I’ve been putting off this blog post for a long time. It isn’t due to a lack of time, or energy, but words. I have no idea how to properly express my gratitude — to Alice and Travis, their family and friends, and the good luck that brought us all together. I love it when a client becomes a friend, but I also understand that ultimately I’m just hired help; I can’t be best friends with every bride ever anymore than I can shoot every wedding ever. But when it does click and I find myself emailing them long after the wedding, talking of pizza and yoga and getting invites to their book club? The best. The. BEST.

If I could leave it at that, I would. But I suppose I have to say something more.

For their out-of-town guests, Alice and Travis’s wedding could not have been a more appropriate introduction to Portland. Not only did everyone get a small tour of the city, but they got it by way of bike parade. The swarm gathered outside the Multnomah County Courthouse and rode through the Southeast, broke for a taco-beque in Laurelhurst Park and ended with a night of rump shakin’ at their home in Hollywood.

Wherever the lovebirds went they were surrounded by 75 of us on bikes and pedicabs, all raining love down on them as they radiated it back out onto us, inside and out.

Back and forth, over and over, ad infinitum.

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride writing vows

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Groom putting on bowtie

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride making the bouquet

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride saying hello to her cat on the stairs

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Diptych of Bride and Groom

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom waiting at the MAX Station

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Multnomah County Courthouse Wedding

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Groom wiping away Bride's tears - Multnomah County Courthouse Wedding

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride's crown of pearls

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bike Parade - Portland Pedals Pedicabs

Bride and Groom on tandem bicycle - Portland Bike Parade Wedding

Portland Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom on tandem bicycle - Portland bike parade wedding

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom riding a tandem bicycle - Portland Bike Parade Wedding

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride and Groom posing on tandem bicycle - Bokeh Panorama - Portland Bike Parade Wedding

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Laurelhurst Park Wedding Reception

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Laurelhurst Park Wedding Reception - Cupcakes and Tacos

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Laurelhurst Park Wedding Reception

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride kissing Groom - Laurelhurst Park Wedding Reception

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Bride lighting candles in fireplace

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Dahlia Flower Arrangements and Centerpieces

Mason Jar candles hanging from an octopus tree

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Groom Popping the Champagne - Backyard Reception

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Mother and Father of Groom hugging the bride after champagne toasts - Backyard Reception

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding Photographer - Guests raise a glass at the midnight champagne toast

Special thanks to my driver, Thomas, from Portland Pedals for off-roading to make sure I got all the awesome angles.