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Welcome to the Recent Wedding Page. Here you can see a sampling of ~ 30 images from each of our recent weddings.

Weddings are posted in the order in which we shot them. Alternately you can locate a wedding in the list of 'Recent Weddings' on the right side of this window, click on the link and you will be taken to the sample images from that event.

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If you are considering using Aaronstadt for your wedding photography we really appreciate that! We have been telling wedding day stories, with images, for many years and could not think of a better way to spend an afternoon, evening, weekend or whatever it takes to make those memories come alive again and again for you.

Monday, September 18, 2017

To see more of Gloria and Pete's images, CLICK HERE

". . . walk right in, it's round back
a mile and a half from the railroad track,
you can get anything you want
at Alice's restaurant, . . ."

da, da, dum dee dum,

". . . Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don't seem the same
Actin' funny, but I don't know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky
Purple haze, all around
Don't know if I'm comin' up or down
Am I happy or in misery?
What ever it is, that girl put a spell on me"

yeah, Arlo and Jimi would have fit right in with this crowd, . . .

Just outside of Coos Bay Oregon, Down past Charleston a ways, their is a wooded lane that meanders back into the hills. That's where Gloria and Pete and their family gathered for a wedding celebration last Saturday September 16, 2017. It was  staged in a field, in a valley, the very definition of pastoral (there was an actual 'pasture', with a horse and everything ). It was the perfect setting, the perfect day, the perfect couple and the officiant wasn't bad either.

We arrived just as the air was warming up to toasty and the sky was a beautiful blue with random fluffy clouds. Out walked Gloria, a vision, in this college hoodie that completely complimented the nature that surrounded us but at the same time made the definite statement, "I am here, now we can begin" in wonderful whimsical sort of way. Of course, Pete was right down the road and he looked really interesting.

We did indeed begin, we made some beautiful imagery together. It is so nice to photograph a couple so completely in love.

The ceremony was performed by Jon Green, a friend of Gloria and Pete's and included their own vows which caused no end of misty eyes amongst the family and friends in attendance.

After the ceremony we did some 'celebrating', it may or it may not have involved great whiskey, great cigars and some outstanding bud, can't say for certain, my memory of the experience is a bit cloudy.
I just remember the old saying, (maybe it's a new saying, . . . maybe it SHOULD be a new saying; "what happens in the hills up behind the sunset bay golf course STAYS in then hills behind the sunset bay golf course." 

I am so sure that this will be one of "those" happily ever after stories. I'm still feeling happy and I'm not even sure why, . . . Thanks guys for letting us be part of your day.

Friday, September 15, 2017

To vie  more of Lauren and Mike's images CLICK HERE

Lauren and Mike were married on September 10 at the Ainsworth House and Gardens in Oregon City. Our favorite venue was blessed with nice warm weather, specular blooms, love and joy, family and friends, a great party, a great DJ and an outstanding caterer! Everything came together to create a wonderful celebration.

Lauren and Mike were married in the afternoon under the Giant Ponderosa Pine on the property. Those that have been around a while suggest the age and wisdom represented by this gentle giant have an influence on the marriages performed beneath it. Nice to think about isn't it? and it really is a majestic creature of nature.

The ceremony was officiated by Sarah Wurzbacher who was a college friend of Lauren and Mike's. It is always special when the ceremony is performed by someone who is intimately familiar with the couple and Sarah did not disappoint in that department.

The party was directed by Lynn and Mark of 'Media Jockeys DJ Services' they know how to run a reception and they really rock the crowd with their dance music selections.

We had lots of fun and lots of photo ops.

Thanks guys! it was a fun day.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

To see more of Michelle and Tim's images CLICK HERE

What a glorious day on the Oregon Coast! Everything was right. Just the right weather, (just a little smokey resulting in beautiful sunset shots) The perfect location, an exceptional gathering of family and friends (I wanted to adopt them all!) And, you guessed it, the perfect couple. Did we have fun or what!

Michelle and Tim were married on Saturday September 2nd at the Heceta Light house Bed and Breakfast. This historic house is the original assistant light keepers residence for the Heceta Light Station. It is amazing. The views and the hiking opportunities are phenomenal. Misty, the InnKeeper was an exceptional host

Michelle and Tim got dressed in the B&B and then we ran around taking lots of great pictures around the house, on the grounds, down at the beach. They were so great to work with that it was like a wedding day photography play date.

The wedding was officiated by Mary Crook of Weddings by the Sea.

The reception musical festivities were overseen by Paul, of Destination Events.

The meal was exceptional and was provided by Ona Restaurant of Yachats.

Thanks guys for letting us be a part of your day!

Monday, July 31, 2017

To see more of Jordan and Michael's images CLICK HERE

Perfect day, perfect weather, perfect venue, outstanding Bride and Groom. It was Jordan and Michael's wedding on Sunday July 23rd at the Ainsworth House and Gardens.

This of course is our favorite venue of all time so we were very excited about returning to Portland to photograph Jordan and Michael's celebration.  The Ceremony was officiated by Kevin Yell, proprietor of the AH&G, directed by Nancy the Managing Event Coordinator at AH&G and the reception was artfully managed by Denmark, of BridgeCity Music. 

The day was attended by family and friends who were in the mood to celebrate. There was romance in the air, alcohol at the bar and music playing on the dance floor. Jordan looked beautiful, Michael looked handsome they both looked in-love,

What  more could you need? It was a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

To see  more of Rachel and David's images, CLICK HERE

Rachel and David were married last Saturday June 10, 2017 on the bluffs at the The Inn at Otter Crest in miraculous weather and in the company of a magnificent community of family and friends.

The forecast said; "Rain with blustery winds at times. Don't plan on going outside and if you do don't plan on going very far or staying very long." As we all know (particularly those of us who reside on the Oregon Coast) if you don't like the weather (or the forecast), wait an hour. This was never made more evident that for the occasion of Rachel and David's Wedding. Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and even more unusual, NO wind. It was perfect.

The bride, groom, and bridal party were ready to have fun and together we created the images to prove it. We started with prep shots, moved on to the first look and then took the entire bridal party to the beach for some fun in the sand. Then it was back up the stairs for a wonderful ceremony. 
officiated by Rachel and David's Zen Teacher.

After the ceremony it was time for lawn games, a delicious combo of seafood and pizza, yummy chocolates and a DJ who actually spun vinyl.

Thanks guys for letting us be part of your Wedding Day!.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

To see more of Samantha and Frank's images CLICK HERE

What a day it was at Heceta Head last Saturday! The weather was clear and beautiful with just a gentle breeze, no fog or  mist coming in off the ocean, warm enough to wander about without a jacket even as evening approached. It was a picture perfect day for Samantha and Frank to be married.

The date was September 9th, the weather was perfect, the bride was exquisite, the groom was rugged movie star handsome, the father of the bride was uninhibited, the meal (catered by Ona Restaurant in Yachats Oregon, was incredible. whew!

The ceremony took place at the on the grounds of the Light keepers Residence also known as the Light House Bed and Breakfast where we started bridal (and Groom) preps in the Mariner Rooms before heading outside to enjoy the weather and the beauty of the Oregon Coast.

This was a small intimate wedding, most of the family and visitors were from somewhere in Texas, not sure of the exact location but Texas isn't THAT big is it? As a matter of fact I'll bet that if you crossed the border into Texas and hollered, "Hey, where is everybody?",  the father of the bride would be right there to welcome you, shake your  hand and give you a million dollar smile.

This was one of my favorite weddings of the year, Loads of love, enthusiasm and an incredible location, What's not to love about that?

Thanks Sam and Frank for asking us to be your photographers, it was a blast!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

To see more of Ludine and Barry's images, CLICK HERE

Back to Portland from Florence for a very special wedding, Ludine and Barry were married on Saturday, August 27th at Lakeside Gardens. 

This was truly an international event with guests arriving from all over the world, what a celebration! Family and friends gathered in this wonderful location to witness Ludine and Barry join their lives together.

Ludine, our first Jamaican Bride that I can recall, looked beautiful in her exquisite gown with a full flowing beaded veil. Barry enjoyed it as well as evidenced by the look on is face during the first look. He's a man who enjoys beauty and personality. Ludine has both in abundance. Barry is quick with a smile and a full hearty laugh. When you are talking to him he makes you feel like you're the only person in the room. Very fine qualities in both Barry and Ludine.

After creating some images of Lu and Barry we shot family formals at the ceremony gazebo, enjoyed a wonderful ceremony, had an adventure with the bustle of the bride's dress and then we got ready to party.

The meal was delicious, (loved the Prime Rib) provided by Lakeside Gardens, The music, games and action of the party were directed by the Aussie DJ our friend and long time business acquaintance, Gavin. 

It was a great night and ended with some romantic night time images and a bubble exit to a stretch limo in which the drove off into the night while friends and family wished them well.