Wedding in the Woods

August 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I had the great honor of photographing Emily and Edward's wedding last weekend. The setting was one of my favorite little-known places in Portland; Leach Botanical Gardens, a stunning wooded wonderland tucked away in the Northeast corner of the city. The bride and groom--besides being awesome themselves--have equally awesome (and hilarious) friends and family, so this couldn't have been a more fun wedding to shoot. Here's a look at the day.

Inside the gates of the Leach Botanical Gardens is a beautiful old white farmhouse, a gorgeous outdoor patio tucked behind the house, lots of winding wooded paths that carry you off into the gardens and footbridges to connect them. Down one path and over a bridge there's a dreamy stone cottage that probably doesn't house dwarves, but looks like it should.

Very romantic Shakespearean setup on the back patio.

Ready to celebrate. The guests start to stream in through the garden gates.

I joined the ladies upstairs to check on their progress. Starting with mimosas.
And then on to hair and makeup!
Could Emily be any more beautiful than she already is? Incredibly, yes. Scroll down.
Three sisters getting ready in a small bathroom. Reminds me of growing up with my two sisters.
But today, no fighting over the mirror :)
Super glittery yet super comfortable.
Ethereal and beautiful.
Checking out her groom from the library.
The bride's sisters pick out a couple flowers for their sister's hair.
And we're ready to get the show on the road!
Mom's excited :)
Edward waits for his bride. Here she comes!
And they're married!
A quick time-out to fix the bustle and let it all set in ...
Turns out this is a three-person job. Lots of buttons on that train!
And off we go to take photos in the woods.
This group is the best! So much fun.
Beautiful bridesmaids!
Hilarious groomsmen.
Not sure what's going on.
So happy!
Emily and her lovely, ethereal gown fit right into this setting.
After a couple detours, we head back to the reception for dinner and dancing.
The evening light made this already romantic spot even more magical. Sigh.
Party guests.
And so the night continued with toasts, serenades and some stellar dancing. Such a wonderful night.
Thanks to Emily and Ed for letting me be there to capture it!
-Laura


 


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