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Ethereal Lavender Field Wedding Inspiration

This styled shoot couple? They’re actually a real life duo, and that “groom” had a ring hiding in his pocket the entire time Julie Paisley was snapping behind the camera. He ultimately decided to seal the deal a few days later, but that just made these captures of sweet anticipation all the better. The Vault is your go-to for more images and pinning that vintage Gossamer dress to your heart’s content.

From Julie Paisley… Not every wedding has to be cookie cutter. And, it’s ok to wear color. I’m obsessed with lavender and when I found out that I would be traveling to Oregon and the fields would be in bloom, I KNEW I had to set up a shoot.

I pulled my inspiration from the lavender itself. The vintage dress from Gossamer, the subtile colors in the tie, the florals, it was all just perfect. Of course, having our real life couple, who I found out later that he had an engagement ring in his pocket but was to nervous to propose and waited until a few days later, just added to the shoot. A beautiful location, love and light…sometimes that’s all we need.

Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Floral Design: Stemm Floral | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Hair And Makeup: Styled By Chrystal | Venue: Mountainside Lavender Farm

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Rustic + Romantic Farm to Table Wedding Inspiration

Summer, to me, means taking a step back to enjoy the moment, and appreciate all the little details that make this time of year so special. And this gorgeous inspiration shoot from Christa-Taylor does just that, with a blend of understated elegance, seasonal fruits (real and watercolored!), and cheeky and sweet signage, that all come together to make something truly beautiful. See it all in the full gallery here!

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From Christa-Taylor… The rich farmland presents such a vivid array of colors and inspiration for brides in the Northwest. All captured on fine-art film, this shoot was designed around the farm-to-table concept bringing in lush produce, seasonal greens and vendors who highlight the best of what the local farms have to offer.

No event is complete without first sending the invitations, and the hand-calligraphy of Katie Michelle really captured our fancy. Nestled in amongst the peach trees, we festooned the table with an abundance of peonies, poppies, and eucalyptus all the beautiful handiwork of Form and Flora. Square plates brought the perfect touch of modernity complemented by personalized linen napkins and green stemware.

Escort cards were pinned to fresh fruit and doubled as edibles for the guests. Because outdoor events can vary in temperature, we opted for local pies as the star of our dessert bar, with homemade jams as a take-home favor. Mini paper books in customizable color waves made darling bridal party gifts and doodle books for the little ones. Our bride strolled through the trees on the arm of her husband wearing the enviable gowns from Stephanie D Couture. When it was all said and done, I think the thing we loved the most was richness of it all – so much sumptuous colors and textures to soak in. It truly was farm-to-table.

Photography: Christa Taylor | Event Coordination: Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination | Floral Design: Form And Flora | Shoes: Menbur | Catering: Chefs Table Catering | Hair And Makeup: Blossom And Beauty | Mens Attire: Este's By Tuxedo Warehouse | Venue: Jossy Farms | Bridal Gown: Stephanie Dong | Bridal Party Gifts & Table Numbers: Ordinary Artists | Calligraphy + Papergoods: Katie Michelle Designs | Mini Pies: Vancouver Pie Company | Pies: BI-ZI Farms | Rentals: The Party Place | Veil: Unveiled Bridal Designs

Oregon Wedding from You Look Nice Today Photography

Have you ever been to Bridal Veil Lakes? I never have, but I feel like I’ve been to this land where pretty is ever-present thanks to You Look Nice Today Photography. Their images have transported me from my little desk to this gorgeous lakeside wedding, and I couldn’t be happier. I can imagine I’m sitting in that perfect light, watching that adorable couple tie the knot. And it’s a fabulous way to spend a Thursday afternoon. Click here for the whole gorgeous day!

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From the beautiful bride … Luke and I met in the sunny state of North Carolina. On our first date, we discovered that we loved each other and that we both shared the dream to move across the country and explore the West coast. We mutually agreed that Portland, Oregon would be an ideal spot to settle as it shared a lot of our common interests and opened the door for career opportunities. A year later we drove across the country and fell in love with the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

A quick year and a half later, Luke proposed on top of Rocky Butte on a sunny, pleasant May day. Afterwards, we celebrated with a delicious meal, drinks and a concert that night. We both knew we wanted to get married outside, under the epic trees of Oregon and during the magical season of Summer. If you’ve ever been to Oregon in the Summer, you know it’s a special place. That’s when we found Bridal Veil Lakes; a very beautiful place amidst the trees and flowers, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Once we found the venue, everything else seemed to fall into place. At times, wedding planning felt overwhelming and so time consuming, but we absolutely adored all of our vendors. The people involved are really special people and we really felt the love.

Our wedding day was literally sunkissed with magic. That sounds like a cliche, but it’s true. The natural side of the venue inspired most of the wedding. We wanted the day to feel organic, natural, classy yet casual. So many of our guests had traveled far and wide and we wanted them to feel relaxed and enjoy the treasures of the Gorge as most of them had never been to Oregon. As a Graphic Designer, the details and decorations were one of the most exciting part of the planning and watching the event come together was really special. I wanted to create a rustic and texture-inspired setting using vintage pieces that complemented nature. Some of our favorite details (besides local food and beverages) included the paper flowers, hand-made by our wedding planner, Rachel. They were full of texture and added a nice touch to the natural whimsy. Even though Luke and I were wrapped up in each other, we were also very impressed with the lively music – traditional celtic fiddle tunes. Music also played a large theme in the decor. Our shared love of music was an easy way to personalize our day. We spray painted frames to an antique gold and designed the inserts to include vintage piano music (thanks Jane!) layered with our favorite song lyrics used as table decorations. This was pretty inexpensive and they turned out beautifully. Photography was also important to us and knowing that our photographer loved and appreciated the venue made us feel confident that he would capture the light and details perfectly. All of these details made the next feel more special. However, one of the best parts of the weekend was experiencing our families with our closest friends and watching relationships bloom. Sharing an intimate day with almost all of the people you love is an incredible feeling. We are so thankful for all of the love that was shared. It was a truly magical Monday.

Photography: You Look Nice Today Photography | Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes, Oregon | Officiant: Lesley Wise | Groom’s Suit: Nordstrom | Bride’s Dress: Ania Collection | Florist: Emerald Petals | Musicians: Eddie Parente and Cary Novotny | Jewelry: Sahlia Michelle Jewelry, Vintage and Great Grandmother’s Pearls | Veil: Karina Reed | Makeup and Hair: Nicole Wagner, Powder Inc. | Catering: The Art of Catering | Cupcakes: Cupcake Jones | Wedding Planner and Paper Flowers: Rachel Coddington | Graphic Design, Style Guide and Signage: Allison Arno | Decor: Designed by Bride, Family and Family Friends | Transportation: EcoShuttle