These two have such a special place in my heart. Kevin came into our lives a couple years ago, and over the years we have watched him meet Crista, fall in love, ask her to be his wife, and finally, marry her. They tied the knot on the edge of a sun-lit lake in Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, Oregon. It was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, surrounded just by their close family and friends, with a reception down a path and through the woods. Crista is naturally artistic and creative, so their whole wedding consisted of little touches of hand-crafted beauty and collected items. Friends came from all over to chip in and help make this wedding a reality. The cake was made by Crista's mom, and the food cooked by friends and family. Anne of Green Gables was one of Crista's favorite books growing up, so it provided lots of inspiration for their wedding. Mix-matched teacups and plates lined their lace-covered picnic tables, and guests enjoyed live music from a band of folk musicians. Later in the evening guests were taught how to contra dance, a favorite pastime of Crista & Kevin's. Later on, we slipped away for some couples portraits on the beach. Crista has always loved tall ships (and even spent a year traveling around the world in one!), so when we heard that a rusted shipwreck was just a mile down the road, we knew that photos with it were a must! It was the perfect day. I am so happy that we could be there to capture it, but more importantly, to celebrate with these two!! Our hearts are so full for you both, Crista & Kevin! Love you tons & congratulations!
Tracey & Mike are like one of those too-adorable-to-be-real couples. They're sweet and kind, generous, loving to everyone they meet, and all-around beautiful people --- inside and out. Meeting them is like a comforting reminder that there are still wonderful people in this world, and it makes you thankful to have them as friends. I first met Tracey when we were volunteering for a homeless outreach event in downtown Portland. Her bright and genuine smile was so welcoming it made me immediately want to be her friend. When she started dating Mike, we just knew that he was "the one." He is the perfect match to her kindness and generosity. And sure enough, after a while, Mike proposed --- and the rest is history. We took these two out to the Columbia River Gorge for some scenic engagement photos. The water was low and the greenery was lush. Tracy & Mike were daring enough to dip their toes in the water, which made for some gorgeous river-side portraits. They even brought along their sweet little dog, Bennett, to pose for some photos too. These two were meant to be, and we are so happy that they found each other.
Meet Joe Bahar. This man is the love of my life. He supports me, loves me, encourages me, and is the sweetest, most romantic man alive. Some days I really just don't know how I got him! Today he has been blessed with the gift of Jury Duty, but that didn't stop him from planning a super romantic weekend getaway last weekend. He knows how much I love exploring the Oregon coast, so Friday afternoon we jumped in the car and headed south on a road trip to Bandon, Oregon. Joe booked the most adorable little cottage with a view of the beach from our balcony. Just a short walk through the dunes and we were at the beach, with the most beautiful, rocky views. We spent the weekend eating seafood and exploring the coast. It was a weekend for the books, and I am so thankful I get to call this incredible man my husband. I love living life with you, babe! Happy Valentine's day!
Little Olivia turned one this past week! To celebrate her first birthday we decided to go to Klineline Pond and capture some portraits of the whole family together. Olivia broke out her Minnie Mouse ears to wear for her session, and was thrilled when a big, bright, pink balloon was brought out for photos. In all honesty, I think she was more interested in the pink tassle weighting it down, but hey, sparkles will be sparkles and tassels are exciting too. We walked along the path of Salmon creek and let Olivia pick up rocks and bark along the way -- one of her very favorite pastimes. In the end, I think it was a pretty darn cute birthday. Happy birthday little explorer!