JP + Carolina ‹‹Los Angeles Wedding Photographer››

As children, they we neighbors in Venezuela…but they didn’t know it.

Fast forward many years and many miles – and they met as adults, in the states…and it was only through learning about each other did Carolina realize that JP had thrown water balloons at her at a child.

Fast forward a few more years, and they pledge their love to one another before friends and family.

The second we met JP and Carolina – just two days before their wedding, to be exact – they made us feel like part of their big, warm family. They are both two of the most genuine and kind-hearted people that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, and capturing their wedding day reminded me of how lucky I am to be able to work with couples who are so head-over-heels in love.

JP and Carolina…thank you for welcoming us into your family…and for being so awesome…and for forcing us to dance at your reception  😉

800 year old family medallion – passed down to every bride.

Oh yeah…and then this happened: our cameras were stripped off of us, and we danced with the happy couple. Thanks to the random guest who captured these. Favorite wedding moment of 2012 right here…

And thank you to whoever captured this cute picture of me and Michael.

Meghan + Peter ‹‹Portland Oregon Wedding Photographer››

These two.

They will always have a special place in my mind, for many reasons, but one that sticks out the most is that Meghan and Peter were my first wedding couple to book me in Portland – and they found me while I was still living in South Carolina, unbeknownst to them.  I remember being so shocked that someone in Portland found me…through google because I had literally just switched over my site & blog to read “portland.” I’m still confused about that. I know nothing about SEO – I hardly put any thought into “optimizing” my crap – and yet, somehow, they found me.

I guess it was just meant to be, right?  😉

Anyway. Their wedding day was perfect. It was focused on all the right things: family, friends and fun. Meghan was gorgeous; Peter a stud. They were so relaxed, and so happy, and they were fantastic to be around.

Enjoy a few of my faves.

Venue: Private Property
Caterer: KOI Fusion Food Truck
Flowers: Vanessa’s Farm @ Cedar Mills Farmers Market
Bride’s Dress: Nicole Miller purchased at The English Dept.
MUA: Diane Johnson
Rentals: Barbur Blvd Rentals

Melissa + Josh ‹‹Portland Oregon Maternity Photographer››

When Melissa asked me if I would tag-team her maternity shoot with the lovely Deyla Huss, I immediately said yes. For starters, Melissa rocks. And secondly, I had been wanting to meet Deyla for a while now – everyone kept telling me how awesome she was.

Verdict’s in.

She is awesome  😉

Anyway. 3 photographers. One husband. A baby. Killer light. Rad (and new!) location. And this shoot happened.

Enjoy a few of my favorites – and be sure to check out Deyla’s blog for more from this shoot!

UPDATE! This shoot was featured on On To Baby – a great site for expectant mothers! Check out their post here!



 

Wedding Hanger Shop Give-a-Way

Alright guys.

I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything. I have some good stuff coming – promise! But today, I thought I’d do something a little different…I thought I’d try a rad give-a-way  :-)

I typically participate in other people’s give-a-ways if it’s something I’m interested in, but have yet to do one myself…maybe it has something to do with me never winning anything. But…that’s a silly reason to keep me from allowing somone else to win something, so when the awesome couple over at The Wedding Hanger Shop asked me if I wanted to partner up for a give-a-way, I was pumped! First reason why they rock: they’re a husband & wife team. Second reason why they rock: they sell pretty hangers for gorgeous dresses. And as a photographer, I can definitely get on board with their product. One of my favorite parts of the getting ready time with each of my brides is finding the perfect place to photograph her dress…and I die a little on the inside when I go get said dress and find that it’s hanging on a clear, plastic hanger. Ahhhh! Every wedding dress deserves more…am I right?!

Anyway. Here are the deets:

The winner of this give-a-way will receive ANY type of hanger from their shop – any type of wood personalized with any type of wire color.

I will randomly select ONE winner this Friday (9/28) at 3p PST.

TO ENTER, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING:

1. Like my business page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paigejonesco and follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/paigefjones;

2. Like The Wedding Hanger Shop on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeddingHangers;

3. Leave a comment on this blog post!

WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN?

Extra entries:

1. Share this blog post with your friends on facebook and leave a comment below telling me you did so;

2. Tweet the following (and leave a comment below telling me you did so): go enter to win a personalized hanger from the hanger shop from @paigefjones paigejonesblog.co #giveaway

*don’t worry  – I won’t spam you (I have neither the time, nor desire)
*if you already follow me on twitter or have “liked” my fan page, then let me know in your comment below
*winner will be chosen randomly with random.org

Good luck!  :-)

Rachael + Cole ‹‹Sauvie Island Photographer››

Rachael and I met on Instagram – crazy, huh?? I love that app.

We corresponded a few times about doing a shoot, and finally we were able to coordinate schedules – just a few days before she headed off to California for school!

Rachael and Cole might be the cutest couple ever. 

I think I say that a lot about the couples I meet – because they’re ALL cute. But seriously. These two. SO in love with each other. And there’s a whole lot of passion there – I felt it the whole time.

We met at Sauvie Island (one of my favorite places around Portland), and then there was some climbing of fences and some trespassing. Those are my favorite types of shoots, though – where I just go exploring with the couple, and we laugh and share stories…maybe scrape our legs on thorn bushes…run up crazy big hills, only to realize on your way back down that you just baaaaaarely missed those HUGE piles of cow poo. Those are the best kind.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

P.S. Rachael’s laugh was totally infectious!