Casey and Marly’s Unforgettable Masquerade Ball Wedding in Portland, Oregon at the Alberta Abbey.

Gather ’round because this is a love story that spans 17 incredible years, but believe it or not it’s only been 3 years since Casey and Marly officially decided to give love a shot. Can you believe it? Picture this: Casey would call whenever he was in town, and guess what?  Marly always picked up.  They were thick as thieves, always close friends, but it took the chaos of COVID-19 to bring them even closer.

So, here’s the scoop.  Casey, being the determined guy he is, tried to pop the question during their first weekend in New Orleans.  But Marly, the practical one, put her foot down, saying no major decisions until they’ve dated a year and lived together for at least 6 months.  Crafty Casey made his move during Thanksgiving, and with a home in order, he conveniently moved in. Sneaky, huh?

Fast forward to their first anniversary, and Casey seized the moment to propose.  Now, for their Masquerade Ball wedding, it’s their 3rd anniversary.  Yes, they are planning for a future filled with unforgettable adventures.

Their wedding day called everyone to wear classy Masquerade Masks and 1920s fancy clothes.  Marly and Casey wanted everyone to go all out with outrageous outfits, embracing the Halloween weekend spirit.  Forget the white; think gold and burgundy or any color that tickles a fancy.  They didn’t care about perfect suit matching or dress length. It was all about expressing creative flair because they’ve always dreamt of a masquerade, and now it was everyone’s time to shine!

Their “Le Ceremony” kicked off with drinks and seats upstairs in the Alberta Abbey auditorium.  After the ceremony, it was canapes, cocktails, and light appetizers time.  Dinner delights featured multiple food stations, each with its own vibe.  The night was filled with speeches, and Shakespearean expressions of love, and then the real party began—dance, dance, dance, and karaoke!  Upstairs was the place to belt out your favorite tunes, chill in hideaways, drink, and be merry.

The stroke of midnight marked the official proclamation of Marly & Casey being pronounced “Man and Wife.”  Festivities continued from midnight to 4 am, and the after-hours party kicked in with DJs, more speeches, dancing, bubbles, and even a tattoo bus for the adventurous ones. During the entirety of this wedding our trusted Geekoto lights and Magnetmod light modifiers were critical to helping us light up all the emotions and action with the right angles and pin light focus. This was the darkest wedding we’ve ever photographed, very tricky and technical; 90% of our photos were taken with flash.  We work hard as a team to get all the priceless moments! As always, Aftershoot helped us edit with blazing precision.

One of Marly and Casey’s favorite sayings is from Leo Buscaglia, “A life lived in love will never be dull.”  They are loving and living it!

 

An exquisite silhouette photo of a bride and groom walking at sunset under a canopy of trees in Portland just outside the Alberta Abbey during their Masquerade Ball Wedding

Worlds Best Wedding Photos award of a bride and groom exchanging vows amidst guests wearing Masquerade ball masks during their wedding ceremony in Portland, Oregon at the Alberta Abbey.

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Photo of a groom and best friends laughing moments before her Masquerade Ball Wedding at the Alberta Abbey venue in Portland, Oregon

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A photo of a brides made with red tent with sparkles all around her while singing karaoke at a Masquerade Ball Wedding at the Alberta Abbey venue in Portland, Oregon

Creative photo of a man and woman in 1920's outfits dancing with sparkles all around them at a Masquerade Ball Wedding at the Alberta Abbey venue in Portland, Oregon

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Creative photo of an officiant dressed in 1920's outfit making a toast with blurred and doubled red light swirling all around her at a Masquerade Ball Wedding at the Alberta Abbey venue in Portland, Oregon

Emotional bride and groom receiving blessings from a best man during a Masquerade Ball Wedding at the Alberta Abbey venue in Portland, Oregon

Emotional bride and groom receiving blessings from a best man during a Masquerade Ball Wedding at the Alberta Abbey venue in Portland, Oregon

Dessert Details:

Be sure to checkout the KIND WORDS Marly and Casey’s shared about their experience with us.

Photographers: JOS & TREE
Lighting Assistant: Hector Salazar
Planning and Coordination: Sabrina Sterling – Obrigada Events
Venue: Alberta Abbey@albertaabbeypdx
Wedding Dress: Bridal Shop a&bé@aandbe_bridalshop
Flowers and Decor: Hazey Fields
Officiant: @vera_mysteria
Tatoo Bus: @inkbustatoo
Makeup: @paradicebeauty
Flowers: Hazey Fields
DJ: @marcus.funkhouser
Food: Michael Macfarlane@petiscopdx & Sabrina Sterling – Obrigada Events
Awesome Desserts: Show Stopper Cookies IG: @showstopper_cookies/ 

A very special thank you to @hectorsalazarphotography for helping light up this low-lit wedding at every documentary move! Our new @geekoto lights didn’t miss a shot! And our MagnetMod tools help focus our light on all the right faces.

Accolades & Recognition: Tree’s photo of Marly walking into the ceremony was published by Fearless Photographers (image #49) as one of the favorite photos of 2023. Jos’ photo of Marly & Casey exchanging vows was also published by Fearless Photographers (image #17) as one of the favorite photos of 2023.

Accolades: The Worlds Best Wedding photos awarded the 2 image from their wedding ceremony as one of the 30 top “celebrating the ceremony” photos during their March 2024 contest.

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