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Romantic Bridal Hairpiece Shoot

In the world of fab Mondays, this post reigns supreme.  It’s ethereal, gorgeous and combines some of our fave designers, the crazy awesome talents of Kacee Geoffroy and Kat Park and a whole world of beautiful hair pieces from Nicky Teo.  It’s basically a dream come true for any lover of weddings, accessories and downright pretty (that’s all of you).  See it captured by Diana Marie Photography right here.

From Nicky Teo… Nicky Teo bridal hairpieces are delicate, graceful, functional, and romantic. The 2014 collection was inspired by ethereal vines. They are dainty, exquisite, and whimsy which creates a unique one of a kind piece. Even with all the sparkle, there is a simplicity about them. The beauty of the collection is that they are flexible and can be formed to accommodate whatever hairstyle you have. The 2014 collection is so versatile and unique, that no matter how sophisticated or simple your wedding is, there’s one that will suit your personal style.

Photography: Diana Marie Photography | Styling: Two's Company | Hair & Makeup: Kat Park | Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Designer: Nicky Teo | Dresses: Myra Callan | Dresses: Leanne Marshall | Dresses: Sarah Janks | Dresses: Claire Pettibone | Dresses: Winne Couture

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Classic Black + White Country Club Wedding

If you don’t like big, giant balloons, or cute as can be puppies or black and white stripes, well, I’ve got nothing for you, but I’m guessing there aren’t many of you (if any!) so we’re going to go ahead with this ridiculously beautiful wedding from Bridal Bliss + Ben Pigao, complete with, you guessed it, balloons, a puppy, and so many stripes!


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Summer
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Country Club

From the stunning bride… Most brides say, “my wedding day should be the most ____ (insert generic adjective here) day of my life”. When I first sat down with my wedding planner I said, “my wedding day is the only wedding day of my life.” Our inspiration came from who Tyler and I are as a couple: sappy sentimental, country club chic meets charming comedian, gregarious golfer.

Our love bloomed in Sonoma, CA where the lush wine grapes and vineyards set up a perfect backdrop to fall in love. Eight years later; our love was ripe for the picking.

Tyler and I choose a venue where we currently reside in Portland, OR. Waverley Country Club was the home of Tyler’s parents wedding celebration (sentimental and country club chic – check.) Large crystal chandeliers accented gold décor and elegant crown molding ball rooms made for the perfect ambiance. The backdrop of the stately white mansion from 1896 is a prestigious golf course set along the Willamette River (gregarious golfer – check.) Romantic private bedrooms upstairs in the mansion meant the honeymoon suite was walking distance (charming comedian – check) and the extended, private drive into the club made for a grand entrance on its own.

The little details in the wedding were written in our programs for all guests to enjoy. My cousins rang bells to start our ceremony in loving memory of my late Grandmother. As a young girl, she would always tell me that when I got married she would be at the wedding, wearing bells. I drove up in a 1950’s Bentley with my father and descended down the aisle to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, the first song we danced to when I was five. I walked alongside my dad in my mother’s original wedding shoes (my something borrowed.) My Lazaro gown’s sash sparkled in the sun as I moved toward my groom; we had it custom made to include my late Aunt’s ten carat blue topaz (my something blue.) My elegant orchid bouquet was wrapped in my grandmother’s handkerchief that had been passed down six generations of weddings (something old.) The ceremony began, as did the happy tears through hand written vows. My wedding band is my Grandmother’s original wedding band from my Grandfather who married in 1953 (something new.) I could hear them tear up behind me as Tyler slipped it onto my finger. The recessional song was “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder – mirroring the processional – resembled the first song that Ty and I danced to together.

After the ceremony, we floated upstairs taking to a private dinner for two; sixty minutes of uninterrupted time to take it all in as a couple. Our guests took to the garden courtyard below where champagne overflowed and small bites kept guests busy, tipsy and mingling. Next came hilarious and thoughtful toasts, dinner and cake cutting. The floral vases on our table scape were found by Tyler and I by milk-glass vase hunting during our 15- month engagement. “Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table” illuminated our dessert display, setting the tone for continuing our celebration. Our first dance was a complete surprise to me. I let Tyler pick out our song and melted when the band started singing and we danced for the first time as a married couple (Huey, Lewis and the News “Doing it All For My Baby”).

The little details exemplified the big details. Our band kept everyone dancing past midnight and for late night snacks the local, but nationally known, VooDoo Doughnut truck treated everyone to something sweet.

Through 3 generations, Tyler and I have witnessed 280 years of beautiful vows that have lasted through life’s challenges. The guest’s smiles, laughter, energy; the dance moves, the happy tears and multiple toasts will always mark the night we committed to carrying on the tradition of life-long marriage for both of our families. We say, cheers to that!

Photography: Ben Pigao | Cinematography: Shields Films | Transportation: English Classic Limousine | Cocktail Strings: Duo Con Brio | Dessert: Blissfully Sweet | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals | Band: Design Band | Makeup: Face, Body, Beauty | Late Night Treats: Voodoo Donuts | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstrom | Gown: Monique Lhuillier | Floral Design: Zest Floral | Wedding Planning: Bliss Bridal

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Mt. Hood, Oregon Engagement Session

I’ve seen a lot of engagement sessions in my day, but this one from ANIKO Productions has moved straight to the top of my favorites list. It’s just captured so beautifully I could cry, and it doesn’t hurt that the couple is drop dead gorgeous too. Throw in an adorable pooch, and well, I’m basically a goner. Long story short, I’m obsessed with this gallery of images.

From the ANIKO ProductionsRose and Michael requested a snowy engagement session, and with little snow in the Portland area this year we decided we would travel to Mt. Hood to even see snow. This is about a 90 minute drive from Portland. My assistant and I arrived a couple hours early to find locations. Government Camp was our first stop, and is where the majority of the photos were taken. We had to ask the locals where we might find a running river (Rose had her heart set on having a river in some of the photos). They directed us to the other side of the mountain. We were so stunned by how beautiful the river was and the mist rolled in just as we started photographing Rose and Michael. Rose was freezing in her dress and heels, but she says it was well worth it.

From the Bride…Michael and I have been together for a little over 6 years now. We grew up near each other in the same city, but we went to different high schools. We didn’t meet each other until we went off to college. Michael and I met in 2007 at Oregon State University in class. We were inseparable then and even till this day. We love spending time with each other, especially outdoor activities involving snow. That is one of the reasons we wanted a romantic wintery engagement session. Another reason is that you don’t see too many winter themed engagement photos. We really wanted our engagement photos to be unique and reflect our personalities. We are both really silly people and love a good laugh. And of course, we had to include our beloved pup, Wester.

The Proposal:
Michael proposed on our 6 year anniversary. I had no clue though, he had been planning it for a couple of months with his sisters and our close friends. He wrote them a long list of how he wanted everything done. He wanted them to decorate our home with bouquets of rose in mason jars, pink and red rose pedals all over the floor and candles everywhere. So after dinner at ringside to celebrate our 6th anniversary…I came home to a fully decorated home and a proposal. Shortly after everyone that helped decorated came out of no where. It was super sweet.

Photography: ANIKO Productions | Ring: Shane Co. | Blanket : REI | Boots (Rose - First Location): Nike | Cardigan + Bow Tie (2nd Location): American Apparel | Dress : Lush | Hair & Make-up: Powder Inc. | Heels: Vince Camuto | Jacket (Rose - First Location): REI | Jacket + Shirt + Pants + Belt + Bow Tie (3rd Location): Express | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Shirt (Michael - 2nd Location): Express | Shirt + Vest (Michael - First Location)): Ezekiel | Shirt + Vest (Rose - 2nd Location): H&M | Shoes (Michael - 3rd Location): Ecco