A beautiful wedding begins with a beautiful venue, and Lakeside Gardens in Portland, Oregon is hands-down the most beautiful venue I have ever seen. Gardens, lakes (swans included), gazebos, bridges... there's a little bit of everything, and it's all gorgeous.
It was so much fun being a part of Raimund and Tanya's wedding. It was easy to see that the friends and family who were there supporting them were beyond excited about this wedding. Everyone was in perfect agreement that Raimund and Tanya were meant for each other.
It had rained the entire week before the wedding and the morning of the wedding, we still couldn't tell which direction the weather was going to go, but it turned out to be a glorious September day!
The ceremony itself was SHORT. 10 minutes at the most, but it was full of surprises!
There was no first look, so Raimund had not seen Tanya since the day before.
This adorable flower girl walked about half-way down the aisle, carefully scattering flower petals,
when suddenly she just decided to forget it and took off running the rest of the way!
After the bridal party had all walked in to the chosen song, and the flower girl was settled, there was a brief pause. Then suddenly the most unlikely song blasted from the speakers. When the "Star Wars Death March" started playing before the bride came through the arch, the Groom got a little worried. It was a complete surprise to him!
However, after a few lines of the death march, the music stopped, we all had a good laugh, and then a more traditional song began to play, and the bride came in, escorted by her brother.
Tanya was a stunning bride!
The Best Man played a couple of pranks on the Bride and Groom when it was time to exchange rings. First he pulled this giant ring out of his pocket, which was also full of confetti. When the bride and groom refused to use it, he pulled out a Ring Pop, which they also wouldn't use. After one or two more options, he finally pulled out the real ring!
Beautiful table decor at the reception!
I love this beautiful forever cake! Fun fact: In January,
I will be photographing the wedding of the cake maker!
A sweet moment captured during the first dance.
This Groom was so fun to work with! He did whatever I asked him to do, and then put his own twist on it!
Portraits in the Garden
The Groom and Groomsmen enjoying a toast before the ceremony. I loved this room at Lakeside Gardens. It was so easy to get great shots of the guys here!
This little guy would not hold still for any portraits. We finally gave up, and I actually like this a lot!
The Groom and Groomsmen all wore "special" socks, and they wanted to be certain we got pictures of them.
Such a beautiful day! I wish Raimund and Tanya the best of luck, and many, many happy years together!