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July 25, 2014
                                  THE PROPOSAL: Justin proposed on Christmas morning. It was just the two of us and we had already...
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THE PROPOSAL: Justin proposed on Christmas morning. It was just the two of us and we had already opened gifts. He started telling me of this German tradition of hanging a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree and the first person who finds it gets to open the first gift. He said since we already opened the presents that he had hidden the pickle on the tree and I had to find it. So I’m looking and looking and I can’t find the pickle. I eventually find it and hand it to him (not seeing that the ring is sitting on top of the pickle) He got down on one knee and asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him.

WHERE WAS IT? Home sweet home =D

VISION FOR THE DAY: We both imagined our wedding to be simple and classic. I didn’t want to overdo anything but wanted there to be a romantic feel in the air. I always imagined lots of roses and black and white attire. We both wanted a more intimate wedding and invited very close friends and family.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process went so smoothly as we had a year and a half to plan. Even though we had such a long time that year and a half sure went by fast! We had a lot of fun from cake tasting to meeting some very passionate people looking for our florist, dj, photographer, cellist, and bakery.

THE VENUE: The first time I saw The Adrianna Hill Grand ballroom in pictures on their website, www.adriannaballroom.com , I knew it was the one. Nothing else I looked at compared. We went to meet with Jessie and she is one of the most passionate people I have met. You can tell she loves her job and puts her all into every wedding she does. She was so personable and excited for us every step of the way.

BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was the 3rd dress I tried on out of about 5. I bought it at Davids Bridal and loved that it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Of what I did try on I tried to make them completely different so I could get a feel for what I looked like in different styles and after the last one the associate asked if I would like to try something else on and all I wanted to do was put back on number 3! I was shopping with just my maid of honor and didn’t expect to find something the first day looking but I fell in love with it and had to have it!

BRIDE’S SHOES: I had the hardest time finding my shoes. Out of all the wedding planning the shoes was the hardest thing to find. I really initially wanted red shoes but found they were hard to find a pair that were comfy, cute, red and my size! I eventually found my silver dress shoes at DSW about a week before the wedding and fell in love with them. Didn’t take them off all night!

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My tiara and veil I bought when I got my dress at David’s Bridal but jewelry I wanted to look around and be a bit pickier about. I eventually ended up buying my mom some jewelry along with her dress one day and after that I could find anything else that I thought would look as great with my v neck on my dress than the one I got her. I couldn’t find anything else like it and my mom ended up giving me the set I bought her and found something else to wear with her dress. I felt pretty bad about taking them back but she loved how they looked on me and insisted I take them back.

HAIR & MAKEUP: My step daughter, maid of honor and I got our hair done at Hairy Kari’s and all of my bridesmaid and I did our own make up in the bridal room at the ballroom

GROOMS ATTIRE: Justin as well as the rest of the guys in the bridal party got their attire at Mr Formal. He wore a white suit with a red vest and tie.

WEDDING FAVOURS: We got chocolates from See’s Candies for our wedding favors. We had fun testing chocolates and truffles! We had them individually boxed and spread them out on the tables along with milk chocolate candy hearts.

THE FLOWERS: I got my flowers done by Stacey’s Flowers and loved the job she did. I had a very specific idea in mind and had tons of pictures to shower her how I wanted everything to look and she did just that! I had two large arraignments on the stage behind us, the bouquets and rose petals just about everywhere which was exactly enough for me. Our space was small and intimate and I didn’t want to overdo it on the flowers.

THE CAKE: The cake I had done at Beaverton Bakery. They have been around for quite a while and I had heard great things about them so we decided to go with them the same day we did our cake testing. They also did a great job in creating the exact idea I had in my head. I have about 3 different looking cakes that I basically wanted in one and they did an awesome job.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: My photographer was Aaron Potter from OneBloom Photography. I think the photographer was one of the hardest decisions to make because I love photography and I really wanted to find someone who stood out to me from all the rest. A moment can only be captured in a photo once and I had to find someone who I felt confident would do the best job! I found him randomly online one day looking at page after page of photos on photographer’s websites and loved his photos.

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Invitations and stationery I found online through Zazzle.com They had a cute black and white chalkboard looking invitation that I loved and decided to use for my Bridal shower and wedding invitations.

FOOD & DRINK: Food and drink was so easy to decide on since Adrianna Hill was all inclusive and did all the cooking. Was so nice having one less thing to worry about. The food was so delicious and we had beer and wine served all night for our guests.

THE HONEYMOON: The honeymoon is just around the corner. We decided to wait a little while on the honeymoon because we wanted to spend time with Justin’s daughter Emma while she was visiting us on her summer vacation from school. We will be heading to Hawaii though shortly. It will be the first time for both of us so we are so excited to spend a week off from work relaxing in paradise!

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The most memorable moment was getting to see each other all dressed up for the first time as I walked down the aisle towards him. He was not allowed to see my dress since I bought it and I never got to see him in his attire so it was fun waiting tell the last moment to see each other all dressed up.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: My advice for other couples is to give yourself plenty of time to plan your wedding. It a very important day and you’ll save yourself from a lot of stress if you don’t plan things last minute. Also in the end it’s about the love between two people and all the little things don’t really matter. Don’t let the little things get in the way of the bigger picture. Also, the day goes by faster than you think it will so enjoy every single second!

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: I can’t imagine what the day would have been like if Jessie wasn’t a part of our planning from day one. She made everything run so smoothly and made me feel so at ease every step of the way.

Brides Choice!

Brides Choice!

June 2, 2014
We recently took a trip to Arizona for some real estate commercial photography. We had one sunset to work with. The other evenings sunsets were spent shooting for work. It’s important as an artist to get out every...
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We recently took a trip to Arizona for some real estate commercial photography. We had one sunset to work with. The other evenings sunsets were spent shooting for work. It’s important as an artist to get out every so often and do some work for yourself. Along the way I met a great photographer Dave Dilli at Papago State Park. He has some fantastic work, it’s worth checking out if you have some time.

About the work:  I utilized a technique on a couple of these images that incorporated using a tripod, a remote a light meter and creating several raw captures. An HDR. I like to edit my HDR’s and I will sometimes use a set of HDR’s just for one scene if it’s required.

 This image was made using a series of 16 images. It was windy so I had to do some light photoshop work to remove some ghosting. I also increased contrast in some darker areas and brought in contrast where it was needed. I then removed flag poles, cars, signs, etc.

 A basic single exposure exercise. I liked the muted colors and low contrast of the scene.

 Some shadow play with the cactus and the thorns.

 I couldn’t believe the color of that beautiful cactus. Everything blooming, the sky just bouncing light back down onto the cactus. The windy sky made things look awesome here.

A classic tropical feeling silhouette.

May 31, 2014
 We had fantastic weather this May! It was a great day in Portland, Oregon’s Washington Park. We started at the International Rose Test Garden. Despite tourists everywhere we moved around the beautiful rose...
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 We had fantastic weather this May! It was a great day in Portland, Oregon’s Washington Park. We started at the International Rose Test Garden. Despite tourists everywhere we moved around the beautiful rose garden and captured a lot of great moments! It was fun working with these two! They had never done anything like this and any nervousness quickly disappeared when we started shooting. The spring colors of flowers was showing in the bushes, but the roses still needed a few more weeks. What a happy couple! They are already married, but wanted to get a session done as a married couple to have images to treasure forever. We certainly hope they enjoy them forever. Thank you so much for choosing OneBloom to capture your portraits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2014
Samantha wanted some portraits of her and her baby daughter. The wonderful spring rains forced us to change our session locations and days a couple times! We got a beautiful day and made the most of the wonderful light...
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Samantha wanted some portraits of her and her baby daughter. The wonderful spring rains forced us to change our session locations and days a couple times! We got a beautiful day and made the most of the wonderful light in Vancouver, Washington. Her 18 month old little girl was all over the place. I don’t think she stopped moving the entire time we were shooting. Surely posed, cutesy, setup images were off the table. We tried and tried and tried. With some help from Samantha’s Mom, we got some minor cooperation! She was quite curious about the camera too. What a cute little girl and a fun portrait shoot!

The thing about shooting little ones is that you have to be at their level and be patient. It’s about timing and always being ready. Shooting a lot of images hoping to capture one shot where the kids are either looking at you or not making some type of face. I get to move around a lot and play in the grass in good weather. So that’s always a plus.  :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2014
We specialize in interior and exterior photography in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. We specialize in Luxury Homes, Apartments, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Condos, Homes, Real Estate, Businesses, Studios, Pools,...
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We specialize in interior and exterior photography in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. We specialize in Luxury Homes, Apartments, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Condos, Homes, Real Estate, Businesses, Studios, Pools, Landscapes, Remodels, Buildings and Businesses.

We utilize a special  technique to create stunningly vivid imagery.

For more information and booking please visit us at www.onebloom.com/commercial

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Interior and Exterior Real Estate Photography

Unique commercial photographer of businesses, landscapes, luxury homes, condos and apartments.

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April 3, 2014
Jessica and Jon are getting married later this year. They needed some engagement photography done. We chose a date and got lucky! The weather turned out to be perfect – right between the days of rain showers. We...
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Jessica and Jon are getting married later this year. They needed some engagement photography done. We chose a date and got lucky! The weather turned out to be perfect – right between the days of rain showers. We started at the English Estate Vineyards in Vancouver, WA. We then moved onto the Historic Fort Vancouver area. We did a 2 hour session – it was perfect timing for the sunlight and we were able to get a ton of great engagement images for this happy couple! Thanks so much Jessica and Jon! We love the way everything turned out! You guys look amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 31, 2014
                    THE PROPOSAL: Gabriel Proposed to me on my birthday! What a wonderful gift I will cherish forever. I was having an awful day. We were coming home...
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THE PROPOSAL: Gabriel Proposed to me on my birthday! What a wonderful gift I will cherish forever. I was having an awful day. We were coming home from visiting family and friends. I hadn’t received a call from my mom or dad no family at all what so ever. I was feeling rather alone in a way. Gabriel just kept telling me I was going to have 25 reasons to be happy when we got home. I had no idea what he meant and continued moping all the whole way. We finally got home, I got my jammies on and was looking forward to cuddling up to a movie. Gabriel came up from behind me and told me how much he loved me and how important I was to him and he wanted to give me the best birthday I would ever have. He got down on one knee and everything and asked me to be his wife. (I said yes obviously). He reached in his pocket and pulled out a clear ring box with pink tissue paper he explained what the 25 reasons were. There were 25 diamonds on my gorgeous ring. The ring came from his grandma who passed away our first year together.

WHERE WAS IT? Gabriel proposed to me in our bedroom in our TINY one bedroom house in Bremerton.

VISION FOR THE DAY: We wanted something fun and romantic with our family and closest friends. I wanted it to be lots of pink and it all worked out we got married the weekend after Valentine’s day. I wanted sunshine and I got rain but it couldn’t have been any better. It was still intimate just like I wanted.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: Our planning process was EASY we only had 6 months but we just knocked it all out of the park. Lots of DIY and always went cheap if we could.

THE VENUE: Our venue was the Anderson Lodge in Ariel Washington. A private and rustic feel in the woods was perfect for our large family getaway. It provided an awesome getaway weekend for family and friends.

BRIDE’S DRESS: I wore a white empire waste Bonny Bridal gown that I purchased for an amazing price at the Bridal Arts Building in Vancouver off of highway 99. The dress had a beautiful sweetheart neckline and an elegant diamond and pearl broach the dress was simple and elegant exactly what I wanted.

BRIDE’S SHOES: I wore Betsey Johnson Veil pumps that killed my poor feet but were absolutely gorgeous I had backup white flip flops that had a little bling and said bride on them.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I wore Gabriel’s grandma’s earrings they were diamond studs. I wore a hair comb with embellishments to match the ones on my dress, and a scalloped edge veil.

HAIR & MAKEUP: My hairdresser Heidi owner of Bellus salon in Vancouver, did a lovely off to the side curly updo. My beautiful sister in law an Aveda student in Portland did a classic bronze bridal cat eye.

GROOMS ATTIRE: Gabriel rented his tux along with the groomsmen at Mr. Formal. It was a simple five button jacket with pink vest and pink tie. He looked SMOKIN’

WEDDING FAVOURS: We had a sweets table with goody bags for people to take what they liked most.

THE FLOWERS: The bridal party bouquets were done by Safeway florist in Woodland Washington. They did an amazing job and the price was AWESOME!

THE CAKE: My sister in law made my cake it was a German chocolate cake with a caramel frosting made in a heart shaped pan. But my favorite part of my whole wedding was the sweets table we had my other sister in law Emilee has a party planning business called Events by Emilee she put together the most beautiful table. You can find her page on Facebook Events by Emilee

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: We chose Aaron with OneBloom Photography. I was really impressed with his work online and the way he captures light. That was something specific I was looking for when I chose the photographer. He was professional and fun. Even stayed a little longer to get the last shots because it rained on my wedding day.

FOOD & DRINK: Our family made all the food we did pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw. We had a keg of Manny’s pale ale. All of it was extremely delicious.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The moment I remember the most from the day was mine and Gabe’s first dance… needless to say it was so us, Gabe got too into it spun me around I slipped and my veil fell out of my hair almost at the same time. Pretty embarrassing but was nothing but love!!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: My advice for other couples out there planning their big day is this… don’t sweat anything. If it rains it rains. If your mom is a witch. She is a witch. Almost everything is out of your control but what is in your control is having the best love enriched day possible and enjoy the time with your family and friends. ?

March 29, 2014
Lauren and Jackson are great together! We had a great time spending part of spring day with them. We started out at this old bridge near where Jackson’s parents live. A spot that the two have been to before. It...
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Lauren and Jackson are great together! We had a great time spending part of spring day with them. We started out at this old bridge near where Jackson’s parents live. A spot that the two have been to before. It was a great spot. We were basically alone on the campus and the rain held off for us. No sunshine – but we made our own. So glad to see it not raining finally! Our last few shoots have been rainy!

At the end of the engagement session, while packing up and talking about the session… We found a ton of Four Leaf Clovers! Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!Just more good luck to Lauren and Jackson. We’re happy and excited to photograph their wedding this September!Spring time is a great time for engagement pictures. With the trees blooming and the sunlight staying out longer and longer. It means golden rays of sunshine for perfect memories!

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March 19, 2014
Some days you can’t win! Dana and Jasen booked this engagement session in advanced from their wedding package. They are getting married this year in Richland, WA. We’re hoping that the weather is better the...
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Some days you can’t win! Dana and Jasen booked this engagement session in advanced from their wedding package. They are getting married this year in Richland, WA. We’re hoping that the weather is better the next time we shoot together! We had no choice but to shoot – they drove 3 1/2 hours to get here! So, we started at Vancouver Lake park. They were great! It didn’t matter that it rained – it slowed everything down a bit and we all got soaked, but this couple had a great time! We met the next day for lunch and of course – it wasn’t raining. True Northwest fashion. Thank you for being so awesome Dana and Jasen!

Engagement photography session in the rain at vancouver lake park!

vancouver lake rainy engagement session

engagement session by columbia river bridge

rainy engagement photography session in vancouver, washington

March 18, 2014
  THE PROPOSAL: On Aug. 18th 2013 he proposed to me after he first tied me up so I wouldn’t run away – I had no idea what was going on but I surely didn’t expect to see a ring when he took off the blindfold....
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THE PROPOSAL: On Aug. 18th 2013 he proposed to me after he first tied me up so I wouldn’t run away – I had no idea what was going on but I surely didn’t expect to see a ring when he took off the blindfold. It wasn’t just any ring but the one I had drooled on every trip past the jewelry case in Costco years prior. It had been discontinued and I thought I had lost my chance to ever see it again. He called around and there was still one at a store in the metro area.

WHERE WAS IT? At our home

VISION FOR THE DAY: We were looking for a small gathering of friends and family – with great food, relaxed vibe and lots of dancing.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: Was very short – neither of us enjoy and unfinished task. We put the whole thing together in 6 months with a focus on keeping the day stress free and picking the right vendors to aid in that.

THE VENUE: Skamania Lodge – which we love to lodge feeling and their amazing food! Along with that added bonus of a day of coordinator who helped everything flow smoothly and staff who handled all the setup and take down. Tiffany (our coordinator) was fantastic at handling all the day of stuff and we were very fortunate to have her – we didn’t sweat over anything all day we knew she had it handled. When all was done and we returned to the bridal suite where there was roses, wine and chocolate covered strawberries to snack on.

BRIDE’S DRESS: It was a satin trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline in Ivory

BRIDE’S SHOES: 1 pair of Ivory sparkle open toe pumps 1 pair of ivory sparkle flats and hardly wore either of them… they got in the way of dancing

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: Very minimized as I hardly wear anything day to day but I did rock a pair of Marylyn Monroe waterfall earrings

HAIR & MAKEUP: Jasmine @ http://blossomandbeauty.com/ – we did 2 trial runs just to try out different colors – she is absolutely amazing! She even stayed while we took pictures outside just in case I needed a touchup prior to the ceremony. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for hair or makeup and love watching her tutorials. I know any time I am in need of hair\makeup in the future she will be the first one I call.

GROOMS ATTIRE: We visited Men’s Warehouse and Aaron bought 2 suits because we couldn’t decide which we liked best – it was the first time I saw him in a suit ever! We didn’t decide on which one he was going to wear until the day of the wedding

WEDDING FAVOURS: We hired http://www.oregonphotoboothrental.com/ to set up a photobooth and also put together a guest book for us. The kids had a ton of fun photo bombing people and I asked that anyone who was drinking take a before and after shot. Also because Aaron loves after dinner mints and pie so much I ordered us personalized mints and had the lodge make 3 pies that way we could send people with a midnight snack as most of our guests stayed at the lodge.

THE FLOWERS: Were all arrangements made by the mother of the groom. She has worked at craft stores in the past making arrangements and with a couple trips to local craft stores and matching of the right purples we were set.

THE CAKE: 2 tiered cake made by Skamania lodge the top layer was red velvet/cream cheese and the bottom was chocolate/vanilla cream.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Was Aaron @ OneBloom Photography – when we first started planning the event we decided that the 2 most important things to us were finding a venue that would be as stress free as possible and finding the right photographer to capture the day as we knew it would all go by so fast we would hardly remember. After reviewing a ton of different photographers online we narrowed the style or feeling of photography we liked the best. After our first meeting with Aaron we knew he had the experience and style we were looking for. I remember going through so many pictures online trying to find ones we liked that we wanted to capture and they all ended up being ones that were on OneBloom’s blog or FB page. Most of them were even at the same venue. This made me very confident that he knew much more about this then I did and we just decided to give him a kinda whats going on when list and let him direct us. It was great! We were even able to get a lot of pictures outside (which I thought would be extra challenging in Feb) He kept us on track of what time it was and what we needed to do next and I felt very at ease the entire time like I was just hanging out with my man. I could definably tell that the photographer had a vision of what he was trying to create and I cannot wait to see the pics!

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: We designed them online and had the printed by wedding paper divas.

FOOD & DRINK: All provided by Skamania lodge and all was fantastic. We had a buffet of pork, chicken and salmon and we are still getting comments from our guests that it was the best wedding/event food they have ever had… I agree because I actually sat down for a minute and ate it.

THE HONEYMOON: We went to Playa del Carmen (south of Cancun, Mexico) and stay at the Paradisius resort… oh the tequila!

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: My son Alec was really excited to make a speech welcoming Aaron to our family and thanking him for being such a great guy. Also seeing my stepmom who was unable to walk without assistance just 9 months ago out dancing the night away was amazing.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Make a list of what is really important (like top 5) and spend your time and energy on making sure that happens… people get too caught up in the little things and forget stuff like who is going to clean all of the party up? Also hire a great team of vendor – if you are confident in them then the day of you don’t have to worry about if they will know what they are doing and you can just relax and let them do what they are good at.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Our Vendors! Skamania lodge for using their onsite staff and day of coordinator to make sure everything was handled. Our photographer for making sure we got a chance to get all the shots needed and keeping us to schedule. Jasmine at blossom and beauty for making sure I looked my best. And our DJ (DJ Stack from signature entertainment) along with our photobooth for keeping our guests entertained for hours!