Doug and Heather had a small courthouse marriage in November of 2018. To celebrate their union with family and close friends, they had a beautiful dinner reception at the amazing Kimpton Hotel Vintage in Downtown Portland. The event was beautiful and their love for each other obvious. I was lucky enough to be their wedding photographer. It was an absolute pleasure to capture their connection downtown at Christmas time. I absolutely adore Portland with holiday lights strewn everywhere. Love in the city at Christmas? Even better!
When I found out that this amazing group of photographers was going to have a 2 day excursion in Utah, I was all in! I grew up in Salt Lake City and have family that lives in Park City. It was a double win to visit family for the holidays and be a part of this awesome workshop.
An extra bonus was bringing my three kiddos to visit family and play in the snow. Being from the Oregon coast my kids are absolutely enchanted with the idea of playing in powder. I answered question after question about the idea of sinking into powder and getting stuck.
Every day in Utah was packed with fun! It made my heart happy to take my 7 year old boys to snowboard at Brighton in the Big Cottonwood Canyon with my brother. My dad took us there regularly as children and taught us to ski by holding us between his legs on our own skis and praying to the ski gods that we didn’t end up a tangled, yard sale mess on the side of the mountain. Even the hard boiled eggs my dad would bring for lunch in his fanny pack (yes, it’s true!) which at the time I could have passed on, now is an endearing memory of my father. I always wanted lodge food, but there was really nothing better than the warmed eggs with butter and salt.
My brother and I continued on to snowboarding as teenagers and spent a whole lot of time together on the slopes of Brighton. It was amazing to hit the slopes together again and the Utah snow is the best!
The workshop was full of enlightening information from photographers Emily Hatch of emeandjacob.com and Haley Nord of haleynordphotography.com. So lucky to learn from these two! The morning was packed full of great information and the afternoon consisted of styled shoots with two fabulous couples.
My sister was able to join in the fun on day 2. We drove out to the Salt Flats and arrived at a rest stop just before Wendover, Nevada at 7am. Wendover is a little town on the border of Nevada and Utah, in other words in the middle of nowhere. Wendover consists of a few casinos surrounded by mobile homes and trailers where the staff for the casinos live. Besides some pawn shops for the desperate gambler there is nothing else out there. I spent many nights there with family and friends holding our little plastic bucket full of nickels or betting on the dollar black jack tables. I don’t know if either of those things still exist!
As we waited at the rest stop a gorgeous couple in their wedding gown and tuxedo got out of two separate cars. The couple for the shoot had arrived and looked fabulous. It did seem a little odd that the groom was blindfolded and the bride being presented to him. Ummmm, not the norm for a styled shoot. We sat and watched this couples first look and bridal session unfold. So much emotion and magic!
The real models Christie and Brandon arrived and were so much fun to photograph! The dynamic between them was great. Super playful and beautiful with their striking boho style, they rocked it!
The couple on their actual bridal shoot, Sarah and Juston let us sneak some shots in at the end of their shoot. Despite it being freezing cold and the bride’s poor toes wet from the water and toying with frost bite, they were lovely and amazingly nice to the point of inviting us to their wedding this next weekend. Unbelievable!
After the morning on the Salt Flats, our group ventured to Antelope Island. Surrounded by high desert scenery, some buffalo and snow capped peaks, the workshop finished with truly inspiring and stunning images of Jessi and Ethan, a striking couple in a fairytale landscape.
Loved, loved, loved the workshop! The whole week with family, snow and amazing photographers was exactly what I needed and a perfect way to start 2019. The icing on the cake was an uneventful, (dare I say relaxing?!) plane ride home to Oregon with my children and the moment on the economy parking shuttle snuggled in and listening to my kid’s favorite moments from the trip.
Thanks to all the vendors that made these photo shoots so spectacular!
Kaila Lassey Loftus & Jay Loftus
Winter Rose Beaudry & Derrick Louizia
Skye Smith-Wallace did the incredible cake!
The cake is covered with Foxglove: Flowers and Gifts !!
Your two gowns are from Boda Bridal!
Antelope Island shoot:
@jessilarue & @ethanb_90
I met this beautiful bride and her mom for coffee after they booked Louisa Rose Photography to capture Emee’s December wedding day. They were incredibly sweet. I loved hearing Emee’s story of growing up in Seaside, Oregon before adventuring to grad school in Amsterdam where she met her soul mate, Eric. A true fairy tale, right?
The story only got better on their wedding day in Cape Mears, where the love between the two was palpable. They had a beautiful ceremony with their closest friends and family present and the sound of waves crashing in the background.
The day was a photographer’s dream with a beautiful couple, gorgeous clouds and a dramatic ocean. The groom brought a rug and lantern to the beach to capture more of a traditional, European style of photography. It was truly breathtaking!
I was lucky enough to be part of this November wedding in Upstate New York, right on Lake Ontario. My dear friends Matt and Erica got married in his home town, a gorgeous setting within view of Canada. The couple drove from their home in Oregon so that they could bring their amazing golden retriever, who was rightfully a central part of the ceremony and celebrations (and of course a couple of kegs of Buoy beer). The reception was on par with the ceremony and was beautiful with live music and food fit for a king. The party was complete with a VW photo booth bus….. howcool is that!
After weeks of worrying about this outdoor wedding in Astoria in October, the day turned out to be gorgeous! The outdoor ceremony was at the beautiful Shivley Park. A rare autumn day on the Oregon coast surrounded by days of rain before and after. Being a part of both the wedding planning and wedding photography with Tulips and Tuxes was so much fun! Tom and Amyleigh are a fabulous couple and truly the ideal of two families meant to be one.
I have been so busy the past few weeks photographing lovely families in the areas of Cannon Beach and Seaside on vacation. A surprising amount with adult kids that live around the country, sometimes even around the world, and are reunited for a destination family reunion. Such a great idea to see your family, explore new places and leave all commitments and stresses behind while you do it. Brilliant!
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings. -Gustave Flaubert
Sunday I was lucky enough to be part of a styled shoot at The Ruins at The Astor. It was absolutely breathtaking. Remember being a little kid and finding a really magical place to explore? It was like that. Every nook and cranny felt like it held secrets yet to be discovered. Every pillar beautiful in it’s grandeur and decay. I wish I could be a fly on the wall a century ago!
One of my favorite couples ever! Tim and Susan are both helicopter pilots and away from each other for weeks at a time. With their crazy schedules and wishing to keep it low key, they tied the knot at the courthouse earlier in the day followed by evening photos on the beach close to their house. The light just kept getting prettier and prettier as the sun set.