One could say that “the Force” brought Ben and Anna together – the force of love, that is. Marrying a “little bit of a Star Wars nerd,” the bride surprised her groom with custom-made Hans Solo and Princess Leia cake toppers that resembled the two of them, while Ben spent weeks making a 7 1/2 foot tall Star Wars photo booth that was absolutely adored by guests. The celebration was aglow with lightsaber fights and camera flashes from all the subsequent poses. All Star Wars references aside, the wedding day was a beautiful display of family and friends coming together to celebrate the beginning of a new saga all captured by Benjamin Clifford Photography.
The couple took to Canemah Park in Oregon City for their first look. “I was so excited to see my future husband Ben and for him to see me in my dress for the first time, I could hardly contain myself. It was a very special moment for the both of us – so much emotion pours out in that moment. He was perfect and I could not wait to marry that man.” In true Pacific Northwest fashion, it began to rain off and on. “I was trying to do my best and not panic with it being an outdoor venue. The umbrellas, however, made for some really fun pictures.”
Another unique element of their Portland garden wedding was their intimate vow exchange, only attended by their photographers and the honor of having Ben’s step brother pronounce them as husband and wife. Celebrating the start of their journey, guests cheered and tossed pink rose petals our way.
“We had so much fun I forgot all about the rain, the torn dress and all the other minor things that go wrong at weddings. We just danced the night away and enjoyed our magical day! Our wedding was unforgettable, by far the best day of my life. After all, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is your love and commitment to one another. Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Venue: Abernethy Center
Photography: Benjamin Clifford
Dress: Bridal Exclusives
Groom’s Attire: Nordstom
DJ: Jerry Erven
Hair and Makeup Artist: Luba Gannotskiy
Bridal Party Bouquets: Brenda Fields
They say that love is blind, and blind was exactly what Kendal and Mitch’s first date happened to be. With a great deal of encouraging by Mitch and Kendal’s best friends, a shy senior girl and a recently-graduated gentleman agreed to meet each other for a rather nerve-wracking first date. “My first impression of Mitch was how genuine and funny he was. I remember being so nervous to meet him for the first time. We spent our first date laughing the entire time.” Kendal shares. Mitch was also anxious , but once he laid eyes on her, all of his nerves seemed to dissipate.
Their first solo outing was an evening spent along the Vancouver waterfront. The date turned out to be not only full of chemistry, but also a little friendly competition. The two played putt putt golf and a lively game of H.O.R.S.E. before Kendal decided to shoot for a first kiss. She scored, and after that, the ball was in Mitch’s court.
No amount of rain could dampen the love and joy that filled Kara and Ryan’s Snohomish wedding at Thomas Family Farm. The images by Betty Globa Photography captured not only the darling details of the occasion, but the undeniable chemistry between the bride and groom. Once you read through their story, you’ll see why Kara and Ryan put the “sweet” in high school sweethearts.
It began with a question. Kara, who had barely spoken a word to the cute boy she believed to be “way too good for her,” had been somewhat forcefully convinced by her friends to ask Ryan to their tenth grade Tolo. Little did Kara know, Ryan had shared the same sentiment before she offered the invitation. “I thought she was way out of my league and that I didn’t have a chance!” The following night, Ryan asked Kara to sit next to her at their friend group’s outing to see Dear John, and feelings began to flourish.
“I know this seems crazy, but I was barely sixteen at the time and I knew then.” Kara shares. Six months into dating, the two of them agreed to share coffee and an important conversation. “I remember meeting at Starbucks and being so nervous to say out loud that I was in love with Kara,” says Ryan. “We both decided that our feelings were mutual and that we were in it for the long haul.” she adds.
Some time ago in the city of Pullman, two Washington State Cougars named Jessica and Tommy crossed paths. Despite having a few classes and a dorm building in common their freshman year, they didn’t truly to know each other until they were sophomores. “I thought she was the prettiest girl on campus, but the butterflies in my stomach made it hard for me to muscle up the courage to ask her out for a little while.” Jessica’s shyness began to soften as she admired the gentlemanly ways of Tommy. “He held the door open for me every single time.”
Their first date was a little on the scary side, as they went to see A Nightmare on Elm Street. “I picked out the movie and it was a terrible choice…I found out later that Tommy hates scary movies. We were so awkward. It gives me the butterflies just thinking about it. ” Tommy was grateful to be getting a second chance after he’d thought he’d blown it. “We held hands like middle-schoolers,” he recalls.
Tommy was willing to sit through terror for Jessica, because he knew that she was the one he wanted to spend the rest of his life with from the start. “I knew right away. I could just tell. I put that Randy Travis “Forever and Ever, Amen” song on repeat. It took a while to propose only because I wanted it to be the right timing in both of our lives.” Jessica knew he was the one after she saw the space where Tommy lived. “He is very organized and keeps a bulletin board full of goals and quotes. One of his goals was to be a good dad. I thought it was cute. Then once I met his family it solidified it for me. I got the whole package!”