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Start with an engagement session hike to a waterfall, and end with a laser show at a historic Sugar Mill. Sounds like a winning combo, right? It’s easy to get caught up with the locations and details in this industry, it practically force-feeds Pinterest-worthy moments to you, at times. Hell, it’s easy for brides to feel so much pressure over the perfection they view online that the process can feel like a weight due to comparing your day to someone else’s, and not an airy nimbus ride to happily ever after. Don’t misunderstand, the details and location are not UN-important… they are as much a part of making the day as anything else, but they are secondary to the lasting stuff. The vows, the relationships, the family, the memories. Plan your wedding, your way, absolutely. If you love being on-trend, own it. If you’re looking for something minimal and uncommon, don’t feel the need to justify it to anyone, just do it well and the people who appreciate your work will mean all that much more for looking outside of the box with you. And for the traditional bride, who wants all the classic accouterments, remember there is a big difference between being #basic and being timeless (not sure who gets to decide being”basic” is bad, after all).
I’ve had a few conversations with burdened brides lately. I get it. You want everyone to have the best time of their lives, feel taken care of, sidestep any drama, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a few friends walk away just a little bit impressed with your hard work. Here’s some unsolicited advice: make a really good plan, put in the work ahead of time, then hold on to it loosely the day of and be present. Your wedding should be a time where you allow yourself to have the time of your life, and be taken care of, do your best not to start any drama, and if you’re feeling particularly sassy…
walk away just a little bit impressed with your own hard work.
Jessica and Jared had an amazing wedding, full of perfect and imperfect moments. Some moments went better than planned, and some plans had to change. Weddings, and life, are like that. We only get so many spins around the sun, enjoy them with the people most deserving of your time. Weddings are beautiful, stop and smell the roses. Or lasers, whatever you’re into.
WORDS OF ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE: The advice I would give to any bride-to-be: To the DIY brides, choose your projects carefully, start early and utilize your helpers (and fiancé!). For the organized brides, write out a schedule and contact list for your vendors and helpers, it will help you feel prepared. And for every bride, this day is not about the details. Focus on having fun every step of the way, from trying out caterers and cake tasting to getting ready with your bridesmaids and of course dancing the night away with your best friend.
It’s a real bonus when a wedding is as fun to attend as it looks like it may have been in the pictures. Reed and Amanda know how to show a photographer a good time, and their wedding was most certainly fun to attend. The venue, the food, the girls, the boys, the Polaroid photobooth… everything was a pleasure to photograph. In this line of work, gracious hosts are to be appreciated and go a long way in creating a great creative space for the photographers. I personally go out of my way to make clients and guests feel comfortable and taken care of, so when the tables are turned and I am on the receiving end of that sort of attentiveness, it says a lot about the couple and their respective families. This is also one of my new favorite local venues. I could explore for 2-3 more weddings and not come close to exhausting all of the location possibilities. Double bonus, when your second shooter is short enough to hide behind the bride & groom during the first kiss on the hill. 🙂
We shot in L.A. for their engagement session, and it fueled the jealousy I feel towards my SOCal photographer friends. That light is just something special. Don’t get me wrong, I have no desire to leave the PNW, Oregon is home forever, it’s just hard to have the knowledge of the glorious, smog-fueled sunsets and unique light without feeling at least a twinge of green. Speaking of green, we walked the UCLA campus as I wore my Oregon Ducks shirt… the way it should be. #GoDucks Griffith Observatory, the Venice Canals, and amazing food. I’m ok with going back whenever someone wants to bring me.
Enjoy this classy couple, and their classy wedding. Big thanks to Brie Mullin for shooting with me, and generally making me look bad by being cooler.
Words of Advice from the Bride: Stay true to what you want. It’s your day and it only comes once, so don’t forget to make the choices that will make you happy.
VENUE: Jasper House Farm