For a brief period of time in 2004 same sex marriage was legal in Multnomah County, Portland, Oregon. Anna and Michelle were married then, only to have their paperwork returned to them after all of the weddings performed during that period were declared invalid.
Fast forward twelve years, three children later and living in Texas, Anna and Michelle hired Lake Oswego-based Creative Celebrations to help them coordinate their wedding. They wanted it to be simple, incorporate their three beautiful children and most importantly, take place in Oregon.
Owner, Carolyn O'Brien sent them options in various parts of Oregon. The Gorge, Mt. Hood and the Oregon Coast.They settled on beautiful Cannon Beach, Oregon, taking advantage of the nearby Ecola State Park for family photographs.
Their ceremony incorporated a sand melding ceremony where Anna, Michele and their kids created a lasting memory of the day by combining seashells they each found on the beach.