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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

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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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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.


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