Boho Styled Shoot at Champoeg State Park, Oregon

I had such a fun time going with Jamie to Champoeg to take these photos. It was so fun to actually put together a bouquet, dress and crown. I really wanted to get the boho vibes that I'm in love with for this session. I wanted ferns and lambs ear in the bouquet especially because I fell in love with them growing up in the woods here in Oregon. 

I was inspired by the bohemian themed weddings that I am seeing pop up. I wanted to style and shoot one specifically with my vision in mind. I think ferns and peonies have a very sentimental and woodsy feeling to them and wanted to tie them in as well. I grew up playing in the woods and would run through the ferns so it felt very appropriate for me to include them in an Oregon shoot. 

Jamie is such a talented model and mom! She's getting married soon as well and I was happy to find out that she just signed with a modeling agency here in Oregon! I appreciated the skill that she brought to the shoot. 

My goal is to show my brides the quality of photos they can recieve as well as hone my craft and become a better photographer. I am so excited about a couple of upcoming styled shoots and can't wait to share them here as well!

- Xo, Casi

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Sarah & Andrew | Gold Beach Wedding

I have had so many weddings that totally blew me away, but this wedding was by far the most magical. Sarah absolutely loves fairy tales and she recreated some gorgeous pieces from Disney movies and fairytales and incorporated them into her wedding. I loved how unique and classy the whole wedding felt. 

Sarah and Andrew are now close friends and I can say that I am so happy to get to come back and take their family photos as well as reflect on this amazing wedding. It is also just so cool that they all went to high school with my husband! What a small world! 

 

Christine & Austin | Coastal Fairytale Wedding, Gold Beach Oregon

Christine went to high school with my husband and reached out to me after seeing some posts I did of other Gold Beach weddings. I was thrilled that she could tell me stories about Herbie and that I could come down and see her and all of the friends that we shared. When I drove up to their parents house, the first thing I saw was a sign from The Hobbit saying "No admittance, accept on party business," and I knew this was going to be an awesome wedding. 

The difficult part of this wedding was staying emotionally stable. Austin had lost his father a couple of weeks prior to the wedding and that was really difficult for everyone, especially when he was dancing with Christine, his mother and grandmother. It was so apparent how much love this family shares for one another, and a reminder of how grateful I should be to say "I love you," to the people who are in my life. 

Christine and Austin are two beautiful souls. I loved getting to know them, their story, and their families. Christine has a very large family and we spent some time getting photos with all of them. I was so happy to be there to capture all of them because I know how important it is for them to be able to reflect back on that day with all of the people they love. 

To be perfectly honest, I was so excited about how gorgeous their home and the wedding was that I took well over 2400 photos and feel bad that they're going to have to spend so much time going through all of them! The house is on a hill overlooking the Oregon coast. A perfect backdrop for a perfect wedding. 

I definitely won't forget this wedding or the people who showed how much they love one another. <3

- Casi

First Styled Shoot of 2018

I am so excited to have been a part of a styled shoot.

When you're a part of one, you get to say what you want it to look like, which is so fun. It is like re-living my wedding all over again. ;)

Not only can we make every little detail what we want, but we can take as much time as necessary to get the right shot. 

So... what is a styled shoot and why is this important? 

A styled shoot is where you collaborate with a makeup artist, model, photographer, florist, calligrapher, and even a wedding venue to create some amazing photos to showcase your best work to your clients. It is like a demo to show them what you can do. 

The reason why I believe this is important to do some styled shoots is that it allows you to become a better photographer, or florist, or whatever you are! I found myself drawn to doing this because I want to be a better photographer today than I was yesterday, so it is important for me to constantly be shooting and developing my style in my down time. I want my clients to get portraits that blow them away every single time they look at them. 

I had a blast taking these moody photos and am so looking forward to taking more this July! Stay tuned for those! 

xo - Casi

Kristen & Carlos | Wedding in Vancouver | Fort Stevens

 

I absolutely was giddy when Kristen asked me to do her wedding because we had gone to school together at Oregon State. She is such a generous soul and it was so great for me to have the opportunity to do this for her! 

Her husband, Carlos, is in the military and him and his groomsmen wore their uniforms. I loved how special it made this wedding and how unique it felt. 

Kristen honored the memory of her cousin by having a photo of her on the bannister during the ceremony. One of the reasons I am so drawn to weddings is because of the pure unfiltered love especially in small details like this. I also have, on occasion, needed a handkerchief. ;)

Kristen and Carlos truly represent sacrifice and they do this for one another. I so appreciated being there to see how they care for each other. 

Wedding at McMenamins with the Shanks

I loved so much being a fly on the wall at this wedding. Not only was the bride constantly cracking up and glowing, but the family was so lively and never left the dance floor. It was just. so much. fun. 

Her dad kept telling me that I needed a beer, there were Alpacas, and the twinkle lights sparkled so perfectly for all of my photos! 

I definitely recommend the Cornelius House in Hillsboro for anyone getting married. Not only does it have the best little barn for your reception, but people can walk to any little shed on the property to get a drink, warm up, or take a selfie. It is just so Oregon. 

What is your favorite venue in Oregon? 

- Casi

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I especially loved the father of the bride who insisted that I was working too hard and needed to take a "drink" break. Huge smile on my face as I write this. 

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The most interesting thing about this is that someone I knew from my freshman year of college referred me as her (future) sister in laws photographer. It was just so great to catch up. 

These are just some of the reasons that I add to my ongoing list of reasons why this is the best job. <3

- Casi

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