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Sneak Peek of Ben & Ellen’s Wedding at Immaculate Heart

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Ben & Ellen got married at Portland’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, possibly the cutest Catholic church I’ve ever seen!  Here’s some sneak peeks of their ceremony.  Photos of their reception at Melody Ballroom to come soon!

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Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

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Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

Portland Catholic Church Ceremony by MaiCamera

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Mai Duong is a Portland wedding photographer, also based in the San Francisco, Northern California area.  She is available for weddings in the United States and Europe.  MaiCamera Photography focuses on photographic storytelling by capturing natural moments.   For booking inquires or more information about wedding photography in the Portland area and beyond, please contact Mai.


A Pre Wedding Shoot at Cannon Beach and Sentinel Hotel

Cannon Beach Pre-Wedding Portraits

Sunny Day, Purple Flowers, and Elegant Palace.  Those were the three dream components that William and Tran wanted for their pre-wedding shoot.  They dreamed up a portrait session of bright sunny beaches, guitar serenades, fun dates, purple flowers, and romantic evening palaces.  Amazingly enough, we got them all.  We drove away from rainy Portland, exited the forest, and found a sunny Cannon Beach waiting for us!  Along the drive back, we stopped at field covered with purple flowers, and ended at the Sentinel Hotel (formerly known as the Governor Hotel), who were really, really generous and kind to let us come shoot in their empty reception halls.

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Pete and Niamh’s Engagement Session at Red Rocks… or not?

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Pete, Niamh, and I had the awesome plan of using one of the mornings or evenings during a climbing trip in Red Rocks to do their engagement session.  After one day of climbing at Red Rocks I thought to myself… that engagement session was not going to happen.  To bring them so close to awesome climbing, and not let them climb?  That’d be impossible.

So this is how we spent their engagement photo session:

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

Engagement Climbing Session at Red Rocks Nevada

I’d say that was time well spent 🙂


Aemi and Daniel’s Engagement Session on Mount Tabor

Giant trees, a view of Mt. Hood, and an upbeat couple, what more could I ask for? A couple years ago, for Aemi and Daniel’s engagement session, we visited Mt. Tabor park. We went all over the place, I couldn’t get enough of it. The sky was clear and offered us a fantastic view of Mt. Hood, allowing me to take one of my favorite engagement photos, even 2 years later.

Mt. Tabor Engagement Session

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Mt. Tabor Engagement Session Mt. Tabor Engagement Session
Mt. Tabor Engagement Session


Why I like to Second Shoot/Assist for other Photographers

Photographing and assisting for other photographers is one of my favorite methods of learning.  All the workshops, books, and online resources don’t compare to working along side your peers.  Every photographer has their own methods, their own style, and their own personalities.  In 2012, I second shot/assisted for several different photographers, and I found myself not learning things about photography, but learning things about myself.

The biggest lessons I learned:

1. I am enthusiastic.
It may sound weird that I figured out my personality while assisting other photographers, but it’s true.  I realized I couldn’t be calm and sarcastic (and twice-my size).  It just didn’t work.  I’m small, hyper, and easily excited.  But, I can aspire to create as amazing photographs as others.

2. It’s okay that I’m enthusiastic.
While working with another photographer, he told me his exuberance and volume (think booming voice) were a few of his strengths.  I thought to myself… ding ding ding!  Enthusiasm is a strength, and I’ve learned to embrace it.


Nate showed me that it’s okay to be enthusiastic.

3. I love to know my couples.
As a second photographer, you don’t communicate with the bride and groom beforehand, which means you don’t get to know them.  This aspect of second shooting has often been the most difficult for me.  While traveling to a wedding, a photographer shared some background of the couple whose wedding we were photographing.  I soaked it all in.

4.  I am detail oriented.
Some photographers have all the information, such as schedule, wedding details, and family photo list. I thrive on those lists.  Other photographers don’t need the details and let the day unfold.  They even perform the family photos without a list.  Amazing.


A game I play is to try and get different angles for the photographer.  Here, Stephen was down below on the other side of the couple.

5. Everyone shoots differently.
I love to use artificial light.  Whenever there is an opportunity to observe photographers using flash, I study them up.  And so far?  Everyone has different gear and different methods.  When it comes to how people move, where people stand, what angles they like, everyone is different.  There’s no need to try and do something exactly like someone else.  Do what makes sense to you.


Nate asked me to shoot wide here, so I did.  Sometimes I get asked to shoot nothing but telephoto, sometimes wide, it all depends on what the photographer wants.

To the photographers who I assisted in 2012, thank you for letting me study you.
Chris of Becerra Photography
Craig of Mitchelldyer Photography
Dy of D. Leng Photography
Heather of Espana Photography
Nate of License to Still
Stephen of Remembrance Photography
Tara of Tara Francis Photography


Ra and Nin’s Traditional Cambodian Wedding

One of my favorite things at a wedding are multicultural ceremonies. I may love them more than roasted potatoes at a wedding (is that even possible?). Ra and Nin had a traditional Cambodian wedding with four main ceremonies, and each one was fascinating to see.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Groom’s Processional
The groom and his entourage came bearing gifts to the bride’s home. Upon arrival at the home, gifts were presented and rings were exchanged. Ancestors were honored with the lighting of incense and offering of food.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Hair Cutting Ceremony
After wishing for blessings from the ancestors, they had the cleansing ceremony. The guests pretended to cut the bride and groom’s hair and spray perfume on them, all while blessing them and making jokes. The symbolism of this ceremony is to cleanse the couple of their past and help them prepare for their new life together.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

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Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Between ceremonies, Ra and Nin would do an outfit change, there were a lot of outfits for this day!

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Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Passing of Blessings
Here, the bride and groom were seated in the center of a circle, as married couples passed three lit candles around them, seven times around. Here, the married couples are passing along their blessings and luck to the new couple.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Knot-Tying Ceremony
In this ceremony, the bride and groom kneel side by side with a sword in between their hands. Guests tie red strings around the bride and groom’s wrists, while also bestowing well wishes. Meanwhile, the other guests toss white seeds at the couple.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography


Hannah and Seth’s Wedding at McMenamin’s Edgefield

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Golden hour, rock blessing ceremony, enthusiastic newlyweds. What an awesome way to celebrate a wedding, with a beautiful fall day.  Hannah and Seth were married at McMenamin’s Edgefield.  It was the last beautiful fall weekend, while the grapes were still unharvested, and before the downpour took away the autumn leaves.  I’m so glad we were able to get plenty of portraits all over the property.  We scheduled some time for a first look prior to the ceremony, as well as a bonus portrait session during the “golden hour.”

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

The ceremony was so fantastic!  Hannah and Seth were married in the ballroom by the Rev. Steve Sharp (of A Beautiful Ceremony NW)

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

In addition to the fantastic words by the officiant (that Rev. Steve Sharp is good), Hannah and Seth also chose to do a Blessing Stone Ceremony and speak their own vows.

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

After the ceremony, there was a break as the room switched over, so we snagged that free time to get some portraits of the bride and groom around the property.  I must say this, newlyweds are the best, and these two were spectacularly awesome.

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Sometimes, things just click. For example, Hannah and Seth’s wedding colors were brown and orange, and so much around us was glowing orange (the leaves, the sunset, the candles). McMenamin’s Edgefield seemed to have decorated their entire property just for the couple.

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

I have to add, the toasts were pretty fantastic. Childhood dreams of adoption from the bride’s twin sister, hilarious stories of the Groom’s adventures, all awesome.

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

McMenamains Edgefield Wedding by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

At the end of the wedding, the bride’s father came up to me and told me I was the most energetic photographer he’d ever seen.  Hooray!  Although, I think it helps having an awesome and enthusiastic crowd!


Amy and Ben’s Wedding at Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard

Amy and Ben had an outdoor wedding on the amazing property of Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard.  Their ceremony was sweet and full of laughs, my favorite kind!  There were all sorts of sounds to be heard during the ceremony.  The bride’s father played guitar during their communion and marriage license signing.  There were hilarious moments as turkeys and chickens wandered towards the bride and groom, squawking and crowing.  The friends and family all came together and offered so much help for the bride and groom.  The food was a deelish potluck, and I loved, LOVED, the potato salad.  Loved it.  It was all I ate.

Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

Amy and Ben opted to do a first look!  They first saw each other in the aisles of the hop yards.  Amy and I were both so glad that Rogue Farms hadn’t harvested all the hops yet!  They left a sweet patch unharvested (just for us, I like to think!).  I loved the privacy it gave them (allowing me to hide behind hops and let them be).

Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

Wedding Crashers!  There were some pretty rowdy turkeys at this wedding.

Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

The bride and groom took communion during the ceremony.

Outdoor Wedding

During the communion and the marriage license signing, the bride’s father performed “I Loved Her First”, and I still get chills when I see the photos and hear his amazing voice.

Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

SURPRISE!  It’sa Mario!

Outdoor Wedding

Mario got the princess!!

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Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

After the lunch, while guests mingled and played lawn games (or, well, hung out in the shade with some Rogue beers), the newlywed couple and I went around the property to take some portraits.

Outdoor Wedding

While it’s hard to beat a first look in the hopyards, photos in a hazelnut orchard are pretty fantastic and a dream come true for me (fact: I love photos in orchards.  It was my #1 goal for 2012 to take as many photos as people would let me in orchards).
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

Amy’s always asking Ben to pinky swear, so we took a different kind of ring shot to remember that 🙂

Outdoor Wedding

Loved. Her. Dress.

Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

At the end of the wedding, they exited to bubbles!!

Outdoor Wedding

A gorgeous day, family all around you, and bubbles!  Great way to end a wedding.

Outdoor Wedding

AND…. I have to give a second shout out to Aunt Tresa’s delicious potato salad!!  Yum, yum, yum!


1000 Cranes for Chris and Susan’s Wedding at River Ridge Ranch

Chris and Susan had an amazing wedding at the River Ridge Ranch in Springville, CA.  As the bride’s sister humorously pointed out during her speech, the Ranch is a gorgeous, eco-friendly property to which we all flew and drove hours to attend the wedding.  🙂  Family and longtime friends came from all over (including Bridesmaid/Sister of the Bride who brought her family all the way from Italy!) to attend, and the couple used as many opportunities to include them in their wedding. Children were all invited for a children’s parade at the beginning of the ceremony, while also given the gift of RED converse shoes!  Friends were included to perform readings, and the Bride’s childhood friend performed violin.  It was a whole weekend event at the Ranch with many activities planned for the guests who made it out.

Susan did an amazing job scouring Etsy shops for wedding decorations. Everything was given great thought to being eco conscious and personal. Pebbles that reminded the Bride of summer holidays at Plymouth Beach with her family were used as buttons and adorned the crane garlands. Songs were carefully selected, as well as readings for the ceremony. Susan’s earring and bracelet were gifts from her sisters.

In honor of the groom’s partial Japanese and Mexican heritage, Susan incorporated two elements: the Mexican Wedding Lasso, and lest we forget, the biggest theme being Cranes.  During their bicoastal engagement the bride decided to fold 1000 origami cranes, a task called Sembazuru.  Legend states that if you fold 1000 cranes, you are granted one wish.  In ancient Japan, a bride-to-be would perform Sembazuru to have a long and prosperous marriage.  Susan folded 1001, an extra for good luck!  But, she didn’t stop there.  Each of her bridesmaids were given necklaces with little crane pendants.  The children’s parade kicked off the ceremony with each child hanging an origami crane at the altar.  Crane stamps adorned much of their stationary.  Paper crane garlands hung around the reception space and at the altar.

The wedding was fun, and the family and friends were fantastic.  The food was good (thanks to Castillo BBQ and Catering), kids ran around freely, and as the sun went down, everyone gathered around the huge fire pit for warmth, smores, and good conversation.  It was a great wedding.

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

I loved the origami crane stamps!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

The bride’s dress, as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses, the mother of the bride’s tunic, and wedding party’s ties were all made by Yvonne Chu of Kimera Design, while the wedding party’s vests were made by Audrey King of FrenchKnotWeddings.

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Eco-friendly dried flowers from TheFlowerPatch and FamilyDriedFlowers

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Mexican Wedding Lasso

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

It was hard to see their through the wedding lasso for the ring exchange!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

The bride surprised the groom with a special outfit change…

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

and a matching tie!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

This yummy dessert table featured sweets made by friends and select bakeries.  There were brownies from Cafe 50s and macarons from Les Macarons Duverger.

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
Confession, macarons are one of my favorite desserts to have while visiting my family in France.
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

1000 cranes, proper Sembazuru style, from NineVoltHeart

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Pink origami crane garland in honor of those affected by breast cancer

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Vases designed by the Groom’s cousin filled with cranes, tortoises, pine, bamboo, and cherry tree blossoms
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Origami cranes and roses on sticks from Meiorigami
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Crane garlands made from pages of Tolkein’s The Hobbit from SmilesFromMe

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings

Colored marshmallows from HaveItConfections!

River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings
River Ridge Ranch Wedding Rings


Renee and Hector: Native American traditions at Augustina Lutheran Church

Renee and Hector were married at the Augustina Lutheran Church in Portland, OR.  In honor of her mother’s heritage, the bride chose to incorporate some Native American Wedding traditions: sage smudging and the blanket ceremony.

Sage Smudging
Native American Sage Smudging
Sage smudge wands were walked throughout the church.  The purpose of the burning sage was to cleanse the church as well as everyone present.  As the smoke rose, it took with it any negative energies.
Native American Sage Smudging

Organ player

You know I love organs!

Bride and Father walking down aisle

Bride and Father walking down aisle

Gift giving
Renee and Hector presented their parents with a gift of a vase and a blanket.

Parents wedding gift

Parents wedding gift
Wedding Blanket Ceremony

The bride and groom were wrapped together under one beautiful blanket to symbolize their union.

Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony

Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony

Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony
Native American Wedding Blanket Ceremony

It was actually pretty hot inside the church, so to stand tight together wrapped in a think blanket was warming things up even more.  They had a good laugh about it 🙂

Wedding Ceremony Wedding Ceremony
In addition to the Native American ceremony, they recited vows and exchanged rings.

First Kiss

Bride and Groom Walking down Aisle

Now, I know this post was about their ceremony, but I have to add two more of my favorites 🙂
Mariachi Band
After the wedding, they headed to McMenamins Crystal Ballroom for their reception, which included a Mariachi Band!
Bridal Portrait
Lastly, a portrait of the beautiful bride!


Stargazer Weddings: “All Things Oregon” Inspiration Wedding

Ashley of Stargazer Weddings put together an amazing styled wedding shoot at Chatoe Rogue in Independence, OR.  The theme was “All Things Oregon” and she did a fantastic job incorporating all the specialities Oregon has to offer.

Chatoe Rogue Wedding Venue

To incorporate Oregon’s pride as a great microbrew and wine country, wine barrels were used as tables to host the cakes, party favors, and ceremony centerpieces.   The wedding colors were green (for the color of Oregon’s landscape) and grey (for the color of Oregon’s skies – ha!), with burlap and jute to complement the colors.

Chalkboard Wedding Ceremony Sign
Wine barrel wedding favor table

Stumptown Coffee and Oregon Oak Seeds were given out as wedding favors.

Oregon oak tree seed favors
Stumptown Coffee Wedding Favors

Chatou Rogue Outdoor Wedding Ceremony VenueFern and Lantern decorations Wine Barrel Wedding Tables

DIY wine bottles were customized for the bride and groom. AEL Design designed the labels, along with all other print designs at this wedding, and Maryhill Winery had them printed and assembled on wine bottles.
Custom label DIY Wine Bottles

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

The pair on the left are sisters, and the pair on the right have been childhood bff’s.
Bridesmaids in gray dresses Bridesmaid and Groomsman

Can you tell?
Bridesmaid and Groomsman

Hillary is so gorgeous!  I love how she just glowed in the light.
Bridesmaid Portrait Bridesmaid Bouquet of white stock
Bridal bouquet accented with Fig Jewelry Bridal Portrait
Boutonniere of lambs ear and lil of the valleyBride and Groom Portrait
Bride and GroomBride and Groom Walking around Chatoe Rogue Bride and Groom at Chatoe Rogue
Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

There were a bunch of cakes from Marion of Myriad Cake Design.  My personal favorite was the gray cake with tree decorations, how perfect for an “All Things Oregon” themed wedding!

Gray Tiered Wedding Cake Decorated with Tree Wedding Topper

Tree Cake Top Wedding Cake Leaf Decorations
White Tiered Wedding Cake with Green Ribbon White Wedding Cake Details
Rogue Farms

Willaby’s Catering offered an amazing food spread which included Salmon, yummm!

Willaby's Catering Buffet Spread on Logs

Willaby Catering's Salmon

Willaby Catering's Fried Rice

There were two reception venues designed.  One was outdoor with many green accents, with table centerpieces designed by Denice of Distinctive Designs.  I really liked the lambs ear.  It feels super soft, and, get this, it really does feel like petting a lambs’ ear.
Rustic Wedding Table

On the table was a real moss table liner, along with compostable bamboo plates.  The plates are sturdy, and after the wedding, you can compost them!
Moss, Bamboo, and Jute Wedding Table Bamboo Compostable Plates
Lily of the valley, raspberry leaves and bloms, galax leaves, lambs ear, green maple leaves centerpiece

The second reception was indoor in a fantastic barn.  It was definitely big enough to host large weddings.

Barn Wedding Reception Picnic Tables DIY Custom Wedding Bottle Decorations
Rustic Barn Wedding Reception Table

I couldn’t get enough of the twilight sky streaming through the walls of the barn.
Rustic Barn Wedding Reception

Mini Spherical Vases

The walls of the barn were decorated with picture frames of the couple.  I can’t get over all the simple great ideas Ashley had come up with.
Picture Frame Wedding decorations
Elegant Chatoe Rogue Wedding Reception Classy Chatoe Rogue Wedding Dinner Table

Table Setting

After taking a couple portraits around Chatoe Rogue, we headed to a hazelnut orchard!  Could it be?  My dream come true??
Bride and Groom in Hazelnut Orchard

This awesome pair put up with my excitement (and tree climbing) to let me take some photos that I’ve been always wanting to try.
Bridesmaid and Groomsman in Hazelnut Orchard

I set up my flash to be off camera in a tree, with the hopes of using artificial light in a way that looked like sunlight.

Bridesmaid and Groomsman in Hazelnut Orchard with Off Camera Lighting

I think it turned out alright.   What do you think?

Bridesmaid and Groomsman in Hazelnut Orchard with Off Camera Lighting

TJ just *shrugs*

Bridesmaid and Groomsman in Hazelnut Orchard with Off Camera Lighting


Jared and Shawna’s Wedding

A gorgeous home on a gorgeous day, Jared and Shawna were married at her parents’ (amazing) property in Washington.  They’ve been living in Australia (Jared is a pro mountain biker there – how cool is that!), so it was really great to see everyone flock into the Northwest to see two get married.  After the sun went down, there was plenty of dancing and a fire pit for everything to hang around.  We were all pretty sad to see the night end (they almost extended the wedding at the last minute!), but at least we got to send them off with sparklers!

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Backyard Wedding

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Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Catering was done by Voila Catering.  It was served family style (my favorite!) and had… roasted potatoes!  Deelish.

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

In combination with the orange flowers and orange accents, they also used feathers in the bouquets, boutonnieres, and decorations.  It was a great idea for their outdoor summer weddings.

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Getting ready for Jared and Shawna’s sparkler exit

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

Backyard Wedding

You might recognize Jared and Shawna from their sneak peek or from my La-Vie sample album.


Natasha and Marc: Wedding at McMenamins’ Hotel Oregon

Hmm… how to put an awesome wedding into words.  Natasha and Marc had one of the most personal and unique weddings I’ve ever been to. Everything in their wedding was there for a reason, and nearly everything was done or improved on by them.  They were married in McMinnville (a mini destination wedding for the travel-loving couple).  Marc’s brother was the officiant for their ceremony, and everyone stood close and around them as they were married in McMinnville’s City Park.  Afterwards, we all walked through McMinnville in a procession towards McMenamins’ Hotel Oregon for the reception.  There was an antique car show that day, so visitors were sitting along the street to watch the cars go by… and also hoop and holler for the new bride and groom :).

Fun fact about the couple, they met on a greyhound bus!  So, naturally, they decided to tie the rings to a toy greyhound bus for the ring bearer.

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

The wedding colors were magenta, and Natasha did a great job of adding magenta touches everywhere. There were magenta flowers, magenta parasols, and even magenta socks for Marc.

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McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

Natasha and Marc opted to do a First Look.
McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

Marc used that opportunity to share a story about a guy wouldn’t let him use the billiards table for a quick pre-wedding game, and instead challenged the groom to a game. Here he’s proudly sharing how he had just come from kicking the guy’s a** in pool. Love it.

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

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McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

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They had the poem “Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali as a reading. They weren’t able to bring their dog to the wedding, so this is how they were able to include her 🙂

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

Natasha and Marc made all the name cards and decorations themselves.  Tables were labeled with destinations the couple had traveled to, with centerpiece collages of photos from their travels.

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McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

Marc and Natasha had homemade pies instead of cakes because they like pie, and their cake toppers were accented with magenta nail polish to go with the wedding colors.

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

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As a gift on their wedding day, Marc bought Natasha earrings. Very sweet, this couple 🙂

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

They hired the Pagan Jug Band, because who doesn’t like jug bands??

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding

Cheers!

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Wedding


Jesse and Emily Wedding

Jesse is a friend, yeah, I know he’s been a good friend of mine.  Jesse is a good friend from college, and I was so (SO) excited to attend his wedding.  (I may have mentioned it a zillion times to him)   I met Emily in May 2010, after Jesse, insisted (demanded) that I meet his future wife.  A few months later, I bugged him about getting engaged so he could invite me to his wedding, and he laughed it off.  That weekend, he proposed.  Yeah, I have that effect on people.  Just kidding, it was a proposal long in the making.  A year later, I got to watch them promise to love each other and cheer each other on  (Emily is a cheerleader) for the rest of their lives.  And yeah, I was super excited.  The wedding was a blast filed with old friends, silly photo booths, and dancing (thanks to the open bar).  Oh, and we definitely rocked out to Jesse’s Girl.

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

These are my favorite memories from the wedding. First up: after their vows, they lit their family unity candle.  In the left photo, they had to relight the candle because it had blown out when they blew out their family candles (thus the laughing).  In the right photo, first family prayer!

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Hugging the parents.

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

The party favors/seat assignments were lollipops!  Sadly, my lollipop was cleared off with the dinner plates.

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For the cocktail hour, Jesse and Emily had his and her drinks.  Jesse, for his cuban background, had mojitos, and Emily, for her Chinese background, had lychee martinis.  I fueled up on the lychee martinis, gotta represent Asians, right?

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

And the appetizers!  My (obvious) favorites were the french fries with his & her dipping sauces (again, one Cuban spiced and another Asian spiced) and Emily’s request… oysters!!

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA <Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

They had a fun entrance where they danced in and walked through an “archway” made by the wedding party.

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

Late into the night, after dessert, they brought out Klondike bars!  There were so many options, I wanted them all.

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

We bid farewell (sorta, we hung around long enough to see the couple return from their getaway) with a sparkler exit.

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

Lastly, before all the sparklers were used up, we tried our hand at spelling out Jesse and Emily’s name.

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA

Jesse and Emily's Wedding in Fairfax, VA


Tracey and Kevin Engagement Session

I met up with Tracey and Kevin to shoot an engagement session, and they asked me if they could bring their puppy.  Um, I believe my response was, “Yes, please!”  So, please meet Rogue.  She’s adorable, hyper, and can’t be kept away from her parents unless you like the sound of barking and yelping.  She also gives lots of kisses :).

Engagement Session with Rogue the Puppy

Engagement Session with Rogue the Puppy

Engagement Session with Rogue the Puppy


Adam and Erin Wedding at Horning’s Hideout.

Adam and Erin were married at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, OR.  It was a hot day, but the ceremony was shaded by tall trees and cooled by a creek running along the side.  The wedding was decorated with forest details and the food was delicious.  I was thinking about the rib roast every day for, no exaggeration, over a month.  In fact my mouth is watering thinking about it now.

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Erin and Adam opted to do a First Look!

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

The details they put into everything was impressive.   The theme was “wild bird nests” so there was moss, log rings, and bark.

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

They also had printed photos of themselves to hang around.

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Wedding at Horning's Hideout

The ceremony took place surrounded by tall trees, and you could hear the creek’s water running alongside the site.

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Wedding at Horning's Hideout

The reception tables were decorated with birdhouses and herbs.

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

The food was deelish!

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Rib roast… drooling.  It was the best I’ve ever had.  I want more.

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Wedding at Horning's Hideout Wedding at Horning's Hideout

Shot with Eric from BriteFoto Wedding Photography!


Happy Anniversary, Ben & Dana!

Ben and Dana's Wedding at Resort on the Mountain

Dana and Ben, at the Resort on the Mountain for their 10-10-10 weekend wedding.


Nicole and Curtis’ Wedding at McMenamin’s Kennedy School.

Nicole and Curtis’ wedding was, for lack of a better word, awesome.  A large wedding, all the tables in McMenamins’ gymnasium were filled, and it was easy to see how happy and excited *everyone* was to see the the two married.  Maya, their daughter a.k.a. adorable flower girl, sorta stole the show with her, for lack of a better word, adorableness.  Everyone was in good spirits, and never have I seen foam swords and dart guns (for the adults!) shooting across the dance floor.  Awesome wedding.

Since Curtis and Nicole weren’t very traditional, and to make the wedding day flow better, Nicole and Curtis opted to do a first look.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

I think we were all surprised by how emotional the first look was for them.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

So, because they opted to do the first look, we were able to spend a good amount of time taking portraits and group photos before the ceremony, without any rush.  Everyone gave Curtis a hard time for never smiling with his teeth, but I think he has a really cool (teethless) smile.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Behind me, the bridal party is heckling Curtis to “smile with your teeth!”

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Maya, their adorable daughter did not want to pose for pictures… until she realized how FUN mommy’s dress was to play with.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Did I mention she sorta stole the show?

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Surely you’ve picked up on this by now, but this wedding was all smiles.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

It’s official!

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Hanging out in the hallways of McMenamin’s Kennedy School.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

The Kennedy School’s gymnasium is a pretty cool venue for a wedding reception.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Everyone has something that makes them unique, and one of the many things at this wedding, was the engraving on Curtis’ ring!   Initially, the tennis fan in me got really excited with the notion that they were tennis fans.  But their story is WAY better.  Inside his ring, it said”tennis”, which was Nicole’s early way of saying “I love you” to Curtis.  For those who don’t know tennis scoring, “love” is how you say zero.  So, there’s “love” in tennis.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Oh, and the cake toppers!  Bobble head bride and groom that looks eerily like them.  Curtis’ bobble head is even smiling without showing his teeth!

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Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

While Curtis and his Mom had their Mother & Son dance, Maya walked onto the dance floor asking to join.  Like I said, she’s adorable.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

One guess as to what dance these boys are doing.

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

If you guessed “Jump On It as done on Fresh Prince of Bel Air” you’d be correct!

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

Fun fact, the groomsman who caught the garter is actually getting married next May!

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

And as I mentioned, dart guns for the grown ups!

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School

And for Maya too 🙂

Nicole and Curtis' Wedding at McMenamin's Kennedy School


Jane and James’ Wedding at the Ainsworth House and Gardens

The weather started out with an occasional drizzle, as everyone arrived to the Ainsworth House and Gardens.  Seats were wiped down and umbrellas were handed out.  The ceremony began and the rain picked up.  Jane and James received shelter from the rain thanks to the huge tree they were married under (me not so much).  10 minutes later, they were announced husband and wife and it started to pour. They laughed as they rushed down the aisle, with an umbrella following them, and the rest of us (myself included) umbrella-less folk rushed for shelter.  In those 10 minutes, we had all gotten past the point of soaked that it was hard not to laugh at ourselves.  I looked like I had jumped in a pool and had forgotten that I was still dressed.  Later in the afternoon, the skies cleared completely and the sun came out.  Much to Jane and James’ delight, we were able to take a group photo of all the wedding guests in the front lawn of the Ainsworth House.  And, much to my delight, we were able to take couples’ portraits around the beautiful venue at sunset.

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane made all the flower arrangements herself!  And her mom added all the pretty details to her dress.  Very talented people in this group!

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

I’m not sure which coat I like more.  The pretty pink one, or the full length jacket.

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Fun fact: James works as a chef at Wasabi, in Beaverton, and his restaurant catered the dinner… which means there was yummy sushi!

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Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

The rain cleared and the clouds parted, leaving the outdoors rich in color.  We dragged the entire party outside for a big group photo.  FUN!

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Afterwards, with the weather clearing up, we were able to take portraits among the Ainsworth gardens.

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They were too cute during this time.

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding

And lastly, to end it on a fun note:

Jane and James' Ainsworth House and Gardens Wedding


Jane and James’ Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James had their Chinese Marriage Ceremony at James’ family home in Beaverton, OR.  While Jane waited patiently in the bedroom, James stood outside the house in the rain, requesting permission to enter.  Per Chinese tradition, he was required to offer gifts and promises in order to see his bride.  Bringing flowers, shoes, and red envelopes of money, he promised to take care of Jane (and do all the housework and make all the dinners).  When Jane’s family and friends finally relented and offered their blessings, the couple served tea to relatives in return for gifts and marriage advice.

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

“Come on guys, let me in.  It’s raining out here!”

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

James was told to kneel before Jane as he made promises towards their future.

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

James struggled a bit with the shoe straps – to the amusement of Jane and everyone watching.

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

Jane’s parents, so relaxed!

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony

And one of the best parts of Asian weddings: the food!!

Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony Jane and James' Chinese Tea Ceremony


Aemi and Daniel’s Wedding Sneak Peek

Aemi and Daniel were married last weekend at the Church of Korean Martyrs in Portland, OR.  Here’s a sneak peek from the wedding!

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Aemi and Daniel's Wedding Photos

Aemi and Daniel's Wedding Photos

Aemi and Daniel's Wedding Photos

Aemi and Daniel's Wedding Photos Aemi and Daniel's Wedding Photos


Stephanie and Dustin’s Engagement Session

Stephanie and Dustin had their engagement session at McMenamin’s Edgefield.  Fun fact: Dustin is a total golfer.  Their wedding is going to be on a golf course AND he proposed to Stephanie on a golf course!  They were on a vacation, when Dustin snuck the ring box inside the hole in one of greens.  When asked to put the flag back in, Stephanie quickly placed it back without looking, prompting Dustin to mention that “there looked like was something inside there.”  Obviously, she assumed it was a giant bug.  He insisted she look again, and there was the proposal.  A clever and creative engagement idea, Dustin!

McMenamin's Engagement Photos

McMenamin's Engagement Photos

McMenamin's Engagement Photos

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The daffodils were in full bloom, so when we came upon them by chance on our way to the golf course, we grabbed some shots.

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And, for total fun we had them do some cheesy “teach golf aka flirt” shots because you know she needed help with a putt that close.


Renee and Hector’s Wedding Sneak Peek

Sneak peek of photos from Renee and Hector’s wedding ceremony at the amazing Augustana Lutheran Church

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Renee and Hector's Wedding Photos


Jared and Shawna’s Wedding Sneak Peek

Jared and Shawna were married last weekend at Shawna’s (amazing) family home.  Here’s a sneak peek of photos!

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Jared and Shawna's Wedding Photos
Can you say: Rawr?

Jared and Shawna's Wedding Photos

Jared and Shawna's Wedding Photos Jared and Shawna's Wedding Photos
Fire Pit!