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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!


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

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Oregon Budget DIY Wedding from Bryan Rupp Photography

There are three keywords that wrap this wedding up in a nutshell: BUDGET, DIY and BEAUTIFUL. That’s all you need to know. It’s possible to create something fun and spirited on a budget and that something can be so incredibly style savvy. Just ask William and Jessica and their Oregon wedding captured by Bryan Rupp Photography. From scrumptious waffle cones to the most colorful tablescapes you could ever dream of, this shindig has it all and even more right here in the full gallery.

From the Bride… I really wanted our wedding to be a crazy DIY undertaking. I am a swimsuit designer (Nike Swim) and really wanted to have fun with our wedding! Design our own invites and save the dates, dip dye and sew my own table runners and curtains. I think by the end the ‘now husband’ had had enough of crafting, but in the end we knew it was all worth it. We got married at The Octagonal Barn at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, which was an amazing location. It had the right amount of vintage appeal and intimacy we were looking for.

Some of my favorite details of the wedding were the salt & straw scooping up waffle cones, the vintage shutter and ladder alter piece, all my chalkboard signs,  leis for the Groom’s parents as they live, and he grew up in Kauai, Hawaii , and handmade tags for favors and invitations. Also, having my mom be my florist–she owns a flower shop in Roseburg, OR.  She also hand painted the cornhole games. You can also see a few Bunnies hidden through out the wedding as that is my husbands nickname for me “Bunny!”

Our goal was to do the entire wedding for under $15,000, I think we ended up going over a little but still came in really close! Because of the budget we decided to take on a lot of the work ourselves… i.e. no planner!!!! And we also DIY’d practically all the decor. But I really love how everything turned out, and it was all the more special that we had put in the blood, sweat and tears when we saw it all come together.

Wedding Photography: Bryan Rupp Photography / Wedding Venue + Catering: The Octagonal Barn at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse & Imbrie Hall in Hillsboro, Oregon / Pre-Wedding Location: The Nines / Floral Design: Barb’s Floral Design (Bride’s Mother) / Officiant: Caroline Miura (Family Friend) / Wedding Cake: Le Cookie Monkey / Cake Topper: Urban Outfitters / Ice Cream: Salt & Straw / Wedding Invitations: DIY by Bride + Groom / Wedding Favors: Ball Jars + Gummy Bears from WinCo Foods/ DIY Soundtracks / Transportation: Northwest Limousine & Towncar Service / Cellist: Skip vonKuske / Guitarist: Will West / Wedding Dress: Devenport by Watters / Bride’s Shoes: Zandra by Badgley Mischka / Bride’s Jewelry: Nadri / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Robes: Silk and More / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan

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Garden Vineyards Wedding from Geranium Lake Flowers + Rebekah Johnson + Ella Events

After spending more time with Rebekah Johnson Photography‘s images of this Oregon wedding that I should probably admit, I still cannot decide what it is that really draws me to this wedding. The floral design from Geranium Lake Flowers is stunning, the Carolina Herrera gown is fab, the entire design of the affair, planned by Ella Events, is top notch. But there is something else. Something in the way he looks at her, and she looks back at him. And the way they both look at the children. It’s like watching a family start. And it’s beautiful. Take a further peek into this alluring affair in the full image gallery when you’re ready - then stop by this afternoon for more fab florals (in a super fun wedding) thanks to Geranium Lake Flowers!

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From Geranium Lake Flowers … Love, love, love this wedding palette of kumquat and steel for this destination wedding.  Claire and her handsome groom Jeff are from Seattle and chose the gorgeous Garden Vineyards estate for their summer nuptials.  One of the fun things about working on this wedding was that it was primarily planned by Claire’s mom!  She traveled back and forth from Seattle to Portland to conceptualize everything from  her bouquet to the well wishes chuppah.  Darling!

Photography: Rebekah Johnson Photography / Photo Booth: Portland Photobooth / Flowers: Geranium Lake Flowers / Event Planning: Kara Markovich, Ella Events / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Garden Vineyards / Dress: Carolina Herrera / Hair: Evolution Hair Design – Mark Putnam / Makeup: Kymm Ernst / Music: Effesenden Music

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