Oregon Vineyard Weddings

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is loaded with amazing vineyards, and most have wedding venue facilities. Each has its own unique atmosphere and all offer wonderful photographic opportunities. This image was taken at Sylvan Ridge, located in between Eugene and Cottage Grove. The sun had just gone down and all that remained was golden light, without any shadows. In other words, my favorite time of day for wedding photography!

Sylvan Ridge wedding photographer, Matt Emrich Photo

Dorena Silhouette

Sophia and Nate were married in Cottage Grove, Oregon and they wanted their sunset photos taken near Dorena Lake, in the area where Sophia grew up. The sun was almost behind the hills but I was able to get a few shots in before it disappeared. Using a combination of natural light and fill flash for those shots, I decided this was one of those times when using only the natural (ambient) light was the most pleasing.

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Heaven Sent

Amanda and John’s Oregon coast wedding was beautiful. Even though it rained off and on during the day, the clouds parted occasionally, letting in light like this; a soft beam that managed to fall directly onto the couple. We spent about 30 minutes on the coast, after the ceremony, and the light was pretty flat until this moment. Then it was beautiful. I was very happy to see such light since it’s quite a challenge to set up off-camera lighting on the coast, where winds regularly gust up to 30 mph.

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Roses are Red

Trisha and Jordan were married at the Clark Creek Campground this past Saturday; yes, during the Michigan State game! Since there was no power and no cell service we were all able to keep our focus on the joyful celebration of marriage between these two. This shot was made after the sun had already gone behind the hills. Using an off-camera Canon 600EX-RT speedlight, softened through a white umbrella about three feet from the couple, I was able to use the light from the flash to freeze the petals in mid-air and also have enough ambient light to keep the rest of the frame from going completely black. My ISO was at 6400 but my Canon 5D3 was up to the task.

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Room for everyone

At this Bend wedding, with views of all of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, it was easy to find great backgrounds. Creating a fun foreground was also important and, since a lot of the friends and family had decided to camp on the property for the entire weekend, I thought of all those tents which inspired me to create this image.

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A Beautiful Bend Beginning

Alex and Chelsea were married at Alex’s family estate in Bend, Oregon this past weekend. I took this shot as we were walking to a nearby pond, just as the sun was going down.

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A dip in the pond

Okay, this is actually a dip by the pond; if she’d gone in the pictures would have been quite different. This was taken at King Estate, just before the skies opened up and the rain came pouring down.


Matt Emrich Photo, King Estate wedding photographer

Dashing Away

At this wedding I shot in Flowery Branch, Georgia (near Atlanta), the bride and groom couldn’t wait to run out to their boat after the ceremony (the wedding took place on their lakefront estate).

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A True Professional

I got a call today from an old friend I haven’t seen for awhile. He asked me how I made my living and I told him I was a professional photographer, specializing in weddings and related photography (engagement, maternity). He mentioned that he’d just gotten married and wished he’d known I was a photographer. Because he still lives on the east coast, where I grew up, I told him it was understandable that he didn’t find me online (since Google has now confined most web searches to the area closest to the user’s neighborhood, as determined by their IP addresses). He told me he found a photographer on craigslist and I was ready for the horror story. Sure enough, the photographer he found offered an unbeatable price, and all images on DVDs…but the pictures ranged from average to terrible. I asked him if the person he hired used any off-camera flash, or knew how to arrange groups and anticipate modern wedding moments. He said no; the guy didn’t even have a flash at all! Not wanting to cause my friend any more grief, I told him he’d gotten what he paid for and he’d probably saved enough money on photography that he must’ve had a really nice honeymoon 🙂 What I really wanted to tell him was he’d completely wasted his money! Yes, there are a plethora of inexpensive photographers out there and yes, a few of them use sites like craigslist and facebook to advertise their services. But a wedding day is a unique event in most people’s lifetime. Skimping on the photographer just doesn’t make any sense if you’re having a wedding where everything else is memorable (venue, caterer, wine, DJ, etc).

That’s my rant for the day :~}. There are plenty of folks out there with decent digital cameras. Wedding photography, however, is a profession and, like any other profession, it pays to hire a professional.

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Giving her Away

This father-of-the-bride had some last minute advice, and one very nice gift, for his daughter on her wedding day. Two of her bridesmaids just couldn’t keep from sneaking a peek!

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