Wedding

Kira and Gurdeep’s Indian Portland Wedding

When my brother-in-law Gurdeep told us that he and his fiance were getting married and wanted help planning their wedding, I was super excited to be a part of it, and to help them figure out the nuances of putting together a multi cultural wedding.

As many of you know, I have kind of an interesting background– my American hippie parents became Sikhs (an Indian religion) before I was born and my sisters and I grew up in India. I met my Indian husband Gurmeet in boarding school in India but he and his brothers grew up in the States, so our two families have kind of a funny cross cultural thing going on. When my husband and I got married 13 years ago, it was fun (and challenging) to figure out how to represent both of cultures in a meaningful way.  We ended up doing two different wedding ceremonies in the same day– one traditional Indian Sikh wedding, and one more American ceremony.

Kira and Gurdeep decided to do the same thing, with two different ceremonies. Gurdeep’s fiance Kira grew up in Portland (without the whole India connection that I had) and the couple have both lived in Portland for years. They are a super cute, quirky couple and love a lot about the whole Bollywood culture (India’s version of Hollywood) and wanted to incorporate that with some of Portland’s unique culture into their wedding.  Here are some images from the first half of their wedding day, when they did their traditional Sikh ceremony.

Stay tuned for another blog post with their second ceremony and the rest of their wedding day!

Cassie and Drew are getting married soon!

Just wanted to share some images from Cassie and Drew’s engagement session, which we did this fall. I love doing engagement shoots, because they are a great opportunity for me and the couple to just spend a little time getting to know one another before their wedding day. Cassie and Drew are such a fun, interesting and sweet couple and I can’t wait to share images from their winter wedding, which is coming up in February at the Sun Valley Clubhouse!

Allie + John and their fun Ketchum wedding!

Allie and John’s wedding was a great end to our super busy wedding season! I love the two of them and their sweet, fun and warm personalities. Their wedding was wonderful– a beautiful ceremony, a spectacular fall day and family and friends beaming with happiness for Allie and John!

John grew up in Ketchum, went to the Community School and has a super close group of friends from the valley (I actually met him years ago when I did his high school senior portraits!) He and Allie went to Gonzaga and met on a weekend skip trip to Canada through the GU Ski and Snowboard Club. They found they had lots in common and started dating shortly after.

I often ask people about how they got engaged, because it always tells me so much about who they are as a couple. Here is Allie and John’s story,

“As a tradition every year John and his family spend the 4th of July at their cabin in Stanley. This year, John and I were fortunate to have time off work and traveled to Idaho to join in the holiday celebrations. The morning of July 3rd John asked if I would like to go on a hike to kick off the day, which sounded nice before the day got too warm, so I said sure! We hopped on our bikes and headed towards the mountain directly across from the family cabin, which they had nicknamed years ago “Crystal Mountain.” John was carrying a backpack, which I found a little odd, but I didn’t think much of it. When we got to the top of the hike it was a beautiful view- we could see the cabin, the river and the snowy Sawtooth Mountains in the distance. I was taking pictures of the view when I turned around to see John kneeling down! I was completely shocked and thrilled, and said yes right away. From his backpack john pulled out champagne and his parents’ wedding glasses for a toast to a lifetime of adventures together.”

A super sweet story for an awesome couple! Thanks Allie and John for choosing me as your photographer– it was so much fun to be a part of your wedding day! I could not have enjoyed it more!

Thanks to a great team of vendors:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Megan Gergen of Sun Valley Company | Venue: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church and Sun Valley’s River Run Lodge |  Catering: Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Kelly Martin (mother of the groom!)  | Makeup: Chantelle Conway | Hair: Stacy of the Sun Valley Spa |

 

Kimberly + Phillip’s Wedding at The Homestead

Kimberly & Phillip had a beautiful wedding at The Homestead. They were married on the lawn overlooking the mountains in a ceremony officiated by their friend Max, who grew up with Phillip here in the Wood River Valley. The ceremony was personal and fun and full of laughter. After the ceremony and cocktail hour, everyone moved into the tent, where the guests gave some of the sweetest and funniest toasts I have ever heard, which led to lots of tears, and more laughter, and then both at the same time! I have know Phillip since he was in high school and was so excited to be a part of his and Kimberly’s big day!

We were lucky to get to work with a wonderful team on this wedding:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Kelly Maybo of Blue Bottle Events | Venue: The Homestead  |  Catering: Mason Family Restaurants | Flowers: Kurt McNulty | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Cake: Hank & Sylvie’s  | Makeup: Ashley Hurley of Britt Davis Beauty | Also: That’s Entertainment, Emily Baird, Minted & The Idaho Photo Bus.

 

Katy & Brian’s Sun Valley Wedding at the Trail Creek

Katy & Brian had a gorgeous wedding on a beautiful, stormy fall day a couple of weeks ago. Although it threatened to rain during their ceremony (there were definitely a few rain drops!), the timing was just perfect– as soon as the ceremony ended, more than a few raindrops started falling– just in time for people to get into the warm, cozy tent– before it started pouring! As a photographer, I do love a stormy day– with the rich, saturated colors and dramatic sky– so I wasn’t complaining!

Katy & Brian were a joy to work with. It was so fun to see them surrounded by their closest family and friends, having a blast and really soaking it all in. Thank you so much for choosing me to document your day, you two!

A big thank you to all the vendors that put the whole thing together– I am so lucky to get to work with such wonderful people!

Second Photographer: Tessa Sheehan | Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings and Kat Stansberry of Sun Valley Company | Venue & Catering: Trail Creek Pavilion, Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Syringa String Quartet| Hair: Danielle Anspach of Mane Muse | Make Up: Chantelle Conway | As well as That’s Entertainment, Willow Paperie, Shine & The Idaho Photo Bus.

Rachel + George got married in Stanley!

I loved working with Rachel and George on their wedding in Stanley. It’s so great when a couple knows exactly what they want their wedding to be like, and then it all comes together.

I always ask people about how they met and how they got engaged, because I love to hear people’s stories. Rachel and George met on Tinder, and have a very cute story about their first date. They met in a bar, which was followed by another and lots of great conversation. When they found the Bridge Street Grill in Stanley, they thought it very appropriate to be married in a bar. Of course, a field overlooking the Salmon River wasn’t such a bad place for their ceremony!

Here’s the story of how they got engaged, “We were in Porto, Portugal over Thanksgiving.  While Rachel’s friends all predicted George would propose on the trip, 3 days in it hadn’t happened, and the thought had completely left Rachel’s mind.  The morning of the proposal, we left to walk around the city, and after touring a few 11th century churches, made our way to a bookstore (a traditional stop in every city we visit).  Unbeknownst to Rachel, George planned to propose in the bookstore.  However, the store was incredibly crowded that day, and shy George couldn’t bring himself to propose in front of 100 strangers (Rachel also gets stage-fright and is thankful he didn’t propose there too).  So we continued touring that day, and at sunset, George led the way to a monastery overlooking all of Porto.  It was there that George popped the question.  It was beautiful and perfect and words cannot describe it.  Rachel, of course, said yes.”

Rachel and George were so much fun to work with! Thanks to the great team of people who helped bring Rachel and George’s vision to life:

Second Photographer: Amanda Nagy | Wedding Planner: Ashley Dyer | Venue & Catering: Bridge Street Grill | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Music: Mike Gradian of Nathan Hudson Entertainment | Ceremony Music: Luke Carter | Pies: Volcanic Farms |

Exciting new print products!

We are so excited to announce a whole new line of print products! We spent some time last winter at trade shows, scouring the industry for great new products, and have settled on some fantastic items. We think you will be excited about them! Here’s a little preview for you!

Some great new WALL ART options.

WOOD PRINTS:

Modern and rustic at the same time, our Wood Prints feature your image on a wooden surface with warm tones and natural grain. These come with the option to let the wood grain show through for a more rustic look, or with a white base (as shown below) so that the grain does not show through.

CLASSIC METAL PRINTS:

Brighten up any workspace with sleek, contemporary Metal Prints that have great depth and dimension. Images are printed directly onto high quality aluminum for a clean and lasting finish, which shows off vibrant colors in a way no other medium can. We offer metal prints in a variety of surfaces, from high gloss to low glare matte finish.

 

METAL COLLECTIONS:

Our metal collections are a more contemporary take on our ever popular canvas collections. With our Metal Collections, a group of metal prints hang together, playing off each other and allowing you to display lots of great little moments from your session. The metal prints are crisp and vibrant, and have a more contemporary feel with their clean edges.

 

FINE ART METAL PRINTS:

A more edgy take on our classic metal prints. With our Fine Art Metals, your image is printed on the face of a brushed aluminum box, for a stylish display. As with our wood prints, you can go with a clear base to let the texture of the metal show through, or with a white base (as shown below) so that the texture does not show through.

 

FRAMED TORN-EDGE PRINTS:

For a real fine art and tactile finish, check out our Framed Torn-Edge Prints. Your image is printed on beautiful fine art watercolor paper with hand-torn edges, and then framed floating in your choice of frame. We offer several different sizes and configurations of torn edge prints, which of course can all be printed in either black & white or color!

We are so excited about adding a new IMAGE BOX AND BOOK to our collection.

THE LEGACY IMAGE BOX:

The Legacy Box makes a wonderful, versatile presentation for your images. Ten 8×10 fine art prints are matted in thick 11×14 museum quality mattes, and placed inside this beautiful image box with a printed cover.  The images can be stored in the box or can be framed individually, with the option to switch out a featured one or given as gifts.

THE PRESENTATION BOOK:

Another innovative piece that we are super excited about– this book doubles as a display piece for a shelf or mantel, as it can placed on a table top or displayed standing up. Like our popular portrait albums, these albums are printed on beautiful paper with 30 pages of fun layouts to feature images from your session.

And some great new TABLE TOP & GIFT ITEMS:

We wanted to add some fun new table top options to our product line (both for your home and for gifts), and are so excited with the ones we found! Check them out!

MATTE FINISH PRINTS ON BAMBOO PANELS:

We love these beautiful, tactile pieces. Images are printed on a stunning smooth surface and permanently mounted to a solid piece of a sustainably harvested bamboo.  The distinctive pattern of the bamboo is exposed along the edge of the panel with a smooth finish. They are ready to display with a carved out keyhole on the back for easy hanging, or can be placed onto a shelf or mantel.

TABLE TOP METAL PRINTS

Our table top Metal Print come with easel backs or curved to stand on their own. They are beautiful, durable pieces that come ready to display– no need for a matte or frame!

Ashley + CJ got married at Galena!

I love that Ashley and CJ describe their relationship as ‘loyal, goofy, supportive, adventurous and committed,’ and said that they make each other laugh.

I simply adore them and had such a great time photographing their wedding. The two of them are such a joy to be around– they could not be sweeter together– their happiness was contagious, so that it seemed everyone at the wedding  thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the day. Surrounded by a wonderful group of friends and family, they were married in Senate Meadows and ate, drank and danced the night away at Galena Lodge afterwards.

Thanks to the team who helped make it all possible!

Second Photographer: Christina Carlson | Wedding Planner: Jamie Sechler of Major Events Boise | Venue & Catering: Galena Lodge | Flowers: Major Events Boise | Makeup: Cole Lasher | Hair: Feathered Flip | Music: Diamond Music Catering | Cake: Albertsons | Videographer: EK Cinema |

 

 

Alexis + Aaron’s beautiful Redfish Lake Wedding

 

Alexis grew up in Boise and spent much of her childhood visiting the Sawtooths. She and Aaron now live in California, but wanted an intimate wedding in a place that was special to them, and Redfish Lake was the obvious choice. They had a sweet ceremony on the beach, where they were married by Aaron’s best friend, followed by dinner in the lodge. Surrounded by all of their closest friends and family, they had the weekend that they dreamed of!

Venue & Catering: Redfish Lake Lodge  | Flowers: Sue Bridgman Florist | Hair & Makeup: Kayla Brim of Idaho Stylist |  Cake: Chocolate Moose | Invitations: Minted |

Blake + Ryan got married!

Blake and Ryan got married on the 10th anniversary of their first date. Though Ryan got harassed endlessly at the wedding for taking so long to propose, watching the two of them, you can see a deep level of friendship that only comes from so much time spent together. They wanted to have a great big fun party with all of the closest people in their lives, and after a sweet ceremony overlooking Bald Mountain, they succeeded in doing just that! Thanks to the great team of vendors that put on such a wonderful celebration– great to work with you all!

Second Photographer: Christina Carlson| Wedding Planner: Amanda Seaward of Absolute Weddings & Kat Stansberry of Sun Valley Company | Flowers: Tara Bella Flowers | Hair: Danielle Anspach of Mane Muse | Makeup: Britt Davis of Britt Davis Beauty| Venue: Sun Valley’s Trail Creek Pavilion | Catering: Sun Valley |  DJ: Nathan Hudson |