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Chris and Camille wanted a cute anniversary session in the Columbia River Gorge scenic area. We decided on the Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint in Corbett, OR. It’s an easy drive, just 25 minutes from Portland, Oregon. This is the perfect place to get stunning couple photos in the George. It is a stunning example of Pacific Northwest scenery.

We highly recommend celebrating milestone anniversary dates with a cute photo session so you can go back and see how much y’all have changed over the years as a couple. We have had couples get new outfits for these sessions or even bring out their wedding clothing to get couples and/or family photos. The fun part of doing an anniversary session is you can take the time to get stunning photos with out all the stress of a wedding. 

Some tips for an anniversary session:

  • Make it special by getting pampered for this event.
  • Go to a beautiful location that you did not have time to go to on your wedding day.
  • If you want to include your pets or children bring a family member to watch them after their photos are done, so you can get some cute couple photos.
  • Go to dinner after the shoot as you’re already dressed up.
  • Share your photos with family and friends.

Photo taken at Villa Catalana Cellars

Covid-19 has changed the wedding industry and how people are thinking about getting married. Sightglass Photography shares a few ways to have smaller weddings, including a smaller guest count, but still keep the most important part of the day, the “I Do’s”!  We write this while still in lockdown and unsure what the future holds for the wedding industry and rules for getting together. We suggest if you want to get married in 2020 that you consider having an elopement or a micro wedding. You can save that big reception for next year.  

What does it mean to elope? 

Most people think of it as “running” away secretly in order to get married but in 2020 it’s far from that. We have captured many elopements that are far from running away and getting married in secret. The term has evolved into removing secrecy while retaining the small and intimate aspect. Most of our elopements have close family and friends, where some are just the couple. With the rising costs of weddings, living, and priorities in life-changing.  We are seeing a trend of more and more people scaling back and going back to basics. Most elopements tend to be 1-2 hours at most. They have a ceremony, some couple and family photos, time to mingle, and generally a toast and/or cake. From there they often leave the area to have a nice dinner at a restaurant.

So how is a micro wedding different? 

A micro wedding is generally longer in time and has more people. Though it is still being scaled back from a more traditional wedding. It’s a condensed celebration of marriage that has fewer activities, smaller guest count (generally between 15 and 50), shorter duration (3-5 hours), less complex format, relaxed atmosphere, and less stress to organize. Most micro weddings we capture focus on the ceremony, mingling, photos, and food. They tend to avoid DJs, dancing (some do a first dance and parent dances), and other things that lend themselves better to larger groups. This also lets them book a venue for only a few hours over the whole day. From there a lot have some sort of after-party at a bar or something of the sort.

Josh and Leslie’s wedding was bursting with love and joy! All of their friends and family were so happy and encouraging. They had three pastors that were part of their ceremony. It was wonderful to see a couple whose relationship is rooted in truth.

I knew this wedding would be beautiful because Leslie is the owner of Flourish Wedding Design and Events. The florals were stunning, I loved the colors of blush, maroon and navy. Its always a privilege to be able to photograph a wedding at the Water Oasis, the owners are awesome and they’ve really set up the venue to have everything you would need to throw a big celebration with your family and friends. 


Venue – The Water Oasis

Rentals – Wine Country Wedding Rentals 

Rentals – Botton’s Equipment Rental

Caterer – Rogue Gourmet Catering Co

Dessert – Love Bites and Custom Cakes NW

Florish – Poseyland

DJ – Noteworthy DJs

Coordinating – Flourish Events

Bride and groom stand a top a mountain at sunset after their wedding vows.

Well the world has changed in these past few months as we have all learned of the coronavirus otherwise known as COVID-19. It can be a scary time as people are told to stay home, our favorite bars close, and we see restaurants go to takeout only.

With the restrictions of gatherings in Oregon at the beginning of March Gov. Kate Brown we saw the first impact on spring weddings. Even when you feel you have no choice, choosing to change the wedding you may have been planning for over a year is a hard one.

One thing Photography by Cambrae pointed out in their recent blog is, that just because you might have to reschedule doesn’t change the fact you have found that special someone and you want to get married. Your plan of celebrating that love with a ceremony and reception surrounded by family and friends may have to be rescheduled, but COVID can’t stop love!

If you have found yourself in the place of having to reschedule your wedding or event, read Photography by Cambrae’s 5 simple steps to start the process.

Should you wake up to gray skies on your wedding (or portrait) day, don’t fret! Those foreboding clouds are Mother Nature’s diffuser. And, when sunset time comes along, moody skies make magic sunsets. Despite some scary skies, this Wonser Woods Estate Wedding was mostly rain free, and lucked out with both a rain free outdoor ceremony and a very colorful sunset. 

Vendors Include –
Venue – Wonser Woods Estate
Catering – Sassy Onion
DJ – Perfect Memory Events
Flowers – Flowers N More
Rentals – Danner & Soli & For the Love of Pete
Dress – A and Be Bridal, Made with Love

Chanel & Kalin

My dear photographer-friend, Ashley, gave Chanel & Kalin my contact information when they were searching for a wedding photographer. We spent the next several months getting to know each other over the phone, and I eventually got to meet them up in Seattle for a hot summer evening of engagement photos.

Now, I have to be 100% honest here – an outdoor winter wedding at sunset in January… has enough variables that I was maybe possibly perhaps just a tad apprehensive as wedding day approached. As luck would have it, there were just a couple of raindrops, no wind, and the day went about as perfectly as a wedding could go. And the Columbia Gorge Hotel was the perfect setting for this winter wedding.

Congratulations Chanel & Kalin! Your wedding day was such an amazing start to your marriage. I hope the fun and laughter surrounded by friends (and tiny, fluffy dogs!) is always a theme in your lives!

Emily Hall Photography
Because Moments Matter

Brittany & Michael

For Brittany and Michael’s outdoor summer wedding reception, we made our way to the gorgeous Empress Estate in Woodland. What a beautiful wedding venue! The grounds are impeccable and the ballroom is perfect! They also have a great area for the bride and groom to rest for a bit upstairs before the festivities began. And then there were teary eyed toasts, a gorgeous first dance complete with a big dip at the end, and my favorite – sparkler exit!! Its true that lots of couples do sparklers for their exit, but that’s because its just such a good choice. It really never gets old.

Wedding Venue: Saint Joseph Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Empress Estate
Coordination: Wandera Weddings & Events
Beauty: Samantha Glam
Bridal Dress: a&bé Bridal Shop
Cake: Rosey Cakes
Video: Northwest Film Co
Cocktail hour music: Vancouver String Quartet
DJ: NW Mobile DJ 
Photobooth: Picture This Events
Florals: Red Leaf and Flowers Washougal
Decor: West Coast Event Production
Games: Recreation Department
Stationery: Crave Design

See the rest of this gorgeous wedding at

collage of rustic wedding detail photos for a wedding album

I know what you’re thinking… What is this, a wedding photo? But we never see weddings in your feed Serra!

True. Because I rarely accept them. When I do, it’s because we have history. I’ve known this bride since she was 5 years old. I watched her grow through elementary school, through middle and high school, and I’ve kept up with her story as she became the lovely woman she is today.

I watched her relax and brighten in the early stages of this relationship, and it was so obvious how happy it/he has made her. And when I was asked if I would be there to capture her big day of course I said yes – with joy.

So many congratulations my dear Kari. So excited to see where YOUR joy takes you next. <3

Serravision Photography works with families to create custom storybooks featuring their life and their words.

From Serra:
My formal training is as a documentary filmmaker. I am a storyteller who uses photography as my tool. I love making client’s stories come to life, and I make it happen with minimal effort on your part. It’s a bit like magic!

Free consultations always.


Skamania Lodge Wedding

Um, yes please to more weddings at Skamania Lodge! Melisa and Sal got married on a clear and windy day in front of the  amazing view of the Gorge in Stevenson Washington. I know brides aren’t always thrilled about high winds on their wedding day, but we photographers love it. (Ok, well I shouldn’t speak for all photographers, but I love it). Really, what good is a veil if it just lays there lifeless? I want that thing dancing around in the breeze – Melisa’s veil did not disappoint!

See more photos from this beautiful Gorge wedding at Erica Ann Photography!

I had the honor of photographing Thom and Becca’s wedding. The ceremony and reception was at the beautiful Cape Horn Estates

located in Stevenson, WA. We traveled to the beautiful Beacon Rock which was the a perfect destination for bride and groom

wedding photos. This spring time shoot was perfectly overcast. Heather Fitch Photography is almost fully booked for 2018 but we are

booking for 2019.  You can contact us through Facebook: HF Photography or

Tulip Festival Bridal Shoot I just went to the Woodburn Tulip for the first time and it was gorgeous! I got to do a bridal photoshoot for Billy and Karen for their pre-wedding photos. They’re having a big reception in Hong Kong this fall so we took photos to display on an easel and in albums at their wedding reception. It was so much fun just wandering around the acres of tulips. I wish tulips were around longer than just a month or so each year, they’re so beautiful! Congratulations Karen and Billy, I’m so excited to get your double volume albums printed! See the rest here at Erica Ann Photography!

Bride and groom embraced in a dip while kissing at a summer sunset wedding. The beautiful blue and purple sunset behind them at The Troutdale House by the Sandy River.

Summer Sunset Wedding Photography

I love summer sunsets in Portland! A better yet are sunset weddings!

I was on the Crystal Dolphin for a wedding last night and there was a beautiful sunset and it has me so excited for the summer.

I also couldn’t help but think of this amazing sunset at Lindsay and Steven’s wedding.  Their wedding took place at The Troutdale House by the Sandy River.  We were actually all done with taking portraits for the day and were well into the reception when I ran out to my car. When I turned around I saw this amazing sunset. I ran inside and told the couple to just give me 10 minutes and they wouldn’t regret it.

And they didn’t!

This image became a large canvas for the wall in their home and the sister image to this is the front of their wedding album.

While this summer is almost booked we do have a couple dates left, contact Photography by Cambrae about booking your own sunset wedding portrait session via our website or call us at (503) 706-0130.

Portland Photobooth rental company The Cat

We’ve officially launched!!! – Portland Photobooth Rental

We are thrilled to share with you the new Portland photobooth rental brand, The Cat’s Meow Photobooth! Previously we’ve been operating under Jaime Kae Hazen Photography & Design LLC since 2015. We grew up and needed an identity of our own and we think it’s the cat’s pajamas! You’ll find us traveling to Seattle, Portland and beyond from our home base in Astoria, Oregon with our mobile photobooth entertainment.

We specialize in bringing the party to:

  • Private events
  • Parties
  • Weddings
  • Fundraisers
  • Reunions
  • Proms and school dances

For more wedding and event photobooth information from Jaime Kae Hazen Photography & Design LLC and to find out if your event date is available visit our website: or call (503)957-6429

Portland photo booth rental company includes guestbooks, sequin backdrops, and photo books as add-ons to your booking.

Have you wondered why photo booths have become all of the rage at weddings lately? Here are a few of the many reason’s why it’s a good move to add one to your party entertainment for your wedding day…

  1. RIDICULOUS AMOUNTS OF FUN – Your guests will surely be entertained at your wedding with a photo booth! At every event we do and the thousands of photographs taken you always see smiles, creativity and often some shenanigans ensue in every capture. It doesn’t take long for the line to form and everyone is wanting to get into the next photo. Not every one will cut a rug on the dance floor, but most everyone will pose for a silly photo booth pic with their BFF or their favorite Aunt at the wedding.
  2. GOOD CLEAN FUN FOR ALL AGES – From infants to grandparents, at all of our events, everyone has a great time! We also love being able to send home all of the kids that use our booth their very own print for their wall at home and one for their parents for the fridge.
  3. A GREAT TIME FILLER – Need to keep people occupied while you and the bridal party are taking photos with the professional photographer? Having a photo booth ready to keep everyone busy means they won’t be standing around wondering how much longer until the party gets started…it’s already begun and you haven’t even been announced by the DJ yet!

Read the full article for more reasons why need to book your Portland wedding photo booth rental on Jaime’s blog.

To book your wedding photo booth with Jaime reach out through her contact form or call (503)957-6429.

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Normally, I can caption a photo. Over here at Emily Hall Photography, I pride myself in being the funniest person in the (admittedly lightly staffed) office. It’s not always the perfect caption, but usually, I can come up with something at least mildly witty. Today, not so much. So, I…crowd-sourced it, and here’s what I got:
-Oh… the LEFT hand! 
-Pure joy, the very best way to start a marriage! Pure joy the best way to maintain a healthy marriage.
-Love and laughter as they start their happily ever after…
-Knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life with you makes me so happy!
-Just one of the many smiles we get to share over the course of our marriage, priceless!
Let’s laugh our way through life together

How would YOU caption this photo? Keep in mind that these two people are AWESOME. Bring your best stuff!

Amy and Tyler’s wedding flowers didn’t arrive in time for the wedding because of a hurricane in Texas last year, but that didn’t stop them from having the best wedding possible!

Even without their chosen wedding flowers, Amy and Tyler still managed to have a wedding that hit all the right notes in Astoria, Oregon at The Loft at the Red Building!

As a Portland wedding photographer I’ve seen it all at weddings! Couples who are calm and almost zen-like, stressed, and everything in between. I’ve curated a list of tips and things to keep in mind to help you keep it all in check and be sure you have the best wedding day possible without letting petty things bother you.

Everyone dreams of a wedding day with no hiccups, setbacks or stress. Which is why the reality can sometimes be a let down. But don’t despair! With my years of experience shooting weddings, I know my way around stressful days. So repeat after me: Calm, serene, peaceful…calm, serene, peaceful…

Sometimes at the Pacific Northwest weddings it rains (shocker!!) when we really want the sun. Sometimes the florist brings the wrong color flowers. And sometimes your flower girl just doesn’t want to be sweet and instead wants to test out her lungs in the form of an epic tantrum.

Sweltering heat and power outages were in the cards for Meghan and Ryan’s wedding at The Ohana Barn in Corvallis Oregon. This didn’t stop them, not even for a moment, from smiling and having an amazing time at their wedding. They knew what they were there for…to celebrate their love and commitment to each other in marriage.

Meghan and Ryan embraced sweltering heat and power outages at their Ohana Barn wedding in Corvallis, Oregon. But it didn’t phase them! They knew exactly what their day was about: love, commitment, and marriage.

So, what are you supposed to do?

Here are my best tips:

  • Keep it in Perspective! The flower girl screaming is going to make a hilarious story when she’s 17 and trying to be the coolest kid ever. And, really, orange flowers instead of yellow won’t ruin your entire day. You’re there to get married, to have a great party, and commit to your best friend. Remember to take a deep breath and focus on the actual priorities of the day.
  • Have A Plan! Make sure you know who’s supposed to where and when. Oh! And make sure they know where they’re supposed to be and when. It’s easier to redirect one person than it is to try and herd a whole group! Better yet, make sure your photographer has worked a solid plan out for you, knows the schedule, and is able to help you stick to it.
  • Keep Calm and…Delegate! Don’t try to do it all. You and your love are beautifully dressed and ready to have that calm, serene, and peaceful day we just discussed. In the words of Taylor Swift: shake it off…and delegate! Your wedding party is there to support you in your quest to have the best wedding day ever, use that support and love.

Mallori and Tyler had a very windy and foggy wedding on the beach in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. They didn’t get to choose the weather, but they still chose to embrace it and make the best of the situation. I love the clean look and feel of wedding photos on the beach when it’s completely socked in with fog and clouds.

Mallori and Tyler had a very windy and foggy wedding on the beach in Rockaway Beach, Oregon. It wasn’t exactly the ideal condition but the result was beautiful soft skies and an album filled with moments that highlighted their emotion and love.

For more advice on keeping calm on your big day head over to my full article “Five Fixes to Fight Wedding Day Stress”.

Jaime Kae Hazen is a Portland wedding photographer who travels world wide for destination weddings and portraits. Jaime is known as a photographer who specializes in preserving memories for her clients through print with heirloom quality product including storytelling albums and curated wall art selections.

Leather Wedding Album Leather Wedding Album After the delicious cake has been eaten and those gorgeous flowers have wilted, the best way to remember your special day is with a thoughtfully designed wedding album. With Erica Ann Photography, each couple receives a custom designed wedding album after their big day. Your wedding album is something you’ll have to share with your kids and grandkids for decades to come.

This album was from an intimate wedding at Silcox Hut in the fall. Its covered in distressed terra leather and has a cameo cutout for the couple’s favorite photo.

Check out more albums and other artwork at Erica Ann Photography!