Have you ever been to Bridal Veil Lakes? I never have, but I feel like I’ve been to this land where pretty is ever-present thanks to You Look Nice Today Photography. Their images have transported me from my little desk to this gorgeous lakeside wedding, and I couldn’t be happier. I can imagine I’m sitting in that perfect light, watching that adorable couple tie the knot. And it’s a fabulous way to spend a Thursday afternoon. Click here for the whole gorgeous day!
From the beautiful bride … Luke and I met in the sunny state of North Carolina. On our first date, we discovered that we loved each other and that we both shared the dream to move across the country and explore the West coast. We mutually agreed that Portland, Oregon would be an ideal spot to settle as it shared a lot of our common interests and opened the door for career opportunities. A year later we drove across the country and fell in love with the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.
A quick year and a half later, Luke proposed on top of Rocky Butte on a sunny, pleasant May day. Afterwards, we celebrated with a delicious meal, drinks and a concert that night. We both knew we wanted to get married outside, under the epic trees of Oregon and during the magical season of Summer. If you’ve ever been to Oregon in the Summer, you know it’s a special place. That’s when we found Bridal Veil Lakes; a very beautiful place amidst the trees and flowers, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Once we found the venue, everything else seemed to fall into place. At times, wedding planning felt overwhelming and so time consuming, but we absolutely adored all of our vendors. The people involved are really special people and we really felt the love.
Our wedding day was literally sunkissed with magic. That sounds like a cliche, but it’s true. The natural side of the venue inspired most of the wedding. We wanted the day to feel organic, natural, classy yet casual. So many of our guests had traveled far and wide and we wanted them to feel relaxed and enjoy the treasures of the Gorge as most of them had never been to Oregon. As a Graphic Designer, the details and decorations were one of the most exciting part of the planning and watching the event come together was really special. I wanted to create a rustic and texture-inspired setting using vintage pieces that complemented nature. Some of our favorite details (besides local food and beverages) included the paper flowers, hand-made by our wedding planner, Rachel. They were full of texture and added a nice touch to the natural whimsy. Even though Luke and I were wrapped up in each other, we were also very impressed with the lively music – traditional celtic fiddle tunes. Music also played a large theme in the decor. Our shared love of music was an easy way to personalize our day. We spray painted frames to an antique gold and designed the inserts to include vintage piano music (thanks Jane!) layered with our favorite song lyrics used as table decorations. This was pretty inexpensive and they turned out beautifully. Photography was also important to us and knowing that our photographer loved and appreciated the venue made us feel confident that he would capture the light and details perfectly. All of these details made the next feel more special. However, one of the best parts of the weekend was experiencing our families with our closest friends and watching relationships bloom. Sharing an intimate day with almost all of the people you love is an incredible feeling. We are so thankful for all of the love that was shared. It was a truly magical Monday.
Photography: You Look Nice Today Photography | Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes, Oregon | Officiant: Lesley Wise | Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom | Bride’s Dress: Ania Collection | Florist: Emerald Petals | Musicians: Eddie Parente and Cary Novotny | Jewelry: Sahlia Michelle Jewelry, Vintage and Great Grandmother’s Pearls | Veil: Karina Reed | Makeup and Hair: Nicole Wagner, Powder Inc. | Catering: The Art of Catering | Cupcakes: Cupcake Jones | Wedding Planner and Paper Flowers: Rachel Coddington | Graphic Design, Style Guide and Signage: Allison Arno | Decor: Designed by Bride, Family and Family Friends | Transportation: EcoShuttle