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Seaside Chic Bridal Party Tea Party

If I could, I would crawl into this shoot from Bethany Small Photography and never leave. Because all the pretty pictures below basically sum up my vision of a dream day. The ocean, great friends, gorgeous florals from Good Seed Floral Design, and stunning styling? That’s the definition of perfection for me.

From Bethany Small PhotographyA couple of months ago I had this vision of beauty in my mind that I could not shake! Women coming together for a special event; an event that each lady would remember for some time to come. I planned a tea party by the ocean full of flowing dresses, an abundance of floral and pretty details. Each lady in attendance was chosen to be a part of a day full of beautiful makeup, beach waves in their hair and beautiful dresses!

I would have never dreamed that planning and photographing such an event would turn into something so memorable for not only myself but every lady in attendance! The event became an evening that these women felt truly appreciated and beautiful whether they were sipping tea like a lady or splashing in the waves like a child!

It’s moments like these that a photograph becomes so much more; it becomes a story of beauty, grace and friendship!

Photography: Bethany Small Photography | Floral Design: Good Seed Floral Design | Dress: Dorothy Perkins | Dress: Etsy | Dress: Free People | Dress : Marshalls | Makeup: Katelynn Gilbert | Oregon Coast: Hug Point State Park | Rentals (Chairs): Classic Vintage Rentals

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Heartwarming Wedding Film

I think there might be a direct correlation between how much a couple has been through and the amount of tears shed at the ceremony. No sexy glistens here, folks. You can tell that the love these two have for each other is profound and unwavering, and this video from Happily Ever After Films showcases their relationship beautifully. So press play, and I dare you to try not to well up at least a little at this one.

From Happily Ever After FilmsWhen Randi first got in touch with us and told us her love story with Brad, we knew we had to get this one right. They had been dating for 5 years when Brad was seriously injured. His friend and coworker was critically injured in a construction accident and Brad jumped 50′ into a shallow river to save his friends life. He performed CPR until medics arrived and it was at that time he realized he was badly hurt. After multiple surgery’s and rehabilitation for a broken back, Randi and Brad were finally able to celebrate the wedding they always dreamed about. It was an incredibly emotional day surrounded by family and friends, including the friend he saved.

Photography: Craig Paulsen Photography | Floral Design: Sun Blossom Floral | Cake: Sweet Dreams Bakery | Catering: Inn At Diamond Woods | Hair & Makeup: Blossom & Beauty | Rentals: Parties To Go | Videography : Happily Ever After Films | Wedding & Reception Venue : The Inn At Diamond Woods


Tuscan Wedding Inspiration In Portland

A wedding in Italy would no-doubt be awesome, but sometimes your budget dictates you play out that dream closer to home. Enter this Tuscan-inspired shoot by Champagne Wedding Coordination with all the accoutrements — lemons everywhere, light-as-air cakes from Lux Sucre — within the comfort of Opal 28.  Thanks to Hoddick Photography, there’s a whole gallery of inspiration.


From Champagne Wedding CoordinationWe wanted to inspire couples who have visions of a destination wedding under the Tuscan sun but don’t have the budget. You can bring all of the romantic details of Italy to the Northwest in this lovely boutique venue, Opal 28 in Portland, Oregon.

The inspiration for our stylized shoot came from lemons which remind us of the Tuscan sun. We took cues from Tuscany and citrus orchards to create an elegant and rich look. We played off of the warm feel of Opal 28 and used lots of ivories, lemon, olive, and deep toned wood.

Lux Sucre carried the theme through to the decadent flavors of the desserts while playing up beautiful details on a simple color palette. Tie That Binds created a gorgeous invitation suite, menus, and personalized signs as well darling lemon leaf place-cards. Zest Floral used ivory, greens and light yellow to create a lush and delicate look for the entire shoot.

For the more traditional ceremony look, we put the bride in a cathedral length veil and beautifully detailed dress from Ania Couture and the groom in a distinctive tuxedo by Tuxedo Warehouse through Este’s. The romantic updo by Jennifer at Face Body Beauty easily transitioned to cascading curls, accented by a delicate floral crown from Zest for a more relaxed reception look. Sahlia Jewelry provided the uniquely gorgeous hairpiece for the ceremony look and all the jewelry for both bridal looks.

Photography: Hoddick Photography | Jewelry: Sahlia Jewelry Design | Favors: Red Ridge Farms | Groom's Attire: Este's By Tuxedo Warehouse | Cake & Dessert: Lux Sucre | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Opal 28 | Florist : Zest Floral And Event Design | Hair Stylist & Make Up Artist : Face Body Beauty | Rentals: The Party Place & Opal 28 | Signature Drinks: Opal 28 | Stationery & Detail Styling: Tie That Binds | Styling & Coordination : Champagne Wedding Coordination | Wedding Gown & Veil: AniA Collection

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