Lisa and Zanne contacted me about meeting them in their favorite city to hang out for the weekends, Hood River, OR., for their engagement session. I had only been out there a few times, but from what I visited, I LOVED.
We met at the Hood River Waterfront Park (where I left my husband at Pfreim to enjoy on his own for a few hours). The setting of the Columbia River Gorge and the blue sky was amazing, however, in Columbia Gorge fashion, the wind was strong.
So I jumped in their car and we headed up to the Gorge Whitehouse. In true PNW fashion, we hit the bar first and all grabbed some of the local ciders that they made there. After some relaxing (and candid image taking) we wandered the grounds covered in flower gardens, orchards, and of course, and amazing view of Mt Hood.
I met up with Lisa at a house they had rented in Hood River and Bill headed down to Zanne and her spot at the historic Hood River Hotel. This is one of the reasons I love having another photographer work with me. We can split up when needed and capture evertyhing.
For their wedding, they had chosen to have a vintage affair at Stonehenge Gardens in Hood River. This venue has an amazing farmhouse that has been converted into a bistro with stone laid paths, patios, and hidden trails in the trees. The ceremony itself was going to take place in an open grove among the trees that were just starting to turn the colors of fall.
We met at Stonehenge Gardens at different times and prepared them for a super sweet first look!
The time after the first look and before the ceremony let them mingle with their guests who came in true 20’s fashion!
The ceremony was so sweet, I don’t know how many times Zanne had to pause and wipe her tears during her vows, I think everyone was crying (including us photographers).This was also one of my FAVORITE captures of a momnet between a mother and daughter.
Their rings were hand forged by a local Portland artist, how freaking rad are they?!
We snuck the couple away to a nearby view of the gorge for a little quiet time and to get some stunning backdrops to their couple portraits. As usual the sunset in the gorge never fails to impress.
Back at the venue there was an amazing dinner, delicious local pies, and dancing. We stole them one more time so that Bill could work his magic with the lights in the arbor!
These two are so amazing together, Bill and I wish them so much love and happiness.