Dana and Kat are awesome.
Okay, not the end. I’m definitely going to ramble about this a couple a bit more.
I met Dana and Kat for the firs time at their consultation. I was in Portland so we met up at a place of their choosing…and boy did they choose well. We met up at a little hole-in-the-wall taco joint in Portland, near Dana’s work.
I knew right then that we’d get along just fine.
I often see my own husband and myself in the couples that I work with. I don’t know if it’s because that’s the type of client I attract, if most couples are like that, or if it’s just a coincidence. Dana and Kat, despite both being women, remind me a bit of Ben and I. One is more shy and quiet, while the other is a little more…not (and anyone who has met me can probably guess that I’m the ‘not’ in our relationship). They’re super cute together, to say the least. A bit of giggling and a lot of googely eyes.
Anyway, about the wedding…
It was held on a beautiful September morning at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon. Because this was such a simple event, I opted to not bring an assistant with me. One of my favorite parts of the day was when I arrived early and hiked in to where the ceremony would be held. It was cold and foggy, with the ground still damp…perfection! I tend to run warm, so the temperature was ideal for me. To be able to just take it all in and appreciate it by myself was simply amazing.
Shortly after my arrival I met up with Dana and Kat and documented them getting ready. Their officiant, Gail, had an awesome van that had been converted for camping, that she let them use. Dana was assisted by her cousin, while Kat had a hand from her best friend and man-of-honor. They each had a custom suit from Duchess Clothier, a designer based in Portland, Oregon. The suits (and lining) complimented each other, but were tailored to their specific style and personalities. As you can see, their first look was just as sweet as could be, each with a huge smile on their face.
The couple walked down the aisle together, hand in hand, to beautiful wooden flute music.
The ceremony was held on the Redwood Deck, among close friends and family. Dana’s cousin recited a poem, Kat’s sister sang, and guests gave encouraging words and affirmations. At the end of the ceremony everyone sang “So Happy Together” by The Turtles. Literally one of my most favorite songs (yes, I sang along, despite having a horrid singing voice…sorry, not sorry). Post nuptials they did a receiving line and then headed off to their reception as I headed home (remember… you don’t have to book your photographer to cover every aspect of the day…especially if you’re on a budget).
Suits: Duchess Clothier
Officiant: Gail MacLennan
Wedding invitations: Creative Market & Moo
Rings: Susman Metal Arts, Jewelry Let Go
Florist: Kristin LeBlanc at New Season’s Market
Out-of-town guests accommodations: The Tiny House Hotel
Ceremony venue: Hoyt Arboretum, Redwood Deck
Native American Flute: Geri LittleJohn (firstname.lastname@example.org)