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Whimsical Farm Wedding in Portland

This wedding has ethereal down pat. It’s an easy task when the bride’s this beautiful. And with the help of the lovely folks at Postelwait’s Farm, these country nuptials came together as pretty as can be. I simply can’t get enough of the abundant blooms from Espe Floral and Foliage, the bride’s flowing veil from Rosewood Bridal, and cupcakes from Lambs Thriftway. Christa Taylor was there to capture the day.


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From Christa Taylor PhotographyWhen I first met Cassandra and Eric, Eric had just moved from Montana and was putting down his roots in Portland. It was a new chapter and a new beginning. At first, his employment was just a stable respectable job, clock in, clock out, and pay the bills.

All that changed when he met Cassandra. Whether it was her ethereal beauty or her sweet kindness and charming reserve — Eric was won immediately. They are such a contrast, each a perfect counter-balance for the other. Her softness balanced by his decisiveness, her gentle love tempering his fearlessness. While opposites in some respects, they are one and the same heart. And that, my friends, makes a beautiful marriage.

Their wedding day dawned on a beautiful June Saturday, complete with a gentle breeze wafting through the fields surrounding Postlewait Farms. In classic Portland style, their community of family and friends all joined in for the set-up, bringing in their rustic arch festooned with incredible florals, hanging the pipe and drape and twinkle lights, setting the tables. It was a worker bee paradise.

Finally everything was ready, and as Cassandra stepped into her gown, we prepared the blindfolds. Yes, instead of a traditional “first look” Cassandra and Eric wanted to reserve that for the aisle and opted instead for a moment to connect…blindfolded.
They whispered sweet nothings in each others ears, laughing and releasing all the jitters that had traffic jammed into each other.
With one final clasp of the hands they parted till the ceremony.

Cassandra’s creativity and taste were evident in every aspect of this wedding. She had planned this soirée to a T. The tables were elegantly festooned by the talented Espe Floral and Foliage, complete with the rugged wood rounds which have become one of Portland’s evergreen trademarks. She elevated the classic mason jar with wrapped twine, ribbon and personalized detail in blush and sage green. Her gift to Eric was a custom designed set of cuff links, a long standing inside joke between them. The ceremony featured that gorgeous arch, and a pinecone strewn aisle.

As Eric and Cassandra reviewed their vows, the guests settled into their seats, and watched with delight as the couple finally became man and wife. During cocktail hour, we stole the bride and groom away for some woodland portraits, eventually joining the guests and the photo-booth for some candid fun. Friends meandered the grounds, enjoying the country inspired buffet, fire-roasted marshmallow bar, cigars and selection of sweets (hand picked favorites of the bride and groom).

Hans Huffman with mad DJ skills kept the party going with uproarious laughter and some epic tunes. It was a beautiful night.
When sunset was upon us, Eric and his new bride walked out to the vineyard for a final moment of quiet respite and glorious light. This is always my favorite time, a time to breathe, a time to capture that glow of evening and a time to fully embrace the love shared between the two.
It was everything it should be, and the final partings were made as husband and wife sent their guests away with their favorite tea flavors in individual packages.

Photography: Christa Taylor | Floral Design: Espe Floral And Foliage | Cake: His Bakery | Cupcakes: Lambs Thriftway | Bridesmaids Dresses: Tulle And Chantilly | Makeup Artist: The Beauty Parlour | DJ: Hans Huffman | Bridal Gown: Maggie Soterro | Bubbles: Roxy Heart Vintage | Ceremony & Reception Venue : Postlewait's Farm | Coordination: Natalie Postlewait | Cuff Links: Saarjant | Groomsmen Attire: Mr Formal | Hair Artist: Alexis Tolman | Photography - Assistance: Jamie Rae Photo | Tea Favors: Beau Coup | Veil Designer: Rosewood Bridal

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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.


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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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Homemade Family-Infused Portland, Oregon Wedding

Homemade equals heartfelt in my book, and that couldn’t be more true with this darling DIY wedding captured by Stephanie Kaloi Photography. This adorable couple let their personality shine through every perfect detail, and boy, do we love every second of it. See even more here

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From Stephanie Kaloi PhotographyHaley and Josh had a seriously gorgeous and small(ish!) wedding at the North Star Ballroom in Portland, Oregon. I’m kind of obsessed with these guys — besides the venue and the photography, everything was completely homemade by the couple and their friends and family. They wrapped yarn around hearts and hung them up, pulled vases and glasses from thrift stores and family collections, and did one another’s hair and make-up. Haley’s brother sang “Bloom” by The Paper Kites as she walked up the aisle (and everything cried), and her aunt made all of the amaaaaazing pie that was served. Haley and Josh are truly lucky to have such a tight knit group around them — and it also made for pretty hilarious photos (especially on the groom’s side!).

The wedding was inside, which is super smart for this time of year in Portland (rain!) but also just a really Portland thing — our city is filled with so many amazing, unique venues, and this is one of them. The North Star Ballroom is filled with classic Portland charm, and Haley and Josh’s wedding set this vibe off juuuuust right. Even though they’re from Bend, these two are emblematic of what’s great about Portland (and really, Oregon in general): it’s modern, fun, and definitely it’s own thing — like the two of them.

They also had a really cool unity ceremony — instead of using sand or candles, they used paint! Haley and pink paint and Josh had gray paint (to go with the colors of the day) and they poured their paint on a canvas at the same time. It was awesome! I haven’t seen a unity ceremony like that in the 6 years I’ve been shooting. :) Another first: Josh completely lost it and cried during the first look! I’ve definitely worked with emotional grooms before, but I’ve never had one full on cry during the first look. It was the sweetest thing!

I also love how these guys weren’t afraid to just totally be themselves. Haley has part of her head shaved, and everyone was super concerned about it showing on her wedding day. She intentionally styled her hair so that it would — and it looked amazing! Little things like this paired with their more traditional attire were just the best.

Photography: Stephanie Kaloi Photography | Flowers: The Bride's Aunt, Christi | Catering And Desserts: The Bride's Family | Hair And Make-up: The Bride's Sisters | Venue: North Star Ballroom