It’s been a rough few years, but Eva and Mika really wanted to celebrate their marriage with friends and family. The two of them actually live in Chicago right now as Eva attends medical school, but they decided to have a destination wedding with friends and family out here in Portland, OR.
After a few Zoom meetings and emails, things were set at they were having their bash at The Foundry in Lake Oswego, just outside of Portland, Or.
With the pandemic still in effect, this doctor and scientist wanted to make it as safe as possible for everyone, so after my associate photographer Jen and I passed our rapid testing at the door and were confirmed to be vaccinated, we headed in to start capturing the action.
We walked in to an epic sushi feast that Eva was having with her wedding party.
Mika had not yet arrived at the venue, so we stole the dress while we could and found some trees outside that could provide an excellent framework to highlight the details and colors on this dress. Look at that embroidery!
We hid the dress away again; the girls’ hair and makeup were in full action as Mika was arriving. Jen and I floated back and forth to photograph everything we could. At The Foundry, the rooms to get ready in are right next to each other. It was not an issue for Eva and Mika as the wedding party went back and forth, and Mika even came over to get opinions from Eva. Once Eva started to get into her dress is, when we banned him, she still wanted to surprise him with her wedding dress.
The groomsmen were ready, and we wanted to set up for the first look, so Jen took them outside to get some fun shots together while we were wrapping up inside.
Once they were all ready, we stepped outside and setup for the first look. I think Mika approves of the dress.
After the first look, Eva and Mika got tucked away while guests started to arrive, and Jen and I got ready to photograph the ceremony.
The Foundry has a neat viewpoint that looks over the water while you say your vows. It can also be tricky to photograph everything here, especially if you don’t have an associate photographer.
I stationed upfront and tucked down in front of the first row, and Jen stayed along the walkway in the back. This way, we could photograph them down the aisle.
With lots of sweet words from many during the ceremony, it was super sweet, and everyone enjoyed watching these two get married.
I like to keep close family members and the wedding party near the alter after the wedding. This way, we can roll right into the formal portraits, and we don’t have to hunt cocktail hour for the missing family members.
During the cocktail party was just getting started.
After everyone got their fill at dinner, then came the fun and games!
When speeches rolled around, there was plenty of laughter and tears, butt you know its serious when there is a power point presentation!
And of course, dancing comes next. Between the choreographed family dance with Eva and her family, the sweetness with Mika and her, and then the rushing to the dancefloor for the Hora, we were all over!
What an amazing night celebrating these two! We wish you all the happiness!