Cameron Taylor Photography sent us this next wedding; a day centered around good food, great family and the breathtaking surroundings of Merrywood Farm. And it just goes to show you, a wedding where boots make an appearance is bound to be a fun time. At least that's my theory and I have yet to meet a wedding that didn't live up to my cowboy boot expectations. See the full day right here as well as the film shot by Nate Baston Weddings below. And if you still are hankering for some more, be sure to take some time to watch this Fusion Album; a new take on the wedding film melded with photography crafted by Cameron Taylor.
From the Bride... After getting engaged to Marcus, I knew I wanted a wedding that represented us as a couple — laid-back with a touch of country (only a touch since Marcus is far from a cowboy), something outside with really delicious food and drinks and lots of unique, hand-crafted details. As soon as we traveled off the beaten path to the beautiful Merrywood Farm property, I knew that was our spot. It is a true, working, 100-year old barn and farm with many quirky farm antiques all around on display. The location itself was my main inspiration for everything, from our food being served in pie tins, to the gazillion mason jars and cowboy boot-wearing bridal party. Even having the boys wearing suits instead tuxes was inspired by the setting of the venue.
Leading up to the day, I knew I wanted to choose vendors who shared that same laid-back and relaxed style, and I was so pleased that I did! My best friend since first grade and matron of honor, Megan Ward from Red Pearl Designs, is an amazing graphic designer who has won awards for her wedding invitation work. She really shared my vision and helped design not only my adorable farm-themed invites, but also all of the wedding stationery. She designed many items for the day of to add extra-special touches and tie everything together. Because most of Marcus' and my grandparents weren't able to be physically present with us on our day, I framed photos of them at our age, as well as our parents, to be displayed on our dessert table.
My absolute favorite part of the day was directly after the ceremony. Marcus and I sneaked away to a private orchard on the farm for a picnic for just the two of us. Many people warned me that brides don't get to eat the food at their reception, and I was not going to let that happen to me! Plus, it was an amazing half hour that Marcus and I got to spend just enjoying one another and reflecting on our ceremony before heading into our fiesta!
If I were to give any future brides advice about wedding planning, it would be to choose vendors that share your personality/style and to not sweat the small stuff. Weddings are meant to be a fun celebration, so the more you enjoy the day, the more everyone else will. Cheers!
Wedding Photography: Cameron Taylor Photography / Wedding Venue: Merrywood Farm in Oregon City, Oregon / Venue Contact: Susan Keyser (Merrywood@web-ster.com) / Wedding Coordination: Marissa Jenkins (503-515-6490) / Floral Design: Jodi Beals (firstname.lastname@example.org) / Officiant: Ken Engelking of Morning Star Community Church / Wedding Cinematography: Nate Baston Weddings / Catering: Julie Wallner of Cafe Today / Brewery: Matt Radtke of Gilgamesh Brewing / Wedding Invitations: Megan Ward of Red Pearl Designs (The Maid of Honor) / DJ: John Ross Music / Case Artist: Terri Nordone of Posh Ganache / Photo Booth: Eugene Photo Booth / Rentals: A to Z Party Rental / Wedding Dress: Kareen Hill / Hair: Heather Small of Salon Gorgeous (503-371-6288) / Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry by Beth Level / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Target / Men’s Suits: Mr. Formal