Modern and Minimalist Portland Wedding: Sarah + Andrew

February 21, 2018

Sarah and Andrew hosted a wedding celebration that gave a whole new meaning to church wedding and backyard reception, in my eyes. Their modern Portland wedding is definitely in my top five favorites of all time.

They had their ceremony at First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland. The church is a really beautiful, simple space with nice bright light. This is often not the case with churches, so I was so excited when I saw it. I was even more excited when I saw how Bramble Floral decorated it with the most amazing greenery and florals, bringing the outside in and re-wilding the space. Everything Ali touches is magic though, so I should have expected that.

Sarah and Andrew are both architects living in Seattle with a minimalist, but super stylish aesthetic. When we did their urban engagement shoot, it was fun to see Portland buildings and parks through their eyes. So the location of the church was great, allowing us to use downtown for a first look and wedding portraits as well. We walked through the sculpture garden at the Portland Art Museum and surrounding areas and took some of my favorite portraits to date. After the ceremony we headed to Sarah’s family home, which literally made my jaw drop. Her father is also an architect and designed their home. The house felt like it had been transported from Palm Springs and was perfect for their reception space. The white tables and ghost chairs looked right at home lining the stunning backyard pool and clean modern lines of the home.

Overall their wedding day was the perfect combination of stylish and modern, but quietly so, leaving the focus of the day on family and friends who were there to celebrate. I hope the photos tell the whole story better than I can!

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Ceremony: First Unitarian Church, Portland

Reception: Private Residence

Styling and Planning: The Real Creative

Florals: Bramble Floral Design

Dress: Lena Medoyeff

Catering: White Pepper PDX 

Band: Pete Krebs

  1. Briena

    February 21st, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I’m so in love with that image of the bride slipping into her dress. Such a gorgeous Portland wedding. Beautiful photography!

  2. Kevin

    February 21st, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    These photos are amazing! I love how you captured the clean modern look of the wedding and reception and I love the photos of them walking through downtown Portland! Great job!

  3. Christina Cassano

    February 21st, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, Kate, this is such a stunning wedding! It was so lovely discovering your work and scrolling through. Keep up the beautiful photography!

  4. Kyle

    February 21st, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    I loved the portraits by the wood walls. Very pretty modern, minimalist aesthetic! Great job find that spot.

  5. Dijana

    February 21st, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    This is my kind of wedding! Fits urban Portland vibe perfectly and it’s so elegant and emotional. such great set of images!

  6. Jessie

    February 21st, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    That church is breathtaking and this downtown wedding in Portland is as close to perfection as anything! Love your work, and your minimalistic take everything draws out its beauty.

  7. Jessie

    February 21st, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Love your work Kate! This wedding in downtown is as close to perfection as ever! I love your minimalistic approach to the day, it drew out so many beautiful details.

  8. Grace Hurtienne

    February 22nd, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Great work Kate! These are lovely!

  9. Briana Morrison

    March 1st, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Lovely wedding! I just love her dress and that shot of her putting it on. Beautiful!

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Kate Ames is a wedding and elopement photographer based in Portland, Oregon and traveling often for destination weddings. Specializing in modern and romantic portraits and working with adventurous and creative couples.

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