Lisa + Brad : July 15, 2017
Venue: Aquariva in Portland, Oregon along the river bank
Cake: Papa Hadyn
Dress: Sincerely, the bride
Hair & Makeup: Blossoms & Beauty
DJ: Encore Mobile DJs
Tux: Men's Wearhouse
Invitations: Paperless Post
I absolutely adored this couple from the first time they contacted me. We had so much in common and their fun personalities were something I LOVE in people. Lisa's favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption which also happens to be one of my all time favorites. Brad is a huge Superman fan and in fact their cake played a little homage to that love. My dogs are named after super villains and my older one is actually General Zod who plays the villain in Superman.
The similarities didn't end there though- Brad is also a member of the police force and use to serve in our great military. Lisa is a doctor in the medical field. My husband was active duty Army and retired in 2014 and I, before becoming a photographer, was in the medical field from 1999 until 2012!
To be able to photograph this couple's wedding was an honor and I truly loved every bit of it. They're a super fun, laid back, care free couple and their wedding reflected every bit of that. Lisa got ready in her hotel room at the Aquariva Hotel & Spa. She was surrounded by her close friends, some who she went to college with, her mom and her grandmother. One of my favorite moments was when she read a card that was sent to her room with flowers. She was getting ready and they were from her dad. Reading the letter brought tears to Lisa's eyes and you could see how much that letter and her dad meant to her.
Brad got ready before we arrived but we did some fun portraits of him and his groomsmen in front of his car. This car is adequately named "Bumblebee" for obvious reasons.
Their first look took place inside the hotel's spa location. It had a beautiful staircase and was the perfect location for an intimate reveal without the heat of the sun on a warm day.
A beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family alike. The upstairs of the Aquariva's bar was the perfect place for their ceremony. The room overlooked the river and the windows allowed everyone to see the river while the couple said their I do's.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Now for first dances and then cocktail hour.
The first dances were fun and sweet. I loved the fun song that Brad and his mom danced to. They incorporated some fun and fancy footwork into their dance. Cocktail hour gave the guests the perfect opportunity to sit, relax, and socialize before dinner started.
Dinner was lovely. After dinner, the couple cut their cake. The cake- I loved it. The perfect blend of both Lisa & Brad. Classy and fun. The front was gorgeous ruffles of pink and white while the back opened up to fun. Each piece of the cake represented things the loved. Superman, favorite team, and the bridge where they had their first date.
And now party time! Let the reception and fun commence!
Before the ceremony and after the first look they did a few formal portraits.
A huge thank you to this couple and for allowing me to be a part of their wonderful day. I absolutely loved being there and watching them with their closest friends and family while they celebrated.
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