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{Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Graham!}

Our weekend in Scotland was absolutely perfect.
Megan and Stephen tied the knot on a rare + gorgeous sunny day in Glasgow.
We then wined and dined and celebrated the happy couple at the ridiculously amazing Cameron House in Loch Lomond.
It was an incredibly beautiful day that honored an incredibly beautiful couple. 
Keep an eye out for wedding photos and recaps over on Megan’s blog.
Once she’s finished recapping I’ll post some photos over here too!
Thanks again to the Grahams for letting us be a part of their special day – and an even bigger thanks for trusting me enough to photograph this momentous occasion. I truly hope I did your wedding justice – it was pure perfection!

Love you guys and congrats again!
{Photo © Liz Denfeld Photography}
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{Scotland Here We Come + Meet Danica}

Well, we’re off again! This time we’re heading to….
But not just that…
We’re going for a very special occasion…
Megan + Stephen are tying the knot!!!
Corey + I are so excited to be there for this huge moment in their lives.
And even better – Sophie will be joining in on the celebration, so I finally get to meet her! Hooray!
We’ll be instagramming the weekend away, no doubt. So feel free to follow along if you’d like:


I’d also love to introduce you to a darling new sponsor! Danica from GoodHeart is a sweet girl who writes her blog from our old hometown of Portland, so I’m always longingly reading her posts missing home! She’s super sweet, posts fun outfits (this one would be perfect in Amsterdam) and inspiring quotes. Find out more about Danica below and then hop on over and to her blog and you’re sure to find a new daily read!
Hi everyone! I’m Danica and I blog over on Goodheart . I’m a recently turned 24 year old (as of February 27th!) Texas girl, who decided to move to Liz’s hometown, Portland, Oregon. It’s now been almost two years since I moved, and I’m loving it! Thessaloniki, Greece is possibly my favorite place in the world, I’m a big fan of cold weather, and I love chai tea lattes. My blog is all about fashion, travel, photography, and other things I find inspiring. Come on over and say hi! 

{Scotland photo by Megan}
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{Our Wedding Video}

Yes, you read that right. And yes, our wedding was over two years ago… 
As much as I wanted a professional videographer at our wedding it just wasn’t in the budget.
I knew I had to have at least some footage of our day, so we had two FlipShare cameras floating around all day, capturing who knew what. 
At the end of the wedding I was just happy to get both cameras back in one piece!
It was so fun to see what video had been taken. Some of it touching, some of it downright hilarious.
So, what do you do with 50+ little videos taken throughout your wedding day? 
Well, probably nothing, despite your best intentions.
Until a great friend (and bridesmaid) decides she wants to help you make them something special. 
I knew it was going to be a huge undertaking, and when the finished product hit my inbox yesterday I squealed with excitement and joy!
Jena – a talented graphic designer – took a jumbled mess of home videos and made them into a video that makes me laugh and cry every time I’ve watched it (yes, I’ve already watched it more than a few times!).
We will never be able to express our gratitude for such a personal and special gift. I know how much work this took and it is something we will cherish forever and ever!

So without further ado… Our wedding video!
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{Meghan + Jeff 10.19.12}

I was finally able to make some room on my computer and edit the photos from Meghan + Jeff’s gorgeous wedding! Yay!

Meghan and Jeff got married at a gorgeous venue out in Canby, Oregon – Postlewaits Country Weddings. It was truly stunning inside an out – the grounds were perfectly manicured and the barn was heartstoppingly (made up that word?) beautiful. Since I was in the wedding I didn’t get to take as many photos as I would’ve liked – but snapped as many as I could! I wish I could’ve gotten more of the details. They left no DIY undone – from the photobooth to the wishing stones, to the readings to the cocktails, to the grooms cake… I mean, the list goes on and on. It was such an honor to be a part of their day – they are such a genuine and beautiful couple. The laughter they share together is contagious. And best of all, they made the cutest little baby girl you ever did see. Enjoy the photos!

{Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}

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{Meghan + Jeff via iPhone}

I wanted to share some iPhone snaps from the wedding I was in last week. I’ll post more about the wedding when I share the “real” photos, but what I’ll say now is this wedding was a true testament to Meghan and how unbelievably creative and detail-oritented she is. This would’ve been an impressive fete to plan no matter what, but knowing she has a full-time job and a small baby at home made this even more extraordinary. I was so honored to be a part of Meghan + Jeff’s big day and couldn’t be happier for them! Can’t wait to share more!!

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{Paul + Rachel // Married}

There are few things I love more than attending a wedding. I am just such a hopeless romantic and I will never get tired of watching two madly-in-love people committing their lives to each other. Corey and I were lucky enough to attend Paul and Rachel’s wedding when we were home in August. They had their ceremony in the Versailles Gardens, with the Fremont bridge perched perfectly behind them and had the reception right next door at The Castaway. What an incredibly beautiful night! Rachel and Paul are the sweetest couple and their love for one another was just radiating off of them the entire day and night. Congrats again, you two! We love you!

P.S. I’ve already gotten a few questions on my dress (you guys are clearly dress people like me!) It’s 2+ years old, I got it for my bachelorette party. It’s the BCBG Heart Applique dress if any of you want to look for it on ebay 🙂 )

{Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}
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{Libby + Scott 8.25.2012}

Wow. Before I get into today’s post I just want to say a huge thank you for all of your incredibly kind and encouraging words yesterday. I was this close to not publishing that post because it was so personal and made me feel very vulnerable. It made me realize (yet again) what an incredible community of friends I have made through this blog. I truly can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read my rambling and respond back such thoughtful remarks. It means the world.
Although I’m still not 100% out of my funk I am already starting to feel a lot better today (thanks in large part to your wonderful comments & emails and also to a good nights rest). I’d love to share with you some photos I took at my good friend Libby’s wedding. It’s the main reason I was home (I was a bridesmaid and wouldn’t miss it for the world!) and it was such a ridiculously beautiful, genuine and special day. Since I was in the wedding I didn’t get the chance to take as many photos as I would’ve liked, but of course I snapped a few! Hope you enjoy them.
  {Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}

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{On Love}

I know everyone and their mother reads A Cup of Jo, but this letter she posted today moved me so deeply that I just had to post it myself. The letter was written by well-known author John Steinbeck to his son after he received a letter from him in which he confessed he had fallen hopelessly in love with a girl named Susan. Here was his response (I’ve highlighted some of my most favorite lines):

New York

November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:
We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.
But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.
If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.
It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.


Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Wouldn’t it be beautiful to include parts of this letter in a wedding ceremony? I just love it.

Happy, happy Friday, everyone!

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O’Connor Wedding

Mitch is one of Corey’s oldest and best friends. They go wayyy back. So when we found out we were moving to Amsterdam in August, and Mitch and his fiance were going to be getting married in October, we knew there’d be no way we would miss it. We booked our tickets before we even moved and it gave us something to look forward to on those days we were feeling especially homesick. 

Mitch and Kellie got married in gorgeous Eagle Crest, Oregon. It’s in the central part of the state, which generally gets better weather in the summer and fall, and snow in the winter! They got lucky and had absolutely beautiful, warm sunny weather on their wedding day. My mom, mother-in-law, and I even went on a hike in the morning and I wore a tank top! It was lovely. 

The wedding was breathtaking, emotional and magical. We couldn’t have been happier to be back in Oregon, celebrating this special day with all our friends (and family, too!). Congrats to our good friends, the O’Connors. We are wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}

P.S. I used Rent the Runway to rent this beautiful Mark & James by Badgley Mischka dress. It was such an easy process. Will definitely be doing it again!

amsterdam, Portland, travel, wedding

Homeward Bound!!!

We’re heading home tomorrow first thing in the morning!!! Ahhh I couldn’t be more excited! Sadly, Corey and I are currently both feeling a bit sick. We are drinking tons of tea and Emergen-C and hoping we can kick this thing before it gets any worse. We’ll be home for a week to celebrate the wedding of one of Corey’s best friends. We are so excited for them and wouldn’t miss their wedding for the world! I can’t wait to get all dolled up, see my mister in a suit (he always looks so handsome in a suit & tie!) and dance the night away. Should be a great time. Other than that, I’ll be working a bit, hanging with family and friends and generally soaking up my favorite city in the world. Hey, there’s no place like home 😉

I have some fabulous guest posters lined up for when I’m gone – you will LOVE them. Next week I’ll be back with tons of photos from our first trip back to the U.S. since moving to Amsterdam! Yippee!

{Photos © Liz Denfeld}