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Romantic Gold Wedding Inspiration

Spring is slowly starting to show its face here in lovely OR, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spend some time soaking in this romantic bundle of winter wedding inspiration via the talented Marina Koslow.  An ethereal take on short, snowy days and long, dreamy nights, it’s filled with gorgeous blooms from Central Oregon Wedding Flowers and a whole lot of pretty from Dreamin Desserts.  See it here.

From Marina Koslow PhotographyAs winter lets up its steady grip on Oregon, there is nothing better than cozy candlelight to create a moody wedding inspiration to remember our winter brides. Winter days may be short, but its easy to take advantage of softer light and an opportunity to be indoors and find fresh ideas. Its always the simple things that can make the most impact.

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Floral Design: Central Oregon Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Dreamin Desserts | Makeup: Kate Tuma | Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Photoshoot Venue: Armature Bend | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chick

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Rustic Oregon Barn Wedding

When the Groom popped the big question – in the attic of their barn under strings of lights and a table set for two – it only made sense to say “I do” where it all went down. Along with family and friends, they worked hard to gussy up their property for the Big Day and the payoff was tenfold. See all the love through the lens of Maria Lamb right over here.


From The Bride…I would say I am a fairly quiet person, I always knew I would say “yes” when Josh asked me to marry him but on the day we got engaged I think I actually screamed “YES!”. Every detail Josh had dreamed up was so thoughtful and original, I was overjoyed. Josh asked me to marry him at the end of the night, on one knee, in the attic of our barn, under strings of lights and a table set for two. Many of our friends were involved in our engagement, and in their own special way made it one of my favorite memories of my life. We were engaged in our barn and we knew it would only be right to celebrate our wedding and reception on our property as well. From planting new grass, to building fences, to trenching new water lines we really jumped into this wedding planning thing with both feet.

Josh and I are surrounded by the most helpful, giving and loving family and friends who spent countless hours helping us build, prep and clean so that when September 6th rolled around everything would be perfect, and that it was. It was a hot day in Oregon, hitting around 95 degrees by the afternoon, but between the shade from the fir trees, the light wind and the sweet drinks, nobody was complaining. We had a small, intimate ceremony in our garden and dinner in our barn with around forty family and friends. We shared memories and cheered to the good times. Around seven o’clock the band started, neighbors came over and more family and friends piled in. Everyone put on their dancing shoes and we celebrated late into the night. It was the perfect day.

Photography: Maria Lamb | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Venue: Private Residence | MUAH: Chelsey Matley Makeup | Rentals: The Party Place | Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland

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Winter’s Dawn Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Captured through the lens of Mary Alice Hall the soft, subtle tones of the bridesmaid dresses coupled with the gorgeous intricate lace of the brides gown played perfectly with the rustic ambiance of the rustic setting. With gorgeous floral arrangements designed by Blum Floral Design and a captivating video by Watertown Wedding Films, every detail of this beautiful inspiration shoot cannot be missed here!

From photographer Mary Alice Hall… Champagne Wedding Coordination headed the event design for the shoot, but the inspiration and design planning was a collaborate effort from Mary Alice Hall Photography along with their team of creative Portland wedding vendors.

The winter’s dawn inspiration came from our love of 19th century romantic literature and Jane Austen’s timeless novel, Pride & Prejudice. We created a romantic and whimsical mood while keeping the design modern and timeless. Our all-time favorite scene in the novel and movie is when Mr. Darcy meets Elizabeth in the woods at dawn. The sunlight gleams on their faces and it’s as if they are the only two on the earth. As soon as we decided on our theme we knew that Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington was the perfect location.

For the overall color palette we chose scarlet red, ivory, blush and dusty gray and – we also knew we wanted to incorporate as much luxe textile as possible with velvet, fur, wool, and feathers. Something Borrowed provided incredible vintage furniture and accessories. A scarlet red velvet settee was the perfect seat for our bridal party. A white sheepskin throw and brant burgundy afghan brought warmth and texture to our bride and groom in our fireside lounge. Lane’ at Something Borrowed provided mis-matched, gold-rimmed vintage china for our formal place settings, along with crystal champagne flutes, wine goblets and gold flatware.

The gorgeous blooms, by Blum Floral Design, she used garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, amaryllis, ranunculus and tulips to create a soft, romantic look. She added a lot of thistles, dusty miller and several varieties of eucalyptus for texture and a cool grey blue undertone. Cranberries in vases and strung on wires added more of the rich color and texture. The dining table, a gorgeous six foot farmhouse table provided by Something Borrowed. We created an elegant and unique design by using brass pillar candles, lush flowers, vintage books and our favorite cooper vessels. You can’t imagine winter without fresh cranberries, we strung them on wires for chair ties and placed in vases which added rich color and texture to our dining table.

White Pepper’s pancake wedding cake was the main highlight of our brunch buffet – The scrumptious fluffy cakes were topped with French Vanilla buttercream, fresh berries and dripping with maple syrup. We created an intimate brunch, and the delectable brunch spread sat at a classic white Lucille desk alongside our French bar cart set as a coffee bar-with colorful, vintage teacup & saucers. Freshly brewed by Chemex, Stumptown Guatemala Bella Vista coffee, not only acted as a prop but the warm coffee helped us stay warm throughout the shoot!

Our brunch theme hors d’oeuvres weren’t only appetizing but it encompassed our theme of texture and bold color! Beet Pickled Deviled Egg, Sweet Celery Hood River Bosc Pear, Prosciutto, Pistachio Brioche Toast, House Blend Almond Granola, Greek Yogurt, Strawberry and an Herb and baby greens salad with breakfast berries and a lemon vinaigrette. Our wedding party celebrated and toasted with a Classic Mimosa Argyle 2011 Vintage Brut accompanied by fresh orange juice and grapefruit.

We wanted to create a unique and dreamy seating chart. The board was made of wooden ribbon spools. Each name was pinned to the rich colored velvet ribbon. Sitting alongside was our handwritten-letter invitation, and Trista carried the calligraphy theme to the place cards at our dining table.

The English Dept. lent us three beautiful wedding gowns and gorgeous accessories. For the bride she wore Leanne Marshall’s, Danielle. An Ivory and nude lace illusion bodice gown with full silk organza skirt. Accompanied by the in-house Elizabeth sash. The Double strand of glass rhinestones on ivory silk grossgrain ribbon sash gave contrast, texture and definition.

Our lovely bridesmaids wore Claire La Faye, Bespoken in blush and pale grey. Crossover chiffon gathered bodice with Alencon lace and silk pleating, asymmetric draping and pleating detail at waistline. This wedding gown is also available in off white, ivory, blush, robin’s egg blue and nude. Our dashing groom wore a trim fit, pure wool “Heather Gray Allure” tuxedo by Jean Yves from Este’s Men’s Clothing.Portland Make-up and Hair provided the hair and makeup look for our shoot. One of the universally favored aspects of the shoot was the cap veil, our stylists transformed our bride into an updated version of Elizabeth Bennet. Her second look was fun a sophisticated and she wore Mignonne Handmade Plume D’or, brass feather motif headband to add a touch of whimsical drama. Our bridesmaids were styled with loose curls and tucked back for elegance with their feather hair clips.

The collaborative winter’s dawn inspired stylized shoot was a dream come true and we hope it inspires readers!

Photography: Mary Alice Hall | Videography: Watertown Wedding Films | Event Design: Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination | Floral Design: Blum Floral Design | Wedding Dress: The English Dept. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The English Dept. | Catering: White Pepper | Groom's Attire: Este's Mens Clothing | Wedding Venue: Wind Mountain Ranch | Bride's Headpiece: Migonne Handmaid | Bridesmaids' Dress Designer: Claire LaFaye | Hair & Make-up: Portland Make-up & Hair | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Veil: Twigs And Honey | Wedding Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall

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Remembering The Wedding Proposal

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed but we’ve been sharing heartwarming proposal stories and pics with you all day across our SMP pages… but, we’ve saved the absolute best for last! Honest to goodness – grab your hankies and crank up the volume and prepare to watch what this year’s National Proposal Day is all about. Re-living the memories of that momentous day: her parent’s permission, the loving effort and the sweetest of sweet words from a guy to his girl. Remembered, one year later on their anniversary – as captured on film by Star Light Films.

From Star Light FilmsBryon proposed to Bri on the breath taking Oregon Coast, capturing every detail. His story starts long before he gets down on one knee and lasts an entire year after she said “yes”. Bri was under the impression that SLF was on scene for that windy day at the beach only to capture the photos for her surprise proposal. Little did she know that while one camera was getting photos, the other was filming everything.

Bryon came to us wanting something different. Wanting something to completely sweep her off of her feet. Something no one has ever done before. We politely obliged.

We accompanied him, with the mic hot and equipment in hand, as he entered her Grandfather’s jewelry store. Bryon browsed a few rings before coming back to the one meant for Bri. Leaving Grandpa with a warm hug, he set off to scout Pacific City for the proposal location. Bri thought he was hiking with friends.

On the drive over, Bryon told us about why he was doing this. Why it was so important for him to create something so meaningful. It wasn’t because he wanted the recognition or attention, it was so that together, as a family, they could have a moment to physically revisit and look back on.

There was one last thing that was necessary before the big proposal day. Bryon needed the blessing from Bri’s father. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as these two men sat down in a moment of total acceptance of Bryon’s love for Bri.

All of these events happened unbeknownst and unseen by Bri, but all of them artistically captured by SLF. The footage was then crafted into a beautiful, emotional piece. Bri had absolutely no knowledge that anything had been captured on film until exactly one year after the day he proposed. Bryon simply said, “I have a surprise for you”, blindfolded her, and drove her to a remote location for the surprise screening of the happiest day of her life (thus far).

Cinematographer: SLF | Music License: The Music Bed

Cozy Winter Bridal Inspiration + Bouquet Recipe

My go-to for a quick pick-me-up? Treating myself to a big bunch of blooms—particularly during the winter when I’m feeling a bit drab. But today pretties, drab is OUT because we’re cozying up with Ponderosa & Thyme and Alexandra Grace Photography for winter inspo at it’s finest. You can almost smell the bloom goodness jumping off the page. Get the recipe for this luscious ivory bouquet below!

From Alexandra Grace PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was created to capitalize on the neutral colors and cozy feeling of winter. Our bride was styled with a cute short dress, a big sweater, tall socks & boots, and wavy hair for a warm & romantic mood. Ponderosa & Thyme created a lovely neutral bouquet with pale grey ribbon for a classy and lush look, and Deepwood Estate in Salem, Oregon provided gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces. The greens and browns of winter combined with our light and romantic bridal styling created a very clean, classic inspiration images for winter brides who want a little something different. Find the recipe below—super simple ingredients & it smells SO good!


Ivory Garden roses
White Hellebore
White Ginestra
Pussy Willow Branches
White narcissus
Grey ribbon streamers

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme | Historic Estate: Historic Deepwood Estate

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Meet SMP Blogger Bride Cambria Grace!

You might recognize Cambria Grace from her ever-popular Instagram feed, but today she’s stepping behind the SMP desk as our newest Blogger Bride-to-be. She’ll be sharing her wedding planning journey – the good, the bad, and the oh-so-pretty – and we’re kicking things off with her stunning engagement. Scroll on to get to know Cambria a wee bit better, and don’t miss the mountaintop gallery from Dylan and Sara.

From The Bride… My fiancé, Ross and I met the first day of our freshman year at Bates College. He won me over with his sense of humor and chutzpah, which lent itself to much witty banter over meals in the dining hall. It didn’t take long for me to realize he is one of a kind, and someone that I wanted to spend endless amounts of time with. Seven years later he asked me to marry him on a family trip to California.

Ross has always known how much I love spending time with my parents. We are a very tight little unit. Last spring, when we were all on vacation, he turned to my parents and asked for their permission to ask me to marry him. They of course said YES! I, still unknowing and utterly oblivious that he was proposing thought it was so sweet of him to involve me in his ‘asking for my hand’. He then turned to me, pulled out my Aunt Grace’s wedding ring, and said ‘want to get old with me’? I am never surprised, but he totally got me. I burst into tears and the rest of the memory is pretty much a black-out –  but I DO know that it was by far the happiest, most wonderful moment of my life.

Ross is the co-founder of Downeast Cider House, and I am a wedding and lifestyle photographer here in Boston. We live and work in Charlestown. Thus, we decided to get married here! We chose a pier in the navy yard, with a view of the city that we love. Keeping the wedding ‘us’ is pretty important and has been a big factor in the planning process. Being in the industry certainly gives me a different perspective on wedding planning, which I’ll be sharing about as a blogger bride here on SMP.

Style Me Pretty has been a part of my career and life for several years now. My first inspiration shoot was with Lauren WellsPollen Floral Design and Kacie Corbelle Makeup Artistry. We worked so hard, had an awesome time together, and were featured on SMP. It was my first time getting published, so I immediately called Ross and shrieked into the phone. Luckily, I still have Lauren, Krissy and Kacie on my side for the wedding day as vendors and friends. Lauren is even taking on matron-of-honor duties, as well as styling the entire event. The impressive creative community in Boston has certainly become a big part of my life, personally and professionally, and I’m excited to see and share my wedding planning adventures with you!

Photography: Dylan And Sara Photography | Floral Design: Hilary Horvath | Venue: Saddle Mountain