Local Wedding Guide: Pacific Northwest

Local Guide

We’re ready for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. We’ve tackled four states so far: North Carolina, Texas, and Massachusetts, and Florida. Now we’re onto the Pacific Northwest! Most vendors love to travel, so fret not if you’re not in their immediate area!

Portland, OR:



you look nice today photography portland oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Portland photographer You Look Nice Today Photography.

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gemmer photography portland oregon wedding photographer
gemmer photography portland oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Portland photographers Gemmer Photography

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Gemmer Photography: It’s sincerely all about forgetting we’re here! Honestly! A lot of people feel awkward being in front of the camera, and have so many hopes and dreams hanging on what they dream their wedding photographs will look like, that they get too preoccupied with it. Channel your emotions into every moment… do the things you would do normally… whether you feel silly, quirky, or goofy! The truer to yourself & the way you process emotion typically will ensure that you get teary-eyed when you see yourself in the midst of true bliss years after when you’re looking at your memories. So, practice shedding your self-consciousness… and fix your eyes on your love… let the day sweep you away!
Julie of Julie Randall: If you’re feeling uncomfortable, say something! It’s my goal to make you and your partner feel comfortable and relaxed in front of the camera.


julie randall photography portland oregon wedding photographer
julie randall photography portland oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Portland photographer Julie Randall
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Tell us a little bit about you.
Gemmer Photography: We’re quirky, nerdy, & madly in love with each other! We think that trickles down into our work! We’re saps. We love {love}, and we strive to be known to take a non-traditional approach to documenting wedded bliss! We are a small family-owned business, so we don’t outsource jobs or book as many weddings as possible in the summer, just to wait until the winter months to start editing couple’s wedding photographs. plus, we love to have open dialogue and brainstorming communication from the moment our clients book us up until the wedding and beyond! The more we communicate, dream, and plan together, the sweeter!
Julie of Julie Randall: I strive to tell the narrative of the day in a relaxed, unobtrusive manner. I want you and your partner to feel relaxed, comfortable, and confident in front of the camera. I aim to show the true emotion of the day and all the gorgeous details. You may get silliness from me, but never gimmicky cheesiness.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Gemmer Photography: We always say be different! Find some unique location! Don’t just take your engagement photographs at a popular must-see spot, unless it has significant presence in your lives.
Julie of Julie Randall: Think about having your engagement shoot in a location that’s completely different from your wedding. Say if you’re getting married on the Coast, you can have the shoot downtown where we walk around, grab a beer or coffee, maybe some ice cream!

Salem, OR:


erich mcvey photography salem oregon wedding photographer
erich mcvey photography salem oregon wedding photographer

Above images by Salem photographer Erich McVey Photography

Tell us a little bit about you.
Rebekah of A & B Creative: I offer brides the design-savvy for the vision they’ve dreamed of in a budget-savvy way!

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Rebekah of A & B Creative: I love Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, the top of Bald Hill or Avery Park in Corvallis, Diamond Lake or Mount Thielsen, or Crater Lake. We’re so lucky that in Oregon gorgeous fields, barns and forests are aplenty, you can basically drive in any direction and find gorgeous inspiration for e-sessions!

Seattle, WA:


jessica may photography seattle washington wedding photographer
jessica may photography seattle washington wedding photographer

Above images by Seattle photographer Jessica May Photography

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography: Just have fun!

Tell us a little bit about you.
Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography: I love love love getting to know my clients! I enjoy taking them out for lunch and or coffee to chat and talk about how they met, ideas for their wedding day, etc.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Jessica Ho of Jessica May Photography: I heart big open spaces!

Bellingham, WA:


aubrey joy photography bellingham washington wedding photographer
aubrey joy photography bellingham washington wedding photographer

Above images by Bellingham photographer Aubrey Joy Photography

Tell us a little bit about you.
Aubrey of Aubrey Joy Photography: Because my goal is to make you look your best, you will have fun working with me, and that will really reflect in the photos I take. Lots of couples tell me that the photoshoot was the most fun they had at a wedding, what a compliment! I love what I do and it shows in my work. I’m very drawn to soft romantic light and natural backgrounds. I think shooting in places like this really makes an image timeless.

Venues:
McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse (Hillsboro, OR)
Five Pine Lodge (Sisters, OR)
Mack Theater (McMinnville, OR)
Moon Mountain Lodge (Alger, WA)
Columbia River Gorge (Corbett, OR)
Crag Rats Hut (Hood River, OR)
The Silcox Hut at Timberline Lodge (Timberline Lodge, OR)

Photographers:
Gemmer Photography (view portfolio), Portland OR + will travel worldwide
Aubrey Joy Photography (view portfolio), Bellingham WA + will travel worldwide
Jessica May Photography (view portfolio), Seattle WA + will travel worldwide
You Look Nice Today Photography (view portfolio), Portland OR + will travel worldwide
Julie Randall Photography (view portfolio), Portland OR + will travel worldwide
Erich McVey Photography (view portfolio), Salem OR + will travel worldwide

Stylists + Planners:
A & B Creative (view portfolio) (Salem, OR)
Your Perfect Bridesmaid (Portland, OR)

Florists:
Punch Portland (view portfolio)
Erica of Moda Floral & Event Design (Portland, OR)


Stationery:
Red Pearl Designs (view portfolio)
Royal Steamline (based in Portland but available online, view portfolio)

Bakeries:
Dianne’s Delights (Seattle)

Makeup:
Nadia Artistry (Portland, OR)
Beth Level of Blush Make-Up Artistry

Rentals:
Scout Vintage Rentals (Seattle)

Mention “Ruffled” to Aubrey Joy Photography and receive a free vintage inspired canvas print when you book your wedding with her!

Julie Randall Photography is offering 15% off all my packages for any weddings that take place before October 1, 2012!

9 comments
  1. Maria Popo

    All beautiful weddings! The the northwest coast is such a stunning place!

  2. AppilyWed

    The forest and beach backdrops of Portland are amazing. Especially with the suspender look by the grooms. Just an amazing set of photos.

  3. Hannah Smith

    This is a great guide. I’m actually getting married at the Crag Rat Hut in September 2013. I thought you might want to include a link to their website: http://www.cragrats.org/hutrentals/

  4. Wholesale Flowers Co

    Amazing pictures and venues!

  5. chicago wedding photographer

    This is a gorgeous selection of photographers from the Oregon/Washington area. Love it.

  6. Carly

    Love the PNW! My wedding was a Bellevue wedding (close to Seattle)! There is no better place to be :)

    BEAUTIFUL featured weddings!

  7. Rebekah

    We’re so proud to be among such great company! Thank you!

  8. Mandi | Living for Pretty

    Always love to see some PNW love on blogs. You picked some great vendors!

  9. Allensbridal

    The beach wedding photos are so stunning.

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