You know the wedding is going to be such a joy to be a part of when you walk into the rehearsal party at the NINES in Portland and the entire family of the bride and groom are there to welcome you as if they already know you. Rebekah and I felt just like we were part of their family. Morgan and Raegen are some very talented designers at NIKE. Their love for creative design and style is outstanding. They are proof that a wedding can be completely filled with great laughter, no worries, no stress and still be intimate. As proof of her incredible designing abilites, Raegan added many personal and handmade touches to her gown such as the winged cap-sleeved jacket. It was absolutely a piece of art.
Another thing I loved about their wedding was the bridal party and guests. It was so neat to encounter a group of people that were equally laid back as Morgan and Raegen and yet still experience the meaningful relationships that existed between them all. They were all mostly designers and from all over the country. Raegen and Morgan have this classic romantic chemistry about them that I love. They joke and laugh then turn on a little dramatic passion for the camera. Thank you Morgan and Raegen.
Hair & Make-up: Austie Eckely
Veil: Unveiled Bridal Designs
This was a phenomenal wedding of absolute beauty and simplicity with every detail in place. Casey and Jake are amazing and wonderful people who show their personality and style in everything they do. Casey's gown was sophisticated and perfect for her. Her birdcage veil was custom made by the amazing Unveiled Bridal Designs and hair and make-up was done by the talented Austie Eckley. Jake had one of the best grooms men outfits I have seen: fitted / slim pants with a properly fitted shirt and vest. Creative socks and shoes from Urban Outfitters made it a complete outfit.
One of the things I loved most about their wedding was their "first look." I have seen it done so many times where the bride sneaks up behind the groom and taps him on the shoulder and he whips around in surprise. I don't know why but I've never really been a fan of this. I feel it doesn't build or mimic the same anticipation and excitement of seeing your bride walk down the aisle for the first time. After talking with Casey and finding out she had no preference in how they wanted to do their first look, I suggested that we go to this awesome field nearby and had Jake wait for her at one end of it as she walked towards him. He was able to watch her walk over this little grassy knoll and they met there in the field, just the two of them. To me, this emotion is much more enjoyable and natural. Jake was so overcome that he could literally not stand still by the time she was within 20 feet of him and their jubilation at seeing each other this way made for some amazing photographs. It really was the best first look ever because you could just feel the excitement, anticipation and TRUE LOVE they have for each other. I like to tell everyone that their wedding should be a complete reflection of who they are and to be creative in how they plan every detail.
Rebekah took this head shot of me to commemorate the day.
We took so many photos on our trip and they cannot do Italy justice. It is so much more beautiful and surreal in person. Rebekah and I are so very thankful and blessed because of this experience. We will forever treasure it and will keep the perspective of the Italian way of life as we live ours. Congratulations Jon and Megan...we pray that the Lord will bless your marriage and keep you close to each other. Thanks again for a wonderful time and for hiring me to photograph your day in Italy. We hope to see you two again and to make it back to Italy one day.