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Wedding at Peninsula Park Rose Garden

Even though we love the colors of fall, we are basking in memories of late summer with this wedding at the Peninsula Park Rose Garden in North Portland. Viktoria and Alex chose to have their ceremony in the neighborhood where they live and we love that they kept it local and were able to celebrate their wedding day in a place with a personal connection to them. In fact, meaningful location selection was integrated into the whole day as the reception was held a local joint called Bad Habit, where it just so happens that this couple had one of their first dates.

Viktoria and her wedding party put the finishing touches on the looks of the day at Shipwreck, which turned out to have an attic nook that was perfect for pre-wedding pictures! It was a great opportunity to get some pictures of Viktoria’s intricate and elegant beaded dress and capture the moment in which Viktoria’s mother first saw her in her gown.

After the wedding party was ready to go, it was time to walk over to the park where the ceremony would be held and we weren’t disappointed by the beautiful late summer light on the way. It was tons of fun to be able to shoot the couple exchanging their vows in the natural light surrounded by their closest friends and family (plus their cute little one!) under the park gazebo. We were definitely able to get our steps in during this active wedding as the entire party walked from the park to the reception venue together. It was during this walking that we were able to get some fun, casual, celebratory photographs that show off the walking wedding “parade.”

This wedding may have been intimate but it was evident that the couple was surrounded by a lovely and lively group of friends as they danced and celebrated the night away.

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Wedding at Saratoga Foothill Club

Delicate lace, bold and vibrant bouquets of flowers, a touch of tradition and a bit of surprise; these elements were beautifully woven together to create Maren and Marcos’ stunning wedding at the Saratoga Foothill Club.

We knew we were in for a treat with this wedding as we had the pleasure to also shoot engagement photos for the couple at Big Basin State Park. This was one of those shoots that didn’t feel like work, as it was easy to capture candid moments of Maren and Marcos having fun together. The resulting photos truly reflect the love radiating between this couple.

On the big day Maren and Marcos treated their guests to a movie montage of dance scenes, which was inspiring to those of us that are less inclined to cut a rug on the dance floor. Another unexpected delight was a Mariachi band, which was especially meaningful as Mariachi’s also performed at Maren’s mother’s wedding.

The fun atmosphere was punctuated by gorgeous centerpieces featuring a deep burgundy, gold and emerald green color scheme surrounded by fragrant pines, perfect for an early winter wedding. We would also be lying if we didn’t mention that a selection of mini pies wasn’t also a highlight for guests and photographers alike.

It was incredibly fun to use the natural light streaming in through the large windows to capture this beautiful wedding at the Saratoga Foothill Club. The long tables of rich, weathered wood created a gorgeous backdrop for the array of handmade desserts and beautifully curated decorations.

We are very happy to have been a part of Maren and Marcos’ big day. It was a day filled with loving family, rich traditions, and tasty food, but most of all it was a pleasure to capture this moment for a fun couple whose love for each other radiates in every photo.

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WeddingsChris Brodell
Redwood Grove Wedding at Roberts Recreation Area

Ask anyone about the greatest day of their life and you're very likely to hear of a milestone event. Graduating from college, marrying the love of their life, or having their first baby are all once-in-a-lifetime experiences that eventually become fond memories. Milestones such as these become even more special when they're intertwined with cherished traditions and sentiments that are unique to our own story. 

Joanna and Katie recently celebrated one of the greatest days of their lives when they were married in the redwood grove at Roberts Recreation Area in the Oakland Hills. Surrounded by their closest family, friends, and loved ones they exchanged vows beneath the gorgeous redwood trees. There was no shortage of beautiful floral arrangements, adorable signs, and fun games at this wedding, but the sweetest part were the tender moments and beloved traditions that these two will carry with them throughout their life.

Their first look began with Jo and Katie reading heartfelt letters they had written each other. Back to back, and smiling ear to ear, the joy was written all over their faces. The love between them was tangible and such an honor to capture. After the ceremony, we headed down the road for the reception at the Sequoia Lodge. There was a lot of effort put into detail, and they even coordinated a flash dance to Fleetwood Mac with their wedding party. This group sure knew how to have a good time! But the detail that most stood out was lying on a table in their own version of a guest book.

Following family tradition, Joanna's grandmother made a tablecloth for their loved ones to sign. All loving sentiments will be embroidered by her Grandma Bev, and the tablecloth will be brought to important events and holidays for years to come. Jo and Katie's special day went off without a hitch, and will undoubtedly be a day they consider one of the best of their lives. The decorations and details were impeccable, but the sentimental aspects are surely the ones they'll look back on with the warmest of memories. Great times with loved ones, sweet feelings summarized in writing, and a piece of cloth that is irreplaceable to carry with them for a lifetime. 

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

WeddingsBecca Ellis
Bay Area Backyard Wedding

When Carey and Chanee contacted us about photographing their Bay Area backyard wedding, our ears instantly perked up. We love shooting weddings that are unique and personal to our couples and a small backyard wedding with family and friends was right up our alley. Following a quick ceremony, we took the couple to a nearby park for some portraits and even shot some on their beautiful tree lined street. We got them back to their reception just in time for some yummy BBQ and some fun dancing. Small and intimate events like this are one of our favorite types of events to cover and we really appreciate this couple letting us be part of theirs. We wish this couple all the best in their future together!

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

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Wedding at Rancho Soquel

Working with Kate and Brody during their engagement session in Santa Cruz gave us some insight into how fun it would be to work with them on their wedding at Rancho Soquel. These guys were wonderfully laid back and made sure that having fun with their friends and family stayed at the top of their list all day long. We started the day by shooting some getting ready and capturing some details before the ceremony got started. We loved the layout of the property and we were excited to get the event going so we could begin shooting all the handsome guests around the venue. The ceremony was short and sweet and the day just rolled on by. Dinner was delicious and we loved the speeches; so much fun! Light treated us very nicely as day made it's way into evening and we were able to shoot some nice portraits of our couple. Lastly some getting down and funky on the outdoor patio dance floor before we bid the couple farewell.

Cheers,

Chris and Christian

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Groom greeting wedding guests at Rancho Soquel
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Rancho Soquel dance floor
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