katie + alan // portland, oregon intimate wedding
Katie and Alan created an intimate day that was authentic to them and focused on what mattered most to them as a couple. While their day was simple, it was filled with thoughtful touches that were meaningful to them. A quiet anticipation surrounded Katie as she got ready, and emotions filled the air between her and her bridesmaids leading up to the ceremony. After the ceremony, I could tell she and Alan were just so contented to be in each others presence, and they allowed me to get close and capture some of my favorite photos from last year...it's always creatively inspiring when you're given freedom as an artist and allowed to just observe a scene. Honestly, their ability to get lost in each other and interact in front of the camera without needing a lot of directing/prompting was essential to this, and I felt like an observer witnessing a beautiful romance rather than an intruder forcing a connection. Following their intimate ceremony at their church, Door of Hope, they held a family style dinner reception at the lovely Portland space Elder Hall. Not only were the spaces meaningful to them, they were honestly just really great in terms of aesthetic, and helped in creating a beautiful atmosphere. Even their church had lovely and unique elements along with beautiful light slipping through the windows that illuminated the entire church in an almost ethereal way.
I'll always be a fan of weddings that place focus on simple beauty without compromising a couple's style or values.
“It was rather beautiful: the way he put her insecurities to sleep. The way he dove into her eyes and starved all the fears and tasted all the dreams she kept coiled beneath her bones.”
― Christopher Poindexter