It’s another story of a wedding during lockdown! Lee and Ricky had been planning their wedding for a while, but the date had to be moved due to COVID. But finally, they got their chance to celebrate their way.
I met up with Lee as she got ready at her hotel in Tualatin.
Meanwhile, Ricky was getting ready with his boys in another room.
Once they were all ready, all the cars were packed, and we headed off to Saint Irene’s.
Saint Irene’s is this lovely little event venue in Tualatin, Oregon. It’s broken into two sides. One side holds a full bar with some seating options. A movable wall between the space opens up to the gorgeous event venue area. With multiple ways to be set up, Saint Irene’s is a perfect spot for a smaller wedding.
Here is a quick look at how Lee and Ricky had it set up for their wedding ceremony.
Once everyone arrived, we got everyone in line and ready for the bride and groom’s first look! With it being a tad gloomy outside, we opted to use their altar as the backdrop.
One of the best things about a first look (other than a mass calming of nerves) is that you will usually have time between the first look and the ceremony. That is where we can get some of your portraits done, which means more partying after the ceremony!
Saint Irene’s is located in aa more industrial area, so you won’t get sweeping fields of grass nearby, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get gorgeous pictures!
We started off inside using the wooden backdrop.
Once we stepped outside, we used some of the landscaping right in front of the building. Hitting the angles just right to miss the signboards.
And check out these little trouble makers.
After scouting around the parking lot for a little bit, I found a basketball hoop! So I took the boys over to play while the videographer was working some magic with the bridal party.
And getting this gorgeous couple back together right before the ceremony starts!
Everything was now set up, the details were set, and the guests started to arrive.
Along with the wedding party, Lee and Ricky had their three sons involved. Their youngest warned Ricky of what was coming, while the two oldest walked their mom down the aisle.
Of course with so much family involved, the ceremony was so personal and sweet.
Right after the ceremony, we peeked our heads outside and saw this amazing sunset coming over the trees. So of course, we went and got more portraits!
With the right light, even a parking lot gives a great background.
Lee, Ricky and I snuck back inside to the closed up side of Saint Irene’s to sign the marriage certificate and take a few more portraits along their cute couches in there.
Once it was all done, we lined everyone up and got them ready for the announcements! There is a curtain partition that makes a perfect grand entrance setup.
The kids could not wait to hit the dancefloor.
So many sweet dances between the family as well.
The reaction from Lee as Ricky danced with his mom told you about how much these families love each other.
Then came all the fun with the speeches, especially with words from two of their sons.
Then came the cake cutting and the bouquet toss!
The rest of the night was spent partying it up with their friends and family. Before we packed up for the night, we got everyone setup for the perfect sparkler exit. Their friends did not disappoint in giving us the all the lights we wanted.
Congrats, again, to these two wonderful people and their amazing family!