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Wedding: Amy & Crystal

From Amy: My partner and I tied the knot on August 13th. We had the wedding of our dreams – it was beautiful. So many people said it was the only wedding they went to where they could feel the love. I will admit they were all right. So excited to have this woman as my partner for life!

Photos courtesy of Juliet Ashley Photography.

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Event Credits

Attire: Dhgate.comFlorist: May flowers Portland OregonLocation: Troutdale, OregonMusic: Mobile music Brian SmithPhotography: Juilet Ashley photographyVenue: McMenamins Edgefeild
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Wedding: Nancy & Wendell

From Carolina, Nancy and Wendell’s photographer: I don’t typically shoot weddings – but when a special story comes along, sometimes you just can’t resist. I know Nancy and Wendell from my Crossfit gym and throughout the last couple of years I’ve seen their relationship model what love is for the rest of us. They’re strong, compassionate, loving and dedicated to each other. After 20 years together, I was honored to be asked to capture Nancy’s proposal, and even happier when they asked me to photograph their wedding.

Nancy and Wendell wanted to make sure the wedding was special and that guests had a great time. So, when the first venue fell through because it would make having an epic party difficult, it seemed only fitting that their dear friends offer to hold the wedding on their beautiful property in the southern hills of Eugene, Oregon.

Now, this is Oregon… so, rain is a possibility, especially in early June. But Mother Nature was simply smiling on them and the weather was absolutely gorgeous! And rightfully so. Unsure about the future of same-sex marriages in Oregon, they originally had their legal ceremony in Washington. But just weeks before this day, Oregon overturned their ban, making this celebration so much sweeter. As Nancy made her way down the aisle, after waiting so many years, there was so much love among everyone there, not a dry eye in the house. Even mine… and that’s difficult when you’re also shooting.

And so we all gathered, nestled in the woods, under a canopy of green, with lights, music, delicious champagne, and partied until late into the night.

I wish Nancy and Wendell a lifetime of love and happiness. I thank them again for entrusting me with documenting one of the most special days in a couple’s life.

Event Credits

Attire: Mr. Formal & David's BridalCakes and Dessert: Haute CakesCatering: Carte Blanche CaterersFlorist: Camillia FlowersLocation: Eugene, ORPhotography: Carolina Reese PhotographyPlanner or Event Designer: Green-Eyed Girl ProductionsVenue: Private Residence
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Engagement: Anna & Kristen

From Anna: Kristen and I met at one of the most conservative universities in America. She joined my household (“prayer sorority,”) and we became quick friends. After a few months, we developed strong romantic feelings for each other. We became a couple and had to keep our relationship secret. Keeping our relationship secret for an entire year was horrible! But we knew if we came out, we would lose our on-campus housing and I would not graduate.

After that first year we decided that living our love openly and freely was more important than staying in the closet out of religious fear. So, we “came out,” moved across the country to Portland, and never looked back! We became officially engaged after four beautiful years together. We have beautiful vintage engagement rings that we wear proudly in honor of gay couples who could not marry in the past. It has been a long road with disapproving religious relatives, but most have come around to see the beauty of our love.

We are currently planning our wedding for next summer. I fall more and more in love with Kristen every day that goes by! We have been through so much together and our love is truly such a rare and beautiful gem. Words cannot describe how lucky I am to hold her hand each day, knowing she will soon be my wife. I cannot wait to marry her.

Photos courtesy of Stephanie Kaloi Photography.

Event Credits

Location: Portland, ORPhotography: Stephanie Kaloi Photography
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Domestic Partnership: Joni & Jennelle

From Amanda, the happy couple’s photographer: Joni and Jennelle finalized the paperwork on their domestic partnership shortly before Thanksgiving, and we did this fun “thankful” photoshoot to celebrate.

From Joni: I am thankful for the chilly night many many moons ago when Jennelle left a bouquet of milky white flowers on my doorstep!!!! Meeting her was like seeing an old friend after decades apart. I remember we used to go down to the beach and eat paletas and watch the waves roll in, and just talk and talk all day and long into the night. She would come over after I got home late from work and make me tacos and make me laugh… And this girl is so openhearted. She helps friends when they are in need, honors her family, gets the tangles out of my curls, pulls over to help people on the side of the road, opens doors for everyone, donates to causes she believes in, looks super sexy in hats, and makes life 100 times more fun. Jennelle is the one who knows the words to all my songs and I am so, so thankful to get to spend my days with someone so joyful, competent, and loving.

In addition to being a stylishly adorable couple, Joni and Jennelle are the duo behind Mint & Mirth.


Event Credits

Location: Portland, OregonPhotography: Amanda Long of
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Wedding: Stacy & Angie

Although it’s not for everyone, there’s just something about putting on a big wedding dress and feeling like a princess. And two princess dresses…

Our story begins before we were even out of elementary school. We aren’t your typical high school sweetheart love story though. Growing up only two years apart through school we weren’t friends but we always knew who each other was. It wasn’t until we were both almost in our 30’s that our paths crossed again. Each of us had our own sweet little girls to raise. Both of us always worrying about making the right choice for our daughters and ourselves.

After a roller coaster of dating off and on for almost a year we both realized that we didn’t feel complete without the other. All of the obstacles that came upon our journey (most of them large) were able to be overcome together, eventually. To clear her head, Stacy would often go to the top of Anderson Butte to get things in perspective. It was hard to not throw in the towel with poor timing. Stacy always knew we were meant to be; Angie took more time to go “all in”. It took ups and downs and lots of flowers sent to Stacy to be able to even get a true chance.
We eventually moved in together and our daughters became full of sisterly arguments and love. Our family has grown so much in one year living together and we couldn’t imagine much more. Once we started talking about forever and the engagements happened, we started planning our wedding on a very small budget using a free photographer and not planning a honeymoon.
After sending out our Save the dates we received an email from the radio station Hot98.9 stating we had been selected in the contest for the Ultimate Dream Wedding valued at $15,000! Now it was up to us, friends & family to get as many votes as possible since the winners were based on which couple had the most votes. After a lot of pleading for votes we had WON! Everything from Catering, Rentals, the DJ, a Limo and much much more. Since we had won we were now able to have a beautiful Wedding, Honeymoon in Mexico and the best photographer two girls could ask for!

Photos by Maria Alexandra Photography in Oregon.

Event Credits

Location: Central Point Oregon Photography: Maria Alexandra Photography
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Wedding: Meghan + Emily

Emily and Meghan were same-sex married at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse in Hillsboro Oregon. I love the robin’s egg blue and the bicycle built for two (of course). And the love! It just radiates from the photos.



Poor Emily was hit by a car a week before the wedding and had a huge brace on one of her legs for the whole night. Hence the “Just Married” wheel chair

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Corinna & Julie + a Horse

Corinna and Julie tied the knot at the family Christmas tree farm in Salem, Oregon. It was a beautiful and unique same-sex wedding affair! Julie had a custom suit made for herself at Duchess, a custom vintage inspired suit maker. Corinna had a colorful dress with a removable skirt made by Elizabeth Dye at English Depot. I respect and applaud these women for creating an event uniquely reflective of who they are.

Photographs by Evrim Icoz.

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