I have goosebumps right now from a photo I just looked at from Juan and Kha-Mei’s intimate beach wedding. There’s something about the love these two souls have for one another. These two made me cry during the ceremony just because of how they were looking at each other. These two allowed me to photograph one of the most joyful weddings I’ve ever been a part of.
Kha-Mei’s joyful spirit is calming and endearing, and Juan has such a strong yet kind presence that makes everyone feel at ease. They effortlessly radiate care and warmth for not only each other, but for absolutely everyone else in their lives. And that is why their wedding was a dream to capture. Kha-Mei was simply floating along the beach in her beautiful dress after the ceremony without a care in the world, while Juan adored her the entire way.
The bride and groom live in Portland but love the beauty of the Oregon coast, and that happens to be where Juan proposed to Kha-Mei! So they decided to have their morning wedding ceremony at Hug Point State Park at the exact place where he popped the question. Their breakfast reception was held at the Wayfarer Restaurant in Cannon Beach. Both locations were intimate, relaxed and perfectly reflected the couple.
The ceremony was held in the waterfall cove at Hug Point. The walk to the ceremony location was quite a distance and definitely created anxiousness for Juan! It really is unique to wait for your bride to appear from behind a gigantic mountain on the beach. I remember how there was a sprinkle of rain for a little while right before Kha-Mei appeared. Then the rain slowly began to dissipate – or perhaps we were all so mesmerized by the ceremony we just didn’t notice it any longer. Either way, it was so light it certainly didn’t matter one bit. And as Kha-Mei and Juan were closer to the end of the ceremony and their first kiss, their hearts were closer than ever. You could see their smiles get bigger and bigger. It was true bliss.
As a surprise to Juan, Kha-Mei had a secret dress on underneath her original wedding dress. Juan posed for a photo (and was doing an awesome job by the way!) while Kha-Mei’s best friend helped to quickly take her original dress off!