Oregon has the most indecisive weather, due to this, Ayla and Nate’s engagement shoot had already been rescheduled from a day full of downpour. The morning of their rescheduled shoot started off with a thick cold fog that settled in everywhere. The location we met them at was thankfully about an hour away at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum, so the drive there was long enough that the fog had lifted slightly by the time we started. The lovely couple had brought their adorable French Bulldog, Sam, with them who was absolutely ecstatic to be out and about at a park. Since Amber and Ayla have known each other for several years, the atmosphere was quite casual and fun. Nate and Ayla had not done a couple shoot before, so we started out with some very simple candid family photos with Sam. Once we had taken a few of those, they had grown more comfortable in front of the camera, so their love was captured in its most natural state throughout the shoot. The location had a gorgeous, large rustic barn which turned out as the perfect background for most of their photos. Though the weather was 10x better than rain, it was still very cold that morning, so we quickly finished the shoot off with some cute photos of the couple amongst the parks beautiful trees.
Josh and I woke up Saturday morning to messages cancelling our plans for the day, and with nothing else scheduled, that meant we would lay around the house all day. For workaholics like us, that’s not something we really looked forward to. I had decided to at least finish a makeup look and take a good selfie for Instagram. Little did I know, Josh had gotten ahold of our intern, Jayden, and planned to meet him for a spontaneous photoshoot once I had finished getting ready. To surprise me, when I finished my makeup, he told me to grab my wedding dress and quickly steam another one to be photographed. We decided to go to a fairly secluded location out in nature where we wouldn’t feel rushed or interrupted. The closest place like that happened to be a bridge to a logging road way out in Umpqua where there’s no cell service. Since my wedding dress is sleeveless, I was thankful it turned out to be the first warm sunny day in a long time since winter began. The first dress I wore was one my mom had found at a small shop in Coos Bay, it was perfectly flowy for the type of dramatic shots we were going for. Josh and Jayden used lights to brighten my face and the dress since we kept the gorgeous sunshine behind me for most of the shoot. Even though it was sunny, it was still slightly chilly, so I threw on my red petticoat for a few shots and finished the day off wearing a burgundy cardigan.