Klamath Falls, OR ~ Young At Heart Toys {04.22.14}

Introducing a fabulously unique store that takes me back to childhood the instant I walk in the door!  Young At Heart Toys has so many items that you can’t just find at your local department store!  When I met owner Julie Thomson, I came to realize she has created a magical place for the Klamath area.  We have joined efforts with another talented lady, Ashley Spivey of Peanut and Pooty Pants to create the Celebrating Klamath’s Kids event.  The Celebrating Klamath’s Kids event will be held at this magical location on May 24, 2014.


 The front of the store has a selection of classic children’s book collections.


Dress up and play is displayed throughout the store.


Toys from around the world are found here.  Some of my timeless favorites are the brightly colored wooden European toys.  Of course, the life size Lego display is a definite eye catcher!


Young At Heart Toys has the largest selection of Groovy Girl dolls I have ever seen!  One Groovy Girl character even makes special appearances at the store for parties.  All girls are invited during these events and encouraged to bring their doll as well.


Every turn and angle of this place has something new to capture your attention.  When I visit the store, I chat with locals who spend their lunch break just browsing the eye candy.


Aroma therapy spa DIY ice cream (bath salts) bar…..how fun!


The vintage look of these circus toys just caught my eye.


I wanted to get down lower to see the store from a child’s perspective.

As you can see, it is just as intriguing.


Be sure to leave a comment of your visit and “Like” the Young At Heart Toys Facebook page too!

(You can read more about Young At Heart Toys’ downtown precense  from the Herald and News article here).

Klamath Falls, OR ~ Celebrating Klamath’s Kids {04.24.14}

Celebrating Klamath's Kids   Be sure to visit Peanut and Pooty Pants and Young At Heart Toys in Klamath Falls!

Aurora, OR ~ Heirloom Revival Co. {2014}

Vintage style weddings seem to be an ongoing trend and the Heirloom Revival Co. in Aurora, OR is just the place to discover the perfect props!  An antique table for the candy buffet, a vintage suitcase for cards,  a shabby window frame for a thank you sign…. The ideas are endless!  I wanted to share this little shop with upcoming brides and grooms, wedding planners, and antique buffs!

I was so excited to see my very dear friend and her family at their new shop – the Heirloom Revival Co. in Aurora, OR.  It is adorable!  Its filled with fabulous antiques that each tell a story…they really tell a story! You can pick up an antique here that comes to life with its own information card included.  They have the cutest cards attached that may include what it is, where it came from, etc. The super sweet bistro can serve up your favorite beverage of choice for you to enjoy while you browse the treasures.  {This is wedding planning juice!}  They even have a drive through if your need a cup of joe to go! CAM00196~2~2~2

Oregon Make-Up Artist ~ Colour by Wendy {2013}

It was my pleasure to meet Wendy Hildreth at A Gorgeous Wedding Event at the Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR.  Her personality is comforting, professional and fun.   Her expertise is so valuable for photographers and brides needing a make-up artist.   I wanted to learn more about her and share with anyone looking for a talented make-up artist.

Wendy was trained by a professional head make-up artist in Hollywood.  Her training was in Bridal make-up, Airbrush make-up, Fashion/Editorial make-up, Make-up for High Definition TV and Film and special effects.  She uses professional products including airbrush make-up.  Wendy says she started Colour by Wendy because she loves making people look beautiful and the artistry of the process.  Her favorite part of what she does is working with people.

Best Contact for Colour by Wendy:
Phone: 541-806-1324
Website:  www.colourbywendy.com

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Wilsonville, OR ~ Flowers by Nancy Joslin {2013}

When asked how she started her business, Nancy says, “A family friend asked if I would do her wedding flowers. I had worked with drieds and silks, but never fresh. I have always had a creative eye and passion for flowers and thought, well how hard can it be? After spending many hours perfecting the designs and everything turning out just how the bride wanted, I was hooked and knew I needed to pursue my passion of bringing life to every occasion with flowers”. Seventeen years later, Flowers by Nancy Joslin is providing flowers and event planning for Oregon, Washington and destination weddings. Her favorite part is being creative and helping people make their special day a reality within their budget. Nancy also includes a complimentary toss bouquet in every wedding package.

Flowers by Nancy Joslin
Phone: 503.307.3871

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Nancy Joslin arrangements at the 2013 Gorgeous Wedding Event at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR.

Columbia Gorge ~ Adornments of Hood River {2013}

Stephanie Hartman founded Adornments of Hood River in 2011.  This is where brides in the Columbia Gorge can get the detail decor that sets their wedding apart from others.  When asked what made her start this business, Staphanie answered, “Seeing people come to Hood River for weddings in beautiful settings but having to settle for plain rentals or spend a fortune to buy things they’d never use again”.  Adornments of Hood River sells bridal jewelry and hair accessories, and rents vintage & modern dishes, linens and decor.  Stephanies says her favorite part of what she does is, “providing affordable special details that set the desired tone…elegance, whimsy, country, vintage”.  Not only do people planning weddings benefit from Stephanie’s creative touch, but she shared that her business provides employment opportunities for people with special needs.

If you are planning your wedding in the Columbia Gorge, be sure to visit Adornments of Hood River to discover the details that set the tone of your wedding!

Phone: 541-480-3363


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These photos were taken at the 2013 Gorgeous Wedding Event  at The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles, OR.

Klamath Falls, OR ~ It’s a Chocolate Thing at the 2013 Klamath County Bridal Fair {01.21.2013}

I found the sweetest treats in Klamath Falls at the 2013 Klamath County Bridal Fair!  It’s a Chocolate Thing has delicious and beautiful treats that can be that special touch for your wedding day.  I adore the bride and groom chocolate dipped strawberries!  Cute, right?!  They taste even better!  2012 weddings have delivered what I call the cake pop craze.  Rightfully so.  They are delish, don’t require utensils, and make a beautifully edible bouquet -like display at the reception.

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If you are planning a wedding, It’s a Chocolate Thing can provide a deliciously attractive touch to your wedding day.   Dont forget the bridal shower before, the baby shower after and the many Happy Birthdays to follow.  Oh, and remember Valentines Day is just around the corner!

Bethany Willis with Bend Event Music {February~2013}

I would like to introduce my talented friend, Bethany Willis of Bend Event Music.  I have known Bethany for many years and always admired her talent and ability to play such beautiful music.  Bethany has been playing professionally for 21 years! She now serves Bend, Central Oregon and destination locations with wedding and event music.  “I provide live ceremony music as well as finding any other musician you might need for your event.”  This skill does not just happen every day and surely is not played at just any event.  If you are looking for an absolutely special way to honor your wedding ceremony and make it one that you and all your guests will remember, you need to contact Bethany.

I recently attended the Central Oregon Wedding & Event Show.  My booth displayed a slideshow of  wedding photography set to music by Bend Event Music.  Bethany and her Classy Grass Trio performed live throughout the event, complimenting the show displays.  Bethany says “Aside from being a mom, the only other thing I ever wanted to do was play my fiddle.”  Her favorite part of what she does is “Making the magic happen, at the right moment through the sound of our instruments.”  She also states: “I love my job! I get almost as excited as the brides do once we begin putting the pieces together. I love the process and all their ideas. Plus it gives me a sneak peek into who they are, and allows me to then translate that into the perfect musical selections for their special day!”

Best contact information:
Phone: 502-718-1814

Facebook page for Bend Event Music

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Bethany at the CO Show and The Classy Grass Trio shot I took in later 2012

Klamath Falls, OR ~ Botanica Creations Wedding Florist {01.20.2013}

One of my bridal show booth neighbors at the 2013 Klamath County Bridal Fair was Botanica Creations.  Brides were drawn into the colorful booth by the amazingly creative and unique creations that were displayed.  I didn’t see one bride pass the Botanica Creations booth without turning into it and admiring the arrangements within.

Dawnielle Tehama is the owner of Botanica Creations and a master mind of beautiful floral and non-floral arrangements that are sure to make a statement at any event.  She listened intently to brides as they explained their wedding plans and made suggestions that excited the brides she spoke with.

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I was particularly intrigued by the head pieces that were modeled by Dawnielle’s daughters.  Head pieces are a trendy must have for any special occasion.   They are a gorgeous accessory for flower girls, maids of honor and brides!  Of course, I love incorporating beautiful head pieces with any themed photo shoots!

If you are in the process of planning a wedding, be sure to stop and talk to Dawnielle and her team at Botanica Creations at 2223 N. Eldorado Bld. in Klamath Falls, OR.  It will be your pleasure.  They deliver a personal connection with brides and gorgeous arrangements for the wedding day.  This is confirmed by the many previous bride compliments on the Botanica Creations Facebook page!

A Remarkable Wedding Photography Experience With DCLphotography!

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Steps for a Remarkable Wedding Photography Experience With DCLphotography:

  1. We will meet to go over your wedding day plans and ideas.  This time helps me understand your wedding day vision and photography needs.  You will get to see and touch the quality products I provide and share questions or concerns..
  1. I will email photo collection options for you to review.  These include items and services you voiced an interest in.  You can let me know which best meets your needs or if you want to make any changes to one of the options.  Once your collection is selected, I will send the photo agreement for you to sign and return to me.
  1. We will meet for a pre-event consult.  We can go over the shots that are most important to you and create a shot list for your wedding day.  We will also establish the time line of your wedding.  I will send a simple & easy to read timeline to you.  It is great to share this with anyone who is helping or is involved with your wedding day photos.  Things will run smoothly if everyone is on the same plan.
  1. On the day of the wedding, I have an assistant helping me.  My assistant helps me carry photo gear and is available to assist you too.  I keep the shot-list we created in hand as I shoot photos throughout the day.  We can talk more about the shots when we meet and how I photograph.

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5.  Your final images will be ready for viewing within 90 days after your wedding day.  I will send you a link to your personal gallery at dclphoto.com.  You can share your link with whoever you like.

6.  I will schedule an order session and deliver your wedding products!

My style of photography is a blended combination of Lifestyle, Photojournalism and Fine Art.  The traditional family and wedding party images are included as well.


Lifestyle photography is a style of portrait/people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.

Photojournalism is a story telling style of photography with little involvement of the photographer.  The photographer stands back and uses their creativity to interpret the moments through photography.

Fine Art photography is when the photographer uses artistic angles, creative lighting and composition for a unique image.  More advanced post processing is applied to create a stronger artistic flare.

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