Katy and Ben threw one of the most memorable parties I’ve ever attended. The food, the tents, the jumping in the pool, the helicopter getaway. Is this real life? It was this day.

I am a sucker for any shooting that involves the water. Rain, lakes, rivers, oceans, all of it.  Ending up chest deep in the pool right before the send off is my kind of jam. These two are equally my kind of jam. The sweetest, most in love couples are always my favorite brides and grooms to photograph. I definitely love artsy people, moody vibes, and things that stray towards fashion… but for wedding work, I care less and less about “cool” and more about “real.” The quirky oddness of the 200-2010’s will probably be fun to look at in 30 years, but there’s no hipster pose that can stand up to genuine emotion. This is where I want to go with my work. Couples like Katy and Ben make me all the more sure of it. They had a beautiful wedding, with so many fashionable and exciting elements, however; the emotion of the day will forever be what I remember. And the pool. But really the emotion 😉

HUGE thanks to my friend Kayla Roper for shooting with me.

Words of Advice from the Bride: 

The most important thing to remember on your wedding day is that regardless of what happens, at least in 99.99% of circumstances, at the end of the day you’ll be married. Our day was filled with inclement weather, a chauffeur who locked the keys in the car, cakes with the wrong cake toppers and I’m sure 100 other mishaps of which I’m not even aware.

Ben and I were only engaged for three months but we still felt very invested in the details we worked hard to create for our friends and family to enjoy. I’m thrilled with how it all turned out. Some of the challenges even led to eventual highlights. For instance, I was initially disappointed the wedding day forecast was full of rain. The rain forced us to put up tents, which in all honesty, ended up transforming our venue into an even greater space than I could have imagined. The 30 minutes we were forced to wait at the church for a replacement vehicle led to some our favorite bridal party photos. Speaking of photos… document, document, document.
It is impossible to catch everything that happens at a wedding with more than 20 guests. Ben and I had roughly 190 people. I felt like I missed half of my friends and half of what happened. When people tell you the day will be a bit of blur, they mean it. One piece of great advice I received was to take a few moments throughout the day and soak them into memory. I will truly never forget my Mom and best friends tying me into my dress; the things my dad told me prior to walking down the aisle; a few moments I stole with my groom, brother and teary eyed coach; basking in a glorious Eugene sunset; jumping into the pool in my wedding dress; and steeling kisses from my new husband under the dance floor. Even with all those wonderful memories, I missed things. Lots of things. Spend money on a good photographer and videographer. Lasting documentation is a saving grace. It allows you to relive in perpetuity all of the time, effort and money you put into your day.  Photos and video, in my opinion, are truly the most worthwhile investment of your wedding day.
As with most in things in life, your wedding day is what you make it. Things never go exactly as planned. Allowing yourself to roll with punches, find the good in the bad and genuinely enjoy the experience will serve you well. My hope for you is that like me, at the end of the day, your greatest joy will be realizing you were blessed to find the love of your life, marry your best friend and have a wonderful time celebrating this lifelong commitment with your family and friends.

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  • Bethany Joy Gilbertson - amazing work as usually, jay!

  • Bruce Searl - Beautiful work Jay!

  • Heather Elizabeth - So freaking good. You seriously keep getting better and better. Still one of my favorite photographers.

    you rocked this wedding.


We chased the sunshine, stood on office chairs, jumped from benches, ate apples, and generally had a good time. I’m a big fan of the silver dresses and green shoes – so perfect. Also, if it weren’t impractical to steal their getaway vehicle, I might just do it. 😉 There’s an extra something special about the weddings of friends, and I’ve known Kaylee’s family for a long time… in my opinion, it doesn’t get better than shooting a wedding with personal meaning.

Thanks to my homie Greg Nissen for shooting second. And if you’re ever in Eugene, and you like Thai food… check out his Mama’s cooking! It’s a weekly thing for me.


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  • J Shoda - This is too freaking good Mr. Eads.

  • christian gideon - Beautiful work Jay. Storytelling at it’s finest.

  • Jesse Green - WOW. That’s all I got.

  • Heather Elizabeth - You inspire me. This is so stellar I can’t even come up with my usual witty comments. Amazing work man.

  • Matthew Carter - Jay, this is a beautifully shot wedding. Great work hoss.

  • Greg Nissen - Woo! Had a great time shooting with you. My mom will be happy haha

  • Vanessa - Why are you so good. I swear you managed to be everywhere at once and execute every shot with such skill. Love them all. You’re my idol <3

  • Mike Fiechtner - Great stuff Jay! Love it all!

  • Ste - Jay, this is great stuff. The black and white pics of the groomsmen are almost like some iconic images from the 1950s but the whole post is fantastic throughout!

  • geneoh - kaylee_30 is money. great work dude!

  • Lucie Zeka - nice photos


In between  editing weddings and bridal consults, I thought I would go ahead and blog some of them. It’s been a while, but you have to admire my consistent inconsistency.




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  • Drew W - Dude this is super high end work, Jay! Amazing frames bro!

  • Mathias Cederholm - Great stuff!

    I just recently found out about you so I would like to tell you I’m impressed by your work!
    It’s inspiring to watch what you are doing to get ideas for my new business.

    Keep it coming!

  • Cameron Braun - Standing on office chairs is SO sketchy.

    I’d say hiring you is not.

  • Sarah - These are all so amazing, but the older couple at the courthouse is just the sweetest thing ever. Love it.

  • kent reichert - freakin’ awesome stuff. I check back every few months and learn something every time. great.

  • Shelley - I just have to say Mr. Jay Eads, you are my favorite. Love your work!

  • Rene Benkjer - Love your images. But especially your willingness to help new photographers. Thanks.

  • jayeads - thanks!!!!!! happy to help whenever i can 🙂

  • jayeads - dang, thanks 🙂

  • Brian Terry - Love the work Jay, BT

  • Ste - love your style Jay, great work. I will surely be popping back here for some inspiration.

  • bryllupsfotografen - wow !!! Amazing work!! Such a inspiration for a amateur photography as me. Greetings from Denmark

  • jayeads - thanks! denmark, huh… this should be right up your alley 🙂 http://jayeads.com/marie-usa/