I’m a wedding & elopement photographer for laid back couples that value the idea of being married more than just having a party. They want photos that show their true selves and represent their love of nature, and prefer to be more natural than overly posed.
A July wedding in Central Oregon usually means bright, bluebird skies with not a cloud in sight. Of course, on this gorgeous July day, Mother Nature had a different plan. The skies were gray and overcast, heavy with clouds. As I arrived at the beautiful private ranch, the rain began falling steadily. I was greeted at the door by the bride, Megan, wearing a huge smile on her face! Rain didn’t seem to worry her a bit. I love brides who take the day in stride!
This wedding was especially personal for me, as I’ve known Jayson for years. In addition to be an amazing luthier, he is also a phenomenal fiddle player, and my husband and he have played music together throughout the years we’ve lived in Central Oregon. I remember him telling us about this amazing redhead he met, Megan. When I finally met her, I knew why he was head over heels in love with her! It was an absolute honor to photograph their wedding day.
Megan & Jayson are a do-it-yourself kind of couple, so it’s no surprise their wedding day reflected this. Their wedding took place on a friend’s private ranch in Bend. Many of the decorations were made and put together by them or their family members. They gathered lavender from their yard and the brides’ girlfriends put together little baggies for guests, so they could toss it at the bride & groom after the ceremony. They collected wildflowers from Rainshadow Organics farm and the brides’ family members created beautiful centerpieces for tables. The bride’s friend created the bouquet and boutonnieres. Everything was absolutely perfect for their rustic Central Oregon wedding theme!
As the ladies were hanging out, working and chatting, I took the opportunity to photograph some of the details, before Megan needed to get ready.
It was time for Megan to finish getting ready. She had her gorgeous red hair done early in the morning by Crystal at Tribe Salon, and then Crystal joined her at the ranch to do her makeup. Getting ready shots are always a favorite of mine, and I’m so glad Megan wanted these. As she was having her makeup applied, I sneaked off to get a few photos her gorgeous gown before she got dressed.
We headed out to the pond in the front of the home for some photos of Megan and her best girlfriends. Since it was raining, this was the perfect sheltered location to keep her dry! We also chose to do some bridal portraits and the first look here. The green aspens and evergreens all around the pond were so pretty!
It was time to send Megan back inside and get ready for the first look. I grabbed Jayson and brought him out to the pond. You can sense his excitement as he anxiously awaits seeing his bride for the first time.
The ceremony was scheduled to take place outdoors, in front of a beautiful pond with easterly views of Paulina Peak. The rain was threatening to move it under the tent, but as 4pm approached, the skies began to clear and the sun started peeking through the clouds. Megan & Jayson decided to wait a few minutes to see what the weather would do, and after it became clear the rain was moving out for the evening, they decided to go ahead with the outdoor ceremony. Guests all helped grab chairs and the site was set up quickly, with only a slight delay.
After the ceremony the guests headed to the big tent for a cocktail hour, while we did family formals. Yard games, a huge tap list with local Oregon beers and cider, and tasty appetizers were provided.
It was time to head to the reception for dinner followed by dancing to the amazing band, Polecat! Of course, Jayson being a fiddle player himself, has to make sure he has one of the best bands in the Pacific Northwest at his wedding. Lots of boot stomping and boogieing went down that night.
The band took a break and Megan, Jayson and I headed off to grab a few more photos. We were hoping for some beautiful sunset shots, but the sun didn’t cooperate. We still had some amazing light though and these are actually some of my favorite of the day!
We headed back to the reception for toasts and more dancing. Polecat played into the night and had everyone on their feet!
Megan and Jayson, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! Thank you for choosing me to capture your wedding day!
2nd Photographer: Michelle Bauer
Hair & Makeup: Crystal Pizzola, Tribe Salon
Flowers: Rainshadow Organics
Bouquet & Boutonnieres: Mindy Mason
Food: Country Catering
Bar Service: Twist Cocktail Catering Co.
Tables/Linens/Tent: Central Event Rentals
My name is Erica and I specialize in outdoor weddings for sentimental, free-spirited and natural couples. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer, I would love to chat with you. Send me a message and let’s talk!