| Mary + Mike by Catalina Jean | Columbia Gorge Bridals | Portland Wedding Photography |
"We met senior year in highschool at an after game dance. I loved going to school dances. Although when a slow song started, I normally found myself waiting wide eyed and awkwardly for a dance request that didn’t come. Still I was determined to no longer be a wallflower, and stayed glued to the dance floor with my friends. I guess my new found confidence had gained attention, because when the dreaded slow song started, a very tall (6’ 5”) handsome boy walked straight to me and asked me to dance. Honestly I had never felt so comfortable dancing with someone before. As corny as it may sound, it was like home. I looked way up and gave him the biggest smile. (Like a so big my eyes got squinty kind of smile). Mike said that is when he fell in love with me. Most girls he danced with would just rest their heads against him because of his height, and not even look up. I think when we danced that night, my heart recognized that he would be the one to hold it, and keep it safe. When I looked up and saw him gazing down at me, I smiled for all the overwhelmingly wonderful things I was feeling in that moment, and it was the most natural thing in the world. That was it for us."
My husband and I both shot this bridal session together and it really felt more like a really fun adventure outing than a session. Mary + Mike are probably two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. We definitely almost got a trespassing ticket going out on that cliff but I think it was kinda worth it. :)
About the Author: Catalina Jean loves anything sci-fi, has little sense of direction, and spends her free time snuggling her crazy Boston Terriers. She is a wedding photographer based in Portland, OR specializing in capturing artistic portraits paired with unique storytelling moments to produce natural, emotional wedding photography.
A wedding at Union/Pine in Portland, OR by Catalina Jean Photography. Chelsie + Todd decided to tie the knot of New Years Eve with a 1920’s themed wedding.
Saying Peri Lee + Deto are cool is an understatement. They rode their motorcycles through Joshua Tree and adventured in the last bits of California light for their motorcycle elopement.
A wedding at Parc Monceau in Paris, France. Rose and Jordan decided on a destination elopement in the classic, timeless city. It is a place that has truly been inspiring to them so they wanted to share their vows there.
A helicopter elopement wedding in Banff National Park. Raphaela + Deming adventured through Marvel Pass in a helicopter to a private locations for their vows.
Adventurous Wedding at Rocky Point Restaurant on the cliffs of Big Sur, CA. Siobhan and Ken fell in love with Big Sur after a road trip so they planned a road trip themed wedding on the cliffside.
Headlands Center for the Arts Wedding with ocean clifftop bride and groom portraits by Catalina Jean Photography.
A wedding at San Francisco City Hall with a reception at Cookhouse SF.
Sweet Olive Farm Wedding in Athens, GA with fall colors and mini horses. The couple loves animals so they decided to wed at an animal sanctuary owned by their family.