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Forever trying to catch up on my blogging (I literally have 100+ sessions to blog!), today I bring you the gorgeous Sami (my new cousin!) & her bridal portrait shoot.  I still find it strange that out here in the Western parts of the country, most brides don’t even know what a bridal session is, even though it is such a tradition back in the Southeast.  Maybe one day it will catch on out here.  It’s a great opportunity to have a “trial run” in your dress before the big day.  You can see what alterations might still need to be done, you can test out your bridal makeup and hair (or do something completely different if you’re torn about what you want), and you can even do a trial run with your florist.  Plus, what girl doesn’t need an excuse to wear that gorgeous dress more than once?!  Another common reason bridal sessions are scheduled is so that the bride has a beautiful portrait of herself to give to her mother (the portrait is often displayed at the wedding reception and then gifted).  If any of my Portland brides want to chat about a bridal session, send me a note!

Anyway… I met up with Sami at her parent’s home in the Porter’s Neck Country Club for her bridal portraits.  They have such a beautiful home and yard, so we just stayed around their property.  Loved the colors of the brick and front door in the last images!

 

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Congrats Becca!  Many of you may recognize this lovely lady as she was my intern last Summer and helped on many of your portrait sessions.  Unfortunately she couldn’t stay an intern forever and she headed back up to Vancouver Canada where she is a photography student at Emily Carr University.  Fortunately she’s a good student and will be graduating this year:) So, we headed out to one of my favorite locations in Portland, Hoyt Arboretum, and had a little fun taking some college senior portraits for her when she was back in town on her last school break.

 

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I recently had a fun morning covering an event for Sherry Okamura and her awesome skincare product, Okamura Farmacopia Aromatherapy Beard Oils.  It was a morning full of beards of all shapes and sizes, bacon, and a bunch of great people pulling it all together.  Mr. World Beard 2014 was also there with his mustache wax, RIDES.  If you have a beard or a mustache, or know someone who does, they need some of these awesome products!  Get the beard oil locally from several locations, including Urbaca Salon, where Sherry is salon director and esthetician, or order online.   Get the mustache wax from Made Here PDX, or several other locations around Portland.  Here’s some behind the scenes from the bearded man event:

 

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Oh my goodness!  I’d been looking forward to this wedding for over a year, and it did not disappoint.  By a crazy coincidence, I happened to be in Los Angeles the day that Monique first emailed me to ask if I ever traveled to, or photographed in Los Angeles!  So, we met up and chatted all about her wedding plans and her fiancé Jamal:) A few months later, Robb & I headed back down to LA for their engagement session around Loyola University, with beautiful views of the city skyline.  They are just the most adorable couple!  Monique was a bridesmaid and family member of the groom in a wedding I photographed all the way back in 2009, Carlton & Denise, married at Graylyn Estate in Winston Salem, NC.  I loved working with Carlton & Denise and their friends and family and knew that Monique & Jamal’s wedding day would be just as spectacular!  They were married in their family church, Holman United Methodist, on West Adams in Los Angeles, and then after the ceremony everyone headed out to Redondo Beach for their wedding reception at The Portofino Hotel and Marina.  Gorgeous!  I loved both locations.  The church had great walls with interesting stained glass peepholes scattered throughout, lots of natural light, and behind the altar was a really awesome backdrop that I’m not sure how to describe except that there were hundreds of wooden blocks suspended on rods and each side of each block was painted a different color and you could turn the blocks around on the rods.  That was a long sentence!  So, it gave great texture and visual interest to the images.  And of course the Portofino was amazing and had a beautiful sunset, complete with a silhouetted Gondola in the bay.  Anyway, I’ll quit talking now.  Be sure to watch their slideshow at top first to see the full photo story of their day.  And be sure to keep an eye out for their wedding video by Robb Cummings Media in the coming months!  Then scroll down to see a handful of my favorite images.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Watch their slideshow above ^^^^ for the full photo story of their day.  Scroll below to see a handful of my favorite images.  Like our Crystal Genes Photography Facebook Business Page to see even more photos in the coming week!

 

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Hair Stylist (Bride, Mother of the Bride, MOH, Kristin, Jamila, Catherine, Flower girl, acolyte)- Aqua Hair Studio  
Hair Stylist (Amber and Doreen)- SheWilBeauty 
Organist- Mr. William Campbell
Soloist- Haqumai Sharp
Bride’s Dress Designer- Eve of Milady 
Mother of the Bride’s Dress Designer- Rina di Montella
Bride’s Dress, Mother of the Bride’s Dress, and Bride’s ceremony (only) headpiece Purchased at- Panache Bridal Pasadena
Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Flowergirl’s dress, and acolyte’s dress- Alfred Angelo 
Groom’s Tuxedo, Groomsmen’s Tuxedo, Brother of the Bride, Father of the Groom, and Ring Bearer’s- Men’s Wearhouse
Custom scarves- JulyKayDesignStudio 
Programs, invitations, custom linen, aisle runner, table numbers, custom monogrammed crystal cake top perm cake stand- Glow Concepts and Tangé Design 
Bridesmaids’ Bracelets and Mother of the Bride’s necklace and bracelet- Swarovski
Flower girl’s bracelet and Memorial Candle- Things Remembered 
Bride’s Shoes- Jimmy Choo  purchased at Nordstrom
Groom’s and Groomsmens’ Bow ties and Groom’s shoes- Ted Baker  purchased at Nordstrom
Groom’s and Groomsmens’ socks- Happy socks
Bobbleheads- Dolls2u
Gift card box, broom, flower girl basket, garter- SolBijou
Bouquet Memorial Charms- DoinTheBestiCan
Bride and Groom Toasting Flutes- Swarovski  engraved at AE Crystal Engraving and Repair 
Bride’s and Mother of the Bride’s Makeup- Janelle Baird 
Bride’s eyelashes- Taryn Dean @tropsauvage Mikki Bey Eyelash Extensions 
Bridesmaids’ Makeup- Janelle Baird  and Kim Amos 
Bride’s necklace, earrings, and bracelet- Nadri  purchased from Nordstrom
Videographer – Robb Cummings Media
Coordinator – Angela Mitchell – Love & Elegance
Rentals/Decor - GLOW Concepts
DJ – Cookie Dumas
Transportation – Crown Limousine
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  • Vickie Mccray - Love it Auntie VickieReplyCancel

  • Joyce R. Lewis - This day was perfect I an so happy for my son Jamal and his loving bride Monique , May God bless you all richly and supply your every need, nothing could have been better ……………………………. I love you both ………………………ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Yarbro - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • William Banks - Those pictures are amazing! So proud and happy for the new bride and groom.ReplyCancel

Keith and Sami had the best sunny, warm, beautiful day for their engagement session in Wilmington North Carolina. We started the day by the waterfront in Hampstead NC and Keith wore his coast guard uniform which looked great in front of the bright blue water. Next we took pictures on the dock where the couple looked absolutely radiant in the sunlight. Keith and Sami brought a variety of props to use for their save the date and engagement photos; they even brought their little terrier puppy and a couch! The couple lounged on a picnic blanket, got in pillow fights and traipsed around the gorgeous waterfront grounds. From there we moved to a private residential property that had a magical clover field and a great old gnarled oak tree. Keith and Sami were relaxed the entire time, laughing and enjoying each other – so clearly in love. As a wedding photographer I can’t imagine a more enjoyable or lovely couple to shoot… and I’m not biased just because Keith happens to be my cousin! You may have seen their wedding posted here a few months ago. They were married at the Atrium by Ligon Flynn and had their wedding reception at 128 South in downtown Wilmington and everything was so gorgeous! Click here to see their wedding blog post.

 

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