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McMenamins Edgefield, Portland Destination Wedding – |Dan + Cailtlin|

mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-01 At my first meeting with Caitlin + Dan, I felt like we had been friends for years. We talked beer, mutual friends, ComicCon and their plans for an amazing destination wedding in Portland. I was so excited we hit it off, I love when clients turn in to friends! Plus they were getting married at a bucket list venue for me – Mcmenamins Edgefield. It’s an old Poor House turned in to a hotel with a brewery, distillery, winery & event space!

On their wedding day, it called for rain. Lots and lots and LOTS of rain. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck right? Well these two hit the good luck jackpot! Regardless of Mother Nature’s plans, they both had the biggest smiles on their faces all day long. We did a twist on the normal first look, they exchanged love letters back to back before actually seeing one another. I also love that their wedding contained just the right amount of nerd details, including both unknowingly having The Walking Dead references in their vows! And best of all, they trusted me. I made the call to wait on wedding portraits because I had a feeling we would get a break during the reception – and we did! Nothing phased these two, they were just so thrilled to be husband and wife! mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-02 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-03 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-04 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-05 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-06 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-07 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-08 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-09 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-10 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-11 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-12 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-13 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-14 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-15 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-16 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-17 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-18 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-19 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-20 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-21 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-22 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-23 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-24 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-25 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-26 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-27 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-28 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-29 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-30 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-31 mcmenamins-edgefield-portland-destination-wedding-32

Ceremony + Reception Venue: McMenamins Edgefield
Photographer: Melissa McClure Photography
Florist: Bluebell Florals

St Lucia Wedding Day 1- Coconut Bay Resort – {Brad + Huong}

In January, Jason and I had the pleasure to photograph the destination wedding of Brad + H. I had met these two at their engagement session in San Diego and was really looking forward to spending time with them in Paradise. Turns out, they had a ton of amazing friends and family members that we got to know as well! The days leading up to the wedding, they had activities for everyone to participate in. A welcome BBQ, a sunset cruise and the resort even had them plant their own tree! It was a blast capturing all these moments before the wedding day.

I’ll be sharing the wedding day later this week! 🙂St Lucia Wedding 01 St Lucia Wedding 02 St Lucia Wedding 03 St Lucia Wedding 04 St Lucia Wedding 05 St Lucia Wedding 06 St Lucia Wedding 07 St Lucia Wedding 08 St Lucia Wedding 09 St Lucia Wedding 10 St Lucia Wedding 11 St Lucia Wedding 12

2015 Travel Dates!

Travel dates!
Please let me know if you are interested in booking a session in one of these places outside of Cali!

Las Vegas – March 2-4
Maui – March 6-9
Chicago – May 20-24
Portland – June TBD
North Carolina – June TBD
Branson, MO – August 13-16
Maui – August 19-22
Palm Springs Oct 2-4

 

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Chicago Winter New Years Eve Wedding – {Rob + Aurora}

New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 01This wedding was quite different for me! I’m used to warm climates and shooting outdoors – the polar vortex didn’t allow either so we had to get creative! Luckily Rob + Aurora are total troopers and had no problem with me dragging them outside twice for portraits! This was my very first New Years Eve wedding and it was so fun to watch the balloon drop at midnight!  New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 02 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 03 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 04 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 05 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 06 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 07 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 08 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 09 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 10 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 11 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 12 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 13 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 14 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 15 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 16 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 17 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 18 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 19 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 20 New Years Even Chicago snow wedding 21

Ceremony + Reception: Belvedere Events & Banquets
Photography: Melissa McClure Photography
Photo Assistant: My lovely fiance Jason
Coordinator: Pam Lohman
Florist: Carousel Flowers
Hair & Nails: Serenity Hair & Nails
Cake: The Baking Institute
Officiant: Rev. Luis Reyes
DJ & Lighting: Grand DJ Entertainment
Brides Dress: The Crystal Bride
Paper Goods: Ann’s Bridal Bargains

Chicago and San Diego cross country Engagement – {Sara + Steven}

 

From the very first meeting with Sara + Steven, everything just fell in to place! They mentioned it would be cool to do engagement photos in both their hometowns – Chicago and San Diego. Well it just so happened I was going to be in Chicago the same time they were! So we planned a cross country engagement session for these two! How fun is that? The first half is from our time in Chicago and the 2nd half is from Coronado! Oh and I don’t think it needs mentioning but these two are huge Blackhawks fans – so of course we had to shoot at the United Center! I’m so excited for their July wedding this year (in CA)!
Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 01 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 02 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 03 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 04 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 05 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 06 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 07 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 08 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 09Meanwhile back in Cali… Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 10 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 11 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 12 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 13 Chicago to San Diego engagement photos 14

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