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

Colour by Wendy

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

Adornments-of-Hood-River Facebook Page

Adornments Collage

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

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

Bend Event Music

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

Bend, OR ~ Photography Workshop taught by Jill Rosell {09.13.2012}

I waited a year to attend this photography workshop.  I wanted to attend last fall, but was unable due to personal circumstances.  So, the ever lovely Jill Rosell held the workshop again this fall and I want to share the experience with you and encourage all to attend.

Jill Rosell Workshop

The workshop is taught in Bend, OR by New Zealand native, Jill Rosell of Jill Rosell Photography, who is also known for starting the I Love Bend Oregon photo site.  The workshop starts off with boarding the infamous cyclepub.  It’s like a carnival ride for grown ups!  Each student sits on one of the bike seats around the center bar of a trolly looking vehicle.

We were served beer and wine while we pedaled our hearts away and our driver steered.  As we discussed our photo interests and cruised around Bend, Jill would indicate locations she had staged along the way to stop and take some shots.  She would instruct on shutter, aperture and ISO and how to accomplish a great image by adjusting these settings appropriately.  I have working knowledge of this, but it never gets old to shoot and practice.  We photographed flowers, people/models, and a pretty cool dog.   It is good to bring a small camera bag that can be easily carried and accessed as you stop and reload at the different places.  The citizens of Bend seem to love the cyclepub and cheered at us as we cruised the streets.  We stopped for pizza along the way and I must say, I do love Bend, OR.  Its gorgeous!

The workshop ended a little after 8 o’clock and it was dark.  I suggest bringing a light jacket if you attend in the fall.  Jill passed out a couple of informative sheets along with a little treat.  My cycle mates and I parted ways with the assignment to post our images to a site Jill would send us. The site is private and serves the purpose of showing, telling and learning from the experience.  We are to share our images, wrong or right and indicate the settings and what we would do differently or not.  Below are three of the many photos I took.  The left side is straight out of camera, and the right is edited in Adobe Lightroom 4.

If you are considering attending this workshop, I give it two thumbs up and highly recommend you go!