Infinity and Beyond

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With a wedding date of 8.18.18 it has to be a marriage that will last infinity and beyond right?!  So many beautiful details spread throughout, like the hanger that proudly displayed the wedding dress and boasting the bride’s soon to be new name: Mrs Burleigh.  The gorgeous bridal bouquet made of blue accented broaches (also incredibly heavy if you were wondering).  The best details of all however were the friends and family they had beside them and around them as they said their I dos.

Taylor, the bride’s son was a complete ham.  I’m pretty sure he could put up an ad and make a lot of money being a “rent a ringbearer”.  Ben and I have dubbed him the cutest  to date.  It may be that he stole our hearts by saying hello to Ben and giving me eyebrows (you know the up and down trick to let someone know you see them) during the ceremony.  So much amazing personality in such a tiny frame!

From her ruffly dress, gorgeous jewelry, perfectly curled hair paired with her natural beauty and bright blue eyes; Kayla was the crown jewel of the day.

CJ and the groomsmen were fun and a kept the party rolling.

The ceremony was short and sweet but again full of lovely details.  Taylor made sure all the ladies knew he was still available and give it a few years (like 20 just to be safe) he will be a great catch.  A sand ceremony with the three of them was a beautiful picture of their lives joining together, and rose pedals thrown as CJ and Kayla had their first kiss as husband and wife.

We took a few moments after the ceremony to take pictures of the entire bridal party and then I took the bride and groom off for some finishing photographs.

After that point the party was in full swing with etch a sketches, unicorn masks, photo booth fun, and lots of dancing.

It was a day to remember.  The snapvideo gives a glimpse into the beautiful day it was.  Thank you CJ and Kayla for choosing us to capture the beginning of your legacy.  Praying blessings over your marriage and life! ❤

 

Be Your Own Trend

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Black tuxedos and white princess ballgowns have their place in some weddings, but Ben & Tiffany prefer to cut away from trends and pave their own path.  Tiffany’s dress had remnants from her Grandma’s wedding dress adding an extra layer of significance.  Every stitch, rock, and frayed edge laced this dress with the bride’s personality.  There is truly only one woman who could have filled that dress’s shoes and that was indeed Tiffany.  She was stunning and very warrior princess slash goddess like.

Ben looked dashing as well and his smile could sell dirt to a mud puddle.  He was decked out in a leather bow tie and suspenders.  Tiffany’s man of honor also bathed Ben in her favorite cologne, fitting given she is an expert on fragrance.

The prep work had been done and the moment had finally arrived for the big reveal.  It was raw and real and everyone could feel the depth of anticipation and love they had for each other.  It was a beautiful ceremony and one hundred percent them.

We took a few minutes to take some more formal portraits.

I’m so happy for our friend Ben who found someone as equally as amazing as him.  She draws the best out of him and vice versa.  This truly is a perfect match!

The Tea Pot on Wheels was a fantastic venue.  The reception was set up on the hill over looking the river.  It offered beautiful backdrop for their dinner, cake cutting, first dances, and of course our photo booth!

It was a privilege to capture this wedding but even more so to call these two our friends.  Ben, we are so proud of the obstacles you have chosen to overcome to become the best version of you.  Tiffany, you are amazing, bold, honest, and freaking gorgeous!  We wish you the best in life.  ❤ ❤ ❤

Love Never Fails

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Southern Oregon weather is predictable in one way…that it is completely unpredictable.  At the beginning of the week I checked the weather for Eddie & Kylie’s Saturday wedding: blue skies and maybe 10 percent chance of rain.  When I recheck on Friday: torrential downpour expected.  Not ideal for any wedding but especially not great for an outdoor wedding venue without an indoor backup plan.  Their family and friends found an immediate solution and got to work.  Come hell or high water (hahaha see what I did there) this wedding was going to happen!  Love never fails.

When I know the chances for rain are high on anyone’s wedding day I mostly worry how the bride is dealing with it.  I walked into the bridal room and Kylie was cool as a cucumber… a gorgeous cool cucumber I might add.  She was taking it all in stride and had her eyes on the real prize…becoming Mrs. Corona!

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Eddie was helping with last minute details to make sure everything was perfect for his bride.  Once he had finished, we orchestrated the switch to the ready room so he wouldn’t see Kylie until she made her big entrance down the isle.

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The rain varied in strength during the ceremony but the guests and bridal party stayed dry thanks to the preparations made beforehand.  We were working through our rain-guards on our cameras which is always a fun game to play but our gear remained protected.  The kissed sealed the deal and we headed into group picture mode.

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Towards the end of the formals with the bride and groom the rain was exchanged for hail.  Yep, this is Southern Oregon in the middle of June! Regardless of what mother nature was throwing at us- Eddie and Kylie still looked amazing!

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The reception flowed with traditions and fun.

They say having rain on your wedding day is supposed to bring the couple good luck. I’m not sure they will need the luck, but I wish them a happily ever after.  ❤

Check out their wedding snapvideo.

Smokey is the New Soft box

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Much of this summer Oregon was on fire!  I wish I could say that in a punny sort of way but literally Oregon’s timber was ablaze in far too many places.  A week before Vernon & Kim’s wedding there was a fire that was creeping close to their venue.  Mixed emotions swirled but they decided to hold their breath and hope for the best.  As I was driving up for the wedding a large signed blared in bright green letters,  “Hwy 138 closed- No detour”.  With a lump in my throat, I looked and relooked at my directions.  Sure enough the destination of the wedding was up Hwy 138.  Trying not to panic or get in a wreck I drove to good reception and called my good friend and DJ for the wedding.  She was a few miles ahead of me and reassured me that we were 10 miles from the road closure.  I sighed with relief, but then my overactive imagination started to kick in.  10 miles?  How fast do forest fires travel?  Google, a little help here!  Poor reception and google was no help to me.  Probably for the best, but just in case I had a plan for an epic forest fire wedding picture for them.   Again, did I mention I have an overactive imagination?!  As I got closer to my final destination the smoke was thick so I just started praying it would lift.  Either way, the way my summer was shaping up smokey was my new soft box!  I arrived at the tail end of Kim’s make-up session.  She looked gorgeous!  I grabbed her details and photographed them and was highly positive I was leaving with poison oak.  Somehow I dodged that bullet and never ended up with it, but it was a price I was willing to pay to get great shots.

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As I finished these details I noticed a shift in the air.  The blanket of smoke had rose substantially but was still doing wonders for my light.  The bridesmaids helped with the final preparations to Kim’s ensemble and we ushered the bride and groom to the deck to have a special moment of reveal.  Kim looked stunning and I and the bridesmaids were tearfully watching as he caught his first glimpse of her.   The way he looked at her made her radiate even more.

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The natural scenery around the cabin was breathtaking and before we headed to the venue for the vows, I dos, and the kiss we had to take advantage of the picture opp.

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Knowing they were a few minutes behind me I swung off the side of the road and grabbed a picture of the sign leading the guests to the venue.  This simple but appointed sign set the mood and I knew I was in for a well done wedding.  I was in love with the attention for detail yet keeping it uncluttered so the natural beauty was shining through.  Picnic tables never looked so good and she sowed a button onto each tablecloth.  Buttons are kind of my favorite and wood buttons make me smile wider.  So to say the least Kim and I may be friends for life.  Yes, a button spoke volumes to me, laugh all you want but it’s true.  When someone comes out with a Facebook quiz of what button appeals to you and how it tells you what kind of people you gravitate to in friendships remember I said it mattered first.  #OregonWeddings, #Smokeyisthenewsoftbox, #capturingessencephotography, #loveisintheair, #weddinginthewoodsMy favorite is the button#OregonWeddings, #Smokeyisthenewsoftbox, #capturingessencephotography, #loveisintheair, #weddinginthewoods#OregonWeddings, #Smokeyisthenewsoftbox, #capturingessencephotography, #loveisintheair, #weddinginthewoods#OregonWeddings, #Smokeyisthenewsoftbox, #capturingessencephotography, #loveisintheair, #weddinginthewoods#OregonWeddings, #Smokeyisthenewsoftbox, #capturingessencephotography, #loveisintheair, #weddinginthewoods

The ceremony was beautiful.  The arch that the Father of the Bride made matched the decor throughout the wedding: simple, impactful, and well executed.  The minister was thoughtful and well spoken.  Short and sweet and not too frilly but perfectly done.  They sealed it with a kiss and it was complete.

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As we finished the photos the gears started to shift towards the reception.  I always love working with my friend, DJ Hope.  She’s a true professional and keeps the party going.  She readied the crowd to receive the bride and groom and the reception traditions began.  Towards the end of my time I quietly snuck the couple down to the river for the final rendezvous of pictures.  They took a moment to breathe deep, soak it all in and realize they were now Mr. & Mrs. Keel.

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Congratulations Vernon & Kim!  I hope you always walk hand in hand on wooded paths and bring joy to each others lives.  Thank you again for choosing me to capture your special day… and for using wood buttons!

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