Just over a week ago I got an email from a very excited guy named Dustin. He was planning a very special moment, that he wanted photographed.  He was getting together a fun and creative way to propose to his longtime girlfriend. He had it all planned out, and had it all set up with friends & family waiting in the wings to help pull it off. I have to admit I was more than excited to capture it for him. It is not every day that you get to witness and capture a proposal!

So the day came along, and let me tell you the weather was not what you would call ideal. It was wet, rainy, and super windy. All that aside it was a magical moment. Seeing Alyson’s face when she figured out what was going on was priceless! I could go on and on about how fun this was, but lets get on to the photos shall we?!

Dustin & Alyson I am so happy for you two! I hope you had a magical day, and wish you nothing but the best in your lives together. It was my pleasure to capture your special moment, and I look forward to hearing more about the wedding. I know a pretty good wedding photographer when the time comes ;). I hope you enjoyed reliving the special moment! I will have the whole set done for you shortly.

xo em

  • January 24, 2012 - 11:05 am

    Katharine Hix - Wonderful!!!!!

  • February 1, 2012 - 7:26 am

    Other Happy Couples | The Mother of the Groom - […] I sent the link for this blog to my friend Jane, who shared the news that her son Dusty–who lives in other Portland (Oregon)–had also recently become engaged. His proposal was an event with a photographer, balloon, and his three brothers watching it through binoculars. The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather: cold, rainy, and very windy. “Miserable, even by PNW standards,” Jane told me. Still, Alyson’s face when she realizes what is happening lights up the whole picture. Photos of the day can be found here. […]

  • February 9, 2012 - 7:23 pm

    Jane E. Smith - Thank you for your comments, Leslie. To set the record straight, though, I am the step-mother, not the mother. I don’t get a bit of credit for raising her sons, but sure get in on a lot of fun! 🙂

  • March 24, 2012 - 3:16 am

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I spent my last Saturday afternoon standing in the rain, getting drenched and freezing my tush off…

but OMG it was totally worth it to get this….

More from this super fun surprise engagement I was hired to capture very soon. 🙂


xo em

  • January 19, 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Elisha - Love it! Great capture!

  • January 19, 2012 - 11:14 pm

    Beth C - That is so cute! That guy gets a major gold star.


What can I say about Amy & Greg, they are sweet, creative, endlessly stylish & know how to throw a party.  (You may remember Amy & Greg from their fun engagement session not too long ago.)  These two knew what they wanted, and put together one of the best weddings I have ever had the opportunity to capture. When we first met Amy said she had a clear vision of what she wanted but was having a hard time finding the right vendors to pull it all off. Imminently I knew Amy needed to meet my girl Stephanie of Petalos. Stephanie does floral & event design, but that really does not cover it. She has a super creative mind, and the know how to pull it off. She is an artist. After these two met I started getting all manner of pinterest links, styling boards, and excited voice-mails. Yeah, I knew it was going to be a good wedding. 🙂 

The big day was held at the Hotel DeLuxe, and every detail and moment went off seamlessly. Amy & Greg celebrated with friends and family into the new year. The flowers, the food, the favors, all so much fun.

Aside from the styled elements and details, (and man they were amazing!) the wedding was heartfelt and incredibly moving. Every detail from the officiate’s speech to the kiss at midnight made me so darn happy to spend my new years with this special couple. I loved getting to know their entire family and loving groups of friends. It was an amazing day, and I am so excited to share it with all of you!

Here are a few of the vendors that made the day so special:

Event planning, paper goods, coordination & floral: Petalos

Venue: Hotel De Luxe

Amy’s Dress: Ivy & Astor from the English Dept

Bridesmaid dresses – Nordstrom

Chauffeur – classic chauffeur 
Umbrella – Bella Umbrella

Food: Gracies on site

Music: Event Team Entertainment

Cake & Desserts: Le Cookie Monkey

On to the photos already!

You are comfortable right? This is going to be a LONG one kids…

Amy & Greg thank you again for having us out to capture your amazing wedding. It really was my pleasure to point my camera at you two again. From the first moments of getting ready, to the last kiss of the night it was an amazing day. I truly loved getting to know all of your friends and family. Weddings like yours remind me how much I love my job, and make me even more excited for all 2012 holds. I am so happy for you two, wish you all the joy in the world and much love in your life together. I hope you are loving your sneak peek. I have SO many more for you when the whole gallery is done. Until then enjoy the peek, I know it makes me smile. 🙂

*friends & family please leave a comment below if you would like to be notified when the entire gallery is ready.*


**this wedding was also featured on Style Me Pretty, click here if you would like to see the feature*


xo em

  • January 17, 2012 - 11:47 am

    Deyla Huss Photography - Emily! had to stop by and see the fabulousness of this wedding! beautiful work and I love all of it!

  • January 17, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    Stephanie | p e t a l o s - just in {LOVE}

  • January 17, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Kate Maxwell - Just lovely Emily! Such perfect detail treatment. Way to capture the extreme happiness that was!! Cheers!!

  • January 17, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Amy - Oh… It’s LOVE! So Gorgeous!

  • January 17, 2012 - 3:14 pm

    Karyn Reohr - Absolutely adore!! Colors are so creamy, wonderful color palette, beautiful photography…well done!!


  • January 17, 2012 - 10:28 pm

    Sadie - The magic of this wedding gave me faith in love and the infinite possibilities, the photos are proof of such beauty.

  • January 18, 2012 - 2:49 pm

    The English Dept. Real Weddings: Amy in Ivy & Aster “Fond Wishes” « theenglishdept - […] silhouette perfectly fit her figure and made for a spectacular New Years Eve wedding dress. Click here to see all photos from the magical night. Congratulations, Amy and […]

  • January 18, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    Jen Hecht - GORGEOUS, darling, gorgeous!!!

  • January 18, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    dori - beautifully captured

  • January 29, 2012 - 2:48 pm

    Sandy - Beautiful!!!! Can’t wait to see the rest