A Dunder Mifflin Birthday Party

What do you watch when you’re caught up on all your shows and suddenly fall into the dreaded “show hole”? For Joe and I, one of our favorite shows to fall back on is The Office. Between Michael & Dwight, Jim & Pam, Kevin & his chili, what’s not to love?! In fact, while I edit photos from the week’s photo sessions, I often have an episode of The Office playing in the background. So, since we love throwing each other funny, elaborately themed parties (Joe threw me a magical Harry Potter birthday party a few years back), we decided to bring Scranton to Portland and plan a Dunder Mifflin birthday party to celebrate Joe’s 30th!

It wouldn’t be one of our parties without our signature party guide, which this year included Stanley’s crossword puzzle, a “That’s What She Said” quote-matching game, and a scavenger hunt to find Dwight’s hidden weapons throughout the house. Office Olympics were set up all around, and guests competed for Schrute Bucks throughout the night, all leading up to an award ceremony where three lucky partygoers won gold, silver and blue medals (aka: yogurt lids). We had a blast designing and crafting hidden little details for Office fans to discover, including the infamous stapler in Jell-O, a Michael Scott quote gallery, Angela’s live cat cam, and even Café Disco! For Joe and me, half the fun of these parties is just dreaming it up and planning it all out. But once our friends start arriving, we remember just how amazing it is to celebrate such special milestones surrounded by the people we love.

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Black Butte Ranch Scottish Themed Wedding

Shauna & Michael fell in love with Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon, and decided to plan their destination wedding there. They love simplicity and wanted their wedding to focus on being with friends and family who had travelled from all around the world to spend their special day with them. They planned their wedding around Michael's Scottish heritage, using wild flowers for their florals, and the plaid from Michael's family tartan as their wedding colors. And no Scottish wedding is complete without a bagpiper! The weather in October was brisk with periods of wind and rain -- perfectly matching the theme of their Celtic/Scottish wedding! But Shauna and Michael seemed too in love to even notice, the wind only enhanced the dreaminess of Shauna's gorgeous dress, and the clouds parted just in time for their ceremony. I don't think it could have ended up more perfect.

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Featured on A Paper Proposal

Tracey & Mike are two of the sweetest, kindest, most genuinely beautiful people -- inside and out. Today I am thrilled to announce that their scenic Columbia River Gorge engagement session is being featured by A Paper Proposal
Click the link to see the full feature >> here.

A big thank you to the editors at A Paper Proposal for choosing to publish my work! I feel so honored and thrilled to have had my work chosen. :)

 
 

Portland Waterfront Park & Cathedral Park Engagement Session

The sudden blooming of Portland's cherry blossoms are always such a splendid sight to see. One day it still feels like winter, and then the next, all around the city hundreds of delicate, pastel pink blossoms sprout out to bring life and beauty to the city. Sokhorn and Jay timed their engagement session with the blooming of the cherry blossoms along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. We started their session, beneath the soft petals that matched Sokhorn's pink tulle dress so well. Then later on, we transitioned their session to Cathedral Park to capture some portraits underneath the St. John's Bridge and it's iconic weeping willow tree. Engagement sessions like this remind me why I love living in Portland so much. Such breath-taking natural beauty, and with a couple this sweet and in love, it's no wonder their photos turned out so stunning.

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