This post is an example of what happens when a bride is honest with her photographer about what she does and does not want on her wedding day. It’s important for brides to be on the same page as their photographer… being upfront is a good first step towards that. It didn’t hurt my feelings to have hopes and expectations graciously explained. My professional sensibilities were still intact. 😉 Honesty and collaboration made the day so good, in my opinion. It’s my job to apply my own perspective on the bride’s vision for her day. Flexibility and humility are every bit as important to a wedding photographer as a good, fast lens is. I’m not trying to preach… just explain what made for what I believe was a perfect day (the bride agrees).

Great sun, beautiful locations, late boys, pilfered Voodoo Donuts, and good pizza defined the beginning of the day. The ceremony was meaningful. The walk from the ceremony to the reception was one of the most relaxing moments in any wedding I have been to or shot. And the reception? The view… the food… the dancing… oh, the dancing 🙂 the bridesboy’s reaction to dad grabbing mom’s backside is about as good as it gets. Ha! Every part is equally special to me.

Love this couple. And huge thanks to Daron Jackson for once again being a perfect second shooter.

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Event Coordination: Carmen Shah, Ella Events,  http://www.ellaportland.com/
Flowers: Jill Mason at Starflower, http://www.starflowerpassion.com/
Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland http://www.trinity-episcopal.org/
Reception: The Ecotrust Buliding terrace, Portland http://www.ecotrust.org/events/terrace.html
Hotel: The Nines, Portland http://www.thenines.com/
Catering: Culinary Artistry, http://www.culinaryartistry.net/
Makeup: Claudine Ebel, Ebel Artistry, http://www.ebelartistry.com/
Hair: Angela Jauron, Icon Salon, Portland Oregon http://iconsalon-spa.com
Cake:  Judy Reese at Dream Cakes, http://judyreesedreamcakes.com
Cake Topper: Jill Mason at Starflower, http://www.starflowerpassion.com/
Music: dj rndm noise, Paul Munoz, his Facebook


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  • daronoh yeah!!!!! love it. what an awesome wedding that was!!! thanks for having me once again 🙂

  • tim riddickwhat a sick post… this hands down on of my favorites of this year… great job dude

  • Rayleigh LeavittThat looks like a fabulous wedding! I’m sure they had a great day! Your photos are awesome!

  • GinaLove this wedding Jay. So many incredible photos here. Love the group photos of the wedding party and the ones of the couple’s first seeing of each other, so sweet and well done!

  • Amanda KJay…FANTASTIC work. I am IN LOVE with the reflection shot of the bride peeking around the corner. Genius.

  • ShelleyStunning once again Jay!

  • emilyso. well. done.
    killer from top to bottom man.

  • Andy GainesEpic post and wedding! Great collection of shots. And yeah, what Amanda K said above – Love that shot of her peeking with the reflection – great capture!

  • Kai HeeringaSo many good shots! Frame #049 is amazing.

  • dorothy huynhthese are awesome!

  • KacyIt’s official, you’re a stud. Also, the photo booth butt grab is a fave, ha! Awesome capture 🙂

  • lauren hurtJay you’re my favorite. Uh-mazing

  • Lucie Zekaso many awesome photos


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