Family Portraits on the Spur of the Moment

This sweet family got together in Portland to visit their family who had recently moved here. They called us up asked if we could take some family portraits that weekend.  Of course we said Yes!

They were so kind, happy and grateful to be together, and happy to have a chance to take family portraits. And Peninsula Park in Northeast Portland was a beautiful place to take family photos, with a lot of blooming roses, their beautiful fountain and well-loved lawn. The youngsters didn’t exactly know what to think of family portraits, but they put on their happy faces and ended up snuggling up and showing off their cuteness, stealing our hearts forever. It’s amazing when such young personalities shine so bright!

brother and sister being sweet during family portraits at peninsula park in portland oregon

These two siblings stole our hearts!

the whole family together for their family portraits at peninsula park in portland oregon

If you’d like to book a family portrait session in Portland, contact us today!

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the whole family for portraits in portland oregon

As parents, we want to remember every little moment of our children’s lives; we want to freeze time.  But our kids grow so quickly, and we can’t rewind the clock. That’s why our mission is to do the next best thing…to freeze time, to capture the stages of a family’s life through beautiful family portrait photography.  

We really enjoyed photographing the Miles family portraits in our Northwest Portland photo studio.  We’ve taken their family portrait photos before, and it’s fun to see how people–especially the little people–grow and change.  And it’s even more fun when everyone gets goofy–there was a lot of laughter during our portrait session together in the studio!

fun in the studio for family portraits in portland oregon

We got goofy — it wasn’t difficult convincing this family to have fun!

If you’d like to book a family portrait photo session in Portland, contact us today!

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A Portrait Adventure In The Gorge

Heather and Joseph visited Oregon for their honeymoon. They brought their fancy clothes, brand-new coats, and a flower crown that their florist made especially for travel. After our hair and makeup artist prepared Heather at their AirBnB, we drove out to the Gorge.   We arrived at Crown Point on a blustery day, but we laughed and made the best of it – we even took breaks to warm up in the car. These two were such great sports, and laughed the whole time! Once we got to Latourell Falls the wind lessened and we were grateful for it. 

Thank you, Heather and Joseph, for letting us be apart of your new adventure. May you continue to laugh your way through it! 

If you’d like to book a portrait session, contact us today!

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We are excited to announce that Top-Rated Local has awarded us their top Portland photographer award for 2018!

They recently interviewed us for the award, and here’s what they had to say about FritzPhoto:

From wedding and portrait photography to commercial and editorial photography, Fritz Photo is the photographer to turn to in Portland for all of your needs.

Fritz Photo has received more than 100 reviews from four verified sites with an average rating of 4.96 stars, earning them a wonderful Rating Score™ of 98.62 and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for ranking among the top 10 photographers in all of Oregon!

Here’s just one of their many five-star reviews.

“I was pleasantly surprised and was lucky to find a top-notch photographer by searching the web. Our senior pictures were outstanding, and there were plenty to choose from. The location in Portland gave us plenty of nice backdrops for our photos. Thank you, Fritz Photo, for doing a great job! We will recommend you.” – J.J.M.


Article about portland photographer FritzPhoto


When asked why he does what he does and how he works to make the world a better place, he had this to share:

“I started, actually, as an artist. Creating beautiful things gives me a lot of pleasure, and I apply that to my commercial work as well. Whether I’m working for a hospital, a family or a high school senior, I just enjoy creating beautiful images for people. That’s the primary focus, but also, I love the pleasure of rising to a challenge. There’s a technical and aesthetic challenge to this job that keeps it interesting for me.”

In the article, I share some of my philosophy on running a small business, and what keeps me engaged in my work as an artist and photographer in Portland.  You can read the article here:

Whether you need a great photographer for your wedding, for senior pictures or to advertise your business, we highly recommend Fritz Photo. Visit their website today!

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We recently had the privilege of photographing Elena and Peter’s proposal (she said yes!), and engagement portraits.  Peter proposed at Pittock Mansion, and then we took beautiful portraits of the two of them in downtown Portland.  We asked them a few questions about their story….

How did you meet?

We met in Sydney, Australia, in September 2014. Elena walked into my life while she was working a door-to-door sales job during her working holiday in Australia. She approached me as I was standing in the driveway of my home in Maroubra. We connected immediately and our conversation soon moved past her sales pitch as we found a number of mutual interests throughout our initial interaction. We began dating the following weekend and our bond has been strengthening ever since.

What was most surprising about your proposal? Did you anticipate it?

As a rather practical couple, it was difficult for me to surprise Elena with this proposal. We had already mapped out the next ten years of our life together so we both knew this event was inevitable. The fact that we were only together for a few weeks every six months, while we were living in separate continents, made it even more predictable. I tried to throw her off by hinting that I was taking her out to dinner that evening and then proposing at Pittock Mansion in the afternoon but she was always anticipating the moment.

Were you nervous to ask?

I wasn’t nervous about asking but I wanted everything to go smoothly. Rain was predicted on the day so that was a little worrying. I had organised everything – the ring, the photographer, the venue, and the dinner afterwards – by phone or email from Australia, so I couldn’t be completely in control of the variables.


Do you have any wedding plans, ideas or a date set?

Elena returned to Australia in late January this year. We will be getting married in my home town, Adelaide, in the first week of October 2019. This will be just over five years since we realised that we had found something truly special in one another, during our first few weeks together in 2014. The wedding will be held in the ballroom of another historic mansion, Ayers House, and will be followed by an afternoon tea reception with our family and friends from Australia and the US.

What are you most looking forward to about your future together?

Elena and I couldn’t be more excited for our future together! We are keen to return to Sydney and begin building a life for ourselves there. Elena will study accounting and finance as I finish my business degree and we have big plans for our careers together. We also have two boys names and two girls names ready for the 3-4 children we hope to raise together. We can’t wait to meet them!

If you’d like to book an engagement portrait photography session, or proposal photography, contact us today!

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Stefan asked Dani to marry him on a foggy afternoon at Pittock Mansion. After asking him if he was lying, she said “YES!”

Then we went into the forest for some beautiful portraits of the newly engaged couple. 

How did you meet?

Dani –     We knew each other through mutual friends in Tucson but we didn’t start talking/hanging out until we “matched” online. We dated unofficially for a few months until Stefan moved to Oregon. A couple months after Stefan moved to Oregon he asked me to fly out to visit and I did, that’s when he asked me to be his girlfriend. Of course I said yes and decided to follow him from AZ to Oregon.

What was most surprising about your proposal?

Dani –     I guess I was most surprised that it happened! We went to Oregon to celebrate Stefan’s birthday so I was definitely not expecting it! Stefan was extremely romantic and put so much thought into the entire process. Not only did he secretly arrange the photographer, but he knows I love Oregon and planned a beautiful outdoor proposal at Pittock Mansion. Afterwards he arranged a romantic post-engagement dinner at a restaurant where we had an amazing view of Portland. Stefan was so good at planning that he even made sure I had my hair & nails done without me realizing! It was perfect.  

Did you anticipate it?

Dani –     I had no idea it was going to happen! I was so surprised that my first reaction was telling him “no you’re not.”

Were you nervous to ask?

Stefan – I didn’t think I was nervous to ask until it really came down to the wire. I remember walking and going over what I was actually going to say in my head. I didn’t want my nerves to take over so I told myself I would speak from the heart and say whatever was on my mind. I was honestly more excited to see her reaction than anything. Also, knowing that I was going to make her happy was the best part!

Do you have any wedding plans, ideas or a date set?

We’re planning an intimate wedding with close friends and family. More of an elopement type ceremony with a bigger reception to celebrate

What are you most looking forward to about your future together?

Dani –     Watching each other achieve our goals and celebrate accomplishments together. I know that may sound corny BUT I just have so much fun with Stefan that I’m excited to continue conquering life with him!

Stefan – I can’t wait to start a family together and all my experiences with her. I’ve never found anyone else that understands me the way she does. She knows who I really am and is with me through every crazy up and down. She has been the most AMAZING mother to my son, so I know she will make a wonderful mother to our future child!


Planning to propose to that special someone?  Call us! We are experienced (and sneaky!) proposal photographer pros in Oregon.  We’ll capture it all, and create some beautiful engagement portraits for you while we’re at it!

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The Crystal Cover, with a photo on the front and leatherette or leather wrapped around the end and back.

Wedding Photography and Portrait Photography Albums

Here at FritzPhoto, we love creating books for our customers.  And our customers love our books!  Whether for portrait photography or wedding photographs, one of our custom-made books, filled with your wedding or portrait photographs, is something you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.  Since every book is custom  made, you can select from dozens of options for the cover, including the Crystal Cover, Photo Inset, Wood Cover, or the Photo Wrap Cover.

The Photo Inset cover option. 

The Photo Wrap Cover, with a photo on front, and leatherette (or leather) wrapped around the spine and back.

The Wood Cover, with your image printed over natural wood. Leatherette or Leather wraps the bookend and back.

The Metal Cover, with your image printed over metal. Leatherette or Leather wraps the bookend and back.


Real Photographic Paper

All of our albums are printed on real photographic paper, which creates the perfect print of your images.  They are vibrant and flawless, and the pages are coated to resist fingerprints.  The books are library bound, and designed to lay flat when opened.


Album Cover Material Options

Our albums have many cover configuration options. Leatherette is a standard included option; Genuine Leather is an upgrade.  You can select from the following materials and colors:

Genuine Leather Covers

Leatherette Covers



With so many options for your wedding or portrait album, we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. We’re looking forward to creating memories that will last a lifetime for you!

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Adam’s Proposal at Multnomah Falls: She Said ‘Yes’!

Adam proposed to Stacey at Multnomah Falls this winter, and she said “YES!” We asked them to tell us a bit about how they got together and details about the proposal. 

Stacey: We met in high school. I think he had a crush on me for a few months, and I ended up coming around after realizing I was jealous when I saw him at Homecoming with a mutual friend. We’ve stayed together through the end of high school, college, Adam’s medical school, and beyond!

Getting Stacey to where the Proposal Photographer was waiting…

Adam: The most surprising part of the proposal was how hard it was to get Stacey to the designated spot where we were meeting the photographer! She had to stop at Multnomah Falls Lodge to do some detailed planning of our hikes with the nice woman at the information desk.  At this point, we were already late and Stacey didn’t understand why I was rushing her!

Stacey: I was expecting the proposal on this vacation. We have been doing distance, and we had been planning a trip to Portland for awhile, so it made sense. 

Adam: I was nervous to ask!  My hands were shaking when I tried to put the ring on Stacey.  I thought about proposing on the bridge at Multnomah Falls, but I wanted the ring to be securely on Stacey’s finger before venturing up there.  I ended up deciding to propose on the lower viewing platform (much safer).

When are you getting married?

Stacey: We will get married in our hometown on Memorial Day weekend in 2020.

What are you most looking forward to in your life together?

Stacey: What am I most looking forward to? Everything.

Planning to propose to that special someone?  Call us! We are experienced (and sneaky!) proposal photographer pros in Oregon.  We’ll capture it all, and create some beautiful engagement portraits for you while we’re at it!

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Erin and Bill had an absolutely stunning and amazingly fun wedding at Mt. View Orchards this last summer. We asked this happy couple to tell us a few details about their wedding and this is what they said: 

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

Impossible to answer. . . There were just too many treasured moments that I replay over and over. It’s SO hard to choose just one.  

A few highlights, though. . .

– The glorious moment when the smoke and clouds cleared 1 hour before the ceremony was scheduled to start, and a halo cloud unwrapped the tip of Mt. Hood, foreshadowing what was going to be the happiest day of our lives.
– Watching all of the guests pile off of the Shanghai bus with cans of beer in hand and huge smiles on their faces, having ridden through the picturesque winding Parkdale roads, jammin to Reggae. The steady stream of people entering the wedding site from the bus seemed to punctuate the true start to the wedding festivities. 
– Our adorable toddler niece, Hazel, in the role of Flower Girl so carefully dropping the petals on the lawn while being coaxed down the aisle by a box of raisins. 
– Our cute one-year old Ring Bearer nephew, Logan, charming all the guests as he made his grand entrance down the aisle in his Radio Flyer wagon. 
– The epic dance party and keg-stands that ensued on the Shanghai bus en route from the orchard back to the Hood River Hotel, the perfect intro to the wild late-night dance party that was to come.
– Fritz photo-bombing our photo booth (discovered one week post-wedding)— that was so rad!
– The strip-tease panda that made it’s way to the dance floor (having lost a bet at the photo booth)
– The late night snack (greasy Dominoes pizza) arriving at 10 PM, just in time to satiate all the tipsy party guests
– Witnessing the father of the groom bust some serious dance moves at the after-party

Can you share a memorable story about an important person at the wedding?

The specialness of having my brother, Eric, the brightest and most remarkable speaker I’ve ever known, officiating the ceremony with such grace, reverence, and style is something I struggle putting into words. Not to mention, he absolutely OWNED the dance floor for like 6 hours straight. Eric, you are my hero!

Also, the mothers of the bride were among the very first to hop onto the dance floor and among the very last to depart. Friends are still commenting about how fun, energetic, and party-worthy our Mamas are. Those are some serious bragging rights, Linda and Jennifer! 

Was there something that made you cry at your wedding?

– Listening to my mother offer a heartfelt prayer to Bill and me during the ceremony. 
– The surreal and visceral moment when we exchanged vows, sun on our faces, breeze in our hair, nerves melting away, seeing nothing but the beautiful soul in front of us, and gently reminding us of the real reason all of our closest friends and family were gathered with us that day. 
– The father/daughter, mother/son dance. . . The tears in my father’s eyes, and the tender, proud look on his face when he realized it was my voice on the recording of “Blackbird” 

Was there something that made you laugh?

-There was hard cider and beer served before the ceremony, which my father of course, indulged in a bit, along with everyone else who was starting the celebration in honorable fashion. Right as the processional started, as my father took my arm in his, in preparation to proudly walk me down the aisle, he looked at me and said. . . “You look beautiful, son.” And then immediately rolled his eyes as we both erupted in belly laughs. “Oh my gawwwwd, you know what I mean.” We both were thinking, where in the heck did that come from?? Nerves? Booze? Combo? This was entirely out of character, because anyone who knows my father knows that he is notorious for eloquently and passionately expressing sentiments that can bring tears to even the most stoic. So, it turned out to be a welcomed distraction from any nervous tension, and probably saved me from a sloppy, mascara-smeared, snot-flying procession down the aisle.  

What were your favorite wedding decoration details?

– Would the butterflies (our “spirit insect”) that were released at the end of the ceremony fit in this category? They majestically fluttered around, lingering much longer than any of us had anticipated . . . Perhaps a message of their approval of our matrimony.

– The flowers and the signs were, of course, the winning decorations. Hands down. However, our family’s adorable black Labradors, Bubba and Jethro, donning festive bow-ties, were quite the spectacle and such a special addition.

Where did you find your wedding attire?

Bill had an unbelievable experience getting his suit at Michael Allen’s in downtown Portland. There’s actually quite a wild story about that. . . after being fitted, a thief attempted to make a getaway with an expensive pant-suit. Bill chased him down the street, tackled him from behind, and retrieved the suit in its entirety. The owner, Michael, was so thankful, he graciously offered Bill a top-line tie, which Bill rightfully added to his wedding attire for the big day.
Ahhhhh, the dreaded wedding dress shopping. Unlike the stereotypical bride, I wanted nothing to do with the whole debacle of parading all my girlfriends from store to store to critique each and every dress. I decided that (1) shopping by myself was WAY more my pace, and (2) a previously-owned dress fit more into the framework of my overall wedding vision. After researching, I decided to start my journey at Brides for a Cause. Would you believe that my “dream dress” was the second dress that I tried on?!  It fit almost perfectly, but needed a few alterations. The very skilled, Julia, at Silouette made all the finishing touches. And during my first fitting at Silouette, I was immediately drawn to some jewelry that was displayed at her shop. The super talented local jeweler, Alex Van Pelt, happened to drop by while I was there, and she jotted down some design notes for some elegant, timeless, custom-made jewelry to go with my dream dress. It all came together perfectly. 


Is there anything else that you’d like to share?  

Fritz Photography is THE BEST! 


the newly married couple at their wedding at mt view orchards in oregon in a sea of sunflowers

The happy couple in a sea of sunflowers at their gorgeous Mt. View Orchards wedding

beautiful view from a summertime wedding at mt view orchards in oregon

Having so much fun during their ceremony!

the stunning view from a summertime wedding in oregon


The view was absolutely stunning!

Photo of Bride and groom in field at Mt View Orchards

The fields at Mt View Orchards were just perfect for sunset wedding photos of the bride and groom!

father daughter dance had everyone tearing up at this mt view orchards wedding in oregon


The father/daughter dance had everyone in the room tearing up.

stunning diy cupcakes at a summertime wedding

Stunning DIY cupcakes from friends / family.

List of Wedding Vendors We Used at Mt. View Orchards:

Pop, Fizz, Clink Events – wedding coordinator 
Perfect Pour – bartenders 
Shanghai Bus – transported guests between the Hood River Hotel and the Mt. View Orchards
Koi Fusion Food Truck – casual dinner/reception 
Hood River Hotel – after-party at the downstairs banquet hall
Katya Lapierre – bride’s makeup
Esther Puckett- bride’s hair 
Flowers by Linda Righter – Mother of the Groom (designed by her and grown in her own yard)
Signs by Cassie Righter – Sister-in-law
Cupcakes by Laura Poggiali (best friend of the bride) and Adrienne Righter (sister-in-law)
The Weed – supplied by Thurman Street Collective– from owner, Bobby Wald
Fritz Photo – Wedding Photographer
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A proposal in the gorge is one of our favorite proposal locations!

Justin contacted us as he was planning to propose to his girlfriend, and he had Latourell Falls in mind. They were visiting from out of town, but with a few exchanges the plans were made. He and Laura would go on a hike and once they reached the waterfall he would propose. It went perfectly, and she said “YES!”

What was also amazing is that Laurie, our photographer, and the newly engaged couple are all from the same suburb of Dallas, TX. They could not believe it! What are the odds? 

Justin had Laura’s ring custom-made and it was absolutely stunning. She is really into archaeology, and he had dinosaur bones put on either side of the stone. It was so thoughtful, and so obvious how perfect the two of them are for one another. 

newly engaged couple enjoying the waterfall at latourell falls in oregon at their proposal

The happy couple admiring the waterfall at Latourell Falls.

laughing at engagement photo shoot at latourell falls in oregon

We had a lot of laughs during this engagement photo shoot!

custom-made engagement ring at the latourell falls proposal in oregon

The stunning custom-made engagement ring that Justin surprised Laura.

We love photographing proposals!

Are you planning a proposal or engagement in or around Portland, OR area? If so, we’d be honored to photograph it. Contact us today

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Krysta and Sean had an amazing wedding day at Ainsworth House and Garden. They were so happy and gracious, and it was a complete honor to be apart of their wonderful day. We asked the couple a few questions to help tell the story of their day. 

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

It’s hard to pick a favorite moment. There were so many! I guess I would have to say the first look. It was very touching seeing Sean’s reaction when he saw me for the first time that day. We both welled up. 


Can you share a memorable story about an important person at the wedding?

During the ceremony Kevin Yell talked about telling the people we love why we love them. My best friend from college was able to come to the wedding and we got to share why we love each other. It was a very special and enlightening  experience. 


Was there something that made you cry at your wedding?

Oh my gosh! I cried so much! My sister’s maid-of-honor speech caught me off guard. I cried so hard, it was perfect. Then the best man’s wife sat and drew a portrait of me during dinner and most of the dancing. I had no idea. It blew me away when she showed me. We cried and the whole wedding party came over and covered us in a group hug. 


Was there something that made you laugh?

There isn’t one particular moment that stands out to me but I did have a giant grin on my face the entire evening, apart from when I was crying. I had a lot of fun. The photographer did catch a great photo of me laughing really hard with one of my good friends. I just wish I could remember what she said that made me laugh so hard. 


What were your favorite wedding decoration details?

I think my favorite decoration idea were the mini terrariums that lined the aisle and then sat on the tables after the ceremony. I had a lot of fun making them with my mom and my sister and they came out really nice. 


Where did you find your wedding attire?

I found my dress at The Bridal Gallery in Salem. It was a perfect fit! I just needed it shortened and had the beading added. The rest of my pieces I found online. 


Is there anything else that you’d like to share?

I was so pleased with the photos when I saw them. Our photographer caught some really great moments and candid shots that I would have missed otherwise. So I want to thank her for that. 

the first look at their wedding in portland oregon at ainsoworth house and garden was so sweet

The first look was the bride’s favorite moment of the day. It’s a really tender, sweet moment that couples get to share together.

the bride at ainsworth house in her beautiful gown from the bridal gallery in salem oregon

The bride looking stunning in her dress from The Bridal Gallery in Salem, Oregon.

kevin yell officiates a wedding at ainsworth house in portland oregon where we got to be wedding photographers

Officiant, Kevin Yell, “talked about telling the people we love why we love them.”

the wedding party at ainsworth house and garden in portland oregon

The wedding party looking good at Ainsworth House and Garden!

the speeches were some of the happy couple

Some of the happy couple’s favorite moments of their wedding day were the speeches. They laughed, they cried, it was perfect!

Can you give us a list of vendors?

As far as vendors go I had Art de Cuisine cater. They had so many great options it was easy for my husband and I to, not only agree on things we liked, but also find things to fit our guests’ needs. We then went with SW Cakes for our cake and cupcake tower. And of course the wedding photography was done by FritzPhoto

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Elizabeth and Jon had a beautiful union at St. Ignatius followed by the reception at Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. With the help of their families they incorporated a lot of unique DIY touches to make it extra special. It was such an honor to be apart of their day, and we asked them a few questions to tell the story of their wedding. 

What was your favorite moment of your wedding?

We were most excited to share our faith and what God has done in bringing us together; a real miracle. Each of our respective families have said over and over what a “miracle” and “answer to prayer” we each are for each other and our families.

Jon’s Uncle Fr. Rick Ganz, SJ, Jon’s cousin Fr. Brad Hagelin, and Elizabeth’s Auntie Anne Buck presided over the ceremony; Elizabeth’s pastor from Portland Dr. A.J. Swoboda and her college pastor from Corvallis Rev. Matt Mills did the Prayers of the Faithful. Bishop Peter Smith was also present at the altar. We are still overwhelmed and honored that these 6 people, whom we have personal relationships with, married us. It was truly remarkable, and such a blessing!

Can you share a memorable story about an important person at the wedding?

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather Forbes Williams arrived early. He is nearly 96, and one of the best men in the world (WW2 Vet, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Portland State, and most importantly, an outstanding husband, father, and man of faith).

When he arrived, we were at a “pause” with photos, and Elizabeth and her Mom were able to put his boutonniere on, and Jon and Elizabeth got pictures with him. Elizabeth and her Papa then sat in the front pews, and Elizabeth showed him her ‘mientras’ tattoo (she got this tattoo a few years ago on her wrist, in her Papa’s handwriting; mientras means “meanwhile” in Spanish). When she first showed it to him after she got it, he said “now I’m always with you.” Jennifer got pictures of Elizabeth’s tattoo over his hand, the two of them holding hands, and Elizabeth showing him her grandmother’s name in the program (including the details about her veil). Fritz and Jennifer got some absolutely amazing photos of each and every one of these moments of Elizabeth and her grandfather. These photos are truly priceless, and she will treasure them forever.

Fun Fact: Right after we got engaged at the Rose Garden, we went to her Papa’s house! He was the first one we got to see in person and celebrate with! (Fritz also took our engagement pictures at the Rose Garden. Elizabeth was the 2007 Rose Festival Queen, and for the proposal, Jon convinced her to go to the Rose Garden so he could “see her plaque.” Once in front of her plaque, he proposed!)

Jon also had a bracelet made that said “siempre” (meaning “always”) to go with her “mientras” tattoo. He gave it to her at their first look, and she hasn’t taken it off since.

Was there something that made you cry at your wedding?

Several things did! Walking down the aisle with my parents, seeing Jon for the first time, dancing with my Dad…My Auntie Anne came to the girl’s dressing room before the ceremony, and all of the girls, my Mom, and my Auntie laid their hands on me, and prayed for Jon and I.

Was there something that made you laugh?

We had Jon’s 7 nieces and nephews (the children of 2 of the bridesmaids) and Elizabeth’s Goddaughter and her 2 sisters (the children of another bridesmaid) as our little attendants. They were SO darling in their outfits, and we laughed throughout the day every time we saw them. They were SO excited to dress up and be in the wedding; and they danced their feet off!

beautiful handmade family pendants to hang from diy bouquet at their wedding at st Ignatius church in portland oregon

The bride made pendants of photos of her grandparent’s wedding, her parent’s wedding, and a photo of her and the groom to hang from her bouquet.

What were your favorite wedding decoration details?

I (Elizabeth) made little pendants of a photo with each bridesmaid, to hang from each bridesmaid’s bouquet. I also made pendants of photos of my grandparent’s wedding, my parent’s wedding, and a picture of Jon and I to hang from my bouquet, I gave the best man one of Jon and I to give to him that morning, I gave one to my Mom, one to my Auntie Anne, and one to my Dad.

We also had Elizabeth’s cousin Stephanie make the beautiful wedding cake. The tablecloth was her great Aunt Mary’s, and the cake was surrounded by 4 photos of each of the weddings of Elizabeth’s parents, Jon’s parents, Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents, and Jon’s maternal grandparents. The wedding topper said “Mr. and Mrs. At Last” and our wedding song was “At Last.”

We had coloring pictures made of us, and the kids got to decorate them at the kid’s activity table.

We had large wooden J & E letters made as our “guestbook,” Elizabeth’s Dad stained them, and then the guests signed them. They are now hanging in the entryway of our home!

We wrote love letters to each other before the wedding day, and gave them to Elizabeth’s Mom. She then put them in frames, and they were put at our dinner table. We each saw each other’s letter for the first time at the reception! It was so fun to read them in the moment! (Fritz, of course, captured that moment, too).

Elizabeth and her Mom sewed all of the napkins for the reception, and guests took them home as party favors.

Elizabeth’s family has a tradition of doing all of the flowers for the grandchildrens’ weddings a few days before the wedding. Her paternal grandmother Joyce Arntson is an excellent florist, and one of her gifts is paying for the flowers. We had friends and family come over the Thursday before the wedding, and make 30+ centerpieces, almost 30 boutonnieres, more than 20 corsages, 10 bridesmaids bouquets, and 6 nosegays for the flower girls. Elizabeth made her own bouquet and Jon’s boutonniere. Jon and Elizabeth took the centerpieces to Good Samaritan Hospital the next morning and donated them.

We had a sign that said, “Welcome to our Wedding – Elizabeth & Jon” at the church, and had someone take it to the reception and write “French” on the bottom once we were married. It was then on display at the Sentinel.

Elizabeth’s sister-in-law Hannah gifted a name board to her and Jon (Hannah and Elizabeth went to a business and got them to design a board, which she then made with Hannah; Elizabeth chose it to have a monogram F, followed with “The French Family, established 10-06-2018.”) We displayed this at the reception, as well as the words to one of the hymns we sang at the wedding (How Great Thou Art), the words to another hymn sung at our wedding (Amazing Grace), and the words to the one of the Bible verses read at the wedding (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).

We had 3 double-sided frames at each table; one side had a photo of Elizabeth and Jon, and the other side had our dinner menu.

The basket we used for cards from guests was given to us by Elizabeth’s Aunt Beth, who always gives a picnic basket filled with picnic items to each bride in the family.

the beautiful bride and groom at their wedding at St Ignatius church in Portland Oregon

The stunning couple at St Ignatius Church.

bride showing her grandfather her tattoo at St Ignatius church in portland

The bride showing her 96 year old grandfather her ‘mientras’ (“meanwhile” in Spanish) tattoo in his handwriting.

diy sewn napkins for a wedding at st ignatius church in portland oregon sewn by the bride and her mother that also served as souvenirs

These beautiful napkins were sewn by the bride and her mother. They were also souvenirs for guests to take home.

the bride and groom show off their love letters at their wedding in portland oregon at st Ignatius church

Love letters the bride and groom wrote each other to be read for the first time at their wedding. Such a sweet exchange!

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We had the biggest dance party of all time.


Where did you find your wedding attire?

Dress: David’s Bridal (“something new”)

Groom and Groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaid dresses: Etsy

Veil: Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother made the veil for her mother’s wedding (“something borrowed”)

Handkerchief Elizabeth held with her during the wedding: A napkin from Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother (“something old”)

Shoes: Tom’s shoes (Bridesmaids signed one shoe in blue, groomsmen signed other shoe in blue) (“something blue”)

Bride’s Hair: Claire Ryan (Matron of Honor)

Bride’s Makeup: Bride

Earrings+bracelets (bride+bridesmaids): Amazon!


Church: St Ignatius

Reception: Sentinel/Jake’s catering

D.J.: Anthony Wedin (A Sound Choice Entertainment)

Photographer: FritzPhoto

Flowers: Costco (Elizabeth’s friends and family arranged)

Cake: Stephanie Williams

Sheet Cakes: Lamb’s Thriftway Garden Home Market Place

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