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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

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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.

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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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Rustic Bed and Breakfast Wedding At Mt. Hood

As far as homecoming weddings go, this might take the cake (or pie). This couple returned home to Oregon for a stunning ceremony at the base of Mt. Hood, and with the help of planner Betheny Roberts, blooms from Lucy’s Informal Flowers and plenty of sunshine, every detail absolutely glowed. There’s a full gallery of loveliness from Hannah D Photography. And don’t miss the video from Larvick Media at the end!

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From the Bride… Place has always been important to my husband and I. We grew up down the street from one another, while college flung us to disparate corners of the country. Returning home to the northwest for careers was important, because despite the saying of home being where the heart is, being in the place you actually belong is paramount. It’s a feeling that runs from your brain, to your heart, and down your feet into the ground. And so, when after 10 years of magical courtship, it came time to get married, we knew place was most important. We wanted that grounding feeling to be present when we said ‘I do’ and when our guests wiped tears. Doing that at the base of Mt. Hood, surrounded by trees, flowers, sun, and loved ones, created a magic that escapes words, but is universally known by anyone in love. Since our guests were coming from all over the country to celebrate with us, we wanted everything to be casual and feel natural – not just look it. From the venue – Mt. Hood B&B – with it’s fields, barns, and farmhouse, to the wood-fired pizza and hand-baked pie for dinner, everything was about family, friends, and love. Looking back on the day, we fretted endlessly about rain and details. We couldn’t control the former (it ended up being about 90 degrees and full of sun), but the latter was marked by a year’s worth of evenings and weekends of friends, family, and loving toil. Some of our guests may have been oblivious, but many of those we love – we hope – looked lovingly at the custom wooden centerpieces, the hand-sewn napkins, the carefully collected milk and mercury glass, and even the hand selected music playlist. We still watch our wedding video and flip through the photos from time to time and it’s always the pictures of tears, laughs, smiles, and dancing that stop us and bring back the flood of love that got us to the altar in the first place. 

Flowers: Lucy's Informal Flowers | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Invitations: Faye And Co. | Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew | Hair And Make Up: Rosie At Powder Inc | Grooms Attire: J. Crew | Ceremony And Reception: Mt. Hood Bed And Breakfast | Day Of Wedding Planner: Betheny Roberts | Photography : Hannah D Photography | Pizza: Solstice Woodfire Cafe | Video: Larvick Media

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