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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: dresses

More simple weddings: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

If I was getting married this summer (and I was worried about my budget) I would have a wedding just like the one pictured here. What I appreciated about this wedding was that it was both simple and elegant. It downplayed the formalities and instead emphasized the conviviality of the celebration.  
Jennifer’s dress and flowers were...

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Dress for your shape

I’ve been mulling over this entry for a long time. For most brides, choosing a wedding dress is the first and sometimes, the most thrilling part of planning her wedding. Even the most pragmatic bride has probably envisioned herself in the dress of her dreams.
As photographers, part of our job is to really look at people. I’ve...

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So proud of my friend, Terri Spaeth-Merrick

6 or 7 years ago, my friend Terri and I used to commiserate about our horrible jobs. While we both toiled in the bicycle industry, we dreamed of lives and jobs where we could truly invest ourselves and put our creativity to good use. She and I both took the “i quit” leap about the same time, and...

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The classic birdcage veil

I’ve seen few things as lovely as Jolene’s slender neck complimented by this simple birdcage style veil. In person, she was just stunning, and these photos catch a bit of her great look. Here’s the interesting part: I don’t think it was much more than a simple shape of bronzey colored net from a fabric...

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Some moody fashion for Aubergine

Recently John photographed some fashion pics for the Portland boutique, Aubergine. The store carries clothing with a modern sensibility and sophisticated edge. Typically we don’t share our commercial work on our wedding style blog, but one of these dresses would have made a marvelous wedding dress. It was this one:

The cool thing about this dress was that...

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God bless the simple dress

Why do so many wedding gowns tend to be so fussy? I know it’s the most special day of all, but did Princess Diana really rock the 25′ train?  A gorgeous woman dwarfed by silk shantung! (Someone out there should write and tell me precisely what fabric the PoW was wearing on that oh-so-fateful day.) There...

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