The sun is just coming up and spring is finally in our sights!  It was a beautiful morning creating these inspirational images.Columbia River Gorge bridal shootDonny Zavala Photographychantilly lace wedding gownhair and makeup Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + fine art photography Donny ZavalaColumbia river gorge shootHeirbloom FloralThank you to all who participated in this styled bridal shoot –  most notably our chief wrangler and captain Donny!

Imagery | Donny Zavala Photography

Hair and Makeup | Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Gowns | Elizabeth Dye

Floral | First bouquet: Ponderosa and Thyme | Second bouquet: Heirloom Floral

Model: Alexus Ayers

Share onFacebook Tweet toTwitter Pin onPinterest

Sunrise on the Columbia River Gorge, just on the cusp of spring.

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty | fine art bridal makeup | Donny Zavala PhotographyDonny Zavala Photography fine art bridal photography | Cassandra Kennedy Beauty | Elizabeth Dye gown

fine art bride makeup by Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Donny Zavala Photography | Ponderosa and Thyme bouquet | Elizabeth Dye gown detail

Cassandra Kennedy Beauty | Elizabeth Dye gown | Donny Zavala PhotographyDonny Zavala Photography bridal editorial | Elizabeth Dye gown | Cassandra Kennedy BeautyThere is nothing more satisfying than creating beautiful, artful images with other creatives!  Everyone involved in this bridal shoot has a love of the fine art esthetic.  The early morning temperature and wind factor conspired against us but our model was amazing through it all.  Elizabeth Dye’s Avalon and Lewisia gowns were the stars of the show, flowing in the breeze against the backdrop of the river.  The Avalon gown was swathed in lovely blush colored hand-dipped ombre tulle, accompanied by freshly picked spring blooms from Ponderosa and Thyme.  The model’s makeup was a nod to the freshness of spring with eye makeup in shades of rose gold to mimic the sunrise.  All of these elements were captured beautifully by Donny Zavala who wielded both digital and film cameras.  Many thanks to everyone for including me in this beautiful experience!

Photography |  Donny Zavala Photography

Film Lab | Photovision

Hair and Makeup | Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Model | Maggie Smith

Floral | Ponderosa and Thyme

Gowns | Elizabeth Dye “Avalon” and “Lewisia”

Share onFacebook Tweet toTwitter Pin onPinterest

Happy Valentine’s Day! Elopements are so wonderful.  They’re intimate and beautiful and full of possibility.  Here is some romantic and lovely inspiration for your viewing pleasure!  Thank you to Style Me Pretty for publishing it!Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Brittany Lauren Photographyelopement hair and makeupPortland OR elopementromantic wedding updo hairstylevalentineCassandra Kennedy Beauty wedding hair and makeupElizabeth Rusnac Floral + Brittany Lauren PhotographycheersValentine Elopement portraitStyle Me Pretty Valentines Day ElopementValentine Elopement - Brittany Lauren PhotographyPhotography: Brittany Lauren Photography

Hair and Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Floral: Liz Rusnac Floral Design

Design Production: Jenn Pacurar of Champagne Wedding Coordination

Share onFacebook Tweet toTwitter Pin onPinterest

Kasey’s “Garden Glam” wedding at Castaway was a dazzling affair!  I thoroughly enjoyed the ride!Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + You Look Nice Today PhotographyHer shorter hair was a challenging puzzle that, when finally “solved” and formed into a romantic updo, we both rejoiced in its beauty.  She is not a big makeup wearer so we went for lovely, natural makeup that would give off a radiant glow.getting readyThere was a lot of cracking up and trying to stop ourselves but not being able to.  This might be my favorite picture of all time!Behind the ScenesTheir photographer is not only a joy to be around but he is just phenomenal at capturing the light for portraits.  Look at this luminous beauty!bridal portrait by You Look Nice Today PhotographyBride and Bridesmaids getting ready at hotelBride at Sentinel HotelPortraits at Sentinel HotelWedding PortraitsLuxe Event Productions coordinated every detail to perfection.  The black, white, and gold palette mixed with garden greens was so original.  Sleek yet fresh.Castaway wedding, Portland ORLuxe Event ProductionsVoodoo Donuts for weddingswedding centerpiece with succulents and vintage bookswedding formal photos at CastawayMajor reception shenanigans ensued, including singing with the band.  Love it!!!wedding reception singingKasey and Steve, may you continue to enjoy life’s journey together.  I look forward to seeing your future adventures.  You are both absolutely wonderful and I couldn’t be happier for you!  xxxooo ~Cassandra

Photography: You Look Nice Today Photography

Venue: Castaway

Bride and Attendants’ Hair and Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty

Wedding Coordinator: Luxe Event Productions

Floral: Swoon Floral Design

Catering: Simpatica

Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

Dress: Lena Medoyeff

Shoes: Chloe’

Music: Design Band

Succulent Book Planters: Bride

Share onFacebook Tweet toTwitter Pin onPinterest

This was one of the most beautiful and fun weddings I’ve ever been to.  I’m so happy to see it featured on Style Me Pretty.  The bride and her family and friends were delightful as was their incredible wedding venue.  The Colony: St. Johns is definitely one of my new favorite places in Portland to get married.  That morning we had the whole upstairs apartment to relax and get ready in.Cassandra Kennedy Beauty + Style Me PrettyEmily wanted dramatic eyes with copper tones and a relaxed textured updo.  We were all completely swooning when Sarah from The Green Dandelion came with the flowers.  There was a round of applause when the unique rosemary floral crown she made was placed on the bride’s head.Nature inspired wedding NE Portlandfloral crown with rosemaryMargaret Austin Photographyherbal boutonnieresThe groom was incredibly dapper and brought the bride the most beautiful present as a surprise.  Awww….lucky Emily!  She had such a beautiful, unique look that really reflected her own style. So lovely!Portland Wedding at The Colony St. JohnsNature Inspired Wedding, Portland ORThese beauties traveled all the way from England, DC, and San Francisco to be with the bride.  A party was definitely in order!  Such a fun group!Emerald City Gowns dress + teal bridesmaid dressesteal wedding colorsthe colony st. johns weddingThe bride is an amazing artist and hand painted all of the glasses that guests were able to keep. Their artist friend carved the cake topper which was so perfect for the chocolate naked cake.chocolate naked cake + hand painted wedding favorsblack and white photos of colony st. johns weddingwedding reception photo black and whiteThank you Margie for sharing these gorgeous images.  I don’t know how you managed to pull of Maid of Honor duties and capture the day in photos but you did!  All the best to you Emily and Scott!  You are such a wonderful couple and I am incredibly happy for you.  Thank you for including me in your wedding day.  It was truly a pleasure! Photography: Margaret Austin Photography Venue: The Colony: St. Johns Bride’s hair and makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty Bridal Party makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty Floral: The Green Dandelion Rentals: Something Borrowed Wedding Dress: Emerald City Gowns Cake: Mandy McLeod Cake Topper: Stan Peterson

Share onFacebook Tweet toTwitter Pin onPinterest