Amelia & Alberto: Zenith Vineyard Wedding - Salem, OR

Amelia and Alberto’s guests were greeted with a spectacular view of rolling hills filled with bright yellow vines as they arrived at the outdoor ceremony site. Zenith Vineyard provided the perfect backdrop for the couples sweet ceremony and reception.

Some of our favorite moments of the day included watching the groom fly through the air during the reception, and taking a few minutes for portraits with these lovebirds during the most amazing golden hour. Oh, and the cake. It was fantastic.

Congratulations to Alberto and Amelia! You two are the sweetest, and wish you so much joy!

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Meagan’s Bridal Session: Bush Park - Salem, OR

This shoot was so. much. fun.

We of course love doing Bridal portraits on the day of the wedding, but this shoot allowed us some extra time to play. Meagan was breathtaking in her Elizabeth Dye gown with hair by Kayleigh Fergusen, makeup by Summer Kalinowski, and florals by Kailla Platt Flowers.

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Wedding Gown : Elizabeth Dye - elizabeethdye.com - @elizabethdye

Hair: Kayleigh Fergusen - @kayerin99

Makeup: Summer Kalinowski - @summerellen_92

Florals: Kailla Platt Flowers - kaillaplattflowers.com- @kaillaplatt

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Kristiina & Ethan: Green Villa Barn & Gardens - Independence, OR

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Kristiina & Ethan

     Over the last few years we have had the privilege of capturing three weddings for the sisters of this family. Kristiina and her sisters are some of the sweetest women and it has been such a joy to watch their families grow.

     Kristiina and Ethan said their vows at Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, OR and continued the party out at Green Villa Barn and Gardens in Independence, OR. These two were so sweet to watch together and it's clear how much they care for each other. 

     At most weddings, there's at least one moment that still smacks me right in the feels. For Ethan and Kristiina's it came with a surprise set up by her mother. She requested the song "Sunrise, Sunset" from Fiddler on the Roof and had each of their four daughter's join them in a waltz with their spouses. For those unfamiliar with the song, (watch the movie, it's a classic) it perfectly describes how quickly children grow up and create families of their own. Maybe it's the fact that we have a baby boy of our own now, but whew...talk about emotional. 

 

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Chris & Meagan: Detroit Lake Engagement Session - Detroit, OR

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Chris & Meagan

     Often couples preface a shoot with "We're really awkward in front of the camera!" It's so fun to show them otherwise. 

     Chris and Meagan choose the dramatic backdrop of Detroit Lake in Detroit, Oregon for their engagement session. At certain points of the year the water level drops creating a surreal moonscape that is incredible to see. We shot on and around the preserved stumps and roots that dot the surface of the lake bed. Far from awkward, Chris and Meagan absolutely killed it! The way they look at each other and laugh together, tells you it's a real deal, genuine love. We couldn't be more excited for their upcoming fairy forest wedding this September!

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Audrey & Cody: Green Villa Barn Wedding - Independence, Oregon

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Audrey & Cody

      Audrey and Cody paid tribute to their Irish heritage with a St. Patrick's Day wedding at Green Villa Barn in Independence, OR. Their wedding incorporated traditional elements such as a horseshoe hiding in the Bride's bouquet and a hand-fasting ceremony. Typically, a March wedding in Oregon means rain all day. However, we must have had some Irish luck on our side as we got some breaks that created stunning dramatic skies for portraits. 

 

 

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Arthur & Amanda - Tumalo Falls Elopement near Bend, OR

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Arthur & Amanda

     Arthur and Amanda's breathtaking elopement just might have you rethinking your big wedding plans. 

     This adventurous couple decided to break the traditional mold resulting in an idyllic elopement at Tumalo Falls near Bend, OR. Vows were promised on the edge of a cliff with a jaw-dropping view of the falls. They surrounded themselves with only their closest family and friends for a ceremony bursting with love and tears of joy. The gorgeous scenery of the falls combined with the palpable romance between these two, created portraits that have us swooning! Arthur and Amanda ended the night driving away in their camper van that has us all jealous. 

 Congratulations Arthur & Amanda!

Florals - Ali Briskey Designs: www.alibriskeydesigns.com   Instagram: @alibdesigns

             Rings - Stuart's of Bend: Instagram: @stuartsofbend

 

Custom wedding bands created by Stuart's of Bend

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Arthur sent Amanda sweet notes throughout the morning with mementos from their first dates. 

Arthur sent Amanda sweet notes throughout the morning with mementos from their first dates. 

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The Bride and Groom with their DIY camper van.

The Bride and Groom with their DIY camper van.

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Audrey & Cody: Engagement Session- Turner, OR

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     Audrey & Cody

We couldn't be more excited for these two! Audrey and Cody have known each other since grade school and and have decided the time has come to tie the knot! We shot their engagement photos on their gorgeous property near Turner, OR where the warm sunset glow gave us the perfect backdrop. We love it when clients bring things that are meaningful to them to use in their photos, and these two did just that. Audrey chose props that beautifully represented her Irish heritage and they got their sweet dog involved as well. By the end of the evening this shoot left us wondering, "Is there is anything more romantic than golden hour?"

We greatly enjoyed our time with Audrey and Cody and cannot wait for their wedding next spring at Green Villa Barn in Independence, OR!

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Julie & Luke: Green Villa Barn- Independence, OR Wedding Photography

Julie and Luke's wedding day was an extra special event. Not only did these two say "I do," they also became a family! The way these two love each other and their children is extraordinary to see.

Julie and Luke chose to get married at the Green Villa Barn in Independence, Oregon. We had never seen a more glitter filled ceremony and reception! Every sparkly detail the bride picked out shown under the barns dazzling twinkle light ceiling. Her maids looked lovely in their rose gold shimmering gowns and the Bride had the most amazing Cinderella shoes. Julie and Luke were so sweet to work with and we wish them and their little family all the best!

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Engagement Sessions

Congratulations, you're engaged!

   Now that you're engaged, you are likely busy sharing the exciting news with family and friends, posting ring shots on social media, and enjoying using the term "fiancé" in casual conversation. After doing all these fun things it's time for the real work to begin!  From picking out a date, to choosing a cake flavor, there are so many things to plan for. One big decision is hiring your photographer. While you may just be thinking about photography for the wedding day itself, documenting your brief time as an engaged couple is also important to consider when looking at your options.

At Focal Point Studios we include a complimentary engagement session with all of our wedding bookings.

Here Are the Top Three Reasons Why:

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1. We Want to Get to Know you!

We build a personal connection with each of our clients BEFORE the wedding day. The day of is one of the most personal and important days of your life, but it is also bound to be crammed full of events that leave little time to get to know each other. Doing an engagement session with you ahead of time allows us to get familiar with you as individuals and as a couple. Engagement sessions also help you learn more about us and how we work.

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2. Get Comfortable With the Camera

Unless you're a model, you probably haven't spent much time in front of a professional camera. Engagement shoots give you a chance to practice posing and see how we give directions in a low pressure environment. As we get to know you, we are better able bring out the best version of YOU in front of the camera. By the time your wedding arrives you'll already be old pros!

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3. Show Your Personality

Engagement sessions give us a chance to be creative together and really show who you are. These shoots are not as restricted for time as the wedding day. This lets us play around more with poses and locations. We encourage couples to choose a location for their shoot that is meaningful to them in some way. This could be as simple as a location you love the look of, to the place you first met or got engaged. Perhaps there is an activity or hobby you enjoy doing together such as hiking, snowboarding, or playing an instrument? Including things you love helps to make your shoot more fun and unique.

"What if we've already done engagement photos?"

If you've been engaged for awhile or already did engagement photos with another photographer, we still encourage you to do a pre-wedding shoot with us. Each photographer has a different style of working with their clients so the reasons above still apply!

Why wait? Get in touch with us to discuss your wedding and engagement photos!

Want to know more? Click the button below to learn about preparing for your engagement session. 

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