Imago Dei Photography » Oregon Coast Wedding Photography based in Tillamook Oregon

Oregon Coast Photographer, Mountain Top Engagement, Mount Hebo, Tillamook Wedding Photographer, Destination EngagementThey took a leisurely slow morning, went to church to worship, took the kiddos to brunch at the Beach in Pacific City and then headed back to get ready for their session. We met up at Mount Hebo on the Oregon Coast on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. I typically don’t work on Sundays but after their session was rained out for over a month, we jumped on the first dry day!

We arrived at Mount Hebo, A breathtaking location but this time of year it’s also windy and coooooold. We encountered snow and 30 some degree weather, although you would never know it by the happy moments we were able to capture!
Oregon Coast Photographer, Mountain Top Engagement, Mount Hebo, Tillamook Wedding Photographer, Destination Engagement The kids were such troopers and Amanda a natural encourager and nurturer, she cared for them and kept the fun coming. Hand in hand they walked through the fields, the kids stopping to pet Regan, their rescued pup, and Mike sneaking in a kiss from time to time. I told them to just do their thing and not to worry too much about the camera. Oh sure, we did some posed shots as I always do, but the point of this session was to capture their sweet moments leading up to their wedding day this August.

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And… these floral crowns were the perfect touch both for the family portrait time (I mean, matching floral crowns, yes please!) and just the prefect touch of femininity to the rugged mountain top- many thanks to Sunflower Flats for making it these a reality for this unusual Sunday session- those ladies never cease to amaze me!
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Mike and Amanda, from the bottom of my appreciative heart thank you for allowing me into this special time in your lives. I was excited for your wedding already but after spending the afternoon with you and your kiddos I am beyond so- I know it’s going to be one amazing day! xoxo XiomaraOregon Coast Photographer, Mountain Top Engagement, Mount Hebo, Tillamook Wedding Photographer, Destination Engagement

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Pacific City Oregon Wedding, Pelican Pub Beach Weddings, Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Beach Wedding, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Beach Bride, Oregon Beach WeddingsA rainy coastal day on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Pacific City, Oregon was the backdrop to Tommy and Regan’s destination Wedding on the Oregon Coast. With the wind howling and the waves crashing they didn’t let any coastal storm seep into their joyous day! Tommy and Regan are adventurers after all. They love to travel. And fish. Which led them to Pacific City and adventures on the Pacific. When Tommy proposed and they began planning their dream wedding they knew The Pelican Pub & Brewery was THE place. With it’s view of the ocean and Cape Kiwanda, they wanted an event that was beautiful and allowed them to treat their guests to an epic night but also a fun environment.  I think they nailed it. Their day was relaxed amid the rainfall, beautiful and well, those dance floor and photo booth photos below speak for themselves as to the fun!

I, of course, loved documenting every little thoughtful detail of their day. From the invitations which Regan designed herself to the cufflinks that were a gift to Tommy from Regan and of course those bridal shoes…. Fun Hunter rain boots that were so appropriate for the wet day!

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Tommy and Regan, thank you not only for allowing me the honor of documenting such an import day in your lives and for the way in which you placed so much trust in me but also for your genuine kindness and thoughtfulness. Through the entire process you were such a joy to work with and I am forever grateful. xoxo Xiomara

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Many thanks to the following vendors for their professionalism. It was wonderful working with each one of you!
The Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City Oregon
Sunflower Flats
AZ Bride
Vera Wang
Allure Bridals
Men’s Wearhouse
DJ Paradox
Pixel Bros Film

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I’ve had this on my to do list for a few weeks now, wanting to wait for just the right time to sit and write. I wanted to be able to give this post the justice it deserves. Let’s face it, with what feels like a million tasks to do the perfectionistic girl in me is dying a slow (and at times painful) death and a new me is being reborn. Not one that does things half hearted but one that gives a lot more grace and understanding. One that realized things don’t have to be perfect so with that real beginning let me tell you what I’ve been up to…..
The Rising Tide Society, TuesdaysTogether, Tillamook Oregon, Tillamook County Small Businesses, Entrepreneur Groups in Oregon, Oregon Coast Creative BusinessA few months back I was mindlessly scrolling Instagram (tell me I’m not alone!) and I happened upon a hashtag that caught my interest.  #communityovercompetition. One post led to another, which led to another and another.  Before I knew it it had been 30+ minutes of double tapping image after image- not because of beautiful airy photos but rather the captions that told a deeper story. Here were these gifted entrepreneurs celebrating other gifted entrepreneurs….. say what?!! I was floored. And inspired.  I’ve longed for this kind of mentality. The kind that stretches arms wide open and says, let’s be friends. Like really. Leaving competitive cut throat mentality at the door. Slamming it shut! The kind that builds others up instead of tearing others down in secret (which honestly is no secret y’all). The type of camaraderie that longs to genuinely build into people and treat them with the same kindness we teach our kids to give. Here was this community and I wanted to learn more so began following The Rising Tide Society on every social media platform. Yes, I became that stalker y’all. Over just a few days of following them I was sold. Drank the cool-aid!

I searched for my nearest TuesdaysTogether Chapter of The Rising Tide and joined thinking I could make the drive out to Portland- the closest chapter to The Oregon Coast.  Over time I realized that I simply didn’t have the time to drive out for one meeting. I couldn’t justify leaving my family and loosing valuable business work hours.  I began telling Josh how badly we needed this in Tillamook County.

Weeks went by and this feeling wouldn’t leave so I began to pray about it. It’s the way I make each decision. Josh joined me in prayer and we came to a decision that I could either wish this was something we could have in Tillamook or I could make it happen. I sent in my application to become a Leader and we prayed that if The Lord wanted me to use my time in this way He would open doors….. A week later I had an interview and the rest is history!  I am so passionate and so honored to be entrusted with our small TuesdaysTogether group here in Tillamook County. It’s a volunteer position which I am passionate about as I know community over competition is not just our motto as Rising Tide Society but rather it’s genuinely what we wish to instill in our small TuesdaysTogether chapters.

So what exactly is The Rising Tide Society and what is so great about it? Honestly I’ve written and rewritten, backspaced, backspaced and rewritten some more but THIS, this amazing video sums it up! It is my hope that this is the kind of community we are growing as a TuesdaysTogether Chapter in Tillamook.  And I am so excited to see creative and talented entrepreneurs come in and link hands, joining in purpose and will to make waves in Tillamook County!!

Stay tuned for the next blog post where I share some of the behind the scenes of some TuesdaysTogether meetings and the national Leaders Retreat I had the opportunity of attending this winter in San Francisco.  And if you are an entrepreneur local to Tillamook County be sure to leave a message below, I’d love to connect you to our chapter!!

The Rising Tide Society @Risingtidesociety on Instagram
Venue: HoneyBook @Honeybook on Instagram
Video: Chelsey Diaz and Stephen Diaz of TréCreative @chels_diaz and @steezdiaz #trecreative on Instagram
Handlettering: LoveOffering @loveoffering on Instagram

 

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