On the last day of August, Evan & Renee said I do on a beautifully sunny afternoon. Family and Friends gathered together in the shade to share in the beautiful view of evergreen trees and celebrate in joy as they promised forever to each other. Following the ceremony, they all moved into the red barn, adorned with white string lights, to eat, celebrate, and dance the night away! Once again,I was truly honored to be a part of their love story. Evan & Renee, best wishes in your new city and new chapter of your lives together! Eryn
I met Josh and Tiffany for the first time (in person) when I walked into the River Rock Lounge in Skamania Lodge…and I was greeted with a warm hug! I instantly knew I was going to LOVE this girl! (I’m a hugger). Josh relayed the story of how the met, and how she was a little hard to get in the beginning, but SO worth pursuing. After a few great dates, they knew they had something really special, and have never looked back. He proposed with an incredible view of Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, OR, and asked her for “forever”, knowing he didn’t want to wait long to marry this girl he was so crazy about. They have poured their hearts into a few short months of wedding planning, because they are just so excited to be married, and I don’t blame them! These two are the sweetest match, and I can’t wait for the the September day when they say “I do!”.
We spent a beautiful evening at Skamania Lodge, which I just had a feeling they would love, when they told me they liked hiking and the outdoors. Tiffany said they loved the tall evergreen trees, so I knew this would be a perfect location! After chatting over some drinks, we headed out to the trees, along the beautiful hiking trails there. We made our way down behind the lodge, where the view of the Columbia River Gorge is just breathtaking. There had been some wildfires in the area, which gave this beautiful tone to the sky that night, giving us a beautiful view!
Josh and Tiffany were a perfect example of why I do engagement sessions. We had not had the chance to meet in person yet, and they were not totally sure they “needed” an engagement session. The groom was a bit skeptical of how comfortable it would be. I asked them to give it some consideration, so we could have some time to get to know each other and really GET comfortable before the wedding day. They decided to take the the chance and we went for it. We had a really great time getting acquainted, in a relaxed no pressure environment, and I’d say, captured some great moments of genuine connection between the two of them. They agreed with me, that it was well worth it, and that they too had a great time. We parted ways with a hug, and I headed to my car, and them back to the restaurant for a delicious dinner. As I drove home, I was overcome with happiness…feeling so genuinely blessed that THIS is what I get to do for a living! I absolutely love capturing couples at the start of a lifelong journey together, history in the making. During the foundation laying of marriages. It. Is. The. BEST!!
Josh and Tiffany, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for going for it!! I can’t wait for the wedding! you made me feel like a very blessed wedding photographer! xoxo Eryn
When Aaron & Cara told me they would be married on the family property in Woodland, I had NO IDEA that it would be this beautiful! I am a family gal, so I love the sentiment of getting married somewhere really special to the couple. This wooded wedding had an almost magical feel to it, with the tall moss covered evergreen trees and lush green carpet below…Magical.
Aaron & Cara chose to do a first look, and they were so glad they did. They shared a private emotional moment under the green arches of limbs, before they were joined by the wedding party. Moments before seeing her groom, Cara became overcome with joyful emotion, that THIS was the day she married her love. She kept saying, “I’m SO glad we did this!” Thankful they had opted for a private moment alone together.
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment with this sweet couple. They are the kind of people who are genuine, kind, and gracious. Full of wonderful character. It was a truly joyful day with a meaningful and sentimental ceremony. Cara was a glowing and elegant bride, she seemed to glide around the woods all afternoon, with a truly graceful beauty! They were surrounded by fun and authentic friendships who were joyfully celebrating what they all knew was a beautiful match. Aaron & Cara, I’m truly honored to have been there with you to celebrate and capture your memories! xoxo Eryn
Bride’s Hair: Lillian at Bliss Salon, Portland, OR
Bridal Gown: Symphony of Venus from Charlotte’s Bridal, Portland, OR
Menswear: Mr. Formal
Florals: Bride’s Mother
Venue: Private Family Property on Cedar Creek, Woodland, WA
These to said “I do” in the shade of the historic Howard House, in the historic Officer’s Row area of Vancouver, WA. A wedding over a year in the making, and Adriana did a fabulous job pulling it all together. I knew the moment I met Adriana for the first time, that this was one worth waiting for! She had a clear idea of the style of wedding she wanted, and was willing to put time into her details to make it the day she’d always hoped for.
Calm & steady, they waited for the time to come, when she placed her hand in his and said “I do” to forever with Casey. Surrounded by a small crowd of family and friends, they glowed in love.
Casey & Adriana, thank you from the bottom of my heart for including me in your day. xoxo Eryn
Thanks to all the wonderful vendors of the day!
Photography: Eryn Kesler
Hair & Makeup: Lavonee from Estillo Salon
Floral Design: the Amazing Stacey Young
Bakery: Cakes by Design
Venue: Howard House
Caterer: Campbells BBQ
Special thanks to my friend Lindsay Christ for assisting me during this lovely wedding day and capturing some great shots!
I am so thankful that our paths crossed, and I not only got a fabulous couple to work with, but new friends in my life whom I adore! I was connected with Adam & Nicole through two friends, (and former brides of mine!) and I am so so happy they did. Adam and Nicole are kind and loving people, who are just so fun to be around. Our friends had invited them to join our small group for young couples, but things hadn’t quite lined up. Until their engagement session, and I was thrilled to spend some quality time getting to know them. They came the next day to our small group, and stuck around! We LOVE them!! I have so much respect for the way they have grown their relationship with each other, as well as grown in their walk with God during the dating process. I was so happy for their wedding day to arrive.
Adam & Nicole were married at the Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve, in the Red Cross Building in Vancouver, WA. This area is one of those places that makes Vancouver special! This particular building was built in the World War II era, and has such a lovely charm about it. Love and joy just radiated around the room as they said ” I do”. Parents beaming with pride, friends and family grinning as they watched them promise forever. Then, the room was quickly converted to host the reception, complete with Nicole’s thoughtful details. These two are so loved, it was such an honor to be there capturing the day.
Hair & Make Up: Charissa Parnell
Catering:The Butler Did It
Baker: Kayla Anders, Sugar Cubed Creations
Floral Design: Kim Barkow One Flesh Designs
Men’s Wear: Macy’s
Photographer: Eryn Kesler