Waterside Engagement Shoot on Willamette River Captures Pure Romance

Morgan and Harrison knew they wanted a preppy, East Coast inspired wedding and used this as inspiration for engagement photos.
Written by
Emily Sweet

This Oregon engagement shoot set on the Willamette River was a depiction of elegance on the "Nostalgia" boat. Photographed by Sweetlife Photography, to-be bride Morgan and fiance Harrison found themselves truly in love on the open waters, surrounded by the water's gentle movement, champagne and (of course) a charcuterie display. The pictures were undeniably gorgeous, but it was the meaning and emotion behind their shoot that truly was a standout. 

Engagement shoots can be the epitome of connection between couples, and oftentimes are a great place to try out photographers you may want to use for your future nuptials. Morgan and Harrison opted for a setting that emphasized their intimacy and focused on them with a nautical twist. Bride Morgan said, "I grew up on the Willamette River, and Harrison and I share many wonderful memories boating together with our family and friends." Through a private contact, the duo found the "Nostalgia" boat and created an engagement design that echoed their upcoming wedding vision. 

Given the meaning that the Willamette River holds for the couple, they were set on having their wedding against that backdrop, and this engagement shoot was a cohesive vision that explored their locale. The antique boat and preppy outfit choices were intentionally curated to give hints of the East Coast feel Morgan and Harrison will infuse their wedding with. What we truly love about this shoot is not only that it showcases such genuine love between our couple, but that it was thoughtfully planned with careful consideration of the entire wedding process. 

We are seeing so many couples find new ways to celebrate their engagements, but a classic photoshoot never goes out of style. Morgan and Harrison's story was highlighted through their photos and across their wedding events, and the resulting cohesion was perfectly catered to their individual love story, captured effortlessly by Sweetlife Photography. 

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