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Elegant Garden Wedding Inspiration

This, loves, is elegant simplicity at its very finest.  The sort of inspiration that mixes ferns and flowers, rustic barn tables and pies galore.  It’s a fab team of vendors (think Paper BloomSomething Borrowed Vintage Rentals and Jamie Rae Photo… to name a few) all coming together to rock your world with a garden party worthy of your full and undivided attention.  Click here for more.

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From Jamie Rae Photography… Ease and elegance are two words you will rarely hear uttered together whilst wedding planning, yet this Oregon garden inspirational shoot was designed to marry those two concepts. Our goal was to couple a natural, simplistic palette with an infusion of romance and whimsy simultaneously worthy of the elegant bride and inspirational to the DIY lover.

Envisioned by Lane’ of Something Borrowed, we brought together a timeless palette that would remind even the most zealous bride that sometimes less is more when it comes to elegance. A woodland theme with impeccable floral design incorporating seasonal ferns, helleborous, and vines set an organic tone for the table setting and pie bar. An innovative herbal wreath backdrop dripping with rosemary and thyme (which smelled heavenly!) set the stage for local delicacies and blended seamlessly with the year round botanical artistry that the Oregon Garden Resort boasts.

From the locally made wedding dress to the uniquely designed stationery and all details in between, we created a shoot that we hope will inspire with a simple and romantic sense of organic elegance.

Photography: Jamie Rae Photo | Styling: Lane' Of Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Wedding Dress: CR Boggs | Cake: Rosy Cakes | Stationery: Paper Bloom | Hair And Make Up: Face Body Beauty | Pies: Pacific Pie Co | Rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals | Wedding Venue: Oregon Garden Resort

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Silverton, OR White Christmas Tree Farm Engagement

A Christmas tree farm engagement is pure genius. Honestly, I’ve been smiling since the moment I opened these images from Joanna Traeger Photography and it’s basically impossible to not be in the holiday spirit after spending some time with these beauties. It’s heartwarming, darling and filled to the brim with sweet details, and there is even more of this adorable shoot waiting for your right here.

From Joanna Traeger PhotographyWhen I asked Esther about Kevin and herself she told me they were a fun and goofy couple and she wanted me to capture this during their session. Esther and Kevin love biking together, scrabble and just laughing and having fun. While they tend toward the silly side Esther still really wanted sweet and romantic shots that would show the tender side of their love.

To start the session off we incorporated this gorgeous 1920′s vintage bike. We added some cozy blankets from Vintage Mingle that this cute couple could cozy up in. The red chair is also from Vintage Mingle, it gave us a nice pop of Christmas red and provided a whole bunch of style. The theme of this shoot was winter meets stylish meets, sweet and fun. Esther and Kevin brought so much natural charisma to the shoot. It was not at all difficult to capture them being romantic or sweet.

To show the casual and fun-loving side of the couple, a cozy holiday winter picnic scene was created. This particular scene drew inspiration from the spirit of winter, the warmth of the holidays, and traditions new and old. Details of the cozy setup incorporated classic décor such as an antique shirred wool rug, vintage sled, cozy blankets, hot cocoa in mugs with knitted warmers, and ginger and short bread cookies. In reference to the holidays the tree was accented with lightly decorated red Christmas ornaments. Pilar wanted to reference the holidays without overshadowing the winter sophistication provided by the mostly neutral color palette.

I had a talented group of artist who helped make this shoot oh so pretty. Jacki Moore of Jacki Moore Photography assisted me during the shoot. Pilar of Vintage Mingle provided the decor, Urbaca Salon did a beautiful job on Esther’s hair and makeup, and Reds Creations put together the floral arrangements. Yummy vegan cookies were from Sweetpea Baking Co. and Bakeshop. The uber talented Emily Suidikas of Whichgoose made the veil and flower crown. And last but not least a nice local guy let me borrow his cool bike and White Christmas Tree farm generously allowed me to shoot on their property.

Photography: Joanna Traeger Photography | Floral Design: Red's Creations | Bakery: Bakeshop | Bakery: Sweetpea Baking Co. | Hair And Makeup: Urbaca Salon | Headpiece Design : Whichgoose | Photography - Assistance: Jacki Moore Photography | Rentals: Vintage Mingle | Venue: White Christmas Tree Farm

Oregon Forest Wedding from Erich McVey Photography

Erich McVey has this way. This way of capturing moments that make my heart flutter and my day stop. So when he gets behind the camera to capture a wedding that is this special, this stylish, this all around fabulous – magic happens. The kind of magic where every image deserves a virtual round of applause, making it a no brainer for our latest SMP Fashion and Beauty E-Mag. We are thanking our lucky stars we get to sit with this sparkly, woodland beauty for just a tad bit longer, and you can join us right here.

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From the Bride… When I started working at YMCA Camp Silver Creek in 2008 I never thought I’d fall in love or get married in that very place. Jeff and I have a long history with Camp Silver Creek. We were both campers growing up, and Jeff started working there when he was 16 and later on became Camp Director! I worked there for 6 summers, and we fell in love after working alongside each other for two summers. When we started to talk about marriage and a wedding, it was so clear to both of us that we wanted to get married in the very place we fell in love. We had our first kiss there and we would have our first kiss as a married couple there. Camp is a magical place for us. We were very excited to share our favorite place with our favorite people.

Once we picked our venue, everything else fell into place. First off, we knew we had to have Erich there to capture our day. Not only are him and his wife Amy so talented, but they also amazing at helping us feel comfortable in front of the camera. We chose our favorite restaurant to cater and we chose Jeff’s boss and mentor (and my boss when I was at camp) to be our officiant. After that it was great recommendations from friends for the rest of our vendors. Our main goal was to celebrate and throw a great party for our incredible family and friends.

When I first started to think about décor, dresses, & Jeff’s look, I was so excited but so overwhelmed. I knew I wanted everything to be really light and bright. People would ask what my color scheme was and I would say, no color. I wanted nudes, ivory, and some sparkle. Eventually I branched out into wood, birch, and some green accents. We wanted cake and wine to be easy and accessible for everyone so we had a mini cake and wine on each table with a note encouraging guests to dig in! I am a little embarrassed to admit I already had a lot of the decorations. Some of them are decorations in our house and some had been purchased for other parties or styled shoots. Almost every item was thrifted from local shops or garage sales. I became obsessed with peach garden roses and used those to accent the decorations since the tables were already pretty full with cake and wine. We did a few DIY projects: Hand stamped macaron favor bags, printed a thank you note for each place setting, and used glitter tape to make glitter flag drink stirrers. Since the field is completely dark at night we used the bistro lights and candles to give light, which gave us a dreamy and intimate feel.

I knew I wanted my bridesmaids in long dresses with sparkle and texture and I love that each one was so different and 0 beautiful. I had a lot of expectations for my own dress, which made choosing one pretty difficult. I tried on a handful but couldn’t envision it without accessories. A lot of women choose their dress first but I needed my accessories before I was able to envision the whole look. I loved the slightly fitted beaded skirt underneath the dress which showed my shape a bit, and the more fluffy top layers which gave me the best of both worlds. While it took me a while to choose a dress, it was an easy choice for Jeff. He’s not nearly as fashion obsessed as I am, so a classic black suit was perfect. Classic without being trendy.

I knew I would be nervous the day of the wedding and I knew once we had our first look I would be instantly at ease for the rest of the day. Jeff always seems to put me at ease and that day was no different. Most of the day was a blur but I remember the first look so clearly. We carefully planned our ceremony, our officiant shared sweet and funny stories of us at camp and we shared our stories of when we knew the other was the one. The whole day was absolutely perfect. It was truly a labor of love. My parents did so much, my dad put up the lights, my gorgeous bridesmaids kept me calm and fed, the groomsmen kept us laughing, and we felt so loved by all the people that were able to share the day with us.

Photography: Erich McVey Photography | Videography: Grant Lemons | Floral Design: Bella Fleur Floral Design | Dress: Marisa | Shoes: Zara | Necklace: J.Crew | Bridesmaid's Dresses: JS Collections | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: Wild Pear | Hair: Violet Barnts of Bella Vita | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Belt : Ruche | Bride: Blogger & Stylist: Samantha Rosen | Cake Stands: Vintage | Ceremony & Reception: Camp Silver Creek at Silver Falls State Park | Groomsmen's Suits: Shryock's Menswear | Hair Accessory: Anna's Bridal | Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry by Beth Level