Sparkling, Spirited Vail Wedding

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When Laura & Scott approached me to photograph their fall wedding, I was elated. Only the year before, Laura’s brother Erik and sister-in-law Maeve had celebrated their own winter wedding in Chicago- and I’d enjoyed every minute of planning and photographing such a special night. One of my favorite things about what I do is the opportunity to see the same families continually grow with each new celebration and landmark in life. Then I read further down in the email- Laura & Scott were planning their wedding in Vail, Colorado, where Laura grew up making happy family memories and where she and Scott had vacationed while they were dating. They went on to explain that the most important part of their vision for their wedding photographs was to “capture real moments, candids in an elevated style.”

Photographer’s. Dream. Come. True.

Laura & Scott’s family and friends came to the mountains with excitement and an eagerness to celebrate. The energy from their guests, from the ceremony to the cocktail hour to the dance floor is unmatched. A great deal of credit is due to planners Kelly Karli Weddings & Events for facilitating with ease the details and moving parts of the wedding’s events, freeing the photography team to focus solely on capturing moments and creating memories. (Yes, even if you’re an incredibly capable, detail-oriented, organizational maven- YES, you should still hire a wedding planner.)

In the highlights below, you’ll find: the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, a custom clear-top tent, a silent disco complete with headphones for all guests to rave and dance into the late-late night hours, beautiful candid photographs of speeches and dances and conversations and tears and laughter. All the things that make a wedding wonderful. Thank you!

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Ultra-Chic, Bohemian Portland Wedding

 
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This is the story of Lia & Jorge and their fierce, tender love for one another. (Words stolen from their more eloquent friend and officiant, Benjamin.) These two live in Chicago, work in Chicago, love in Chicago- and play in Portland. For their adult years, Portland, Oregon has been a kind of soul country, a spiritual hometown and a genuine place of connection for Lia and Jorge.

When Lia first approached me about creating the photographs for her and "Bear" to celebrate their engagement and then their wedding, I knew without a doubt that this was something I wanted (needed?) to be apart of. From connecting over a love of exquisite florals (HELLO SELVA FLORAL DESIGN) to mutually drooling over Grace Loves Lace and floral groom's ties... Lia's wedding day is packed with aesthetic details that express so well that spirit and lifestyle of the two individuals who officially joined their lives on May 25, 2018. If we're being honest, these two have been sharing the whole of their lives for years. 

There's a lot here, and it's easy to miss some of the more delicate, natural touches... be sure to find the groom's wristwatch, the bridesmaids' living floral jewelry pieces, the bride's flower-bedecked hat, the drop-dead gorgeous floral infinity arch and the huge, bacchanalian charcuterie spread at cocktail hour. Not to mention the array of velvet chairs and chaise and stunning sweeps of cafe lights through the reception...

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Photography: True Grace Photography // Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes // Wedding Planning: J29 Events // Wedding Flowers: Selva Floral Design // Bridal Hair & Makeup: Kirstie Wight // Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace // Rentals: Something Borrowed // Food & Drink: White Pepper PDX // Stationery: Rachel Street Press

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