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Elegant Pacific Northwest Winter Wedding

Oregon winters are magical; that goes without saying.  But take a misty winter day in Oregon and add in some fabulous florals from Punch Portland, a bundle of golden-hued details and a bride and groom who are the literal definition of stunning and it’s a winter day like you’ve never seen.  Bask in the beauty captured by Anna Jaye Photography right here in the full gallery


From Anna Jaye PhotographySarah, the Bride, loves the winter and knew she wanted a winter wedding from the get go, despite concerns from friends and family that it would be too cold and/or rainy (Oregon in winter means rain!). The day turned out lovely with a light mist falling through most of the day and a bit of fog on the horizon, which gave the photos a soft, Pacific Northwest feel.

Sarah and Matt were married in a little white chapel at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City, OR. Their reception followed in the Abernethy Ballroom a few short steps away.

Sarah’s florist incorporated succulents, brunia berries, cedar, and pinecones into the bouquets and boutonnieres to reflect the winter theme. She and her bridesmaids wore pretty fur stoles to keep warm. The centerpieces were a mix of tall branches (some with cotton) with mercury glass candles, and shorter vignettes with lush white blooms in white milk glass vases. Sarah said,”The most important thing for me was for everyone to have fun and enjoy the night which wasn’t very difficult since it was a very intimate wedding with only 65 guests. Only our family and closest friends were there so everyone knew each other very well.”

Photography: Anna Jaye Photography | Coordination: Adornment Events | Floral Design: Bonnie Of Punch Portland | Wedding Dress: Dorian By Rita Vinieris | Cake: His Bakery | Invitations: Etsy | Ceremony Venue: The Abernethy Center Chapel | Reception Venue: The Abernethy Center Ballroom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Bri Ellis Of Portland Make-up And Hair | Calligraphy: Lauren Heim Wedding + Events | DJ: DJ Lure Of Paradox Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | Cake Stand Rental: Barclay Events | Dress Alterations: Anna's Bridal | Fur Stoles: Etsy | Garter: Etsy | Lantern Favors: Warm Impressions | Photo Booth: The Oregon Photo Booth Rental | Ring Bearer's Attire: Etsy

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Winter’s Dawn Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Captured through the lens of Mary Alice Hall the soft, subtle tones of the bridesmaid dresses coupled with the gorgeous intricate lace of the brides gown played perfectly with the rustic ambiance of the rustic setting. With gorgeous floral arrangements designed by Blum Floral Design and a captivating video by Watertown Wedding Films, every detail of this beautiful inspiration shoot cannot be missed here!

From photographer Mary Alice Hall… Champagne Wedding Coordination headed the event design for the shoot, but the inspiration and design planning was a collaborate effort from Mary Alice Hall Photography along with their team of creative Portland wedding vendors.

The winter’s dawn inspiration came from our love of 19th century romantic literature and Jane Austen’s timeless novel, Pride & Prejudice. We created a romantic and whimsical mood while keeping the design modern and timeless. Our all-time favorite scene in the novel and movie is when Mr. Darcy meets Elizabeth in the woods at dawn. The sunlight gleams on their faces and it’s as if they are the only two on the earth. As soon as we decided on our theme we knew that Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington was the perfect location.

For the overall color palette we chose scarlet red, ivory, blush and dusty gray and – we also knew we wanted to incorporate as much luxe textile as possible with velvet, fur, wool, and feathers. Something Borrowed provided incredible vintage furniture and accessories. A scarlet red velvet settee was the perfect seat for our bridal party. A white sheepskin throw and brant burgundy afghan brought warmth and texture to our bride and groom in our fireside lounge. Lane’ at Something Borrowed provided mis-matched, gold-rimmed vintage china for our formal place settings, along with crystal champagne flutes, wine goblets and gold flatware.

The gorgeous blooms, by Blum Floral Design, she used garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, amaryllis, ranunculus and tulips to create a soft, romantic look. She added a lot of thistles, dusty miller and several varieties of eucalyptus for texture and a cool grey blue undertone. Cranberries in vases and strung on wires added more of the rich color and texture. The dining table, a gorgeous six foot farmhouse table provided by Something Borrowed. We created an elegant and unique design by using brass pillar candles, lush flowers, vintage books and our favorite cooper vessels. You can’t imagine winter without fresh cranberries, we strung them on wires for chair ties and placed in vases which added rich color and texture to our dining table.

White Pepper’s pancake wedding cake was the main highlight of our brunch buffet – The scrumptious fluffy cakes were topped with French Vanilla buttercream, fresh berries and dripping with maple syrup. We created an intimate brunch, and the delectable brunch spread sat at a classic white Lucille desk alongside our French bar cart set as a coffee bar-with colorful, vintage teacup & saucers. Freshly brewed by Chemex, Stumptown Guatemala Bella Vista coffee, not only acted as a prop but the warm coffee helped us stay warm throughout the shoot!

Our brunch theme hors d’oeuvres weren’t only appetizing but it encompassed our theme of texture and bold color! Beet Pickled Deviled Egg, Sweet Celery Hood River Bosc Pear, Prosciutto, Pistachio Brioche Toast, House Blend Almond Granola, Greek Yogurt, Strawberry and an Herb and baby greens salad with breakfast berries and a lemon vinaigrette. Our wedding party celebrated and toasted with a Classic Mimosa Argyle 2011 Vintage Brut accompanied by fresh orange juice and grapefruit.

We wanted to create a unique and dreamy seating chart. The board was made of wooden ribbon spools. Each name was pinned to the rich colored velvet ribbon. Sitting alongside was our handwritten-letter invitation, and Trista carried the calligraphy theme to the place cards at our dining table.

The English Dept. lent us three beautiful wedding gowns and gorgeous accessories. For the bride she wore Leanne Marshall’s, Danielle. An Ivory and nude lace illusion bodice gown with full silk organza skirt. Accompanied by the in-house Elizabeth sash. The Double strand of glass rhinestones on ivory silk grossgrain ribbon sash gave contrast, texture and definition.

Our lovely bridesmaids wore Claire La Faye, Bespoken in blush and pale grey. Crossover chiffon gathered bodice with Alencon lace and silk pleating, asymmetric draping and pleating detail at waistline. This wedding gown is also available in off white, ivory, blush, robin’s egg blue and nude. Our dashing groom wore a trim fit, pure wool “Heather Gray Allure” tuxedo by Jean Yves from Este’s Men’s Clothing.Portland Make-up and Hair provided the hair and makeup look for our shoot. One of the universally favored aspects of the shoot was the cap veil, our stylists transformed our bride into an updated version of Elizabeth Bennet. Her second look was fun a sophisticated and she wore Mignonne Handmade Plume D’or, brass feather motif headband to add a touch of whimsical drama. Our bridesmaids were styled with loose curls and tucked back for elegance with their feather hair clips.

The collaborative winter’s dawn inspired stylized shoot was a dream come true and we hope it inspires readers!

Photography: Mary Alice Hall | Videography: Watertown Wedding Films | Event Design: Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination | Floral Design: Blum Floral Design | Wedding Dress: The English Dept. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The English Dept. | Catering: White Pepper | Groom's Attire: Este's Mens Clothing | Wedding Venue: Wind Mountain Ranch | Bride's Headpiece: Migonne Handmaid | Bridesmaids' Dress Designer: Claire LaFaye | Hair & Make-up: Portland Make-up & Hair | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Veil: Twigs And Honey | Wedding Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall

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Blushing Marsala Bridal Inspiration + A Bouquet Recipe

You guys, I am in love with the color of the year, marsala. So much so that I’m even sprinkling it into my own wedding. So when Alexandra Grace sent over her recent shoot dedicated to a perfect blush and marsala combo, I wanted to jump through my screen and live in this shoot. This bouquet pretty much says it all, and lucky us, Ponderosa & Thyme is sharing the recipe below!


From Alexandra Grace PhotographyPonderosa & Thyme and Alexandra Grace Photography put together this inspiration shoot to include the 2015 Pantone color of the year “marsala” with the theme of earthy, romantic, and dreamy. The bride was in a blush dress and the florals included some gorgeous marsala-colored orchids. The lush green forest was a perfect backdrop for our feminine bride, and helped evoke a wild & free mood. All photos photographed on film.


Foraged branches
Orchids (in Marsala tones)
Garden roses (Blush)
Tulips (Blush)
Anemones (White and blush)
Foraged bay
Blush ribbon streamers

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme | Wedding Dress: ASOS | Film processing: Photovision

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Urban Meets Romantic Portland Wedding

I’ve been living in Oregon for just a little over a week now, and if this wedding is any indication, I am going to really, really like it here.  The perfect mix of romantic stylings and a fabulous urban setting, it’s the kind of laid-back meets sophisticated affair that makes my heart sing.  Think lush blooms from Sammy’s meets an all-out dance party.  See it all captured by Aaron Courter in the full gallery.

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From Aaron Courter… A beautiful and stylish wedding at the Leftbank Annex with urban Portland portraits in The Pearl and Rose Garden. Kait & Peter made their wedding their own, surrounded by a large bridal party, integrated with their friends from Barre3, and the evening ended with a surprise flash mob by their friends.

From The Bride… When Peter and I got engaged, I decided that I would be a chill bride. I would not fuss about the flowers, the seating chart, or having the perfect hair. Instead, I would focus on finding the joy in the process. This attitude served me well. Even though the day flew by, I was present and soaked in every moment.

My friends and family and I kicked off my wedding day at 10am with a barre3 class from my close friend and co-worker, Candace Ofcacek. She also happens to be a bit of a fitness celebrity. That class was pure magic. It both calmed my nerves and gave me a major energy boost.

Our friend David married us. He and his wife Christina wrote the ceremony, and neither of us previewed what they were going to say beforehand. Peter and I laughed and cried through the whole thing.

Dinner was delicious. Our menu was Northwest inspired and made up of locally sourced ingredients. I didn’t have many strong opinions about our wedding, but I did insist on having pudding cups from a local Portland company called Pixie RetrEAT Raw’r instead of the traditional cake. These “L’il Puddin”cups are incredibly decadent and satisfying. They’re also shockingly healthy!

The dance party that followed dinner and the toasts was next level. The highlight of the night occurred when all of my friends from barre3 rushed the dance floor and surprised me with a flash mob dance. I had no idea it was coming, and it was such a sweet surprise.

I’m so grateful to our photographer Aaron Courter for capturing our big day. He’s incredibly talented and a real dream to work with!

Photography: Aaron Courter | Coordination: Ella Events | Floral Design: Sammy's | Cake: Pixie RetrEAT Raw’r | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | Hair & Makeup: Gold And Arrow Salon | Wedding Venue: Leftbank Annex

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.


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 | Wedding Venue: The Colony | Cake Topper: Stan Peterson | Music: Denys Kozakis | Rentals: Something Borrowed