Free Spirited Portland Destination 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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Adventurous Oregon Wilderness Anniversary

 
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Grant & Alicia married in Oklahoma in 2016. I was there- to celebrate with drinks (not cameras!) in hand, dancing with my cousins... and all the little girls at their wedding. (Do you want to build a snowman?)

Fast forward... these two have moved to Oregon, where their wanderlust and love of the wide wild world thrives and Alicia works for a television station as an anchor and reporter. To celebrate their new adventure, Alicia and Grant joined me in the Columbia River Gorge in their wedding best for a wonderful, waterfall-braving anniversary session at Latourell Falls.

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Stormy Las Vegas Desert Elopement

This destination elopement has it all: a champagne toast, dramatic winds, a bohemian wedding dress by hot designer Truvelle and dry riverbed picnic.

The team behind this elopement is from Santa Barbara, Las Vegas and Chicago. We believed that vendors from several states can collaborate to create an enchanting experience for clients.

There is a perfectly wild color scheme in the Mojave Desert that appeals to film photography. The ranges of green, from the blue-green juniper to the yellow-green banana yuccas, contrast with the rusty reds and rich golds of the sandstone.

This entire series was shot on 35mm Kodak Portra film and processed by PhotoVision Print Lab. Our couple celebrated at Red Spring in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area with champagne toast, macarons, meringues and cake.

Film Lab: PhotoVision

Stylist / Planner: You Name It Events

Hair & Makeup: Bianca Sansosti Artistry

Floral Designer: Fern & Foxtail

Floral Ribbon: Bellame

Dress Designer: Truvelle

Bridal Salon: Dame Couture

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Invitation Suite & Paper: Greenstar Paperie

Groom’s Clothing: Sene Studio + ALDO

Accessories: Azar Jewelers

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