Lunar Eclipse - Blood Moon in Portland, Oregon

I had a chance to be up when the lunar eclipse happened last night, so I decided to put my 2x extender and my long lens to use. Put my Canon 5D Mark III on a tripod and took various exposures. This is my favorite. I think you can see various planets as well. Apparently most of Portland had clouds so I guess I got lucky! Beautiful night in Oregon…

Enjoy!

Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon Portland Oregon

Lauren and Trevor’s Winter McMenamins Edgefield Wedding

Lauren and Trevor’s winter wedding was at Grace Lutheran Church in Portland. Grace Lutheran Church is a beautiful church with lots of stain glass. The balcony was great for capturing the action, and we were lucky to have multiple view points. One of the most fun part of the wedding is that a friend of the couple who could not attend the wedding was able to participate the entire day using Skype and iPad!

After the ceremony, we moved to the McMenamins Edgefield and did some portraits at the vineyard. The sunset was gorgeous and we were lucky not to have any rain during this winter wedding! I was able to use my portrait set up and we got some beautiful natural lighting as well! DJ “Noteworthy DJ” Joe Ebner rocked the house as usual and the cake by Jaciva was enjoyed immensely.

You can see the rest of the wedding pictures in the wedding gallery. Please ask for the password from the couple.

Portland Grace Lutheran Church Wedding

Portland Edgefield Attic Wedding

Portland Edgefield Attic Wedding

Portland Edgefield Attic Wedding

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Kimberly and Christopher at Paliku Gardens, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii

Being from Portland, we do not shy away from rainy weddings. Kimberly warned us that it would be rainy at Paliku Gardens at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu. Well, we got more than we bargained for. The good thing about different weather conditions is that you can some amazing photos that normally you do not have a chance to. Kind of making lemonade if life gives you lemons. In this case, life gave us amazing couple and beautiful scenery!

We met Kimberly at another destination wedding in Zihutanejo. We stayed in touch and were delighted when she contacted us and told us she was engaged!

Hawaii is a beautiful state with beautiful traditions. One of my favorites is the luau. With fire dancers, hula dancers and other entertainment, the rehearsal dinner / luau was a joy to photograph. Another tradition we love is bride’s hula dance gift to the groom. It is extremely touching. And the shaved ice? Yumm!

Paliku Gardens has amazing scenery with spectacular cliffs right behind the wedding location. It made our job much easier! Kualoa Ranch is a fantastic place with 4000 acres of natural beauty with fantastic views of the ocean. Give them a call if you would like a Hawaii wedding, they are fantastic!

And make sure to check out the bride’s bouquet!

You can see the rest of the wedding pictures in the wedding gallery. Please ask for the password from the couple.

Kualoa Ranch Paliku-Gardens wedding

Kualoa Ranch Paliku-Gardens wedding

Kualoa Ranch Paliku-Gardens wedding

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Frozen Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls and Horsetail Falls

I was editing weddings, corporate events and portraits for many days straight when I saw a good friend of mine, Maya, post that Multnomah Falls was partially frozen and was full of snow. I keep my gear packed usually and on a whim, I got in my car and went to take some pictures - last time I saw Multnomah falls in the winter snow was in 1998. Of course I forgot my gloves so I was freezing, but this was a rare opportunity. Oregon has some beautiful waterfalls, but we rarely see it in this light.

On the way I stopped by Wahkeena Falls and then after Multnomah Falls, I stopped by Horsetail Falls. In my opinion, Horsetail Falls was better frozen and in snow, looking than Multnomah Falls, what do you think?

Winter Snow Frozen Columbia Gorge

Columbia Gorge on the Way

Winter Snow Frozen Wahkeena Falls Oregon

Wahkeena Falls

 

 Winter Snow Frozen Multnomah Falls Oregon
Multnomah Falls covered in snow

Winter Snow Frozen Oregon Horsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls

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Monica and Jeff’s “Stormy” Wedding at Langdon Farms Golf Club

Summers in Portland are hard to predict. In my opinion we have the best summers anywhere in the Portland area, but once in a while a freak storm comes in. Well, this time it was one of the strongest storms of the last 30-40 years. This didn’t stop Monica and Jeff from having a super fun wedding! It also allowed me to capture some of my favorite rain pictures! I met Monica at her family’s house at Banks, Oregon, and I was there just after Kathy from Event Costmetics was done. She did such a wonderful job. Since it was raining like crazy outside, we did some group shots inside - we had 11 bridesmaids, but they were all very easy going so that made life so much easier. Then we headed in a bus to St. Francis of Assisi Church at Banks. There were some great photo opportunities with all the wind and rain. The inside of the church is so beautiful that we did the group shots there.

After the ceremony, bride and groom left in a firetruck courtesy of Banks Fire & Rescue, since they are firefighters. I followed them to the firehouse to get some pictures of them there as well. After that, it was a long trip to Langdon Farms. Langdon Farms did a great job getting everything ready despite all the weather related commotion. Meanwhile we did some fun pictures under the porch! Enjoy the pictures!

St. Francis Church Wedding Banks Oregon

St. Francis Church Wedding Banks Oregon

St. Francis Church Wedding Banks Oregon

St. Francis Church Wedding Banks Oregon

Langdon Farms Wedding

Langdon Farms Wedding

Langdon Farms Wedding

Langdon Farms Wedding

Langdon Farms Wedding

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Jilliand and Paul’s Wedding at Kells Irish Pub and Restaurant and Stevens Pavilion at Hoyt Arboretum

I love being able to shoot short and intimate Portland weddings as well as the bigger, more elaborate weddings.  They are both challenging and fun in their own ways and variety is the spice of life, right?

Stevens Pavilion at Hoyt Arboretum is a lovely beautiful location. You are surrounded by nature all around. It is right by Forest park, one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves. It was a peaceful and beautiful ceremony. We then moved to Kell’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. I love weddings at Kells Irish Pub and Restaurant because it is the first bar I have been to in Oregon ever, and the staff and food is always great. I was a poor graduate student interviewing with Intel at the time, and I spent half of my net worth on beer. But I digress… The wedding cakes were by relatives and we had the honor of working with Sammy’s Flowers again.

We didn’t have a chance to photography the dancing at this wedding but I stayed just enough to capture the first dance.

You can see the whole set of pictures here. Please ask for the password from the couple.

Wedding at Stevens pavilion at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon

 

Wedding at Stevens pavilion at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon

Wedding at Stevens pavilion at Hoyt Arboretum, Portland, Oregon

Kells Irish restaurant and Pub Wedding , Portland, Oregon

Kells Irish restaurant and Pub Wedding , Portland, Oregon

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Whitney and Kyle’s Beautiful DIY Country Barn Wedding at White Salmon!

I loved all the little details Whitney and Kyle put in their DIY wedding - a camera scavenger hunt for kids and little sheriff stars for them as well, beautiful decorations with sun flowers, and a tree of life 3D wedding signature “book”, a very rustic barn set up with a photo booth, a candy bar (my favorite thing at a wedding food wise :) ), with a back drop of horses and alpacas. The band was fantastic as well! Did I tell you I love barn weddings?

We went to the nearby Huslum Falls and took probably my favorite waterfall images!! (and yes, I am excited about them hence all the exclamation marks). Originally we talked about doing them, and I was very excited about the waterfall pictures, but unfortunately it seemed like the timing was not going to work out. I was bummed but hey, what can you do! However, thanks to our efficient planning with Kyle and everybody being ready on time (thanks!), I was able to do the group shots quickly and we had just enough time to make a quick trip! I love it when wedding couples make time to do some fun photos, especially in such fun settings as Huslum Falls near White Salmon. Washington and Oregon has some amazing sights around The Columbia Gorge and I love it when a wedding is in the Columbia Gorge area!

Those who follow my Instagram (follow me at @evrimicozphoto) know that I am a big fan of food and animals. There were plenty of both this time. The food was out of this world, thanks to Kyle’s brother in law Brian cooking for them! He killed it with BBQ grilled ribs, chicken, and salads made with heirloom tomatoes from the garden? Yes! Everybody loved it! And tons of puppies were roaming around as well! Check out the photo of the puppy drinking water from what was supposed to be chilled apple bucket!

I love it! Oh and make sure to also check out Whitney’s beautiful and fun cowboy boots! Her dress was also gorgeous, from Maggie Sotteross at Pearls and Lace Boutique. I have not heard of the band , H3O, but they were super fun to listen to.

And my favorite moment? During the ceremony, the clouds seperated and light rays (that we sometimes call God rays in photography) shone on the couple. It was beautiful and very touching.

You can see the full set of wedding photos here. Please ask for the password from the couple!

 

Barn Wedding at Washington White Salmon

 

Barn Wedding at Washington White Salmon

Barn Wedding at Washington White Salmon

Barn Wedding at Washington White Salmon

Barn Wedding at Washington White Salmon

Barn Wedding at Washington White Salmon

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