I’ve only shared a sneak peek to this shoot before, because I’ve been saving it for today — tomorrow, we launch MarryThis! guide number 3, and this is the shoot featured in that guide. This was an absolute blast to put together and I am so excited to finally share it with you!
We started off the inspiration for this charming morning reception with doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut (where else?), a DIY milk bar with regular and chocolate milk and those cute little doughnut flags from Foosie Design.
Those great invitations are also from Foosie Design, and our model for this shoot is my dear friend Christy Rimrodt of Studio Christy and her husband Kirk (also known as the INCREDIBLY good sport in this scenario).
Our flowers came from the talented Liz Rusnac of Fleur:ology Design. She was so creative to use “java jackets” in her modern centerpieces.
Christy’s hair and makeup were done by Austie Eckley (and that fab hairpiece came from Austie’s Etsy shop) and the dress is by Claire La Faye.
Finally, the lovely backdrop is the Leftbank Annex and all our lovely tables, chairs and some of the dishes came from The Party Place, who are always amazingly supportive.
Thank you to the team who made this happen! This was such a fun shoot to work on and you were all a blast. If you’re loving the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the new MarryThis! guide, which will launch tomorrow morning, and we’ll tell you exactly how to do it for your own reception!
I don’t even know where to begin blogging this one because I’m so in love with it. Today I’m sharing the wedding of Allison and Matt, not only two of the most genuinely wonderful people on the planet, but friends of mine too. I met Allison in college where she was the unflappable, high-energy powerhouse copy editor to my editor at our college newspaper. That was a long time ago now, but over the years we have stayed in touch and recently have worked together a lot. She’s a graphic designer and she designed my Sara Gray Photography logo and loads of other stuff for my business. More recently, she’s the art director for MarryThis!
Allison is wonderful and a great friend to me, and I have to say, Matt totally completes her. They’re a great match and they were just oozing with excitement and love on their wedding day. I expected nothing but beauty and inspired ideas from this awesome couple, but they still blew me away with their 1940s-inspired wedding in Boise, Idaho.
I just adored their choices of The Linen Building and The Modern Hotel for their wedding festivities. These places both have a very Palm Springs vibe.
I think the most handsome thing on a wedding day is when a groom is confident and absolutely nuts about his bride. Matt fit the bill on all counts.
Allison and Matt’s reception really took things up a notch — they brought in swing dance teachers to teach a quick lesson before the swing band took over and everyone got down for the rest of the night.
Congratulations, Allison and Matt! I was so luck to be a part of your wedding. It was totally beautiful and I know you guys are going to have the most amazing, adventurous life together!
It’s been such an exciting year for me and for my business. My wedding photography and business portraits business are expanding super fast, then I added a new business, then a fun new project and now I’ve got a new space to do it all in. I’m located in Multnomah Village now, just upstairs from the Starbucks (danger!) — if you’re in the neighborhood, you’ll have to stop by and say hello!
I’m still in the process of decorating the space, so I don’t want to show it off totally yet, but here’s a little sneak peek to tide you over. The print (which is just so me — I’m a bit of a dessert fiend) is from SweetDee on Etsy.
Back to decorating! See you all soon.
I have had such a crazy month! Since I have loads to share, I’ll continue the travel-fest here on the blog with a selection of my photos from Boise. I spent a long weekend there shooting a dear friend’s wedding and hanging out with Eric’s brother Jamie (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JAM JAM!) — we ate, we drank, we enjoyed the city. Boise rocks. It’s sort of like a little Portland — great food, lots of local businesses and active people, loads of bike trails, hiking trails etc. I sound like I got a job working for the Chamber of Commerce while I was there, but seriously — if you don’t believe me, ask Sunset Magazine, who has been raving about how hip Boise is for awhile. Anyway, on to the photos!
Boise has a Basque tradition — as someone who keeps the Iberian Peninsula close to her heart, that was extremely exciting. I can’t wait to go back for loads of Basque food and celebration in May with Eric — we’ll be celebrating Jamie’s graduation.
Thanks for having me, Jamie! And thanks to Allison and Matt for having an amazing wedding. The day I took these photos was a bit overcast, but the day of the wedding was beautiful and sunny, and felt a bit like Palm Springs. More from the wedding soon!
For the second part of my recent trip to the East Coast, we headed north on the train from DC to NYC, which is one of my favorite places on the planet. It’s been a few years since I’d been back, so I was excited to go again and to show Eric for the first time. Here’s a little selection of some of the things we saw.
In my opinion, the observation tower on top of Rockefeller Center trumps the Empire State Building any day.
My parents again, near the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
We had a great time on our trip and it was the perfect springtime break before I gear up for a crazy and amazing wedding season. Get ready for loads of weddings this year!
Eric and I just got home from spending ten days on the East Coast with my parents, so I’ll be posting some travel photos today and next Tuesday from our trip. We started our trip in Washington, D.C.
My parents took my sister Emily and I on this same trip when I was in the seventh grade, and I have to say — most places are way more enjoyable as an adult. I loved seeing all the real, up-close American history the first time around, but this time we had way more fun.
The above were taken in Georgetown, where we enjoyed a pretty amazing Italian meal and spent some time gawking at the beautiful old homes.
This was taken on the second day of our trip, which was my parents’ 29th wedding anniversary. Aren’t they cute?
On the left, the Jefferson Memorial, and on the right, the Newseum. I think the Newseum was one of my favorite things on the whole trip.
Stay tuned, I’ll share some photos from New York City next week!
I have such a soft spot for elopements. And this one was fantastic — Naomi and Joe got married on a totally typical rainy Oregon day, but that was about the end of the typical elements. We spent the afternoon running around Portland (them in a pedi-cab!) and taking photos. It was so fun to watch them with their family and friends on such a happy day, in the city they love.
I love how sharp the two of them looked, despite the rain — they stayed warm and snuggly in their pedi-cab while their good friend Doug pedaled them around town.
The below photo was taken just after they were pronounced husband and wife at the courthouse in downtown Portland.
Joe and Naomi ended their day at the Ace Hotel, where they kicked up their heels and waited for some of their friends and family to come join them for dinner and drinks to toast their new marriage.
Thank you so much, Naomi and Joe, for letting me be a part of your wedding day. It was unique and fun, just like the two of you. Congratulations!
I’m having a fun month — I love to travel, as some of you know, and I’ve been on the road a lot lately. So I thought I’d share some of my travel photos from the road. There’s something fun about taking photos on a trip, because you can wander, try to see a place with a new eye, and there isn’t the pressure of a “job” to stress you out. All that to say, if you’re walking through the streets of Seattle and you see a pain au chocolat that’s calling your name, you can stop, enjoy and even take a photo.
I was in Seattle last week for some business portraits and I got a little tourist time in too. I know it’s not far, but Seattle seems so different and I love it when I have time to explore. Enjoy! Coming up in the next few weeks I’ll have photos to share from New York, Washington D.C. and Boise.
Right now I’m enjoying a little of the very chilly East Coast — I’ll be back next week!
Well, it’s a day I’ve been waiting for a long time now. Today is the big launch of MarryThis!, my new project that I’ve been working on behind the scenes (with an amazingly talented team) for months now.
MarryThis! is a series of wedding planning guides that are tailored to specific weddings. So, you know that thing when you’re trying to plan a wedding and you read all these wedding blogs and magazines and then you start to feel really overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start? That’s exactly what we’re trying to avoid. You pick the wedding you love and want to have, we tell you exactly how to pull it off, from start to finish. We share budget information (real numbers, of course) and inside information about vendors and the industry and all the stuff you need to basically feel like you’ve had a wedding planner’s help — but for only $40.
Needless to say, I’m excited about the launch. Today we launched the first two guides in the series and we’re launching another each month for the rest of the year. Prepare yourselves, this is going to be exciting!
In celebration of the new launch, I’m giving away a free guide to one lucky blog reader. To win, just comment on this post by midnight tonight. I’ll pick a commenter at random and announce the winner on my Facebook page (and via e-mail) on Wednesday.
Please check out our new shopping cart and site, read a little about the two guides out for release today and sign up for e-mail updates (at the bottom right corner of the site) if you want to see the next guides as they are unveiled. And thanks to all of you great blog readers for your support!