Rooftop Shoot with Oak Grove Floral

We love styled shoots because it's such a great way to connect with amazing wedding vendors in the area and it's a great opportunity to push ourselves creatively. Emily Hoos of Oak Grove Floral put together a fantastic bunch of creatives to make this supercool downtown shoot. It took place on the patio of the Ecotrust building with rentals from Mix Mod Pdx.

They had a ceremony site set up, a tablescape with a custom table runner from Jacqueline Grace. The gorgeous invitations were handmade by Elli Design Studio. There was even a lounge area set up in front of the outdoor fireplace with unique white chairs and whimsical end tables and vases. 

Models Abi Rae Wilson and husband, Gun, we’re in town from Moscow, Idaho and were our stunning bride and groom for the day. Serving as Best Man was Alec Eagon, a fellow videographer in the Portland area and local model, Amber Nicotra, was our breathtaking Maid of Honor. Our good friend, Dallas Merkley of Merkley Artistry did the makeup while the models hair was done by Kayla Nicole Beauty. 

The striped ball gown was provided by Bridal Exclusives as well as the gold sequin bridesmaid dress. For the guys, they wore custom pink geometric ties and pocket squares by Knotty Tie. To complete this downtown wedding, a delicious cake was made by Flour and Flower Designs set on a gold cart. 

MacCoy Dean of MacCoy Dean Photography walked around with us and the models to get some downtown shots and as the sun was setting, we headed up to the Ecotrust patio. We filmed them having fun at their “wedding” and making champagne toasts at the modern and fresh tablescape. Once the sun set, MacCoy moved two cellphone lights around while the models danced to electronic music from our little speaker. It looked like really cool strobes in the footage! For the edit, we wanted to do something that stayed true to the vibe of the shoot and chose an electronic track that had a lot of dynamism. At the hard hitting moments, we speedramped a lot of the dancing shots for extra impact. We also played with time-shifting, which is always fun to do and keeps viewers on their toes. Check out the film above! 

Taylor & Lukkes' Wedding in Hillsboro, OR

Taylor & Lukkes's wedding was special for so many reasons, one being that it was at a friends property in Hillsboro, OR. This place was already set up like a wedding venue from the multiple concerts they had at their house. Another reason was that these wonderful people have already been together for 10 years and their vows showed the depth and foundation of their love.

Sadie McIntyre and her team from Vareus Events made the show run smoothly from start to finish. Ali Mae Photography took film photographs alongside her assistant, Ashley. The couple saw singer-songwriter Anthony Hall in concert and connected with him and his music so much that they asked him to play at their wedding! He was the nicest guy and had the most beautiful voice live. Arranged for You created classic bouquets of various white flowers and wild greenery. They also created a floral installation for the homemade wooden altar.  

The bride was a drop dead gorgeous Disney princess in a 2-piece Badgley Mischka dress with hair and makeup done by Jasmine of Blossom and Beauty. I love a wedding with an abundance of sugar and this did not disappoint with a tiered cake by The Dessert Tray and sweets and cupcakes by Nothing Bundt Cakes

There were tons of toasts as people could not keep in their love for this couple. The three Best Man's gave a hilarious speech, one that only best friend's can give with an equal amount of affection and jostling. The night went on with sunset photos in the wheat field on the property and dancing until the wee hours of the night. Cheers to another ten years times ten!

Elizabeth & Jeremiah's Wedding at Castaway, Portland, OR

I'm not sure how we get so lucky with the couples who choose us, but they tend to be the most fun brides and grooms ever. Elizabeth and Jeremiah were no exception and put up with us making them dance all day long while we played sensual Spanish music.

These Brooklyn residents planned their Portland wedding from afar and did so with grace and style. Castaway was the urban backdrop to this downtown wedding with decor and flowers done by their very helpful family and friends. Alyson Levy photographed next to us and was a very fun and creative addition to the day.

Their ceremony was so heartfelt and their vows were so good that both me and Krishna were wiping our eyes, with a little mascara running down mine. All day you could feel the genuine love the couple had for each other and it makes our jobs so much more important to capture that. Their food was by far the most inventive we've seen all season with Devil's Food Catering bringing in stations of lumpia, sliders, and Mediterranean food. 

This group danced all night long and there was not a single person sitting down at one point. Jeremiah being a music producer made for a night of awesome music and incredible dancers with A Sound Choice Entertainment behind the decks. 

Watch their Preview Film above and relive the magic in one minute! Highlight film soon to come. 

Brea & Tyler's Wedding at Cooper's Hall, Portland, OR

Having done Brea and Tyler's Love Story film not too long ago, we were super stoked for their wedding to get here! Doing a Love Story first helps us get to know the couple and by the wedding, we always feel like friends. Since Brea and Tyler are such awesome and fun people, we knew they would have a wedding to match their energy. 

The bride and groom started by getting ready in their own Airbnb's. When looking at getting ready spaces, we always ask for big windows with tons of natural light. And a view is always a plus! Brea got her makeup done by Josalyn while all her girls' hair was done by Bree Ellis of Portland Makeup and Hair, who we met at a wedding last year. They always do an impeccable job and are some of the sweetest women around. 

Their catholic ceremony was held at the most beautiful church I've seen in Portland, St. Juan Diego Catholic Church followed by an adventure on a double-decker British-style bus which fit the entire bridal party (plus us). We went to The Grotto and a pub in downtown called Huber's for photo ops and just plain fun with Rebecca and Jerome of Aniko Productions. Carisa and her team from Adornment Events did a fantastic job styling Cooper's Hall for the reception. We met her four years ago at one of first Portland weddings and she's been our top choice planner ever since. Blüm created stunning floral arrangements like always and bouquets that matched the bridesmaids' light pink gowns. 

Benny AKA DJ Royale we met a couple years ago and were in awe of his live mixing, flawless transitions, and remixes of oldies which gets a crowd of all ages going. Needless to say we were stoked to see him again and especially since he wore a floral suit and fresh kicks. Jerome and Rebecca brought smoke bombs to do some amazing sunset portraits and even hit the dance floor with us at the end of the night! Salt & Straw made an appearance, foregoing the traditional cake for desserts, and scooped up weird flavors like my favorite, caramel and salt. 

Check out this special couple's Preview Film above which all of our clients receive within two weeks of their wedding! 

Amanda & Lane's Love Story

We met Amanda Stephens of A Lovely Day Photography a couple years ago when she was photographing a wedding while we were filming it. She was such a kind, warm person and we had an awesome day filming alongside her. We are so honored she chose us to film her wedding in October at Union/Pine!

This was probably the coolest idea for a Love Story film that we've ever done. Amanda & Lane booked a special place to their relationship at The Vintages in Dayton, Oregon. It's a vintage trailer park that is super hipster and adorable; they have all kinds of remodeled, updated trailers to choose from that come with beach cruisers! We shot alongside the owner of A Lovely Day and Jessica Hill Photography, Jessica, who recently won Best Independent Photographer from Oregon Bride Magazine! 

Our first scene was inside the cute Airstream trailer they rented, with them hanging out in the breakfast nook and on the bed (which is a weird thing about our job). They then hopped on their bikes and rode around the park, just like they did the night they decided to get married.

The trailer park brings around propane tanks with small fireplaces for anyone who wants to enjoy s'mores at night. Some people just use the fire but that's so pointless without s'mores! Amanda and Lane roasted marshmallows and ate their super messy s'mores on camera. 

At sunset, we went into a field next to the park and watched a glorious orange sunset while filming the couple dance. If you know us, we always make our couples dance! It's a great way to add energy to any film, plus we just love dancing. 

Watch their Love Story above! 

 

Marci & Kellen's Wedding at The Victorian Belle

Marci and Kellen have an incredibly romantic story of how they met worthy of those old Hollywood films that don't quite seem like reality. They met while in the military in Germany and everyone told her about the new captain on the scene her colleagues were trying to set her up with. Marci has one of those personalities you can't help but love and you can't help being happy in her presence. So it was inevitable that a very introverted Kellen would fall for her. On their first trip together, they stayed at an Ice Hotel in Norway and both pinpoint a moonlit walk around the lake as when they fell deeply in love. 

It was our first time filming at the Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland and we were very excited because the entire cast of Twilight stayed here while filming the first movie. It did not disappoint with their eclectic lighting, odd comfy chairs and excessive use of animal prints. Dina Zaitsev-Kozlov did  Marci's makeup while Jinalyn Bell did a fantastic job on her already gorgeous bridesmaids. 

After the bride prep, we headed over to The Victorian Belle in Northeast Portland to set up for the ceremony and film Kellen and his groomsmen getting ready. The venue was built in 1885 and the mansion was very well preserved and seemed to have a lot of the original decor and heirlooms. The groomsmen got ready in a converted attic space that had a pool table and a little window nook that looks out on the property. Marci put on her strapless ballgown with floral appliques on the second floor in a large room with a beautiful mirror perfect for just that. 

The ceremony was held outside in front of huge blue hydrangeas which are my personal favorite flower. The officiant was Theresa Tuffli of Heart Rock Ceremonies and she personalized the ceremony so much, you would think that she was their family friend. There are always going to be hiccups on wedding day and on this particular day, they could not find the rings right before the ceremony! Someone finally found them in a bag upstairs and the ceremony only started a few minutes late. 

As the ceremony was ending, I felt a single rain drop, looked up, and saw a storm rolling in. It ended just in time for a full-fledged rainstorm while guests sought refuge inside and under awnings as the staff quickly covered the tables and chairs. The rain made way for sunshine a quick 30 minutes later and dinner could commence how it was meant to. When it came to toasts, every single person in their bridal party gave a heartfelt speech which makes it easy for us when we're editing the final film! 

First dances took place in the large gazebo which held all of the guests and Kelly, a DJ and musician from John Ross Music, whom we are always stoked to work with. The first song of the night was the Processional song from Jim & Pam's wedding in The Office, so that was the best moment of the night in my book. It's also a dream of mine to film a wedding at Niagara Falls, so shout out to the universe! 

They danced the night away going into my favorite kind of exit: sparklers! As they are the wanderlust type, their honeymoon is all over the place, with stops in Amsterdam, Germany and other spots in Europe! Peep their Preview Film above with their Highlight film soon to come! 

Shelby & Connor's Love Story

Back in February, we did our very first Bridal Show, "Rocked" at the Nines Hotel in Downtown Portland. There we met many recently engaged couples diving into the world of wedding planning. We had a giveaway for a free Love Story film and we are so glad that Shelby and Connor won!

Not only are they personable and fun, Krishna grew up on Maui with a few of their college friends! Shelby and Connor are getting married in 2019 at the Abernethy Center in Abigail's Garden with a reception in the Grand Ballroom. 

For their Love Story film, we were extremely lucky to use the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in South East Portland. Their event coordinator, Rachael Maloney, hooked us up with use of the extensive garden for the morning. After filming on the many bridges, near the waterfall, and by the lake, we recorded both Shelby and Connor telling the story of how they met and what they love most about each other. See their story above! 

Sarah & Erik's Wedding at Mt. Hood Organic Farms, OR

Sarah and Erik's wedding started off at a beautiful rental house in Mt. Hood with a glorious view of Mt. Adams. They met doing one of the coolest jobs I've heard of: flying helicopters for the U.S. Coast Guard. Kirstie Wight did the bride's hair and makeup while Ely Roberts Photography snapped getting-ready portraits. 

The ceremony took place at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hood River and ended with a Sword Arc.  The bride and groom had to "kiss to pass" each crossed sword held by their friends in military whites. They went straight to the airport to get ready for their helicopter entrance into the reception space, Mt. Hood Organic Farms. We even managed to get an awesome drone shot as they were landing. 

Mt. Hood Organic Farms has one of the most spectacular views of Mt. Hood out of all the wedding venues near Portland. The owners, Brady & John Jacobson, do all of the landscaping and unique woodworking that you can see throughout the reception space. Cultivate Catering served a family style meal full of delicious produce grown on site. They even had a special vendor table which is rare and so appreciated! 

So many people came from across the country to get to this wedding and you could feel the excitement. Sarah's dad gave an emotional yet hilarious toast, followed by her sister, and Erik's brother. Their cake by Fox Tail Bake Shop was super impressive and even had action figures f Sarah and Erik in their flight suits. Jai of Stumptown DJ's rocked a playlist full of country and american classics late into the night. 

Check the Preview Film above and look out for the Highlight Film coming soon!