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A Sequined Showstopper Celebration in the Woods

If you thought getting married in the forest meant you had to forgo sequins, think again because this stunner of a soiree is here to prove otherwise. Complete with elegant details, a wooded ceremony, and a few sequined bridesmaids’ for good measure, Amanda K Photography was on hand to capture it all and we’ve got it waiting for you to favorite in The Vault!

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Summer

From The Bride…I love how clean black and white is, and I love mixed metal. We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, and ideally a destination. In the end we decided to stay in the country close to home, but chose to get married near Bend, in Sisters, due to our love for the area and how beautiful it is over there. The rustic outdoor space was a perfect contrast to the black, white, and mixed metal theme.

The flowers were all white and sat in clear vases with mixed metal candles and smaller vases as an accent. We had another venue booked that backed out 5 months before the wedding, and Five Pine happened to have an opening on the original date of our wedding! We toured the next weekend, and fell in love with the grounds. They were breathtaking in the summer with the tall wild flowers and stream that ran through the wedding site.

Unless you having a backyard wedding, get a wedding coordinator. Will relieve so much stress, and they get so much done for you and make your special day go so smooth. Make sure you choose one from word of mouth. We saw what Misty did at our good friends Darrin and Hanna’s wedding the year before, and never even considered anyone else!

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Photography: Amanda K Photography | Coordination: Luxe Event Productions | Floral Design: Amanda Pistor | Wedding Dress: Theia Couture | Jewelry: HarpyDesigns; Jarrod Weis (groom) | Makeup: Whitney Stassi Artistry | Hair: Chachi Hair | Band: John Ross | Groom's Attire: Collier Clothier of Portland, OR | Venue: Five Pine Lodge

This Black Tie Wedding Is Filled with Every Trend You’ll See This Wedding Season

Lena and Viks’ love story speaks directly to my heart. Reason being? It all started with pizza. Yes, you read right – PIZZA! So you can only imagine that their wedding was a major crowdpleaser. From their formal vineyard ceremony complete with Jenny Yoo dressed Bridesmaids’, to the hand-written vows (that even included a round of rock paper scissors), we’ve got it all from Linnea Paulina waiting in The Vault!

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Spring
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Golf Club
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Whimsical

From the Bride… Vik and I met through mutual friends during the fall of 2014. We started dating and a few months later I accidentally told him I loved him at a Pizzeria. He heard me but played it off like he didn’t. I realized after I slipped it that I actually did love him, and from there on we knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. We went on countless family vacations together and in the early fall of the following year, he decked out a greenhouse in lights and candles; and asked me to marry him.

Our wedding day was a black tie event. I wanted it to be formal, elegant, and classic. We found this amazing vineyard (Villa Catalana Cellars) not far from our Venue where we took our first look and portrait shots and it screamed Italy. It’s beautiful. You’re drive up and you automatically feel as though you have driven up some wobbly road in Italy. It’s owned by a couple who host wine tastings during the days. (what a dream right!)

The day itself was perfect; we had a huge guest count at 450, and we were lucky enough to have sunshine the entire day. To go with a black tie wedding, our color palate was black, white, and shades of blush. And obviously plenty of greenery.

As for my dress, I found it months before I was actually engaged. I was searching through Pinterest and come across a girl who had the dress and I knew I had to have it! No matter how many dresses I tried on, my heart was set.

A great memory was during the ceremony when it came time to say the vows, we played rock paper scissors to see who would go first. Our officiant was one of our good friends and our whole wedding party was killer.

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Photography: Linnea Paulina | Cinematography: Josh Etheridge | Floral Design: Family Friend | Stationery: Anastasia Marie | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Irina Dzubenko | Hair: Anna Zhereb | Wedding Venue: Oregon Golf Club | Wedding Dress: Basix Black Label | First Look: Villa Catalana Cellars | Rental Company: Luxury Events

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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
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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 Florist | Floral Design: Swoon Floral | Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Gallery 903 | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Rings: Packouz Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Pearl Catering | Hair + Makeup: Brenna From Epic Day Spa | DJ: Kenneth Poirier | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bridal Boutique: Anna's Bridal Boutique | Film Processing: The Find Lab | Getting Ready Venue: The Sentinel Hotel | Invitations + Stationery: Hannah McCarty | Rentals: The Party Place | Rentals: Something Borrowed Portland | Wedding Dress + Veil: JLM Couture, Inc

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