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Salem Oregon Wedding Photographer | woodland bridal inspiration

It is always a privilege to work with Kate Miles of Kate’s Couture, who is based out of Scio, Oregon. This talented young designer recently won a spot at Portland Fashion Week, as an emerging designer (you can read about the show HERE)!
So, any chance I get to work with Kate is just so wonderful.

This dress, titled Candelight, is no exception to her beautiful collection. The vintage inspired gown features actual antique lace and glides over the body beautifully. It is elegant, understated and timeless.  This dress would be ideal for a variety of settings, including a woodsy area, like the one seen here, a backyard, beach, or even on a yacht. Like most of her gowns, it is a one-of-a-kind design and is actually available for sale! You can contact Kate directly, through her
website (listed below) about purchasing Candlelight.

Because she is a couture designer, Kate often does commissioned work for weddings and special events. So, if you’re looking for something non-traditional and something thatyou’re not going to find in bridal shops, I encourage you to talk to
Kate about a custom design! She even designs dresses for brides who live out of state, mailing the dress
back and forth (or traveling with the dress) for fittings along the way.

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The flowers shown here are a simple DIY bouquet, made with just three hydrangea blooms of varying colors.  Sometimes simplicity really is best. The fabulous makeup artistry is by Laura of Kiss & Makeup in Salem, Oregon. The hair was done by yours truly, as well as the DIY veil. Our locations were a combination of my my studio and a park nearby in downtown Salem. Last, but not least, our gorgeous model was Kenzie Carter of Salem, Oregon.

Although this was a styled photo session, I love doing bridal sessions with real brides. Some book their session prior to their wedding, while other like to book after their wedding, either alone, or with their spouse. Doing bridal shoots on a separate day really takes away from the pressure and time of the wedding day photography, allowing the bride and groom to enjoy more time with their guests.

Kate’s Couture – website and etsy store
Kiss & Makeup – facebook page

This session was shot with a Canon EOS-3, using Portra 400 film, processed and scanned by The FIND Lab.

Salem Oregon Wedding Photographer | Woodland Bridal | Sneak Peek

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More to come from this beautiful session, featuring a Kate’s Couture wedding gown!
Shot details: Canon EOS-3 + Portra 400 + the FIND lab

Salem Oregon Wedding Photographer | sneak peek | Eva

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Wedding on a budget | ten dresses under $200.

Your wedding dress may be the most important and most thought out thing you’ll ever wear. Perhaps you’re saving your money for a honeymoon or maybe you’re just on a very small budget. Heck, maybe you just love a good bargain! I’m here to tell  you that there are plenty of affordable and really cute dresses out there! I’ve done a little online shopping to give you an idea of what is readily available for under $200. Yep, under two hundred dollars. Simply click on a photo to view that dress online.

This adorable tea length dress is whimsical, yet elegant and sophisticated all at the same time. It would be an ideal dress for just about any venue and any time of the year. It’s also available in plus sizes (which you can see on the website). The great thing about ModCloth is that their customers post photos of themselves in the actual dresses on their wedding day! How great is that?
ModCloth, $139.99, available in sizes 2-32
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Who says your dress has to be long? Short dresses are super adorable and so fun. A bonus is that it won’t need to be shortened or bustled, so you’ll save on alterations. You also don’t have to worry about dragging it through the dirt and mud on your wedding day! This dress would be great for a boho inspired wedding, a ceremony on the beach, or even paired with boots for a rustic wedding.The detail and texture would also photograph beautifully.
ModCloth, $62.99, available in sizes S-L

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Simple, yet beautiful and demure is how I would describe this gown. It has just a little bit of sparkle at the shoulders. This dress would be beautiful on the beach, city hall, or just about anywhere! Pair it with some blinged out accessories to dress it up, or wear it with some cute sandals and  your hair down if you want a more casual look.
ModCloth, $109.99, available in sizes 2-32

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I love this dress because it would be flattering on just about any body type (and is availble in a wide range of sizes). It would be perfect for a wedding or reception on a yacht or for a more casual event.
I could see this dress in the city or on the beach. It’s so versatile!
Ann Taylor, $119.99, available in sizes 00-18

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For someone looking for a fantastic retro inspired dress, this is perfect! I love the simplicity of this dress, as it allows for the bride to dress it way up or way down. As you can see, it’s beautiful on plus size brides.
This would be a great dress for a Vegas wedding or a garden party inspired affair.
Pinup Girl Clothing, $110.00, available in sizes XS-4x

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I looove this dress. It is so “Jackie O” to me. The details are exquisite and the silhouette is to die for.
This dress would work for just about any venue, during any season. You could easily wear this dress again
for other events and parties, which is a huge plus in my book!
Shabby Apple, $120.00, available in sizes 0-16

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The ruching on this dress makes hiding “problem areas” a breeze. This would flow beautifully on the beach
and is ideal for an outdoor wedding. You could dress it up with diamonds, give it a classic look with
pearls, or wear some beads for a more bohemian look.
Macy’s, $198, available in sizes 4-16

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The sleeves on this dress are perfection. This would look fantastic for a a vintage or rustic inspired wedding, but could also be worn for just about any type of ceremony with the right accessories.
Macy’s, $179.00, available in sizes 4-18

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The texture on this dress is stunning. I love how it looks both casual and high end at the same time. This would be ideal for an outdoor wedding in the summer and could easily be worn again for all kinds of things!
Anthropologie, $178.00, available in sizes 0-14

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Lace is totally in right now, so finding a lace gown at this price is amazing. It has an interesting
neckline and details, as well as a lovely sillhouette. I could easily see this dress in a field with a hippie
vibe, or in a little chapel with a classic look. It’s so flexible!
H&M, $99.00, available in sizes 2-12

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If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path or something custom, I highly encourage you to shop at Etsy.com. There are a ton of designers and dresses available. Etsy has everything from vintage finds to one of a kind gowns.
My favorite Etsy seller is Kate’s Couture, who happens to be a designer local to me. Click HERE to visit Kate’s Etsy store.
She does a lot of reconstructions, as well as one of a kind designs that she makes from scratch. She also takes custom
orders for clients and makes them the perfect gown.

Salem Wedding Photographer | bridal portraits.

In less than a month I will get to see this beautiful bride marry the man of her dreams, on the beach!
I cannot wait to see the two of them, surrounded by sand and loved ones, saying “I do.”

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These bridal portraits were taken at Salem’s Riverfront Carousel, where the bride manages the amazing gift shop.