Oh.my.goodness. This location was SO BEAUTIFUL! I took engagement photos of Jessica and Luke last summer which you can see here. So I couldn’t wait for their Oregon Forest Wedding! Jessica grew up on this property and they have put so much work into it to make sure it was ready for her and Luke’s wedding! And the day was perfect! Oregon weather did not disappoint and gave us some great cloud cover so it wasn’t scorching hot! Plus, no shadows! We started with a few getting ready photos and then a first look with just Jessica & Luke.
They had picked a beautiful spot out in the forest and after their first look, they wanted to read private vows. … I am just so honored that I get to witness and capture moments like this. In his vows, Luke mentioned how he loved that Jessica took care of everyone else but that sometimes he needed to remind her to take care of herself. Which I have definitely seen in her. I haven’t known Jessica for very long but she is the sweetest person inside and out! Luke then promised that he would take care of her. Jessica promised to love and inspire Luke and be there for him when he needs her and when he doesn’t. They finished their vows and just had a moment together before we took some photos of just the two of them.
We went straight into bridal party and family photos before the ceremony, which I would absolutely suggest to anyone that is okay with their groom and family/bridal party seeing them before the ceremony! It takes WAY less time to organize everyone before the ceremony because they’re not going in a million different directions. It’s super easy to have everyone ready an hour before and then after the ceremony, everyone gets to relax and enjoy the reception right away! We made sure to wrap up photos about 30 minutes before the ceremony so Jessica could still see her other guests for the first time as she was walking down the aisle.
Jessica & Luke were so thoughtful and had a lot of family involved in their wedding. They had siblings and nieces and nephews walk down the aisle and of course Jessica’s dad walked her down the aisle and he was definitely tearing up towards the end. Their ceremony was so sweet and before we knew it they were husband and wife! … They quickly signed their marriage license and then the party started with the couple doing a photo dash with each table at the wedding reception! So fun! The rest of the reception was filled with food, drinks, laughter and toasts! I loved what one person said about Luke, that he is steady and smart when things are hard. Another family member said to ‘build the friendship you have and never loose it’. It was so special and sweet to watch Luke & Jessica get married and to see all of their friends and family come together and support them. Their Oregon forest wedding was so beautiful and definitely one of my top 5 wedding venues! Congrats Luke & Jessica!