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Kailynn & Nick’s farm wedding was beautiful and so much fun. The weather that day may not have been ideal, with several heavy downpours and lots of rain, never once did this wonderful couple let that affect their wedding day. It’s Oregon, you just never know what the weather is going to do. Kailynn & Nick’s wedding took place in Scappoose, Oregon on her grandparents farm. The farm was amazing, with goats, a huge pig and beautiful white horse. The trees and forest area surrounding the farm was the perfect place for their ceremony and reception.
Kailynn grew up playing on this farm and her grandfather passed away recently, making this special place even more meaningful. On the back of Kailynn’s dress she had a special heart sewn on and it was cut out of one of his old shirts. What a sweet way to keep him close on her wedding day. Kailynn is so creative and talented. She made many of the wedding details, including all the gorgeous signs. Her calligraphy is beautiful and I love that she made the signs. The pastel colors were so pretty against all the dark green. I love all the cute “Up” details. Kailynn put her whole heart into designing the wedding of her dreams and it was perfect. Surrounded by family and friends, these two celebrated their love and it was an amazing day.
Kailynn & Nick got ready in separate locations. I briefly stopped by to check on the guys and they were laughing and having a great time. Each of the groomsman wore different colored pastel bowties to match the bridesmaids dresses. Kailynn and all her special ladies were enjoying every minute getting ready together. These moments are always my favorite. Kailynn’s dress was gorgeous and the details were so pretty. Kailynn’s flower girl was absolutely adorable and loved having her photo taken.
After getting ready and heading over to the farm for the ceremony, Kailynn and Nick had their first look. They exchanged letters first, read them and then turned to each other and their sweet giggles were perfect. They were so happy to see each other and hug. Kailynn & Nick are so cute together and you can tell how in love they are. After their first look, we did some more wedding party photos just before the ceremony. All the flowers created by Brier & Ivy were absolutely stunning!
Kailynn & Nick selected a special grove of trees on the farm for their ceremony. It was a beautiful spot, even with the dark gloomy clouds and I can see why they love this place. The aisles were lined with more beautiful signs created by Kailynn. They looked amazing. Kailynn’s dad walked her down the aisle and up the hill. The ceremony was lovely with several sweet moments. And they are now married!
Kailynn & Nick’s reception was so much fun. All the little details were perfect. For dinner they served their favorite meal, breakfast. There were pancakes and french toast, bacon and fruit. It was such a cool idea and everyone loved it. I don’t think they could keep the bacon basket filled. For dessert, Hello Cupcake created delicious fruity pebble cupcakes, cakes and other yummy treats. The cupcakes were so good! The tents did a great job keeping the rain out. Kailynn & Nick played the shoe game and that was hilarious. There were speeches and lots of laughs. And then there was dancing, lots of dancing and everyone joined in.
We snuck out of the reception for a few more couples photos before it got too dark. These two were having so much fun, the stress and hustle of wedding prep had passsed and they were so relaxed. They were enjoying every moment of their wedding day and their eyes were filled with love and happiness. They really are the sweetest couple.
Location: Scappoose, Oregon
Dress: Mori Lee, from Bridal Exclusives
Groom & Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse
Wedding Planner & Rentals: A Time to Treasure
Florist: Brier & Ivy
Catering: Sausage King
Cupcakes & Cake: Hello Cupcake
Calligraphy & Signs: Kailynn Stevens
I loved everything about this rustic barn couples session at Milo McIver State Park. Laura and Ryan have been dating for a few years and they are so cute together. They both decided they were tired of only having “selfies” together and that a couples session would be a great idea. I couldn’t agree more! I love that they did this just for fun and to have some amazing photos together. Laura wanted a rustic barn vibe and we decided to check out Milo McIver State Park. We started by exploring the old Bat Barn. The barn was huge and so cool looking. We didn’t see any bats luckily, because I might have screamed. These two were naturals in front of the camera. It was so much fun watching them interact together, laugh and really enjoy being around one another. After doing photos around the barn we headed down to the river. The sun was just about to set and the light was so beautiful. The river was pretty high and moving fast. Luckily there was some rocky edges available. Laura and Ryan are an incredible couple and I think they are going to have a wonderful future together.
Milo McIver State Park was the perfect location near Estacada, Oregon for a fun, rustic, outdoors couples session. It would be a lovely place for Engagement Photos or any other Portrait Sessions as well. I look forward to visiting this beautiful state park again soon!
Shannon Hager Photography is based in Portland, Oregon and travels throughout Oregon, with frequent trips to the Oregon Coast for Elopements, Weddings and Portrait Sessions.
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This Ballet Session with the gorgeous Ally took place in January on an extremely cold day. I have already posted the first part of our morning here: Powell’s Book Ballet Session. After spending some time in the book store, we headed outside in the Pearl District. It was in the 20’s and this brave lady was in a leo and tutu. You couldn’t even tell she was freezing, but trust me, it was so cold! We found this cool wall with glass mosaics. It was the perfect place for this dance session. After freezing for a good 20 minutes we walked to another area and finished with some fun portraits.
I adore this young woman. I first met Ally when my daughter started dancing at Fired-Up Dance Academy. She is currently attending the University of Arizona as a dance major. She just finished her first year there and is thriving in her new dance community and home. Ally is a very talented dancer and has the most gorgeous smile. She is an amazing role model for younger dancers and is an incredible person with a heart of gold. We love when she comes back to Portland to visit. We love you Ally and you will always have a special place in our hearts.
Shannon Hager Photography is a Portrait Photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Portland Senior Sessions are available throughout the Portland Metro Area,
the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge. Ballet and Dance Sessions are also available.
Contact Shannon to book your custom Senior or Dance Photo Session.