jenine and alex are very dear to our hearts, and we were so elated when they asked us to shoot their wedding. their octoberfest-themed wedding was laid-back, sweet and full of tarot-card reading goodness. jenine incorporated a german tradition of log cutting at the end of the ceremony, which put a whole different spin on the whole 'wedding bubbles' exit idea. and all of the details and overall aesthetic of the day was killer. nothing is more rewarding than documenting our friends' weddings. as if watching them say 'i do' wasn't enough, being their photographers we became their shadows and saw all of the moments and emotions of their day; all of the behind the scenes reactions, getting-ready butterflies, the pure joy of seeing each other for the first time, the excitement of greeting friends and loved ones. it's an emotional roller coaster for them, and us. and in turn, our photographs become more intimate and blur that boundary between private and shared. this is as real as it gets.
most couples tell us they either want a very small gathering for their wedding, shared only with their closest loved ones, or, they want to scream their vows from the rooftops and share it with the rest of the world. when jessica and adam first met with us, they were conflicted by wanting a little bit of both – an intimate moment with only a handful of people, and an open party concept, with tons of friends and family to celebrate their love. after a few meetings, it was pretty clear to us that, much like a This American Life episode, their wedding would be in two acts... act one: on september 14th, the couple said "i do" at a beautifully planned and executed small elopement in the middle of a thick, mossy opening of cook forest. it was a photographer’s dream! light filtering through the canopies and so much texture and color to work with, this place rivaled much of the pacific northwest.
act two: a casual, laid-back reception with family and friends at seventh son brewing co. the industrial setting, coupled with a touch of local vendors (swoop food cart catered followed by short north bagel deli cart) and a few intimate details made it for the perfect spot for their reception. however, the fact that this happens to be the couple’s local pub where they went to plan out their wedding made it so much memorable for them.
all in all, jess and adam’s multi-day wedding proved that you can have the best of both worlds. we hope you enjoy the photo selections!
we're still posting a few more beauties from last year's wedding season, and this one's tops! audrey and andy's fall outdoor ceremony was stunning, and their laid-back nature made this day so much fun to capture. this day was chock full of golden light, s'mores & sentiment, and choreographed moves to ice ice baby.