s bold look with red lips. The bride got on her custom Cocoon Silk dress, we did some portraits with the bridesmaids and their wild bouquets from Geranium Lake, and headed to the venue.

Guests started arriving at Castaway in NW Portland, and packed the venue, patiently awaited the ceremony. Liz’s uncle, who is a retired pastor, officiated the ceremony, telling funny stories about their adventures in Korea and offering advice. Matt and Liz wrote their own vows to each other, never forgetting to mention their furbaby, Penny, who has more Instagram followers than Glitch, by the way. After the ceremony, Liz surprised Matt by hiring Wags and Garland to bring Penny to the reception! The Wedding Llamas also made an appearance during Cocktail Hour, which was obviously a hit, then when the DJ introduced the bride and groom, the llamas, Napoleon and Rojo, came out instead. This day also marked Rojo’s retirement from the event industry; he’s the brown one with the stumpy legs and funny teeth!

During the reception, Pip’s Mobile Doughnuts and Chai truck was out back serving guests, as well as Salt + Straw’s Ice Cream cart. Madeline of Madeline Moore Events, did an amazing job juggling the many vendors, as well as creating a stunning reception space, with Geranium Lake florals and multicolored goblets. Dance Hall Days performed, with twin lead singers and a bang-on rhythm section. Green Light Creative did an amazing job with the uplighting all around the building as well as multicolored stage and dance floor lights. The main way I tell couple’s to kick the scale of their wedding up, is to hire a lighting company. It makes such a difference in the atmosphere and the film! Chef’s Table Catering catered the cocktail hour, as well as the beautiful plated meal. The bride and groom, and their guests, danced to the live music until they sent the couple off with hundreds of sparklers outside of Castaway! Check out the multiple elements to this wedding in Liz and Matt’s Preview!

Cori + Adam's Wedding on the Oregon Coast

We had the pleasure of meeting this wonderful bride, Cori, and her groom, Adam, when we filmed her friend's wedding last year! We knew their wedding would be a fun one when they were on the dance floor all night long. We drove out to the coast of Cannon Beach, where Cori grew up, and lucked out on an absolutely perfect day. The bride got ready at the Surfsand Resort in a beachfront room, with unreal views. Brittany Blanchard did Cori's makeup and hair, in simple waves with a crown and she sore a princess ballgown, to make a statement for a beach wedding. The groom, Adam, put on a double-breasted grey vest with a slim cut blue suit and looked the peak of PNW fashion.

We met the talented photographers, Bridget of Lundyn Bridge Photography, and her second shooter who we met at a networking event last year, Erin of Erin Fortin Photography, and collaborated on some creative ideas for the day. The couple did their First Look in tall grass near the beach, with the famous Cannon Beach rock in the background. The bridal party joined them there, and the media team took the bridesmaids to the beach to get some awesome footage of the bridesmaids walking through the waves, holding their shoes. When we get a couple who is down to get creative and fun shots, that’s when we can really go for it and have our best ideas. The groomsmen did karate moves for Krishna’s lens and some crazy jumping shots. After the photos, it was time for the ceremony!

For video, we need a little bit more time to set up for a ceremony than a photographer, as we have to set up audio with the DJ, mic up the groom and officiant, and set up a third camera, that we check periodically during the ceremony. Cori and Adam exchanged their vows privately on the beach in the morning, so it would be more special to them. Of course we had them re-read them for the camera, though! Cori walked down the aisle with her dad, with one of the biggest, most gorgeous bouquets I’ve seen, from Cannon Beach Florist. They recessed to Justin Timeberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and got the reception started in the banquet room at Surfsand Resort. Erika and her team from Your Perfect Bridesmaid got the room party ready, with cute table details, dessert table by Cannon Beach Bakery, and lovely guestbook table when you first walked in. The bride and groom was introduced and the party got rolling with toasts from the couple’s friends and parents.

Cori and Adam did an incredible choreographed first dance, which they recreated on the beach later at sunset, near the waves. PDX DJ’s got the party going and was spot on with their announcements all night long. We took the couple out for sunset photos and video, and we managed to come to the resort on the best sunset all summer. Even the employees told us it was the best one yet! Every single person danced until they closed the place down! Check out this magical Preview Film above!

Jillian and Ian's Brunch Wedding at the Abernethy Center

This one was our second wedding at Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center in one week, but it was so different! This was our first Brunch wedding, and we started filming at 7:30 am!

Although we’re not used to early starts, we were caffeinated and ready. Plus, Jillian and Ian are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, so it makes it easy. Blossom and Beauty was at this one, too, just like the previous week, and did an amazing job on the bride’s hair and makeup. We also got to work with one of our friends, Chris, of Steele Photo, and his second shooter, Jake, of Sweetlife Photography.

After filming preps, the couple did a First Look, but with a twist. They had letters that they wrote to each other and they read them, leaving all the media team crying. I’m not joking, me and three grown men were crying from these letters this couple wrote. The ceremony started shortly after, with the groom's aunt officiating and the couples siblings all shared passages on love and life. DJ James Jacobsen emceed and played mellow tunes for this early mimosa hour. Underneath the tent, the reception space was transformed. Peter Corvallis Productions provided rentals for the event, including elegant wooden chairs.

There was a ton for guests to do, including take funny pics at the Little Photo Bus of Portland, or get donuts and chai from Pip’s Mobile Doughnuts + Chai. A Floral Affair did the natural bouquets with greenery and white flowers. The party was over at 4:00 pm and guests sent them off with tons of bubbles! Always my favorite. Check out their incredible vows in their Preview Film!

Shelby + Connor's Wedding in Abigail's Garden

We met Shelby and Connor at the bridal show Rocked! that was at the Nine’s Hotel early last year. They won our giveaway of a free Love Story film and we are so happy it was them! We filmed their Love Story at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, which were blooming and beautiful. It was a great way to get to know them and to know the story of how they met and fell in love. Shortly after they received their film, they booked us to film their wedding at the Abernethy Center! Their wedding day went off with few obstacles to overcome, which as a wedding vendor, is saying a lot! A wedding day is a unique event; you never have the same group of vendors, guests, location, and couple again, which is part of the appeal of our job. There are also a lot of unknowns and challenges that arise as a result. This one was eerily smooth and just enjoyable to be apart of.

The day started as most of our weddings do, with me, Aly, filming the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids and Krishna filming the groom getting ready with his guys. The girls got ready at a nearby Airbnb, and the guys got ready at their waterfront apartment that had tons of natural light. Blossom and Beauty started early doing hair and makeup for everyone, with Stephanie as the bride’s makeup artist. I met Krishna’s friend from Maui, Nicole, who just happened to be a bridesmaid and Shelby’s good friend from college! Shelby gave her girls all cute gifts and personal cards, which most got teary-eyed reading.

After preps, we all met up at the Abernethy Center, where Shelby put her dress on that she got from Bridal Exclusives. Shelby did a First Look with her dad and then with her groom, Connor, but first Connor surprised her dad when he thought it was his daughter! The amazing couple, Evan and Melissa, of Roth Family Photography were our allies on this day and were super fun to hang out with and shoot with. It’s awesome when you have photographers you can play off of and get inspiration from each other. Connor’s dad, Tom, officiated the Ceremony, so it was lighthearted and fun, yet very personal to them and their story. They said personal vows to each other, which I always urge couples to do! It makes your film so much more true to the couple, and is heartfelt in the moment.

Cocktail Hour took place under the tent at Abigail’s Garden, while DJ Yusef played a playlist that the groom mixed himself. Alexis from Bridal Bliss made sure everything was perfectly on time and her and her team set up the beautiful reception space. Sammy’s Flowers did the florals for the event, including the bouquets of white roses, table centerpieces, and boutonnieres. People sat down for dinner catered by Haagenson's Catering and Ribslayer BBQ and guests enjoyed cake from Market of Choice. Connor’s twin brother, Neil, gave a hilarious toast about the Barth Brothers Boxing League and Shelby’s sister shared how Shelby was there for her in the ER when she was only 9! Delicious Donuts made bride and groom donuts that were pretty hilarious and the bride and groom literally ate each other. Dj Yusef from Stumptown DJ’s performed a set of popping music and flawless transitions, which as music lovers we always appreciate.

For their grand exit, every single person at the wedding stood in a line with glow sticks and cheered the couple on as the ran to their getaway car! They went straight to the airport to one of our favorite places and Krishna’s home, Maui! Check out their 1-minute Preview above!

Emily + Lucas's Wedding at the Hilton Hotel

This day started off with Krishna dropping me off at the Hilton Hotel to film Emily and her gorgeous group of bridesmaids getting ready with the help of Blossom and Beauty. Krishna rushed over to West Linn to a huge house that was more museum than living space, the famous Ben’s house. Right when he walked in, he heard piano music, and all the groomsmen were watching one of their friend;s play classical music beautifully. He filmed them all listening attentively, and then had them all get into their fancy wedding clothes. The bride and groom both wrote letters to each other which we had them read separately. They were both incredibly long, heartfelt, and captured their love that grew from when they were just 16, until now, their wedding day.

We went up 60 floors to Emily’s mom’s room to film the bridesmaids in their robes next to our gorgeous bride. She got her dress on and we were off to the first look! Ashley Jennings was the photographer for the day, and we collaborated on where the First Look spot was going to be. We decided on walking a few blocks to the SW Park Blocks, next to this statue. After they saw each other and had a moment, the bridal party met up with them, friends from all of their stages of life: childhood, sports, college, church, and travel The second shooter, Aaron Wessling showed up at that point to help the day run smoother.

Their Ceremony was inside at the Hilton; their youth pastor shared words of wisdom and the couple exchanged repeat after me vows and promises. Adornment Events planned the whole thing and set up the ballroom into a wedding wonderland. Round tables were filled with floral centerpieces from Amanda Karam Floral, candles, and gold flatware. The whole bridal party was introduced and the couple shared their first dance. Dinner was catered by the Hungry Hero and guests grabbed their plates for the buffet. Emily’s dad gave a welcome toast where he said how proud he was of his daughter and even made me tear up! Adornment had their resident DJ spinning and kept the dance floor going until the very end. Watch their 1-minute Preview above!

Merran + Jeff's Wedding at Skamania Lodge

This was, to out it simply, a perfect wedding. The setting was gorgeous, the weather was overcast and 70, and the people involved were awesome. Merran and Jeff are so in love and it comes across in their vows and how they look at each other. The day started with Merran getting ready with her bridesmaids in a treehouse at Skamania Lodge. Jeff got ready with his groomsmen in a hotel room with a stunning view. Onsite Portland did all the hair and makeup and got this beautiful group of girls wedding ready. They cheers'd with their Moscow mule cups near the fireplace in their matching robes.

The Blooming Bride did all the flowers, with wild bouquets that had proteus as the main draw. The guys wore blue slacks with brown suspenders and shoes, and the gals wore different dresses of blush. After bridal party photos in high, wild grass, the photog, Sara K Byrne, had the couple sit in the grass to get some unique media. I was very inspired by this and have been trying to think out of the box ever since! Jordan from Totem Weddings planned the whole thing and set up the ceremony site at Skamania with a copper arch and a bunch of mismatched carpets in the aisle. The whole ceremony was unbelievably beautiful, both in sentiment and setting. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails, live music from Blue Wave Band and fire pits spaced around the reception site.

The band had the party going all night as the sun set over the mountains. There was a huge dessert table from Just A Dash Cakes. The bride’s boho dress was made by Rish Bridal, the Nina design, and Merran got it at the amazing A and Be Bridal shop. We took the couple out at Golden hour for perfect light and had them slow dance in the grass. Check out their preview above!

Brittani + Jeremy's Wedding at Blockhouse PDX

Brittani and Jeremy are one of those couples who you instantly love. She’s vivacious and charismatic, while he’s the shy, southern gentleman. These two lovebirds from Dallas, Texas tied the knot at Blockhouse and the Pomarius Nursery, which was transformed by Luxe Event Productions. They created Lounge spaces with copper tables, green and black couches from Archive Rentals.

The day started out at a classy Airbnb in SE Portland that had a ton of windows and reminded me of living in a fishbowl. Brittani, her sister, and her lovely mom, all had their makeup done by Sia Miller of Faces by Sia, who made everyone look flawless. Krishna filmed Jeremy and his family getting ready at the uberhip Kimpton Vintage Hotel in downtown Portland. After the bride’s mom gave her the sweetest well wishes for her marriage, we headed to the venue, where the Ceremony and Reception were held. Allison Hutchins from Luxe Event Productions planned the whole event, and designed the space under a gorgeous white tent. I’m a huge fan of white tents made of organza fabric this season!

The couple had almost all of their friends and family from everywhere other than Oregon, mostly Texas, so it was very special and intimate. Bo Baskoro, a talented musician in town, and DJ for John Ross Music, sang and played guitar, accompanied by violin and cello, as the bride walked down the aisle with her cathedral veil following behind her. The bride and groom said touching vows to each other about how they met and how immediately they knew they were right for each other. After their Ceremony, and after everyone dried their eyes, guests were welcomed into the Cocktail Hour setting, with high tables and passed hors d’oerves.

The staff turned over the Ceremony space into the Reception space, with long, wooden tables with greenery and candles on top. Guests mingled as Caitlyn Juarez from On the Times Photo took family and group photos. We had the pleasure of hanging out with Caitlyn all day, as she came all the way from Dallas, too! All over the site, you could see signs made custom by Hey Halle, that added to the garden wedding. Guests grabbed delicious, farm fresh food from a buffet by Chef’s Table Catering and sat wherever they wanted, no seating chart! As the sun set, we took Brittani and Jeremy out of the wedding and into the streets of Portland, where we filmed them walking on train tracks while our JBL speaker played “Eastside” as the sky turned from shades of deep blue to dark purple and pink.

After the bride and groom rejoined the party, things really got going as Bo DJ’ed! Everyone danced, drank, and just had a good time. At the end of the night, all the guests lined up in the nursery shining their cell phone flashlights as Brittani and Jeremy ran through the tunnel! As Brittani would say, “That’s so millennial!!”

Blue Basin Elopement Shoot with My Twin Lens Photography

Devin from My Twin Lens Photography asked us to be apart of elopement shoot in the beautiful Blue Basin in Oregon. We jumped at the idea at filming a creative project, plus she wanted to do the shoot at sunrise! Everything seems to be shot at sunset, so it was really cool to be in a desert valley at sunrise. 

Devin drove down from Tacoma, WA with our wonderful bride model, Chauncey Trask. They picked up lovely dried floral arrangements from Novella Theory Floral in Portland and continued to Spray, OR. Tommy Tague, our groom, drove down from Tacoma, too, with his sister and housemate. We camped at the Spray Riverfront Campground, which was completely empty and next to the John Day River. We all got to know each other, swimming in the river and hanging out around the campfire. We even took some photo/film of our models in the river at sunset. The traveling shoot team went to bed early, although none of us really slept, until our 3:30 am wake up time. Everyone packed up their tents and supplies in the pitch darkness and drove the half hour to the John Day Fossil Beds as the first sun hit the black sky. Devin, Tommy, and Chauncey got all the props for the shoot ready, including gorgeous jewelry from OHME Shop. Mia Stephenson created incredible gold and gemstone rings, bolo tie (that I want) and statement gold earrings. Devin found an elegant dress from Halston Heritage and Owl and Envelope created all the mountain-inspired invitations!

We grabbed our kid, drone, lenses, prisms, cameras and steadicam and we all started walking at the Blue Basin trail head, stopping at a valley which showed all the layers of rock formations in the background as the sun rose in the east. Devin set up a scrunched up paper backdrop on a light stand and our amazing shoot began! Tommy and Chauncey were the best models ever, as they were game for everything, took direction well, and most of all, believed in our vision from the start. We filmed our duo while blasting music from our mini speaker. When we had some footage in the bag, Krishna flew the drone, crashed it, then scaled half a mountain to retrieve it. Miraculously only one propeller broke, which we have spares for! 

Chauncey and Tommy danced for us, made out for the camera, all in this summer weather. They were such amazing models, too!! Devin was so sweet and fun the whole shoot, too, and we all got along incredibly well! She even got some shots of me and Krishna during the shoot, halfway up a rock formation. After packing up, we left the shoot spot and went to the parking lot to fix the drone. We got some drone shots of our couple then did an interview with Devin for the behind the scenes video. Chauncey put some gold leaf on me and Krishna's faces and Devin took some stunning photos of us in the parking lot. Just for fun! 

Devin and the models left for Tacoma and we headed back to Portland! 10 minutes into the drive, Krishna pulled over and made sandwiches, as we were super hungry and pretty dehydrated from filming in the sun all day! The Vibes Film is above and watch us in action in the Behind the Scenes Film below!

Thumbnail photos by My Twin Lens Photography.