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  • Heidi + Daniel Get Married In Bend

    It was pouring down rain exactly 24 hours prior to Heidi and Daniel's wedding. The rehearsal took over two hours because they practiced outside in the field as well as inside their barn space. We prayed and hoped that the weather would hold out, because these two were getting married outside no matter what.

    The morning of the wedding day was as beautiful as it could get. Central Oregon is a breathtaking place- I had never been to Bend and so wished that I had extra time to explore more afterwards. Heidi is a dear friend and I was glad to be able to spend a relaxing morning with her and the girls. The boys according to David, my second shooter, were a riot. I knew the day would be a memorable one.

    Heidi and Daniel opted out of a first look and I knew they were both anxious to get things started. Finally, the guests were seated and the family started walking down. We weren't halfway through the wedding party when the power went out and the music stopped. 

    I felt a drop.

    I looked at Daniel.

    Then someone yelled, "Everyone to the barn!"

    The clouds had made their way right over the ceremony spot. Someone said that we were having the wedding in the barn. Somewhere else I heard that we were waiting for the rain to pass. Golf carts were going back and forth from the field for the elderly. The video guys moved all their equipment inside and started setting it up for the barn. I saw the communion necessities being passed and someone saying, "We're nixing this to make the ceremony shorter." It was finally decided that we were going to give Heidi that outdoor wedding she wanted. So we waited.

    The wait wasn't so long, as the chaos made the time pass quickly. When the rain had finally made its way past us, everyone started for the field again. This time chairs were only brought down for grandparents and everyone stood. All of this anticipation was starting to build up.

    The music started and we started the ceremony for the second time. As soon as Heidi was in sight-- amongst the soft, beautiful music-- everyone cheered and clapped. I looked at Daniel and he was in tears. I looked at Heidi, looking ever so beautiful, sobbing uncontrollably.

    It was one of the most beautiful moments I've ever witnessed in my life.

    The ceremony was wonderful. Heidi and Daniel went through with communion and each row was invited to the front. It was incredible to feel that sense of community in that moment.

    It is needless to say that the rest of the evening was as epic as you'd expect.

    Thank you, Heidi and Daniel... for changing my perspective.

    Be sure to check out their incredible wedding film done by Maxwell Monty, here.

    Venue: Shadow Ranch: Bend, Oregon Second Shooter: David Mendoza III, Wedding Dress: from A Bride to Remember, Florist: Flowers by Deanna, Videographer: Maxwell Monty, Cafe Bakery: The Cake Lady

  • Erika + Kevin

    Community. That's what Erika and Kevin are about. These two are the definition of living life surrounded my genuine and invested relationships. As I worked through these images, I found myself starting sentences over and over in preparation for this post that could truly describe this day... but my words, I'm afraid, will fail to do so. 

    Recently, I went through a slump and asked myself why I do what I do... why bother photographing weddings? They've become such a production and it is disheartening when wedding celebrations become a one-day deal, in which everything has to be perfect... weddings represent a lot more. They represent a marriage... the union of two people becoming one. They represent a covenant, a lifetime... not one day. When I relive this day, I remember why I fell in love with my job in the first place.

    Erika and Kevin have been an integral part of my life in the past year and a half. When life was stressful, they'd offer to make me dinner. When I needed listeners, they were there. These two are the epitome of good character and adventure. Their wedding day was one that glorified our Savior and celebrated all the people who've invested into their lives. There were so many neat details to this day. Erika and Kevin are way into rock-climbing (I mean, they got me into it... and I'm forever grateful) and during their ceremony, they tied a figure-eight knot together to represent their union. Justin, the Best Man, gave the hands-down best speech I've ever heard. Erika collected tons and tons of heart rocks for their wedding programs. Erika's dad, made the cathedral windows that they used as their backdrop from materials on their property in southern Oregon. They shared ice cream cones instead of cutting cake and did a tandem bike getaway. Their tables had photos from their adventures and descriptions of the places they've visited. (It's their goal to visit all the national parks.) Since they've been together, they've also had an adventure book in which they encouraged their guests to add to. 

    They just got home from their three-week honeymoon across Canada and the Western US and left stickers from their wedding everywhere they went... yeah, they're pretty cool.

    I don't know guys, this day was too good. I left this day feeling so full.

    (Also, check out their engagement session here... one of my favorites!)

    Venue: Snoqualmie Point Park, Second Shooter: Alex Herbig, Wedding Dress: from A Bride to Remember, Invitations: Elisabeth Price, Stickers + Pint Glass Design: Taylor Burgoyne