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It took me all of about 5 minutes at the engagement session to realize Meagan and Marcus were dream clients. Huge personalities, flexible and fun, ready to do anything. I suspected as much when we met the first time, but you never really know until the camera comes out. If you spend any time with this couple, it’s near impossible to miss how in love these two are, and I have long loved the analogy of a wedding being a celebratory barn-raising, building a new home together that lives in the other person. Personal connection to a location adds something at a session, or wedding, in a way that a found venue, even a gorgeous one, just can’t. It doesn’t diminish the need for great venues with no personal connection, this newer venue just so happens to be one of my favorites, but it never hurts. I’ve love shooting at Jasper House Farm, and Portland Bride & Groom loved it also, so when the couple told me it was his father’s property, and the groom’s childhood home… the stars aligned. Great couple, great location, personal connection.

So many emotions associated with this wedding. Marcus’ reaction at the first look, the tears and laughter during the vows, the surprise musical performance as family members slowly started standing up, randomly, in the audience, the geese flying over the ceremony as they went in for the first kiss, the heartfelt speeches. Even the cracking of the filberts under our feet was a reminder that we stood on ground tended with familial love and sweat. Going back through the wedding, I found so many things that felt special. Marcus told me the day of the wedding that he loved how places he grew up playing with his brother, now have memories attached to his wife, and their wedding. Not replacing the childhood memories, but adding to, and amplifying them. With the family dog roaming freely, cousins and friends camping in tents on the back 40, and the house always within sight, there was no mistaking that this was a family affair. They even made up a honeymoon suite slash tent to sleep under the stars (nicely decorated with toilet paper, thanks to the bridal party). I was so wrapped up in the fun that there’s even a rare sighting of me in one of the photographs.

The entire day can be summed up by their first dance. Meagan stretched out her arms, leaned back into Marcus and sunk into a private moment we all had the chance to participate in. I walked away from this wedding feeling honored to have been a part of it. SO, enjoy, and all the happiness in the world to Meagan and Marcus.


Advice from the Bride: Remember that there is no planning the feelings or emotions that you, or your guests, will go through. So try to play it cool, but don’t you dare hold back that belting laughter, or the tears from starting to run. My husband’s vows killed me. I still cry when I think about them. Embrace and share these feelings with the people who will come to witness your love. I experienced extreme joy and utter amazement at the help and love from my friends and family. Look at the people around you, breathe, don’t worry, and enjoy every second.

Groom’s tips: Last minute adjustments are where you shine, Mr. groom-to-be. Day of the wedding, there will be a lot of little wrinkles that will fall on you to iron out. Don’t worry, you got this. She picked you for a reason.
Take your time and smile, enjoy the people around you, they are all at your wedding for you and your bride.

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  • February 14, 2015 - 2:16 am

    SohFong Ung - Love love love! Awesome work, as always, Jay!

  • February 14, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    Linda Nuchols Wagner - You captured the magic!

  • February 16, 2015 - 2:43 am

    Daron Aliya Sabri - JAY omfg, this is amazing <3

Before and after is a concept I always thought would be fun for maternity and baby, but I never thought I would love it as much as I do. I love story, I love bookends, and this feels like the perfect way to show that. I’m not into bubblegum maternity, but give me something with some mood to it, and I’m a happy camper. I could never say it better than Hanna, so her words will carry the actual story below.

From Hanna: On December 17th my life changed forever. I honestly thought I could never have children…the pounding in my chest, the speed at which my mind was racing, the overflow of deep emotion those little two lines made me feel. I never thought it would happen, even buying the test, I’d done it a million times before, what was different about this day? Everything. There they were…or there it was, one line, the one I was used to, not pregnant, but that second one, never saw that before. I stared at it hyperventilating for what felt like ten minutes, then a calm came over me. What are you afraid of? You’ve cried sloppy drunk to your best friend at 4am thinking you couldn’t have children, and now here you are. So fast, so sudden, a mother. They say a woman becomes a mother when she finds out she is pregnant and a man becomes a father when his baby is born. This is true in my life. I became a mother that day, even not knowing how far along I was, or if anything was wrong, or if it was a boy or a girl or if I was ready, if we were ready. None of that mattered. From that moment nurturing the innocent little soul the size of a blueberry inside me was the only thing I could think about. I was consumed. My pregnancy was a rocky one, I didn’t get the picture perfect Pinterest inspired crafting, the nesting, and the stereotypical pregnancy you see in the movies. I did it mostly alone, but the blueberry that grew into a butternut squash is what kept me whole, she inspired me and she continues to, to this day. I have been a single mother, I’ve been a mother going to night school to make life better for herself and for her child. Now, because of her, no matter what I do or where I end up I will forever be a mother. Stay at home mom, working mom, fun mom, serious mom, crafty mom, musical mom, health nut mom, mom, mum, mother, mommy, mama. There is one common thread in all of those titles, and there are many more, but we are all mothers…from blueberries to butternut squashes, to the perfect squishy screaming bundles of love that eventually leave our warm protective bodies which carefully grew each eyelash and pinky toe. A mothers love can never waver or be challenged.

“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better….but because I knew you….i have been changed for good.” – Elphabamaternity before and aftermaternity photoseugene oregon maternityoregon maternity photographerjay eads photographyoregon maternity photography