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A Blush Engagement Session Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Ladies, there’s not denying it. We all (and by all, I mean every. single. one. of us) need this dress pronto. Transforming a traditional engagement session into a beautifully blush beginning, Katlyn Marie PhotoArt captured it all to share. And lucky for you, we just so happen have got every bit of it waiting for you to fall madly in love with via The Vault!

From Katlyn Marie PhotoArtColin and Austen have such a sweet and playful love, which shows up in every single frame of this romantic engagement session. And all of the blush details with a stunning Oregon sunset in the background make it that much more romantic! From Austen’s beautiful blush gown, to the stunning floral arrangement, to the sweet little garden roses adorning her hair, this engagement session was absolutely perfect!

From The Bride-to-be…Colin (a Boston native) and I (raised in ­PDX) met when we were both ski bums in As­pen, CO right after college. We were work­ing at the same resort at the base of Asp­en Mountain. Colin kept visiting me at my­ hostess stand, and finally worked up the­ courage to ask me out. Our first date wa­s a hike in 2012 to a 360 degree view poi­nt of the surrounding mountains. The hike­ turned into a full day adventure of gett­ing to know each other, and wanting to kn­ow more.

We spent the next year in Aspen together,­ then both left to figure out “the real w­orld.” I went to SF for a year while he w­as home in New England. After experiencin­g the stress and anxiety of a long distan­ce relationship, I moved to him, and a ye­ar later we moved to Portland to be near ­my family and put down roots. For our ann­iversary this past year, I booked 2 night­s at a B&B in Hood River to celebrate 3 y­ears together. We spent the day visiting ­vineyards, cider houses, and orchards. Wh­ile we were picking apples in the rain at­ Draper Girls Orchard, Colin directed me ­towards “a good bunch of apples” (that ne­ver existed) and I ended up finding a rin­g box on a branch! I turned around to fin­d him down on one knee with the only 4 wo­rds he could find. In my state of complet­e shock, I said yes!

We plan to return to Hood River to celebr­ate our wedding with our friends and fami­ly from all over the country. It will be ­at Gorge Crest Vineyards on the WA side o­f the Gorge in July 2017. We are excited ­for a casual backyard feel with live musi­c, craft beer, local wine, and lawn games­. Oh, and a superb view of Mt. Hood.

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Photography: Katlyn Marie PhotoArt | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Dress: ASOS | Invitations: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Portland Makeup And Hair | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Location: Willamette State Mission Park

Get Swept Away with This Rocky Mountain Elopement

Eden Willow Photography sure knows the quickest way to our hearts, because this mountain top elopement? Well, it’s kind of everything. Complete with watercolor calligraphy and an awesome sense of adventure, we invite you to peek the pretty in The Vault!

From Eden Willow PhotographyOne of the things that makes us so supremely happy to live in the Pacific Northwest is that there is such a spirit of adventure and exploration. We are often just an hour away from a mountain, a waterfall, or a desert and such backdrops can do little else but inspire us to wander and inspire us to create. Our inspiration for this shoot came from the very nature that so abundantly surrounds us. Our ultimate vision for this elopement inspiration shoot was not just to produce something aesthetically beautiful, but to really inspire our wanderlust brides and grooms-to-be to start their marriage off with an adventure and to never stop adventuring from day one to year 51 and beyond.

Maria of Fern + Grace did an incredible job capturing our heart and vision. We wanted to use the landscape as a literal foundation and build upon it in a way that didn’t detract from the beauty of the Columbia Gorge, but fit perfectly within it. What better way than to nestle a romantic tablescape and ceremony site right into the mountain? Maria hand dyed gorgeous cheesecloth to use as a light table runner that we knew would capture the wind and chose simple, but elegant place settings to match. She used an incredible custom vintage window set as our ceremony backdrop with added Edison lights.

The Columbia Gorge is known as a wind corridor. When we made our decision to shoot there, we knew immediately we needed a dress that could capture that movement. The Regan Gown from BHLDN (A Willowby by Watters exclusive gown) was a perfect choice with its lovely, light layers of tulle that danced easily in the wind.

Brier & Ivy did an amazing job with the florals for our shoot. We wanted to stick to a neutral palette that really spoke volumes about the abundance of flora and foliage in the Northwest. Amy picked dogwood blooms from her back yard and paired it with gorgeous white peonies and greens to create arrangements that were as organic and natural as possible. We topped the gorgeous watercolor accented cake from Dream Cakes with additional dogwood blooms, moss, and ferns.

We were instantly drawn to the beauty of The Northway Studio’s handmade bespoke jewelry. The delicate “Willow” necklace was an obvious choice, but we also fell in love with the gorgeous Moissanite ring and paired it with a simple, classic gold band for our groom.

The invitation suite by Elisa Anne Calligraphy features an absolutely breathtaking watercolor rendition of the Columbia Gorge and her impeccable calligraphy. She added beautiful vintage stamps to really complete the set.

We wanted to represent the simplistic beauty of the Columbia Gorge with simple, yet elegant hair and makeup. Bri Ellis from Portland Hair and Makeup did an outstanding job styling our bride with soft, windswept tresses and natural blush and eyeshadow colors.

All of the vendors we were fortunate to work with completely aligned with our heart and vision and refined it in so many ways. We are so thankful for their hard work and dedication!

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Photography: Eden Willow Photography | Event Styling: Fern And Grace | Floral Design: Brier & Ivy | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Dream Cakes | Invitations: ElisaAnne Calligraphy | Jewelry: The Northway Studio | Hair + Makeup: Portland Makeup And Hair | Venue: Columbia Gorge | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Film Processing: The Find Lab

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A Sequined Showstopper Celebration in the Woods

If you thought getting married in the forest meant you had to forgo sequins, think again because this stunner of a soiree is here to prove otherwise. Complete with elegant details, a wooded ceremony, and a few sequined bridesmaids’ for good measure, Amanda K Photography was on hand to capture it all and we’ve got it waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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From The Bride…I love how clean black and white is, and I love mixed metal. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, and ideally a destination. In the end we decided to stay in the country close to home, but chose to get married near Bend, in Sisters, due to our love for the area and how beautiful it is over there. The rustic outdoor space was a perfect contrast to the black, white, and mixed metal theme.

The flowers were all white and sat in clear vases with mixed metal candles and smaller vases as an accent. We had another venue booked that backed out 5 months before the wedding, and Five Pine happened to have an opening on the original date of our wedding! We toured the next weekend, and fell in love with the grounds. They were breathtaking in the summer with the tall wild flowers and stream that ran through the wedding site.

Unless you having a backyard wedding, get a wedding coordinator. Will relieve so much stress, and they get so much done for you and make your special day go so smooth. Make sure you choose one from word of mouth. We saw what Misty did at our good friends Darrin and Hanna’s wedding the year before, and never even considered anyone else!

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Photography: Amanda K Photography | Coordination: Luxe Event Productions | Floral Design: Amanda Pistor | Wedding Dress: Theia | Jewelry: HarpyDesigns; Jarrod Weis (groom) | Makeup: Whitney Stassi Artistry | Hair: Chachi Hair | Band: John Ross | Groom's Attire: Collier | Venue: Five Pine Lodge