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Noah and Spencer at Blockhouse: The perfect day for a Portland wedding photographer

Couple with fancy llamas at wedding

Spencer and Noah's wedding day was nothing short of magical. The day started at the Hotel Rose, a unique hotel known for its pineapple decor. As the photographer, I was able to capture special moments of them getting ready, including the adorable little Chinese takeout boxes that held their corsages and boutonnieres. We then headed to the stunning Pittock Mansion for some pre-wedding couples photos, surrounded by lush greenery and clear weather that made the perfect backdrop.

The wedding venue, Blockhouse, located in the beautiful Pomarius Nursery, was the perfect setting for the night's festivities. The energy was high, with the amazing Pure Vision Entertainment as the DJ, and delicious food catered by Pearl Catering. Rose and I set up our first Instax camera station for guests, which provides the guests with an exciting way to capture each other in ways I never could. With their own dynamics that took years and experience to build. Include some of the most unique extras - the couple also rented llamas through Wedding Llamas, to make an appearance for their guests and everyone arrived in a big yellow school bus!

Spencer and Noah's family and friends were an absolute joy to be around, constantly making silly photos and sharing inside jokes. After dancing the night away, everyone hopped back on the school bus and headed to Paddy's in Portland Oregon for a nightcap.

We feel so fortunate to call nights like this a "work night", because full transparency, it didn't feel like one. Couples that are laid back, true to themselves, and just trust in their photographer to do what they do makes things beyond perfect and I'm really happy we had this opportunity. It was truly a night to remember and Rose and I feel grateful to have been a part of it as their Portland wedding photographer.

About Hotel Rose

Portland is a city that is a little wacky, and Hotel Rose fits right in with its wildly colorful interiors and sleek yet stylish rooms and suites. Located directly across from Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the sparkling Willamette River, this award-winning hotel spoils guests with easy access to nearby shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation. And let’s not forget the many things that "Keep Portland Weird," like doughnut shops that serve as wedding venues, provocative murals, and iconic food cart gatherings. Hotel Rose, a small but mighty Portland hotel, is unique with bold, bright colors and style for days.

Pittock Mansion is a historic house museum in Portland, Oregon operated by the Pittock Mansion Society in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation. The view is stunning, over looking, what seems to feel like, all of Portland. The mansion has a magical feel to it.

About Blockhouse

An intimate gathering locale where meals are shared, connections are made and life is celebrated. Blockhouse is tucked away inside of Pomarius Nursery. Built around a chef-inspired open kitchen, you can host an intimate gathering, lavish party and everything in-between.

At Pomarius Nursery, plants are presented in groupings to inspire the gardener with new ideas and possibilities. Interesting forms, palettes and textures translate beautifully to terrace pots and traditional gardens. You are able to rent plants as well! They allow tours, I recommend checking them out.

Full time DJ that has been in the wedding industry for 15 years. Their setup is super cool, they have a photobooth, photographer, videographer and the DJ we met was very professional as well as great with announcements.

Catering since 2003 in the pearl district of Portland, Oregon. Their menu is to die for (I tried quite a bit).

The Original Wedding Llamas *and alpacas: Therapy animals by day, party animals by night. They were so cute, everyone was obsessed.

About Paddy's

Located in the historic Powers Building on the corner of SW 1st & Yamhill, Paddy’s Bar & Grill offers an inventory of over 600 spirits on an impressive liquor wall. Enjoy traditional Irish cocktails, draft Guinness, hearty scratch-made meals and great bar snacks in one of Portland’s longest-serving spots.


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