Tara and Matthew are exactly my cup of tea. Funny, smart, classy-crude fashionistas with a flare for the eccentric. I made most of that up, so you can feel free to decide which you think is true. Tara is a rad photographer – which is always fun to shoot, and an added layer of pressure, which I love. She also had about 75 photographer friends at the wedding, like Ralph, Mariah, and Amanda, which takes that pressure and makes it… well, whatever is a little squishier than regular pressure. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thanks to Victoria Carslon for being a first class Second.

Enjoy their engagement session and wedding… I dare you not to smile 🙂

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Event Design: TARA + MATTHEW

Makeup:  Alexandra Blatt – http://www.alexandrablatt.com/

Day of Coordination:  Rebekah McNall of A&B Creative – www.aandbstyle.com

Rentals:  A&B Creative – www.aandbstyle.com

Hair: Jacquie Venable

Cake:  my all time fave Sweet Life – www.sweetlifedesserts.com

Flowers: Erica at MODA Floral – www.modaevents.com

Dress: Enzoani

Veil: Twigs & Honey – www.twigsandhoney.com

Cake Topper: Bunny With a Toolbelt – www.bunnywithatoolbelt.com

Band:  Trashcan Joe – www.trashcanjoe.com

Venue:  Five Pine Lodge – www.fivepinelodge.com

Also, Matthew made the wedding favors on a 3D printer.  Top that 😉


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  • Meredith S.You should blog WAY more often. I mean, you should still have a life and everything, but.. this is fantastic :] way to go, Jay

  • Kai HeeringaI really enjoyed looking at these pictures. Tara and Matthew were lucky to have you document everything. Beautiful work!

  • tara leighyou’re the raddest… officially.

  • AmandaYou could not have done a better job putting this story together. It was an amazing day and you really captured the essence of the whole celebration. It was great meeting you, as well. =)

  • ralphEpic work, Jay! From the green grasses to the flying sparks you captured this story so beautifully. Love it all, so many wonderful moments and how ’bout those “funny, smart, classy-crude fashionistas.” Ha. Awesome. Such a pleasure to meet you and watch you do your thing.

  • daronwhat a ridiculously awesome set!!! love their ceremony location!! your blogging is worth waiting for, sir!

  • KatieJay, Tara, Matthew, these are outrageously amazing!!!!! Jay, you did such an incredible job, so much so!!!!!!! I love blog posts like this, seeing it like this!!!

  • kyle haleslayer. good stuff Jay

  • Nancy EdneyYou are incredible!

  • MarisaTwo things: I would LOVE to know where he found those ties, and what the name of that awesome band is!

  • tara leighmarisa… i got the ties on etsy. shop is me and mathilda… and the band is trashcan joe, out of portland.

  • Heather ElizabethOddly, looking at these reminds me that if I ever had a rock band, you need to take our photos. Because you are so good that you make a bridal party look like they are in a rock band. Also, your black and whites rock my socks.

  • Meg Manion Sillikerjay your imagery is stellar. so amazingly beautiful. all of them. the evening black and whites are incredible. tara is such a beautiful bride you can just feel the happy. bravo.

  • CassStunning. All of it.

  • Marie-JoséeLove it ! Wowwww !

  • Danielle AlbanJay this wedding with your photography = pure amazingness! It makes me want to get married all over again and decorate different. Everything is so perfect!

  • Erica PattersonWow x 200!!!! Your love for the medium shows through! Excellent work!

  • YeeMy. Goodness. WELL done, good sir!

  • Kacy KizerDude. Beautiful work.

  • nimalove it top to bottom!!!

  • Steve ElmerHoly Awesomeness Mr Eads!

  • DanaThat is the coolest wedding I’ve seen in a long time. The setting makes me drool and wish more people thought outside the box like that. Wonderful work!!

  • Jamie BaronOk. Wow. Seriously, if I could do my wedding all over again, I think I’d just call these two up and copy theirs, verbatim. I love all the details.
    And the pictures. Of course the pictures… Once again, a job very well done, Jay.

  • MicheleWOW! The emotions I experienced while seeing your amazing photos. I felt like I was there. The love and heartfelt joy was in every photo. Impressive work Jay. There were many people I “know” in the photos and you can really see their personalities shine. Beautiful.

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  • Karen ObristWow- I love that you combined their engagement session and wedding. That grassy field you shot their engagements in is incredible! What a sweet couple- you captured everything beautifully! Great wedding!

  • danielTerrific! Love the red plaid tablecloth-wall as a background.

  • jenniferthis is by far the BEST wedding ever, and not just because i heart tara, but seriously, ever single image you can think of is here!!! every angle, every detail….every every every…amazing and inspiring!

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