The greater Portland Metro Area has so many fantastic venues that I rarely get to repeat a location. However, when I do get to revisit a wedding venue, it is almost always a McMenamins property and usually the McMenamins Grand Lodge.
The McMenamins Grand Lodge is such a special venue. Its interesting history and beautifully maintained historic buildings are such a treat for a photographer. And of course McMenamins hospitality is always warm and helpful.
When Craig and Virginia told me they had planned to celebrate at McMenamins Grand Lodge, I was excited to be a part of their day. Summers at the property are always beautiful and picture perfect.
Craig and Virginia had wonderful weather on their wedding day, which meant their celebration could be held in the gardens surrounding the Children’s Cottage. Large redwood trees served as a beautiful backdrop to their “alter” and guests were treated to a delicious outdoor meal and yard games.
The wedding day itself was full of personal touches. I loved that the couple invited Virginia’s son to participate in a sand ceremony symbolizing their new family bond. I also loved that the bride chose to go with a brooch bouquet hand made by her mother over the traditional floral accents. Virgina’s gorgeous tea-length dress was perfect for a garden party and the royal blue and silver theme was such a refreshing touch to a perfect day.
This sweet couple was such a joy to work with. Their day was elegant, but laid-back. Guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I also LOVED their cake decorations made from engagement photos we shot earlier in the year! That was a first for me and something I thought was really cool.
Here are a few of my favorite photos from Craig and Virginia’s day. It was such a wonderful celebration…