Those sweet summer days are inching nearer and nearer and I’m taking every opportunity I can get to soak up as much sunshine as possible. And this garden soiree with it’s classic yellow and navy palette, is all I need to help kick off the season. Altura Studio made sure to snap up every lovely moment and you can see it all in the glowing gallery!

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From Altura StudioCarolynne and Branden’s wedding was one we were definitely looking forward to shooting. Since Summer in Portland is pitifully short, we were excited to be photographing their outdoor wedding which took place in a lovely garden on a golden September afternoon.

Carolynne had considered every detail–flowers, attire, table decor. The result was a sweet, elegant afternoon affair. The groom, with his easygoing charm and killer suit, evoked a young Justin Timberlake. Carolynne, in classic lace and a soft updo channeled pure softness.

I think my favorite part of the day when the couple met up privately for a few minutes before the whirlwind began. Carolynne seemed a little nervous on her way to meet Branden. He actually teared up when they embraced. But the mood quickly turned to laughter and excitement as they anticipated the ceremony ahead.

From the beautiful Bride… There are moments when we encounter in the world things we thought only existed in our dreams. First it was my husband, Branden, an answer to a lifelong prayer. In the post-proposal joy of starting to plan our wedding, the moment I saw Abigail’s Garden at the Abernethy Center my heart skipped with the joy of seeing in real life a place I’d thought could only be created on film sets or Thomas Kinkade paintings. An elegantly sloping path led the eye to a quaint white gazebo tucked into a soft canopy of willow trees and evergreens. It was perfect.

I wanted not only the softness and romance of a garden wedding, but also the elegance and formality of an evening wedding. Choosing warm and light hues of yellow and white, and anchoring them with classic navy, struck a harmonious balance between visual airiness and visual depth. The draping we brought in to our tented reception area made the space feel all the more intimate, elegant and serene.

Without question, the magic of our wedding day was largely realized by the extraordinary floral arrangements created by my aunt, Elizabeth Neish, owner of Wildly Orchestrated. An abundance of delicate textures – namely china mums, garden roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and baby’s breath – in soft whites and yellows looked as romantic in the daylight as they did after the sun set and our reception was lit by the warmth of tabletop candles and a few carefully placed uplights. None of our guests could believe that my floral cake top – inspired by my bridal bouquet of David Austen ‘Patience’ roses – was, in fact, sugar flower replicas, the work of the unbelievably talented Andrea Nicholas.

In addition to their thoughtfully planned and manicured event space, the Abernethy Center had every on-site amenity and service a bride could need; this allowed me to focus my attention on the various little details that made the day feel like a creative expression. Every printed item from my save-the-dates to my table numbers was designed by the brilliant and down-to-earth Lindsay Zogas of Paper Bloom. Her shared attention to detail allowed me to incorporate the exact lace pattern and florals of my dress onto our invitations and reception signage.

Aesthetics aside, some of the most special and gratifying elements of the day were subtleties. We chose to be married on September 14th in honor of Branden’s mother and of my late grandfather, whose birthdays fell on that day. I wore the pearls my late grandfather had given to my mother as another way to carry him with me. Throughout the entire ceremony I clutched the handkerchief my late great-grandmother had given to me so that I could keep her close, too.

The overwhelming support of our families, friends and vendors was truly humbling. I will be forever indebted to our amazing photographers, John and Theresa Valls of Altura Studio, for guiding us throughout the entire day with grace and endless humor, all the while capturing the most beautiful moments of our wedding. The day – let alone the photos – would not have been the same without them.

Photography: Altura Studio | Floral Design: Wildly Orchestrated | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Andrea Nichols | Invitations: Paper Blooms Studio | Shoes: Something Blue | Bridesmaids Dresses: Suzi Chin For Maggy | Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss | Music: Duo Con Brio | Wedding Venue: Abigail's Garden

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