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Live on the East Coast, elope in the Northwest… makes perfect sense to someone who is fiercely devoted to the PNW. For the couple who wants to make an adventure out of life, making an adventure out of the wedding is a natural choice. Custom rings, Saks dress (I mean, hello, look at her dress), a wide open park under the bridge, a tour of the best food in Portland, and a Tesla to drive you around. Not too shabby.

I know this is another intimate wedding slash elopement, and I have posted a good handful of them lately. It’s not that I dislike big weddings. I don’t. I’ve just found these small weddings incredibly inspiring, and they have been a bit of a safe harbor in the midst of busy months. If you were able to strip everything away at any given wedding, you would end up with two people who love each other and are committing their lives to one another for the long haul. These small weddings do just that to varying degrees, and it’s really beautiful to watch. This particular wedding consisted of five people and a park. Bride, groom, photographer/witness, officiant, and a second witness we found on a park bench. No joke. A wonderful girl who also happened to be on an adventure, just having gotten off the Amtrak to a new city… sitting on a bench because she had nowhere else to be. They wanted the wedding to reflect Portland, to be special, just for them. Color me jealous.

Is it the Wolfs? Wolves? All I know is that Wolf may be just about the coolest last name. Maybe they just need to move to PDX and start an indie band called, The Wolves. No matter what they decide, this is couple to remember. If you are having a giant wedding at a lavish venue, enjoy it for everything it’s worth… savor the community . Don’t let this post make you feel like your plan is anything less than the perfect way to get married. If you are considering an elopement, but you worry that it’s not fancy enough to be meaningful… remember that diamonds come from simple earth, if you squeeze it hard enough. An elopement may not be for everyone, however, that shouldn’t make you feel that it can’t be for you.

It’s an honor to be asked into people’s lives. Thank you, Colin and Jillian.

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. ” - Camille Pissarro

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  • August 5, 2014 - 5:48 pm

    Elayna Giordano-Murphy - A modern day fairytale. Beautiful in every way!

  • August 5, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    Danielle Fiorentino - Jillian, the pictures are amazing. I love everything about all of this- it’s so uniquely you and your fairy tale.. Beautiful and real :)

  • August 6, 2014 - 1:15 am

    Donna Burchnall Cocciolillo - Absolutely beautiful,

  • August 6, 2014 - 3:43 am

    Lindsay Korwin - WoW! What a beautiful day!

  • August 6, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Michelle Gies Brown - Everything I LOVE about LOVE is in these photos…thanks for sharing your lovely day.

  • August 6, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Eleanor Gwyn-Jones - Just beautiful. And unexpected. And totally elegantly quirky.

  • August 16, 2014 - 7:16 pm

    Bethany Joy Gilbertson - Your elopement photos always make me cry.

Love is often talked about when weddings are involved. Whether it is how much the groom loves his bride, how love wins, or even how the photographer is in love with love (barf, by the way, on that last one). One of my favorite things about weddings is seeing how love manifests itself, and Michelle and CJ’s wedding does a marvelous job of showcasing a personal favorite expressions of love, both in everyday life, and at weddings: the love within community. The impromptu mikveh in the river, au naturel. Those speeches from brothers and sisters tugged at my heartstrings, the dancing was so full of joy, the smiles in the crowd were delightfully infectious. The 32-person, two horse, two dog bridal party holds the new record for largest at any of my weddings, and it only adds to how much I adore this wedding.

The whole community of family and friends are equally featured here, because they feel every bit as memorable as the couple is… and I love that.

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  • July 17, 2014 - 4:56 am

    Megan Stiles - Perfect. Stunning, really. And thank you for the .gif…perfection.

  • July 17, 2014 - 3:38 pm

    Patty Diaz-Andrade - I LOVE THE GIF!! :) xoxo.

  • July 17, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Leah Joseph Photography - Beautiful work.

  • July 17, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Donna Bergquist - WOW! How precious- the people, the place, the reason, the memory.
    Thank you for sharing! Grandpa and Donna

  • July 17, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    Meredith Adams [Brilliant Light Photography] - That black and white photo of the bride and the horse needs to be blown up and hung. It’s incredible. You killed this, Jay.

  • July 18, 2014 - 1:15 am

    Erez Levin - GORGEOUS!

  • July 18, 2014 - 2:26 am

    Mei-Mei Ellerman - This is one of the most original, fun-filled, beautiful wedding ever! Love the location, the atmosphere, spontaneity, relaxed demeanor of all participants. Gorgeous bride and pretty handsome hubby! Wish I could have been there, but seeing all these photos is a real treat!

  • July 20, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Sabrina Walters - Wow! Amazing wedding… Amazing couple…amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!!

  • July 20, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Andrea - I’ve followed you for a while, Jay. I was having problems with my RSS reader and lost touch with your site for a few months. Now that I’ve reconnected, I remember why I followed you in the first place. I love everything about your work – the emotion, the processing, the composition, the genuineness (if that’s a word). Glad I reconnected!!

  • August 5, 2014 - 1:27 am

    jayeads - wow, thanks Andrea. that’s kind of an amazing compliment :)