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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.


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.

Oregon Wedding Photographer | preferred vendor: Hammelmans Dried Flowers

 One of last year’s brides had a gorgeous dried flower bouquet, which can be seen HERE. Her bouquet was purchased off of Etsy (link is in that blog post), but because I love to support local businesses, I went and found Hammelmans Dried Flowers, LLC. They primarily do online sales, but they were kind enough to let me brows their warehouse and choose some flowers for a DIY bouquet. They grow the flowers there on site, which can be purchased while they’re still fresh, or after they’ve dried them. Their selection is enormous, beautiful, and so colorful!

Because our shoot was a a fun mix of pink, plaid, and voodoo donuts (full shoot can be seen HERE), I went ahead and chose some hot pink and yellow flowers for our fun bouquet and boutonniere. Dried flowers are surprisingly easy to work with.



If you are looking to make your own dried flower bouquets, I highly recommend Hammelmans, which is located on 950 acres in beautiful Mt. Angel Oregon. You can find more about this business by clicking the links below.