weddings

June 22, 2017

Daniel & Ruthie’s Wedding | Baker City, Oregon

During Daniel and Ruthie’s engagement session, we talked about indoor vs. outdoor weddings. Daniel said he wouldn’t want to take a chance on an outdoor wedding–what if it rains? Well, he and Ruthie had the right idea because it DID rain on the day of their Baker City wedding this May. It turned out that they had a lot of great ideas! They chose black and blue as their wedding colors, with yellow and white accents. Not only was it all beautiful, it fit perfectly for a couple in law enforcement! I admit to being biased–I love blue and yellow together–but still! The wedding party’s attire, the florals, the reception decor, even the ladies’ nail polish tied the theme together.

The ceremony took place in St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, and that was another fabulous choice. I was so thrilled to shoot in such a beautiful church. The rain clouds parted and the sunlight perfectly illuminated the stained glass windows during the ceremony; it turned out that the rain didn’t last long. I checked the forecast the week before (sunny), the night before (slight chance of rain), and the morning of (50% chance of rain), so I brought umbrellas just in case, thinking we wouldn’t need them. Boy, I’m glad we had them! Although we had options for Daniel and Ruthie’s pictures, there wasn’t an overhang large enough to accommodate the 19-person wedding party! So the umbrella stash got some good use 🙂

After the ceremony, Daniel and Ruthie hid until their guests left for the reception a block away at Lefty’s Taphouse. Then we snuck outside for a few “just married” photos before they joined their reception. This way they avoided a receiving line–which would have likely formed whether they planned one or not (you can’t blame people, I mean, who doesn’t want to congratulate the couple?)–which actually meant everyone got over to the reception quicker. Daniel and Ruthie entered and immediately shared their first dance together. Then it was taco bar time!

To Daniel, Ruthie, and your family and friends, thank you so much for allowing me to share in your special day. I feel like we’ve been friends for much longer! God bless you as you begin your life together and continue to glorify Him.

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Close up of the bride's pearl necklace; a bridesmaid helps clasp the bride's blue bracelet.A bride getting ready on a porch. A neighborhood cat tried to befriend the bride and her attendants.

This cat, oh my goodness! As soon as I arrived and got out of my car, I thought I felt something furry against my leg. I was sure I was imagining things for all of two seconds–then suddenly this cat jumped into my car! Nobody knew whose it was, but it wanted to be everyone’s friend! I think we had to take it back outside the house almost a dozen times! It really, really liked Ruthie.

Bride and her bridesmaids getting ready on a porch in Baker City, Oregon.Series of photos showing the groom getting to see the bride for the first time on their wedding day.

First look, aww! Daniel told Ruthie how much he liked her dress, which I thought was sweet.The bride and groom's "first look."Groom holding his bride's bouquet.A groomsman helps attach a boutonniere on the groom's lapel.Portraits of a bride and groom.Portraits of a bride and groom outside St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.Wedding day portraits, St. Francis de Sales Cathedral.

We had a couple different covered locations around the church, so we were able to stay out of the rain. When it let up, we ventured out farther. Usually not for long, but oh well 😛

Bride with her bouquet of yellow roses.

You’re so beautiful, Ruthie!

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When Ruthie’s dress buttons weren’t cooperating as expected, a friend quickly saved the day!

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Umbrellas for the win! I loved how one of them popped out during this scream-and-shout photo!

Crazy picture of the wedding party, in the rain; Baker City, Oregon.Groom and groomsmen photo.The groom and his groomsmen adjusting their ties and jackets.Pretending to pray for the groom.

Pretending to pray for Daniel, ha ha ha!

Photos of the groom with his each groomsman...and their firearms.

While the girls went with a more classic style, the groomsmen had some unique ideas for their photos!

Photos of the bride with each bridesmaid.

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Exterior of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, Oregon.

Outside the cathedral. Obviously before it rained 🙂

A rose window at the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, Oregon.

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Fist bump!

Wedding at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City, Oregon.

Wow. What else can you say?

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Just married! Hooray!

"Just married" portrait outside after the ceremony.A few quick photos of the bride and groom after their wedding ceremony in Baker City.Wedding photos in Baker City, Oregon.St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in the background; the groom helps bustle the bride's train.Wedding reception at Lefty's Loft, Lefty's Taphouse in Baker City, Oregon.Guest table at the wedding reception.Wedding cake and decor.Black, blue, and yellow reception decor.Wedding cake topper of a bride and groom with guns.

Like this cake topper couldn’t be more perfect for these two!

A bouquet next to the wedding cake.Lefty's Loft at Lefty's Taphouse in Baker City, Oregon.Blue and white wedding cake with yellow accents.The bride and groom's first dance.The bride and groom laugh during their first dance.The bride and groom's first dance, Lefty's Taphouse, Baker City, Oregon.Groom addressing his wedding guests.Drink bar and taco bar.Wedding guests serve themselves at a taco bar.Groomsmen at the reception.Wedding guests share photos on their phones.A groomsman toasts to the groom.Wedding reception in Baker City, Oregon.Wedding guests at the reception.Wedding guests address the bride and groom as they wait in line for tacos.Guests at a wedding reception.The bride's father gives a toast.The bride's father gives a toast.The bride's father shakes hands with the groom.The bride and groom smile while a bridesmaid offers a toast to the couple.Guests at the wedding reception.The bride and groom cut their wedding cake.Detail shot of the bride's dress, her painted nails, and a glass in her hand.The groom hugs a nephew at the wedding reception.A yellow bouquet on a sparkly tablecloth.The father/daughter dance at Lefty's Taphouse.Father/daughter dances at Lefty's Taphouse in Baker City, Oregon.

Daniel and his daughter also shared a father/daughter dance.

The groom dances with his daughter during the father/daughter dance.The groom and his daughter during the father/daughter dance.The groom and his mother during the mother/son dance.The groom's gun in its holster during the mother/son dance.The groom's mother kisses his cheek.Groom removing the bride's garter.A groomsman helps his infant son pick up the bride's garter.

This little man got some help from dad during the garter toss!

The bride tosses her bouquet; her stepdaughter is first to reach it.The groom and bride with the winners of the garter and bouquet toss.Wedding guests dancing.Dancing at a wedding reception at Lefty's Taphouse in Baker City, Oregon.

 

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