Whisper-n-Oaks weddings

Whisper-n-Oaks is one of my favorite wedding venues in Lane County. It has everything: water, trees, wheat fields, a covered bridge, a gazebo, and large indoor/outdoor facilities for every wedding necessity. Brides and Grooms each have their own suite in which to get ready, in air-conditioned comfort. The venue was temporarily shut down in 2014/2015 for remodeling but plans to re-open in 2016 and I can’t wait to shoot there again! To see what a full-day wedding looks like, click on this link and you’ll see Haylie and Jonathan’s wedding from August of 2013. Haylie and her family stopped by my booth at the Oregon Wedding Showcase last month and were pleasantly surprised to see their wedding photos on display. Here are a few of my favorite images from Whisper-n-Oaks:

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Whisper-n-Oaks wedding, Matt Emrich Photo

King Estate on hiatus

A lot of brides-to-be came up to me at my Oregon Wedding Showcase booth last month, asking where some of my images were taken. Since I’ve shot quite a few weddings at King Estate over the last 10 years, I naturally had a lot of those images at my booth (since I love King Estate weddings!). I was shocked to hear that King Estate was no longer a wedding venue, not even down at The Pavilion area. I got in touch with the King Estate hospitality coordinator, a woman I’ve worked with a number of times, and she assured me that it was indeed true; there will be no more weddings at King Estate (at least in the near future, she said). I guess I’ll just have to go there and drink good wine!

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A Bend wedding

The light in Bend is unique. Reminiscent of Santa Fe, the clear mountain air lends a soft, golden touch to everything, creating a warmth unmatched throughout western Oregon. As the sun set this wedding day, I had to grab the bride and groom and whisk them away for 30 minutes before the light went flat. My destination was a small pond at the edge of the groom’s family property, but this golden light, combined with the tall grass and the relaxed position of the bride and groom, had me shooting with my 70-200 mm lens even as the couple walked to the water’s edge. I added a slight vignette in post to accentuate the light on the couple. No flash was used in this image.

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Under the Lights, at Silvan Ridge

Lane County has so many great vineyards, it’s hard to see them all in one day. I recommend staying at The Blue Rooster B&B and making a weekend out of it. One of my favorite places to photograph weddings is at Silvan Ridge (formerly called Hinman Vineyards), directly across the road from Sweet Cheeks. This couple, Krista and Brian, flew in from Chicago and had a few days to make the place their own. Brian installed these lights over the dance floor and I thought that was a great idea. This was taken late at night, after almost everyone else had gone home, and it was just the bride and groom alone for the first time all day.


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Smoke’em if You Got’em

At this wedding in Veneta last Saturday, at Our Daily Bread, all the guys wanted to step outside for a cigar. The weather cooperated beautifully that night: no wind and no rain! This allowed the smoke to go exactly where the guys aimed it…right in front of the groom.

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Faith and Tradition

While I was waiting for the bride to begin changing into her wedding dress I looked around the room I was in and noticed this book. It appeared to have something in it so I opened it up and saw the wedding rings!

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