This Oregon affair may just be the perfect blend of everything I love about weddings. The inspired design, the DIY details, the loads of gorgeous blooms and above all, the couple who didn’t let anything overshadow their love. It’s a day filled with family and faith that speaks to the heart and soul of why I really, truly love weddings. Anthem Photography captured each and every moment that can all be found in the full gallery here.
From the bride…Yes, I was “One of THOSE girls” who had planned out their entire wedding in GREAT detail..long before I was engaged. And, it was totally worth it! I was fortunate and grew up in a very loving and Godly house hold. My mom has prayed for her husband, kids and their kids since she was 16 years old. I know that her prayers had a huge part in why I cared so much about my wedding day and what it meant. I knew I wanted the Spirit present and tangible for all who attended. My theme for the evening from beginning to end had an ethereal feeling set in the 1920’s. Low amber lighting, candles, moss, 20’s jazz music, touches of Pendleton and antiques galore! I wanted everyone who attended to feel romanced, re-romanced and reminded why they married who they did 50 years, 20 years or even 12 months ago. And for those who weren’t married to see the importance of marriage. I decorated myself along with a few of my best friends and mother.
I picked up all my decor either from estate sales, garage sales and or local antique stores. We even went moss picking, soaked it and dried it. Everything you see was DIY. My inspiration? I love old items and creating spaces that are welcoming and unique. I’m all about creating “the mood”. The venue was a friend of a friend’s home in Lake Oswego. The home was built in the 1900’s and the barn where we spent most of the evening was built in the 1800’s. It had a very charming and romantic feel. We said “I do” outside and in front of an old barn wood mantle I had made by a close friend.There wasn’t a dry eye at the ceremony, the Lord was faithful and present. My Uncle Paul married Dominic and myself in front of 350 family member and friends. The words spoken were short and sweet. Soon after each eye was dried and we said “I do” everyone joined us on the other side of the house.
We ate our dinner outside, surrounded by a beautiful garden and an towering 1800’s barn. We weren’t able to afford professional catering for 350 people so each one of my wonderful 8 aunt’s made one of their favorite dinner salads and we had our meat and “russian rice” locally catered. My wedding cake was made by Honey Cakes in Vancouver and all of the desert was made by my mother’s close friends and family. We finished our evening off with dancing and was wished off with sparklers to our car. This day was a day the Lord had promised my heart years ago as a little girl. I couldn’t have been any happier!
Wedding Photography: Anthem Photography | Wedding Venue: Rifkin Farms in West Linn, Oregon | Floral Design: Bride | Wedding Catering: Family and Friends | Wedding Cake: Honey Cakes | Music: Pandora, Early Jazz Station | Wedding Invitations : Jon Jacquet (Jon@manicmonster.com) | Wedding Dress + Head Piece: Urchin ReDesign | Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto | Brides’ Earrings: Camas Antiques | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom + Macy’s | Hair: Rachel Boyle | Makeup: Yana Lupekha