Amanda and Joel : Wedding


He saw her walking the aisles in search of something. Amanda’s strawberry blond hair immediately caught his eye and he wondered if there was anything he could help her with. Joel, who worked at the campus bookstore, wanted to approach Amanda in the coolest way possible, but this was difficult when surrounded by Biblical Theology and Biology textbooks. She was in search of the perfect iPod and Joel was sure he could find it. Little did Amanda realize that Joel was also finding a way to her heart.

It’s been said that Joel and Amanda’s love story goes from iPod to I Do.

Nothing could stop this AMAZING couple from enjoying their wedding day at the Centennial Heritage Museum. The grey clouds ominously hung over their wedding, but that did not stop their love from pouring out. Nor did it stop the rain. Joel and Amanda, however, were joyful, loving, and content the entire day, serving as the truest testament of optimism. Whatever came their way—pouring rain during the ceremony, last minute reception tenting, rearrangement of chairs and tables—they were all smiles and truly in love. They stood and greeted their guests in the rain, passed out the umbrellas, and laughed the day away. This is indicative of something deeper in Amanda and Joel’s relationship: They can weather storms together and remain truly ecstatic on the greyest of days.

Something tells me they’re going to be able to stand the test of time.

Amanda and Joel, thank you for reminding me what true love looks like. It looks like water, mud, wet skin, and umbrellas. It looks like kisses in the rain and dancing in wet clothes. It looks like the both of you. Thank you for allowing JD and I to be a part of your special day and we can’t wait to hear of all the amazing things the future holds for you! And, lastly, thank you for rocking my socks off. Seriously. Much Love and Appreciation…j*

I absolutely adored the simplicity and the details of Amanda’s Nicole Miller Wedding Dress

A little funk and spice to the wedding shoes…

The First Look (as captured by JD)

While you may not be able to see it, the rain was coming down. It wasn’t pouring (at least not now), but it was definitely coming down! In between shots, Chantel (one of the BESTEST bridesmaids…ever!), held an umbrella over the couple to avoid getting drenched…

Randomly, the sun appeared for two minutes, so Joel and Amanda celebrated!

Then it started raining again, but made for some awesome light…

Amanda set the bar quite high for my future brides…here she is laughing and workin’ it in the rain…

JD caught this picture and I love it!

JD caught this picture too…

Oh, yes, it was pouring!

A Big Wet Kiss….literally.

The First Dance

Reaction during toasts…

To see more of their wedding, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Bartek

    May 28th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Yay! That orange shot is so cute, I loves it! The doorway photos are sweet as can be also. Great use of the giant soft box (ie: overcast clouds 😉 )

  2. jess@studio3z

    May 28th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Man, JD was rockin this wedding!! Love his perspective. Her dress and shoes were AWESOME!! I WANT those shoes!! 🙂 You guys did an awesome job in the rain. Go sista, go!

  3. Nena

    May 28th, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    OOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!! I LOVE that slideshow! I think its my most FAVORITE ONE EVER! =-)

  4. Gena McMillan

    May 28th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Loved the slideshow too! I really like the one during the ceremony where you could actually see the rain drops…sets the scene!

  5. tish

    May 28th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    she’s the happiest bride ever! and JD needs a raise!

  6. Tira J

    May 28th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    J*~ Once again, you rocked it, and nothing was going to get this bride and groom down. I love the shot of the groom where you can actually see how much rain is falling. And, I agree with Tish, that JD needs a raise. Way to go JD!

  7. Erika McCauley

    May 28th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Oh, these are so great!!! Wow, and JD needs to quit his day-job! Both of you guys are rockstars!!


    May 28th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Jazzy-GREAT shot of the flowergirl…adorable.

  9. Carly McCray

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Looks like you and JD rocked it out in the rain! Love these! What a happy bride 🙂

  10. Amy

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    You rocked it! That first shot with the umbrella is my fav! And the one JD captured with the old car rocks too!

  11. Photography By Shay

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Awesome job on keeping everything beautiful, fun, and light through the rain!

  12. WeezerMonkey

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:29 pm


  13. DrewB

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    How awesome that they were able to embrace the rain! A lot of people would have let that ruin their wedding day. They looked like they had a lot of fun with it and are so in love! Yeah for them!

  14. Christian

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I had just shot a wedding at that same loc. a few weeks ago! The old Victorian house was crazy fun huh?

  15. Cynthia

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Jas….where did they have their venue? Oh, and I agree a raise for JD

  16. Lara @ Southern Wedding Style Magazine

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Beautiful! The shots in the orange trees and priceless. And that flower girl in the jasmine arch is precious!

  17. andrew mejia

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    que boda mas chula… 🙂 el medioambiente parece muy rustica, y a la vez gente muy bonita.. creo que la lluvia ofrece caracter al dia, no? muy bien hecho, Jasmine 🙂

  18. Jasmine*

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Peeeeople! Enough with the talk about giving JD a raise!! I get it enough from him, so once he reads all these comments, I’ll be broke! 😉 In all seriousness, he does SOOO much for me and is truly my backbone! I know I sound mushy, but I love him! 🙂

  19. Jeff Youngren

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    J – why are you so amazing? Incredible shots – love the ones of them with the orange trees, and the two of her standing in the doorway are breathtaking!! 🙂

  20. tanya jose

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    i love that the bride & groom didn’t get all fussy over the rain, the pictures are BEAUTIFUL & totally captures that all they cared about was eachother that day. mad props to JD for some awesome shots too!

  21. Ashley

    May 28th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    I love this post because this is the same location where Amelia Lyon photographed my reception! I love to see all the different places you decided to shoot. Where was that cool car when I got married?! Great job Jasmine, especially in the rain =).

  22. David [C+D]

    May 28th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Jasmine Jasmine Jasmine. I could go on and on about each photo you have on here. Seriously cool stuff. My fav has to be the flower girl though with the three circles of light above her. For some reason those dots of light just complete the picture for me!

  23. Amanda Donaho

    May 28th, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Love ’em! They seem like an awesome couple for keeping their cool through the rain… and it made for sweet pics! And props to JD :o)

  24. PhotoSmith - Sarah e. Smith

    May 28th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    oh I so adore all of your photos, but those images in the citrus grove are just so lovely, i especially LOVE that triptych! i just adore your work 🙂

  25. jeanette sanchez

    May 28th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    JD is on a roll! Go JD!

  26. Natarsha

    May 28th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    What a beautiful couple! Her eyes are so captivating…love those blue eyes! Congrats!

  27. Adrienne

    May 28th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Beautiful shots and what an awesome couple! They really do look so happy and amazingly in love! Love the shots in the orange grove and the ones where they’re sharing the umbrella!

  28. Jamie

    May 28th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    I always wondered what a rainy Oregon wedding shoot by Jasmine * would look like… Now I know! ;0) Nice work, JD! …oh, and you too, Jasmine!! I love them, as always.

  29. Stacy Cross

    May 28th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Every single image says "True Love". Seriously. Unless I saw umbrellas or read about the rain, you would never know there was anything else going on here other than the uniting of two very in-love people. How beautiful!

  30. Robin Olson

    May 28th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    you can feel her joy in these images. it’s like i just witnessed an amazing union of love. wow!

  31. Kristin

    May 28th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I love the orange grove pictures! I’ve always dreamed of doing a photo shoot in an orange grove. The couple looks so ecstatic and the rain and umbrellas add charm to the pics! Great shoot!

  32. Cathy Crawley

    May 28th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    How cool are the photos with the old truck! I really like their photos in the Orchard too. 😉

  33. Jeanette

    May 28th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Fabulous! What fun, meaningful shots! They look so in love & happy.

  34. Anna

    May 28th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Seriously, and I’m not even kidding… this is probably the greatest wedding ever! You are wonderful to be so cool about shooting in the rain #1… and #2 what a great B&G! These pictures make me wanna be their friend… how could you not be cool if you’re okay with it pouring on your wedding day… AND still having the ceremony outside! I LOVE IT! It’s totally something I would do…. okay, I wrote a book, but no lie….. this made my day!

  35. Lauren

    May 28th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Wow, beautiful as always, but I had no idea JD could shoot too! wow – you married well. xx

  36. Keith Warren

    May 29th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Great set of shots!


    May 29th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    great images jasmine! oranges are really cool

  38. ohana photography

    May 29th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    the shot with the old truck is awesome!! i got to recently do a shoot with an orange tree too! love them!!

  39. Alicia Brown

    May 29th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    A+ Way for everyone to stay so positive and yeild such positive results.

  40. Ken Burg

    May 29th, 2008 at 2:11 am

    Jasmine – great images that we’ve all grown accustomed to, yet you always manage to surpass your own high standards. Technical question: how do you protect your camera in weather like this?

  41. Lydia

    May 29th, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Wow, I wish I could captures pictures like these in dry weather! Wonderful job at letting nothing get in your way of capturing beautiful images!

  42. amanda

    May 29th, 2008 at 2:50 am

    jasmine…what can i say? you are truly amazing. these pictures are incredible and i am so proud to hang them on our walls and tell everyone that the amazingly great jasmine star created them. thank you thank you thank you!!!

  43. cassandra m

    May 29th, 2008 at 3:54 am

    WOW, these guys are beautiful and I LOVE those photos by the old truck. I kept looking for the rain in the pics and couldn’t see it…ha.ha. The light was amazing and worth the cloudy skys. What memories…love the umbrellas. Great shots by JD too. He is rocking it.

  44. Rachel Brooke

    May 29th, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I like what the rain did for the shoot…the lighting was so nice and the umbrellas add some flare!

  45. joan solitario

    May 29th, 2008 at 5:41 am

    you definitely captured the romance! awesome job to you and jd!

  46. Julie

    May 29th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Wow…gorgeous! So has JD always been a photo pro or did you teach him? 🙂

  47. Catlin Humes

    May 29th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Too bad it rained, the shots are still awesome. I love how the rain inhanced the photos with an extra prop, the umbrella! Very cool, its always great to make the best of every situation.

  48. Trista Lerit

    May 29th, 2008 at 4:15 pm are JD are such troopers! I love the added "story" of the rain to the pictures. I know they’ll look back on these images and always smile 🙂

  49. Abigail Q

    May 29th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I love love LOVE the pictures in the orange grove!

  50. Melissa

    May 29th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    These pictures are even more incredible than I had imagined! When it’s time for my wedding I’ll settle for none other than J*. Amanda and Joel were the coolest bride and groom ever, I don’t know if I could handle all that rain on my big day, but they handled it with nothing but grace and true happiness, it was contagious! Love you guys!

  51. poser

    May 29th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    way to go!
    love the pic next to the truck that your hubby got. oh, and the oranges too 🙂

  52. Janet Kelley

    May 30th, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Thank you for capturing the true essence of my niece and her husband. Their love they share with each other truly comes shining through.

  53. mark Brooke

    May 30th, 2008 at 3:08 am

    man, these are off the hook!

  54. Katie Thurmes

    May 30th, 2008 at 6:20 am

    oranges, umbrellas, velvet-topped flats. what more could you ask for! i love this wedding Jasmine and the way you see so much in your couples’ stories. rock on girl!

  55. New York City Wedding Photographer

    May 31st, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Look at those cute lil shoes! They are adorable. These guys look like a ton of fun!

  56. Shane LaFever

    June 1st, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Amazing shots.

  57. Furious Photographers

    June 2nd, 2008 at 7:30 am

    As much as I hope for sunny days during weddings, I secretly pray for rain because you get to do those cool pictures like yours with umbrellas! Ah I am so jealous!

  58. Janet

    July 10th, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    I had to go back after four years and look at these again. Amanda and Joel….you are still such a blessing!