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Elegant + Intimate Oregon Winery Wedding

I’ve only been to the Northwest region once, but with our two Altura Studio gems today, I’m feeling the need for another visit soon. This couple decided on an intimate event, a ceremony followed by an al fresco dinner with their closest friends and family, with a larger party at a later date, and the final results are bursting with the vineyard’s natural beauty. This is what dreams are made of m’dears.

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Summer
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Vineyard

From Altura Studio… Paul and Dana chose to separate their wedding and reception over two weekends this summer. That way they could enjoy the best of both celebrations. An intimate and elegant wedding and dinner with their closest family and friends. Then later, a big garden party with scores of guests from all corners of their lives together.

The afternoon at Vista Hills Vineyard was a perfect bluebird day. Dana was pure poise and elegance, while Paul channeled complete happiness. It was such a pleasure to photograph them together as they floated through this golden day. The couple said their vows within a circle of tall trees as the sun lowered on the horizon. And then after cocktails on the tasting room terrace, the guests sat down to a celebratory meal on the lower terrace. To me, it seemed a most elegant and meaningful way to celebrate a wedding. Dana’s father charmed everyone with his toasts – look for the delightful photo of the two Mom’s sharing a moment during his speech.

Photography: Altura Studio | Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid | Floral Design: Your Perfect Florist | Wedding Dress: Allure | Cake: Lamb's Thriftway | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Artemis | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Vista Hills Vineyard | Music: Columbia River Strings

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Late Summer Wedding at The Aerie at Eagle Landing

Late summer has a special sort of allure, a romantic glow about it and this Bride right here used that beauty as inspiration for her Big Day. Altura Studio snapped every second and every sherbet shade, from the bridesmaids’ peachy dresses to these bouquets that have me dreaming of sunny days ahead. See all the summer love right here!

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Summer
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Golf Course
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Elegant

From Theresa Valls of Altura Studio…. Nothing feels cooler than sherbet shades in the warm days of August. Looking back over Erin and John’s summer wedding, I can’t help but think of an ice cream shop – all those yummy colors lined up for the choosing.

Erin chose ivory lace for her strapless gown and her bridesmaids wore a peachy apricot. The bridesmaids’ dresses echoed the ruched strapless bodice of Erin’s dress, but with a flowing chiffon shirt. The dresses were terrifically flattering for all the girls varying heights and shapes, and they all seemed comfortable all day long.

Her groom John wore a three-piece cotton suit, while the groomsmen donned just the vest and pants. It was an easygoing but dressed-up look for the guys. And comfortable, too, since August in the Pacific Northwest can be hot for a man in a suit.

Erin’s bouquet included dahlias in soft pinks through cream, English roses, delicate ranunculus, and tiny blue forget-me-nots. John’s boutonniere consisted of a simple white rosebud, accented with a single hydrangea blossom and a sprig of grey lambs ear. The already-pretty gazebo required just a simple spray-style arrangement of seasonal flowers. Erin choose single-color stems of white and blue hydrangea for the outdoor tables. For the ballroom tables, she had simply arranged beautiful seasonal dahlias and grey-green lambs ears in vintage mason jars. Handmaid heart-shaped table numbers elevated the look to suit the all-white tabletops.

When I asked the bride, Erin about her inspiration for her wedding day, she said this, “We were inspired by classic themes accompanied by natural beauty. This is why we chose the breathtaking setting of The Aerie. We had hoped for a beautiful summer day surrounded by beauty, family, and love. We wanted to spend the day celebrating our love for one another surrounded by those who love and care about us.”

Photography: Theresa And John Valls Of Altura Studio | Floral Design: Hillary Horvath | Wedding Dress: Modern Trousseau | Cake: Lamb's Thriftway | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Collection #2882 | DJ: CM Events | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Wedding Venue: The Aerie At Eagle Landing

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Oregon Coast Seaglass Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by the muted color palette of the seaglass dotted along the Oregon shore, this wedding inspiration shoot is as soft and dreamy as you can possibly imagine. With a stunning hand-dyed ombre veil, to-die-for backless gown, and a rustically romantic driftwood centerpiece, this gallery from Lexia Frank is sure to inspire aspiring sea goddesses and Brides-to-be alike.

From Lexia Frank PhotographySince moving to the Oregon coast, I’ve been inspired by the landscape of this incredible state. I’m also thoroughly in love with weddings that are deeply rooted in the space in which they transpire—taking elements from the space, and therefore keeping the event cohesive and tied to the location.

For this shoot, I dip-dyed silk in natural plant-based indigo as I wanted a very watery feel. Other items that were dip dyed were the veil, the taper candles, and the ribbon.

Jenny Sanders of Graceline created the most beautiful hand written menus, escort cards and vows I have ever witnessed, and we embellished them with bits of sea glass found on the coast.

The centerpiece to the table was a true piece of aged driftwood found on the beach, with holes drilled for candles.

I wanted to create a piece of work that demonstrates how you can utilize the surroundings of a “venue,” at almost no cost, to create a lovely space for your event. With a little effort in foraging, beautiful things can happen!

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Calligraphy: Graceline | Event Styling and Art Direction: Lexia Frank | Model: Option Model and Media | Rentals: Portland Farm Tables

Blush Pink Oregon Wine Country Wedding

Balancing strong wooden features with a soft color palette, this picture-perfect wedding tucked underneath striking Oregonian trees makes my heart absolutely melt. Captured by Sweetlife Photography details like wine barrels & wooden signs celebrate the beauty of Oregon’s wine country. You can see every-single-detail of these nuptials in the gorgeous video from Caleb Rexius Productions and every moment here!

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Summer
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Winery

From the beautiful Bride… Andy and I met in college among good friends and at a perfect time. I was a Freshman; he was a Sophomore, and thus we experienced many of the ups and downs of our early twenties together- growing up, making choices, and learning what it meant to live with and without each other. Our journey has been adventurous, time-tested, and very real; so naturally, when it came to planning our wedding some nine years later, we knew that sentimental details and meaningful memories were a must to shape our big day!

As we began our planning journey, I, like many brides, wanted to create a wedding unlike any other, but was immediately overwhelmed by the abundance of inspirational ideas (hello Pinterest!) and advice that was at my fingertips. After a faltering start of swinging back and forth from one style of event to another, clarity emerged! We simply realized to accomplish a uniquely beautiful, elegant wedding we only needed to follow our hearts and make decisions based on experiences we had while falling in love, family heritage, and local possibilities. After all, how could our wedding not be uniquely us if every detail, from the dress to the china, was perfectly sentimental?

After a romantic Winter Solstice proposal in our own living room on December 21st, 2012 we quickly agreed on an August wedding in 2014 so as to fully enjoy our engagement and wedding planning process. The month of August in Oregon is warm with romantic light and coloring, and August 8th was the perfect date to recognize the symbolic “double happiness symbol” used in my parents’ Hong Kong nuptials. While Andy was raised in Portland, we met in the Willamette Valley where I grew up, thus making a beautiful vineyard setting an easy first choice… not to mention we both love Oregon wine! We chose Vista Hills Vineyard for its gorgeous panoramic backdrop, yet nicely shaded intimate ceremony area to ensure our guests’ comfort. We knew it would perfectly set the tone for our classic and refined vineyard wedding with old-world elegance and natural style.

With the winery tasting room built from rich textured cedar, it was quickly apparent that we needed to balance the strong wood features with an elegant and soft color palette. We were careful to choose blush, whites and creams to complement my red hair and light skin tone, adding dark charcoal to juxtapose and create a vintage contrast. We refrained from using photos on our save-the-date cards and invitations, instead choosing a more formal suite with classic designs and language to stay in line with the overall style. We even had the calligrapher stagger the address lines on the individually hand written envelopes to honor my mom’s British heritage and the way she was taught to address an envelope! We had fun working with a local artist to create a logo including the double infinity symbol to reflect our August 8th date. We were also fortunate to have savvy friends design and produce a custom website, stamp, and map to be signed by guests.

My dress was next on the list! I knew this would be a cherished moment, so I savored the experience by not jumping right to it. After listening to others’ advice and some dramatic stories, I shopped only with my Mother the first day. Once we had found “the dress” I set a lunch date a few weeks later and invited bridesmaids, Moms and Grandmas to come take a peek. This made for one of the most special and relaxing experiences. My very first “dressy” dress as a young woman was a little black Nicole Miller number, so when I found myself falling in love with her designs, it seemed a natural decision to choose this designer for my wedding gown. It was a fun way to help make such an important decision. After one day of shopping, I had found my dress and made a choice that held sentimental value!

When our special day finally arrived after 18 months of spreadsheets (I’m an organizer!), meetings, and DIY projects, everything seemed effortless. We lucked out with what some said was the most beautiful day of the wedding season with 80 degree weather and perfectly warm filtered sunshine. On the most important day of my life, it was with sadness that my Dad was no longer with us to walk me down the aisle, but my baby brother honored our life-long pact by giving me away as our classical guitarist played Pachelbel’s Canon in D. With Andy’s Dad being an Oregon Supreme Court Justice, it was an honor to have a fellow Judge and good family friend marry us. Our guests sipped on refreshments as Andy and I shared our personally crafted vows. Andy, known for his humor, provided many laughs and I remembered my Dad and how happy he would have been to see me find such a perfect partner.

Throughout the journey of planning our big day, one of Andy’s frequent requests was that our wedding should feel comfortable both for us and our guests. In order to accomplish this we settled on a long table format to create a summer dinner party feel. We opted to sit directly in the middle surrounded by our family and friends, rather than at a separated head table. It was a perfect way to reflect our casual personalities, yet still maintain a classic look. Lush and soft floral arrangements in old-world ceramic urns adorned each table from end to end. The smaller and smaller the details became, the more sentimental and meaningful our choices were – I cried as we picked out our elegant gold china to honor the plates my English Grandmother always let me look at (but not touch) as a little girl! Our rings were carried in an antique silver box, tied to a pillow that included an embroidered blue heart made from the cloth of my Dad’s old fishing hat. When it came to the menu, we made sure to infuse an assortment of high quality Italian meats to honor Andy’s heritage and Italian East Coast family, a leg of lamb to honor my English upbringing, and fresh salmon to give our guests a taste of the Pacific Northwest. We chose berry pies to ensure everyone got to experience the abundance of Oregon summer fruit. The “pièce de résistance” – our caterer crafted the most marvelous “cheese cake”, made up of gourmet British, Italian, and Northwest cheeses with local fruits lushly cascading down each layer – it was a huge hit! Atop wine barrels situated throughout the outdoor reception area were handmade wood signs with favorite quotes, cut from a tree found in the same county we met and were married in. It was our biggest DIY project and one that required both of us to work together.

Our wedding was everything we could have dreamed of due to our wonderful parents, family and friends who shared our special day. Our vendors, including an incredibly skillful and dedicated wedding planner, and photographers whom we now call friends, were carefully chosen and worked above and beyond our wishes to ensure our entire day was perfect from start to finish. With loving and cherished sentimental details sprinkled throughout, it was a magical and warm summer night that we will never forget as we entered into our newly married life together!

Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Videography: Caleb Rexius Productions | Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid | Floral Design: Zest Floral And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller From The English Dept. | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Alchemy & Todd Reed (in Partnership With Alchemy) | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Morgan | Catering: The Lamb's Table Catering Co. | Hair And Makeup: Jein King & Shante Matlock For Powder, Inc. | Calligraphy: Lori Raines Calligraphy Studio | DJ: DjTj Exklewy | Wedding Venue: Vista Hills Vineyard | Cork Bridal Clutch: J.Crew | Earrings And Bracelet: Nadri | Groom's And Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang | Hair Comb: Wedding Belles New York | Invitations And Programs: Ecru Modern Stationer | Pies: Blue Raeven Farmstand | Rentals: The Party Place | Trolley Transportation: The Trolley Girl | Veil: Devine Design Bridal | Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed

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Neutral Chic Oregon Winery Wedding

Elegance is learned, my friends, and this wedding can teach us all a few things. The beautiful couple chose to wed on the lawn of a French chateau overlooking Ashland’s hills and valleys, and kept it effortlessly chic with neutral colors and simple flowers. Get swept away by the beautiful details, captured by Alexandra Grace Photography with help from Nikita Lee Photography, right here.

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Summer
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Winery
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Elegant

From the beautiful Bride… Our wedding took place on a warm August day. We were so blessed, Ashland had been covered in smoke from the latest forest fires and it cleared up for our big day, clearing the way to see the beautiful green valley below us. We said our vows on the lawn of a French chateau overlooking Ashland’s green valley, hills, and the vineyard. It was a dream! We were lucky to be able to celebrate with approximately 150 guests, plus our wedding party of 12.

For both the bridal party and the groomsmen we let them choose their own attire as long as they stayed within our guideline and style. I wanted the bridesmaid dresses to represent them and be something that they felt beautiful and comfortable in. I asked that they wear a dress below the knee and not too revealing, I wanted their dress to have a classy and elegant feel that went with the style of the venue and our taste. I also wanted simple and “effortless”, so I wanted colors that were in the tan department- and, taupe, light brown. I wanted them to blend but stand out individually and my girls hit the nail on the head! Everyone looked so beautifully elegant and surpassed my vision. The bridesmaids all wore nude heels.

The groomsmen had a little less wiggle room, but weren’t assigned a certain place to shop. We told them to go out and get tan slacks, brown suspenders, brown dress shoes, and a white button up. For a groomsman gift they were given mint bow ties with white polka dots that they wore on our big day (one of the few splashes of color). I was a little nervous to send out six guys and to see what they came up with but they looked great!

My groom wore a fitted light sand colored suit with a white button up and a blue skinny tie with mint polka dots. He looked so handsome! The fitted suit was tailored to him and the brown dress shoes pulled the look all together.

I wore a dress I found at David’s Bridal. I found it the first time I went dress shopping with my mom and grandma. I reluctantly went that day and the first dress I tried on I knew was the one! The white lace over the cream silk gave it timeless beauty. It showed just enough skin and hugged my curves to make me feel sexy, but I still felt modest and classy. Not only was it the look I was going for, but it made me feel beautiful and like a bride. That’s when I knew I had to get married in it! I chose to complement the dress with gold stilettos by Steve Madden and a dainty gold branch bracelet with pearls hanging from it that I picked up at a boutique.

Our bridal party got ready on location before the festivities began. On the side of the chateau was a two story, cylinder tower. The guys got ready on the bottom story, complete with a large living room and bathroom. The ladies were on the top floor with a kitchen, large living room, bathroom, and bedroom. They were beautiful rooms that made you feel at home and made it easy to get ready. The bridesmaids did their own hair and makeup. I asked that the ladies wore their hair styled up, again wanting their personalities and style to show. Each updo was beautiful and simple and complemented their dresses so well. I had two bridesmaids choose to have my hair stylist do theirs as well.

For my hair I want to continue with the effortlessly classy look I was going for. I chose to wear my hair down the middle with long loose curls. During the ceremony I wore a veil that met the middle of my back with a blusher I wore until I got to the end of the isle. For the reception, I greeted our guests wearing a beautiful and simple flower crown made out of baby’s breath, created by my florist. I was fortunate enough to have my dear friend Mattie Lee, co-owner of H&M Salon, style my hair and walk around with me before the ceremony, during pictures, and before the reception to make sure everything stayed styled.

For my makeup I wanted to be contoured and have defined eyes and lips, but not look like I was covered in makeup. I wanted a simple makeup but one that was different from my everyday look. I love bright lipstick but didn’t want it to be distracting that day, so we went with a slightly darker nude gloss I surprisingly loved. My makeup artist, Robin Rasmussen from NEST Salon, did an amazing job and I could not have been happier!

For my flowers I wanted clean and simple, but elegant. I chose to do all white flowers with greenery, and with the help of my florist and mother, we came up with the combination of baby’s breath, gardenias, and green and white hydrangeas. My bridesmaids carried bouquets of baby’s breath and gardenias, while my maid of honor and I carried bouquets of baby’s breath, hydrangeas, and gardenias. The groomsmen wore simple boutonnieres of baby’s breath and my groom, a white gardenia. Our centerpieces were made up with the same flowers along with birch logs we drilled holes into to make tea light candle holders.

As our guests entered we had three Polaroid cameras for guests to use to take pictures with and put in our guest book. We wanted to see the day through their eyes and liked the idea of a picture of them next to their advice and love for us. Littered around were little succulents, our initials, and random birch logs. The chateau was already so rich with architecture and flowers there was no need to add an overload of decor. For guest favors, we filled mini jars with mint colored and flavored M&Ms, and tied it all together with a tag saying “Merci”.

When we all were ready I met my fiancé down on a path in the shade of some trees for our first look. It was quiet and intimate, making it feel even more romantic than it already was. After our first look and some individuals, our bridal party came down and we did all of our shots except ones with family, who hadn’t arrived yet. The bridesmaids and I then headed to the top floor of the chateau where guests weren’t allowed to go. We had an amazing library with a balcony overlooking where the ceremony and reception would take place, along with the green hills and valleys of Ashland. It was an absolute dream and was the perfect place to relax and prepare for everything that was about to come. The groomsmen and my groom relaxed in a closed off circular room right below ours. It was filled with antiques, elegant paintings, and beautiful furniture. Minutes before the ceremony started, we both separately had our bridal party and pastor pray over us.

When the ceremony started, the groomsmen and bridesmaids walked two by two, following my groom, down two sets of marble staircases as all guest eyes were on them. Followed by a ring bearer, two flower girls, and me. I have never felt more like a princess walking down those elegant staircases. We were married under a birch wood arch, made by my father, covered in flowers designed by my florist. Not only was it absolutely beautiful and exactly what I had pictured, it meant so much to us that my father had created it. The pastor that married us is a good friend and mentor of ours. We worked under him as high school ministry leaders (how we met) and he was the one that sparked the idea in our heads to date. It was only fitting to have him marry us and meant so much. We had a Christian ceremony with traditional vows. Before he pronounced us man and wife, we took communion as our good friend sang and play the acoustic guitar. While taking communion we nailed shut our wine box. Our wine box is filled with a bottle of wine from the winery we got married at and unread love notes we wrote to each other the morning of the wedding describing how we fell in love with one another and our excitement for the day. Now we won’t open the box until our five year anniversary, or a time before that if we need to be reminded of the vows we said to each other and the love felt that day.

Immediately following the ceremony we signed our marriage certificate in the upstairs library and took quick family photos. Our reception was at the same location as the ceremony. I’m so grateful for the staff that was working at Belle Fiore Winery that day and made the smooth transition. As guests were in the chateau’s wine tasting room, where the guests were sitting before was being turned into the dance floor with tables surrounding it. The pathway above, in the middle of the two staircases, now had tables for guests as well as our sweetheart table in the center so we could look at everything.

Our reception was filled with toasts from loved ones, the traditional bouquet and garter toss, wine, great finger foods and hors d’oeuvres, and a lot of dancing. Our DJ did a great job of keeping the celebration going and giving our guests a good time.

We exited right after sundown to our friends and family lined up on both sides holding large sparklers! It was so fun to run through them and to be seen off with my new husband. We drove away that night to start our honeymoon at Callahan’s Lodge in Ashland, a log cabin type room in the woods.

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Coordination: Belle Fiore Estate & Winery | Floral Design: Judy's Grants Pass Florist | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Sugar Rush | Invitations: Paper Source | Bride's Shoes: Steve Madden | Catering: Sunrise Cafe | Makeup : NEST Salon- Robin Rasmussen | Hair: H&M Salon- Mattie Lee | DJ: V.I.P. Entertainment | Groom's Attire: 3 Day Suit Broker | Wedding Venue: Belle Fiore Estate & Winery | Exit Sparklers: The Original Sparkler Company | Photography - Assistance: Nikita Lee Photography

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Rustic Glam Engagement Session at Smith Rock

What do you get when you add a gorgeous gown, vintage mink jacket and bowtie to an already adorable engaged couple? And then toss in the stunning Smith Rock National Park on top of it all? One absolutely beautiful photo shoot that mixes rustic and elegance oh so perfectly. Alexandra Grace captured this magic and these pics right here just raised my standard tenfold.

From Alexandra Grace PhotographyRuthie’s glamorous style was perfectly represented by her shimmering champagne-colored dress from Lulu’s and her mink jacket that belonged to her grandmother. Ruthie made a bow tie for Josh to wear and the two of them looked absolutely perfect in front of the stunning views of Smith Rock. As the sun began to set, it cast a warm glow on the rocks around us and provided a perfect romantic mood for the engagement session.

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Dress: Lulu's | Venue : Smith Rock | Film Processing: Photovision

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