You might call it a fortuitous meeting. Months after Hannah’s father first inquired with us about wedding photography, they still hadn’t made any decisions. There wedding was still a long way off, so Hannah and Stew were focusing on work for the time being. They lived in Phoenix and planning a Portland wedding at The Armory was a distant thing. And then suddenly, I was in Phoenix for a wedding photography conference and I met Hannah in the lobby of the hotel and showed her a few of our albums – coincidently they were on display in our album binder’s booth at the conference! We hit it off even though I’d been on the tradeshow floor all day and probably stumbled over my words quite a bit in tiredness. What are the odds, really? That I’d be in town the week Hannah decided it was time to make a decision on photography? Luck was on my side and soon together we planned out the timeline for their Gerding Theater at the Armory wedding photos.

First though, I met the ladies a few blocks away at The Nines where they got ready for the day.
bride getting ready for wedding day at The Nines in downtown Por

portland documentary wedding photos at The Nines Hotel

bride getting ready for wedding day at The Nines in downtown Por

portland documentary wedding photos at The Nines Hotel

From there we all made way to The Armory and Gerding Theater for their portraits before the ceremony. With a cocktail style reception, it was the best way to make use of their time.

gerding theater at the armory wedding photos

gerding theater at the armory wedding photos

portland center stage wedding photography by turnloosetheart.com

This couple was such a joy to photograph! We did their entire portrait session walking around the block of The Armory and then right back into the theater for their wedding ceremony in the lobby.

portland center stage wedding photography by turnloosetheart.com

modern succulent wedding details in the Gerding Theater

A close family friend arranged most of their flowers – and she did such a wonderful job! I spent a good chunk of time enjoying walking around the many cocktail tables of the mezzanine to view them all.

portland center stage wedding photography by turnloosetheart.com

Hannah and Stewart both went to Gonzaga and from the sounds of the cheers in the crowd, a large number of their guests did as well! Their college mentor married them in the Gerding Theater lobby wedding ceremony. It was at times emotional and teary but mostly hilarious, moving, and a truly lovely ceremony to witness.

gerding theater at the armory wedding photos

Gerding Theater wedding photos

portland center stage wedding ceremony photos by turnloosetheart

modern succulent wedding details in the Gerding Theater

gerding theater at the armory wedding photos

May I just say, any wedding reception that includes a Cards Against Humanity game is a wedding reception I want to attend?

cocktail and tapas wedding reception at The Armory includes card

the armory wedding photos

gerding theater at the armory wedding portraits of bride and gro

Easily my favorite first dance photo from this entire year of weddings:
portland center stage wedding photography by turnloosetheart.com

gerding theater at the armory wedding photos

gerding theater wedding photography by turnloosetheart.com

If you’re planning a cocktail-style reception, this might be the perfect venue for you! Gerding Theater at the Armory is set up so well for an event like a wedding and I’d love to shoot there again. Hannah and Stewart, you chose very well– both in your venue and each other!