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This Black Tie Wedding Is Filled with Every Trend You’ll See This Wedding Season

Lena and Viks’ love story speaks directly to my heart. Reason being? It all started with pizza. Yes, you read right – PIZZA! So you can only imagine that their wedding was a major crowdpleaser. From their formal vineyard ceremony complete with Jenny Yoo dressed Bridesmaids’, to the hand-written vows (that even included a round of rock paper scissors), we’ve got it all from Linnea Paulina waiting in The Vault!

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Spring
Settings
Golf Club
Styles
Whimsical

From the Bride… Vik and I met through mutual friends during the fall of 2014. We started dating and a few months later I accidentally told him I loved him at a Pizzeria. He heard me but played it off like he didn’t. I realized after I slipped it that I actually did love him, and from there on we knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. We went on countless family vacations together and in the early fall of the following year, he decked out a greenhouse in lights and candles; and asked me to marry him.

Our wedding day was a black tie event. I wanted it to be formal, elegant, and classic. We found this amazing vineyard (Villa Catalana Cellars) not far from our Venue where we took our first look and portrait shots and it screamed Italy. It’s beautiful. You’re drive up and you automatically feel as though you have driven up some wobbly road in Italy. It’s owned by a couple who host wine tastings during the days. (what a dream right!)

The day itself was perfect; we had a huge guest count at 450, and we were lucky enough to have sunshine the entire day. To go with a black tie wedding, our color palate was black, white, and shades of blush. And obviously plenty of greenery.

As for my dress, I found it months before I was actually engaged. I was searching through Pinterest and come across a girl who had the dress and I knew I had to have it! No matter how many dresses I tried on, my heart was set.

A great memory was during the ceremony when it came time to say the vows, we played rock paper scissors to see who would go first. Our officiant was one of our good friends and our whole wedding party was killer.

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Photography: Linnea Paulina | Cinematography: Josh Etheridge | Floral Design: Family Friend | Stationery: Anastasia Marie | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Irina Dzubenko | Hair: Anna Zhereb | Wedding Venue: Oregon Golf Club | Wedding Dress: Basix Black Label | First Look: Villa Catalana Cellars | Rental Company: Luxury Events

 

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One Pearl Necklace. Three Generations. The Perfect Bridal Accessory.

When this bride’s Nana surprised her with a pre-wedding gift that included a pearl necklace and blue garter, she was overjoyed. But when the bride learned these two pieces were worn by both her Nana and mother on their wedding days, it made them all the more special. Thanks to Sweetlife Photography for a peek inside this classic Portland “I do” chock-full of beautiful moments.

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Winter
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…Garrett and I are originally both from Corvallis, OR. Funny enough, we attended the same high school but our paths never really crossed. We knew of each other but didn’t have any interaction since our groups of friends were different. I ended up going to Oregon State University and studied Industrial Engineering, and Garrett attended the United States Air Force Academy where he is currently training to become a pilot. We ended up meeting in college when my roommate at the time had her older sister and some of her friends over to our house. Garrett was there and I thought he was so cute! He ended up asking me out and from that point on, we dated long distance. We were actually long distance our entire relationship until we got married.

When planning our wedding, we knew Garrett would have a narrow window of availability because leave is hard to get approved once pilot training starts. This led us to pick a winter date—we knew he would have the most time off then. We really wanted our wedding to have a sophisticated winter feel while staying away from the classic red and green Christmas theme. We had the guys wear black tuxedos and chose bridesmaids dresses that were a soft color next to mine so they would stand out without having a stark contrast. One of my ultimate favorite floral elements is dusty miller so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the arrangements (this is also the color I picked for my bridesmaids’ dresses). To compliment the dusty miller, we added white hydrangeas, blush garden roses, and dark purple calla lilies to keep things wintery. In addition to this, some of my favorite decorations were the white birch trees lit with twinkle lights that we scattered around the art gallery where we had our reception, which gave a warm winter feel.  

To me, some of the most beautiful aspects of our wedding were the personal touches that we were able to incorporate. In particular, the day after Garrett and I got engaged, my grandma (who I call “Nana”) gave me a present—a garter and a pearl necklace. I was overjoyed by the gift but did not understand the true significance of it at first. Nana went on to explain that she and my mother both wore these items on their wedding days. It is honestly amazing that she was able to save these things for me and bless me with the honor of wearing them at my own wedding! My family is very small and we are all very close, and the fact that she wanted me to wear these accessories meant so much to me.

We tried to tie aspects of both our families into the wedding. Although Garrett is in the military, we didn’t want a strictly military wedding. However, we did want to include aspects of this part of our life so we had a saber arch at our wedding ceremony and cut the wedding cake with an Air Force saber (Garrett loved that part!). Another aspect of our wedding that had great meaning for us both was lighting candles during our ceremony in memory of Garrett’s dad. He was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer in April and passed away soon after, just months before our wedding. This impacted Garrett and I greatly and was something we definitely wanted to acknowledge during the ceremony. The memory of Garrett’s dad was also honored throughout the toasts at our reception. So many heartfelt words were spoken that moved the whole room to tears.

Our reception was held in an art gallery, and they were amazing because they allowed us to pick which art pieces we would like displayed. Garrett and I had our first dance to Make You Feel My Love by Adele, which was simply perfect for us. We also had a photo booth to keep our guests entertained, ice cream sandwiches from Ruby Jewel (our favorite ice cream place in Portland), and a late night taco bar which all made for a very special night full of fun and dancing. Overall, our day was filled with endless laughter, love, and wonderful family which we are so grateful for.

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Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Coordination: Your Perfect Florist | Floral Design: Swoon Floral | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Gallery 903 | Bride's Shoes: Valentino d'Orsay | Rings: Packouz Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Pearl Catering | Hair + Makeup: Brenna From Epic Day Spa | DJ: Kenneth Poirier | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Boutique: Anna's Bridal Boutique | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Getting Ready Venue: The Sentinel Hotel | Invitations + Stationery: Hannah McCarty | Rentals: The Party Place | Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland | Wedding Dress + Veil: JLM Couture, Inc

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A Hipster Chic Wedding With Major Floral Moments

Warning: this wedding will make your heart flutter. A celebration complete with a moss dance floor, a misty ceremony, and a petal station, this couple celebrated in true PNW style. With the ever-so-talented Maria Lamb Photography behind the lens snapping it all to share, we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!

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Seasons
Fall
Styles
Al Fresco

From The Bride…Malachi and I love nature and when we started planning the wedding we pictured a space that had the essence of a enchanted secret garden with a hint of Lord of the Rings. Roses, dahlias, lavender, rosemary and lots of green moss were essential to the vision and our floral designer/decorator Andrew fit it all in to the decor. My luscious and slightly heavy bouquet was layered with lavender, greens, roses and dahlias. The colors we chose were all different shades of greens, pinks and blues. We added a personal touch by creating all of the wooden props in Malachi’s wood shop Against the Grain Studio, which is now transitioning into a family business Milbourn Woodwork! The backdrops, wooden table rounds, sweetheart table, and various stumps were all created in his shop just two weeks before the wedding! He started his own furniture company 7 years ago and is an amazing woodworker but deadlines can be a little rough for him! (sorry honey!)

The Grotto was a perfect location for our ceremony because of its immense natural outdoor beauty and it did not need a ounce of added decor! We made it to Ceremony without a drop of rain until halfway through it started to mist. That is when Maria Lamb took one of my favorite photos, the mist added a dreamy pacific northwest touch to the wedding.

The sun broke out just as the ceremony was ending and it turned out to be a lovely day as we headed to the World Forestry Center for the reception. When we arrived we were amazed at how Andrew had decorated the tent to fit our vision. He added a fountain surrounded by the moss, dreamy flower covered gate and a petal station. Our guests loved showering us with petals while we danced the first dance. We feel very blessed to have been able to celebrate with all our family and friends and very thankful to everyone that helped along the way.

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Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Event Planning: The Perfect Occasion | Cake: Saint Cupcake | Ceremony Venue: The Grotto | Reception Venue: World Forestry Center | Rings: VK Designs Ethical Jewelry | Woodwork Decor: Against The Grain Studio