December 28, 2019

Coopers Hall Wedding

Aimee and Adam felt like they fell out of the sky in a way. They are so sweet and special.

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!

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.

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. 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. 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. 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 wonderful team moved the tables into place! 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. We feel so unbelievably grateful to have crossed paths with these two and to have been a part of this day.

 

Vintage Wedding Dress (from the 1960’s, WUT!!!): Dear Prudence 

Bridal Crown: Jane Bourvis

Portland Wedding Venue + Food: Coopers Hall