I knew if I decided to photograph weddings, I would want to begin after my photography career had been well established for a couple years. All of that went out the window when Tina asked me to take on her elopement. Literally, the perfect scenario for a first time wedding photographer. Small, intimate wedding with two madly in love surrounded by their closest family and friends in a place I knew would be simply stunning - a dock overlooking a beautiful scene in Lincoln City, Oregon. Did I mention the couple has all qualities that encompass the perfect subject? Totally laid back, yet paid close attention to detail during the planning process, and freakin' drop dead gorgeous. I am talking model status, and for those of you that don't know Tina, she is a videographer and I knew that she'd understand the ins and outs of how weddings flowed. We had to continue to remind her that it was HER BIG DAY and not another wedding she was documenting! I can't tell you how many times I heard her say, "this is so weird. I'm the bride!"
The weather forecast was not ideal, in fact it rained each day leading up to the wedding, but on the morning of the big day we couldn't stop staring at the sky in shock as the clouds parted and the SUN made an appearance as we prepared for the ceremony to take place. We were convinced we would be witnessing the "I do's" in the pouring rain, and were ready to for an epic and rainy ceremony, but the skies really did wonders for us on May 13th and I can't help but wonder if her brother, Carson played a role in that, from above.
In the photos you will see some pretty powerful emotion that keeps me in awe at an undeniable love for a dearly missed son, brother, and friend, Carson Miller. Tina's family lost her beloved brother, Carson, to a car accident. His memorial sits at Maili Cove, Hawaii, where they spent a lot of their childhood making memories at their Grandmother's house. Tina, Trevor, and their families honored his memory and presence with leis flown in from Hawaii and it was a moment that will forever be engraved in my memory.
As the ceremony continued and the rings were exchanged, the love between two families was as beautiful as ever. What a blessing to share part in this special day. Thank you, Tina and Trevor, for selecting me. I wish you and your families all the happiness in the world as you begin this journey together.
I hope that through this collection of photos you were able to feel the love between Tina and Trevor on their biggest day yet! What an honor to be a part of it! Thank you so much Mr. & Mrs. Phillips!
If you are thinking of making a getaway and elope for your big day, I'd love to capture it for you! My 2018 Wedding Collections are complete and I am so eager to see which love stories will unfold for me to retell in the coming year. I can't wait to hear from you! Take a moment and tell me about your hopes and wishes on YOUR day, here!
I'd like to give a huge shoutout to all the vendors involved that made this intimate wedding so spectacular!
Venue: Lucy's Lagoon
Cake: Queen De La Cuisine | @queendelaquisine
DJ: Josiah Savino | @josiahsavino
Flowers/Leis: Hawaii Flower Lei | @Hawaiianflowerleis
Film: Josiah Savino | @millermediafilms
Alterations: Krista's Sewing Nook | @kristas.sewing.nook