City Park Church Wedding | Lydia & Josh | Portland Wedding Photographer

I know I’ve said this before, but fall weddings are my absolute favorite. There’s something magical about the changing leaves and the crisp fall air that lends to such a romantic atmosphere on a wedding day. Lydia and Josh’s special day was no exception–they were married on a beautiful day in early November, and it was simply magical.

I met Lydia a few years ago through a college ministry called Cru. I remember getting to know her during a long road trip to the Crossroads Conference that Cru organizes for college juniors and seniors. It’s crazy to think about, but I had just started dating Anthony at the time. I remember talking about this new guy I was seeing, but I had no idea how much this man would soon change my life.  I’m now married to that sweet man, and we have a baby girl on the way. And as of November, Lydia is married too–what a difference three years makes!

I didn’t meet Josh until the wedding day, but as soon as I saw them together, I knew they were  a special couple. Lydia and Josh met 10 years ago, when they were in the 8th grade. Though they spent some time pursuing their own paths over the years, it’s clear that God meant for them to be together. Josh proposed to Lydia in May of 2018 at Crown Point (the Vista House), and their wedding was planned for the following November.

Lydia and Josh were married at City Park Church in Gresham, Oregon. This was followed by a beautiful reception surrounded by their friends and loved ones. One of the recurring symbols on their wedding day was the lock and key, which was incorporated into their decor and wedding favors. As a young teenager, Lydia had given her father a key–the key to her heart. During a touching speech later in the evening, Lydia’s father revealed this key and passed it on to Josh. You guys, this was such a sweet moment and so special! Getting to capture beautiful moments like this is such a huge reason why I love what I do.

Other highlights from the day included Lydia and Josh’s first look (surrounded by vibrant fall colors), the shoe game (always a crowd pleaser), and the sweet dances and toasts. It was clear how immensely loved and supported they are by their family and friends, and it was such an honor to bear witness to this.

We are so excited for Lydia and Josh as they begin their lives together, and we know their marriage will be full of the same love and joy that we witnessed on their wedding day. Congratulations, you two!



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