Amber and Ryan redefined the term “intimate wedding” for me. Even after photographing 100+ weddings, some of them decidedly “casual”, I had never seen anything quite like this.
They truly made this day their own, centered around their love and commitment to one another and absolutely nothing else.
The afternoon began with getting ready in the swanky Nines hotel downtown and even this they did together. Ryan enjoyed some time with his brothers while a close friend did Amber’s make-up in the bathroom. When it was time to get dressed, they did so together. Because this day, for them, was about being together.
Once they were all ready to go, the magic truly began because there was absolutely no plan. When I’d asked Amber where she wanted to do the actual ceremony she replied “When it feels right, we’ll just stop to have our moment. We will say what we would like to say to one another and exchange our rings.” And even with the weather bouncing back and forth from downpour to sunshine, while so much seemed up in the air and left to chance, Amber and Ryan seemed confident that it would all be just perfect, and so it was.
Knowing we had a bit of time, we took the opportunity to go a bit out of Portland’s city center to Sauvie Island. We all love the Pumpkin Patch, who doesn’t, and with the season being what it is, it just fell into our laps as a wonderful fit. When we arrived, it was confirmed that our choice had been a brilliant one as there wasn’t anyone else there except the most wonderful and accommodating staff. They even brought out boots for Amber and her officiant, and dear friend, Robin to wear! We had a blast climbing the hay pyramid, getting a sneak preview of the pumpkins, and enjoying the last of the sunflowers before it was off to wherever the world would take us next.
On the way back to the city, the bridge at Cathedral Park was the destination of choice. The moment they knew would come had arrived and they stood ready to marry one another. The whole experience felt surreal and so perfect, I’m sure for them, but also for me. There was no parade down an aisle, there weren’t any flowers, there was barely even a plan, but there was so much love in the air it was palpable.
Amber and Ryan did this for them. They made a choice to do what made sense to them, and what resulted was one of the most beautiful, genuine, amazing, and touching weddings I’ve ever been to in my life. This couple is so filled with love and dedication to one another. I’m so honored to have been asked to not only document this day for them but to be a witness too! It’s a wedding I will never forget and I couldn’t be more happy for them and proud of them for going against the grain and being true to themselves. Congratulations again, you little lovebirds you!
Photography : So Many Moments
Hotel : The Nines
Photo Shoot Location : The Pumpkin Patch, Sauvie Island