There are roughly one million reasons Oregon is awesome, but sitting high atop the list is just how darn gorgeous every inch of this northern state really is. It’s the kind of place where rustic, DIY weddings flourish and this beautiful day captured by FS Photography is a shining example. It’s breathtaking scenery meets crafty details meets yummy baked goods. Don’t miss a minute right here.
From Ryan Flood of FS Photography… Margaret and Jeremiah crafted a wedding celebration that was unique to them, and stands out in my mind as one of the most meaningful and generally fabulous weddings I have photographed over the past decade.
To start, the setting was in the heart of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, along a river that literally starts out of the ground a few miles from the venue, and then disappears again into the earth. It also home to some of the finest fly fishing in the Northwest. The House on the Metolius is a historic vacation property that has been owned by a various regional society families over the years. It has only recently been run as a boutique hotel & guest ranch. Given this, and it’s relatively remote location, it is a stunning Northwest mountain venue that stays off the radar ( a search for “metolius” on SMP did not return any results).
The wedding party and all guests stayed on the property for the entire wedding weekend. The actual ceremony and dinner were just a final celebration to a festive weekend. This was one of the most personal weddings I have witnessed, which is exactly what the bride and groom had in mind.
Margaret had her hand in most of the details, adding her own DIY touches. She sewed pennants & flags, as well as quilted felt table-numbers for the decor. Her father baked a dozen pies THE MORNING OF THE WEDDING (with berries that he picked)! Apparently, he had been working on perfecting the recipe all summer. It did not disappoint. The bride and bridesmaids collected all the flowers for the day themselves.
The meal was a mid-summer dinner served family style full of fresh, local, seasonal offerings. Guests enjoyed the food and great wine on the deck of the original cabin on the property, which jutted, somewhat perilously, over the river canyon. (The couple had done their homework, and made sure the structure could support the party.)
I hope you enjoy this wedding as much as I did. I feel it really captures the essence not only of this couple, but also of the joys of an Oregon Summer.
Photography: Ryan Flood / FS Photography | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Stationery: Lark Press | Jewelry: Cathy Waterman | Catering: Tate And Tate | Hair: Claire Anderson | Groom's Shoes: To Boot NY | Grooms Attire: Trussini | Ceremony & Reception: House On Metolius | Fabric For DIY Projects (flags & Quilts Sewn By The Bride): Bolt Fabric Boutique | Hair Fascinator: Bride, With Help From Pinkham Millinery