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Emily and Josh’s wedding took place at the beautiful Abernethy Center in Oregon City. Their ceremony was particularly touching because the newlyweds decided to incorporate Emily’s daughter into the ceremony by having her join them on stage for a symbolic sand pouring, after which the three of them came together in a warm hug. It was such a tender moment, and I could sense the ever-growing love between the three of them. There were definitely tears in the audience. I always enjoy it when I see couples include their children in their ceremonies because I sense that it really solidifies their family bond. After the ceremony, Emily and Josh and their daughter descended the church steps as a new family beaming with joy as guests blew bubbles and cheered.

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I was also excited about shooting this event because it was a completely vintage wedding at the Aero Space Museum of Calgary. I wasn’t disappointed… the vintage-styling looked amazing against a backdrop of old antique airplanes!

The morning of the wedding day I hung out with the bride and groom while they were getting ready.  Courtney was completely decked out in vintage wear… from her dress to her headpiece to her pearls to her fur stole.  I loved that her dress highlighted the amazing tattoo artistry across her back!  The ceremony was in the airplane hanger surrounded by old airplanes, while the reception was next door in the museum.  Courtney ran with the vintage travel theme, and decorated the tables with old globes, miniature planes, maps, and suitcases.  Even the flowers were adorned with old keys that she had been collecting from antique stores.  She also did a fabulous job of honoring family members that were no longer with them, and family that had served in the military.  They recognized that their lives and relationship were a culmination of all the family members that went before them.

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We had so much fun during this styled session in partnership with a variety of fabulous vendors.  The bride is wearing a beautiful vintage dress from Adorned in Grace.  Adorned in Grace is a bridal and formalwear shop in the Portland area that sells new and gently used wedding gowns and accessories.  The shop is run by volunteers and all proceeds are used to promote awareness and prevention of sex trafficking as well as restoration for trafficking victims. It is a FABULOUS mission and we couldn’t be happier supporting this organization!

The amazing ladies with The Modern Proper provide food, treats, and cake for us to photograph. Also, special thanks to Kailla Platt Flowers for providing flowers for the cake, bouteneers, and a beautiful bouquet!

We also need to give a “shout out” to Beth Moyer with Bad Ass Make-up who did a fabulous job with the make-up artistry.  And also a big thanks to Pure Elegance by Sarahi Welton who worked some magic on our models’ hair!

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Jesse and Regina met us at a bridal show last fall, and right away we kind of hit it off.  They are both smart and funny, a combination that I click with pretty quickly.  So I was stoked when they booked us to be their wedding photographers.

We got things started off on the right foot with our engagement portrait session at the Jenkins Estate.  (See their engagement portraits here!)  We had a great time photographing, and they loved the photos so much they have several framed on their walls, and one of our handcrafted portrait albums on their coffee table.

The wedding day itself was even better.  It started off with Regina prepping at McMenamins Edgefield, and Jesse getting styled at Dillinger’s Barber Shop on Alberta Street.  A great way to start the day.

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Their wedding was held at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Northeast Portland.  A beautiful space, filled with beautiful music by Regina’s sister and brother in law.

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And then we all headed back to McMenamins Edgefield’s Blackberry Hall for the reception!  We started it off with some portraits on the beautiful grounds, and then headed inside for dinner and dancing.

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And this crowd likes to dance!  With DJ services by Katie of Stumptown DJs, I don’t think the dance floor was every empty.

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Congratulations, Jesse and Regina!

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We’ve known Sam and Bri for a long time.  In fact, they’re some of our favorite people.  So when we found out that they (finally) got engaged, we immediately talked with them about photographing their wedding!  And (for the second time that month) she said Yes.

So it was a real treat to be present for their big day, to watch them say their vows (as another friend performed the ceremony), and to party with them afterward.  Plus, these guys have style.  They did a great job of decorating the Abernethy Center Abigail’s Garden.  And the party in the tent after the ceremony was epic.

Our Photobooth was a real hit with the guests at Bri and Sam’s wedding!

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Congratulations Bri and Sam!  It’s been a long time coming, and we love seeing you so happy together.

Your friends at FritzPhoto

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The Abernethy Center in Oregon City really knows how to create lovely spaces for weddings and wedding photographs.  From their Abernethy Chapel, to the intimate Veiled Garden, to the expansive Abigail’s Garden, to the Abernethy Ballroom, there’s something for everyone.  And as wedding photographers, there’s a lot for us to work with!

So it was a real treat to photograph Cheryl and Keith’s wedding the past fall in the Veiled Garden and Ballroom.  The fall colors were just beginning, and lent the day an extra sense of warmth and richness.  Add to that the beautiful Cheryl, in all her glory as a bride, and it was a magnificent day!

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You can tell these two really like to have fun, as evidenced by the cake cutting/smearing ritual.  Super fun!

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It’s hard to believe I’ve known Alaina since she was … little.  She’s babysat for our family, taken some photography lessons from me, even modeled for a recent photography class I taught.  And now look at her: a beautiful young woman, heading in to her senior year at Grand High School, thinking about a career in the medical field.  Incredible!

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We had a beautiful afternoon photographing her senior portraits at the Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, Oregon.  Beautiful  location, beautiful light, and those beautiful eyes, make for a perfect senior portrait photo session.  Portland Senior Portrait Photographer Black and White
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Congratulations, Alaina, on heading in to your senior year!

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Armando asked if we’d like to photograph him when he proposed to Tara in Cathedral Park, and of course we said yes!

According to ABC News, it’s the new trend, documenting big events like proposals to share on social media, in wedding albums, and more.  And we love it!

What an amazingly special day to be part of.  Thank you Armando for asking us to be your proposal photographer, and for asking Tara to be your wife!

 

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And she didn’t see this coming.

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Joy on his face, and surprise on hers.
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What an absolute delight to get to be there when you proposed, Arvind.  What an honor and a joy.  Thanks for letting us be your proposal photographers, and help you remember this day for the rest of your lives.

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Portland Engagement Portrait PhotographerI really like Jesse and Regina.  A psychologist and yoga instructor respectively, they are thoughtful, intelligent, and a lot of fun.  They laugh easily.  And they really really like each other.  It’s so obvious in the way they communicate, compliment each other, and laugh together.  We had a great time photographing their engagement portraits at Jenkins Estate, in Beaverton, this spring.  I’m so excited to photograph their wedding in just a couple of months….
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Congratulations on your engagement, Regina and Jesse!  We can’t wait to be your wedding photographers!

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When you’re planning your wedding, there’s no question about whether or not you’ll have a wedding photographer there. You know you want every single moment captured forever. But what about your proposal? It’s an equally special and personal moment. While the wedding is often thought of as ‘the most important day ever’, the proposal is actually the one time when it’s just about you two, which makes it even more special.

We know how to be discreet, and to capture that catch-your-breath moment when someone drops down on one knee.  And after your special someone says, “Yes!”, we’ll create some beautiful engagement portraits for you on the spot.

And that’s just what we did for Dio and his girlfriend.  He called us from California, saying they were planning to spend a few days in Portland, and that he wanted to propose.  We said yes!

A lot of planning goes in to proposal photography.  We secretly arranged a location (Hoyt Arboretum) and time, and then it was go time!

As you can see in the photo essay below, she said yes!
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In spite of the May rains, Bryan and Shashima’s wedding, at Bridal Veil Lakes, was an amazing day, filled with lots of laughter.  Bryan and Shashima are both medical students, taking time out of their studies for the weekend to get married.  Shashima’s laughter and Bryan’s gentle charm made for a beautiful day.

Before heading out to Bridal Veil Lakes for their wedding portrait photography, the groomsmen got ready in downtown Portland at The Nines, and the ladies at The Riverplace Hotel.  Then we all drove out to the magnificent wedding venue in the Columbia River Gorge, and took some beautiful photographs.

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Most of the time, couples like to have their wedding portrait photography down before the ceremony, so they can relax and enjoy the cocktail hour and reception without interruption.  So we arrange for a First Look, where the couple gets to see each other in all their wedding glory for the first time.  And Bridal Veil Lake gives us some stunning locations for this beautiful moment:

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It was a misty day when we arrived at the Lakes, but soon it turned to rain.  It was a good thing Shashima and her bridesmaids had brought along some red umbrellas!

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We just have to give a shout-out to Whitney Werts, of Whitney Werts Events, for her awesome work on this wedding.  With the onset of the rain, she was so on the ball: ordering tents and heaters, moving everything indoors, and having a great attitude all the while.  We just loved working with Whitney and Stephanie, and their hard work made the day so much better, in spite of the rain!
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A couple of other wedding vendors made this wedding extra special as well: The Lamb’s Table served up some of the best wedding food we’ve ever had.  And that’s saying something.  So tasty, so gourmet, and so pretty…what a treat.

And the music!  Andrew Serino of John Ross Music didn’t just DJ the day, he played most of the music on-site, live.  It was so beautiful.

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Thank you, Bryan and Shashima, for letting us be your wedding photographers!

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