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One Pearl Necklace. Three Generations. The Perfect Bridal Accessory.

When this bride’s Nana surprised her with a pre-wedding gift that included a pearl necklace and blue garter, she was overjoyed. But when the bride learned these two pieces were worn by both her Nana and mother on their wedding days, it made them all the more special. Thanks to Sweetlife Photography for a peek inside this classic Portland “I do” chock-full of beautiful moments.

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Winter
Styles
Classic

From The Bride…Garrett and I are originally both from Corvallis, OR. Funny enough, we attended the same high school but our paths never really crossed. We knew of each other but didn’t have any interaction since our groups of friends were different. I ended up going to Oregon State University and studied Industrial Engineering, and Garrett attended the United States Air Force Academy where he is currently training to become a pilot. We ended up meeting in college when my roommate at the time had her older sister and some of her friends over to our house. Garrett was there and I thought he was so cute! He ended up asking me out and from that point on, we dated long distance. We were actually long distance our entire relationship until we got married.

When planning our wedding, we knew Garrett would have a narrow window of availability because leave is hard to get approved once pilot training starts. This led us to pick a winter date—we knew he would have the most time off then. We really wanted our wedding to have a sophisticated winter feel while staying away from the classic red and green Christmas theme. We had the guys wear black tuxedos and chose bridesmaids dresses that were a soft color next to mine so they would stand out without having a stark contrast. One of my ultimate favorite floral elements is dusty miller so I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the arrangements (this is also the color I picked for my bridesmaids’ dresses). To compliment the dusty miller, we added white hydrangeas, blush garden roses, and dark purple calla lilies to keep things wintery. In addition to this, some of my favorite decorations were the white birch trees lit with twinkle lights that we scattered around the art gallery where we had our reception, which gave a warm winter feel.  

To me, some of the most beautiful aspects of our wedding were the personal touches that we were able to incorporate. In particular, the day after Garrett and I got engaged, my grandma (who I call “Nana”) gave me a present—a garter and a pearl necklace. I was overjoyed by the gift but did not understand the true significance of it at first. Nana went on to explain that she and my mother both wore these items on their wedding days. It is honestly amazing that she was able to save these things for me and bless me with the honor of wearing them at my own wedding! My family is very small and we are all very close, and the fact that she wanted me to wear these accessories meant so much to me.

We tried to tie aspects of both our families into the wedding. Although Garrett is in the military, we didn’t want a strictly military wedding. However, we did want to include aspects of this part of our life so we had a saber arch at our wedding ceremony and cut the wedding cake with an Air Force saber (Garrett loved that part!). Another aspect of our wedding that had great meaning for us both was lighting candles during our ceremony in memory of Garrett’s dad. He was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer in April and passed away soon after, just months before our wedding. This impacted Garrett and I greatly and was something we definitely wanted to acknowledge during the ceremony. The memory of Garrett’s dad was also honored throughout the toasts at our reception. So many heartfelt words were spoken that moved the whole room to tears.

Our reception was held in an art gallery, and they were amazing because they allowed us to pick which art pieces we would like displayed. Garrett and I had our first dance to Make You Feel My Love by Adele, which was simply perfect for us. We also had a photo booth to keep our guests entertained, ice cream sandwiches from Ruby Jewel (our favorite ice cream place in Portland), and a late night taco bar which all made for a very special night full of fun and dancing. Overall, our day was filled with endless laughter, love, and wonderful family which we are so grateful for.

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Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Coordination: Your Perfect Bridesmaid | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Gallery 903 | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Packouz Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Pearl Catering | Hair + Makeup: Epic Day Spa | DJ: Kenneth Poirier | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black from Mens Wearhouse | Bridal Boutique: Anna's Bridal | Film Processing: The FINDlab | Getting Ready Venue: The Sentinel Hotel | Invitations + Stationery: Hannah McCarty | Rentals: The Party Place | Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland | Wedding Dress + Veil: Hayley Paige

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A Hipster Chic Wedding With Major Floral Moments

Warning: this wedding will make your heart flutter. A celebration complete with a moss dance floor, a misty ceremony, and a petal station, this couple celebrated in true PNW style. With the ever-so-talented Maria Lamb Photography behind the lens snapping it all to share, we’ve got it waiting for you in The Vault!

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Seasons
Fall
Styles
Al Fresco

From The Bride…Malachi and I love nature and when we started planning the wedding we pictured a space that had the essence of a enchanted secret garden with a hint of Lord of the Rings. Roses, dahlias, lavender, rosemary and lots of green moss were essential to the vision and our floral designer/decorator Andrew fit it all in to the decor. My luscious and slightly heavy bouquet was layered with lavender, greens, roses and dahlias. The colors we chose were all different shades of greens, pinks and blues. We added a personal touch by creating all of the wooden props in Malachi’s wood shop Against the Grain Studio, which is now transitioning into a family business Milbourn Woodwork! The backdrops, wooden table rounds, sweetheart table, and various stumps were all created in his shop just two weeks before the wedding! He started his own furniture company 7 years ago and is an amazing woodworker but deadlines can be a little rough for him! (sorry honey!)

The Grotto was a perfect location for our ceremony because of its immense natural outdoor beauty and it did not need a ounce of added decor! We made it to Ceremony without a drop of rain until halfway through it started to mist. That is when Maria Lamb took one of my favorite photos, the mist added a dreamy pacific northwest touch to the wedding.

The sun broke out just as the ceremony was ending and it turned out to be a lovely day as we headed to the World Forestry Center for the reception. When we arrived we were amazed at how Andrew had decorated the tent to fit our vision. He added a fountain surrounded by the moss, dreamy flower covered gate and a petal station. Our guests loved showering us with petals while we danced the first dance. We feel very blessed to have been able to celebrate with all our family and friends and very thankful to everyone that helped along the way.

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Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Event Planning: The Perfect Occasion | Cake: St. Cupcake | Ceremony Venue: The Grotto | Reception Venue: World Forestry Center | Rings: VK Designs Ethical Jewelry | Woodwork Decor: Against The Grain Studio

This Seattle Wedding Has the Ultimate Cool Factor

To put it simply, I’m obsessed with this Seattle wedding; it’s the definition of cool. The BHLDN wedding dress with peek-a-boo lace details. The lush white and green bouquet from Studio 3 Floral Design. The urban Fremont Foundry venue. The gorgeous calligraphy from Songbird Paperie. Trust me when I say you don’t want to miss any of Alexandra Grace Photography‘s pretty pictures. So, head to The Vault now!

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Seasons
Summer
Styles
Modern

From Perfectly Posh Events… Makayla & Johnny are truly one of the sweetest couples who are deeply-madly in love. They are college sweethearts who met attending Oregon State University and they now live in St. Louis. They selected Seattle as the destination for their wedding because they love the Pacific Northwest and have close family & friend ties in the area. Makayla & Johnny did most of their planning from a distance and even booked their urban venue, the Fremont Foundry, sight-unseen!

Their overall vision was a simple and fresh wedding in an urban setting with a mix of modern and vintage that showcased the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. They chose a mix of copper, neutrals and natural greens as their color palette, which popped off the concrete setting at the Fremont Foundry beautifully. Johnny & Makayla wanted their guests to have a blast at their wedding so they incorporated an ice cream sandwich food truck and slow motion booth at the reception and both were definitely a big hit! The night ended with a sparkler departure and mini-bud vases of flowers for each guests as a favor.

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Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Event Planning: Perfectly Posh Events | Floral Design: Studio 3 Floral Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Songbird Paperie | Catering: Ravishing Radish Catering | Hair + Makeup: Salon Maison | DJ: Braden Landon | Venue: Fremont Foundry | Dessert: The Cookie Counter | Photo Booth: Seattle Slow Motion Booth

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Two Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Wedding Season

Floral-free bouquets and mega modern gowns, two trends we’re forecasting as the next big thing this wedding season. And if this inspiration styled by Bash Bozeman is any indication of the pretty we’re about to (hopefully) partake in then consider it game over, because we’re completely obsessed. Thankfully, Orange Photographie was ahead of the curve and captured it all to share in The Vault!

From Bash BozemanWhen Samantha from Orange Photographie approached me about designing this shoot, she included the verbiage ‘modern’, ‘clean’ and ‘romantic.’ From there, I had a schematic design dreamt up pretty quickly as that’s the aesthetic I lean towards. I took inspiration from the contemporary fashion designer Acne, yet approached it with a more romantic look in mind, adding the dark lip as seen on many runways for Spring of 2016. I wanted the overall feel to have a solid juxtaposition of clean lines through the styling of the model, while ensuring the bouquet offered some softness — hellebores have a way of making a bouquet immediately feel feminine. The concept of this shoot came out perfectly on all ends and I’m both thrilled and humbled with the talents behind our ‘Modern Romance’ shoot.

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Photography: Orange Photographie | Styling: Bash Bozeman | Floral Design: Labellum Flowers | Wedding Dress: Houghton NYC | Bride's Shoes: Topshop | Jewelry: Tart | Hair + Makeup: Ethereal Hair & Makeup Artistry | Bridal Boutique: Bash Bozeman | Model: Shay Bjordahl | Save the Date + Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy

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