Painted Hills / 5 Year Anniversary Shoot

As much as I love the excitement and newness of photographing an engagement, and the joy and giddiness of a wedding day, there’s something so beautiful about getting to photograph an anniversary shoot. The confidence, security, and authenticity that comes with a strong marriage is so incredible, and so worth documenting! The butterflies might feel different, but they’re still there.
As soon as I found out Marina and her husband, Allen, were celebrating their 5 year anniversary, I knew we needed to do something really special (Marina is sort of an instagram celebrity, so I wanted to make sure I did their relationship justice!). I threw out the idea of traveling across Oregon to The Painted Hills. None of us had ever been, and it just seemed like it would be the most incredible backdrop for some romantic anniversary photos. Allen has wanted to go for years, so it worked out perfectly!!! I got in touch with some incredible vendors around the state, and we reached out to a talented dress designer in Australia for the gown. Every single person came together to make this experience special for Marina and Allen, and I was in disbelief the entire time that something this beautiful could be in our backyard. It was such a refreshing and genuine reminder of how powerful and strong marriage is, and how incredible it is to be married to your best friend! 5 years down, a lifetime to go!
Vendors // 

Monique Serra Photography @moniqueserraphotography

Ashley Spence http://  @ashley_m_spence
Good Seed Floral   http://   @goodseedfloral
White Meadow   http://   @whitemeadowbridal
New Twist  http://   @newtwiststore
Kaila Lundstrom  @haircolumn
Kaelin McDowell   @kaelinmcdowellmakeup
Dream Cakes PDX   http://   @dreamcakespdx
Marina McAvoy   @marinamcavoy


Hi! I’m Monique!

I'm a mama and wife, trying to balance life, falling in love with the messy, raw, and organic (joyful and vulnerable) moments of YOUR story! 


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Monique Serra Photography

Albany, Oregon