If Emily is running in circles at roughly 190 miles per minute, Eli is a calm, solid, stable presence in her life. But then it's Emily who brings out that shy, coy, childlike smile in Eli - the joy that no one else can quite capture. Apart from one another they are smart, successful, amazing individuals. But as is a tell tale sign that something is meant to be, together they are a force to be reckoned with. Together they are simply perfect. Earlier this month Emily and Eli were married at a private residence in front of their family and friends and sweet Jesus above. As day turned to evening and evening turned to night, nothing could break the smiles from Eli and Emily's faces. Together they were glowing and radiant and full of joy. And as they danced the night away under the stunning Central Oregon sunset, I couldn't help but smile as well. Their Love is just so sweet and pure and utterly lovely and I feel so blessed to have been present to capture the start of their Happily Ever After.
E + E, you're the type of people that make me realize I truly have the world's best job. Thank you for letting me be part of your incredible day. From start to finish you've treated me as your friend first and your photographer second, and for this I am forever thankful. Thank you for welcoming me in and insisting that I enjoy your day - and your cupcakes : ). You should know that, to the utmost degree, I most certainly enjoyed them both!
Lots of love (<< and then some more!), M.
Both Emily's dress and the bridesmaids' dresses were sewn by Eli's aunt, Jandi. And ever the perfectionist, as the image on the right shows, Jandi could be found making last minute alterations right up until the moment Emily saw Eli for the first time.
Emily and Eli opted to see each other for the first time before the wedding. I'm a huge fan of 'first looks' because they allow the couple a few cherished moments to just be themselves before the day's craziness sets in. These sweet moments are often so hard to come by after the ceremony or during the reception.
After dinner, Emily and Eli wanted to sneak away for a few sunset pictures. And just when I thought I couldn't like these two any more, they go and win me over with more time for portraits. Clearly they know the fastest way to my heart.
Popcorn?! Yes, please!!
You might remember the drool-worthy cupcakes from Emily + Eli's engagement session? Well Emily, the baker, wanted to make both the cupcakes and the wedding cake for her big day. And when I asked Em if she wouldn't mind holding her cake for a few photos, she couldn't stop smiling. Then she squealed and mentioned something about how it was even better than holding her own bouquet.
And a sparkler send off sealed with a kiss...