sunset wedding portraits on the oregon coast

It’s been well over a year since we last posted a photograph from Jess and Tom’s Long Beach engagement session. In that post, I wrote about why they chose Long Beach for their setting and why it was important to them. I’ll be mentioning it again, because the same reasons apply for why they centered a good majority of their wedding day around making coast wedding photos in Long Beach. They’re beach people, pure and simple. And though that hurricane pushed them out of the home and town they loved, they always come back for time at the coast.

First, however, we started the day at the home in which Jess grew up with her family. She got ready for the day in her mother’s room. She covered the “something borrowed” with jewelry from her aunt and the same Kate Spade wedding shoes her sister wore a few years ago.

bride gets ready for wedding day

bridal boudoir before wedding

wedding jewelry details with engagement ring

kate spade wedding shoes

bride gets ready for wedding day with coast wedding photos

groom preps for wedding day

Catholic Wedding Ceremony

Jess and Tom’s local parish wedding ceremony included many personal, touching elements. Their church itself had really lovely light which was so nice to see! Not the traditional long aisled church, we were able to get much closer to see some of the emotional moments of the ceremony. The deacon who officiated ended the ceremony serenading them with a song from Les Miserables much to the surprise of everyone, including Tom and Jess! But first, a few images from the beginning before the ceremony even began. Jess and her father had plenty of time to enjoy their last moments before marrying while Tom rather anxiously waited for everything to get started.

bride and father share moment before catholic wedding ceremony

groom waits for bride at church

father gives bride away at catholic wedding ceremony

The next two images ended up being my favorites from the entire day. I love the look on Jess’s face as she gazes across to Tom. And Tom’s reaction photo to a funny moment in the ceremony is just perfect – we love ceremonies that are personal and meaningful and in which the couple can really focus on what’s going on around them.

bride and groom share a private look during church wedding ceremony

funny moment in catholic wedding

bride and groom exchange wedding rings at coast wedding ceremony

wedding photojournalism at oregon coast wedding

Then, onto the Long Beach boardwalk for their wedding portraits near Hotel Allegria.

bridesmaids in lavender with parasols

oregon coast wedding photos by Turn Loose the Art

Coast Wedding Photos

sunset wedding portraits on the oregon coast

Long Beach boardwalk wedding photos

Portrait? Moment? Both- Tom’s checking out his new wedding band!

oregon coast wedding photos by Turn Loose the Art

sunset wedding photos on Long Beach boardwalk

beachy wedding portraits on the oregon coast

sunset wedding photos at Allegria Hotel in Long Beach

oregon coast wedding photos by Turn Loose the Art

The little hint of Jess’s smile as I photographed her all in lace. It’s no wonder this is one of her own favorite photos.

Bridal portrait in lace against a woodgrain wall

Bridgeview Yacht Club Wedding Reception

Just after arriving at the reception, Mother Nature treated us to one of the most glorious sunsets I’ve seen in years. And then to a really, really great mashed potato bar at cocktail hour.

sunset wedding photos on Long Beach boardwalk

bridgeview yacht club wedding catering options

bride and groom's grand entrance at coast wedding reception

Bridgeview Yacht Club wedding reception photos by Turn Loose the Art

Long Beach wedding photojournalist

Long Beach wedding photojournalist

Bridgeview Yacht Club wedding reception photos by Turn Loose the Art

bride and father's dance at ballroom wedding reception

open reception dancing at ballroom wedding

night wedding portraits on the coast

I spoke with Jess yesterday while going over her wedding album arrangements and received such a lovely compliment from her. We love what we do, creating a collection of still moments that tell the story of your wedding day. So when a bride says she truly adores every single image, it means the world to us. Thanks Jess!