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I couldn’t be more thankful for all of you that entered the wedding giveaway. It was truly an honor to read so many incredible stories and hear all about your beautiful wedding days. It was SUCH a hard decision and I wish I could document them all. With that said, I have chosen five finalists instead on three. I am so excited! I will Skype with them all this week and will choose one by the end of next week. I’ll keep you updated, eek!!


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Meet Sammi and her boyfriend Branden. Sammi lived with us this past summer and both Branden and her became family after watching countless episodes of Scandal. Sammi was in town a couple weeks back and we all decided to take some time to enjoy the beautiful Columbia Gorge. As you can see, I had to snap a couple photos of these two and maybe I got a little carried away? Love both of these souls! Thought I would share a few favorites with you this lovely morning.

Shot on Contax 645 | Fuji 400 | LAB: Photovision

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  • March 5, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    kristin - love love love these colors! gorgeousReplyCancel

    • March 5, 2015 - 1:11 pm

      Maria - Thanks Kristin!!ReplyCancel

A little bit about me: I am a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in Portland OR who is inspired by beauty in my own life which includes traveling and finding unique beauty in all places. Although my home is in the Pacific Northwest, I travel the world to document couples in love, in fact, I love to do so.

I am a natural light hybrid shooter, which means you will see me shooting both digital and film on your wedding day. I believe both mediums have their forte’s and love being able to utilize both to document memories and capture beauty on your day.

To enter: Simply just send and e-mail to and share your wedding date, location of your event, and a little about you, your fiance, and details about your big day. Top three will be selected to have phone/skype interviews and the winning couple will be chosen by March 20th, 2015.

Thank you and I can’t wait to hear from you!

A few terms + conditions:

· Wedding must be in the year 2015
· Couple will receive 8 hours of photography on their wedding day, assistant/second shooter, day before or day after session, 400 high res images on USB, and an online gallery
· Last day to submit your story is March 1st, 2015
· Contest is open to all readers over the age of 18
· Only one entry per couple
· Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties
· Cannot apply if already booked with Maria Lamb Photography
· Couple must not have an existing contract with another photographer
· Maria Lamb Photography will be the only professional photographer at the event
· If outside the Portland, Oregon, travel expenses must be covered by the couple (this includes: flights for two, hotel, food, and transportation)
· Wedding can take place anywhere in the world
· Wedding contract and travel fees (if necessary) must be taken care of within two weeks of notifying the couple.
· By entering the drawing, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete
· Travel arrangements must be made by Maria Lamb Photography
· Additional hours of coverage, prints, and albums are available at an additional cost

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  • February 17, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    kristin - great idea! Can’t wait to see the wedding you choose!ReplyCancel

  • February 17, 2015 - 1:37 pm

    Amanda Boyles - Hi!

    My name is Amanda and I’m getting married October 4, 2015. I’m from sunny Jacksonville, Florida but my wedding will be in Hilliard, Florida at The Mansion. David and I met our first semester of college after being partnered up for a school project and since then we have been best friends. We have been together 6 amazing years. October 4 will a day to remember. Live music, dancing under the stars, a toasty Fall evening with Italian meatballs and warm bread, and a start to a beautiful life. My wedding will be elegant but with a touch of a country/ chic feel. I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    Hannah Brasseur - Hi! I found your page on Facebook and I adore your photography! I tagged my soon to be sister in law, Lisa, and she applied for your contest. So excited to who wins! I was wondering when you will announce the winner?ReplyCancel

  • February 18, 2015 - 7:19 pm

    Belem Martin - I am from Reseda, California. My name is Belem Martin, and my fiancé name is Blare Bergman. My wedding will take place in Rivera maya, Cancun on November 2, 2015. My fiancé and I met in fifth grade after I transferred schools. He was my crush, until he got extra days to finish our fifth grade science project. (Which was a big deal) because, of those extra days his project made it to the science center in Los Angeles. We both graduated and headed to the same middle school we continued our friendship with a “hello, good bye” throughout middle school. We went our separate ways in high school, and college. After reconnecting through Facebook after college we started to hangout as workout buddies. We were both had our partners. Our friendship grew without thinking nothing about. He began to have problems with his relationship due to maturity on his ex gf (she was 2 years younger) I began to have problems months after with my ex bf cheating on me. (He was or is not sure in the music industry and works with big name people like Beyoncé) so you can only imagine how easy it was for girls to throw themselves at him. My relationship with Blare continued to grow throughout the months and little did we ever imagine out of this beautiful friendship we would become best friends dating other people into being engaged to one another. There is so much more to this story that I can type forever. As of right now we are just thankful for people like you who are willing to help others realize their dreams! #BBbergman2015ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2015 - 3:48 pm

    Alexandra hollingshead - Darwin and I met 5 1/2 years ago while celebrating our country’s independence. Both of us foot loose and fancy free couldn’t foresee the beauty laid before us as a blooming relationship began to sprout. I was due to return to living abroad in Ireland, but in the eleventh hour realized that fate had paved a different path to follow. After three months of dating we moved in together and have been listening to the birds chirp, watching the sun rise, and leaving a trail of flowers behind us ever since.

    Flash forward to present…we live in a ‘tree house’ looking out on the San Francisco Bay and are overwhelmed with appreciation on the daily. I help run an art school, The Marvegos Fine Art School, exercising creativity in those inspirational little people. Darwin recently took over a flower shop, Florali, from his amazing mama and is learning how to run a blooming business. My favorite part is that after 8 years of being a floral designer, before becoming an art teacher, I’m able to break from the daily grind and help at Florali. When wedding season is upon us I’m right by his side making sure each bloom goes beyond expectation of each blushing bride. Now that the table is turned the question becomes who will artistically capture the intimate gathering of our loved ones and nuptials to make our special day that much more memorable?

    We’ll be getting married 1/7/2016 at the Estate Belvedere on St. Croix USVI. It will be a small gathering of 50-70 people, and we cannot wait to spend a week in the carribean celebrating this moment in time with or closest loved ones.ReplyCancel

Happy Valentines to you all! This shoot was put together by myself and Lane from Something Borrowed in one week and I couldn’t be more happy with the team involved and how it all came together. So here’s a little valentines inspiration for you today. And, if you are in need of a tasty cocktail tonight, make sure to check out the evening cocktail recipe below.

Published on Green Wedding Shoes

Published on 100 Layer Cake

An Evening In Cocktail Recipe from Mint and Mirth


2 oz. Selvarey Cacao
1 oz. Stumptown old brew coffee
1 oz. coconut milk
1/2 oz. ginger root simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice.
Shake and strain.
Top with a sprinkle of cayenne.

Participating Vendors:

Photographey: Maria Lamb Photography | Venue: The Colony in St. Johns | Floral: The Green Dandelion | Dresses: Emily Rose Riggs Bridal | Rentals: Lane from Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals | Model Agency: Option Model Management | Male Model: Josh Grisby | Female Model: Caity Johnson | Hair and Makeup: Renee Bruhn | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Jenny from Graceline | Oyster Bar: Foster’s Craft Cooking | Cocktails: Mint & Mirth | Chocolates: Moonstruck | Film Developing + Scanning: Photovision

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These two got married at champoeg state park in St. Paul Oregon. I feel like I really don’t have to say much about their love and this day. These images say way more than I could ever in words. Take a look for yourself!

From the bride, Sarah: We are quite jolly people. When we thought of our Northwest style and playful hearts, we were inspired by The Shire (Lord of the Rings) to paint the landscape and flavour of our wedding. The Shire to us is rustic and simple yet playful and creative. It is a haven of cheery joy and abundant laughter. So, while aesthetically we were inspired by The Shire, our theme was simply “joy” and how we could represent that in all the realm of creativity. The entire wedding was outdoors at a local state park beneath towering centuryold oaks. We timed it just right so that the tall grand branches would only allow filtered sunlight down on the ceremony. So although it was a hot summer day, no one was to suffer from the heat of the sun’s rays!

Wedding Music:
What does The Shire sound like? Jubilant fiddling music of course! My darling Aunt Amy is one of the finest violinists in the land. Accompanying her was a classic guitar and together they played prelude music.
For the processional my new sister-in-love Emily sang sweetly the tune of Sweet Fair Maiden. And then as the head aisle doors closed and opened for me and my poppa, my aunt fiddled a romantic Celtic folk reel as I walked to the altar.
Our first dance is the song my husband sang to me when he proposed. “Bloom” by The Paper Kites.

Wedding Location: St. Paul, OR / Florist: Forest & Field / Venue: Champoeg State Park (at the Pavilion) / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Nordstrom Rack / Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom, Levi’s, Danner Goods / Dessert: Costco and Bride’s Parents / DJ: Emily Otteson Music / Wedding Invitations: DIY

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  • February 4, 2015 - 6:24 am

    Brisni - My goodness… This wedding is stunning. And seriously some of the best photography I have ever seen. The mood and theme were truly captured. So beautiful.ReplyCancel

    • February 9, 2015 - 2:01 pm

      Maria - Oh gosh, thank you so much for the compliment Brisni!ReplyCancel