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Whimsical Vow Renewal In Portland

This vow renewal had us swooning immediately. Every shot is brimming with pretty-as-can-be details like vintage candle sticks, flowers from Commonwealth and, oh yeah, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  Not to say any of this is shocking. The wife, Lindsay’s, blog Ladybird And Fellow is chock full of cuteness as well.  Check out all Karen Obrist’s photos from the day here!


From Karen Obrist PhotographyI photographed this intimate vow renewal last September and it was beautifully styled and full of details! Tall candlesticks, old books and fresh flowers lined the tables.

Lindsay and Jeremiah have two adorable little ones and a DIY blog of their own in Portland. They were celebrating 10 years together by renewing their vows in the comfort of their home. Close friends and family joined to celebrate and support this incredible couple. It was truly magical to be part of! 

Photography: Karen Obrist Photography | Necklace: Hot Mama | Chairs And Linens: Barclay Event Rentals | Flowers And Decorations: Commonwealth | Hair/Makeup: Janelle Mosser | Her Dress: Forever 21 | Lindsay's Blog: Ladybird And Fellow

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Classic Country Club Wedding

The Waverley Country Club just might be my new favorite venue.  It’s the perfect mix of classic and stunning, with dashes of downright elegance thrown it at every corner.  In other words?  It’s pure wedding heaven.  And when you add in a duo as charming as these two sweeties, lush blooms from Rosemary Stafford Floral Design and a gallery full of pretty from Marina Koslow, well… awesome.

From the Bride… After meeting in middle school at the age of 12, we ran into each other shortly after graduating college and returning back to Portland. It was a warm summer night and after several asks, I gave Alex my number to call me for a date. One fantastic dinner date and nearly four years later we flash forward to our engagement. We had just bought a mid-century modern style home together that perfectly reflected our collective personalities and life was good. Things got even better when Alex popped the question in November of 2012! Shortly after our engagement, we were both given job opportunities in San Francisco and decided to pack up and head South. With this big change in mind, we chose a wedding date of May 31, 2014 to give us time to settle in to SF and plan from afar. We chose the Waverley Country Club after viewing quite a few other venues around Portland. Many of them were a similar type of venue, but none of them offered the charm and elegance of Waverley. After one walk through, we decided it was the place for us and started dreaming up our special day. Luckily for us, many of the colors that are existing in the decor and even the landscaping were aligned with our color palette for the wedding. To be honest, with our hectic schedules and not seeing the venue more than a couple of times while living in SF, we heavily relied on the wedding decor we brought in just enhancing the gorgeous style that Waverely already exuded. We brightened things up with white and ivory, but loved the existing moss, peachy coral and gold scheme that was already there for us to play with. One of the most important pieces that we did create and bring in for the wedding was the chuppah. My dad made it by hand from sourced birch and my mom chose the lace. We felt that this was a very special way for us to incorporate my parents in the Jewish aspect of our wedding that they wouldn’t have otherwise been involved. The day was absolutely perfect and reinforced all of the love ans support that we’ve been feeling from our family and friends over the last five years.

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Wedding Planner: Rachel Loveday With Blush Bridal | Flowers: Rosemary Stafford Floral Design | Cake: Palace Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Aritzia | Hair & Makeup: Powder Inc | Groom's Attire: Proper Suit | Bride's Gown: Anna's Bridal Boutique | Wedding Venue: Waverley Country Club

Ethereal Inspiration Shoot At Lan Su Garden

Everything I see from Portland has this ethereal vibe to it, and this shoot at the Lan Su Chinese Garden is certainly locked in rhythm. Every element is breathtaking from the braided updo by Cassandra Kennedy Beauty, to the crisp flowers from The Green Dandelion. Food in Bloom even provided a recipe for the a cool Cucumber Saketinis below. So whip one up, and see all Corinne Krogh Photography‘s pictures here.


From Corinne Krogh Photography  The beautiful setting of the Lan Su Chinese Garden in downtown Portland, was the inspiration for this bridal shoot. Instead of focusing on the cultural elements of the garden (which are all fantastic, educational, and beautiful), we decided to show how a specialized venue could be used for something other than it’s main focus. The garden did not disappoint! Here in the rainy Pacific Northwest it’s important to choose a venue with a back up plan for bad weather, and with a large percentage of the garden being covered it was an easy choice. The dark rock, layers of texture, water features, and the hand laid mosaic pebble floor all made for amazing backdrops around the property. Since the artisans that created the garden put such care and attention into the details, we really didn’t have to add anything to make it beautiful. Lea, who will be getting married later this year, wore two dresses as inspiration. She chose a the beautiful Ortensia gown from BHLDN with an intricately designed back and flowing skirt. The other dress was a stunner from a local designer, Holly Stalder, who is well known for her gorgeous gowns. Our hair and makeup artist, Cassandra Kennedy, created a loose updo that could be changed quickly to include two looks for the different gowns, and we went with a more dramatic look with the makeup to match the tones of the garden. To tie it all together we brought in stunning florals by The Green Dandelion who played off the neutral tones and added a few pops of color in a unique arrangement. For a signature drink, Food in Bloom shared the recipe for a delicious Cucumber Sakini, a popular drink at the venue for summer weddings. Everything came together beautifully, a perfect evening of celebration in an oasis, tucked away in the middle of the bustling city.

Cucumber Saketinis

Makes 2 drinks

Generous 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped fine
8 ounces dry sake
2 teaspoons sugar
2 juicy lime wedges
2 paper thin slices cucumber, unpeeled, for garnish

Fill two martini glasses with ice and water to quickly chill. Add the cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddle, as if making a mojito. Add sake and sugar; squeeze in the juice of the two lime wedges. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously. If you’re not in a rush, let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Discard the ice water in your martini glasses. Shake again and strain saketini mixture into glasses. Float a cucumber slice in each drink and enjoy.

Photography: Corinne Krogh | Wedding Gown: Holly Stalder | Hair And Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty | Florals: The Green Dandelion | Second Gown: BHLDN | Signature Drink: Food In Bloom | Wedding Venue: Lan Su Chinese Garden

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