Amy and Dan’s Wedding at Springhouse Cellar Winery at Hood River!

It is always a great honor to photograph good friend’s weddings. I have known Amy and Dan for years from swing dancing, and they are a super cute couple. They planned a lot of the details with help of friends, and decided to utilize Springhouse Cellar Winery at Hood River, Columbia Gorge.

Of course no dancer would be complete without a great band so they also hired Green Tambourine - a favorite band in Portland. The members of the band are super talented, but also really good swing dancers and good friends. I have never been to Springhouse Cellar Winery before but what a gorgeous place! It is located in a converted 1920’s cannery in downtown Hood River, Oregon. Needlessly to say - lots of great details done by friends, paper (and real) flowers, tons of swing dancing, great pies brought by friends. Our friend Rob Donnan was the MC, and Bret Hutchinson was the officiant. Just a fantastic time all around! Catering was done by Boda’s Kitchen, and the tamales were to die for!

Amy and Dan also did a dance jam - basically a time when everybody circles around the special couple and steal them for a dance. And Dan surprised Amy with a beautifully performed song with his guitar he has been secretly rehearsing!

You can see the whole set of wedding proofs here (ask the couple for the password).

 

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

Springhouse Cellar Winery Hood River Wedding

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Margot and Juan’s Super Fun Venezuelan Wedding at Oregon Golf Club!

In Venezuela, there comes a time in the wedding when all fun breaks loose. La Hora Loca is a party within a party, and to bring a high energy transition to the dance part of the reception from the more traditional first part of the reception! It is a no holds barred party where everybody dances like crazy. Well, this wedding was no different and thanks to the props organized by Katy from Bridal Bliss, everybody was looking awesome and Pressure Point band, one of my favorite bands killed it with the music. Even the groom and bride were on stage, Juan with the cow bell and rocked the party! There were also tequeño served - super yummy!

We started the day at The Nines Hotel, where everybody was getting ready. There were many teary eyes while Margot was getting ready, and guys were, well, being guys :) We did a quick first look utilizing the beautiful architecture of The Nines Hotel, and then went to the beautiful Oregon Golf Club. I love working there, as the staff is always amazing, and food is great as well.

If you remember, we had a bunch of big forest fires in Clackamas County, and you could see one of them from far away - it created a very unique cloud, look for it in the pictures! Oregon Golf Club has some amazing views by the way, so we used that to our advantage during the couple’s portraits!

And the wedding vendors we worked were all fantastic - special thanks to Crave Design who did a wonderful job with the stationary, Greenlight Creative - they are the best in special events lighting, Zest Floral with amazing and classy flowers, Powder Inc who of course did an amazing job for Margot!

Enjoy!

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

The Oregon Golf Club Wedding

 

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Denisse and Craig’s Beautiful Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast Wedding!

I have known Denisse and Craig for years and we have been good friends. I was very excited when she told me they were getting married and was honored to hear they wanted me to be their photographer!

Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast is one of my favorite places in Oregon to shoot. Such wonderful view, and owners are great people. They upgraded their property quite a bit as well. It is definitely a beautiful destination near Hood River and Columbia Gorge, without being far from Portland.

Denisse is a planner - that I knew. She owns her business, a cleaning company that I personally use and recommend. She did a wonderful  job planning for her wedding - it was a beautiful rustic wedding that fit perfectly with the Mt Hood Bed and Breakfast. She provided parasols for the guests, cake and pies were set on log slices (and were yummy), and a ton of little details like giant Mr & Mrs sign on the barn that a lot of couples took pictures in front of, and also a Polaroid guest book which was a big hit as well.

I also had the pleasure of working with Premier Catering that provided delicious food, Fleur Cakes that provided the yummy cake, Tammy’s Flowers with amazing flowers , and bride looked fantastic thanks to Powder Inc.

Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast Rustic Wedding

Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast Rustic Wedding

Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast Rustic Wedding

Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast Rustic Wedding

Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast Rustic Wedding

Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast Rustic Wedding

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A Fun Bar Mitzvah at Portland World Trade Center!

We love being part of Bar Mitzvahs! They are lots of fun, very emotional and touching and high energy! This Bar Mitzvah at Portland World Trade Center was no different! And lots of fun little touches like Salt and Straw ice cream, custom drawn hats, lots of sweets, and Sam was singing on his guitar as well! Enjoy!

Portland Bar Mitzvah

 

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

Portland Bar Mitzvah

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Nicole and Chris at Jamison Restaurant at the Pearl District! (Associate Coverage)

Nicole and Chris tied the rope at the beautiful Jamison Restaurant in the Pearl District of Portland. The wedding ceremony was at the Jamison Square park, by the sculptures with kids playing in the pool behind them. I love Jamison Park, a very quintessential Portland park surrounded by art and great restaurants. The couple gathered their friends in a small circle and had a short but touching ceremony. Dinner, accentuated by musicians, was a beautiful and friendly affair.

Jamison Square Restaurant Wedding

 

Jamison Square Restaurant Wedding

Jamison Square Restaurant Wedding

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Meredith and Garrett at McMenamins Edgefield Administrator’s House (associate coverage)

We totally hit it off with Garrett and Meredith when we met them. They were very relaxed and fun people, and Garrett loves double IPA’s and soccer as well. In fact, I recruited him for my futsal team and we have been scoring goals for the last few months! Meredith is a genuinely easy going person and their wedding reflected their personalities. Administrator’s House is a perfect little space for intimate weddings. This is our second wedding at McMenamins Edgefield Administrator’s house and both couples had super fun and relaxed weddings. We were able to get away for a little bit for the sunset photos as well, so please check them out!

Their florist Rachel from By The Bunch did a beautiful job with the bride’s bouquet! Hair and Make up was by Gypsyana.

You can see the full set of photos by clicking here!  (Please ask the bride and groom for the password).

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

 

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

 

 

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

McMenamins Edgefield Administrator's House Wedding

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Leanne and Aaron’s Elegant Wedding at Portland Art Museum!

Leanne and Aaron had a very classy and elegant wedding at Portland Art Museum, one of my favorite Portland wedding venues! Vibrant Table did the catering and event design, and they outdid themselves in both! The Fields Sunken Ballroom was turned in to a beautiful set up with ghost chairs and mood lighting. The chuppah was amazing with flowers from Vibrant Flowers. I always love working with Molli from Soiree Event Planning and she did a wonderful job of making sure everything ran perfectly and all the vendors were coordinated, and the bride and groom were not stressed out. Thanks Molli!

Jewish weddings have lots of  traditions, and I love photographing such emotional events. The seven blessings Sheva B’rachot for example, and breaking of the glass. Leanne walked down the aisle with a gorgeous Casablanca Couture gown and beautiful, long veil. The lighting cast a beautiful pattern on her while she walked down. Rabbi Daniel Isaak is wonderful to listen to (I actually had the honor of photographing his daughter’s wedding couple years ago!).  Duo Con Brio trio set the mood with their music.

The team at Vibrant Table flipped the room very quickly after the ceremony and I was amazed what they have accomplished. You will be very impressed as well. Beautiful warm colors, and bride and groom’s name was projected to the dance screen. Leanne and Aaron walked in to the ballroom under applause and the traditional horah dance to Hava Nagila started. Tons of fun!

The toasts were very touching and Leanne and Aaron had a beautiful first wedding dance!

You can see the full set of this Portland wedding’s pictures by clicking the link.

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

Portland Jewish Wedding at Portland Art Museum

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Solution to Some Images Not Loading on Facebook

Break from photography for a second: I am a photographer, but I do have a graduate degree in computer engineering, so when a situation comes up that I can use my technical side, I get excited. Lately, I have been having problems with Facebook with some images showing up, but some others not loading up. I finally found a solution to Facebook not displaying all images and  this might be useful for you. The issue came up on all my browsers so I knew it was not a browser or plug-in thing. I also turned off firewall on my computer and also on my router. No go. It was doing the same thing. I then realized that the images that showed up were being served by the domain:

scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

and images not showing up were served by:

scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

Changing the “a” to “b” manually made the image show up. This is probably a load balancing thing for Facebook, but it is not working properly right now. So the solution is to send all requests by your computer to the “b” server instead of the “a” server. To do that, on a Windows computer, you can edit the HOSTS file. Here is how to edit the hosts file on a Windows machine.

For MACs, this is how you edit the hosts file.

You need to add the following line to your HOSTS file. I didn’t have to reboot for this to take effect but just closed and opened up my browser. You might need to restart.

Add the following line to your HOSTS file:

31.13.76.20 scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

at the end.

Let me know if this helps!






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