Estancia Wedding Album
Kevin and Lara

Didn't you guys just LOVE this wedding from last September?? Kevin and Lara are love(to the)ly and their sweet wedding at Estancia hit every swoon-chord in my wedding playbook. So when their 10x10 leather album arrived here at the studio a few months ago, I melted with goodness. The creamy cover in Latte with their names laser engraved on the front corner was the perfect combination for their garden ceremony and warm reception. While I'm a huge fan of the dramatic 12x12 album, the 10x10 size is so sweet and approachable, that it will charm anyone enough to pick it up off the coffee table and enjoy reliving the wedding of two wonderful people!

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I pulled some of my favorite layouts from the album that Blair designed for this wedding, including this stunning getting ready spread with my favorite image of Lara that I made just after her veiled was pinned into place. The simplicity of Blair's designs makes us focus on the timeless moments in the images, which is why I love her clean approach to album design so much! Our images look amazing!

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Hugs, Erin

    

Lara Pockros Burgess - We love our album!!

Stacy - Looks stunning! Great job!

Portland Engagement, Part Two
Garrett and Heather

This is one of those blog posts that I knew was going to be simply dynamite the moment I clicked the shutter.  Jeff and I were in Portland this past weekend to photograph the lovely Garrett and Heather, and when Heather sent me images of the Vista House asking if it would be an option for the engagement session, I could barely contain myself. A teeny stone house surrounded by romantic lanterns and stone walls overlooking the rolling hills surrounding the majestic Columbia River? I think Heather was looking to kill me with anticipation!

When we arrived with our suit and dress clad couple, the stars truly aligned. I could photograph the gorgeous Garrett and Heather anywhere and be in photographer heaven, but my entire soul filled will delight as soon as they started strolling the lantern-lined walkways.

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Be still my romantic heart...

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A gracious worker at the Vista House saw us shooting and invited us to come inside the small space for some photos. She was so kind and it allowed us to make some beautiful images!

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I'm simply in love!

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Garrett's confidence made him so handsome in front of the camera. This is my favorite portrait of him from the shoot.

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This could be my favorite image from the session - even though it's so hard to choose! I'm not at all the type of girl to swoon, but the combination of the water, the colors, the lantern, the cute Heather, and Garrett's sweet kiss just might do me in!

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Can you believe this view? We certainly don't have this in San Diego!

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A few last portraits as the city lights came popping up after sunset, and we wrapped up this amazing session feeling like it couldn't have gone any better.

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Garrett and Heather: We can't thank you enough for inviting us to Portland and for sharing your gorgeous city with us. It was a weekend we won't soon forget (if ever), and we were beyond blessed by your story, our conversations, and your hospitality. Keep the city warm for us until we see you again in September!

Hugs,

Erin

    

The Youngrens - Cassie Russek Right??? Those two are unbelievably adorable!

Cassie Russek - Wow. This is just magic.

Portland Engagement, Part One
Garrett and Heather

They each had three strikes against them. A mutual family friend had been keeping an eye out for the perfect girl for Garrett, and when she met Heather, she knew she had found his match.

But Heather refused to meet Garrett and she had her reasons - she doesn't date long distance, she doesn't date military boys, and she doesn't do set-ups.

Garrett also refused to meet Heather and he had his reasons, too - he also doesn't do set-ups, he needed to figure some things out having just finished his service in the military, and he honestly wasn't sure he ever wanted to get married.

So the two of them went on their way and Garrett began hiking the Appalachian Trail, a bucket list item that gave him the chance to decompress and think about what was next in life after serving in the armed forces. Part way through the trail, he received a message from the family friend, blatantly asking if he would consider getting in touch with Heather. He had to give it a shot, she said. She was that sure that they were meant for each other.

Garrett thought about it for a little while longer as he hiked, and then decided, for the first time in his life, to take a chance on a girl.

And when Heather received a kind, honest, and direct email from a sweet boy on the Appalachian Trail, for the first time in her life, she set her rules aside and took a chance on a boy.

I have to give a big round of applause to that family friend for making this match because Garrett and Heather ARE perfect for each other. Their story is inspiring and their love is strong, and that can only come from people who had the faith to take a risk. This past weekend, Jeff and I flew up to Portland to meet up with Garrett and Heather and to shoot their adorable engagement session at their favorite place - the trails and waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge and the Vista House overlooking the valley. Not only was the scenery completely mind-bogglingly beautiful (it was so gorgeous I need to make up a word), Garrett and Heather were downright delightful to photograph!

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STOP IT. This is just too good to be true!

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Garrett and Heather are the cutest opposites. Garrett is a handsome man with a simple style, and Heather is a lover of color and Anthropologie. In fact, her top and necklace are both Anthro finds, so naturally, we got along swimmingly.

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We wandered along the hiking trails of the gorge where Heather and Garrett spent their first date. They still come here nearly every time Garrett is in town and it's become their special place together.

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This looks a little different than San Diego huh? We were going nuts shooting in such a stunning and interesting place!

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This is one of my favorites from the trails. We sent them walking ahead of us and told them to stop and kiss mid-way. They're pretty much the cutest!

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After wandering the trails, we did a quick outfit change and drove a few minutes to the Vista House which I fell in love with IMMEDIATELY. I'm so beyond excited about the images we captured at this scenic place, and this is just a teensy taster of what's to come tomorrow in Part Two!

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Oh my dear happy beans... Those legs and that suit are killer!!

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So we'll see you right back here tomorrow then, yeah? It's killing me to not share everything rightthisverymoment, but the images are worth the wait for sure!!

Hugs,
Erin

    

Nikki - Simply gorgeous! Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post, they look stunning!