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Oregon Valley Outdoor Garden wedding

If you’ve ever wondered what black and gold glamour looks like brought outdoors, this little wedding is for you. It’s a mashup of black tie elegance and rustic al fresco charm all set amongst the rolling vineyards of David Hill WineryAnna Mara Flowers brought in a punch of color with red, peach and blush colored florals, and Clary Pfeiffer Photography snapped up every bit. More right here!

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Summer
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Winery
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Rustic

From The Bride…We hosted our romantic outdoor garden wedding in Forest Grove, Oregon. Although Portland is known for it’s rainfall we were married on one of the driest, most beautiful days the Pacific Northwest had to offer. We choose to host our wedding 30 miles outside of Portland, Oregon at the David Hill Winery. Although John is from Seattle and Abigail from Upstate New York, we met in Portland 4 years ago and call it home. The Pacific Northwest is home to a lot of natural Beauty and we enjoy spending our free time enjoy the outdoors. Our vacations and weekends are spent hiking and exploring the Northwest with our dog Hudson. So having our wedding outdoors (with our dog in attendance) seemed a natural choice. Nestled into a picturesque hillside surrounded by the winery, we said our “ I do’s” under a canopy of trees. The ceremony was handcrafted with a friend (a published poet) who also performed the ceremony.

The winery is composed of a small butter colored farmhouse which serves as the tasting room. Many of the vendors were chosen because of personal connections. Abigail met her make-up artist/hair stylist Nicole Wanger while running for the same club in Portland. The lead floral designer for Anna Marra Flowers (Anna Jorgensen), Abigail met when first moving to Portland. We were smitten with German cake-artist Jutta Bach from La Joconde cakes when we initially went cake tasting. Abigail is a designer and conceived and produced many small styling details herself.

We incorporated other special touches into our big day such as a small spray of blue flowers in the Abigail’s bouquet for her “something blue”. John’s boutonniere was wrapped in a scrap of silk from the bride’s wedding dress alterations. We also included framed photos of 3 generations of family members on their wedding day. In lieu of a guest book we choose instead to do a group portrait of everyone attending the wedding. The groom roasted 50 pounds of rosemary almonds for the favors. Guests dined on traditional northwest fare of salmon and farm fresh vegetables, and a mixed greens salad topped with Oregon berries and Oregon hazelnut. Abigail and John took dance lesson for months crafting a traditional waltz. The evening ended on the dance floor surrounded by family and friends.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Coordination: J29 Events | Floral Design: Anna Mara Flowers | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Cake: La Joconde | Catering: Vibrant Table Catering And Events | Officiant: Tiah Lindher | Ceremony And Reception Venue: David Hill Winery | Hair And Make-Up: Powder Inc. | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

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Snowy Winter Wedding

Let me tell you friends: when it comes to true love fairytales, it doesn’t get more romantic than these two lovebirds.  Think long-distance romance meets dreamy proposal and you are on the right track.  So how do two perfect soul mates celebrate their I do’s?  With a fabulous fall turned winter party in oh-so-beautiful Oregon.  See it all captured by Kimberly Kay Photography right here.

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Winter
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Ranch
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Whimsical

From Kimberly Kay Photography… This was a gorgeous whimsical Sisters, Oregon Snow wedding. The tempatures got down to -2 degrees, but that did not stop this gorgeous wedding from happening. It was a stunning candle ceremony and everyone danced the night away to the sounds from an amazing band. Floral and decor were provided by a family friend.

From The Bride… Having grown up in a small town in Iowa and then spending all of his college and adult years in Minnesota, Steven is a Midwest boy through and through. I have spent all of my life in a mountain town and tourist hotspot in the middle of Oregon, and am a lover of all things Pacific Northwest. When my friend, who moved out to Minnesota, told me she had met this guy who was “totally perfect” for me, I laughed at the absurdity of her suggestion and thought nothing more of it. Little did I know, she revealed to Steven something similar, and he too, at the mention of a 2,000 mile distance, rolled his eyes in skepticism. But as curiosity and serendipity would have it, he found himself writing me an introductory email that very week…

His wit and charm and the casual ease of our written conversations left me intrigued, and as the weeks went on, like Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail”, I found myself more and more distracted by the hopeful thought of an email in my inbox and the man on the other end of those messages.

Two months of countless emails and a few Skype dates later, Steven flew out to meet me for the first time. We spent the next year and a half traveling back and forth from Minneapolis to Bend, and with each trip, the love grew deeper, the goodbyes got harder and the distance felt farther somehow. So like any good knight in shining armor would, Steven packed up his belongings and the friends and life he loved to see about a girl from Oregon.

After ten months of sorting through cultural differences and working out a relationship that became more real than ever, Steven proposed. He sent me on an all-day scavenger hunt, leaving clues at my favorite places and included my favorite people along the way. I arrived at our favorite restaurant with a fresh manicure and new dress (part of the clue rewards), and was led atop their private roof at sunset where the man of my dreams was standing with a bouquet of roses and the biggest grin I’ve ever seen.
I gave him a exuberant “Yes!”

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the idea of a fall wedding. It’s something about the dramatic change of seasons and the beautiful colors of nature that, in my mind, made the perfect backdrop for a wedding. The end of August proposal meant that fall was fast approaching and we knew we wouldn’t have much time to make my dream a reality. We went into hyper-planning mode and decided to go for a mid-November ceremony. As a professional makeup artist, I have established quite a few connections in the wedding industry which made our short timeframe more doable.

I knew I wanted a large venue to accommodate the expected 300 guests, but wanted to find somewhere that had a view of the mountains I grew up with and are so close to my heart. We settled excitedly on a rustic horse arena out in the country that fit my ideas perfectly. Throughout the entire planning process, I continued to tell my wedding planner that I cared about nothing as much as these two things: beautiful, soft, romantic lighting, and a really good party. Whatever we needed to do or forsake to make those two things a priority, we did.

The week of our wedding arrived and the weather was looking beautiful and perfect – 60 degrees and sunny. Then, in true Central Oregon weather fashion, 48 hours before our wedding, we encountered the start of what would be the largest snow storm in years. Friends and family flying from all over the country (including the entire groom party) were forced to rent cars and drive overnight across treacherous terrain to make it in for the big day.

I watched my ideas and plans for a fall-style wedding quickly get smothered by each additional inch of snow. With the best of my people all around me, we decided to quickly switch gears and make this event the most beautiful winter wedding that ever was. My bridesmaids searched the whole town for fur coats, friends helped clear out the local target and Costco of hand warmers for all the guests, and my wedding planner went to town to purchase any and all additional heaters from event places.

I woke up on the day of my wedding to nearly three feet of snow and, for the first time in days, a sunny and cloudless sky. The unforeseen weather events made my wedding day better than I could have ever planned on my own. The backdrop of a winters snow made the lighting inside the venue, filled with 1,000 candles in mason jars, and white lights strung throughout the rafters the exact kind of “magical fairytale” lighting I wanted. The colder-than-normal temperatures caused my guests to jump from their seats and onto the dance floor in order to keep warm, and in doing so, helped my dream for an all-out party come together better than I could have ever orchestrated on my own. This day is logged in my memory banks as the best day of my life, and the photos that Kimberly Kay captured so beautifully, remind me that it wasn’t all just a dream, but my actual reality.

The bitter cold and thick blanket of snow was a poetic homage to the boy from Minnesota, and reminded me, once again, that sometimes it’s the things you least expect that make life more beautiful.

Photography: Kimberly Kay Photography | Wedding Coordinator: A Leah Knight YPD Events | Bridal Gown: Bella Brides | Dessert Bar: Breezie Dueber | Live Ceremony Music: Bend Event Music | Live Reception Music: Precious Byrd | Winter Range Ranch: Winter Range Ranch Sisters, OR

Nature Inspired Portland Wedding

Weddings like this one make me happy.  You know the ones – they’re laid-back, yet elegant, dripping with crafty details and sooo full of love, it puts an instant smile on your face.  This is all of the above and then some with lush blooms from The Green Dandelion, a yummy + gorgeous cake from Mandy McLeod  and a whole gallery of beautiful images from Margaret Austin Photography.  See them here.

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Fall
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Elegance

From The Bride…We had a long engagement, mainly because I felt so overwhelmed when considering all of the elements of wedding planning! I was never the girl who dreamed of her perfect wedding day and I quickly realized that it was important to not sweat the small stuff and to focus on marrying the love of my life. I searched far and wide for my wedding dress. The only parameters I had were that I wanted to feel comfortable and confident in it and I liked the idea of having an unconventiona gown. I looked all over Portland, my hometown in England and ended up finding my dream dress in an adorable salon in Berkeley, California. Emerald City Gowns was a breath of fresh air from the standard bridal salons, the owner created a relaxing and really fun vibe without overdoing it. I felt such a relief to find the dress and was pleasantly surprised that the other elements of my outfit worked together so well.

We had initially wanted a very small and simple ceremony but we came to realize that it would be an amazing opportunity for everyone to get together. Our parents hadn’t met, mine live in England, Scott’s are in Texas and Tennessee and our closest friends live in California. Just the fact that everyone wanted to travel to Portland to support our marriage solidified the choice to throw a huge party! The Colony was the first and last venue we looked at. The Colony’s style matched our own aesthetic and also helped to generate additional inspiration. There are two beautiful apartments upstairs and a cute trailer out back that we rented for two nights, which made it possible to be able to take our time setting up and have the wedding party spend the night. The Colony’s manager Jeremy is also the owner of the in-house catering company Field Day, he and his team were so supportive and lovely to work with and all of our guests had the highest praise for the food and bar service.

Being an artist I was able to DIY a lot. I designed the invitations, made the wedding signs and hand painted cocktail glasses for the favors, it was a lot of work but absolutely worth it. I also hung a few new paintings that I was working on when I should have been wedding planning! I found some sweet little rusty paint cans that our floral designer filled with flowers which was a lovely way to enhance the artistic decor. She did an exceptional job with all of the different elements of the floral design, including of course my gorgeous bouquet! Every vendor we worked with was seriously fantastic and went above and beyond my expectations. We didn’t need a traditional wedding, we just wanted a day that represented us and we are so fortunate to have an amazing group of friends who all contributed to help make that happen. Scott’s best man is a very talented musician and wrote us a beautiful song for our first dance. An artist friend hand carved our cake topper which we will cherish forever. My maid of honor is an incredible wedding photographer and she and I both agreed that we wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to take our pictures and I still can’t get over how she managed to so flawlessly capture everything and simultaneously support me emotionally. Words can’t even express how lucky we are to have such talented and creative friends and we are so grateful for all of the help we received from our family as well. I still get emotional when I think about how special it was to have everyone we love and both sides of our family in the same room. Our wedding proved to be the most special day of our lives, the whole celebration was so dreamy and magical and we couldn’t be happier!

Photography: Margaret Austin Photography | Floral Design: The Green Dandelion | Wedding Dress: Emerald City Gowns | Cake: Mandy McLeod | Catering: Field Day | Hair And Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy | DJ: Hunter Armstrong | Cake Topper: Stan Peterson | Music: Denys Kozakis | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Wedding Venue: The Colony