Shannon + Brenden

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I want it more than I can tell!” This engagement session felt like I stepped right into one of my favorite fairytales! And not just because of this incredible mansion that felt like a castle or the red flowers that encircled it. Shannon and Brenden are BOTH beauties and just lit up this session with their cuteness!

How we met

Shannon found me through her wedding venue, the beautiful Aurora Colony Vineyards in Aurora, Oregon. This is one of my favorite venues and where I will be shooting several weddings this year. I met with Shannon and her mom while snacking on some bomb bbq chicken quesadillas at The Ram! I loved hearing all about their proposal story at the waterfront in Portland which ended with a surprise party. We quickly found that we were a great fit for her special day. I felt like I had known them for years!

The view at the Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon is simply breathtaking. I cannot wait to go back! Shannon recommended it as she frequently runs around this neighborhood. It sits atop a hill that overlooks the whole city with a striking view of Mt Hood in the distance. We had a blast weaving in and out of the crowds of people visiting this historical place. I was in awe of all the pops of color that fall brought to this area! We even hiked around the property a bit.

We found a beautiful wooden fence alongside of the windy road leading up to the mansion. I spotted some GORGEOUS sunlight filtering through the trees right by the road. Shannan and Brenden trusted me despite all the cars driving by and the ugly ditch next to us. We ended up with some stunning and intimate shots of these two loving on each other in this glowy light. I can’t wait for their wedding day at the vineyard in all the glow of September in the Pacific Northwest.

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