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Published! Chyanna + Peter on Simply Elope!

Chyanna + Peter’s elopement in San Francisco is getting popular!  Simply Elope just posted a beautiful feature of their special day at the St. Regis Hotel & San Francisco City Hall!

San Francisco City Hall Wedding


Published! Chyanna + Peter – San Francisco, CA

This space has been pretty quiet, but not for lack of activity.  In fact, quite the opposite!  Not only do I work as a photographer for Powers Studios here in Portland, Oregon, I also choose a few select weddings each year to shoot on my own.  The elopement of Chyanna & Peter was one of the latter.

After knowing Chyanna since she was a little girl, on a beautiful day last August,  she and her groom eloped to San Francisco.  Not only was I lucky enough to follow them around the city, documenting their day with a ton of film, I also got to serve as a witness to one of the most beautiful, intimate weddings ever.  Although I will eventually be featuring this wedding on my new site (to be launched in the near future!) here is a sneak peek, compliments of  (If you are looking for a gorgeous dress without the designer price tag, check them out!)

I learned so much from this amazing experience.  I found that I *LOVE* elopements.  HOLY COW.  The romance, the authenticity, the deep, deep emotions that come from stripping away all the pomp and circumstance around the event and focusing on the two people that are making a beautiful commitment to one another.  I have to thank Chyanna & Peter for trusting me to do my own thing, to capture moments as I saw them, and for their generosity, for making me feel like I was family.  It was was an incredible experience and one that I hope to be a part of again and again.


Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Ceremony Venue: San Francisco City Hall / Floral Design: Union Square Flowers

Pre-wedding Venue & Cake: St. Regis San Francisco / Post-wedding Celebratory Beers: Dave’s

Cameras: Contax 645, Canon 1V, Canon 5D

Film Stocks: Fuji 400h, Portra 800



How do you guys do it?  How do you find your balance?

I find that I am struggling HARD with finding some balance in my life…  It may just be that time of year when I’m essentially working two jobs (my 9-5 and shooting weddings on the weekends) that has me all grumpy.  Adding social engagements on top of that (not that I’m complaining, I love my friends and family dearly), when does one find the time to do those things that nurture mind, body, and soul?

It seems that when I do have free time, I’m too worn out to make good use of those couple extra hours.

I need to make the time to walk around with my camera.  I need to make the time to try out a new recipe.  And I need to adhere to my goal of waking up with enough time before work to get a walk or run in.

How do you all get and stay motivated?


A Trip to the Oregon Coast…

Knowing June was going to be a crazy busy month, we went to the Coast in May… a last hurrah of sorts before schedules of working nights and weekends kept us apart.

The first time we took a trip together was only a couple months after we started dating.  We went to Seaside, Oregon after being given a generous two night stay on a borrowed timeshare.  It was the weekend of the New Year and although I didn’t quite know what to expect, I knew it was the start of something thrilling and incredible.

A year and a half later, we took the exact same trip, having been gifted the same two-night stay as before.  And while this time I did know what to expect, I was surprised to find that it was so different from before.  The first trip was fun and novel in so many ways… We were just getting to know each other. He made my heart skip a beat every time he looked at me, but there were also moments of awkwardness, of asking myself what I was doing with this handsome stranger, moments where I was sure my vulnerability was transparent.  Plus I had to wear makeup ALL WEEKEND.

This trip, the only similarity was that he still has that power to make my heart skip around inside my chest.  Otherwise, everything was different.  This trip made me realize that I was getting to hang out with my best friend for TWO WHOLE DAYS, a feat that is practically unheard of  in our house.  We laughed, we were goofy, I played video games without feeling that I was going to embarrass myself or him.  (Seriously… that was MAJOR.)  We talked, ate, walked, souvenir-shopped, instagrammed and drove our way through two days of bliss.

I don’t know if this trip to the beach is going to become an annual tradition, or if picking a new destination each time will be the goal… all I know is that I can’t wait for the next one as long as he is by my side.  xoxo

Cannon Beach, OR // Contax 645, Fuji 400H

Friday Favorites // #6

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last Friday Favorites installation.  Sorry ’bout that, yo…

I’m moving!  I’ll miss living in the country and being on a first-name-basis with the chicken-folk at the feed store, but I am excited about living closer to the city and having a guestroom so y’all can come crash at my place!  I’m also excited about having a new space to decorate.  Right now, I am in love with blue and indigo.  This palette is providing me with inspiration and I consider this wall near perfection.  Now, which wall to paint first?

If someone asked me my favorite color, I would show this photo.  Or this palette.  Man-oh-man, these colors make me happy.  I guess even moving 1100 miles away, you can’t take the San Diego out of the girl.  What’s your favorite color?

This collection of photos makes me want to start planning for summer, pronto.

I have a special place in my heart for Wes Anderson movies… I love the quirky charm.  Which means I was super excited to see this trailer!  Who’s with me?

If you know me, then you know I love words.  I spent some time this week going through a notebook where I’ve been saving all kinds of quotes and poems.  I’d love to make something like this as a way to display some of them in my home.

Though print magazines will always be my first love, this online zine is definitely worth taking a look through.  Especially since the featured house tour is so swoon-worthy.

And finally, one of my very favorite things in the whole wide world is when I get film back from the lab.  Here are a few images from a sweet session with two dear friends and their little girls…  xoxoxxo