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Intimate Oregon Wedding at Brasada Ranch

Warm and welcoming, it’s hard to look at this wedding and not feel completely invested in every detail planned and designed by Events By Mint. It’s a day that is not only beautiful in the physical sense, but it is also wrapped up in emotion. Each gorgeous image from Josselyn Peterson seemed to sweep me further off feet, and you can see why here.

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Summer
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Ranch
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Rustic

From The Bride…Brandon and my relationship started out as a friendship when we were just fourteen years old. My twin sister, Margot and I were at our school’s annual homecoming walking around campus, when out of the blue we locked eyes with two boys – never speaking a word to one another. A couple days later, Margot and I got a call from a summer camp friend who over heard these same boys talking about the “twins” during her science class. She put two and two together and realized it was us they were talking about. Suddenly we are on a conference call with Brandon, and that was the beginning of this everlasting relationship.

After that first night on the phone, Brandon and I were immediately drawn to each other. We would spend hours on the phone and soon after spend tons of time together.

Our journey, though filled with its share of ups and downs, blossomed into true love. Brandon and I are lucky to not only call each other best friends, but also soul mates.

Flash forward 14 years later, when Brandon and I got engaged! Like everything he does, Brandon made our engagement so very special and filled with more love than one can ever imagine. Much to my surprise, he proposed on my birthday in Santa Barbara at San Yisidro Ranch, a place I would always talk about and dreamt of staying at. We arrived at our cottage, and through the front door, I saw a crate. I turned around and said, “did you get a dog??? You are not ready for a dog!” (side note: we weren’t even living together yet). He didn’t react, just opened the door, got down and opened the crate. Next thing I knew the cutest little vizsla, known now as Penni came out. Still in shock and thinking that I just got the most insane birthday present ever, Brandon suddenly started to say all these sweet words and sentiments about our love for each other and our future together. Next thing I knew, he was taking a ring off of this little puppy’s collar and was proposing to me as we were both sitting on the floor with Penni. It was so beautiful, intimate, memorable and beyond special. We became a family!

Next came time to think about “our wedding.” We knew we wanted a destination wedding and that we wanted to include all of our family and close friends. We didn’t want the generic “hotel” wedding, instead I wanted to make sure our wedding was simple, intimate, rustic, sweet, special and filled with tons of love. And Brandon’s only request was a ranch style wedding. With those few requests, I was able to research on finding the perfect setting, which would allow us to bring our vision to life (and most importantly find the perfect location for my Mr.). After months of research, I came across Brasada Ranch, or what I like to call our “diamond in the rough.”

As soon as I came across Brasada Ranch’s website, I quickly sent the link to Brandon. I was SO excited! After looking at tons of photos and exchanging emails with their events team, we planned our first trip up north from Los Angeles. After we landed, rented our car and took in the picturesque scenery of Bend, Oregon, we came across what we thought was Brasada Ranch – Brandon was not happy with me (I’ll spare you the details), but then we quickly (and luckily) realized it was the wrong place. Finally we arrived and we were smitten. It was us, our dreams unfolded into a reality – rustic, romantic, beautiful scenery, intimate, great food and adorable cabins (no hotel rooms). It’s hard to put into words, but we just felt right when we were there. We brought our parents back soon after, and were happy to receive their seals of approval. Over the next year we dove headfirst into planning our weekend, which we had tons of fun doing.

Our wedding was on August 2, 2014. However, we were lucky enough that a lot of our family and friends planned to arrive early. With that, we planned some fun activities for everyone, like river rafting, beer tasting, a golf tournament and some much needed pool time.

The night before our wedding we had a beautiful outdoor barbecue – with great food, incredible music and to top it all off the most insane sunsets and pink skies.

Our actual wedding day was truly magical. It was everything we wanted and so much more. We were literally speechless at how beautiful everything was. We exchanged our vows during an outdoor ceremony; surrounded by our family and closest friends amongst such natural beauty (and a couple rain drops), then moved our party up to the Barn, where we enjoyed the patio for cocktails and music and then continued the party indoors for dinner and some serious dancing. The room was filled with candles, white roses and ivy, and proved to be very intimate and romantic, with a touch of rustic chic. We partied until the wee hours of the night, drinking, dancing and having the absolute best time.

When we look back at our wedding weekend, we still cannot believe it was our wedding. We are forever grateful and so blessed to have really had the wedding of “our dreams.” If we had to pick a favorite part, we would say, aside from getting to marry each other, it was hearing that people had the “best weekend of their life.” There really were so many special moments that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Photography: Josselyn Peterson Photographer | Videographer: Good Time Productions | Event Design: Events By Mint | Floral Design: Events By Mint | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop | Bride's Shoes: Givenchy | Hair: Artistry By Angela | Groom's Shoes: Paul Smith | Groom's Belt: Bottega Veneta | Groom's Shirt: Theory | Groom's Tie: Givenchy | Headband: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations And Paper Goods: Spiffy Press | Makeup: Flaunt Artistry | Reception Band: Lord Huron | Rentals: O'Brien Events | Sound: Electric Audio | Suit: Paul Smith | Veil: Monique Lhuillier | Venue: Brasada Ranch | Wedding Band: Precious Byrd

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Colorful Farm Wedding in Portland, Oregon

Full of color and love, this Oregon beauty captured by Ann-Kathrin Koch is the cats meow. Honestly, it’s kind of everything that makes me squeal when I open up a submission - beautiful hues, creative details (hello camera bar), and two people so in love they just can’t stand it. It’s pure wedding magic, and you can get lost in all the lovely right here.

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Summer
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Farm
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Rustic

From Ann-Kathrin KochWhitney and Dave. Dave and Whitney. The Tuttles. Tutney. What can I tell you about these two? Maybe how they met, it’s a pretty good story and luckily for me (and you) already recorded on their own blog. It involves a horse called Flickr and a whole lot of Polaroids, which incidentally is also two of the words I would use to describe Whitney and Dave and how I got to know them. Find out more about that here: http://www.hisampersandhers.com/2012/05/engaged.html And here: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2014/02/14/whitney-david-a-flickr-love-story/

It was June 2012 when I got an email from them titled “Here’s my number, call me maybe”. I completely blame the two of them for my irrational love of this song because what came next was the following: “And THIS might be crazy, but what are you doing next year? Specifically around July 27th 2013? See, this is the day that we have decided is going to be the big day, and if you are not too busy, we were thinking that… you know… uhm, maybe you.. .you could uh… be our wedding photographer?” And that’s how it started.

A year later I was on a plane heading to the Pacific Northwest and just a few days later found myself driving up to Fern Hill Farm on a sunny Friday evening, about to attend Whitney and Dave’s rehearsal dinner. Turns out that flying me from England to America for their wedding was not a crazy idea at all.

From The Bride…Dave and I were married last summer on my parents’ farm just outside of Portland, OR. Having over a year to plan our wedding allowed us to really focus on all the details of our day. We wanted to not only celebrate our commitment to one another, but to also celebrate all of our friends and family who had helped us get to this point in our lives. Dave and I met on the photography website Flickr over our mutual love of polaroids, so we knew from the get go that we wanted our wedding to be a visual feast for the eyes. My brother acted as our wedding officiant, we wrote our own vows, had countless DIY touches and there were lots of polaroids (including a camera bar!).

Music…The bridal party walked down to the Vitamin String Quartet version of “Sweet Child ‘O Mine.” Recessional: Vitamin String Quartet version of “All You Need is Love” Processional: Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Steve Wonder (complete with confetti cannons shot by bridal party and guests). First dance: Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles.

Whitney’s favorite memory of the day…The anticipation of our first look. We chose a spot in the woods behind my parents’ house. As I walked down the trail to Dave, I could see his shoulders moving up and down and I knew he was crying. This of course made me start to cry. Being able to have a quiet moment for just the two of us before our ceremony really relaxed me and helped calm any nerves I was having. It was a really special moment.

Dave’s favorite memory of the day…To be honest, the whole day was an absolute blur. You spend countless days, weeks, months planning this event and before you know it, it is all over in what feels like a matter of minutes. I think that my favorite memory of the day ultimately was just the overwhelming sense of fun that the day brought. It was just so much fun. From the backdrop we created, to the amazing ceremony that left everybody in stitches, to the music and dancing that lasted late into the night. We had so much fun and I really think that you can see it in our guests’ faces.

Whitney’s advice is get your hair and make-up done first. People might suggest you go last, but don’t listen to them. You want ample time to take photographs before your ceremony and things are bound to take longer than expected. At the end of the day, your photographs are what you have to remember your wedding by. We ran an hour late getting ready and I ended up going last. It really cut into our photography time.

Dave’s advice is if you ask people what they most remember from a wedding they attend, they are likely to say “the food, the drinks and the dancing.” Sorry ceremony, but everyone is ultimately there to party. (Except your mom, your mom is totally going to soak up the sappy sh*t.) You are there to get married and your friends are there to celebrate. We were lucky enough to have our wedding out in the country so there were no less rules on how late/loud the music could be, whether we could furnish our own booze once the caterers left, etc. Our DJ (the best DJ in Oregon by far) loved that aspect and didn’t stop the music until late at night when we were all just dead tired from dancing and partying all night. My advice is that while you and your fiancée are certainly there to commit yourselves to each other for the rest of your lives, you must remember that it is ultimately a celebration of your union. It is fun being married, it should be fun getting married.

DIY projects we did include:

My parents built the pergola in the backyard and then my folks, Dave, brother and I spent a weekend running wire to the house and securing the garden lights to it.

Ribbon backdrop…We created our ribbon backdrop with a birch branch cut from a tree in my parents’ yard. We secured a dowel rod to the back of the branch with hooks and then tied the ribbons to the rod so that the branch would still be visible. We purchased the fancier ribbons on sale at Michael’s and then filled the backdrop in with cheaper ribbon we bought in bulk at Costco. The ribbons were secured at the bottom with a metal rod so that they didn’t blow in the wind.

Signage…We raided my parents’ barn for wood scraps and then Dave cut them down to appropriate sizes and secured stakes to them. I created a homemade stain using a concoction of steel wool, coffee grounds, rusty nails and vinegar and painted that on the boards. The signs were all then hand painted by my friend Summer Williams Allen of www.designismine.blogspot.com

Ball jars used at our bar…Painted by me using acrylic paint

Cupcake signage…I bought mini easels and chalkboards at the craft store, adhered tiny paper flowers to them and then my maid of honor did the lettering.

Dinner Menu…We purchased a kitchen cabinet door for a couple dollars at The ReBuilding Center (www.rebuildingcenter.org) and then spray painted it with chalkboard paint. My maid of honor did the lettering.

Signature cocktail display…I bought two wood picture frames at Michael’s, put several coats of primer on them and then spray painted the inside with chalkboard paint. I actually used the back of the frames instead of the front. My maid of honor did the lettering for these, too. The week of the wedding I made all the rhubarb simple syrup for our “Blushing Bride” cocktail.

Relief station…I spray painted my old nightstand coral.

Chalkboard doors for program and road sign…We purchased two doors at the ReBuilding Center, primed them and then spray painted them with chalkboard paint. My maid of honor did the lettering.

Camera bar…To create our camera bar we found a wooden window frame in my parents’ barn and painted it white. We secured the “camera bar” sign in the middle of the sign with twine and then used an antique table from my parents’ house as the “bar.”

Cake topper garland…Made by me using two wood knitting needles, bakers twine and some washi tape.

Table settings…Log rounds cut by my brother, jars and bottles pulled from my parents’ barn.

Photography: Ann-Kathrin Koch | Flowers: Bouquets, Corsages And Boutonnières By Anna Mara Flowers | Invitations: Three Fifteen Design | Bride's Shoes: Anne Klein | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids Dresses: Twobirds | Make-up: Kelli Thomsen Of Kelli Thomsen Skin Care & Makeup Artistry | Hair: Carl Stark Of The Bobby Pin Salon | Bride's Dress: “Tempest” By Elizabeth Dye From The English Dept. | Cake & Cupcakes: Decadent Creations | Ceremony And Reception: Fern Hill Farm | Flower Poms: PomLove | Groom’s Suit: Ludlow By J. Crew | Hair Piece And Bridal Sash: Twigs & Honey | Paper Lanterns: Luna Bazaar | Signage: Summer Williams Allen

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Rustic Oregon Wedding on Metolius River

This West Coast wedding has me missing my Oregonian roots. Surrounded by the Cascade mountains, this riverside affair at House On Metolius is beyond dreamy. In true PNW style Ceylon Blu coordinated a day filled with delicious eats, crafted cocktails, and unparalleled views. Every single image by Marina Koslow perfectly captures the natural beauty and will have you longing for a west coast getaway.

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Summer
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Camp
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Rustic

From Marina Koslow PhotographyLaura and Brandon created their event to be a true getaway and a place to connect with their family and friends. House on Metolius is set on a mountain stream in Central Oregon far away from any distractions of big cities. It has a stunning backdrop on the Cascades and well equipped for hosting its guests for an extended period of time. The couple looked absolutely stunning on their wedding day and the ceremony was one of the most beautiful and heartfelt that I have witnessed.

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Ceylon Blu | Catering: Tate And Tate | Cocktails: Twist Cocktails | Rentals: Set In Your Way | Wedding Venue: House On Metolius