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November 25, 2014
Well did we ever get lucky with the weather! It had been raining all week and even the day of the session and towards the end… but we had great light! Some of the better clouds I had seen in a long time. This...
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Well did we ever get lucky with the weather! It had been raining all week and even the day of the session and towards the end… but we had great light! Some of the better clouds I had seen in a long time.

This session was scheduled rather last-minute because Natasha thought she was getting her braces off! No worries, we can Photoshop those braces right off!

In just an hour we got this set of images – and this is just a preview. I love how they look. Natasha has beautiful eyes and a great smile!

 Senior portraits are one of my favorite things to capture because of the one-on-one nature of the session. We can move must faster than other types of family or engagement sessions. The willingness to try ‘whatever’ and be creative is great and it ends up being a lot of fun. I bring a lot of energy to a senior shoot and try to have fun with everything.

If you are looking to have senior portraits done, check out some sessions we’ve done on the blog!

We specialize in on-location shooting in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Book your session today!

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November 4, 2014
THE PROPOSAL: Our proposal took place in Cannon Beach, Oregon. A trip which Jackson had surprised me with, we stayed at the hallmark inn and had a gorgeous room with a large balcony and view, right in front of haystack...
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THE PROPOSAL: Our proposal took place in Cannon Beach, Oregon. A trip which Jackson had surprised me with, we stayed at the hallmark inn and had a gorgeous room with a large balcony and view, right in front of haystack rock. We had an amazing and romantic dinner at Newmans at 988, and then headed back to our hotel since it was raining. When we got to our hotel Jackson had setup candles, wine, blankets and pillows on our balcony so we could play our favorite card game (uno) and still enjoy the beach while staying dry. At some point in the game he pretended to spill wine and asked me to hand him a napkin, when I reached for the napkins beneath them was a box with the most beautiful engagement ring in it, I was COMPLETELY surprised and as he got down on one knee, and popped the question, we cried, laughed and I said of course! ( or something along those lines)

WHERE WAS IT? Our Wedding took place in Woodland, Washington. http://www.red-barn-farms.com

VISION FOR THE DAY: The vision Jackson and I both had was that of a warm, bright, laid back and romantic setting. We wanted it to be romantic and welcoming, but also incorporate Jackson’s love of fishing and my love of bright colors.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process was just that, long and busy. We had help from both families and some of our friends as well.

THE VENUE: The Red Barn at Peterson Farms was our picture perfect venue. From the moment we walked in we knew that was the place. From the plants and water feature out front to the rustic decor inside we loved every inch of it. The string lights upstairs were one of our favorite parts, they made the perfect romantic setting once the sun went down.

BRIDE’S DRESS: The Brides Gown was David’s Collection by David’s Bridal

BRIDE’S SHOES: The Brides Shoes were DV by Dolce Vita

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: The Sash on the waist was Vera wang as well as the Veil, and the brides bouquet was wrapped in a handkerchief that the brides mother received in her own wedding day from her grandmother.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Hair and makeup were done by Megan and Shawna Pirovano

GROOMS ATTIRE: The groom wore Calvin Klein from head to toe

THE FLOWERS: The flowers were purchased the Vancouver farmers Market From GX Family garden. The bouquets were. Arranged by Lauren’s Cousin Lori and Family Friend Linnea.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Our photographer and friend was Fantastic, from the very beginning we knew we wanted to have One Bloom photography capture our big day. Not only had we heard great things from other people but we had loved what we saw. Amongst all the wedding day chaos it was reassuring to know that regardless of the what may arise our pictures were in good hands. Aaron was friendly,efficient and captured each moment we had wanted with confidence. We could tell with each setup and shot that he had a vision or idea and he seemed excited about that, and that got us excited! We used Aaron for our engagement and wedding photos and without a doubt will use him for any other special moments in our future! And tell our family and friends about OneBloom Photography.

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Our invitations and save the dates were done through Vista Print, online. And our beautiful programs were done by Mari Batchelor, a friend of the bride with a small paper goods business.

FOOD & DRINK: Our Food was Catered By Tommy’s Catering. Tommy was fabulous to work with, from the menu and choices, to helping with the layout of the reception etc. Tommy was a wonderful help. And very hands on. Aside from his helpfulness during the planning process, Tommy’s catering truly prepared AMAZING food for our wedding. We had salmon, beef tenderloin, rosemary mashed potatoes, an arugula pear and blue cheese salad,and a pesto torte, to name a few. Our family and friends still tell us how delicious the dinner was!

THE HONEYMOON: Jackson and I spent about 4 days in Long beach Washington after the wedding but will be going to the Dominican Republic in December/January for our official honeymoon.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT:It is so hard to decide on just one moment, but our favorite Part of our ceremony was our silent vows, it was such a special moment that only Jackson and I will know. What was said and promised at that moment will forever be cherished and practiced by the both of us. And another favorite moment was just having all of our friends and family in one place.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Enjoy each moment of your wedding day, don’t get caught up in the little details. Breathe, Laugh, Cry ( tears of joy of course) and look around. On that day, look around at each face there, and know that everyone who is there, is there because they love you and your spouse. People come from all over to share that day with you, and that speaks volumes as to what they think of you and the love they have for you. As my cousin told me ” no one knows what should be, so just relax and enjoy each little moment, because whose wedding is it?…Yours”.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Our DJs Larry and Josh of Prestige Sounds. Were fabulous! Without Larry and Josh where would the party have gone? Those two made the day go as smoothly as it did, from the ceremony music to reception music, their itinerary provided the timeline for the whole evening. Their energy was amazing, and they were beyond friendly and outgoing, just what you look for in an emcee and DJ. We will absolutely telling,our friends about them!

And of course a HUGE thank you to all of our family and friends who came from all over to share this big day with us. We love you beyond words and cannot imagine our lives without you.

To our Moms and Dad. Thank you for everything you have done for us! We are lucky to have such amazing role models in our lives!

October 28, 2014
What a beautiful day to start photographing a wedding. It was a cool summer morning that slowly turned into a warm summer day at The Latter Day Saint’s Temple of Portland, Oregon. Which happens to be in Lake...
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What a beautiful day to start photographing a wedding. It was a cool summer morning that slowly turned into a warm summer day at The Latter Day Saint’s Temple of Portland, Oregon. Which happens to be in Lake Oswego, OR. I don’t know why. It also happened to be my first wedding there. I got there early to scout around and take a deep breathe to get creative. It felt like it was going to be a good day!

I started when the noon light was at it’s height. Which was bit of a challenge with the harshness of the sun. I really enjoyed the challenge. The blues in the shadows and the yellows of the sun made for a fun shoot with Chris and Pyeatt! The temple is a beautiful backdrop from many angles. I would like to see a lot more weddings there. It would be fun to shoot there in the evening light as well. The only obstruction you really have is the cars in the parking areas and some areas are very bright to shoot in without cloud cover. Maybe an overcast day would be amazing too. Which shouldn’t be hard because Portland, Oregon is filled with overcast weather. And rain. Lots of rain. Especially if your planning a beautiful day. I’ve shot weddings in record rainfall… It was crazy.

Since this was our first time photographing a wedding at LDS Temple in Oregon, but I still don’t get why it’s called Portland LDS Temple when it’s actually in Lake Oswego. But never mind that. The session went wonderfully and I’m very proud to share these beautiful wedding images. We used two flashes. No assistant. A mix of light modifiers. This wedding was great! Thank you guys! You were all great to work with! I’m glad it all turned out so beautifully for you.

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October 27, 2014
THE PROPOSAL: We discussed it a few times while living together, and the “official” moment came later, while on vacation. We were on vacation in Maui, Hawaii and decided to drive along a coastal scenic highway...
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THE PROPOSAL: We discussed it a few times while living together, and the “official” moment came later, while on vacation. We were on vacation in Maui, Hawaii and decided to drive along a coastal scenic highway because Lee was really sunburned and couldn’t lay out in the sun. At one of the scenic stops, overlooking rocky cliffs, Lee proposed.

VISION FOR THE DAY: Party plus good food and friends.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: Peggy, Michelle’s step-mom did the heavy lifting. She made sure we had all our bases covered and contributed ideas to make the night fun and special.

THE VENUE: The Treasury Ballroom (http://www.treasuryballroom.com/). It was a great venue and our guests had a lot of fun with the locked vault. The weather was much warmer than we expected (mid-90’s) and the building had trouble keeping the temperature down, despite being at basement level.

BRIDE’S DRESS: Rosewood Bridal (http://www.rosewoodbridal.com/). The ladies there were great to work with, attentive, and always full of good ideas. They made everything really simple.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Bouffant Salon (http://www.bouffanthairsalon.com/)

GROOMS ATTIRE: Macy’s (http://www.macys.com)

WEDDING FAVOURS: Photobooth photos by Photobooth For You (http://www.photoboothforyou.com/)

THE FLOWERS: Vibrant Table (http://www.vibranttable.com/)

THE CAKE: Cupcakes from Saint Cupcake (https://www.saintcupcake.com/). All the guests were very impressed and enjoyed the quality and variety of cupcakes provided by Saint Cupcake.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron from OneBloom (http://www.onebloom.com). Aaron really came through for us after our initial plans fell through at the last minute. He was positive, unobtrusive, and a joy to work with. Some of the few moments Lee & Michelle spent together during the reception were out taking photos.

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Oblation (http://www.oblationpapers.com/). They worked with us to customize all our materials and we were really happy with the results.

FOOD & DRINK: Vibrant Table for food and Hopworks Urban Brewery (http://www.hopworksbeer.com/) for beer

THE HONEYMOON: Hawaii, sometime in the future.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Michelle’s 6-year-old nephew dominated the photobooth. He probably took over 50 photos and combined nearly all the costume pieces and props. It was adorable. Part of the attraction may have been the woman attending the photobooth, since he spent quite a bit of time flirting with her.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Have someone who knows what they’re doing help with the planning and focus on making it fun, not just what is expected.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Peggy, again for all her hard work and attention to detail. Spencer, from Hopworks for helping to deliver the beer.

 

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October 20, 2014
Kelsey found us through our booth at the Clark County Fair. She booked her session for October at Fort Vancouver. The light was beautiful as we started the session. The sun had just started it’s final descent in...
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Kelsey found us through our booth at the Clark County Fair. She booked her session for October at Fort Vancouver. The light was beautiful as we started the session. The sun had just started it’s final descent in the sky. The golden light casting over the session was perfect! It’s important to have fun and move around a lot during the portrait session. We hope you enjoy your beautiful senior photos Kelsey!

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October 11, 2014
Brandi wanted to have her photos done at Lewisville Park in Battleground, WA. She has a lot of great memories in the park. The light was gorgeous as we started the session. We got lucky, it didn’t rain! It was a...
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Brandi wanted to have her photos done at Lewisville Park in Battleground, WA. She has a lot of great memories in the park. The light was gorgeous as we started the session. We got lucky, it didn’t rain! It was a little wet out but fortunately the sun was out and we were able to move around the trees to find some great spots. She is a graduating senior this year in Vancouver, WA.

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October 11, 2014
We worked hard and now we are using a brand new gallery to showcase images for our blog! We love shares + comments + likes! Liz + Anthony’s Wedding  :: Portland Art Museum THE PROPOSAL: Anthony had the whole day...
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Liz + Anthony’s Wedding  :: Portland Art Museum

THE PROPOSAL: Anthony had the whole day planned and the details for the day started months before he actually proposed. He wanted to make sure that he chose the perfect ring for Liz, so he partnered up with her best friend (and future Maid of Honor), Heather to secretly find out the information. To do so, Heather planned a day with Liz of running errands and catching up. One of those errands was to get her wedding ring cleaned. While there, Heather stated that they should go to the Shane Co just to look at rings. Liz teased her about it but Heather insisted that when he does finally decide to propose, he would most certainly ask the best friend’s opinion on rings. They found the ring and Heather secretly wrote the information down when Liz went to the car. Anthony then told his family and close friends about his plan, who then avoided Liz for the next few months in fear of letting the information slip. Then the day before the proposal, Anthony pretended that he was called into work. He even partnered with one of their mutual good friends to act as though he was the one to call him in. Mind you, this was the day that two of Anthony’s closest friends were flying in from Phoenix to visit and to be a part of the special day. Liz was disappointed that he had to work, but did not think anything else of it. Instead of going to work though, Anthony got all dressed up and went to Liz’s parents’ home to ask their permission to marry their daughter. Liz’s mother instantly started crying in excitement and her father, who is not a typical crier, began to well up with joy that Anthony was going to be his future son-in-law. Of course, they both approved. The day of the proposal, Anthony told Liz that he really wanted to bring his Phoenix friends to the Rose Garden downtown so that they could see what the city is about with the beautiful flowers. Liz laughed a bit because it was March and told Anthony that all there would be left was sticks in the ground because the roses are not in bloom. Anthony insisted so they went. They also invited some other friends for a day downtown, which is typical for Liz and Anthony because they like to enjoy the city with friends often. They all made their way up to the Rose Garden, which as Liz had warned, was full of sticks instead of roses. They walked around a bit and came across the Shakespeare Garden, which is vibrant colors of green all year long. One of their photographer friends wanted to take some pictures of them, claiming to build his portfolio, so they posed by a large tree in the Shakespeare Garden. After taking a few goofy photos and having fun, suddenly the group of friends started telling them to act serious and told Liz to take her sunglasses off. Liz was confused by the sudden change of tone, but went along with it. Then as Liz looked into Anthony’s eyes, Anthony began to tell her how much he loved her and that he wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. At that point, he pulled out the ring (the same one she had picked out months prior), got down on one knee, and asked Liz to marry him. In shock, Liz covered her face and started crying in excitement. After a few shocked moment words, Liz of course said yes and they hugged and cried together as their friends cheered them on in the background. The rest of the day was filled with smiles and celebration!

WHERE WAS IT? Anthony and Liz were married at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland. The ceremony was held outside in the Sculpture Mall, with a great view of the Park Blocks and some great buildings. The reception was held in the Kridell Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the museum, which was all setup to welcome the guests for a dinner buffet and cocktails, as well as two stories of art gallery for them to walk through at their leisure.

VISION FOR THE DAY: Liz is born and raised in Portland and when Anthony moved there five years ago, he quickly learned why she never wanted to leave. Portland embodies who they are and really ignites much of their passions and motivations. Because of this bond with their city, they wanted their guests (who came from all over the US) to really be able to embrace some of their favorite parts of Portland. This is why the ceremony was outside to be able to enjoy the summer weather, while walking through the Park Blocks, and then bringing them inside to enjoy the more elegant side of Portland with the ballroom of the museum.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: The wedding was filled with DIY projects so the planning took quite a while. Liz and Anthony had the same vision for their wedding throughout the entire planning process. Liz was the one with the crafty hand though, so Anthony was often the one cheering her on with the various projects in front of her. These projects were the hard part. Finding the vendors was pretty easy, which is rare. Liz and Anthony did a lot of research before they would even schedule initial meetings. This saved a lot of time because with the narrowed down selection, it was just a matter of matching personalities and skills at that point. Each of their vendors was chosen based, not only on skills and talent, but mostly on gut instinct. They would actually go into most of their meetings saying they were not going to decide today, but would then have such a strong connection with their vendor that they would not see any reason to wait or look further. Go with your gut!

THE VENUE: The Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was perfect size for the amount of guests that they had attend, while still allowing them to sit, eat and mingle comfortably. The ceremony in the Sculpture Mall outside was beautiful and the Kridell Ballroom was certainly grand and elegant.

BRIDE’S DRESS: Liz wore a gorgeous dress by Justin Alexander from Charlotte’s Weddings and More. Originally, Liz did not like the idea of wearing a ball gown/princess style dress, but while dress shopping, her entourage encouraged her to just try one on. As soon as she did, the entire room had instant tears. They all knew, including Liz, that this was the one. The follow up dress appointment was canceled and they order the dress.

BRIDE’S SHOES: Liz loves her flats! So, of course, she would wear flats for her wedding day. There is no need to be in pain when you are on your feet for about eight hours straight. Plus, it also helps that both Liz and Anthony are on the shorter side, so there is no need to stretch Liz out for any photos or kisses.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: This is another area that Liz likes to keep simple. The most jewelry she wears on a regular basis is her engagement/wedding rings. The most important accessory that Liz wore that day was her “something old.” It was a necklace that her Grandma Adeline had given her when she was a baby. Her Grandma was there in spirit that day, especially when Liz’s mother took the moment to place the necklace around Liz’s neck.

HAIR & MAKEUP: Liz had an amazing woman do her hair and makeup! Here name is Laura Alford. She is a professional hair stylist at a salon in Oregon City, but also works for a company called Blossom and Beauty, which is how Liz found her. She truly went above and beyond that day, by not only doing more than expected for the bridal party for makeup, but she even followed us down to the museum to ensure that we would have touch ups done for pictures and/or when our hair would fall. Normally, she could have just left after the initial hair/makeup was done. Not only is she super talented for wedding hairstyles, she is also a great everyday stylist! She is creative and funny and a perfectionist, three things that make a perfect combo when getting your hair done!

GROOMS ATTIRE: Anthony wore a tan suit with a turquoise tie from Men’s Wearhouse. He looked so dapper in his summer suit attire! Men’s Wearhouse did a great job, especially since they had such a large wedding party. There were no major errors and they were on top of it with communication with Anthony.

WEDDING FAVOURS: The wedding favours were crayon candles, made by Liz, Anthony, and the bridesmaids. The back story for the crayons is that for the five years that Liz and Anthony have been together, Anthony would randomly give Liz a single crayon from various restaurants that they would go to. The reason for him doing this was to always encourage creativity in Liz’s heart and mind. Liz has built up quite a collection of crayons over the years, but instead of using her collection, they were able to get enough crayons to make 250 candles in 4 oz mason jars. The job was tough, having to peel and break up that many crayons and then to melt them down to become the candle. A lot of work, sweat, and tears went into those candles!

THE FLOWERS: The flowers were done by Kay Dietl with Flowers For You. Kay has a great personality and was so friendly through the planning. She made the bouquets for Liz and her bridesmaids, a flower ball for the flower girl, a flower toss bouquet, and two beautiful towers that were used in the ceremony and the reception.

THE CAKE: The cake was provided by Helen Bernhard. It was four tiers of different delicious flavors. The only bummer was that the cake was delivered late, so the flowers that were supposed to go on it did not, but it was still delicious.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Our photographer was Aaron Potter with OneBloom Photography. Aaron was one of the vendors that we went into the meeting saying that we were not going to make a decision that night, but he was so wonderful and personable that we could not walk away from him. From day one, he was great with communication and was so helpful with keeping Liz and Anthony on schedule with photos from engagement photos to the actual wedding day. He is also a perfectionist, which is fantastic when it comes to photography. So much so that he researches daylight times and knows to the minute when he will lose certain light in different places. Listen to him when he tells you where to capture the light for a photo! His photography skills are so strong that not much editing is needed, but he does so anyway to make sure that each and every shot is perfection. Always a good thing when looking for a photographer!

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: The invitations were coral and turquoise on an ivory backdrop and the save the dates were a small magnet collage of three photos of Liz and Anthony. Useful swag! These were both order through minted.com. The program for the day of was one the DIY projects that Liz juggled. Anthony and the bridesmaids were a huge help in this process because the paper had to be cut and then glued to the handles to make them into fans. They served function on the hot summer day in Portland!

FOOD & DRINK: The food and drinks were provided by Vibrant Table. The buffet spread was delicious! It included chicken breast with a yummy sauce, pork shoulder that fell off of the bone, roasted green beans, a wedge salad with green goddess dressing, and some of the best mashed potatoes ever. They also had a warm mixed fruit cobbler for desert if the guests wanted more than cake. The drinks were standard bar service for a wedding, but did the job! Kathy, the sales coordinator for the event was who Liz and Anthony were sold on during the planning process. She was very personable and really showed that she cared. The day of event manager needs a little work on the personable side, but he got the job done. Kathy and the VT team was also very accepting of that feedback and are making adjustments to ensure consistency across the board with their team.

THE HONEYMOON: Anthony and Liz actually went on a “pre-honeymoon” to Cabo San Lucas. They highly recommend the pre honeymoon because it is a great way to get away when stresses are high and be forced to relax because you can’t do anything from that far away anyway, so you might as well enjoy it and soak it in! They also took some time after the wedding to enjoy parts of the Oregon Coast that they had never been to. They found a new favorite beach in Bandon, Oregon, which they plan to visit again and again!

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: One of the most memorable moments was when Liz and Anthony asked all of their guests to join them for a group photo on the Park Blocks. This was certainly a challenge, but it really stood out how many people and different walks of life joined together for that special day to celebrate with Liz and Anthony. The second most memorable moment was their first dance when then room seemed completely empty besides the new husband and wife. The guests were so silent and fixated on the couple that the moment truly was about them.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: This was said a lot to Liz and Anthony through their planning, but it is so important…SLOW DOWN! The day goes by so fast that you miss so much. Take moments with each other to truly embrace what is happening around you and because of you. You, the couple, are the reason why everyone is there and that’s a pretty awesome feeling. Don’t forget to take time to appreciate that.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: We had three vendors who truly went above and beyond the call of duty and really made sure to help us make our day so special. First, Laura from Blossom and Beauty, who not only did an amazing job on our hair and makeup, but followed us to the museum to make sure that we all looked fabulous for all of the important moments. Second, our DJ, Ryan Hein from Perfect Memories DJ, who cared so much about our day that he helped us in creating our timeline and really helped us take the time to reflect on the special moments of our day. His music was great too! And third, our photographer, Aaron Potter, and his team with OneBloom Photography, who really made sure to capture all of our special moments of the day. They also helped us create moments that weren’t even planned but worked out to be so much fun. They encouraged us to push our limits, which resulted in some amazing photos! Thank you all so much!

Vendors Links and Resources!

Wedding Venue: http://events.portlandartmuseum.org/events/wedding

Wedding Dress: http://www.charlottesweddings.com

Hair and Makeup: http://blossomandbeauty.com

Flowers: http://www.flowerspdx.com

Photography: www.OneBloom.com

DJ: http://www.perfectmemorydj.com

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September 26, 2014
We were excited to do Cassie’s senior photos! The weather was perfect at Fort Vancouver! Cassie met us through the Clark County Fair at our booth and booked a session then. The sunset was beautiful as it set over...
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We were excited to do Cassie’s senior photos! The weather was perfect at Fort Vancouver! Cassie met us through the Clark County Fair at our booth and booked a session then.

The sunset was beautiful as it set over Vancouver and down the Columbia River. In an hour, we created these beautiful portraits. We love them!

If you would like to setup your own session, please visit us at: www.OneBloom.com/portrait

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September 24, 2014
THE PROPOSAL Chris proposed to me on December 23rd 2013 in front of the Christmas tree at Pioneer square. He managed to lour me to downtown Portland under the impression of a simple happy hour and shopping day after...
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THE PROPOSAL

Chris proposed to me on December 23rd 2013 in front of the Christmas tree at Pioneer square. He managed to lour me to downtown Portland under the impression of a simple happy hour and shopping day after work. I fell for it and didn’t suspect a thing! After shopping and eating I suggested we walk over to Pioneer square and see the tree. Little did I know, that was his plan all along; I certainly made it easy for him! When we got to the tree Chris asked someone standing by to take a photo of us, and that was when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.

VISION FOR THE DAY

Chris and I had a fairly broad vision for our special day. We wanted a venue outdoors where we could celebrate with our close family and friends.

THE PLANNING PROCESS

The first thing we did was look for a venue so that we could lock in a day for summer 2014. Once we had a venue, we started to look for vendors and my dress. There was a lot of time spent online, looking for ideas of color themes, details, etc. The biggest hurdle we faced in our planning process was that a lot of our planning happened during tax season, the busiest time for Chris as an accountant. Thankfully my mom stepped in and encouraged the planning process by showing us fun ideas we could do.

THE VENUE

The first time we saw Lewis River Golf Course (http://www.lewisrivergolf.com) we knew it was the perfect place! The ceremony area had open views of the river and the patio area was very spacious. We also liked that we had the option to have the reception inside, which was equally as beautiful, with a lodge type theme. Crystal, the event coordinator, was very helpful and encouraging through the planning process. The week of the wedding, we were concerned that the weather might be too hot for having the ceremony and reception outdoors. We decided last minute to rent a tent to go over the patio during the reception so that our guests could eat in the shade. Despite making that decision the week of the wedding, Crystal was very accommodating.

BRIDE’S DRESS:

I purchased my dress from Brides for a Cause (http://bridesforacause.com). It is a bridal boutique that has dresses donated to them (from stores or previous owners), which they resell and donate half their proceeds to a charity called Wish Upon A Wedding – a nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.

It took me two trips to Brides for a Cause before I found THE dress. My Mom and Sister and I were browsing through the dresses one last time when my sister pulled a dress off a rack and said “oohhhh Shawna you HAVE to try this one on.” It was a Marisa and had a sweetheart neckline, beautiful beading on the bodice, and a unique organza skirt. After narrowing it down to two choices, I ultimately chose the dress my sister picked out.

BRIDE’S SHOES:

When it came to picking out shoes, I wanted a simple sandal, wedge, or flat that would be comfortable to wear all day. I found my shoes at DSW, they were a white slip on sandal with some silver jewels on the top, a short wedge, and they were comfortable!

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES:

The only jewelry I wore were pearl earrings. I actually forgot to put on my own before we left for the venue, so I had to borrow my sisters. These served as my “something borrowed” in the old tradition. During the reception I carried an ivory beaded clutch with me. This clutch served as my “something old.” It was a clutch that my Grandmother, Mother, and Aunt all carried at their own weddings. My “something blue” was my garter which was Seahawks themed – a fun surprise for Chris.

HAIR & MAKEUP

I had my make up done by a friend of mine, Ally Williams who is an esthetician at Dosha Salon on Hawthorne (http://www.dosha.org). As someone who rarely wears make up, Ally knew just what to do with me! We went for a very classy and romantic look.

My hair was done by Jessica Dempsey a hair stylist who also works at Dosha Salon on Hawthorne. Jessica gave me a lower bun updo, and added in some little jewel accessories to the back of the bun. For the previous 3 years I kept my hair chin length and loved it. Last summer Chris said “hey, you should try growing your hair out again”. I’m so happy he said that! I was able to grow my hair out for a year so I could have a fun updo for the wedding!

GROOMS ATTIRE

Chris wore a light grey tux from Mens Wearhouse (http://www.menswearhouse.com) with an ivory shirt and an ivory, grey, and navy plaid tie. He chose the light grey tux and no vest because he was really worried about getting too hot since we would be outside in the sun all day. His shoes were simple black dress shoes purchased from Jays Wide Shoes (http://www.jayswideshoes.com). He wears size 12 EE, so you can imagine how hard it is to find shoes he’s comfortable in.

WEDDING FAVOURS

We purchased our wedding favors from Oriental Trading Company (http://www.orientaltrading.com). They were personalized mint tins with our names and wedding date on them. Perfect for an after dinner breath freshener, and something our guests could take with them to remember our awesome night!

THE FLOWERS

Jinger Jacobson is a friend of our family and used to be a florist. My Mom and I met with her a few months before the wedding when she offered to do the flower arrangements for the wedding. We gave her our vision for flowers, and with her guidance, we came up with which flowers to order. Blue hydrangeas, light pink and cream roses, dusty miller, and silver brunia were just some of the flowers we picked out. We ordered them from Portland Wholesale Florist (http://www.portlandwholesaleflorist.com). My Mom, Aunt and I picked up the flowers on Friday and took them to Jinger’s house. She spent all of Saturday and Sunday morning making the arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres.

We had a big problem on Friday and Saturday when we couldn’t find enough blue hydrangeas. The hydrangeas were the only flower we chose not to order from the florist because we have so many friends and neighbors with hydrangeas we were positive getting enough for the wedding wouldn’t be a problem. Well, we had such a warm July and August, that most people’s blue hydrangeas were turning brown! My Mom, Dad, Aunt and Jinger spent part of Saturday calling friends, family and neighbors all over town looking for blue hydrangeas. In the end, they found enough hydrangeas for all of the arrangements. I cannot express how thankful I am for all of the hard work Jinger and my family put into the flowers. They turned out so beautiful!

THE CAKE

Our cake was made at Chucks Produce (http://chucksproduce.com ) through their bakery department. After tasting some of their cakes, Chris and I chose to go with a white cake, strawberry filling, and white butter cream icing. We felt like the white cake and strawberry was nice and light, which would be perfect after a big meal and a warm summer evening. When it came to the design on the cake, Chris and I looked through about 50 photos from the cake designer, and we only found one design that we both liked (Chris and I had pretty different tastes). In the end, it made it easy to pick out the design we wanted. We were both very impressed with how the cake turned out.

Our cake stand was a large log round cut and purchased from North Fork Tree Farm in Woodland (https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Fork-Tree-Farm-1-LLC/385887384826173). The husband of a co-worker of my Mom’s did the wood burning for us. It turned out great!

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Our photographer was Aaron Potter with OneBloom Photography (http://www.onebloom.com). I found him one day randomly through Facebook and thought his photos were amazing! We were happy to learn that he was also in our price range. Aaron was so helpful at the wedding, making sure we were able to squeeze in enough photos in our tight timeline for the day. He pulled us away during the reception when he felt like the light was perfect for some more photos. I really liked how passionate he was about getting that perfect shot!

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY

We purchased our Invitations in a DIY kit from Michaels. They certainly took a lot of time to print out everything and put it all together, but I was very impressed with how they turned out. A few people even told me they thought they were professionally done! We had to sacrifice some time to put them all together, but it was worth it to save a little money.

FOOD & DRINK

Lewis River Golf Course has a restaurant as a part of their lodge area called North Fork Grill which did the catering for us. We had margherita flat bread and salmon bruschetta for appetizers, two different salads, flat iron steak and a stuffed chicken breast for entrees, golden yukon potatos and seasonal vegetables for sides. Chris and I loved the food! After we made our grand entrance into the reception, there were two plates a food with a little bit of everything waiting for us at our tables. The moment we had the opportunity to sit down, we ate as fast as we could, afraid we might not get another chance to eat!

THE HONEYMOON

Chris and I went to Maui for our honeymoon. We stayed there for a week in a condo in Kiehei, right on the beach! We swam, boogie boarded, snorkeled, watched the sunrise on Mt Haleakala, went shopping, hiked, to name a few things. It was perfect! We love that we were able to begin our marriage together in such a wonderful place. We’re hoping to go back again next year.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT

A memorable moment for us was coming down the stairs during our grand entrance. The stress of the ceremony was off our shoulders, we finally had some time to spend together after and we were just so excited to have some fun! Walking down the stairs together and seeing everyone there watching us, clapping, and smiling. It felt so surreal that everyone was there to celebrate us.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES

Our advice for other couples is to go on a honeymoon after your wedding! Even if it’s something simple like camping, getting away just the two of you is such a perfect way to start a marriage.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE

We are so thankful to my parents Bill and Dona Hruby, they worked just as hard as we did in the planning process. Our family friends Dee Dee, Angela, Suzanne, Angie, and Bracy all arrived early and stayed late to help set up and take down all of the decorations. Suzanne even lent us items that she saved from her daughter’s wedding. There were so many people always willing to help out when we needed it. We are grateful to be surrounded by amazing family and friends that were willing to be a part of our special day.

September 19, 2014
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