If you haven’t heard of Oaks Pioneer Church in Southeast Portland you are in for a treat. It is intimate and vintage with gorgeous stained glass, adorable pews, and a vibe thats hard to beat. For more information on booking your small wedding ceremony check out the Oaks Pioneer website here. This sweet couple didn’t have a religious affiliation but purely fell in love with the atmosphere this space would provide for such a momentous occasion.
Before I go any further I have to shoutout my girl Casi Yost for not only being a constant light and inspiration in my life but allowing me to second shoot this wedding with her! All the photos shown below were captured and edited by me but it would not have been possible without Casi taking me along for the ride. I hope there are many more days in our future where we are able to collaborate and create magic together.
Kate and Trevor met in high school roughly a decade ago and tied the knot this last fall in Portland, Oregon. Their ceremony, as mentioned above, took place at Oaks Pioneer Church with only their closest family and friends. It was short and sweet and filled with emotion, something we all love to watch on a wedding day. The ceremony was followed by a reception at Portland Roasting Coffee, where Trevor works. The vibe was very laid back and it truly showed that this couple simply wanted to celebrate and be with their loved ones.
There was no dance floor or any “traditional” wedding happenings during the reception other than toasts. This is such a great reminder to anyone getting married that there are no rules. You don’t have to throw your bouquet or have a first dance. Spend your wedding day doing what feels authentic to you both as a couple, even if it might be a little different. The night ended with a delicious Blue Star Donuts buffet (sometimes cake is overrated y’all). Another item I don’t want to miss is that Kate is super talented and runs her own small business! She designed and created all her paper goods and signage. See some of her work below and consider hiring her to make some amazing art for your day!
Mini story time to cap off this blog post! When I’m second shooting I’m often hanging out with the fellas in their getting ready space. As I’m shooting Trevor putting on his tie he questioned if he could ask me something weird. I said “of course!” – I’m all about weird. He says, “Are you Gernader Jake’s wife?” and my response was “oh my gosh yes!”. My husband, Gernader Jake (aka Jake) is a professional broadcaster on a platform called Twitch. If you haven’t heard of it its a website from which you can live stream (usually video games)! This has been my hubbies job for about 5 years full time and he kills it! I’m so proud of him and the community he has created for his viewers. Anyway back to Trevor! This groom, whom I’d never met, actually knew who I was and recognized me because he had been a long time viewer of my husband. How crazy is that?!? Seriously a small world and I hope that the four of us (Kate, Trevor, myself, and Jake) can grab a beer one of these days in Portland!
Overall, such a special day overflowing with love and sincerity. I find myself constantly looking back on weddings days with incredible gratitude. The fact that I am able to be a part of telling these stories for my couples is a role I could never take for granted. Kate and Trevor, your love story is beautiful and I feel lucky to know you.
Kelsey Straus is a PNW Elopement +
Intimate Wedding Photographer
based in Portland, Oregon