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Just hours after the Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, Miranda and Kailey exchanged vows, laughed with family and friends, and were married. This was to be my first same-sex wedding (theirs, too), so the logistics of two brides wanting made for entertaining conversation as the three of us sat in a local coffee shop, attempting to figure things out, such as, a double first-look, walking down the aisle, garters and bouquets. They weren’t my details to decide on, the girls brought me into the discussion… that’s very much how this wedding went. These generous, kind, smart women, inviting me into their day. What an absolute honor. What a LOT of dresses… 🙂

As they celebrated with abandon in the water, on a very hot summer evening, I realized I have never seen a national change in law that affected me like this did for them. I’ve never been in the position requiring rights to be given me. I do, however, know what marriage is like, and I’ve been in love for many years now. I wish these brilliant, vibrant women the same.

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Time goes by so quickly. Seniors become brides. Brides become moms. Families grow. It is one of the great privileges of this job to grow with clients, and for clients to occasionally become friends. This isn’t always the case, but it’s a meaningful bond when it does, and it often lends itself to a wedding with lots of emotion on my part. Add to it a very emotionally deep couple, who are perfectly paired, equally sweet people and you get a day something like Kent and Kayla’s. That’s about all I need to do to set the stage for their wedding. You will not be able to resist her smile… don’t feel bad, no one can. 🙂

Enjoy these two kids so clearly in love.

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FYI – We didn’t write “death” on the wall… but we took the opportunity to make a visual wedding pun.

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  • Laura Boeshans - Wow! Amazing picture and beautiful couple! I love you Kent and Kayla!

  • Heidi Hanninen-Jurva - Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple!

  • Tami Gadomski Jenkins - Beautiful pictures – captures a very special day!

  • Bay Riddle - Amazing pictures! Sooo pretty! 🙂

  • Laurie Walton - wow….amazing.

  • Donna Lovejoy Roper - Wonderful, wonderful! I knew they would be! Well done, Jay!

  • benj haisch - one of your best, man. your connection with them shows through so beautifully.

  • Kayla Roper - im obsessed


“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.”
— Annie Leibovitz

Miranda is one of the very first people I photographed, professionally, and in many ways, gave me more than I could ever repay through her word-of-mouth support. I’m hoping you can see the joy she gives off. I’m hoping you can see how much Miranda and Trevor love each other. And more than anything, I hope these images can act as a small repayment of the debt I owe one of my favorite people in the world.

I put the quote from Annie above for a couple reasons. First, it is one of the ways I conduct my business and find connections with my subjects. I want my photographs to be more than pretty, and more than technically sound. I want images that show the personalities of the people in them. Developing temporary, platonic crushes on my clients allows me to get there with much greater regularity than if I were to simply look for good light. I’m always searching for the little quirks and unique qualities that their friends and family love about them. Second, I absolutely fell in love with these two as a couple, so it felt appropriate. I had high hopes and expectations for Trevor, since I have known Miranda for so long, and with a very happy heart I can say he met every qualification you would want for your friend to find in a spouse. I don’t talk this way often, however, it sure seems like these two were made for each other. (even if Miranda has the good common sense to be a Duck fan, and Trevor roots for the Huskies)

Allow yourself to feel the emotion and get lost in their day. “Honk if you think the bride is cute.”




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  • Tori - THIS IS SO GOOD.

  • anderson - sick. sick. SICK!

    fun couple.

  • Lindsey Grip - Love the b&w of him kissing her forehead! Not bad, with the exception of the sneaky U of O picture 😉

  • lydia {ever ours} - absolutely glorious!

  • Karen - Wow. I really just love how you do portraits. So classy and fun. I’m also a huge fan of you posting engagement photos first and then the wedding after! 🙂

  • Jeremy - Love, Love, Love. Great work man!!

  • David Ferguson | Brisbane - Hey Jay, really love your work man. Fantastic storytelling and a really nice feeling across your work.

  • bethany - yes yes yes. these are wonderful.