The only thing better than this jaw-dropping couple and view, were all the tear-filled moments that tugged at my heart strings. So many emotions flooded this warm and sunny September day at this private home in Gates, Oregon. What a better view for a wedding than these rolling, coloring-changing hills!

A day of beautiful emotions

Many of you know that I lost my mom this year and it’s been a difficult season. One of the things I have been extra attentive to are the interactions between a couple and their parents. I’m not going to lie when I say that this gorgeous bride and her sweet momma had me tearing up behind my camera more than once! Such precious moments as this momma gazed at her baby girl about to marry the man of her dreams. Tears even flowed again during a special moment between Kayla and her soon-to-be stepdaughter, Paisley. Oh my heart!

Just when I thought the tears were through, the sweetest father/daughter dance had me going again. Maybe I’m just a sympathetic crier. Having an emotional connection allows me to really focus on those moments that will mean so much to my clients. My clients should remember what they felt in those moments when seeing their photos. Almost as if they are reliving the day all over again. It’s real and it’s raw and so precious. Whether it’s the bittersweet tears of a loving mother or the uproarious laughter from the bridal party during their tequila shot group photos! I felt so blessed to be present to capture one of the most beautiful and emotional days I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.

Getting Ready!

An emotional moment

Let’s hear it for the girls!

Happy tears for the joy of a new stepdaughter

A show stopping bride!

Such a handsome group of guys

The Ceremony

The best day with best friends and family!

A tender moment alone

The Reception



The first dance

The father/daughter dance

Ok ya’ll are gonna make me cry!!


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