Witchy, sexy, intimate…


I don’t even know where to begin with this one.


I met Sabrina through my partner. They used to work together in the Pearl District in Portland, Oregon. She ended up reaching out to poach me to work for her at another company after the pandemic, and at that interview, we knew we’d be good friends. Sabrina is literally a VIBE!!!! A whole mood, brand, aesthetic, all of it! Her style is sort of a polished, sophisticated gothic. Sexy and emo is her bread and butter and she SERVES okkaayyy??! Not to mention she is one sweet soul. She’s a woman of great resilience—her life story should be documented somehow.

That’s why when she met Gabe all of her friends and family were so elated!

Gabe is from Florida, and comes from a rich Puerto Rican heritage. He has all the swag, humor and kindness in the world, which fit Sabrina’s sensual, artistic, witchy Philippina vibe so well.

Both of them are a perfect mix of culture, cool, and creative energy.


THE LOCATION


The day of the elopement, I met Sabrina at her historic downtown Portland apartment in the afternoon. It was a HOT Sunday in July so we were trying to stay as cool as possible and wait out the heat a little. Luckily, with a couple and timeline this flexible and easy going, we had time to ease into things and not feel rushed for time and light. I was able to show up and get comfortable, setting the intention and taking in the day. Sabrina did her own makeup, but had her bestie who is a wonderful hair dresser, do her hair for her. We listened to music, chatted a bit, played with her cat, Salem—yes, witchy little Sabrina has a

black cat named Salem. I love it!

Gabe met us at Sabrina’s place so they could get ready together. I shot candidly and formally around the apartment, and honestly could have spent all day in that space! That was my first visit to Sabrina’s home—which I had been dying to get a peek into knowing how utterly creative and badass her personal style is.

I could only imagine how cool her place would be. It did NOT disappoint! So many little artistic and funky gothic art and decorative pieces everywhere.

I was in creative heaven!

My absolute favourite detail in her home was the neon sign in the bathroom that read:

“Please don’t do coke in the bathroom.”

A simple enough request. LOL! But really though…

I WAS OBSESSED!!!!

Such a blunt comic relief in the loo, and so very punk rock!


We left the apartment and headed to Portland’s Rose Test Garden for their intimate vow exchange amongst the flowers. The park sprinklers came on on us at the first spot we set up so we transitioned over to a new spot and it ended up being so much better. Haha!

After some vows, rings, and portraits in the park, we headed downtown to shoot some nighttime portraits in the city. We went to Broadway St. and shot in front of the Porltand famous Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, then down to another Portland staple of food trucks.

Gabe and Sabrina ordered tacos and Jarritos and instantly we went from moody and playful during the day to playful and sexy in the evening.

YES!


THE DETAILS


Sabrina wore an ivory satin knee-length dress with a corset-like boning and a swoop neckline. She completed the look with a pair of light pink classic heels, dainty rose gold jewelry, and a gothic-inspired veil. A look so simple and elegant for a rose garden intimate vow-exchange.

Gabe wore a white button down, black slacks and the coolest velvet green jacket and matching loafer shoes. The shoes, honestly, I DIE!! So classy and cool.


Almost all of their attire were purchased through Amazon and H&M, or pieces they’ve already had in their collection.

It just goes to show that a really special day doesn’t have to break the bank! The details are important, they should be intentionally considered, but the main point of the day is the feeling you have throughout it, and the love you feel for your person.

That’s all that really matters.


Because this was a quick elopement, there wasn’t much time (or reason) to get professional stationary done, so we decided to DIY it! I personally hand-lettered and hand-drew the invitation suite. It took a little time, but added a more formal and definitive touch to the day.

WEDDING TIP: I highly recommend still ordering—or if you’re artistic, creating your own—invitation suite,

even if your planning a micro wedding or elopement with little to no guests. Keep it for the memories, even if you never send any invites out. It adds a lot to the overall aesthetic of the day photographically, and helps to tell the story of your moment just a little bit better.

I asked my boy Ricardo of Rico Media Productions to come through and shoot some video, and he absolutely killed it! Thanks for being apart of this day with us!


Overall, this was one of the sexiest and most playful and chill elopements I’ve ever been apart of. The vibes are endless, and the love, it radiates.


Thank you for letting me celebrate with you both S+G!

Much love, babes!