Rustic Farm Wedding in Harrisburg, Oregon

Harrisburg, Oregon is a beautiful location for a great rustic wedding right near Eugene, Oregon. I jumped at the chance to work with Mike and Holli for their DIY backyard wedding on his grandparent’s farm. They came from Baker City all the way to Mike’s home town of Harrisburg to tie the knot with their family. They utilized the farm house as well as the yard outside for the ceremony and reception. The ceremony was officiated by family, the wedding party was made up of their kids and other family members. The whole thing was very family centered.Oh and the food? To die for! I must have eaten a pound of cheese, crackers and smoked fish!

I’m so grateful that they let me steal them away for their posed photos. We went right down to the riverfront in Harrisburg and did their posed bridal portraits at the gazebo and in front of some of the super awesome vintage buildings on the waterfront. Peeling paint, old bricks and empty streets made for some very unique wedding photos. I had a great time working with them and I can’t wait for my next country wedding here in Oregon.


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Skinners Butte Wedding Photos – The Buchers

I’ve been so busy photographing weddings in Eugene and Spokane this summer that I have somewhat fallen behind on sharing the big pretty blog posts full of creative fun wedding photos. Pinterest junkies rejoice! I’ve got some great eye candy from Rachel and Oskar’s wedding earlier this summer.  We’ve got feather bouquets, intimate portraits in mossy trees, the groomsmen acting silly, and a great big wedding party in a gorgeous church! The wedding was held at Wesley United Methodist and the formal wedding portraits were taken at the top of Skinners Butte.  The bride and groom left their reception at Corbin Center with a fun exit with bubbles even! Eugene is such a beautiful city and even though the weather threatened us right up until the ceremony we had a great time. I can’t wait to do more weddings here in the Eugene & Springfield area!

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Wedding Photos Before The Ceremony – The New Trend

As the “traditional” wedding approach has fallen to the wayside, an increasing number of brides are choosing to take their formal wedding photos on their wedding day, prior to the actual ceremony. There are many advantages to this newer trend and this article looks at some of the reasons how and why brides are making the choice (you can find the Pros and Cons of Pre-Ceremony Wedding Photos in my earlier article). As a Eugene, OR and Spokane, WA Wedding Photographer, my goal is to provide options and make sure that your special day is remembered exactly how you want it to be!

As society has shifted away from the traditional pre-marriage lifestyle to a more modern approach (extended engagements, living together prior to marriage, etc), so has the “traditional” wedding approach. Now, more than ever, couples are introducing innovative and unique concepts to their special day. Taking formal wedding photos prior to the ceremony is a request that I hear regularly. While some feel that it takes away from the “first look” that you remember from a bride walking down the aisle, there are ways to capture that “first look” in a more intimate and custom pre-ceremony setting.

When wedding photos are done prior to the ceremony I include a ‘first look’ or ‘unveiling’ session with my wedding photography packages. This session can be done with just the bride and groom or it can involve family and close friends as well. Generally, the groom will stand with his back to the bride as she walks into the room. Once the mood is set, and everything is in place, the groom will turn around for the desired ‘first look’ reaction. I will be there to capture that special moment before everyone is ushered out so the bride and groom can spend some alone time together. This is a benefit that you don’t have at the altar, allowing you both an intimate moment that you may not receive until long after the last champagne toast. You can hug, you can kiss, or you can exchange precious words with each other that will always be remembered. After the one-on-one time is complete, there will still be plenty of time to take the formal wedding photos before the ceremony.

Honestly, when all is said and done, the choice is yours on your wedding day; my goal is to capture your special moments so they can be shared and remembered for a lifetime. However, if you choose the traditional approach, remember to allow time for everything that you hope to accomplish and then some. This especially applies if you hope to do your photos between the ceremony and the reception at another location. Things get delayed and sometimes people aren’t where they’re supposed to be. If you’re prepared and if your photographer is prepared, your wedding day will be as magical as you’ve always dreamed.

Stay tuned for my next article! I’ll be highlighting Eugene, OR Engagement Photography Locations. I just finished a fantastic engagement photography session on the University of Oregon campus!

Wedding Photos Before The Ceremony – Pros and Cons

Your wedding day is one of the most important and possibly, one of the most hectic days of your life. Everything has to be planned perfectly, time has to be managed to the second, and the unexpected has to be dealt with in record time. This is why an increasing number of brides are doing the majority of the posed, family, and bride and groom wedding photos prior to the ceremony. Even thought it breaks from the traditional approach, you’ll find that it helps to make your day much less chaotic. As a Spokane, WA and Eugene, OR wedding photographer, I definitely recommend this practice, but there are always Pros and Cons to consider before you make the final decision.

Pros to Wedding Photos Prior to the Ceremony

  • Hair and makeup is fresh and crisp. If you’re one who tends to cry at weddings, your wedding is probably no exception and we don’t want to mess up your eye makeup before the portraits.
  • The more time you have set aside, the more photos you get. Limiting yourself to a rushed hour between the ceremony and the reception is stressful and reduces the amount of quality photos you will get with your spouse.
  • Prior to the ceremony everyone (bridal party and immediate family) is in one place. If you do the photos post-ceremony, people tend to wander off, visit with friends, or complete important tasks prior to the reception.

Cons to Wedding Photos Before the Ceremony

  • Couples forego the traditional approach and cast aside the superstitions involved with seeing the bride before the ceremony.
  • Some couples fear that the magic of the “first look” isn’t the same as when the groom sees the bride walking down the aisle for the first time. Although, a pre-ceremony ‘unveiling’ ceremony can help to capture that special moment.
  • The photo time between the ceremony and reception is skipped, taking away a sometimes much needed “break” from the festivities.

Are Pre-Ceremony Wedding Photos Worth It? You Decide

Ultimately, when all is said and done, the choice is yours… It’s your wedding day after all, right? My goal as a Spokane, WA and Eugene, OR wedding photographer is to give the best advice I can to help your special day run smoothly. I always respect a bride and grooms wishes and will support any decision they choose.

Be sure to check out the Follow-Up to This Article, “Wedding Photos Before the Ceremony – The New Trend”. I’ll be offering additional reasons on why brides are taking wedding photos before the ceremony.