Whitney and Ryan were married last month in Portland, Oregon, and I was thrilled to be asked to fly out from Vermont and photograph this celebration. The bride’s mother (Mimi) is a dear old friend and I had already shot the wedding of her oldest daughter, Helen, in 2009. When Mimi told me that Whitney was going to “Jump The Broom” with Ryan, I couldn’t wait to document the big event.
I love this picture of Mimi and Mimi’s mother, Mops, looking at Whitney after getting into her wedding dress:
Whitney looked like a princess in her gown and floor length veil. And Ryan was equally gorgeous in his 3-piece grey suit and the purple checked tie!
The couple’s FIRST LOOK at each other took place near their apartment at Laurelhurst Park.
And as lovely as the surroundings were, it paled in comparison to Whitney and Ryan’s love-soaked and happy faces when they held each other!
Now, this is LOVE!
We made one last stop before heading to the wedding venue to show off both the couple AND city of Portland!
The wedding was being held downtown at the Adrianna Hill Grand Ballroom. We did all of the family and bridal party portraits right nearby at Pioneer Courthouse Square, affectionately known as Portland’s living room, and home of the iconic bronze Umbrella Man statue named “ALLOW ME” (Thanks, Mimi, for educating me about this!)
Now, onto the wedding!
It just doesn’t get prettier than this! Proud Dad (Peter) walks his little girl down the aisle…
The ceremony was officiated by Ryan’s Grandmother. So sweet!
You may now kiss!
Wahoo!! An exuberant MARRIED couple leads the recessional…
Presenting Mr. and Mrs….
Whitney and Ryan take the floor for their first dance..
OK, dad’s turn…
And a very tender moment as Ryan dances with his mother’s best friend. His mom is no longer living, but her loving presence in the room was honored with a long stem white rose, which was placed on a front row seat during the ceremony.
I love the origins of the wedding cake ritual. In medieval England, if a bride tasted the cake before the wedding, it meant the loss of the husband’s love, while a piece of cake after the ceremony ensured his fidelity! HAHA!
Furthermore, every guest must eat a small piece to ensure that the happy couple are blessed with children. BON APETITE, EVERYONE!
I had never seen this before… The Shoe Game. The bride and Groom sat back to back, each holding one of their own shoes and one of their new spouse’s shoes. the DJ asked a series of questions, and the couple then raised the correct shoe of who they each thought fit the answers best. Of course, it turned into a hilarious he-said, she-said kind of thing. VERY FUN!
What could be more fun than a CANDY TABLE, all purple of course, to match the color scheme of the wedding!
And it isn’t really a party until there’s a rumba line!
Lots of dancing and lots of kissing. I love weddings!
The party ends with Whitney and Ryan exiting through a tunnel of love…
This amazing celebration began on Friday evening with a super fun rehearsal dinner at a local park. Family and out-of-town guests gathered for great food and loads of laughter and there were so many nice pictures from the night that I had to create a slideshow just for that event! Take a look-or go right to the wedding slideshow, but note that both slideshows are in FLASH so you must watch it on a laptop as it’s not viewable to an IPHONE or IPAD (Thanks alot, Steve Jobs!)
THE WEDDING slideshow is the largest I ever made-aout 12 minutes and over 200 images! I honestly couldn’t edit it down to less than that because the night was filled with so many extraordinary moments!
But I urge you to watch it, so sit back and relax and enjoy the show!
If you’d like to see all 1600 of Whitney and Ryan’s Wedding weekend pictures, please click HERE (and make sure to get the secret password from the bridal couple)