One of the best things about weddings is seeing couples bring all of themselves into their wedding. What they value, their culture, and their creative self.
I originally met this couple after shooting their friend’s wedding and couldn’t wait for their wedding.
Lani and Cooper brought it all out on their wedding day. I could see it in how they had their wedding in a place that reflected what they loved… like being near the ocean and honoring the Indigenous history of the land. Leis were flown in from Hawaii by Lani’s mom for the ceremony. Vintage decor was brought in by Cooper’s mom for the reception. Everything in between was really reflective of them… who they are!
I asked them what they were most looking forward to on their wedding day, their answer captured all the people they care about. It was about their relationship, sure, but about all the love in their lives, and I was so happy to be able to capture that.
When I shoot a wedding, I want to capture more than just the moments… I want to capture the feelings, the vibe, and the essence of the day. I want to make sure that the couple comes alive in their photos and that you can see the movement, even in a still shot. I want you – all the parts of you that you bring to your wedding planning – to be really seen.
Plus, at this wedding, I got to shoot at some great locations, both indoors and outdoors. Jump below to see each part of this incredible couple’s wedding!
Getting Ready: The Astoria Inn
If you’re looking for a beautiful place to get ready, it’s hard to beat the Astoria Inn’s harbor views. It was a great backdrop to also capture the details. These two put a lot of work into the little things to put their stamp on their day. We also got to see Lani get a special gift from her grandmother. Her grandmother gave her a bangle that she had received many years ago that had brought her good luck that she hoped to pass down to her granddaughter.
Ceremony: Maritime Memorial Park
Given Lani and Cooper’s love of the ocean, it made sense for them to hold their ceremony at the Maritime Memorial Park. What was great about shooting here was the contrast of the steel architecture of the bridges and the calming blue of the ocean. Having their friend as their officiant, these two had a beautiful ceremony, bringing in Lani’s Hawaiian background with the giving of leis. The leis traditionally represent unbroken unity and the coming together of a sum that is greater than its parts – what better way to represent the love these two have for each other?
The Reception: The Loft at The Red Building
There are so many reasons why you should choose this space for your wedding. Its location is so picturesque – it’s right at the Columbia River with an incredible view of the bridge. There are also so many windows to create a lot of natural light during the day – great for your pictures. The inside is warm, cozy and rustic but also versatile. You can do so much with this space to create your wedding. For Lani and Cooper’s wedding, most of their decor was DIY and recycled and it was really incredible.
Congratulations and all the best to The Rodgers – and thank you for having us be part of your wedding.
Wedding Planner: Ashley Blazinski, Your Perfect Bridesmaid (YPB)
Ceremony Music: Columbia River Strings
Bartending: Bar Pilots Liquid Catering
Reception Catering: Big Kahuna ‘s Barbecue
Make-up: Joey DeMarinis
Dessert: Voodoo Doughnuts
3 Reasons to Choose The Loft at The Red Building For Your Wedding
Scenic Location. It is located in a picturesque setting overlooking the Columbia River. With panoramic views of the water and surrounding mountains, it provides a stunning backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The location is perfect for couples who want to celebrate their special day surrounded by natural beauty.
Versatile Space. The Loft at the Red Building is a versatile space that you can customize to fit your theme and vision. The space can accommodate up to 200 guests, making it ideal for both intimate and large weddings. It has all the modern amenities you need, such as a sound system, projector, and lighting, to create a unique and memorable experience for your guests.
Professional Staff. The venue’s professional staff is committed to ensuring that your wedding day is stress-free and memorable. They will work with you every step of the way, from planning to execution, so everything is what you dreamed it would be. The staff is experienced in event planning and can provide recommendations for vendors and services to help bring your wedding vision to life.