Romance Romance ROMANCE yall. When I think back to Michael and Yvette’s City Hall Elopement, something about it always reminds me of a classic black and white romance film. Their styling. The City Hall location. The way they interacted the whole day. It just had that feeling you know?
We met them at the Press Hotel and then walked over to City Hall. Then, as always, the ceremony was SO FREAKIN FAST. Those city hall weddings you guys. Instant. Next, we headed over to one of our favorite spots to photograph, where they said their vows to one another. I like that they made space and time for those vows since things at City Hall tend to feel rushed. It reminded me of Dan and I and our 10 year anniversary on a cliffside in Ireland.
Venue: Press Hotel, Portland City Hall, and Two Lights State Park
Dress and Flowers: by the bride!
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Some weddings stand out pretty intensely, and Arielle and Mike’s one of a kind wedding was one of those. There’s a lot of reasons for that too. Both Arielle and Mike are staunchly independent, confident, and radiate joy. They love each other with a fierceness that anyone in their presence can see plainly. A long and intertwined love story brought these two together, kind of like a movie if you ask me. An unexpected electric love and then a parting that they thought would be forever, and then finding the path back together again after both becoming their whole selves separately. They are ethically non-monogamous, which I admittedly had to google. Airelle has written a few articles on it if you want to dig deeper: Swedish Kissing Tradition, Kink-friendly Second Wedding, Polyamory made my marriage better. BOOM!
It was super interesting to us to witness a non-traditional wedding, considering we see weddings every weekend. My favorite thing though, of the whole day was just the two of them as human beings. Being so confident and happy is an inspiring energy to be around. Hopefully, you can see that in the images. I’m still so so honored that they chose us to be their photographers for this very special wedding.
Venue: Portland City Hall | Hair: Curl Boutique
Makeup: The Spa at Portland Regency | Officiant: Savoir Claire