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Toasts at a wedding reception bring out a lot of wonderful emotions. It’s not uncommon for bursts of laughter to erupt around the room. In the photo above, the joy filled the entire room at the LeftBank Annex during the wedding reception. Our passion is for documenting, and capturing moments like these. We would love to talk with you about your wedding, contact us to schedule a consultation!
We love working with a great team of vendors!
Here are the other companies that joined us for the big celebration:
Wedding Reception at LeftBank Annex || Cake by Helen Bernhard Bakery
Catering by Vibrant Table || Decor by West Coast Event Productions
Wedding Photography by Atelier Pictures
Every bride has a wish list. It’s no surprise that parts of her photography coverage will include items on her wish list. It’s my job to find out what she has in mind… to be sure that we communicate in detail about the parts of the day that she has dreamed about. Case in point, I don’t usually look for a huge landscape with a tiny couple in it when I consider portraits. It is a trend in today’s wedding imagery that sort of baffles me because it takes the emotional content out of view.
Last week, I had a a great little wedding in Old Town Alexandria. The Morrison House Hotel was the venue and my couple really wanted a portrait on the front staircase… they had seen one like it during their planning sessions. It was a classic sort of space and it made for a nice image. It may not classify as a portrait, per se, but I am sure it will satisfy her wish and will remind them of this happy day for a long time to come.
If you are making plans, local or destination, I’d be happy to talk to you!
Jamie Bosworth Photographer
There is an art to capturing the moment at weddings and it involves knowing where to position one’s self before the moment even happens. How is this possible you might ask? It is a combination of intuition, experience, and decisiveness.
When I entered Marianne & Nick’s wedding reception, I immediately noticed that their head table was situated directly in front of a mirror. This meant that I had the technical challenges that a mirror’s reflection presents, but also its opportunities. When Marianne’s father gave a toast, he faced out toward the guests, but I positioned myself knowing that at some point he would glance back at his daughter. And as soon as he did that, I was already in position to capture it.
It’s the task of the wedding photographer to respond and react to their surroundings and to maintain an awareness of body language and gestures. These elements define where action is about to take place and by properly positioning one’s self, a successful photograph can be made.
A beginning chess player thinks one move at a time while a seasoned chess player thinks multiple moves ahead. It is this type of thinking that distinguishes the best wedding photographers from the rest of the crowd.
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What a ride! Want to treat your guests to a fresh view of Portland? Did you know that you can rent a double decker bus and leave the driving to others? Audrey and Allison chose this method of entertainment and commute for their whole wedding party and guests for an afternoon of merriment and sight seeing. What a treat it was for their traveling guests to see the sights without the stress of driving. Did I mention the bar?
Denali was enthusiastic to say the least, and she did her job perfectly. The rings rode comfortably in the baby barrel around her neck, and she bounded down the aisle to present them (and get lots of snuggles and pets). She turned around and ran back to the coordinator, to many cheers and much appreciation.
I love it when dogs are incorporated into the ceremony. They’re often the first “kids” we have together, and no one can help but grin when they go down the aisle. Denali also stayed for a bit of the reception, and of course, photos.
Christine & Steve’s wedding took place at the Crag Rats Hut in Parkdale, on a beautiful August afternoon. The mountain was out and the views were magnificent! To see more of their wedding, head over here to the blog.
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The tradition of cutting a wedding cake has evolved from many traditions with many meanings. According to Wikipedia, “The contemporary wedding cake has grown out of many traditions. One of the first traditions began in Ancient Rome where bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple. In Medieval England cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over, if they successfully kissed over the stack they were guaranteed a prosperous life together. The modern wedding cake as we know it now originated at the wedding of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, in 1882; his wedding cake was the first to actually be completely edible. Pillars between the cake tiers did not begin to appear until about 20 years later. The pillars were very poorly made from broomsticks covered in icing. The tiers represented prosperity and were a status symbol because only wealthy families could afford to include them in the cake. Prince Leopold’s wedding cake was created in separate layers with very dense icing. When the icing hardened the tiers were then stacked; this method had never been used before, and it was a groundbreaking innovation for wedding cakes at the time.” Some of my favorite photos at weddings come from this wedding tradition. To see more photos of wedding traditions, check out AlanWeinerPhotography.com.
Oregon Wine Country Wedding Photographer // Deyla Huss Photography
Trish and Ryan had their summer wedding at the beautiful Water Oasis in Newberg. The grounds are stunning and the surrounding hills are so peaceful. the bride & groom stole a private moment while the sun was setting and it was truly a gorgeous evening shared by two amazing individuals. He grabbed his bride and pulled her in tight to simply kiss her one more time, no this was not staged, these are real genuine moments captured. I was like a tiger in the grass, non-intrusive, letting the moments unfold all by themselves. A simple instruction of “Please walk around the grounds, talk to each other, hold each other, just let it be” was all it took for these two lovebirds. Honored to be a part of such a beautiful love story!
Photographer: Deyla Huss Photography
Venue: Water Oasis
Amy and Harry held their wedding at one of our favorite venues of this year, Villa Catalana Cellars. Its grounds and stone architecture were inspired by a 12th century church in Catalonia, Spain – and this place will make you totally forget that you’re still in Oregon City! The bride and groom danced their first dance during sunset, so we lit them from the front as the setting sun put a soft glow in the background. Love the tender expressions on both of their faces. To see our favorite 14 wedding images of 2014, visit the blog post here. Also check out our website to see more or contact us.
Cue the Beatles. When you add on some DIY wedding projects, the thing people most often forget is someone still has to set it all up! In the case of Bethy and Dan’s wedding they rented a home for their intimate wedding and set up an elaborate dinner table full of hand-embroidered napkins and little animals of a woodland theme. A family friend helped to arrange the winter white flowers and evergreen sprigs along the dining table. It fit in perfectly with their wedding ceremony amongst the redwoods of Hoyt Arboretum. But when it came to getting everything ready, Bethy and Dan were still in the arboretum with me for their wedding portraits and all their guests went back to the house. So they had the full table set up before I even arrived… with a little help from their friends. My favorite part? A friend embroidered different woodland creatures on a napkin for each guest.
See more of their intimate winter wedding photos: Bethy and Dan’s Intimate Wedding
Batman Sighting at Leftbank Annex in NE Portland
This may seem shocking but Batman was sighted here in Portland and the wedding of Katherine and Cory! They were married at St Cecilia Church in Beaverton and had their reception at the Leftbank Annex in NE Portland! It was unknown exactly what he was doing there but it can be surmised that he was foiling and evil plot! Thanks to him, the reception went off without a hitch… We are hoping that the image of Batman’s face does not give away his true identity… We did notice that Batman was hanging around the cake and candy tables… and I think he had at least 7 glasses of lemon lime soda… he must really love that stuff. Batman looks much larger on TV than he is in real life. He is surprisingly only about 4 foot tall… I’m not judging, I’m just making note of it, I mean he is about the same height as Tom Cruise! Batman is a great dancer and loves songs from the soundtrack Frozen… It is unknown what time he left the venue but it is our hope that Batman didn’t have a total meltdown on his way home… wherever that may be!
Contact Juli and Ryan… lets talk about your wedding!
Forest Grove is just a hop and a skip away from Portland, and it’s the perfect place to get married outside the hustle and bustle of the city, while still being so close. The Grand Lodge at McMenamins is always such a fun place to attend weddings, and it’s even more fun to photograph weddings there. From the unique guestrooms, to the fun decorated hallways, you can be sure there will be plenty of opportunities to have fun with your wedding day pictures. And not to worry, there’s plenty of places around to get those formal wedding portraits also. And fall weddings are especially beautiful – all those colors will really set the stage for gorgeous portraits. I think that’s why I really enjoy shooting weddings here.
To see more of Ami and Kirk’s wedding at the McMenamins Grand Lodge, please follow this link.
To see more of my work, please check out Portland Wedding and Portrait Photographer Evrim Icoz.
Picking a location for your engagement session is likely one of the first things that you and your photographer will do with each other once you’ve solidified yourselves as an official team. I imagine that each photographer approaches this differently, but I have a feeling many of these interactions start the same way: with the inevitable question,“Do you have any favorite locations for shooting engagement sessions?”
The reality? I have been to so many wonderful locations that are full of promise and possibility. Locations that inspired me to try new things – some of which turned into amazing works of art that I feel excited to look at over and over again. Unfortunately, the second (or third, or fourth) time is never the same. You know that old saying, “familiarity breeds contempt?” We’re wired for novelty – all of us. Photographers are just like everyone else – we find new places and experiences inspiring and enlivening. They help us to see the world in new ways instead of getting caught in the “tried and true” rut.
So, instead of answering this question with a list of the places that have worked well for me in the past, I help my clients start brainstorming the type of place they’d like to do their engagement photos. Are they interested in a natural or an urban setting? Would they like water or trees? Do they have any locations that are special to their relationship, or is there a place that they’ve always wanted to go but have never gotten around to it?
From there, we try to work around my own personal preferences for on-location shooting: somewhere that’s not too crowded, with fairly clean light, that allows for a variety of different scenes all within a fairly reasonable walking distance from each other. Bonus points if there are opportunities for stellar landscape shots. Even more bonus points if I haven’t shot there in over a year.
Don’t get caught up in the touristy part of it. Sometimes, the simple locations are the best. The image above could have been shot in any dry grassy field in almost any state in the country. What matters most is that the couple is happy and comfortable, and that the moment is genuine.
I know that there’s a misconception that a photographer has to have experience shooting in a particular location in order to shoot it well. Well this year, I implore you to throw that belief out the window and, instead, say to your photographer, “For our engagement session, let’s go somewhere you’ve never been before!”