Jill & Shay | The Wedding!!

A while back I wrote a little blog about these two. I wrote how down-to-earth and chill they are. I wrote how creative and good to each other they are. I wrote about my infatuation with their little dog, Gia! But, what I didn’t write about is their love for each other. Because, you see, I hadn’t fully seen it yet. I hadn’t fully realized that all these things that they are individually, also apply to the way they love each other. Their love is down-to-earth, chill, creative and it is good. It is BIG! As big as Jill’s beautiful, infectious and always-ready laugh! As big as Shay’s genuine, kind and gentle heart. And it was everywhere on their wedding day at the super-unique wedding venue, the Sunshine Mill in The Dalles, Oregon! And when I saw it full-blown like this, I was awe-struck! Jill and Shay, I am in awe of YOU! Thank you for sharing this kind of love with all of your friends and family the way you do! It was a beautiful thing to behold. Congratulations, many times over!

Wedding Photography //  Atlas & Elia Photography

Venue // Sunshine Mill Winery, The Dalles, Oregon

Catering // Sterling Catering Portland, Oregon

Band // Djangovitis Portland, Oregon

Wedding Cake // Back to Eden Bakery Portland, Oregon

Dessert // Voodoo Doughnut, Portland, Oregon

Florals // By Aaron Younger and picked from Krugers Farm Sauvie’s Island

Dress // Allure Bridal

Bride’s Shoes // Camper

Groom’s attire // Shirt: Xibit Pants: Tommy Hilfiger  Tie: Penguin Vest: Bevilocqua

Groom’s Shoes // Vans


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A space for calm

Apparently, I work best when there’s just enough work that it must get done now, but not so much that the stress of it all paralyzes me. Or, maybe I just work well when I learn to practice that oh-so-elusive act: balancing. In fact, I know this to be true.

For me, balance looks like this: plenty of time off away from my computer, from social media, from things related to “work”. It’s starting my day sitting in silence. It’s the practice of breathing and smiling and being aware of that. It’s lots of naps under the tree. It’s planning meals, preparing them, and enjoying them with James, friends, family (and preferably all three at the same time). It’s creating a beautiful home, filled with memories and the right amount of “things” that don’t represent material wealth, but experiential wealth. It’s making time for me (weather that’s to work out, get my hair did, to read a book, or even finding the perfect new pair of shoes) and feeling great that I did so!

I’m in that space today. Tons of emails have been sent, plans made, house cleaned, meals prepped. This is the space I strive to live in. Free from distractions, free from comparison, free to live in my own head and simultaneously connected to the people that matter the most to me. Summer is almost here, and man it feels good to live in this space for a while…The trick is…when there’s more work than time, when the house isn’t just so, when I get an email that throws me for a loop–those are the times where I must MAKE time to get into this space. To make life, this very present moment, feel GREAT! To create that space for peace and calm and breathing and smiling!

Do you have advice for me on this? How do you get into that space?

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Inspired By This…& That | Etsy Edition

Etsy is my go-to place when I’m looking for some unique ideas. So, I thought I’d put together some of what I’ve found to inspire you for your wedding day!


1. Etsy Handmade Wedding Dress

2. Fox & Brie Blue Sapphire Bow Tie

3. Custom Made Wedding Dress Hanger

4. Wedding Ring Holder by Paloma’s Nest

5. Artisan Handmade Wedding Ring

6.Wedding Shoe Accessories

7. Custom Wedding Print for the Couple

8. Printable DIY Wedding Invitations

9. Custom Made Wedding Favors

Over the weekend I participated in Bella Sera’s Platinum Bridal Show! And, I held a contest to win a 12″x12″ wedding book! It’s time to announce the winner….

Congratulations to Jill & Shay!!!

The winner was chosen at random by using random.org



Iced vs. Hot

This past weekend was kind of a whirlwind trip, but while in Portland I was able to spend a few hours with my best friend and her new daughter and 2-year-old son. It’s been a year since I’ve seen her and I really missed spending time with her. We got to catch up and I got to hold her little one lots, which really made me melt.

Every year we’ve had this tradition of drinking our first pumpkin spice latte of the year on the same day, no matter where we are in the world, and then the same goes with our eggnog lattes. This year, I may have jumped the gun on our annual eggnog latte day, but this one was in person, so it was extra special…

And even though we’re best friends, we tend to like things done differently…


I drink my coffee iced year-round, almost without exception. Beth, thinks it disgusting.

What do you think? Are you a hot drinker or an iced drinker?



I’m dreaming…

Growing up in Portland, you practically lettered in swim team, just by making it from the house to the car without drowning in the downpour, I used to dream of a white Christmas! It was the absolute best if we saw even a little flurry on or around Christmas day. One year, at our annual neighborhood Christmas party, I asked Santa for snow…and as I slid down off of his lap, my mom lead me to the window and showed me that my wish had come true…and it was, indeed, snowing. Even the adults in the room believed that night…

Now, I live in a much colder climate and I dread…I mean dread winter and all that snow.

Tonight through tomorrow we’re supposed to have a HUGE storm dumping tons of it and all I can think about is what an inconvenience it’s going to be…but there’s a tiny, little part of me that remembers the excitement of snow…

I plan to put my very favorite Christmas movie on in the background as I work today (though I’ve already watched it twice this year), in hopes that it will bring back some of that childhood wonder I’ve lost over the years…

Here’s to dreaming of a White Christmas!



Wedding Books | The Design Process | Part I

When I first started designing wedding books (albums) I was daunted by the task (it still makes me kind of overwhelmed at the start). So what I had to do was break it down into parts and just start at the start, as they say.

For me, step 1 is to edit the wedding down to my very best images. Luckily, I’ve already attempted to do this when I blog the images from the wedding. And often, I create diptychs for my blog too, so I’ve already found images that pair well together, which is possibly my favorite way to display images together on a page.

So what is it that I’m looking for when I’m pairing images? There are a few things:

1. Color vs. Black & White Are both images color or are they both black and white. I do not pair b&w and color images together on the same page (and usually within the same layout, that is, two pages, side by side). Since I create my images in color and then convert to b&w, I could, of course, go back and find the original and see if it fits, but I usually look for another image that works rather than doing that. This is because, if I’ve seen that image as a b&w from the beginning, it often just won’t work for me in color any longer.

2. Subject Obviously, the wedding book is a medium to tell the story of my couple’s wedding day. So, for the most part, I tell the story chronologically. Each image on one page go together in time and in style and then flow into the next page using the same parameters. What do I mean by “style”? My style is consistant throughout the wedding, but the lens choice might be different, or the angle that I’m shooting from might vary, and of course, the emotions can be wildly different. So, I look to create cohesive spreads that show all aspects of the day, through tighter shots, then wider shots, joyful emotions, and more somber tones…

3. Logistics This is the part that makes me kind of want to avoid album design all together. I’m nervous I won’t be able to put the images together on the page in a aesthetically pleasing way and tell the story at the same time. Meaning, because I am not a professional designer, I don’t yet feel completely confident in my skills! And, I prefer clean, simple, lots of white space…and well, sometimes I think less is more…but clients tend to think, more is more!!

I am far from a designer, but once I begin working on a wedding book, I really get excited about the creative process and all of the little choices that go into making a keepsake that will be held and seen for generations…



p.s. We will talk about the rest of my book-making process in Part II, next Wednesday!

p.p.s. Happy 12.12.12 !! What are you doing at 12:12:12 on 12.12.12 ? (I’ll probably be by myself, eating a grilled cheese sandwich in my jammies, with my dogs begging next to me…)

Gina & Jonathan | The Wedding!

Gina & Jonathan are now Ginathan! As I wrote about in their engagement session post, these two people have very special hearts and now those hearts, those very special hearts are forever committed to one another. But, you see, their hearts are large. Large enough to be committed to one another, but hearts that have plenty of room left over to give to their families, their faith and their friends.

On their wedding day, it became even more obvious to me the kinds of hearts these two have by the people that were a part of the celebration. Such sweet, open and kind people were present…and that certainly is a testament to the kind of people Gina and Jonathan are and strive to be.

Thank you, Gina and thank you Jonathan, not only for having these special hearts for one another, but sharing them with those around you…may you always receive the kind of love that you have for others… Congratulations to you both!

Feel free to leave your love for Gina and Jonathan below in the comments section!



Gina & Jonathan | Married! | Sneak Peek

We returned late last night from Portland where James and I witnessed the most blessed wedding of Gina and Jonathan! The blue skies seemed that much more blue yesterday, the sun shown that much brighter because these two are now one in marriage! Here is just a glimpse into the love and beauty of the day…

I will share much more of G&J’s whimsical & vintage wedding with you here Wednesday!

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p.s. Feel free to leave your love for Gina and Jonathan below…

Their life’s work

Their story can not be summed up in a tidy little blog post. Their story is made up of a million small moments, unique choices, tiny gestures of kindness, that can not be adequately accounted for here.

Fifty years ago, they made one choice that lead to many more amazing moments and choices in their lives…my parents married one another.

The 8mm color film shows the beautiful California ceremony in stilted frames, yet somehow captures the essence of the day–they were in love and nothing more mattered.

This has carried through their lives to this day. At their anniversary celebration a few weeks ago, my sister, brother and niece performed, “Love Is All You Need”…


This was one of the many telling moments of the evening…we kazood our hearts out for them! And, even though we were being a little goofy, there was not one person in that room who didn’t believe in the message of this song after seeing the love my parents have for each other, and the love that each of the people in that room have for them.

My sister, Kristin, brother, Michael, and niece, Mesa, performed another song, which was so incredibly beautiful, I have to share it with you…

One of my favorite parts of the night was when, after my dad serenaded my mom, and we heard toasts from family and friends, we gave a standing ovation to my parents. We stood and applauded and cheered the work they have accomplished together, through their love of one another and their love of the people they have brought into their lives. We stood and clapped because this is their life’s work…choosing love. Choosing to love like no two people I have ever witnessed in my entire life. Choosing to sacrifice and dig deep and to cultivate their love and share that bounty with those around them, even when it’s the harder choice. This is why we stood, this is why 100 of their closest friends and family gathered, this is why, I believe, love IS  all you need.

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Oh! And the winner of the Powell’s gift card is…. Meredith Harris!!! Congratulations, my friend! I’ll contact you shortly!


Day Trip | Portland Oregon

I’m in Portland (my hometown) today for a bridal session and spent the morning over at Stumptown and in awe of all the bike-commuters seemingly swarming my car as I drove through S.E. and my old stomping-grounds near Hawthorne.

I love this place.

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p.s. I’ll be visiting my favorite bookstore, Powell’s City of Books later today! If you love books, you should go here to enter the gift card giveaway!