This is a bittersweet post for me because on the day I showed up to photograph this wedding, I found out that Portland’s White House had been sold. This would be the last wedding at Portland’s White House, one of my favorite venues in Portland. I guess I shouldn’t say never, because maybe in 10, 50, or 100 years it will once again host beautiful events. But, at least for the foreseeable future, it’s not in the plans. I feel so happy that I was able to photograph there one last time! And for such an adorable couple and sweet family. This micro wedding was perfection.
While this may have been the last wedding at Portland’s White House, it was certainly one for the books! This day was full of emotional happy tears and laughter. And the floral arrangements were just stunning! Flowers by Carol Kelly always does a fantastic job and creates such vibrant work. And we all know how much I love vibrant colors! Carol has actually been the Innkeeper at the white house for the past year and a half. She’s not only a super talented florist, but such a cheerful wonderful human. My fingers are crossed she sticks around the Portland area!
And while we’re speaking of great wedding pros, Sarahi of Pure Elegance Artistry did the hair and makeup magic for the bride and the mothers. Another purely talented artist who I love working with! The bride spent the morning getting ready with her mother. They shared so many sweet teary eyed moments. It was hard for me to keep my own eyes dry! The couple didn’t want to do a first look, but they wanted to have a secret moment together before the ceremony. After the groom finished getting ready, I positioned them on either side of a doorway so they could hold hands and have a quick chat. It was so cute!
I have grown to really love couples incorporating Zoom into their wedding day. It’s so cool seeing all the different people from faraway places being able to attend. Some who may not have otherwise been able to, even before Covid. And not only do they get to watch, but you can hear them talk and you can talk to them. It’s always such a special moment and has become one of my favorite things to photograph during weddings this last year. I hope that incorporating zoom is something that sticks around long after the pandemic is over.
After the ceremony, we took some portraits around the venue and then met the family in the dining room for an intimate dinner. Oh and speaking of more great wedding vendors, Divine Catering provided the food!
Each person around the table took a moment to give a toast to the couple, and then everyone did some dancing in the foyer. It was the perfect way to end a perfect wedding day!
Venue : Portland’s White House (Not booking events as of Feb 2021)
Florist : Flowers by Carol Kelly
Hair & Makeup : Pure Elegance Artistry
Cake : Helen Bernhard Bakery
Catering : Divine Catering
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Crystal Genes is a fun and colorful wedding and elopement photographer based in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in vibrant and natural photography for happy people in love. Always available for travel. LGBTQ+ friendly. Love is Love - Inclusive to all. Est. 2005 | ©2021
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