The Perfect Dress

I went wedding dress shopping for the first time with my mom and niece Anika.

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They brought me a beautiful flower

I formally asked Anika to be my bridesmaid and she said yes!

Our first stop was Ania’s downton

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After a lovely time there, my mom took us out to lunch.

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Nearby were some beautiful cherry blossoms, so we were able to snap some awesome pictures.

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Next we headed to David’s Bridal. There were sooooo many options there!

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It was really fun and I even tried on a few Vera Wang dresses!

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All the dress pictures are top secret since Tony can’t see them, but there were some beautiful ones and few that I was ready to pull the trigger on. I just had to remind myself that it was my first time out and to be patient. Wedding dress shopping was so fun and equally as exhausting. I can’t wait to do it again!

Engagement Picture Adventure

I enlisted my very talented brother Justin to take some engagement photos for us. Our first session was of various city shots in Portland. Let me tell you-  it’s really weird for me being on the other side of the camera! Here are some out takes and funny test shots- but no spoilers for the real deal once they are ready to be posted.

First we had lunch at McMenamins White Eagle. There was a big Polish festival going on- which apparently was big enough to pack out the bar! Part of the festival was a lady doing face painting- so Diesel got his face painted like a tiger and Justin took this gorgeous shot

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I brought my bag of shoes and clothes and make up. It felt like I was lugging around a whole suitcase of stuff!

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During this test shot Justin yells “Act like you’re getting married! C’mon!”

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Since neither of us have done engagement pictures before we were a little clueless

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It ended up being a lot of exercise too! Hiking up to and across bridges… up and down stairs… often in heels…

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I also worked up a good sweat doing the robot- despite Justin & Tony’s pleas for me to stop

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Justin insisted on busting out the fish eye lens- even though I can’t stand it!!! I’m glad he did though, because those shots came out gorgeous! We couldn’t help but retaliate a little bit with fish faces though.

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We got some amazing shots and had so much fun!

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We even let Diesel sneak into one

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Afterward we all enjoyed much deserved coffee and hot chocolate treats at my favorite coffee shop Albina press.

 I can’t wait for our next shoot!