Now that I have your heart by heart, I see.” -Elise Bogan

 

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In the Pacific Northwest, a winter wedding–even an elopement is typically indoors.  With this wedding inspiration shoot, I wanted to work with other Portland wedding vendors to create a visual explosion of romance, vibrant color, and sweet, endearing love indoors.  The theme of this creative endeavor was “Modern Valentine-inspired Elopement.”  I wanted modern furniture in a modern feeling venue.  Opal 28 created the perfect backdrop for our elopement inspiration.  The concrete back wall, stone floors, and open feel really set the stage.
Originally, I didn’t find furniture with any of the local specialty rental companies and looked at relatively inexpensive ways I could create modern event furniture on a budget.  I started with a plain IKEA table.  Yep, IKEA.  This particular table had a white powder coated frame and legs which I spray painted gold.  That alone completely changed the look of the table for the better and was an easy adjustment.  I found the modern, windsor chairs from Overstock and loved the pairing of the two together.  Because a modern romantic feel was the aesthetic I wanted, I needed to soften the hard lines a little and chose a long, silvery, habotai silk fabric as a table runner.  Instead of placing candle lighting on the table, as usual, we placed all the candles on the floor on either side of the table.  This lighting also sat on the sides of the copper pipe ceremony alter and made a great before and after transition.  LOVED the lighting on the floor!!
Wildflower Portland took the red and pink floral inspiration beyond my expectations and I was smitten with what a gorgeous centerpiece and bouquet she created with David Austin garden roses, deep red peonies, tulips, foraged camellia, sweet peas, willow branches, and cherry blossoms.
Rosycakes in Vancouver crafted the most elegant cake for our shoot that had beautiful edible gold painted ribbons adorning the sides and Wildflower Portland added further floral touches with poppies, red amaranth, anemonies, and other late winter blooms.  It created the perfect centerpiece of the most beautiful dessert table I’ve ever seen.  Pomegranate, cherries, and strawberries paired perfectly with artisanal cheeses and mini desserts from Whole Foods.
Our bride and groom, Emily and Quincy looked exquisite in their wedding attire.  Emily’s stunning dress from Claire La Faye had a full tulle skirt and and elegant floral lace bodice and could not have been more romantic.  Quincy’s European suit, shirt and tie were graciously provided by Collier Portland.
The invitation suite by Papela mixed the classic black and white colors with striking reds and purples.  Often times inspirations shoots will have elaborate paper suites by calligraphers and I love them, but it was important to me to choose something that felt bespoke, but in a more accessible manner.
All these details came together so well and I hope they can provide great inspiration for how even the smallest details can really set the mood of a wedding.
This shoot was previously published on The Ruffled Blog but without the Valentine elements.  Feel free to see it here for even more pictures that didn’t make it to this post: http://ruffledblog.com/urban-modern-elopement/
Vendors
Venue | Opal 28
Photography + Styling | Simply Splendid
Floral Design | Wildflower Portland
Bakery | Rosycakes
Paper Suite | Papela
Hair + Makeup | Kylie Sallee
Bride’s Gown | Claire La Faye
Bride’s Necklace | Simply Splendid
Bride’s Earrings | Haunt
Bride’s Shoes | Sam Edelman
Groom’s Wardrobe | Collier
Dinnerware | West Elm
Flatware | Dirilyte
Dessert extras | Whole Foods
Bride + Groom (Emily + Quincy) | Option Model and Media
All images capture on film with Contax 645 and Pentax 645nii cameras using Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford Delta 3200 film.  Film processing by The FIND Lab.
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Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait photographer.  She photographs weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

 

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“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.

The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.” 

-Osho

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Life often turns out a little differently than we imagine it to, doesn’t it?  I think when we’re young and in our late teens through our early to mid-twenties, we do so much changing and evolving that changes (though they may be unwelcomed) feel more expected.  At least that’s how it was for me.  But when you get married, start creating a life with your partner, and everything becomes more predictable and comfortable, the unexpected changes are more startling, more shaking.  Sometimes we can make a solid decision against something (like choosing to never have children, for instance) and then a few weeks later find out that very thing is happening.

When Lauryn reached out to me about photographing for her and her husband Bob, I was only a few weeks into grieving my mother’s death.  She was very forthcoming that the feeling of “right time” to have children never happened for them and their pregnancy was unexpected.  Life was changing and moving in different ways than she had imagined, which created a feeling of grief of her own, but a new sense of hope too.  The picture she painted of what she aspired to achieve with these photos, the symbolism of leaving one life behind to welcome a new life, created a swell of warmth for my own hurting heart.  Though our situations were very opposite, for me it also felt somewhat kindred and I couldn’t have been more grateful to them for reaching out to me to capture this for them.

They were on the verge of leaving a very beloved apartment in the SW Portland hills to move into a recently purchased home.  The sense of the unexpected, the unknown was very strong for them, but also the love, the hope, the expectation of a new beginning and joy–these feelings were all very important to document, and of course in this beautiful space they adored so much.  I dearly loved spending this winter afternoon with Bob + Lauryn, and I feel as though it was as beneficial to my heart as I hope it was to theirs.  I’m incredibly thankful to them for inviting me into a very personal and intimate space in their lives, for sharing their beautiful and honest love with me, and baring their vulnerabilities with me too.  True authenticity is an incredible privilege to witness.

I have a strong inclination that are going to be wonderfully amazing parents and that their daughter is going to be one of the most abundantly loved tiny humans in all of SE Portland.  Congratulations to this new little family! =)

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I created all of Lauryn + Bob’s maternity lifestyle images on film using a Contax 645 and Canon 35mm with Fuji 400H and Kodak T-max 400 films.

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Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait photographer.  She photographs throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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When a photographer is asked to photograph another photographers anything really, it comes with a bit of nerves and a whole lot of gratitude.  When another photographer asks you to photograph their wedding, it comes with another dimension of nerves and even more gratitude.  Kara, the bride, was wonderful to work with!  She was organized, knew exactly what she wanted, and provided ample information.  She was delighted about her wedding details and wanted them photographed as much as possible–highlighting all the special things she had picked for her amazing day with Ryan, her groom.  Both were kind and calm and neither seemed to have a care in the world, except being deliriously in love and celebrating with their cherished family and guests.  It was truly an honor to photograph such a monumental occasion in their lives and work with such talented and professional Pacific Northwest vendors.  Thank you Kara + Ryan!!

Vendors:

Venue:  Private Estate, SW Washington

Coordination:  Luxe Event Productions

Event Rentals:  Classic Vintage Rentals + Barclays

Floral Design:  Heirbloom Floral

Bride’s Dress:  Maggie Sottero

Veil:  Emily Riggs Bridal

Bride’s Shoes:  Bella Belle

Makeup Artist:  Rebecca Bogdan

Hairstylist:  Jamie Fererro

Cakes:  Papa Haydn

Associate Photographer:  Renee Tophia

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Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait photographer.  She photographs weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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I’ve been wanting to post this beautiful Mt. View Orchards wedding for a long time now and since it happened at the end of the 2015 season, let’s just say I’m a smidge behind.  This event was truly life-giving to me and I loved everything about it, it helped incredibly that I photographed it entirely with film (no digital) and the couple was so kind.  Paul and Erin had already been legally married for 8 years, but they had been married in a less-than romantic way on an uneventful day with no family or friends.  Sometimes life (or a wedding) works that way.  But after nearly a decade and 2 children later, they wanted to create a wedding event to say real-life, meaningful vows and to celebrate with a small gathering of their closest people about making it through the thick and thin and still being wonderfully crazy about each other.  I adored that Paul and Erin chose exactly what they wanted in such a day–there was an immense amount of  love, incredible food and drink, an amazing venue location, and wonderful people to surround them.  For me, it was a great reminder that people get married in all sorts of ways and when couples remain true to themselves, all the other stuff is just that…. other stuff.

This was the first real event at Mt. View Orchards, a newer event venue/working orchard in the Hood River Valley.  After this wedding, the farm broke ground on their now current Orchard Meadow and reception venue building.  Paul + Erin had a much more rustic version of what Mt. View is today, but it worked so well with their casual event ambiance and rustic-meets-modern fruit and copper decor theme.  Form + Line Design did a lovely job creating the arrangements on location that day and pulled real fruit and foliage from the orchard to create each design.  The Lamb’s Table used an orchard-to-table concept with each dish created that day as well and the food was fantastically delicious!  Truly, everything was marvelous.  Peaches, apples, and pears from the farm were prolifically used throughout, from ceremony decorations to reception table runners, garnishes for cocktail hour hors d’oeuvres, and tasty additions to the signature cocktail.  The colors of the fruits melded perfectly with the copper accents and furniture/decoration objects by Commonwealth Rentals.  Through all the beautiful and delicious treats unfolding throughout the day, Paul and Erin were like giddy young lovers just drinking it all in and sharing it with those they love most.  I’m so grateful to have been asked to document it for them, the day was such a dream.  I’m also super thrilled to see some of the beauty of this day featured in and article for the 2017 Spring/Summer issue of Oregon Bride Magazine!

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Venue:  Mt. View Orchards

Catering:  The Lamb’s Table

Florist:  Form + Line

Rentals:  Commonwealth Rentals

All images created on film with a Contax 645, a Canon 35mm, and Kodak Portra 400 films.

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Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait photographer.  She photographs weddings throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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As a wedding photographer based in Portland, Oregon, it’s somewhat rare to be asked to photograph a wedding in Southern California, but earlier this year I did and I was so very thrilled.  Not just because of the opportunity I was being given to work as a destination wedding photographer, but because the bride is someone I know and adore and I just KNEW her wedding was going to be original, beautiful, and such fun.  When the details of the planning started to trickle in, it was just smile after smile of joy-filled  expectation.

Stephanie said, “I would love for you to photograph my wedding and I want you to shoot as much of it on film as possible.” YESSSS!!! That is how it started, but then I heard it was going to take place in Balboa Park (yay!), that we were going to start portraits at the San Diego County Courthouse and later the historic Santa Fe Train Station would be involved(yes!!!), that Elizabeth Dye was making her dress (oh my), and later that she was actually going to have two outfits and the first one was going to be a 60’s inspired JUMPSUIT.  A smoking hot wedding jumpsuit.  Of course she would, because she’s that awesome.  What I love most about all the things Stephanie and David planned for their wedding, it was truly a celebration of them.  They did what they wanted, their personalities were all over their wedding day, they made it their own!

I hadn’t spent very much time with David prior to their wedding day, but wow–what a catch he is (smart, hard working, kind-hearted, handsome, oozing with integrity… you know, all the best things).  They are wonderful together, so respectful of one another and so in love.  It’s always a treat to see that level of affection between any of my wedding couples, but really so endearing and heart warming to see it between my friend and the love of her life.

I asked Stephanie to answer four questions regarding the style of their wedding and some of the choices they made.  Keep reading at the bottom to hear more from her perspective. =)

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Q+A Time!!

1)  How did you come up with your personal wedding look?  Many brides choose 2 dresses and do a reception change, but you went completely outside the box and chose a jumpsuit first and then a dress.  I’d love to know more about your process of creating these looks for big day!

Bride:  I like a little bit of everything, from vintage to modern to tomboy to high fashion.  If it has clean lines, yet still playful no questions asked, I’m into it. I chose my looks based off the vibe I wanted to create during each time point of the night. I also wanted to bring as much of Portland to San Diego which is why I went with Portland based designers Elizabeth Dye for my dress and Sahlia Jewelry for most of my accessories.

2)  What were your favorite details of your wedding day?
Bride:  So hard to choose..
1) Doing our first look at where we originally wanted to get married (City Hall, but both our families really wanted a real wedding), so we made sure to still file our marriage certificate there after our first look and pay tribute to our idea.
2) Not having a bridal party.  It’s obvious as a couple you’ll save money but also avoid any headache or heartache by not having one.  Most importantly, it didn’t create a barrier for our close friends and siblings. It set a tone of “all of us are family” and let’s celebrate the love we share.
3) Taking two hours around downtown San Diego to take photos at a few memorable spots before arriving to our venue. We were able to decompress and have fun before arriving to our wedding.
4) Our music choice for the important stuff.  The groom and I initially bonded over our tastes in music. Both songs we walked down the aisle too gave us goosebumps, even though we couldn’t see one another we knew what the songs were for and the backstory to them. Honored guests and groom walked down to the cover “Heartbeats” by Jose Gonzalez while my parents and I walked down to “Genesis” by Grimes.
3)  What do you remember most about your wedding day?
Bride:  Our nightfall, candle-lit ceremony in the garden with our favorite people. So dreamy. Enough said.
4)  Another outside the box part of your wedding was a reverse ceremony, how did you come by that idea?  Now that you’ve done it, would you do it again?  Do you have any advice to other brides who might consider a similar timeline/set up?
Bride:  I came by this idea by reading this article: http://www.brit.co/reverse-wedding-trend/. We are both from the Pacific Northwest and knew we had to have our wedding in San Diego so his (now late) grandfather could attend. We’ve both been to a lot of weddings in Southern California and didn’t want ours to be another pretentious traditional one. Once I read the above article I was sold, we added our own spins to the timeline and voila! It came together so nicely and I would absolutely do it again!!!

 

Thank you so much to David + Stephanie for having me document such a special time in your lives!  I’m thrilled to show off your beautiful wedding day!!

 

Credits

Wedding Venue:  Japanese Friendship Garden at Balboa Park

Getting Ready Location:  Inn At The Park

Planning and Coordination: Weddings by Thomas Lewis

Cellists:   The Andantino Duo

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Images created using Kodak Portra 400 film and a Contax 645 medium format camera.  Film processed and scanned by The FIND Lab.

Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait photographer.

 

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Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia

When I was younger I remember wondering what the Great Wall of China looked like in person.  I had only seen pictures of course, but I tried to imagine the scale of it and what it would feel like to be there and yet at the same time, even then, I never really believed I would go.  I’m a traveler at heart, but life realities and adulthood responsibilities take hold eventually, one might be inclined to make a bucket list of places they hope to go someday and China wasn’t at the forefront of mine.  I still haven’t made it to the Great Wall, but somehow I found myself IN China this year with my daughter in tow, thanks to a gigantic life/work change of one beloved best friend and her family.

We traveled to a “small” island city called Xiamen for Spring Break; home to 5.5 million people, which is approximately 1 million people more than my entire state of Oregon.  Overwhelming wonderment is a good way to describe my reaction to the culture change and population density.  Color, textures, food, buildings, people…oh so many people… all in quantities I never could have imagined.  But the rhythm in which all these things and people exist in together; the hum of life in Xiamen is like some sort of marvelous choreography.  The best way to describe it is constant merging.  I don’t know how they do it, but I suppose when so many people live in one set amount of space, the people adapt; they figure out the correct cadence of life necessary to make it work.

Its rained buckets the entire trip. I intended to photograph a lot more than I did, but because of the rain and dark gloomy skies I was significantly more selective.  Film and water do not mix, but there were two things in particular that had me doing whatever I could to photograph as much as I could while we were there experiencing them.  The first was a ferry trip to a tiny island called Gulangyu, less than 1 square mile of space and home to 20,000-ish full time residents.  I was mesmerized and could have stayed days exploring it all.  Someday I’d love to go back.

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This is Gulangyu from the highest point with Xiamen across the water (on the right).  A fun fact from Gulangyu is that there are no combustion engines allowed on the island.  We did see a few golf carts transporting guests to a few hotels along the waterfront, but people mainly walk the maze of streets and stairs that span the island.

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The second awesome outing was to visit a Buddhist temple called Nanputuo.  All the colors and carved wood collectively made this temple one of the finest manmade creations I’ve ever beheld.  I mean truly, it is astounding what can be created by human minds and hands.  In the case of Nanputuo, it’s taken centuries to get it to the point it is today but the sacredness to its people and care to which it is taken care of is remarkable.

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Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

Destination Travel Photography | simply-splendid.com | Marla Cyree Xiamen China Kodak Ektar Film Asia Nanputo Temple

All images taken with either a Pentax 645nii camera with Kodak Ektar 100 film or Canon Elan 7 with 35mm lens and Agfa Vista 200 film. Developed and scanned by The FIND Lab.

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Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a wedding and portrait photographer.

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Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Marla Cyree Simply Splendid

Oregon film photographer Historic Deepwood Estate Deepwood Mueum Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Dollface by Jessica Lee Hellebores Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Historic Deepwood Estate Something Borrowed Wildflower Portland Dollface by Jessica Lee Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography ALMA Chocolate bunny Historic Deepwood Estate Simply Splendid Marla Cyree

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Historic Deepwood Estate ALMA Wildflower

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography ALMA Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower

Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower Something Borrowed

Simply Splendid Marla Cyree Historic Deepwood MuseumOregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA historic Deepwood Estate

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Oregon Film Photographer Easter Tea Deepwood Museum Salem Portland Commercial Photography Simply Splendid Marla Cyree ALMA Historic Deepwood Estate Wildflower

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Contributing Vendors

Venue:  Deepwood Museum | Salem, Oregon (also known as Historic Deepwood Estate)

Furniture:  Something Borrowed Portland

Floral Design:  Wildflower Portland

Chocolate Bunny + Frogs: Alma Chocolate

Doll:  Dollface by Jessica Lee

Models:  Option Model + Media

Clothing

Linen Dress:  Tortoise + The Hare

White Dress:  J. Crew

Cardigan:  GAP Kids

Velvet Shoes:  Joyfolie

This inspiration shoot was also featured on Babiekins Magazine blog, see the feature here.

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All images created on film with a Contax 645 and Fuji 400H

 

Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography based in Portland, Oregon as a commercial photographer.

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