Molly and Zac | Southern Oregon Bridal Session

“Go where you feel most alive.” -Greg Childs

Is there anything more romantic than a mountaintop session? Here in Southern Oregon, we are so blessed with picturesque mountain peaks just about everywhere we turn. In fact, when I travel to other destinations for weddings or sessions, I am reminded how lucky we are to have such gorgeous spaces to explore. This wonderful couple requested mountaintop bridals, and I was more than happy to oblige. The mountains represent strength and surety, something that is necessary for any strong marriage. They also offer beautiful lighting, interesting textures, and colors that even photos can’t do justice to completely.

We trekked together to one of the prettiest areas, and they celebrated their recent marriage (which took place in another state) with these breezy, dreamy photos. Molly’s stunning dress (via Anthropologie) was beaded and sparkling, and Zac wore a coordinating suit. Of course, the showstopping florals were a perfect addition, and they came courtesy of The Bloom & Co. If you aren’t familiar with their unique blossoms and arrangements, you should definitely check them out. The owner, Cortney, specializes in getting to know each of her clients, and making them bouquets and arrangements that suit their personalities and passions. She absolutely did a wonderful job with Molly’s blooms, which captured her spirit and joy.

Separate bridal sessions are a really special way to get a personal, intimate session when you have a destination wedding or get married elsewhere. It allows you to have the portraits you’ll want to hang up, document, and share with friends and family, and gives you and your spouse another sweet memory together without the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. They can also be a really fun way to express your personal style in a different way. If you are interested in scheduling your own bridal session, just contact us on our contact page!

Hair and Makeup : Whitney Audra

Florals: The Bloom Co

Dress: Anthropologie

Lindsay & David's Southern Oregon Wedding

David and Lindsay had a beautiful perfect fall wedding day at Del Rio Vineyards.  It was the perfect sunny Southern Oregon day and was full of so many great moments.  They included their sweet pup Josie as part of their day she was even there for their first look.  I have the blessing to not only call these two clients but also really good friends.  I'm so happy for them and was honored to document the day along with them.  I loved Lindsay's idea for a travel themed wedding as they both have a passion for travel and have been on many fun trips around the globe together.  Penny and Lulu always have amazing floral designs and Lindsay's bridal bouquet was to die for!  So excited to see what these two have in store for the future and their next big trip! 

Venue Del Rio Vineyards | Floral: Penny and Lulu | DJ: Richard Templeton | Videographer: Sean Thomas | Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography | Assistant and 2nd Shooter: Annabel May Photoart| Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Bridal Boutique: Beausoleil Bridal Boutique | Hair: Heather Boening | Hair Piece: Beyond the Briar | Invites: Etsy | Wedding Cake: Sugar Lips Bakery | Catering: Rosarios | 

Kelsey and Ben | Fine Art Southern Oregon Wedding Photography

Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography | Florals: Safeway | Catering: Frau Kemmling | Wedding Coordinator:  D'Anne Lenford | Band & DJ: Joel Simpson | Hair: Sara Schneider Dragonfly Salon | Makeup: Diane Johnsen| Venue: Bingham Knoll Campus | Dress: Essence of Australia | Gown Boutique: La Panache Pasadena California | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | Groom's Suit: Men's Warehouse | Second Photographer: Gabriela Ines

This day was filled with so many answered prayers, happy moments, and tear-filled joy. Kelsey was a radiant and down-to-earth bride, simply overflowing with excitement to begin her married life. "Ben and I met at his cousin's wedding in Washington. I had decided to go at the last minute, with my mom. At the reception, my mom and I were dancing when Ben cut in to introduce himself. Little did I know that his cousin had dared him to do so! We ended up talking the rest of the night, exchanged numbers, and then dated long distance for the summer before I moved out to New York where he was going to school.” Their dreamy wedding day, resplendent with gorgeous greenery and loads of perfect roses, had been dreamt about for a long time.  "Because we met at a really fun wedding, I wanted ours to be the same”, explained Kelsey, "My vision for our wedding was to have it to be all about the atmosphere, the food, and of course, the dancing. I've lived in Jacksonville most of my life and I used to run around Bigham Knoll, hoping that one day I could be married there. As soon as Ben proposed I called to reserve the space. With the Oregon weather being so unpredictable, we opted to do the service outside and the reception inside. I didn't want weather to keep people from getting on the dance floor! There had been a lot of forest fires in the months leading up to our wedding and the valley was very hazy right up until the week of our wedding. I had been so excited to show off beautiful Southern Oregon to all our guests, and my heart sank when I landed at the Medford Airport and saw all the smoke. Thankfully, a huge answer to prayer came in the form of strong winds the week of the wedding that pushed all the smoke out temporarily! Our ceremony and reception were exactly as I wanted them to be and once it was all over Ben and I had the fullest hearts after spending the evening with our friends and family”. Kelsey had lost her mom prior to her wedding day, so she remembered her in a very sweet way, adding, "One of the most memorable parts of the ceremony for me was opening a note that my mom had written me prior to her passing. One of her friends stitched the note onto a cloth and I carried it with me down the aisle.” 

A perfect day for this beautiful couple...I wish them all the happiness and love in the world, and am so grateful they chose me to document their ceremony!