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Oregon Coast Pacific Wonderland Inspiration at Hobbit Trail in Yachats, OR

I had the pleasure of visiting Oregon for my very first time last year, and I must admit, it left quite an impression. It’s one seriously stunning state, so I am not surprised that it has a tendency to inspire shoots like this beauty from Cat Dossett Of I Take PhotosEvent Crush and Anastasia Floral Design, LLC. It’s woodland whimsy meets rugged coastline, and the result is breathtaking.

From Anastasia Floral Design, LLCOne of the best trivia tidbits about Oregon is that the entire coastline is public land. As it turns out, parts of it are pretty magical. Cat chose our location and set the direction for this shoot to be inspired by it. The Hobbit Trail is a little off the beaten path, but all the locals know where to find it. Winding through the lush coastal rainforest, the short trail leads you through a literal tunnel of trees and lets out onto an isolated little stretch of beach that’s home to all sorts of caves ready to be explored. It’s just a really quintessential image of Oregon.

Playing off that, we set our palette as teal and red to stand out from all the foliage and brought in some shiny gold and glittery bits too. We turned the forest into a cathedral for our couple with big dramatic swaths of fabric. The spring flowers were inspired by the forest ferns and featured Japanese ranunculus along with some locally sourced treats like the anemones, columbine, and roses. Cat is pretty much the queen of DIY–she actually made the incredible dress our model rocked all day and rigged the suspended pallet table for our sweethearts. Becky of Event Crush styled the day to perfection and tied everything together.

It wouldn’t be very Oregon without a little rain, and one of my favorite things is that you can see the droplets on some of our details. I hope you all enjoy checking it out as much as I enjoyed bringing it to life! 

From Cat Dossett of I Take Photos…From my first visit that I had at Hobbit Beach, I knew that I wanted to make something magical to fit the location. The soft, draping moss and twisted branches, hiding the shoreline created a romantic escape. I wanted the bride to evoke a waterfall in the woods, mimicking the hanging tree branches and made her dress to flow like water and catch the beach breeze like a sail. It was amazing how quickly and easily things seem to come together with the people that I worked with. Anastasia created elegant arrangements and Becky brought the vision to life in a way I didn’t think possible. Every part of the team did such incredible work; even my models who stuck through the cold rain and wind.

Photography: Cat Dossett Of I Take Photos | Floral Design: Anastasia Floral Design, LLC | Cupcakes: The Sassy Cupcake | Stationery: Rachael Gregg | Hair And Make Up: Makeup By Reina | Coordination & Styling: Event Crush | Location: Hobbit Trail, Yachats, OR | Rentals: Parties To Go

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Colorful Wedding Cake Inspiration

I’ve always been one to stay in the “keep it classic” camp when it came to wedding cakes. But that, m’dears, was before I laid eyes on Dreamin Desserts’ work-of-art confections that changed my mind in three seconds flat. From bold designs to rich colors, they’re the kind of cakes that could steal the show, and in case you want more (of course you do!) Marina Koslow snapped a whole gallery right here.

From Tracy of Dreamin Desserts… To take you on the journey of my sweet beginning, we need to travel to Zurich Switzerland where I worked as a dental hygienist. There I enjoyed travel and what Europe had to offer in the sweet world, but American desserts brought me closer to home. After baking for friends in Zurich, I wanted to take my hobby into a profession, which lead me back to my hometown Bend Oregon and to the International School of Baking, owned by world renowned Chef Marda Stoliar.

I returned to Zurich after my training with Marda and opened Sugars, an American bakery where I wholesaled American Cheesecakes, wedding, birthday cakes and cupcakes thru out Switzerland. After 13 years in Zurich, I felt that it was time to come home back to Bend working as a dental hygienist part-time and a pastry assistant at the International School of Baking to further my craft and assist students following their baking dreams. I now want to take that passion of desserts and make wedding dreams come true.

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Flowers: Donner Flowers | Wedding Dress: Bella Brides Bend | Cakes: Dreamin Desserts

DIY Oregon Mountain Wedding

For a bride with a passion for the forest, a woodsy style wedding was a total no-brainer. Along with her fiance and family, she DIYed the details big and small, and Jamie Zanotti Photography captured each and every bit. Click here for the full gallery of wedding goodness.


From the Bride… I have always loved the combination of woodsy and high glamour. My true passion is in the forest! With the woodsy smells, mossy feel, moist clean air, and vivid green foliage… With being a hair stylist and working with brides myself, I knew I really wanted something personal and special to me. I wanted to share my passion for the woods with my guests. I would not have guessed it would have turned out so perfect and seamless.

We did almost everything from scratch, from excavating and terracing our 3rd generation family mountain property just inland of Bandon, Oregon, to building homemade arbors, to hand crafting and welding a bonfire pit with s’mores, and more. We were surrounded by willow trees, and tons and tons of strung lights, and we were even joined by my Arabian mare, Bella.

Our wedding was a testament to shared artistry and hard work–lots of it! It was very intimate, personal, emotional, and tons of fun!! My man of honor was my twin brother which was also very special to me. It was truly an incredible, magical, and enchanted evening that I will never forget.

DIY details:
- Woodland tree arbor: crafted from old fallen trees, jute twine, ferns, and mossy branches all wrapped together with floral wire and four off white sheer curtain panels stapled onto back
- Ceremony back drop: curly willow tree adorned with a garland made of torn sheets, peach lace, burlap, and paper flower garlands
- Dancefloor: made of pallets and plywood, with a few coats of brown paint plus an inexpensive gazebo without the material covering and string lights bolted to the dance floor
- Dining area: 300′ bulb lights used with self cut pole trees and twine to create a star pattern dining area
- Flower pedestals: stumps cut from fallen logs on property
- Floral arrangements: handmade by friends and family, tucked into old mason jars

Photography: Jamie Zanotti Photography | Floral Design: The Flower Market | Wedding Dress: Bella Brides | Cake: Cakes With Jaz | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Brides Bend | Catering: Elk Horn BBQ | DJ: Matt's Entertainment | Groom's Attire: J Crew | Groomsmen's Attire: Banana Republic | Officiant: Alison Wasson | Bride's And Groom's Rings: Pave | Bride's Ballet Flats: Etsy | Bride's Jewelry: Macy's | Flower Girls' Dresses: Dollcake | Hair And Make-up: EOS Organics Salon | Photography - Assistance: Kristen Ohran | Rentals: Big Tent Rents And Events | Wedding Venue: Private Residence

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