Wedding Full of Smiles, Tears, and Love // Portland, Oregon Photographer

Wedding Full of Smiles, Tears, and Love // Portland, Oregon Photographer

"One of my favorite parts of wedding days is being able to witness all of the behind the scenes moments. I was able to witness Alex writing a note for his bride-to-be and then her opening it during their first look and it bringing tears to her eyes and a huge smile to her face. Oh man, witnessing their overwhelming love was such an honor."

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Multi-Cultural American-Danish Wedding // Kristin & Stefan // Portland, Oregon Photographer

Multi-Cultural American-Danish Wedding // Kristin & Stefan // Portland, Oregon Photographer

The mix of Danish and American cultures was such a fun interplay to observe on Kristin and Stefan's wedding day. While I could and do go on for a while, enraptured with tradition and culture, I do have to say how wonderful Kristin and Stefan were. So gracious, graceful, and kind. Elegant. Beautiful inside and out. It was truly an honor to be able to get to know them throughout this process, as well as an honor to be able to photograph the outpouring of that inner beauty and love for each other. They could hardly keep away from each other and took every opportunity to sneak a kiss. It made my heart so happy. I love their love.

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Army Wedding at the Dayton Art Institute // Portland, Oregon Photographer

Army Wedding at the Dayton Art Institute // Portland, Oregon Photographer

Patrick and Tina's wedding day wasn't just a joining of two in marriage, but a joining of three into a family. Their beautiful little girl may have legally only been one of their daughters before, but it absolutely warmed my heart to see how everyone already absolutely held each other as family without question. As a person who holds family so dear, it was so beautiful to see this. This is what weddings are about—commitments and love like this. It didn't hurt that the celebration was a blast, too. ;)

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Smile Filled Wedding in the Hills // Portland, Oregon Wedding Photographer

Smile Filled Wedding in the Hills // Portland, Oregon Wedding Photographer

Brandon and Hannah smiled on their wedding day maybe more than any other couple I've seen. They're emotions were worn for the world to see and what everyone saw was a deep, anchored love for each other and for God. I left their wedding day feeling inspired in my faith and encouraged in my marriage. It was incredible!

What else was wonderful was Brandon and Hannah's willingness to adventure all over the farm that Hannah grew up on. That makes for the best photos, let me tell you! :D At first we were walking, then Hannah's dad came by with a tractor and the idea to take us to the top of the hill in the cow pasture that had the best view of the area. Oh, those hills! And such a sweet father. And such a gorgeous couple! Their smiles and laughter couldn't be anything but one of the most beautiful things that pulls your heart into their love story.

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Adventuresome Forest and Creek Engagement Photos // Portland, Oregon Engagement Photographer

Adventuresome Forest and Creek Engagement Photos // Portland, Oregon Engagement Photographer

I love when I have the opportunity to photograph a couple who loves to adventure and hike; Alex and Courtney enjoy doing just that. During their engagement session, we ventured out into a small, cute park near Dayton, Ohio just before I moved to Portland, Oregon. We ventured through the woods, around the mud, an even got into the water. :D It made my heart so happy to capture their love and nature alongside each other like that. The water may have been slightly cold, but it was so worth it because it turned out amazingly. Even the sun was in favor of us getting in the creek because the light was coming through the trees so nicely behind them. :)

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