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About our blog

People say to me all the time: “You're so lucky. You get to go to weddings all the time." They're right. We are lucky. We get to be among people having a great time, looking and feeling their best and participating in what is often the most important day in someone's life.

Here’s the other thing we are lucky to see: the terrific style and creativity that our clients bring to their celebrations. If there is one thing we’ve learned while photographing weddings, it is that a wedding doesn’t have to be expensive to be lovely. We dedicate our blog to sharing the terrific ideas that we’ve seen before and will see this coming season, with a focus on ideas that are simple, elegant and stylish.

All these images are the work of us or our associate photographers from events we've photographed. So, we say "thank you" to our clients who have shared their warmth and happiness with us. 

About John & Theresa Valls

Because we love to travel, we photographed our first wedding together in exchange for two plane tickets to Europe. That was our original plan: we'd photograph a wedding or two, basically just enough to underwrite our love of italian food eaten in Italy. What we hadn't counted on, however, was how much we would grow to love everything about shooting and working together.

John's wedding photography is influenced by his advertising work with agencies, companies and magazines he shoots for. Avoiding an overly-produced style for his photos, John's images reflect his light touch as well as his ability to capture what is descriptive, yet beautiful.

My background in design management helps us create wedding albums that are both contemporary and timeless. I'm an avid believer in the strength of a killer edit, so I work with our clients to compile a photo selection that will meaningful and satisfying 25 years in the future. 


Monthly Archives: April 2009

UPDATED: Craig & Yohanna, 04.04.09, Silcox Hut at Timberline Lodge

What a way to start the wedding season! First off: I’m crazy about these two. Craig and Yohanna are just about the nicest people I’ve met. Their wedding was last Saturday at Silcox Hut, which is halfway up the summit of Mt. Hood. There’s lots to tell, so let me get right to it.
Yohanna is from Venezuela, and...

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15 great cakes + my favorite of all time

Ordinary wedding blogs would write a well-worn paragraph here about the symbolism of wedding cake…fertility, contentment, sweetness, blah blah blah. Not me. I’ll simply tell you how much I LOVE cake. I’d gladly skip a meal just to have a big ol’ slice. And yes, I sneak a piece at every wedding we shoot. By the...

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More simple weddings

This week, another post on the subject of simple weddings. If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m a big advocate of simple, meaningful wedding celebrations. It was fun to go back through the files and recall this sweet wedding that John and I photographed at Breitenbush during the winter.
The celebration was as much a retreat and...

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Oaks Pioneer Church

One of our favorite spots to shoot is the cute-as-a-button Oaks Pioneer Church which is located right on the edge of Sellwood park in Portland. This teeny tiny church is a great place to get married for several good reasons. First of all, it’s small, so if you’re planning a small wedding, your guests won’t feel marooned...

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Color story: apricot, coral and salmon

Certain colors like apricot, are real chameleons. This soft pale orange is one of the colors that can look soft or striking, classic or modern. It can “pow” or “meow” depending on how you use it.  I think in this case, the look is fantastic. It’s fresh and modern-looking even though the shapes are quite classic. My...

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12 kick-ass bouquets | a year of gorgeous flowers

I love wedding flowers! And photographing the bridal bouquet is fun from our perspective because, well, the flowers are so pretty to begin with. Picking out your personal flowers is one of the most enjoyable part of planning your wedding.
Here’s a year’s worth of my favorite flowers from our last season. I loosely named each photo based...

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Color story: pale with green

Pale colors, the traditional standby of weddings, can sometimes look too plain or blah on their own. But by supporting  pale yellows and soft pinks with something stronger, like green or metallic gold, the effect is pure gorgeous. Blush Bridal Events helped Mary and August put together this yummy decor at their reception at Officer’s...

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