PORTLAND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER — Coopers Hall Wedding
This sweet Coopers Hall Wedding was a dream of modern simplicity with a vintage influence. Aimee and Adam felt like they fell out of the sky in a way. They are so sweet and special and quirky and everything I think I’d describe my soulmate client to be. They seemed to share my appreciation for understated/simple decor with a love of vintage design. I wanted to be sure to incorporate some 35mm film and polaroids to make their gallery a little more meaningful and to pull out the vintage aspects. Throughout the gallery I shot on a little point and shoot with flash and a Canon Eos series, which are both 35mm film. I also used my fuji instax for some instant film throughout the day! Hopefully you enjoy those as much as I always do!
Aimee and Adam actually had a true elopement at Discovery Park earlier this year. Not an elopement how the wedding industry has marketed them, but instead it was spur of the moment, no photographer, no venue, nothing. They were in love and had plans to move to London for a new adventure, and marriage made sense, woo! #Relatable though. They first connected with me shortly after their elopement to get some photos taken as a sort of reverse order engagement photo session : ). To say this inspired me is an understatement, without even knowing it, Nick and I have ended up doing pretty much everything just like them, and we have no shame in this. They are a vibe.
On their wedding day, we met with Aimee and Adam at the Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland where they were getting ready. We snapped a few quick shots of each of them getting ready without any special placement or curating, and they ended up being some of my favorite shots of the day. Simple and authentic just as you’d expect them to be if you know these two.
After they were dressed we all drove to the Hoyt Arboretum for their first look. The most beautiful leaf colored path was right at the entrance. Similar to Nick and I, they had already seen her in her dress together back home in London, so while the dress wasn’t a huge surprise the moment and the feelings were just as special. After a quick first look we moved into some bridal party photos and made our way to Coopers Hall for the rest of Aimee + Adam’s photos together and to kick off the ceremony.
We didn’t need much time for any of these things, as everyone was ready to groove and we didn’t want anything to feel too forced. Sometimes less time is for the best, don’t overthink it. I spotted a little yellow building one street over that I was instantly drawn to. It was one of those moments where you hope your “artistic intuition” is well perceived by others… It is always a balance of trusting yourself and not wanting to force something cooky on your Client.. eek it can be hard, but I loved the soft palette and the stoop. They reminded me a bit of what I have seen in the movies of London and thought it would be a subtle way to bring in some color and sunshine on an otherwise grey day. We had some quick fun and then popped inside for the ceremony to begin!
The ceremony was lovely. The bridesmaids escorted themselves down the aisle (always a favorite move of mine if you’ve noticed). Aimee was walked down the aisle by her dad while a friend played the guitar. All for a sweet handing off to Adam at the head of the aisle. The ceremony was officiated by a good friend and the couple exchanged their own personal vows. Their ceremony ended and then we were off to party!
Coopers Hall has a wonderful bar area where guests enjoyed cocktails while their (amazing!!) team moved the tables into place! The decor was gorgeous. The tables were aligned in a big horseshoe shape. A dozen farm tables were lined up end to end, allowing guests to chat over the table but also with guest sitting further down and around them. When everyone sat down for dinner, the chef came out to share more about their commitment to organic local sourcing and quality ingredients. Then the feast ensued! Toasts were given by sweet friends and family, a lovely cake was cut, and some special dances were shared.
All in all it was an amazing and seamless evening full of love and good times. I hope our wedding is half of what theirs was : ). We feel so unbelievably grateful to have crossed paths with these two and to have been a part of this day. One for the books.
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