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This is How You Pull Off a Romantic, Glamorous + Rustic Wedding

If I didn’t know that this wedding took place a mere 45 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon, I would swear this beautiful Bride and handsome Groom had had a destination wedding in Tuscany. With old world architecture and lush gardens, Villa Catalana Cellars was the perfect spot for the Bride’s romantic, glamorous simple, sophisticated and rustic vision to come to life. And thanks to Yasmin Khajavi Photography, you can see it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…I dreamt about this day for as long as I can remember. Through all the years I patiently (or not so patiently) waited for it to come, my vision stayed almost exactly the same. I wanted something romantic, something glamorous, yet simple, sophisticated, with a touch of ‘rustic.’ There was never a debate about indoor vs outdoor. The wedding would be outside, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Not only had my vision always been to have an outdoor summer wedding but my, now husband, is an avid outdoors man and we are both Oregon born and raised, so it only made sense to celebrate our union breathing in fresh Pacific Northwest air.

When it came to finding the venue we knew we (or my like I haha) had a few requirements. There had to be enough space for the ceremony and reception to take place at the same venue, in their own designated spaces on the property, and fit up to 150 people. Both the ceremony and reception space needed to be outside and the venue couldn’t be more than 45 minutes or so from downtown Portland, as that is where the majority of our guests, and shuttle would be traveling from. All of these were factors that I took into account long before I even had a ring on my finger. The year before I planned one of my sister’s wedding, which I used as kind of a practice run for my wedding one day (my sister and I ended up getting married exactly 1 year apart). During the planning of my sister’s wedding I stumbled upon a image of a property on one of the vendor’s sites we were using. I searched everywhere trying to figure out where this place was. It was GORGEOUS. Like straight our of Italy gorgeous. Ponds with lily pads bigger than my head, beautiful gardens, a gorgeous Villa, and the most perfect grape arbor to host a reception. I felt like I had been transported from Oregon, straight into the Italian countryside. When I finally located the name of the venue, Villa Catalana Cellars, I searched high and low trying to find any information on weddings, events, ANYTHING to give me hope I could potentially have my own wedding here one day. After much digging, I found out they had only just started offering their venue for events a year or two before, meaning they were yet to be listed on any of the big wedding sites giving me hope they wouldn’t be booked years out by the time it came to book a venue for my wedding. I was SO excited! I knew I had found my dream location.

After finding our venue, next up was the dress! I found my dream dress almost 2 years before we were engaged. It was perfect. Strapless, sweetheart neckline, fit and flare, and all lace. The thing is, I had never tried it on. When looking for a bridal shop in Portland to try on dresses I was struggling to find a shop who even carried the designer of the dress, Nicole Miller. And then at last, I stumbled upon The English Department, the only shop in Portland to carry Nicole Miller gowns. I made an appointment and was trying on dresses a couple weeks later. When I walked in they had so many gorgeous dresses, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up that they would have THE dress, since after-all, it was many months prior I had seen it online. When I described to my consultant what I was looking for I didn’t mention the specific gown. She showed me a few beautiful gowns that I loved before pulling out THE Nicole Miller ‘Poppy’ gown. It was the dress. I knew I wanted to immediately put it on but I made myself try it on last. After two years of wanting that dress I slipped it on and knew right away, it was mine for the best and biggest moment of my life.

Villa Catalana is not only a winery but also a rare-plant research center, hence why the property is so breathtaking. After booking our date, I started to think about decor. With the ceremony and reception locations being so gorgeous on their own, I knew my simplistic style of decor would be perfect and not detract from the gorgeous atmosphere. The property in itself was enough decoration.

With the decor I would add, I knew I wanted a really clean, simple color palette, with no one element drawing too much attention to itself: Ivory, gold, blush and hints of black. I wanted the ceremony decor to be really minimal since the stone stairway and pond backdrop were so breathtaking. I knew right away I wanted the gold chiavari chairs. They were elegant and gave the right touch of glamour to the both the ceremony and reception spaces.

I wanted to step the decor up a bit when it came to the reception area but still keep it relatively simple. The reception was held under a beautiful grape arbor, adjacent to the cocktail hour space, with stucco columns that looked like they were made in Italy. I wanted to play up the arbor itself by adding market lights throughout the top. They added a romantic touch that cast the most beautiful light on the tables as the sun started to go down. I ended up ordering my own linens for all the dining and cocktail tables after figuring out it was WAY cheaper to purchase them rather then rent from the vendor. I chose simple ivory satin pin-tuck linens that added just a bit more detail and visual interest to the dining tables, while the cocktail tables were adorned with champagne sequin linens for a touch of glam. The dining tables were then topped with a combination of high and low floral arrangements, filled with open garden roses, Cafe au Lait dahlias, lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and soft greenery. I didn’t want anything with a lot of structure, just flow-y, garden-y arrangements. To pull the tables together and create a cohesive feel, I chose to add mercury glass votive candles, matte gold chargers, gold silverware, and black napkins. The combination of these elements created the most gorgeous simplistic scene against the backdrop of what could be mistaken for, the Italian country side.

To go along with the purchased decor I created a couple DIY elements: signs and favors. I designed and created signs to help guide guests throughout the night. These were a labor of love but turned out exactly how I pictured and added another element to really unify the night. For the wedding favors I ordered succulents and small glass votives. My husband planted all the succulents in the votives and I topped them off with little ‘Thank You’ flags, to be placed at every table setting. After all, it’s all in the details :)

Our wedding day was the most magical days of my life. I was all nerves, to the point I was almost in tears in the minutes leading up to my dad walking me down the aisle. I hate being the center of attention and did NOT want all eyes on me as I walked down the aisle. After all, the aisle was a staircase and I thought for sure I would trip on my dress. But when I saw Mars, my then fiance now husband, standing at the end of the aisle at the bottom of the staircase, it was like every fear, every worry, every nerve left my body. It was like it was just me and him standing there and I’ll never forget that moment.

It was so important to us that our guests have an amazing time. From the food, to drinks, to dancing, to decor we wanted people to walk away from our wedding feeling joyful and thinking that the whole experience was beautiful, flawless, and most importantly, fun. The whole day went by so fast but I feel like I was able to truly soak it up and enjoy it all, thanks in large part to my day-of coordinator. Hiring Valerie for our day of coordination was the best decision we could of made. I knew I wanted to take on the main roll of all the planning, but I didn’t want to have to worry about anything else on the actual day. Having a day-of coordinator allowed us to just simply enjoy ourselves and our day. If I could recommend one thing to future brides, HIRE A DAY-OF COORDINATOR. You won’t regret it.

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Photography: Yasmin Khajavi Photography | Coordination: Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination | Floral Design: Vibrant Flowers | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Lisa Luty | Invitations: Anders Printing | Bride's Shoes: Yosi Samra | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Catering: King Cuisine | Hair + Makeup: Powder Inc. | Lighting: Vibrant Table Catering and Events | DJ: Reel2Digital | Favors: Succulents Galore | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Twilite Limo | Hotel: Hotel Vintage Portland | Venue: Villa Catalana Cellars | Beer Coozies: Rook Design Company | Beverage Services: Villa Catalana Cellars | Bridal Boutique: The English Dept. | Bride's Earrings + Veil: BHLDN | Bride's Ring: PenelliBelle | Bride's Sash: Davie and Chiyo | Groom's Ring: Blue Nile | Linen Rentals: CV Linens | Rentals: Vibrant Table Catering and Events | Signage: The Bride- Leanne Adams

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This Bride Works for Prada, and Her Custom-Designed Dress is BEYOND

As a wedding blogger, sometimes I feel like I’ve seen it all. But then a day like this comes along, and I’m left awed and inspired like never before. It takes passionate vendors like AE Creative to pull off a destination wedding in remote Oregon, all while bringing a salvaged barn back to life. And while I could go on forever about the rustic design moments, or the sweeping countryside views, my favorite element comes down to the two-piece dress designed for the bride exclusively by Prada. It’s an absolute work of art, and you can see so much more in the gallery by Marina Koslow.

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Summer
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Rustic

From AE Creative…​ This wedding was a passion project for all involved! Pulling this wedding off meant installing electrical and a floor in the 100+ year old salvaged barn and requesting that guests fly over 2,000 miles, rent a car, then drive 3 more hours to a small town with under 2,000 residents all for this amazing destination Oregon wedding. The sheep farm and property belongs to the groom and his family. They have been coming to Oregon for many many years and spending summers here. When the groom, Tim, first brought Lily to the property he promised her that the getting there part would be hard, but once there it would be worth it. When Lily first saw the property she agreed, and jokingly requested that they never go home. Come an engagement and the two couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. They wanted to share this special place with all of their New York (and beyond) family and friends.

​This wedding took a lot of planning and creativity to pull off. A water truck and bathrooms were brought in, a sink installed for the catering staff, and even putting the DJ in the barn loft! With all of the logistic planning really there was no detail overlooked​. Each vendor had to drive between 100-200 miles to get there. Special details romanced the property and made the day extra special. Tim, the groom, flew out an extra week early to prep, which included building the ​houpa and ceremony benches, spray painting the ranch symbol for road signs and organizing shuttles to transport guests from their lodging to the venue. In addition to this, ​the dinner menu included lamb, right from the property. Tim also bought salmon in Alaska and provided the caterers with the salmon as well.​​

I designed the invites to fit their theme and style and also incorporated this look to their welcome tote bags, which included several Oregon based goodies and literature​. Their escort cards were mole-skin type small notebooks with each guest’s name written in modern calligraphy. Wrapped around the notebooks was “a love so write” as a nod to Tim’s profession as a writer​. The place cards were feather crayons with each guests’ name written elegantly. The dinner napkins, keeping with the theme, were folded like envelopes.

All of the flowers were arranged by Lily’s mother. She flew into Portland and stopped at the flower market the week of the wedding before driving the 3 additional hours south. She is a retired florist so she knew what she was doing. Everything turned out beautiful! 

Lily’s dress​ was designed exclusively for her by Prada. ​I’m sure it helps that Lily works for Prada and has some serious connections! It was a two piece dress made from the softest material I’ve ever felt and fit her like a glove. This special day took a team to pull off but is one of the most memorable and special events I’ve been a part of. Truly a passion project!

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Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Event Planning: AE Creative | Wedding Dress: Prada | Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop | Invitations: AE Creative | Catering: Steamboat Inn | Calligraphy: My Fair Letters | DJ: Paradox Productions | Band: The Ashlings | Venue: Glide Oregon | Rentals: Party Place | Set Up + Clean Up: The Broomsmen | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

An 1887 Farmhouse Played Host to this Rustic Garden Wedding

Brace yourselves, because this rustic Oregon wedding is all kinds of beautiful—would you expect anything else from a floral designer Bride? With a vision of a romantic garden retreat, this sweet duo transformed The Long Farm Barn using a color palette of blush and Marsala with lush florals and vintage details throughout. See all the pretty from Sweetlife Photography and Candy Glass Productions in The Vault!


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Summer
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Rustic

From The Bride…I met my future husband, Brandon, my freshman year of college at a small university in sunny Orange County, California. I remember meeting him for the first time in the dorm rooms and thought he was pretty darn cute and had a great laugh (a real loud cackle actually, but it was endearing). We both were playing collegiate soccer and I happened to live right above him in the dorms. A friendship started between us that eventually led to us dating all throughout college. Since Brandon was from Oregon and I lived not far from the university, we decided to date long distance after graduation. After a few years of back and forth visits, Brandon asked me to start a new adventure with him and move to Portland, Oregon. I couldn’t have been more excited (and nervous) to move, but knew this was going to be a very exciting new chapter in our lives. Brandon was right; moving to Oregon was definitely one huge adventure! He loved taking me on trips to the Oregon coast, hikes at Silver Creek Falls, and skiing at Mount Hood. After about a year of being settled in my new home, Brandon took me on a hike to Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River Gorge. At the very top of the hike he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever. I was ecstatic, shaking, freaking out, but of course said yes! I couldn’t wait to be his wife.

When we started planning our wedding we envisioned an outdoor venue that had a slight rustic feel. We loved the idea of creating a ‘romantic garden retreat’, so we were smitten when we found The Long Farm Barn, an adorable outdoor venue just outside of Portland. It had all the elements we wanted; a lush garden, 1900 restored barn, breathtaking views and three gorgeous horses to top it off. Our wedding color palette was a mix of soft blush tones with accents of Marsala. Flowers were really important to me, being a wedding florist myself, so we chose a lush mix of white hydrangea, garden roses, cream and lavender spray roses and burgundy and café au lait dahlias (to name a few). To create that quaint garden retreat feeling we did not skimp out on the details! There were lush green garlands at every turn, beautiful vintage rentals all throughout our venue, stylish freehand chalkboard signs, café-strung lights, and lots of blush and cream lace. We were married outside under a breathtaking arbor dripping in greens and floral with all our family and friends to witness. It was the most incredible feeling to walk down the aisle with my dad in hand and see my future husband waiting for me with a huge smile on his face.

Our reception was one of my favorite parts of the day. To see all the styling and planning come together was such a wonderful feeling. Much of the credit goes to all our amazing vendors, but also to my family and friends who worked tirelessly on all the little details I had dreamt up in my head. Some of my favorite reception details were our escort bud vases, kissing bell wands, and honey jar favors (which were made by my sister and brother-in-law’s own bee hive!)

After enjoying our al fresco style dinner while listening to heart-warming speeches we headed inside the barn for cake cutting and dancing. Brandon and I first danced to ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ by Frankie Valli, which reflected our sweet, light hearted spirits and adoration for each other. The rest of the night was filled with lots of dancing, endless photo booth photos and a sparkler send off. It was such a magical and romantic day filled with so much laughter, love and pure joy.

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Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Cinematography: Candy Glass Productions | Coordination: J29 Events | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Rosy Bakes Cakes | Invitations: Tribes N Pines | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka from BHLDN | Rings: ABC Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: The Company Tonight | Hair + Makeup: Kirstie Wight Makeup Artist | DJ: John Ross Productions | Favors: DIY By Maid Of Honor | Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Groom's Attire: Hickey Freeman From Nordstrom | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Officiant: Living Savior Lutheran Church | Venue: The Long Farm Barn | Bridal Boutique: Charlotte's Weddings | Bride's Belt: BHLDN | Bride's Earrings: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids’ Flower Crowns: DIY By The Bride, Owner Of Heirbloom Floral | Bridesmaids’ Necklaces: Anthropologie | Escort Bud Vases: DIY by Bride and Bridesmaids | Film Processing: The FIND Lab | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds From Nordstrom | Groom's Watch: Ted Baker | Photo Booth: Happymatic Photo Booth | Programs + Chalkboard Signs: Hey Halle | Rentals: The Party Place | Veil: Charlotte's Weddings | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother | Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed

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