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Get Ready to Say Farewell to Summer with This Stunning Shoot

I happen to believe that the unforgettable Mr. Calvin Harris said it best with his rendition of “Summer,” because honestly that’s pretty much I feel inside as we begin to bid adieu to summer and say HELLO to sudden seasonal changes. Thankfully, we’ve got the ultimate farewell to our favorite season captured by Savan Photography to help us ease into it all. See it in The Vault!

From Savan PhotographyThe white sand, the beach grass, the wide open coast line and of course the Haystack Rock were all inspiration for our Oregon Coast Summer light Bridal/Wedding Inspirational shoot. Our vision was simple and fresh. To achieve that vision, we gathered elements from the landscape and local farms for our florals. We kept the colors of the florals fresh and light keeping it in line with the pale ocean blue hues and the local greenery. All of which complimented the stunning landscape.

In regard to the table setting, we looked to the ocean and sky for our inspiration and settled with classic blue plates. Also wanting to add a little sparkle, we brought in colors of gold seen on the bottom of our champagne glasses, while still drawing the eye to the surrounding landscape. Linen napkins, beach grass and drift wood we added for a pretty and organic table setting.

Incorporating fresh greenery of white, green and yellow hues and florals forged from a local farm, brilliantly designed by Metal and Moss, took this bridal session to the next level. Crafted with so much attention to detail, it didn’t matter which way the bride held the bouquet; each bloom and greenery fell perfectly into place and was stunning from every angle. The floral table arrangement was just as gorgeous with its design, organic and effortless feel.

We also extended those ocean hues to the invitation suite that was made by Pirouette Paper. The script was perfected crafted on fine Italian paper with rich royal blue ink.

The vision was not to overlook Cannon Beach, or Haystack Rock of the Oregon’s Coast; it was to highlight it with minimal and clean design in mind.

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Photography: Savan Photography | Coordination: Petite Abeille Design | Design: Petite Abeille Design | Floral Design: Metal and Moss | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Dong | Hair + Makeup: Kelli Thomsen Of Kelli Thomsen Skin Care & Makeup Artistry | Calligraphy: Pirouette Paper | Film Processing: Alpine Film Lab | Hair Accessories: Petals And Stones | Model: Option Model and Media

Why They Exchanged Vows BEFORE the Ceremony

To be honest, I’m not one who loves crowds. I much prefer quiet, more personal moments and that’s exactly why I love this couple’s idea of exchanging vows privately before the actual ceremony. Benjamin Clifford Photography documented their intimate vow exchange and there’s so much more to see and love from their day inside The Vault!


From The Bride…Waking up with butterflies in my stomach and so much excitement, I could hardly eat my breakfast. So my sweet mama packed me a little to go bag for the road just in case I work up an appetite. I got to my Aunt’s house early that morning with my older sister, we were meeting the rest of bridesmaids there and getting our hair and makeup done. It was pretty fun with the music playing and the girls dancing around eased my nerves a bit, and of course I worked up that appetite and had my breakfast and coffee (thanks, mom).

Once it was time to put on the dress I started to get nervous again since we were running a little behind schedule. Even if you plan the extra 30 min into your timeline sometimes it’s still not enough. We all drove to the Canemah Park in Oregon City for first look (l recommend every couple does the First Look photos”) I was so excited to see my future husband Ben and for him to see me in my dress for the first time, I could hardly contain myself. It was a very special moment for the both of us, so much emotion pours out in that moment. He was perfect and I could not wait to marry that man. We got lots of pictures with the two of us and with our bridal party. We stopped at a couple more locations on the way to our venue for some more photos (you can never have too many pictures) It had started to rain off and on and I was trying to do my best and not panic with it being an outdoor venue. The umbrellas however made for some really fun pictures.

Since Ben and I were sticking to our budget we had our amazing family and friends decorate and do a huge chunk of the work setting up the venue. They put together all the floral arrangements, the decorations and all the finishing touches that made the venue come to life.

Ben and I had an intimate vow exchange that was only attended by our photographers prior to the actual ceremony where exchanged traditional vows, and had the honor of having Ben’s step brother pronounce us husband and wife. As we walked out the ceremony our guests cheered and tossed pink rose petals our way.

The reception was very easy-going, dancing mingling and good food. Ben is a little bit of a Star Wars nerd, so I surprised him with custom-made Princess Leah and Han Solo cake toppers that resembled him and I.

We had so much fun I forgot all about the rain, the torn dress and all the other minor things that go wrong at weddings. We just danced the night away and enjoyed our magical day! Our wedding was unforgettable, by far the best day of my life. After all, at the end of the day the only thing that matters is your love and commitment to one another. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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Photography: Benjamin Clifford Photography | Floral Design: Costco | Wedding Dress: Bridal Exclusives | Cake: Florika | Catering: Abernethy Center | Hair + Makeup: Luba Gannotskiy | DJ: Jerry Erven | Groom's Attire: Nordstrom | Venue: Abernethy Center | Bridal Boutique: Bridal Exclusives | Bridal Party Bouquets: Brenda Fields

A Blush Engagement Session Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Ladies, there’s not denying it. We all (and by all, I mean every. single. one. of us) need this dress pronto. Transforming a traditional engagement session into a beautifully blush beginning, Katlyn Marie PhotoArt captured it all to share. And lucky for you, we just so happen have got every bit of it waiting for you to fall madly in love with via The Vault!

From Katlyn Marie PhotoArtColin and Austen have such a sweet and playful love, which shows up in every single frame of this romantic engagement session. And all of the blush details with a stunning Oregon sunset in the background make it that much more romantic! From Austen’s beautiful blush gown, to the stunning floral arrangement, to the sweet little garden roses adorning her hair, this engagement session was absolutely perfect!

From The Bride-to-be…Colin (a Boston native) and I (raised in ­PDX) met when we were both ski bums in As­pen, CO right after college. We were work­ing at the same resort at the base of Asp­en Mountain. Colin kept visiting me at my­ hostess stand, and finally worked up the­ courage to ask me out. Our first date wa­s a hike in 2012 to a 360 degree view poi­nt of the surrounding mountains. The hike­ turned into a full day adventure of gett­ing to know each other, and wanting to kn­ow more.

We spent the next year in Aspen together,­ then both left to figure out “the real w­orld.” I went to SF for a year while he w­as home in New England. After experiencin­g the stress and anxiety of a long distan­ce relationship, I moved to him, and a ye­ar later we moved to Portland to be near ­my family and put down roots. For our ann­iversary this past year, I booked 2 night­s at a B&B in Hood River to celebrate 3 y­ears together. We spent the day visiting ­vineyards, cider houses, and orchards. Wh­ile we were picking apples in the rain at­ Draper Girls Orchard, Colin directed me ­towards “a good bunch of apples” (that ne­ver existed) and I ended up finding a rin­g box on a branch! I turned around to fin­d him down on one knee with the only 4 wo­rds he could find. In my state of complet­e shock, I said yes!

We plan to return to Hood River to celebr­ate our wedding with our friends and fami­ly from all over the country. It will be ­at Gorge Crest Vineyards on the WA side o­f the Gorge in July 2017. We are excited ­for a casual backyard feel with live musi­c, craft beer, local wine, and lawn games­. Oh, and a superb view of Mt. Hood.

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Photography: Katlyn Marie PhotoArt | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Dress: ASOS | Invitations: Kelsey Malie Calligraphy | Hair + Makeup: Portland Makeup And Hair | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Location: Willamette State Mission Park