You know what’s beautiful? A groom who lights up, smiles and tears up at the first sight of his bride. A bride who is so full of joy that not a moment passes where she isn’t smiling. A groom that doesn’t typically enjoy being in front of a camera all day, but will take his bride’s hand and happily dance and hold her for as long as it takes. Eric and Shanna are all of these things and more. I feel that you can tell quite a bit about a person depending on the company they keep. Not just that, but by what that company reveals about you during wedding toasts… I learned quite a bit while photographing Eric and Shanna last weekend; all of it revealing what they mean to their families and each other. All of it beautiful. I felt so blessed to be part of their day and to have captured the beauty of the day.
A special thank you to St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, the Multnomah Athletic Club, whose facility and staff are absolutely incredible to work with, and finally, Bash! Events NW. Jessica of Bash was wonderful. I can’t type out how thrilled I was to work with everyone! And a special thank you to dear friend, Jenica Lemmons of Lemon Drops Photography for your help! Love that chick.
Now, on to the photos… A stunning day, capped off by a Portlander’s DREAM! (hint: The Timbers may be involved!)
On her way to meet Eric for a quiet prayer, I asked Shanna to stop so I could shoot a close-up of her…then I saw her grandparents behind her and backed up because there was a moment occurring in front of me. I loved the way Shanna’s grandfather was watching her and the way her grandmother was holding on to him. The pride, the joy, the emotion; I love this moment. It speaks so much about how they feel about Shanna and it couldn’t be more real.
Now, for those of you who don’t know this, the MAC makes up part of Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers! When your reception is held on a big game night, you have to expect that you’ll lose a few guests to the excitement of the field! And who can blame them…I mean, not only did we have a fantastic view of the game, but we were playing David Beckham. Erm…I mean, we were playing LA Galaxy. But hello, Beckham was in the HOUSE!
And yes, our soccer fans were blessed with access to the field for a photo! GO TIMBERS!!
Good night, Portland!