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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. 


Category Archives: cakes

color story: cream and green

One of the interesting things about this wedding at the Viewpoint Inn was how wonderfully beautiful yet uncontrived it was. While some couples use a color scheme as a starting point and then choose flowers, decor and perhaps even clothing based on that decision, I had the feeling that Roger and Lynn were guided by...

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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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Beach wedding ideas

When months of rain and grey skies make me blue, I like to look back on this sunny wedding in Cannon Beach. Joe and Robin got hitched on a perfect, blue summer afternoon. Their florist constructed a simple bamboo canopy, decorated on each corner with a cluster of orchids, white roses, hypericum berries, grasses and a few...

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color story: red with orange

Check out the great colors from this September wedding in Portland. All the warm colors were there: red, orange, yellow, tangerine. It was like all of summer’s vibrant palette in one big dose of fabulosity. The venue was the Sculpture Garden at the Portland Art Museum. We’ve shot events there before, but never had we...

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Color story: acid green

Today I take a break from my budget wedding posts and have a little fun with pure color. Here’s a great example where a single color, acid green, unified elements of Malia and Daniel’s summer wedding. Geranium Lake Flowers did a wonderful job of translating Malia’s taste into a gorgeous floral arrangements and bouquets. All...

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More very simple weddings

I’m on a bit of a roll lately. Everyday I hear more dire talk about the economy. In response, I’m continuing my campaign to showcase delightfully simple weddings. In the end, it only matters that you are married and have one another for life. Flowers, dresses and cakes are lovely for sure, and they go...

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Let’s talk about money

Who isn’t thinking about their finances right now? It seems that nearly everyone is ready to reconsider how they spend their money. Especially if you’re getting married. For the last several years it seems like a big, blowout wedding was something most every couple felt entitled to. But I wonder if maybe that’s changing?
The good...

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mmmmmm, cupcakes!

We met Allison Kelleher on Sunday at event attended by some wedding industry folks. I tell you, there are two words I’m mesmerized by. One is “shoes” and the other is “cupcakes”. She introduced herself as “Cupcake Mama” and with that, she had my full attention.
I’ve had her yummies at a wedding and feel fully...

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Color inspiration: pink

I’m still swooning from the decor at this wedding. It’s definitely the prettiest set up I’ve ever seen at the Oregon Golf Club. Here’s some of the details straight from Amanda’s mom, who oversaw the details of this lovely event.
First, they replaced the black rear wall pipe and drape with white drape and an overlay...

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Some Timberline Cakes

Previously I’ve written about how easy it can be to have your wedding at Timberline Lodge. The setting is unmatched, the weather in the summer is typically mild, winter has the feeling of a snug mountain getaway. For Portlanders, a Timberline wedding can feel a bit like a destination wedding.
One of the reasons it’s so...

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