The Getaway Car

I love weddings where there’s a definitive ending, such as having all the guests line up and throw rice at the couple as they make their way to the getaway car. At this Roseburg wedding, the couple was completely inundated with flying grain! The look on the groom’s face, as he tries to find his seat and hit the gas pedal, is priceless. Notice the paint on the car, too. The full sentence reads ‘Help Me, I Don’t Know Her.” I watched all the groomsmen spend 30 minutes decorating this brand new convertible with paint pens. They assured me it was safe, and would come off, but when I looked at one of the pens and read the warning label on it, it said, among other things “not safe for automobile paint.” I hope that wasn’t really true! You can see more of my work at

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Oregon Wedding Photographer

This space is primarily for posting my stories and photos of recent weddings. I like to keep this post at the top of the stack, with all the newest posts available just below it. Furthermore, check out my other sites at mattemrichphoto and smugmug for additional photos. I’m also a multi- award-winning member of the WPJA, and can be found on the ‘Preferred Vendor’ pages of King Estate and Whisper’n’Oaks. Most recently, I’ve been invited to join My Eugene Photographer and am very happy to be part of a great local community.

The Day After

Erin and Ben were married, outside, during a torrential storm. This is fairly unusual for western Oregon in early September and they hadn’t made a backup plan. Needless to say, the ceremony was short and sweet and our planned sunset pictures were no longer possible. Since they were local, and it was a Sunday wedding, I agreed to cut my time short on the wedding day, leaving as soon as the cake had been cut, and come back the next evening. The light was much better then, and Erin’s dress had already gotten quite dirty, so these photos (taken at Erin’s parents’ house in Cottage Grove) were easy and fun.

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Chris & Ashley at Bridal Veil Lakes

I always like to include a collection of images of the bride’s bouquet. This one was taken at Bridal Veil Lakes, about an hour east of Portland. There are many ways to do this and one of my favorite is to have the groom stand behind the bride and have them both clasp the bouquet together. I then frame the image so only their hands (with rings!) and the flowers are showing, with a little bit of wedding dress and tuxedo in the background. Whenever I start this sequence I always tell the couple they can relax their faces, since I’m only focusing on their hands. I happened to look up during this particular shot and saw very nice, unguarded expressions on both their faces. No time for fill flash, or to adjust my metering for the bright sky behind them, but I got the shot. They loved it!


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Eagle Rock Lodge wedding

Here are a few more images from Amie & Curt’s wedding at Eagle Rock Lodge, located on the banks of the McKenzie River. Since it’s a rainy time of year here in western Oregon I thought these photos were appropriate.

Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding
Eagle Rock Lodge wedding

A Great Makeup Artist

Having a great makeup artist (or MUA, as they’re called in the biz) can make a world of difference when it comes time to process images. At this Eagle Rock Lodge wedding, Amie brought along her own MUA. While Amie’s skin wasn’t at all poor to begin with, she wanted to make sure it looked great in the photos. This makes it much easier for me in post:)


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Whisper’n’Oaks sunset

Alicia and Sean were married at Whisper’n’Oaks and we took full advantage of the beautiful sunset that evening. This sepia tint was created in Lightroom; I modified that program’s sepia preset a little bit to give it more contrast.


Elkton wedding at the Big K Ranch

Heather and Jon were married at the Big K Ranch near Elkton, Oregon. Despite the insanely hot weather, the entire wedding party was more than amenable to climb up these bales of hay for me. Since Jon is a friend of mine, I stayed overnight at the Big K Ranch. Let’s just say I got a great glimpse into what goes on at weddings in the wee hours of the morning. This was much the same as my experience in Cyprus (see previous post), when I stayed with the wedding party until 3 in the morning, simply because I had nothing else to do and the party was just too fun. Imagine drunken guests wading into the Mediterranean, completely dressed. Ahh, the life of a wedding photographer 🙂

Anyway, back to Heather and Jon!

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Waiting on a Bride

Guys, for the most part, spend about 10 minutes getting dressed and up to 3 hours waiting for their beautiful bride to emerge. These two were no exception. This was taken at King Estate, for Julie and Nate’s wedding.

King Estate wedding

More from Portland

I wish I could remember the name of that park in NW Portland! (where I took Jenni and Johnny for their engagement photos) This fence is made up of old railroad tracks, all rusted out. This just in: I remembered the name of that park. It’s called Tanner Springs, and it’s between 10th & 11th and Northrup & Marshall.

Portland wedding photograph