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Occasionally I would have a senior who talked more about me photographing their wedding day than the session we were currently shooting. I photograph weddings, seniors look at wedding photography, it makes sense. Often it doesn’t happen that way, though. Life moves on, people move states, they meet new photographers and create a bond with them. No harm, no foul. However, when I get the chance to watch these senior girls turn into dynamic women, and be involved in their lives… it’s an immense honor. I count it a double honor-blessing-joy to be present for their wedding, which has apparently been in the works since they were 16. 🙂  From the Bieber poses (mixtape dropping soon) to the laughter during the engagement session, I felt a sense of relief at what an amazing man Eryn chose to be her partner in life. They both chose well.

Having photographed two of the sisters’ weddings now, I feel like I have a good grasp of how special the family is, and how lucky Eryn and Michael are to have each other. I see so much on their faces every time they look at each other. What a joyful couple. What an emotional day. From senior, to engaged, to bride… Eryn’s wedding couldn’t be any more special to me.



A thousand thanks to my friend Daron for shooting with me, and thanks to Leftbank Annex for taking good care of us.

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I never went to parties when I was younger. I should clarify that it was probably due to a lack of invitations, not a lack of curiosity. This wedding reception felt a lot like what I imagined a good party must be like. The connection between friends, the music, the laughter… it was glorious. Wedding receptions are often my highlight of the entire day, and I see why people love parties so much. The sense of belonging alone is intoxicating, especially when combined with actual intoxication  😉  I often watch the bride to see her reaction to all the fun being had, and the combination of pride and relief is incredibly sweet. Brides often spend a year planning for their day, and the pressure for everyone to JUST HAVE A GOOD TIME can be overwhelming, for some. When it all comes together, it’s absolute magic.

It’s ironic that I’m now a bit of a professional party-attender. Who would have guessed?  Granted, I am there as an observer, rather than a participant… but if I’m being honest, that’s my best case scenario for social gatherings, anyway. Abby and Chris, I hope your life together is as great a party as the wedding was.


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

  • 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 🙂

  • Donna Burchnall Cocciolillo - Absolutely beautiful,

  • Lindsay Korwin - WoW! What a beautiful day!

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

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

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