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Michael and Bonnie | Married | St. Helena, California

Michael and I met in elementary school, back when I was the tallest girl in the class and Michael was the tallest person in the classroom. Michael is both the tallest and one of the funniest guys I know. He is a genuine friend that I am so lucky to have in my life. Then there is the incredibly gorgeous, uber intelligent, and sweet Bonnie. They are a perfect pair and I was beyond happy to document their wedding day in St. Helena, California at V.Sattui Vinyards. Let’s start with Bonnie, who really would be stunning in anything, but put her in a really beautiful, flowy wedding gown and some awesome red lipstick and she was a straight up knockout! Then add in a head over heals Michael looking sharp in his grey suit, a first look in a botanical garden under a blossoming arbor, and some of the most creative personal vows I have ever heard. Check out their creative details and everyone’s amazing dance moves and you will understand why this was one of my favorite weddings of the year.

I love these people and know they will have an incredible life together.

Josselyn Peterson is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Bend, Oregon.

Ben and Alexandra | Married | Bend, Oregon

Now, you have already seen Ben and Alexandra’s fun rehearsal dinner it’s only fair to share their summer wedding at Bend, Oregon’s Broken Top Golf Club. Let me start by saying that summer weddings in Bend are amazing, beautiful weather, late sunsets, and green everywhere you look. It’s a wedding photographer’s playground.

The hours before the wedding ceremony were spent doing final touch ups on hair and makeup, sharing champagne toasts, and of course lots of photos. Before the ceremony, the guests were invited to enjoy a pre-ceremony cocktail hour, giving the guests time to socialize before the vows as well as give Ben and Alexandra a few moments alone to relax and take in what was about to happen. Once it was time for the ceremony the guests walked around the small lake and found their seats along with a pair of sunglasses next to a sign stating, “Our future’s so bright you may need to wear shades! Grab a pair!” How great is that? Following the ceremony guests enjoyed one sweet dance party along side the sun setting behind the Cascade mountains.

Josselyn Peterson is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Bend, Oregon.

Ben and Alexandra | Rehearsal Dinner | Bend, Oregon

It is always a little nerve racking when meeting a potential client. There are a lot of questions for both parties and so many factors in making decisions, but I remember the first meeting I had with Alexandra to discuss the possibility of me being there to document her wedding day. She was visiting from California and as soon as we shook hands and said hello I knew she was going to be great. Alexandra was dressed casually, but I could tell just by the way she said hello that she was confident and knew what she was looking for.

The meeting continued with her telling me what she envisioned for her and her fiance’s day. Because the wedding was a destination wedding and most everyone involved was going to be in town for the entire weekend they wanted to make sure all of their family and friends enjoyed themselves. Their wedding day was going to be about having fun with everyone and not worrying about the little things. Alexandra stressed that she wanted the posed, traditional photos, but that candid moments were the really important things for them… which is one of my favorite things a bride can say to me.

By the end of the meeting we had come to the decision that I would be there for not only the wedding day, but also a rehearsal dinner they would be hosting for all their guests who would be in town the day before the wedding. Let’s just say… you are going to be inspired by her style, especially if you are engaged and planning your wedding weekend right now. Ben and Alexandra are going to show you how much fun a rehearsal dinner can me!

Josselyn Peterson is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Bend, Oregon.

Kyler and Erin | married | Bend, Oregon

How can I even explain how perfect this wedding day was? It was a perfect combination of pretty, casual, and amazing DIY projects. As I drove up to venue for the day, Erin’s parent’s beautiful home, I was greeted by this huge, fantastic diy wooden heart to set the mood for the entire day. I remember walking in to meet Erin and the bridesmaid getting ready and asking where her wedding dress was so I could get some photos of it, to which she responded, “Well, I haven’t really decided which one I am going to wear yet.” At first, I was shocked that she somehow didn’t know what she was going to be putting on for her wedding just a few hours away! But, then I realized how amazing Erin is… she was calm and relaxed and just taking things as they came. She then grabbed one of the dresses and said, “I think I will wear this one.” She picked out a simple, strapless, short wedding dress and I have to say she looked incredible. The entire day just got better and better continuing with two giant dogs wearing floral collars, wooden benches, tables, bar, and even an outdoor dance floor made by Erin’s father. I loved everything about this wedding, these families, this couple. Erin and Kyler, I wish you the best in whatever life brings you. I sincerely hope our paths cross again sometime soon!

Oh, and even before this fantastic wedding day. I got to spend a rare sunny afternoon with these two in Olympia, Washington for their engagement session. Honestly, one of my favorites… so if you haven’t seen it, you should take a minute to go take a look now!

Josselyn Peterson is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Bend, Oregon.

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Blair and Christina | Married | Riverside, California

I really loved this wedding. I love outdoor weddings and backyard receptions. They just feel so real, so cozy, so about the couple and their loved ones. Blair and Christina’s wedding day started out on the beautiful campus of California Baptist University in Riverside, California. They tied the knot in a courtyard surrounded by their friends and family and then continued the party in the backyard of Blair’s family home where they ate, laughed, and danced the night away.

Thank you to Katie Schoepflin for your help and for being a pleasure to spend the day with.

Josselyn Peterson Photographer is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Bend, Oregon.

Josselyn Peterson is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Bend, Oregon.