Highschool Hottie: Sara Winslow

Sara has been a dear friend for many years. Gosh, too many to count now that I think about it! She has blossomed over the years into this incredibly beautiful girl with a heart of love that remains unmatched in my circle of friends.

It’s been many shoots where Sara has assisted tirelessly so it was such a joy to work on this project together as a thank you. Mom and sister Ruth came along for company and we just laughed the whole time. (Ruth and my sister Brooke are extremely entertaining- should be comedians).

Thank you Sara for all those hours of work and for being such an example of God’s love to this world! Enjoy this next season way out in Minneapolis!

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Cathedral Park Engagement: Gina + Michael

We met at Cathedral park, just in time for that evening light. If ever there was a couple who were perfect counterparts, Gina and Michael are it. She brings light and laughter, while he  grounds her bringing stability and strength.
When he first saw her profile on the popular Match.com it was a kinetic connection. Michael elucidates, “You know, women put on all the photos that they THINK men want to see…these sexy duck faces, or extreme sports, white water rafting and all these crazy out-door adventures. But what we really want to see is smiles! Smiles, and someone who knows how to enjoy life and the journey”
It was Gina’s beaming smile, a glass of wine in hand enjoying local vineyard that did the trick.  As she explains laughing in response to Michael, “I just wanted to be real, and this is who I am!”

How can you not love that? I love love loved working with them as we enjoyed the night, talked about their love and looked forward to all the wedding plans. Gina is just as vivacious and beautiful as they come. I fell in love with her immediately and can see why Micheal did too ;)

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Firefighter Wedding: Oregon City, Or

Perhaps the most anticipated wedding of the season for me, this couple has wound their way into my heart. Wendi and Shawn are the type of people that attract other genuinely dear people to them. There is a level of sincerity and love that I see only rarely and it just brought so much excitement for me as the day unfolded.  They are the real Mccoy! Their love has stood the test of time, gathered momentum and finally come to a new genesis on August 9th.

When we met for their engagement session months ago, I knew it would be special- but I had no idea how absolutely stunning it would be. The Lahodny estate was transformed into backyard paradise, with personalized details everywhere you looked.Wendi had put her heart into her wedding, and like her, the results were endearing, romantic, and down-right gorgeous.

The Lahodny men give me hope for America. No really, they do. (being firefighters sure doesn’t hurt either) When I photographed Jamen and April last summer I saw what this family was like. The genuine love, servants hearts, bond of true friendship- it brought tears to my eyes.  Now photographing Shawn and beautiful Wendi- it was a double confirmation. These guys are just the best and they have exceptionally good taste when it comes to their wives. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, which makes me think Mom and Dad Lahodny must be very proud indeed.

To the new Mr. + Mrs. Lahodny- thank you for this incredible privilege of securing your memories, I wish we could do it all again. You both are givers,  constantly pouring out yourself for others, it’s inspiring and a true example. It made me want to “give it all I got” in response. I really look forward to watching your family grow and hopefully continue to tell your story in photos…

Givers always win! Love-Christa

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