Sade and Jeremy came to me in a way that none of my other clients have. See, they were already booked with a kick ass photographer named River. You might recognize that name, as I have photographed her and her family several times, including their wedding last year! Anyway, River found out she was pregnant, after she’d already booked this wedding. Her due date was way too close to the wedding date to be confident that she’d be able to make it. So, she referred them to me and it was a ridiculously easy transition from one photographer to the other.
Because they booked a small package and live a couple of hours away, I didn’t get a chance to meet the bride and groom until their wedding day (not out of the ordinary with destination weddings or elopements). They were so laid back and sweet! Everything about their entire day was just easy-breezy. They had an intimate gathering, with mostly family. They couldn’t have chosen a more perfect fall evening in Oregon. It was gorgeous, with a cool breeze, and a beautiful sunset.
Bethany Vineyards, in Ridgefield, was the venue for their intimate affair. With a little getting ready space, a big open lawn, a covered reception area, and gorgeous surroundings, they had everything they needed in one beautiful place.
The getting ready space was basically a dark, stone, dungeon, but I loved it (of course). I had studio lighting with me and it looked fine, but after doing some test shots, I felt that using the available light in the space was a better fit for me and my artistic style. It also felt less disruptive to the overall chill vibe in the room. Sade had her best friend, her mom, and her aunt, helping with the dress and veil. I love bridesmaids and had 8 myself, but oh my gosh is it quiet without any! Oh, and all those hands you see on the back of wedding dresses (like below)? Always real moments. It really does take several set of hands sometimes!
The location of the ceremony itself was so pretty. The guests had a view of the pond, as a backdrop behind the couple. The trees blocked out the harsh sun, but still allowed some of that beautiful light through. As you can see, they only had about 30 guests in attendance, so very intimate.
After saying, “I do,” the couple ventured off for some portraits, with family, as well as just the two of them. Afterwards they headed back to their guests for a light dinner and some drinks. The setting was gorgeous, as the sun fully set during the meal.
After some dinner and cake cutting, I pulled them away for just a few more minutes to get these stunning sunset shots. Their guests were content to finish their meal in comfortable chairs and outdoor heaters.
Venue: Bethany Vineyard & Winery
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero Designs
Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank
Flowers: Arranged For You Floral Events
Wedding Cake: Rosycakes
Bride’s Wedding Ring: Zales
Groom’s Wedding Ring: Manly Bands
Officiant: The Wedding Judge
Bride’s Makeup Artist: Makeup by Whit
Bride’s Hairstylist: Shandra Montoya (Devil Make Hair Salon)