I can’t imagine a couple that I was more destined to photograph than Andrew and Christina. Our paths have crossed so many times and in so many ways, that being a part of their McMenamin’s Kennedy School wedding was just meant to be. I always say that I want my clients to walk away from their session (wedding or lifestyle) feeling like they have made a new friend. In the case of Andrew and Christina, it couldn’t be more true.
The first time I met Andrew and Christina, was at the Rocked! Bridal Show. Our conversation began with the dress Christina was wearing. I recognized it from a local boutique, and we quickly decided we had a mutual love of Portland designer Sarah Bibb‘s clothing! It was an instant connection.
After meeting with Andrew and Christina at my studio, and booking their date, we then realized we were neighbors. We live on the same two-block street! I mean, what are the chances that in all of the Portland Metro Area, we live a stone throw from each other?! I can see their house from the sidewalk at my house. Talk about meant to be! It also meant that doing their engagement photos in our little slice of the world was a natural decision.
Shortly after the couple’s engagement session, Christina and I showed up at the same exercise class! Neither of us knew the other worked out at a local exercise studio and from there the relationship really began. Every week, Christina and I would sweat it out in preparation for her Kennedy School wedding. We would also talk weekend updates, wedding details, timelines and photography while we were at the barre.
When the day of their Kennedy School wedding rolled around, I felt like I knew them so well. I knew who they were as a couple, what they wanted for the day and what details were important to them.
With a March wedding date (and uncertain weather), Andrew and Christina decided to hold their ceremony indoors at McMenamin’s Kennedy School. For an indoor wedding, it is such a fun venue. Lots of rooms, each with their own diverse look. Both before and after the ceremony we were able to move around the property and find some fun locations for photos.
From the movie theater (where we did a portrait in front of the Star Wars sign for this sci-fi loving couple!) to the Detention Bar, every photo represented a special place for this fun-loving couple. The Kennedy School was the location of their first date, so it was only fitting that it was the backdrop to their celebration.
Andrew and Christina are both Portland-transplants, so being a part of this next chapter of their Portland love story was such an honor.
Congratulations, Andrew and Christina! And see you around the neighborhood…