Apr 7, 2015

Matt & Charity. Columbia River Gorge Wedding.

My life needs a soundtrack. I’m always listening to music. Like photographs, music transports: it brings you to another place and time. It brings you comfort, makes you smile, makes you cry. It makes you sing at the top of your lungs while you wait in rush hour traffic and makes you dance around the house like you have nothing left to lose. It gives you goosebumps. It makes you nod your head and tap your feet without even realizing it. Music pours into our souls and reveals our deepest emotions. It is a gift, and a world without music is impossible to imagine. Out of this deep gratitude and respect for those who give us music—the lyricists and singers and instrument-players—I want to say thank you for creating something so essential.

Which brings me to Matt and Charity. These two are incredibly talented musicians. Charity’s band The Head and the Heart has been an inspiration to me for some time now and I would highly recommend giving them a listen if you haven’t already. Besides being unbelievably talented, they are also some of the kindest people I have ever met. I remember posting online about my 4 year anniversary of leaving my engineering position to follow my passion for photography. A week later I received a hand written letter from Charity telling me how happy she and Matt were for me. These two hold a special place in my heart. I feel honored to have been able to document their story. Thank you again Matt and Charity—you’ve truly been a gift to me. I am happy to call you both friends and love you so much.

A huge thank you to my friend Bianca Morra for documenting this day with me.

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Day Two: Portraits

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Music by Goldmund
Venue: Gorge-ous Weddings
Dress: Erdem
Hair: Shandra Koehler of Derby Salon
Makeup: Donna Cicatelli of Jimmy Kimmel Live
Flowers: Magniflora-Flowers
Food Trucks: Koi Fusion
Ice Cream/Dessert: Scoop
Coffee Cart: Case Study Coffee
3D Printed Cookies: Sarah’s Cookies
Macarons: Pix Patisserie
Photo Booth: Happymatic
Furniture Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

notes
  1. amari kenoly

    That’s why you da man. Super clean, emotion, it was all there. Great job holmes.

  2. Nicole Lennox

    NIRAV! Those portraits. Tears. Beautiful, beautiful work.

  3. Petar

    dude…

  4. Jeff Ward

    Beautiful stuff Nirav, great to see you’re still absolutely rockin’ it.

  5. Caroline

    My love language is music and my love for it has been the only constant in life for me. Beautifully written and photographed, friend.

  6. Jenny

    one of my favorite weddings of yours to date. You are an incredible story teller Nirav!

  7. Perla Photography

    You can see the emotion in the images. Well done!

  8. Tyler

    yeah, man.

  9. Brendan

    Well posted man. Story well told.

  10. Banafsheh

    What a beautiful story you told here.

  11. Daniel Lopez Perez

    You are amazing, love those portraits!

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  13. Rob

    Great work dude!

  14. Ava H

    What a gorgeous session! And a beautiful setting. Fantastic job!

  15. avangardphoto

    Wow. Beautiful job.

  16. Katelin Hardy

    Wow!!! I am a fan of Charity from The Head and the Heart. Now I’m a huge fan of your photography. Amazing….. Beautiful…. Artistry…… They must be over the moon with the way you documented their day.

  17. Jasmine

    Wow, I can’t imagine being able to document a wedding in this location. Your photos are breathtaking. You did an amazing job at capturing the love during their big day.

  18. darya elfutina

    Oh sooo epic shoot! Great work, Nirav. And congrats for the couple!

  19. Tiffany

    I love Charity’s music/voice and she is one of the prettiest brides I have ever seen! Love her style. These photos are simply amazing, you can truly feel the emotion they capture. So much love there. Congratulations, Matt and Charity!!