More than just pretty pictures of a pretty day, we work hard to show the emotion and personality of every bride and groom and thier friends and family in the images we capture on every wedding day.  We strive to really get to know each of our couples before their big day so that everyone is at ease.  We work with each couple for months before the wedding to understand their vision and to work out a plan to ensure their photography experience will be easy and fun.

Going into our 10th year, Crystal Genes Photography has had experience photographing more than 100 weddings.  Previously based in NC, we’ve been excited to call OR our home since 2012.  But we do and will travel near and far for our couples, and have photographed weddings and engagements in some pretty exciting places like: Puerto Rico, Martha’s Vineyard, New York City, Denver, Montana, Arizona, and more!

We’ve been published in The Knot NC and Carolina Bride Magazine, and on Southern Weddings Blog and Ruffled Blog, just to name a few.  We’ve been chosen for Bride’s Choice Award every year since 2010 from Wedding Wire, and have a 5 star rating based on our reviews there from our previous couples.

Take a look around our wedding gallery.  See some of our most favorite images in the Slider Gallery, or scroll down below to see full wedding posts.

Gretchen + Michael : Married at Lost Lake Resort Mt. Hood {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Who has missed my blog posts?!  Anyone??  If so, leave me a comment and let me know you still want to see content!

Melissa + Shaun : Married at Tolovana Beach Wayside {Ecola State Park & Morris Fireside Wedding Photographers}

I think Melissa & Shaun had the best weather of 2017 so far, with their gorgeous wedding at the Oregon coast.

Brittany + Nick : Married at McMenamin’s Kennedy School {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

I met Brittany and Nick for the first time on their wedding day, but I knew right away that I was going to love working

Devyn + Jordan : Married at Latourell Falls {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Wow.  Wow wow wow.  This was my first wedding of 2017 and it couldn’t have been better!  Devyn and Jordan wanted

Cait + Chris : Superhero Winter Wedding at Mt. Hood Timberline Lodge

I hadn’t known Cait and Chris terribly long when they first booked me for their wedding, but they have since

Rebecca + Mike : Engagement Wedding Photos Around St. Johns Portland

I’ve been looking forward to working with Beck and Mike for forever!  Their wedding was originally set for last

Jamie + JP – Wedding at Laurelhurst Park Club & Jupiter Hotel in Portland, OR

I loved this wedding!  Such fun personality and colorful locations and details.  Not to mention this was timed

Kathleen + Greg : Wedding at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, OR

Kathleen and Greg were married at the prettiest Golf Club I’ve ever seen, Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters,

Heather + David : Wedding at BeckenRidge Vineyards in Dallas Oregon

I’ve been looking forward to Heather & David’s wedding for months and months!  I knew it was going to

Julia + Johnny : Vietnamese Tea Ceremony Engagement Party in Portland Oregon

Yay!  I have been so excited to share these!  I was having some blog issues, but all is back to normal now.  It was so

Mandy + Aaron – Wedding at Bella Via in Sherwood Oregon

Mandy and Aaron’s wedding was a dream to photograph.  The venue, Bella Via in Sherwood Oregon,  and her details

Lori + Jesse – Wedding at Loloma Lodge in Blue River Oregon

Here’s an amazing wedding for your viewing pleasure!  I loved this couple and this venue!  The Loloma Lodge is

Esther + Paul – Wedding at The Retreat at Whiskey Creek in Tillamook Oregon

Esther and Paul were married at the prettiest venue in Tillamook Oregon, The Retreat at Whiskey Creek.  It was a

Iyana + Dave : Wedding at Marble Collegiate Church and Ace Hotel New York City

Iyana & Dave were married in New York City, and I was so thrilled that they chose me to document their special day!

Kelsey + Sarah – Married at Tipi Village Retreat in Marcola Oregon

Kelsey & Sarah were married at the most unique venue, the Tipi Village Retreat in Marcola Oregon.  Tepees filled

Tara + Stephanie : Married at Leach Botanical Gardens {Portland Oregon Wedding Photographers}

You guys!  I still can’t get over how great Tara & Stephanie’s wedding at Leach Botanical Gardens in

Brittany + Joshua : Married in Banks, OR {Portland Wedding Photographers}

When I met with Brittany last year and she told me her vision for her wedding day, I knew it was going to be amazing to

Julie + Derek – 10 Year Anniversary Vow Renewal {Gresham OR Wedding Photographers}

Julie & Derek celebrated their ten year anniversary this past Friday with the sweetest vow renewal ceremony.  I met

Chelsea + James – Married at Columbia Crossings Marina Portland OR

A series of rather serendipitous moments, starting with me making a new friend on a plane to Chicago, and ending with

Avni + Jason – Married in Greensboro, NC {Part 2 of 2}

Remember Avni & Jason’s NYC engagement shoot back in October?  We explored New York Botanical Garden on day 1

Avni + Jason – Married in Greensboro, NC {Part 1 of 2}

Remember Avni & Jason’s NYC engagement shoot back in October?  We explored New York Botanical Garden on day 1

Dana + Abel : Nines Hotel, Cherry Blossoms, & Wedding at Romanian Baptist Church Portland, OR

It doesn’t get much sweeter than Dana and Abel and I was so excited to photograph their wedding day!  I

Erica & Jake Married at Hostess House : Vancouver WA Wedding Photographers

In case you missed reading my last post,  A few times a year I try to find some time in my schedule to assist with

Ellie & Nate : Married at Willamette Valley Vineyards Turner OR Wedding Photographers

A few times a year I try to find some time in my schedule to assist with and/or second shoot with other wedding

Laura + Steve : Married at The Redwood Deck, Hoyt Arboretum Portland, OR Wedding Photographers

If you’ve followed my work for any time at all, you can probably tell that I love shooting in nature, and that my

Leila & Joe : Rehearsal Dinner at George Rogers House {Lake Oswego OR Wedding Photographers}

Leila & Joe’s wedding photos posted about a week ago… they got married at Youngberg Hill Vineyards on

Lindsey + Carlos : Married at Sweet Dreams in Salem {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Sweet Dreams Venue in Salem Oregon is a cute hidden treasure, and was a beautiful backdrop for Lindsey &

Natalie + Joey : Married at Castaway {Downtown NW Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

I knew Natalie & Joey were going to have a fun wedding when I learned that their wedding weekend involved a big

Sarah & Steven – Married at The World Forestry Center Washington Park {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Sarah & Steven were married at The World Forestry Center in Portland’s Washington Park.  These two are super

Leila & Joe – Married at Youngberg Hill Vineyards {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

When I first met Leila & Joe (and their pup Sadie) over Skype, it was nighttime here in Portland, and they were

Mary & Jeff – Married at Camp Zanika Lache Leavenworth {Lake Wenatchee Washington Wedding Photographers}

When I looked up the venue that Mary & Jeff had chosen for their wedding day, I think I squealed!  I love love love

Elizabeth & Moses – Married at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort {Mt Hood Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

I had so much fun documenting this wedding!  Liz and Moses are just the sweetest couple, and so relaxed.  Their main

Kayla & Beau – Married at Old River Farms Burgaw, NC Wedding Photographers

Where do I start?!  Kayla is one of my dearest friends and I was so happy to be able to document her wedding day!

Haley & Matt Wedding – Married at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort Mt. Hood Oregon

Last year around this time I spent one of my weekends working for Stephanie Kaloi Photography as a second shooter.  The

Suzanne & Rick {Backyard Wedding in Camas, WA}

Suzanne & Rick were married in their backyard, atop a mountain in Camas, WA, overlooking Portland, OR.  It was

Lauren & Jorel – Married at McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Lauren & Jorel live in Illinois, but visit Portland every Summer with friends, and have always loved

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Maggie & Lydia – Married at McMenamin’s Kennedy School {Portland OR LGBT Wedding Photographers}

I was so excited for Maggie & Lydia’s wedding day.  I’ve been wanting to photograph a wedding at the

Katherine & Justin – Married at Holly Hedge Estate {New Hope Pennsylvania Wedding Photographers}

I’ve been looking forward to Katherine & Justin’s wedding since they booked last year.  Then got even

Monique & Jamal – Married! {The Portofino – Los Angeles & Redondo Beach CA Wedding Photographers}

Oh my goodness!  I’d been looking forward to this wedding for over a year, and it did not disappoint.  By a crazy

Keith & Sami – Married at The Atrium by Ligon Flynn {Downtown Wilmington NC Wedding Photographers}

I’ve been looking forward to Keith & Sami’s wedding all year!  It was the most perfect wedding to end

Leanne & Mike – Married at Castaway Portland! {NW Oregon Wedding Photographers}

Leanne & Mike were married at Castaway in NW Portland.  It was such a fun and colorful venue in a more industrial

Michelle & Ryan – Married at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens {Charleston, SC Wedding Photographers}

Eeeeee!  I was so excited to photograph this wedding!  Michelle is the youngest of 3 siblings… the last of the 3

Paul & Jeanine – Married in SW Portland {Oregon Wedding Photographers}

Paul & Jeanine were married in Jeanine’s sister’s gorgeous back yard in southwest Portland.  It was a

Veronica & Eric – Elopement at Wallace Falls State Park {Gold Bar & Seattle WA Wedding Photographers}

Last year I met Eric & Veronica when they hired me to take some fun photos of the two of them. They weren’t

Elizabeth & Damon – Married at The Crag Rat Hut {Hood River Valley OR Wedding Photographers}

It seems every time I’ve seen Liz & Damon over the past year, they were heading off for a hike or a

Ran & Rong – Married at North Carolina Museum of Art {Raleigh NC Wedding Photographers}

Ran & Rong were married at one of my favorite North Carolina wedding venues, the NC Museum of Art, in Raleigh NC!

Kristin & Dan – Married at Hotel DeLuxe {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for what seems like FOREVER, and it did not disappoint!  I knew after

Karen & Michael – Married in Tigard {Backyard Wedding Portland OR Photographers}

This wedding was so sweet! And colorful! And fun! Karen & Michael got married in the backyard of Michael’s

Beth & John – Elopement at Lost Lake {Mt Hood & Columbia River Gorge Wedding Photographers}

It was such a hot and beautiful day when we drove up to Mt Hood and wound our way through orchard after orchard to get

Jessie & Nate – Married at Horning’s Hideout North Plains {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Wow, was this wedding pretty!  It was a perfect blend of laid-back rustic and classically romantic.  The venue,

Angela & Raphael – Married! {Oaks Amusement Park Portland OR Wedding & Reception Photographers}

I met Angela & Raphael the day before their wedding for their engagement session and had so much fun!  They were so

Rachel & Eric – Married at Heisen House Vineyards {Battle Ground WA Wedding Photographers}

It was a gorgeous sunny day for Rachel & Eric’s wedding at Heisen House Vineyards in Battle Ground

Melissa & Carl – Married Fourth of July in Vancouver WA {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Melissa & Carl met on the Fourth of July, so it was only fitting that they plan their wedding for Independence Day

Brooke & David – Married at Beech Alpen Inn {Beech Mountain NC wedding photographers}

3 weeks ago I received an inquiry from Brooke and David, asking me if I would be available to photograph their wedding.

Phillip & Janessa – Married at Poplar Grove Plantation {Wilmington NC & Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Phillip & Janessa have such fun, free-spirited personalities that really showed on their wedding day at Poplar

Josh & Haley – Wedding at North Star Ballroom Portland OR

I recently got the chance to work as a second shooter with another amazing photographer here in Portland, Stephanie

Krista & Lauren – Portland OR Bridal Hair and Makeup by Urbaca Salon

The cherry blossoms are blooming once again, all over the city!  Robb and I did another shoot for Urbaca Salon

Sarah {Hampstead Wilmington NC ’77 Bronco Bridal Portrait and Wedding Photographers}

I met Sarah at their family friend’s farm in Hampstead, NC for her bridal portraits.  There were so many things

Nicole {Downtown Wilmington NC Bridal Portrait and Wedding Photographers}

My good friend Nicole got married!  I am actually really really behind posting these, but I love them, so here they

Jennifer & Adam {Fort Fisher Carolina Beach NC Engagement & Wedding Photographers}

I knew Jennifer from high school, but hadn’t seen her in years and years and years, so it was wonderful to have

Urbaca Salon Romantic Wedding Hair and Make-up Design in Portland OR

I recently had the opportunity to photograph some work for Gretchen Harp who is a Hair and Make-up Artist at Urbaca

Brett & Alex – Married at Abernethy Center Chapel and Ballroom {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Brett & Alex were married in Oregon City, just south of Portland, in the cutest little chapel at the Abernethy

Adam & Jennifer – Married at Stony Mountain Vineyards Albemarle, NC

Adam and Jennifer were married on a gorgeous Autumn day in the hilly NC region of Albemarle, NC.  They chose Stony

Jake & Emily – Married at Winding Creek Farm & Wedding Barn in Yadkinville, NC

I’ve been back in NC this month for a few weddings around the state.   Emily & Jake were married in

Mikael & Larissa – Married at Laurel Ridge Winery! {Portland OR & Carlton OR Wedding Photographers}

I first met with Mikael & Larissa only 2 months ago.  These two were together for six years, so when they finally

Tyler & Erica – Married at Haystack Gardens Surfsand Resort {Portland & Cannon Beach OR Wedding Photographers}

Erica & Tyler were married on Cannon Beach, overlooking Haystack Rock (you know, the famous one from the Goonies

Justin & Julie – Married at The Cedars on Salmon Creek {Portland OR & Brush Prairie WA Wedding Photographers}

Justin & Julie were married on a beautiful day at the prettiest golf course called The Cedars on Salmon Creek in

Lindsey & Tim – Married at Vista Hills Vineyard {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Just when I think I’ve seen the prettiest vineyards and venues around Portland, I get surprised again and again!

John & Ashley – Married at The Reserve Vineyards {Aloha OR Wedding Photographers}

John & Ashley are such sweethearts, and the most adorable couple!  They were married at The Reserve Vineyards and

Mike & Alice – Married at Camas Meadows Golf Club {Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Mike and Alice tied the knot outdoors at Camas Meadows Golf Club in Washington on a scorching hot day, but that

Jenny & Ivan – Married! {The Venue Asheville NC & Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Watch Jenny & Ivan’s wedding day slideshow below or click here to watch it with full

Valerie & Nick – Married! {Valle Crucis NC & Portland OR Wedding Photographers}

Watch the slideshow below for the full story of the day!  Click here for the full screen option.   Valerie &

Kelly & Dan – Married! {Haywood Hall Raleigh NC Wedding Photographers}

First I got to work at my favorite Wilmington area wedding venue, and the following weekend I got to work at my

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