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Get Swept Away with This Rocky Mountain Elopement

Eden Willow Photography sure knows the quickest way to our hearts, because this mountain top elopement? Well, it’s kind of everything. Complete with watercolor calligraphy and an awesome sense of adventure, we invite you to peek the pretty in The Vault!

From Eden Willow PhotographyOne of the things that makes us so supremely happy to live in the Pacific Northwest is that there is such a spirit of adventure and exploration. We are often just an hour away from a mountain, a waterfall, or a desert and such backdrops can do little else but inspire us to wander and inspire us to create. Our inspiration for this shoot came from the very nature that so abundantly surrounds us. Our ultimate vision for this elopement inspiration shoot was not just to produce something aesthetically beautiful, but to really inspire our wanderlust brides and grooms-to-be to start their marriage off with an adventure and to never stop adventuring from day one to year 51 and beyond.

Maria of Fern + Grace did an incredible job capturing our heart and vision. We wanted to use the landscape as a literal foundation and build upon it in a way that didn’t detract from the beauty of the Columbia Gorge, but fit perfectly within it. What better way than to nestle a romantic tablescape and ceremony site right into the mountain? Maria hand dyed gorgeous cheesecloth to use as a light table runner that we knew would capture the wind and chose simple, but elegant place settings to match. She used an incredible custom vintage window set as our ceremony backdrop with added Edison lights.

The Columbia Gorge is known as a wind corridor. When we made our decision to shoot there, we knew immediately we needed a dress that could capture that movement. The Regan Gown from BHLDN (A Willowby by Watters exclusive gown) was a perfect choice with its lovely, light layers of tulle that danced easily in the wind.

Brier & Ivy did an amazing job with the florals for our shoot. We wanted to stick to a neutral palette that really spoke volumes about the abundance of flora and foliage in the Northwest. Amy picked dogwood blooms from her back yard and paired it with gorgeous white peonies and greens to create arrangements that were as organic and natural as possible. We topped the gorgeous watercolor accented cake from Dream Cakes with additional dogwood blooms, moss, and ferns.

We were instantly drawn to the beauty of The Northway Studio’s handmade bespoke jewelry. The delicate “Willow” necklace was an obvious choice, but we also fell in love with the gorgeous Moissanite ring and paired it with a simple, classic gold band for our groom.

The invitation suite by Elisa Anne Calligraphy features an absolutely breathtaking watercolor rendition of the Columbia Gorge and her impeccable calligraphy. She added beautiful vintage stamps to really complete the set.

We wanted to represent the simplistic beauty of the Columbia Gorge with simple, yet elegant hair and makeup. Bri Ellis from Portland Hair and Makeup did an outstanding job styling our bride with soft, windswept tresses and natural blush and eyeshadow colors.

All of the vendors we were fortunate to work with completely aligned with our heart and vision and refined it in so many ways. We are so thankful for their hard work and dedication!

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Photography: Eden Willow Photography | Event Styling: Fern And Grace | Floral Design: Brier & Ivy | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Dream Cakes | Invitations: ElisaAnne Calligraphy | Jewelry: The Northway Studio | Hair + Makeup: Portland Makeup And Hair | Venue: Columbia Gorge | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Film Processing: The Find Lab

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Geranium Lake’s Enchanted Forest Wedding

When we received this next wedding in our submissions box, the title really piqued our curiosity. Kim, at Geranium Lake Flowers entitled it “Enchanted Forest”. We’re going to let Kim tell you the story before diving into the images …

This wedding took place in the Columbia Gorge at a venue (appropriately) named Bridal Veil Lakes. It’s such a stunning outdoor venue that it’s hard to improve upon so our bride let us go wild with an “enchanted forest” theme that simply accentuated the natural beauty of the grounds. In order to really make use of the space, we placed the ceremony at one end of the natural pond and lined a pathway towards the chuppah with rose petals, hanging candles and birch cone bouquets, and large hurricanes filled with lit candles. After the ceremony guests were directed along the other side of the pond (also lined with hanging candles, petals and hurricanes) and they stopped to nibble at birch tree “snack stations” along the way. Once they reached the reception/lounge area guests were treated to the bride and groom’s signature watermelon martini’s before the plated dinner was served. Halfway through the night some of their friends jumped into canoes and enjoyed the water by moonlight!

And here ~ how do they say it? The proof is in the pudding!

The entire gallery is here! LOVE the little succulents and the birch bark cones and vases!! Enchanting is a terrific way to categorize this wedding! Thanks so much for sending, Kim!  

Photography: Amy Oulette / Flowers: Geranium Lake Flowers / Event Design: Geranium Lake Flowers / Catering: Vibrant Table Ceremony/Reception Location: Bridal Veil Lakes in the Columbia Gorge, OR  / After Party: McMenamins Edgefield