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Backyard Oregon DIY Wedding

You know those scrumptious pink bridesmaids’ dresses you’re about to pin (I KNOW you are) they’re handmade just like the rest of this backyard love-fest. That’s right…handmade. It’s what happens when you’ve got a DIY savvy bride with The Perfect Occasion by her side, and the result is one, big gorgeous gallery from Anne Blodgett. Dive in right here.


From Anne Blodgett PhotographySuper excited to share this backyard Oregon wedding with you! Denay and Hank’s wedding, which was at their own home, was all about the DIY. The bride and her mom literally made just about everything – the bridesmaid’s dresses, groomsmen’s suits, flower girl dress, invitations, the cheesecake/ cupcakes, and the BBQ dinner. The groom even made the ceremony arch out of old barn wood and rusted tin roofing. The decor that wasn’t crafted was either antiqued or handpicked by the bride. And the florals? I’m in love, and I hope you are, too.

From The Bride…The vision for our wedding was rustic meets vintage with touches of elegance. Our goal was to hand-make the decor with things that were readily available, or pick up at antique shops throughout Oregon. Some of my favorite handmade items include all of the bridal party attire (except the Bride and groom). The groomsmen were in a light grey vest and slacks, which were made by my mother, Denise Martin. The bridesmaids were in a salmon strapless dress with rosette skirt, also made by my mom. The ring bearer/flower girl attire was handmade by Denise as well. Also my husband and I had a lot of fun making the wood guest signing slab. It came from logging job in Oregon. We planed and sanded the slab down ourselves and added bar topcoat to give its shine.

Also, we tore old pallets apart to make the “old wood flooring” affect to some of the centerpieces. To save money I hand cut and painted the chevron letters on tables. Also all of the burlap and lace runners with put together by Denise Martin. Lastly my Husband Hank Mast hand built the wedding arch from old barn wood that we found from a local barn that had been pieced apart a few miles from our home. The tin he used we found on our property. Some extra special touches that made the day even more special were the ruby earrings that were given to me by my grandmother and originated as a wedding gift in 1910 to my great, great, great grandmother. I wore them in honor of her. Also the pearl ring that was given to me from my husband as a wedding gift. It has been in his family for many years.

I had the vision for this wedding but it could not have come together like it did without the help of day coordinating and florals by Andrew Calvert of The Perfect Occasion.

Photography: Anne Blodgett Photography | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Make-up: Daniellea Martin | Groom's Suit: Perry Ellis | Bride's Boots : Corral | Floral Design + Styling: Andrew Calvert At The Perfect Occasion | Rentals: Party Time | Venue: Private Residence

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Afternoon Tea Wedding at Eden Valley Orchards

This pretty afternoon tea wedding photographed by Betsy Blue is easy elegance in its purest form. It comes toting floral filled tea pots crafted by the bride’s mother, a glorious sunny day at Eden Valley Orchards and all in all, an affair built around family and love. Be sure to stop by the gallery for even more and push play on the film captured by Blue Bus Creatives below.


From Betsy Blue PhotographyRick & Claire’s afternoon tea wedding was delicate, personal and an astonishingly beautiful affair. These two sweet doctors’ love for each other is so genuine and palpable…everything they do together is done well, and with so much love & care. There were so many details about this wedding that made it personal to the couple…from handwritten notes to each other to be read on their 5th anniversary…to the significant tea pots which were hand-picked and lovingly planted with flowers & tended by the bride’s mother…cufflink gifts for the groom that the bride had handmade with coordinates of both the place they first met (on one) and of the wedding venue (on the other)…a surprise song for the Bride written and recorded by the Groom for the happy couple to dance to…to the bride’s bracelet which was handed down to her from her great grandmother, and which her own mother wore on her wedding day as well. So many more details created in love, and beautifully sewn into this lovely wedding day.

Photography: Betsy Blue Photography | Videography: Blue Bus Creatives | Floral Design: Main Street Flowers | Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Catering: Ashland Gourmet | DJ: DJ Hope Co. | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groomsmens Ties: Charles Tyrwhitt | Groom's Cufflinks: Hotaru Jewelry | Makeup: Avae Salon - Katie Palmer | Musician: Chelsea Williams | Wedding Venue: Eden Valley Orchards

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Oregon Coast Pacific Wonderland Inspiration at Hobbit Trail in Yachats, OR

I had the pleasure of visiting Oregon for my very first time last year, and I must admit, it left quite an impression. It’s one seriously stunning state, so I am not surprised that it has a tendency to inspire shoots like this beauty from Cat Dossett Of I Take PhotosEvent Crush and Anastasia Floral Design, LLC. It’s woodland whimsy meets rugged coastline, and the result is breathtaking.

From Anastasia Floral Design, LLCOne of the best trivia tidbits about Oregon is that the entire coastline is public land. As it turns out, parts of it are pretty magical. Cat chose our location and set the direction for this shoot to be inspired by it. The Hobbit Trail is a little off the beaten path, but all the locals know where to find it. Winding through the lush coastal rainforest, the short trail leads you through a literal tunnel of trees and lets out onto an isolated little stretch of beach that’s home to all sorts of caves ready to be explored. It’s just a really quintessential image of Oregon.

Playing off that, we set our palette as teal and red to stand out from all the foliage and brought in some shiny gold and glittery bits too. We turned the forest into a cathedral for our couple with big dramatic swaths of fabric. The spring flowers were inspired by the forest ferns and featured Japanese ranunculus along with some locally sourced treats like the anemones, columbine, and roses. Cat is pretty much the queen of DIY–she actually made the incredible dress our model rocked all day and rigged the suspended pallet table for our sweethearts. Becky of Event Crush styled the day to perfection and tied everything together.

It wouldn’t be very Oregon without a little rain, and one of my favorite things is that you can see the droplets on some of our details. I hope you all enjoy checking it out as much as I enjoyed bringing it to life! 

From Cat Dossett of I Take Photos…From my first visit that I had at Hobbit Beach, I knew that I wanted to make something magical to fit the location. The soft, draping moss and twisted branches, hiding the shoreline created a romantic escape. I wanted the bride to evoke a waterfall in the woods, mimicking the hanging tree branches and made her dress to flow like water and catch the beach breeze like a sail. It was amazing how quickly and easily things seem to come together with the people that I worked with. Anastasia created elegant arrangements and Becky brought the vision to life in a way I didn’t think possible. Every part of the team did such incredible work; even my models who stuck through the cold rain and wind.

Photography: Cat Dossett Of I Take Photos | Floral Design: Anastasia Floral Design, LLC | Cupcakes: The Sassy Cupcake | Stationery: Rachael Gregg | Hair And Make Up: Makeup By Reina | Coordination & Styling: Event Crush | Location: Hobbit Trail, Yachats, OR | Rentals: Parties To Go

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