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I absolutely love small, intimate weddings and elopements. There’s a flexibility that the couple has that is near impossible for a large wedding, plus, it’s fun to be a part of something so private and small.

Daron has been a good friend for the past 5 years. We have been able to shoot a good number of weddings and personal projects together, and I couldn’t be more thankful. Funny story… I had never met Karim until this year, 4 years of Daron trying to convince me it wasn’t the classic “I have a boyfriend in Canada” story we’ve heard since middle school, so I was sure that he was fictitious. At least that’s what I kept telling her. 🙂

When a good friend asks you to shoot her elopement, tells you it will be in the woods, and that she’s making her own dress and flower crown, it’s instantly enticing. When she is a photographer who just wants you to do whatever because she trusts you, and her fiance wants you to as the photographer because he feels like he knows you (still hadn’t met him at this point), it’s humbling and a complete lock. The groom’s sister made the bouquet and officiated, the bride’s sister helped put on the dress and was a witness, the groom’s friend brought the champagne. It was truly a small friends and family event. Having met Karim and seeing how perfect they complement each other, this wedding just makes perfect sense. Simple. Pretty. Uncluttered. Thoughtful. This describes both the couple and the ceremony. Here’s to many happy years, my friends.


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  • Kassidy Renee Paigegorgeous

  • Sally BovettWow, this was a simply elegant and incredible wedding and the pictures captured just that.

  • SarahI love the setting, the details, and the perfectly beautiful way you captured their story!

  • Renae Stewartthese are amazing.

  • Georg ZerresTolle, romantische Hochzeitsbilder und ein so nettes Paar!

  • Mathias CederholmGreat stuff Jay, haven’t had a look at your website for a long time, but ended up here today and this elopement was really beautiful.
    Especially like the details and getting ready pictures in the flat. Very sweet couple.

  • elopement l love at hoyt arboretum | Ever Ours[…] really the entire elopement.  so very beautifully captured […]

  • Della PadnickI loved all the pictures except the one where they are writing on the tree – really? Shouldn’t they know better than to graffiti a tree?

  • jayeads@della i think the tree survived 🙂


If you’re getting married in Oregon, rain is always in the equation. When you’re getting married on the Oregon Coast… well, let’s just say you should bring your sense of adventure. Thankfully, Russell and Jenelle handled the rain and cold with grace. That isn’t to say it wasn’t a complicating factor, or that sun wasn’t the preferred forecast. When she planned her wedding in this gorgeous state park on the Oregon Coast, I would assume Jenelle hoped for clear skies and warm breezes to go with the sweeping views of the sea, and the flowers in the pond (more on that in a moment). I would imagine, if you ask them, most brides will tell you that a wedding changes by the hour in the planning stage, and sometimes even faster the day of. Being light on your feet is a fantastic quality to have as a bride, and it certainly helps as a wedding photographer. Go with it. Roll with the punches. The details of your wedding are all important, seeing as how they all come together to create the vehicle to showcase your commitment to each other, but never forget this… saying “I Do” is the point. Not the perfect day, not the perfect weather, and the point is decidedly not to have everything go as planned. The point, to quote my talented friend, Caroline, is to look at each other and begin to “build a house within your heart.” Ultimately, Jenelle decided if it was going to rain, she could improvise. Bare feet, leg-warmers, and that pretty pond I mentioned earlier. She ditched the umbrella. Benj and I stood with our new friends in the rain and loved every single minute of it, even carrying 4 film cameras at a time. You can read Jenelle’s advice about weather and weddings in the winter/spring 2013 Portland Bride&Groom.

Life has a funny way of being unpredictable, as I’m sure most of us have experienced, and this wedding day was no exception. Just as we all made our peace with the weather… the speeches were given, the food was served, and the day was winding down, the sun broke through, even if it was only a bit. Being ready to go when the moment presents itself is half of having a sense of adventure. Closing out the day on the beach was the reward for Russell and Jenelle’s willingness to chase the sunshine. After all, life itself is a wonderful, albeit unpredictable adventure.

Russell and Jenelle, thanks for having me and Benj as a part of your adventure.

ENGAGEMENT VENUE – Shelton McMurphey Johnson House 



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A thousand thanks to my fellow bearded homie, Benj Haisch for shooting this wedding with me, film in the rain and all, not to mention all the creepy/great fun shooting double-exposure polaroids at the casino the night before 🙂 Your light leaks made my day.

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  • Sidney Morganso so so so so good. You take it to the next level, Jay. Thanks for being a huge inspiration.

  • CassAre you capable of anything less than awesome? These are all, without exception, completely stunning.

  • AnonymousArt comes in many forms and yes this is definitely artwork, not to mention Jenelle and Russell make an absolutely stunning and breath-taking pair. What fabulous pictures of one of the most memorable moments one can have in their lifetime. You will savor the moments through this art. I felt as I was there. Thank you for sharing Jenelle and Russell this very special moment. Cheers and smiles, Suzi & Homer.

  • Jay Eadsit was a ridiculously fun day… even though the burger king workers RUINED my order on the way there. somehow benj and i persevered 🙂 ha! thanks, homegirl!

  • Jay Eadsgoodness, that’s a really nice compliment. it couldn’t happen to a nicer couple 🙂

  • Rachael ArchondousWow this is amazing.

  • Lindsay RadloffThese are beautiful photos, do you know who they arranged for their caterer?

  • Brittaney PingreeBeautiful. What month was this?

  • jayeadsHello! This was a June wedding, but in Oregon, who ever knows what weather you’ll get in any given month 🙂


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