Nixon Library Wedding, Part One
Ryan and Jen

Ryan's family knew that Jen was perfect when she showed up, day after day, to care for Ryan. He had been in a terrible snowboarding accident just after they began dating, and her dedication never wavered. Apparently, Jen had determined that 'in sickness and in health' had already begun, and she nursed him back to himself during those long, harrowing months. I think that because they fell in love during those difficult days, their connection and partnership showed even stronger during the wonderfully perfect day when they said 'I do.' In many ways, they had already said 'I do' countless times - every day of showing up for each other, of looking out for each other and having each other's backs has said much more than those two ceremonial words could ever do. Jen and Ryan have already committed themselves to each other in their loving walk together, saying in their actions, 'I am now, and I always will.'

Ryan and Jen held an stunning wedding at the timeless and stately Nixon Library, a place that exudes tradition and elegance. I always find myself walking a bit taller and straighter when I walk inside, because it's always such a lovely place to photograph. A big thanks goes out to Ashley and her team at Agape Planning for creating such a stunning and flawless event. We began our day with Jen and the ladies getting dressed in their long gorgeous gowns and finishing their prep for the day.

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I have a soft spot for bridesmaids in long rich gowns. LOVE!

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After spending time with the ladies, we brought the boys out to play.

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Flower Allie did a beautiful job on the florals. I love the soft and sweet look with gold accents for the garden ceremony to pair with the gold-studded ballroom reception.

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The ceremony was just incredibly sweet! My eyes got all teary so many times!

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Married!!

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After all of this gorgeousness today, I'm totally geared up for Part Two tomorrow with all of the eye-popping details inside the elegant reception ballroom that's modeled after a state room at the White House. Get your bow ties ready folks because it's going to be a classy day on the blog tomorrow! See you then!

Hugs,
Erin


Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Location : The Richard Nixon Library | Reception Location : The Richard Nixon Library | Event Design : Agape Planning | Floral Design : Flower Allie | Cake : Simply Sweet Cakery | Shoes : Jimmy Choo | Make-Up : Flawless Faces | Hair : Flawless Faces | DJ : Visions Entertainment | Ceremony Music & First Dance : Denny White Music | Reception Lighting : Visions Entertainment | Gown Boutique : Mary Me Bridal | Transportation : California Limousines | Stationery : Minted |


    

Downtown Portland Wedding, The Film
Garrett and Heather

It's another one of those magical afternoons, dear bloggy-blog, when I get to post some dreamy film images of an amazing couple. This lovely bride, Heather, is also a fellow photographer, so we knew that the unmistakable sound of a film camera making images during her wedding day would fill her heart with photographer butterflies. And it definitely did - her eyes would sparkle just a little bit brighter with every shutter! And every time Heather's eyes would sparkle, Garrett would smile just a little bit bigger. These two are kind of the cutest...

I hope you enjoy these film images from Garrett and Heather's wedding in downtown Portland just as much as we enjoyed creating them! For all of you photo-brains out there, these were shot on our Contax 645 with a  Zeiss 80mm f/2.0 on Portra 400 and 800 film.

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Heather's handcrafted hair piece plus her side swept updo were super romantic for our time in between the ceremony and reception.

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One of my favorites from the day! What a perfect way to top off their features here on the blog!

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There's much more to come to the blog this week dear readers, including an elegant wedding at the stately Richard Nixon Library. Stay with us for more!

Hugs,

Erin


Wedding Photography : The Youngrens | Ceremony Location : First Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon | Reception Location : The Lodge at Mt. Park | Event Coordinator : Doxa Deo Weddings | Floral Design : Woodlawn Floral Studio | Shoes : Kate Spade | DJ : Stumptown DJs | Gown Boutique : Bridal Exclusives | Reception Lighting : Barclay Event Rentals & Design | Dessert : Salt & Straw | Bar : Divine Occasions Catering | Wedding Videography : Glass Box Creative | Rentals : Barclay Event Rentals & Design | Bridesmaid Jewelry : Anthropologie


    

Baked Stuffed French Toast

Jeff and I are enjoying a lazy weekend with Jeff's sweet cousin Sarah from Minneapolis who flew out to San Diego to celebrate her 30th birthday in America's Finest City (we love this girl!). Lazy weekends are hard to come by for Jeff and me during this time of year when weddings are busy busy busy and the holidays are just around the corner, so what do we do during these rare days off in the gorgeous fall season? We eat. And eat. And eat some more...

Breakfast is a staple when people we love (like Sarah) come into town and this recipe is a make-ahead winner when fam is visiting and you want to enjoy a lazy-yet-decadent breakfast together. This french toast take on a Croque Madame with thick slices of ham and gruyere is unbelievably delicious and rich. Jeff is a lover of Croque Madame sandwiches, so he fell in love with this recipe instantly. The best part is that you can prep it the night before and then let it sit in the oven while you sip your coffee and catch up with your guests in your PJs.

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Trim the gruyere into thin slices that will get stuffed into the pieces of bread, and slice the loaf of bread into 8 thick pieces. They should be about an inch and a half  to two inches thick.

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Make a slit halfway down each slice of bread and stuff it with a slice of ham and gruyere.

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Then whisk together the eggs and cream, and pour the mixture into the bottom of a buttered 9-inch baking dish.

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Baked Stuffed French Toast, martha stewart recipe, breakfast recipe, french toast recipe, make ahead french toast recipe, overnight french toast, stuffed french toast recipePlace the slices of bread into the egg mixture, and let them soak for 15 minutes. Then flip them over and let them soak for 30 minutes. This is when you can cover the dish and let them soak overnight in the fridge, which is what I recommend doing.

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Once the slices are properly soaking, place a slice of ham and cheese onto of each piece, and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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This is insanely delicious! It's so rich that you'll only need one piece per person for sure, but it's going to be a holiday breakfast special for a long time to come! Enjoy!

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Baked Stuffed French Toast

(View original recipe from Martha Stewart)

  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for baking dish
  • 1 14-inch loaf rustic bread, such as pane Pugliese, cut into 8 slices
  • 8 thin slices ham, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 8 ounces Gruyere, thinly sliced, plus more for topping (optional)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pure maple syrup, such as Noble

Directions:

1. Butter bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Make a deep slit in each bread slice to create a pocket. Stuff each with 1 slice of ham, then divide cheese evenly among pockets.

2. Whisk together eggs and milk in a bowl until combined, and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into prepared baking dish. Add bread slices in a single layer, gently pressing into egg mixture, and let soak 15 minutes. Flip bread You can soak the bread in the egg mixture for just 30 minutes, but the French toast will be even more delicious if you let it sit overnight. and gently press again into egg mixture. Let soak 15 minutes. (If preparing the day before, refrigerate up to 12 hours, loosely covered, then let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.)

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Top bread with remaining ham and cheese. Bake until egg mixture is set and cheese is melted, 20 to 25 minutes.

4. Turn oven to broil, with rack 4 to 6 inches from heat source. Broil until bread is toasted and golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup.

 

Hugs,
Erin

    

Leucadia Chiropractor - This is pretty cool! I would love to try this out, but I’m not sure if my sister will go for this, since she doesn’t really like eggs as much as the rest of us do. Can I alternate gouda with gruyere?

Piedmont Estate Wedding, Part Two
Christian and Richelle

We're continuing this wonderful week on the bloggy-blog with the second half of Christian and Richelle's pretty-in-pink estate wedding in Piedmont. This day was chock full of emotional moments that made my heart nearly burst out of my chest, which are the best weddings to get a behind scenes pass into. They're not only photographically beautiful, but emotionally beautiful too! Let's begin today with the girls saying a little prayer for Richelle just before the sweet ceremony.

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Richelle's dad not only gave her away, but he officiated the ceremony which made everything that much more meaningful!

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It doesn't get any better than this! What a picture perfect place to say 'I do'!

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Married!!

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The estate was set for a cute and fun party where guests could mingle throughout the night enjoying lawn games, yummy bites, refreshing cocktails, and ice cream.

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While the sun sank low, we spent a few minutes with Christian and Richelle before heading into the celebration.

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The night was full of toasting, mingling, celebrating, eating, and dancing.

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I could look at this view forever. And ever. And ever.

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Christian and Richelle: Our hearts are so happy for you! There just simply isn't enough space to express how joyful we are for you and your new adventure together. Thank you for inviting us into all of the moments and trusting us with your memories. It means the world to us!

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Erin