Taylor and Grant were married at the LDS Temple in Lake Oswego, Oregon. We stood with most of the guests, outside the sealed temple, waiting for the couple to emerge. The excitement in the air was so thrilling - everyone dressed in their best, looking at those big wooden doors. When they finally opened everyone cheered. My heart flutters just thinking about it! I don't think I've ever seen two people more in love.
My friend Cara helped me shoot this wedding, and when she sent me the photos all the files were titled "happy love." I can't think of two better words to describe this day.
After their ceremony at the temple, Taylor and Grant headed up to Portland's International Rose Test Garden. Their wedding was the first weekend in June and the roses were in full bloom. Taylor went barefoot, which felt so fitting for a day filled with such easy joy! And Grant looked beyond handsome in his slim cut suit (and his salt-and-pepper hair? the. handsomest.)
When we packed up to leave - Cara and I back to Portland, Taylor and Grant to their honeymoon! - we passed an overgrown field of wildflowers. We all rushed out of our cars to catch the last few minutes of light left in the day. Then the newlyweds (literally) rode off into the sunset.
Grant + Taylor | San Diego Reception
Taylor's wedding dress was an incredible piece from the 1940s. On the day she went wedding dress shopping with her mother she was determined to find something simple, no rhinestones. Not an easy feat in Southern California! They found Taylor's dress in a vintage shop, added a slip and replaced the sash, and paired it with vintage juliet crown. It was breathtaking and so her. And, best of all, Taylor got to wear it twice!!
The weekend after their ceremony in Portland, Taylor and Grant hosted a reception at Taylor's family's home just outside of San Diego. Everyone ate tacos at perfectly decorated tables: mix-matched colored cups and big, bright blooms in milkglass vases. As the sun went down around 8:00, the dancing began. Let me tell you: The Rippys can dance! Taylor's dance with her Dad was honestly the best I'd ever seen. I'm so glad the photos turned out - because my vision was somewhat impaired, as I was simultaneously crying and smiling behind my camera.
At Laura's bridesmaid brunch, each of the girls were given a little time to toast to the bride. I told her that being there felt like an awards banquet. I spent three years in college working towards this day: three years of us taking every major class together and finding excuses to hang out in the library for hours, working on our study guides.This was an achievement! I knew I wanted to be Laura's friend since that first day of class.
And, the funny thing is, I think a lot of people feel that way. She is a rare kind of person : open-hearted, witty and perfectly punctual (all. the. time.)
I joke with Laura that I'm her "secret friend", a phrase I borrowed from Mindy Kaling's "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" Despite already having three best friends, Mindy has another friend who loves comedy as much as she does, and who she only hangs out with one-on-one.
“There was just Mavis and me, but it never seemed lonely because we never stopped talking. We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you don’t have to make it official. It just is.”
Laura is the most important person in so many people's lives, and there are at least six of us out there who call her "my best friend". I don't think I'll ever get over the honor of being asked to stand up in her wedding, or the joy I felt on that day knowing she had found her forever.
Frolic! Flower Class | Summer School PDX
These photos were taken for Chelsea Fuss (of the blog Frolic!) to document her class at the collaborative Summer School PDX. It was such an amazing, creative atmosphere. We shared a space with Lisa Warninger (of Urban Weeds fame). And best of all, the students were the kind of creative girls you'd love to meet over coffee. Except it was over flowers. Even better!
Thamures | Family Portraits
I've always thought I'd want a little girl (someday in the far, far future). But spending the day with Tahmures changed my mind. My friend, Rachel and her husband have raised just the sweetest little boy I've ever met. It's so obvious, even in the first moments of meeting them, what love and gentleness do for a home and for a child. Oh, and those big eyes? and that clever mouth? Absolutely undeniable.
This year I vowed to take more pictures of people, so connecting with Rachel (who is a brilliant photographer in her own right) was such a blessing. I learned a lot from these four rolls of film! Babies are squirmy and hard to catch in low-light with a slow shutter. But, I love them so much since they haven't developed a "camera face" yet. Candids every time!! That's probably why I like this one so much. Oh babies, such divas!
Tessa + Andy | Rehearsal Dinner in Hood River
Tessa and Andy's rehearsal dinner was in park along the Columbia River Gorge. We ate tacos and drank margaritas, and the day was filled with that easy kind of happiness that comes when you have something to look forward to.