Our 13 Favorite Wedding Photos of 2013

Continuing on with the 13 of 2013, Today’s post is all about weddings. I love shooting weddings. There is so much to shoot all wrapped into one day. Its action, its emotion, its great light (and lots of bad light too), portraits, still life, weddings have it all. Last year we shot 38 couples tie the knot. This is the hardest category for me to narrow down every year. So many great moments and great events, but here are my favorites from 2013. If you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out our 13 favorite Timbers photos oif 2013 as well!

Starting off with a portrait of Kenny and Jill up at Timberline Lodge in August. I love Timberline. I spend so much time there snowboarding in the winter, its great to get up there and see it in the summer too. In 2013 I shot 5 weddings at the lodge. A few in the snow and a few in the heat. All were great, but this image just after sunset, above the clouds with Mt. Jefferson in the distance is my favorite. I’ve known these two since high school (they were together back then too!) and Jill is like a little sister to me, which makes the image that much better.

This image from Ryan and Jennifer’s wedding at Persimmon Country Club might be my favorite of the year. I just love it. This is right after they said I do and walked back up the aisle. They went around the corner while everyone was leaving and I used a long lens to capture the emotion in Ryan’s face and the joy in Jenn’s. It’s these little moments that I see and am able to capture at a wedding that makes me love them.

You may recognize this fantastic dancer from his day job as the sports anchor for KATU news in Portland. Craig and Kendra had a great event at Holocene. I never knew he had such great moves!

Sometimes, seeing your bride for the first time can bring a man to tears. That is just what happened to Leevan at St. Juan Diego Catholic Church as he saw Liz for the first time in her wedding dress.

You see a lot of noise about “unplugged” weddings and I’ve blogged about how I think you should have a plugged in wedding and this picture is a perfect example of why. The light from this photo is the flash of a person in the audience and it worked out perfectly and turned it into one of my favorites of the year.

You may be wondering why the couple in photo on the left look familiar. Well, you may have seen them on TV. Rider and Alex are actors and have appeared in tons of different shows. Rider played Shawn on “Boy Meets World.” They met on the set of “Pepper Dennis” and got married at Camp Namanu outside of Sandy, OR in the fall. It was a blast to shoot their event at the summer camp and the weather could not have been any better.
On the right, Julia and Miles say I do at The Elysian Ballroom. A great venue with an excellent decor.

Elizabeth and John share a moment in the good light at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Another one of those little moments where the light and everything comes together to make a nice photo.

2013 seemed to be the year of the summer camp. I shot Annie and Bryan at Camp Kiwanilong on the Oregon coast. Another perfect setting and we took advantage of the forest and trails at the camp for some nice portraits.

I love this image because it is both parts “Keep Portland Weird” and “its a small world out there.” Evelyn and Michael wanted to make a few stops around downtown Portland before their ceremony. First up was Powell’s Books, where they ran into American singer and performer Amanda Palmer, who promptly serenaded them with a “Happy Wedding To You!” and all the people standing around joined in the song. The best part about this run in, was that not 20 minutes before this happened, they were talking about a TED talk that Amanda had given and how much they liked her…then BAM, we turn the corner and there she is. Pretty crazy. And cool. It was a fun scene.

I call this one “Reflecting on Marriage.” Get it? Ha! Ok lame joke but I do like the quiet moment here at The Nines.

Ellie and EJ had their reception at the Oregon Historical Society, but the ceremony was up on top of Mt. Tabor. So they rented busses to bring everyone from downtown to the park and back. Loved this little moment on the bus trip up of a relaxed bride just enjoying the day.

The fall is my favorite time of year. It is still warm, but not hot. Crisp, but not cold. And oh the colors. And the light. You cannot take a bad photo around here in the fall. This image from the The Foundry at Oswego Pointe is one of those great fall days.

BONUS IMAGE:

Ok, so this is a photo of me, but I love it because of the people in it. In October I shot Stan and Christine’s wedding at the Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club in Palo Alto, CA. I have shot probably 5 or 6 weddings where Stan and Christine were either guests or in the wedding party and finally it was their turn and it was great to see the day finally come! I love this picture because not only does it have Stan and Christine, but it also has Yiaway and Ceclia on the right – I shot their wedding in 2011 – and Eugene and Annie on the left – I shot their wedding in 2012. This photo means a lot to me. It is always great when your clients recommend you to friends and I love seeing former couples!

Here’s to a great 2014!

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