One of my greatest joys, having the opportunity to shoot many weddings, is the possibility of photographing a second or third wedding within the same family–different people of course (that kind of stuff isn’t legal in Oregon.)

A had the honor of photographing Bennett’s sister’s wedding a couple of years ago, and was excited when I received word from Bennett that he and Alice were going to have a wedding celebration this Summer, held in Camp Sherman at Lake Creek Lodge–one of my favorite local areas.

Fall in Central Oregon is an interesting time, meteorologically speaking. It’s quite possible to have rain, snow, both or 90 degrees and blue sky. In the case of Bennet and Alice’s wedding day, it was stunning. Stunning if you like high winds, rain (backlit by occasion sun bursts) and sensational afternoon light, capped off with evening candlelight (because a tree fell and took out a transformer–thank God for speedlights.)

There may have been more than a few brides who would have let the weather shake them and possibly lose sight of the blessings throughout the day–not Alice. With her eyes fixed on Bennett, the two celebrated with friends and family by intermittent sun, and candlelight. Let’s also be honest, who doesn’t enjoy a day feeling like a wind machine is blowing your hair just a bit while the camera is on you? It’s fashion baby.

Please enjoy a few of our favorite moments with Bennett and Alice, including the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Dragonfly, who felt it necessary to jump in during the portrait sessions.


A creative-for-the-fun-of-it shoot for our dear friends at Intrepid Marketing. Love these guys…

Alice Gleason and Bennett Hiles.

What a beautiful celebration in the tall (and swaying) pines this past weekend at Lake Creek Lodge in Camp Sherman, Oregon. We had an abundance of rain and wind, which eventually lead to a downed tree, small explosion and power outage. Alice and Bennett were calm and collected as the amazing staff, family and friends moved the festivities inside to party by candle light.

Before the sun set, we ventured out in the rain. Apparently, Alice and Bennett weren’t the only two reciting their vows, a double wedding perhaps?

Check back in a week or so for a full blog post on these two, or 4?