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I meet the most amazing people with this job and Tim and Aimee were no exception.

The moment they told me that they were going to have beer and pizza for their wedding reception I knew that I was meant to be their photographer.  Seriously?  Can you get any cooler than that?  They held their wedding at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, and it could not have been a more perfect day.  We started the day by photographing the bridal party preparations at a home in Warrenton, where we also did their first look.  Their first look?  So Tim cried first.  Then Aimee cried.  Then I found the back of my camera fogging up, because yes, I was crying too.  It’s always such an emotional moment when the bride and groom see each other for the first time and I’m just a little sentimental about it.  Sigh….

Then we drove out to the Warrenton docks.  I hadn’t ever been there and it was definitely one of those moments where I was driving by and went “that place looks cool, lets shoot there” with no idea what I was getting myself into.   We survived the wobbly docks (they were a little sketchy) and captured some of my favorite images from the day.  Then we moved on to downtown Astoria where we finished up bridal party photos before heading over to Fort George for the wedding.

The rest of the day went perfectly, so much laughter, so many sentimental tears, and so much love.

Thank you Tim and Aimee for having me as your photographer.
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  • Berdie Brennan - April 1, 2016 - 2:34 pm

    Beautiful wedding. Wonderful job capturing special moments and all the beauty and special moments of their wedding. Your a fantastic photographer our favorite.

  • Shirley - April 2, 2016 - 5:29 pm

    Beautiful pictures love it

  • Krista - July 14, 2016 - 8:17 am

    Absolutely awesome! I love this venue!!!!

I had the privilege of photographing Matt and Gracey’s wedding this last summer.

These two: childhood sweethearts, young love and all of things fairytales are made of.   It was clear to me that Matt adored her in everything he did and said.   Gracey is his queen and I know these two are going to share a lifetime of happiness together.   Their families were already close and I so loved hearing all of the precious stories they shared about the two of them.

Thank you Matt and Gracey for having us as a part of your day.  And thank you Ty for all your hard work behind the cameras with me.

 

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In July I photographed Katie and Rob’s wedding.  The wedding was held at the home of Katie’s family and it made for an absolutely stunning backdrop for a beautiful wedding.  Katie’s step-dad had built a walkway out to their boathouse and we were able to do their first look out on the dock with the Columbia River all around us. It was a perfect setting for a perfect day.  I loved meeting both of their families and everyone welcomed us in like family.  The wedding went beautifully and was followed by an incredible reception in the backyard, complete with a live band, delicious food, plenty of drinks and all of their loved ones.   They danced the night away as the sun set behind them on the river.  It was such a perfect day and I am so happy for the new couple!  Congrats Rob and Katie and thank you for having us.

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In June I had the honor of photographing Ethan and Noresa’s beautiful wedding at Lewisville Park.

Their wedding reminded me of a fairytale! When Noresa told me about her picnic-themed wedding I thought of Disney – Snow White and Cinderalla singing with the birds and little animals in the woods.

When their wedding guests arrived they were greeted by family and friends and a choice of a sandwich and then seated at various picnic baskets and blankets surrounding the ceremony site.  The baskets were stocked with all sorts of treats for the guests – fruits, olives, cheese and crackers and sparkling juice.   The guests enjoyed a picnic on the lawn while Ethan And Noresa pledged their love for each other and then spent the afternoon playing lawn games in the park.

It was a beautiful and fun day for all of us and I’m so glad I got to be a part of their day.  Thank you Ethan and Noresa and congratulations!

 
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  • Siobhan Gazur - July 30, 2016 - 10:59 am

    What a sweet collect of memories for these newlyweds that you captured. I LOVE the idea of the picnic baskets, flowers and blankets. So unique!

When I sat down to write this post I tried to think of my first memory of Chris.  It was probably when we were really little. Our dad’s have worked together since….well, forever.  We probably met each other at one of those company picnics, and we probably got in a water gun fight, or I most likely got my butt kicked in an embarrassing game of volleyball. (I have zero coordination when it comes to sports).  But aside from trying to remember my childhood (which is all a big blur) my first real memory of Chris involves a coconut bra.  True Story.

Chris and I went to college together, well actually high school….sort of.  We were both in the Running Start program at our local college for our junior and senior years of high school.  Chris wore a coconut bra to school for an entire day.  I don’t remember why, or what purpose it served (this was 12 years ago…seriously).  I just remember that it made me laugh, like crazy hysterical belly laugh and thanks to that coconut bra this 6 foot tall Asian boy became my friend.    We were friends, like the good kind of guy/girl friends.  He was one of those rare friends in my life that I didn’t pretend around.  We didn’t judge each other for stupidity of which we were both guilty of on many occasions.  And our friendship stuck.

Chris joined the military sometime after high school.  He’s deployed, he’s seen the world, he’s served our country and he lives in Southern California now.  Somehow through the years we’ve kept in touch.  That’s rare for me.  I completely stink at long distance friendships. But when Chris has come to visit, we’ve made it a point to catch up.  There have been times where it’s been a few years in between visits, but somehow we make it happen.

Chris and I have both been through our share of junky relationship stuff.  Relationships are hard.  Marriage is hard.  Him and I have talked about the good, the bad and the ugly.  We’ve both wondered if true love is really in the cards for either of us.  But sometime in 2012 Chris showed up at my house with his big truck and a giant smile and that’s when he told me about her….

When he started to describe her I was skeptical.  The protective friend in me had to be, because that’s what friends do.  But Chris’s smile and happiness didn’t stop and I started to hope for him. When he came back to visit a few month’s later, he brought her with him and surprise!  There was a ring!

When I met Grace?  My protective friend thoughts and walls completely disappeared.  If God had ever made such a perfect woman for Chris?  This was it.

In over 12 years of friendship with this guy, I have never seen him look so incredibly happy as he has with Grace   To say that they were made for each other is an understatement.  As cheesy as it sounds?  Grace completes him.

And then along came Wyatt.  Chris and Grace had a baby, and he’s pretty much the cutest kid ever.  He was all about my camera’s the day of the wedding, and I had so much fun letting him “help” with the photography.  Watching Chris be a dad was a little surreal to me, I’ll admit it.   I’ve been a mom for a lot of years, but most of my high school friends are just now joining me in parenting ranks.  Chris has fully embraced the dad role and it shows in Wyatt’s relationship with him.  Wyatt adores his dad and it is a beautiful thing!

Getting to be there for their wedding was such joy and honor.  Grace’s mom hosted me for my stay in California and I can totally see where Grace get’s her kind soul.   Her mother is a gem and has raised 3 wonderful kids.  (Thank you again for the comfy bed and warm conversations Lorna!!!)

Their wedding was held at the home of Grace’s brother and sister-in-law in Somerset California.

The day was perfect out….not to hot, not cold, and a handful of clouds to make for some beautiful photos.

 

Darcie from A Dazzling Day did an amazing job coordinating and planning the day.  I truly loved working with this woman and if you are getting married in the Sacramento area be sure and check her out!

Will Huttunen did a fabulous job DJ’ing.

The cake from D’Agostini Bakery  was delicious.

The food and the beautiful reception tablescapes were all from Diane Wilkinson Catering. (Admittedly I ate way to much of their BBQ style buffet but it was definitely worth the tight fitting pants the next day!)

And their beautiful flowers were by Shingle Springs Florist .

 

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Having grown up in a gun-friendly family, I definitely appreciated the shotgun shell boutonnieres.

 

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Seeing how happy my friend is here?  Definitely worth the trip just for this moment.

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This was probably my favorite reception moment.  Chris and Grace’s little guy Wyatt decided to jump in on the mother/son dance and stole the show.  Kid’s already got moves!

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Grace?  I’m so glad you came into Chris’s life when you did.  I’m beyond happy for your little family.  Thank you for having me there and hope to see you guys again soon!  Much love!  -Jess

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