It was the most gorgeous August day at Camp Colton as the O’Chongs gathered for the entire weekend to celebrate the moment everyone had been looking forward to for 10yrs! Katie and Alex were the most relaxed and authentic bride and groom I have ever had the privilege of working with. They truly enjoyed every minute of their entire day, surrounded by the love of their dearest friends and family. The ceremony was filled with tears and laughter as Alex and Katie exchanged the sweetest, personally written vows. The air smelled of fragrant Cedar trees and Hops throughout the colorful, rustic landscape. I just loved their summer camp/beer theme and all of their adorable details. Because Katie and Alex met at Nakoma Resort in California during a summer break from school 10 years ago, it was the most perfect theme. They both love microbrews and shared their love for great beer with all of their wonderful guests. The food was catered by Alex’s company, Grand Cru, and it was hands down the most beautiful and delicious food I have ever experienced at a wedding. Katie and Alex, thank you for your beautiful and heartfelt wedding! To see the entire story of this gorgeous wedding, feel free to watch the slideshow below:
Tori and Joe have such a serendipitous love story!
While Tori was in New Jersey for a work conference, A woman whom she had just met told her, “I know the perfect guy for you! You would make a great couple.” They both happened to be from Portland and upon their return home her new friend didn’t give up playing cupid. With no luck, she invited them to several group outings, hoping they would finally meet and fall in love. It just never ended up happening. Probably because meeting the love of your life wouldn’t be nearly as romantic with a group of people present. :) Joe is a principal and Tori is a kindergarten teacher, but at different Catholic schools. Everyone seemed to know how perfect these two would be together. Their co-workers were often commenting, “I know the perfect woman for you or I know the perfect guy for you!”. Finally, after 14 months of unsuccessful match-making by their acquaintances and friends… he called her! Without further delay, they met in the lovely Alphabet district in NW Portland for an Italian dinner at Pastini, delicious gourmet ice-cream at Salt and Straw and beautiful conversation. Her smile captivated him from the start and they’ve been inseparable ever since. They both agreed that it was love at first sight and they instantly understood what everyone had been telling them over the last year. Six months later, Joe, being the romantic and thoughtful man that he is, proposed to Tori on March 15th, the day of his parents wedding anniversary. As if that wasn’t enough to melt any woman’s heart, he also made her a photo book, which documented all of their unforgettable memories together so far.
I love the way Joe and Tori crack each other up and never stop smiling at each other. I’ve never seen two people’s faces light up the way theirs do when they are together. They are two of the sweetest and most thoughtful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and photographing!
Congrats you two! I’m so looking forward to photographing your stunning wedding this winter at the University of Portland.