Karley and Michael were our sort of people. They took nearly all of their vacation time to jet off to Oregon for a trip of a lifetime. While they were here, they got hitched.

When we first got the inquiry from these two, we knew they were going to be super fun to work with. They didn’t have a specific idea of where they wanted to tie the knot, so we spent a few months exchanging ideas. Eventually, they settled on Wahclella Falls, and on the hike in, we came to realize just how important it was to them to make this trip.

“Oh my god, where are we?!? It’s so beautiful!” Karley said around each and every bend in the trail.

As a native Oregonian, it’s hard to imagine a world that doesn’t look like this. Stepping into their shoes for the day made me appreciate this magical place I’ve called home for my whole life.

Michael and Karley’s wedding was on a misty hill overlooking the falls. It was one of the most beautiful things we’ve ever witnessed, and we feel so honored to have been there to document it.

Congrats to Michael and Karley. Hope to see you back out West soon.

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I originally met Gail when I was applying to be a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon. Back then we were both in the non-profit field. In only a few years time, I ran into her again, this time she, like me, was in the wedding industry. We were so excited when we got an inquiry from she and Alex for their Catalina Island wedding. We’d never been there before, and we knew Alex and Gail would have a beautiful and fun wedding. As an event planner, Gail knew exactly what she was doing with her own wedding, there was no stone unturned.

It’s moments like we had at Alex and Gail’s wedding that make this idea of a perfect person for everyone evidently clear. Alex and Gail are the perfect fit. She’s an organized go-getter who stays calm under pressure, and he’s her supportive partner, always keeping her laughing. Gail has a smile that can light up a room, and Alex is so dang in love with everything about her. Just wait ’til you see the pics, it’s undeniable.

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Okay so life was, in general, good… we were enjoying a lovely evening at home drinking some wine, chatting- you know, married couple stuff.

Then, an email landed in our box from a couple of Washington D.C. adventurers. They were gonna elope at Abiqua Falls, and they wanted us to shoot it. Holly and Dave made our day, and we didn’t even know them yet. Fast forward to a few months later, we were following Holly and Dave down the long and rough road to the falls. We’d shot there before, so we knew we were in for a scramble on the trail. Holly and Dave were prepared with gardening gloves to keep their hands clean and an expertly packed suitcase that kept Holly’s dress wrinkle free all the way down.

Holly and Dave love beautiful things. They love photography, nature and the human experience. They are artists too, so basically, we were a great fit. They decided to get married in Oregon for the adventure, the photos and the memories. Later, they celebrated, epic photos in hand, in D.C. with their family and friends. Their vows will always be a private affair, although we could see the magic on their faces, the rushing water made it impossible to hear what passed between them.

We’re looking back on these photos now, and remembering a really fun afternoon with two people who  are on the same page in life. It’s safe to say we’ll be following their adventures from this moment on.

 

 

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Gallivan Photo is Tim and Caitlin Gallivan-Gaertner, wedding photographers based in Bend, Oregon, and serving the Pacific Northwest (though we'll travel just about anywhere for a wedding).

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