Audrey + Curtis (wedding – Portland, Oregon)

There are few things more important to me in life than my friends. I think personally the list goes God, my husband, my children/family then my friends. I’m talking about the type of friends that you know will be with you and stand by you through everything. The friends you know so well they become family. I’ve known these two half of my lifetime. 15 years. We met in high school when we were young and awkward. Curtis and I hung out in the same crowd (hard not to when we attended a small private school) and he always became friends with the guys I dated in high school, so I saw him often. He was there through the breakups, the drama, the football games, the car trouble, the concerts… and even up to his wedding day we kept in touch. Always a constant friend in my life.

Audrey and I became fast friends our Sophomore year and spent hours upon hours in our school’s darkroom developing film and making photos for our yearbook all while rocking out to Beastie Boys and Cake. We worked together at McDonald’s and went through the normal friendship drama as all girls do. In the fall of 1999, we left for college together in Southern Oregon where we were a little less awkward but still trying to figure out who we were.  She was the one that introduced me to my husband, was by my side for me during my parents divorce and stayed constant in our friendship despite the distance and my growing family.

To be asked to photograph their wedding was nothing less than an honor for me. I knew I would shed some tears the day of the wedding, but when Curtis turned and said to me right before he saw his Bride for the first time as said “I’ve waited for this moment my entire life”, I couldn’t stop crying. I can’t express how happy I am for you two, and this is only the beginning. I can’t wait to cheer you on through the years. I promise, each year only gets better.

They were married at The Grotto in Portland, Oregon with the reception at The Treasury Ballroom.

Their reception was filled with personal touches, with the main focus on their shared love for wine. All of their dates and important events were marked by specific bottles of wine.

Personalized wine bottles for the guests to take home. Sadly I had to leave mine behind because it wouldn’t have made it though airport security. Sad.

And they lived happily ever after. :)

Ceremony: The Grotto

Reception: The Tresury Ballroom

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Photography: Megan – Megan Hardre Photography

Videography: 618{studios}

This is the second time I’ve worked with 618{studios}, who are a husband and wife team based out of Southern California. If you’d like to see the trailer video they created for Audrey and Curtis’ wedding, visit their blog: Audrey and Curtis’ Wedding Trailer. Fair warning, you might cry. :)

About the Author:
Wedding photographer, wife to an amazing husband, mom to four wonderful boys. Blessed.

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