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You’ll Fall for This Colorful Autumn Wedding Inspiration

What’s your favorite season? Mine just so happens to be fall and this inspiration highlights exactly why. From the colorful bouquet saturated with rich red hues, to the gilded cake accented with leaves (how creative is that?!), we’ve got it all captured from the talented Jamie Rae Photo in The Vault!

From Jamie Rae Photo“Every leaf speaks bliss to me when fluttering from the autumn tree…”-Emily Bronte. One step outside on a crisp Northwest autumn morning always stirs the romantic within. The promise of change…vibrant golds and fading reds…the burst of holiday cheer that surprises everyone with sudden arrival…all of these things create a cacophony of colorful inspiration. This romantic shoot was inspired by the crisp air and that feeling of change that magically stirs the soul in Autumn. And while it wasn’t hard to find inspiration this time of year, we wanted to put together a team of the absolute best vendors to showcase how wonderful a fall-fading to winter holiday wedding can look like. Swoon Floral Design created a palette of roses, oak leaves, astilbe, lisianthus, mums, and nandina for the bouquet and floral center pieces. We accented these colors with hints of the holiday season for table decor…persimmons, pears, hazelnuts and chestnuts remind us of the celebratory season that fall ushers in. These tones and textures can be incorporated into a fall or winter, seasonal or religious wedding or event. A bountiful holiday spread of cheese, almonds, bread and jam illustrate how easy it is to entertain artistically (and deliciously!) this time of year. Claire La Feye provided a dramatic chantilly lace, two piece gown, which we accented with hand made gold jewelry from Jes Design Studio.

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Photography: Jamie Rae Photo | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Dress: Claire La Faye | Cake: Little Red's Bakeshop & Café | Invitations: HeyHalle | Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Jewelry: Jes Design Studio | Hair + Makeup: Kim King Make UP | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Table + Rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals

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Get Ready to Say Farewell to Summer with This Stunning Shoot

I happen to believe that the unforgettable Mr. Calvin Harris said it best with his rendition of “Summer,” because honestly that’s pretty much I feel inside as we begin to bid adieu to summer and say HELLO to sudden seasonal changes. Thankfully, we’ve got the ultimate farewell to our favorite season captured by Savan Photography to help us ease into it all. See it in The Vault!

From Savan PhotographyThe white sand, the beach grass, the wide open coast line and of course the Haystack Rock were all inspiration for our Oregon Coast Summer light Bridal/Wedding Inspirational shoot. Our vision was simple and fresh. To achieve that vision, we gathered elements from the landscape and local farms for our florals. We kept the colors of the florals fresh and light keeping it in line with the pale ocean blue hues and the local greenery. All of which complimented the stunning landscape.

In regard to the table setting, we looked to the ocean and sky for our inspiration and settled with classic blue plates. Also wanting to add a little sparkle, we brought in colors of gold seen on the bottom of our champagne glasses, while still drawing the eye to the surrounding landscape. Linen napkins, beach grass and drift wood we added for a pretty and organic table setting.

Incorporating fresh greenery of white, green and yellow hues and florals forged from a local farm, brilliantly designed by Metal and Moss, took this bridal session to the next level. Crafted with so much attention to detail, it didn’t matter which way the bride held the bouquet; each bloom and greenery fell perfectly into place and was stunning from every angle. The floral table arrangement was just as gorgeous with its design, organic and effortless feel.

We also extended those ocean hues to the invitation suite that was made by Pirouette Paper. The script was perfected crafted on fine Italian paper with rich royal blue ink.

The vision was not to overlook Cannon Beach, or Haystack Rock of the Oregon’s Coast; it was to highlight it with minimal and clean design in mind.

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Photography: Savan Photography | Coordination: Petite Abeille Design | Design: Petite Abeille Design | Floral Design: Metal and Moss | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Dong | Hair + Makeup: Kelli Thomsen Skin Care & Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Pirouette Paper | Film Processing: Alpine Film Lab | Hair Accessories: Petals And Stones | Model: Option Model and Media

Why They Exchanged Vows BEFORE the Ceremony

To be honest, I’m not one who loves crowds. I much prefer quiet, more personal moments and that’s exactly why I love this couple’s idea of exchanging vows privately before the actual ceremony. Benjamin Clifford Photography documented their intimate vow exchange and there’s so much more to see and love from their day inside The Vault!


From The Bride…Waking up with butterflies in my stomach and so much excitement, I could hardly eat my breakfast. So my sweet mama packed me a little to go bag for the road just in case I work up an appetite. I got to my Aunt’s house early that morning with my older sister, we were meeting the rest of bridesmaids there and getting our hair and makeup done. It was pretty fun with the music playing and the girls dancing around eased my nerves a bit, and of course I worked up that appetite and had my breakfast and coffee (thanks, mom).

Once it was time to put on the dress I started to get nervous again since we were running a little behind schedule. Even if you plan the extra 30 min into your timeline sometimes it’s still not enough. We all drove to the Canemah Park in Oregon City for first look (l recommend every couple does the First Look photos”) I was so excited to see my future husband Ben and for him to see me in my dress for the first time, I could hardly contain myself. It was a very special moment for the both of us, so much emotion pours out in that moment. He was perfect and I could not wait to marry that man. We got lots of pictures with the two of us and with our bridal party. We stopped at a couple more locations on the way to our venue for some more photos (you can never have too many pictures) It had started to rain off and on and I was trying to do my best and not panic with it being an outdoor venue. The umbrellas however made for some really fun pictures.

Since Ben and I were sticking to our budget we had our amazing family and friends decorate and do a huge chunk of the work setting up the venue. They put together all the floral arrangements, the decorations and all the finishing touches that made the venue come to life.

Ben and I had an intimate vow exchange that was only attended by our photographers prior to the actual ceremony where exchanged traditional vows, and had the honor of having Ben’s step brother pronounce us husband and wife. As we walked out the ceremony our guests cheered and tossed pink rose petals our way.

The reception was very easy-going, dancing mingling and good food. Ben is a little bit of a Star Wars nerd, so I surprised him with custom-made Princess Leah and Han Solo cake toppers that resembled him and I.

We had so much fun I forgot all about the rain, the torn dress and all the other minor things that go wrong at weddings. We just danced the night away and enjoyed our magical day! Our wedding was unforgettable, by far the best day of my life. After all, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is your love and commitment to one another. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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Photography: Benjamin Clifford Photography | Floral Design: Costco | Wedding Dress: Bridal Exclusives | Cake: Florika | Catering: Abernethy Center | Hair + Makeup: Luba Gannotskiy | DJ: Jerry Erven | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Venue: Abernethy Center | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Exclusives | Bridal Party Bouquets: Brenda Fields