September 15, 2020
This session with Jon + Rio at Smith Rock was just what my soul needed! One of my favorite things about my business is getting to not only shoot some of the most special days of my client’s lives, but the relationship we build with each other. I am then so blessed to walk through life with them and make amazing memories! I’m beyond grateful for these two. And, man oh man, are they STUNNING!!
I had been wanting to visit Smith Rock in the summer for quite some time. For some reason, I only ever visited in the winter and while the snow is gorgeous, it was a completely different world there in the summer! Jon + Rio moved to that area a while back and I had been wanting to go visit. So when we set up this session and I was not only getting to see Smith Rock in the summer, I was also going to get to hang out with one of my couples, I was sooo excited!!
How we met!
I met Jon + Rio when they found me online a few years ago while looking for wedding photographers. I could tell right away we were a going to be a great fit. They were definitely a Joni Loraine couple! You can actually see their wedding day on my blog!
One of my best memories of their wedding day, there were LOTS of favorites, was the moment I first arrived. Rio and her bridesmaids completely made me feel like a rockstar that day! I walked in and she jumped up from her hair and make up area to come hug me, squealing with excitement. All her girls followed her excitement in greeting me and chanted my name! It was the absolute BEST feeling to know that my presence alone took away any stress she was feeling and set her completely at ease! And the fact that her bridesmaids all felt like they knew me before they even met me!
Then Rio had asked me how I was doing since my mom had just passed exactly one month before. Which was so sweet of her to think of on her wedding day! Rio’s mom had over heard and gave me the biggest hug. She told me that she would be happy to step in and be my momma! Oh my gosh I have never felt so loved! It meant so much to me! This couple and their family will always have a special place in my heart and I’m so thrilled I get to call them friends!
This session filled my soul and made my heart so happy! The views were stunningly gorgeous. Even despite the smoke filtering in from the nearby wildfires, which caused a lot of haze and the sky to turn orange. We made the best of it and ended our day with dinner together as a double date! So much love to these two!
Interested in visiting Smith Rock? Take a look at this Smith Rock State Park Guide!
Take a look at Rio + Jon’s incredible wedding at Silver Falls where we hiked during the middle of their wedding day to the base of the falls and created MAGIC!!