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Hamptons Inspired Photo Shoot

This Hamptons inspired photo shoot from Luxe Event Productions is overflowing with pretty. With Adam Trujillo Photography behind the lens every detail from the sweet seaside dinner to Vibrant Flowers pink blooms shine through, and it’s pure seaside bliss. Let the tide carry you away in the full gallery here.

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Summer
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Waterside

From Luxe Event ProductionsDreaming of a destination wedding? You can capture the look and feel of that location you desire, right in your hometown. This shoot was inspired by the laid back luxury of the East Hamptons. The location of the shoot was actually on the edge of the Columbia River in Portland, OR.

The sunny day set the perfect tone for this nautical wedding on the water. The bride and groom lounged in soft beach grass and were playfully posing on the boats in the marina. The soft, pastel palette contrasted perfectly with the sparking water. Elements such as beach wood, glass and seashells were scattered among floral pieces that were heavy in greenery and succulents with a few pops of pink flowers.

A sparkly and simple cake adorned with anchors matching those on the beach was placed on a neutral linen. The bright, light feeling mimicked that of the Hamptons. The bride and groom were both laid back, him in a simple white shirt and slacks – her with a removable vest with a large collar that caught the summer breeze. It was easy for them to sit back and be carefree while listening to the soft lapping of the water and sticking their toes in the clean, white sand.

Bring your guests to a surprising destination when you use inspiration from your favorite get away spot. Any local can be created with the right tools. We took inspiration from nature including those items that you would actually found on the beach and by using an accenting color palette that you could find at your destination. Straw table mats and burlap floral wraps kept the day pure and raw like the simple beauty of the East Hamptons. Skip the traditional wedding apparel and choose something that makes you feel carefree and light hearted. Your guests will find the energy infectious and will be carried away to the destination of your dreams!

Photography: Adam Trujillo Photography | Event Design: Luxe Event Productions | Floral Design: Vibrant Flowers | Wedding Dress: Magnifique Boutique | Hair & Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Coordination: Luxe Event Productions | Decor: Luxe Event Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Venue: Columbia River

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Oregon Summer Wedding at Mt. Hood Organic Farms

As a native Oregonian, I have to admit this wedding transported me back home. Every detail Andria Lo captured from this Summer fête is picture perfect, starting with the cyclist couple and ending with views of Mt. Hood, not to mention the blooms by Lucy’s Informal Flowers are pure artistry. After peeking through the gallery, I can almost smell the pine trees.

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Summer
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Farm
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Rustic

From The Bride…Brad and I both knew we wanted to keep our wedding relaxed and fun. With sprawling lawns for kids to run around, secret ponds to discover, and beautiful Mt. Hood as the backdrop, Mt. Hood Organic Farms was the perfect venue for us. We also loved that the farm’s caterer, Cultivate Catering serves family style meals using organic and local ingredients.

Since we are avid cyclists we incorporated a cycling and tandem bike theme. We had a lot of fun planning out the reception table details –each table was named after a favorite climb we’d done on our travels and the card included a story and why the ride was so meaningful to us. Also on the back of each guest’s name card, we inscribed personal notes for them to discover during dinner.

Since the majority of our guests were from out of town, we wanted to give them a delicious sampling of some of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer. We had spring chinook salmon for one of the entrees, Seattle’s Best Chocolates “Pink Bubbly” as favors (chocolate with pop rocks inside!), an Oregon marionberry wedding cake, and Salt and Straw Ice Cream, a Portland favorite.

One of the highlights for me was our first dance. Years before I met Brad, my best friend asked what I’d want my first dance to be. I already knew it would be “The Sound of Music Dance” with the musical’s choreography, but she warned me I’d probably never find a guy willing to do such a cheesy dance. Fortunately, she was wrong! Brad and I had never rehearsed without messing up, but when the time came, we nailed it! Just one of many sweet memories from a day that felt like a total fairy tale.

Photography: Andria Lo Photogaphy | Videography: Moving Pictures | Coordinator: Cassandra Cass | Flowers: Lucy's Informal Flowers | Cake: Fleur Cakes | Stationery: Sparetire Design | Caterer: Cultivate Catering | Hair: The National Beauty/Julie Senders | Groom's Attire: Prada | Bride's Ceremony Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti | Bride's Dress: Rivini | Bride's Reception Shoes: Louboutin | Ceremony And Reception: Mt. Hood Organic Farms | Desserts: Two Tarts Bakery | Ice Cream: Salt And Straw | Jazz Band: Boy And Bean | Makeup: Event Cosmetics | Photobooth: Photobooth For You

Contemporary Portland Ballroom Wedding

Take a step back and you’ll see this wedding is much more than your typical ballroom affair. In fact, it’s a springtime garden wedding brought indoors with crisp, clean design sensibilities woven in along the way. Christina Fuller of Bridal Bliss planned the day to perfection and Christy Cassano-Meyer caught it all behind the lens. Ready for more? It’s all waiting right here.

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Spring
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ChapelHotel

From The Bride…We decided to have an April wedding in Portland, despite the fear of a potential, classic Portland downpour, and therefore chose to do an indoor wedding. We are both from large families with a substantial group of college friends and work colleagues, and knew we could have a lot of guests. So the Governor Ballroom in The Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland was the perfect space to accommodate a large party, while being a blank slate where we could decorate and make it our own. Initially we thought we were the “outdoor, wine country wedding” couple, but found that our wedding really epitomized “Us.”

We both graduated from the University of Portland, so when looking for a church for our ceremony, we thought the University of Portland chapel would be perfect. Small, intimate and with a much deeper meaning for us than any other church in Portland.

From the beginning, I knew I wanted to hire a planner/coordinator. As much as I love to plan and be organized, I knew I wouldn’t manage my stress very well since I was also in the process of opening up my own business! So we hired Christina from Bridal Bliss and it was the best money spent! She made the entire process so stress-free and FUN! We just wanted a party where people would be well fed, with good music and flowing drinks.

Pete is incredibly easy going, while I have some OCD tendencies that can creep into my laid back nature, so planning together was the perfect mix of quick decisions while paying attention to the aspects that really mattered to us. For me, I really wanted to focus my attention on the flowers and overall look that would be organic and relaxed. We worked with Hailey Bernstein from Zest Floral and Event Design and she (and Caitlin) were absolutely superb! Plus, Spring is the perfect time for all blooms! I chose florals such as roses, garden roses, freesia, cherry blossoms, anemones, ranunculus, with touches of eucalyptus, succulents and greenery. Pete and I strived for a romantic garden wedding, and wanted to bring the outside in as much as possible without it looking disjointed being inside a grandiose ballroom. We ditched the majority of the traditional round tables for long, exposed mahogany tables with matching chairs, with blush and white linens. I also really wanted a large, lush, hanging floral arrangement for the escort card table, which they successfully executed, and it was SO beautiful.

My dress was very simple with clean lines and also extremely comfortable. Originally I thought I wanted a dress with sleeves or lace, but without really any fore-thought, I ended up finding a gorgeous, lace overlay jacket to wear that made the dress like two dresses. I wore a mid length veil trimmed in silk with the lace jacket for the ceremony, but for the reception I decided to have an outfit change; with a crystal belt instead of the jacket, and a floral crown, which was oh so divine. And a little more laid back for the party.

I did not want the responsibility of choosing one single dress for all of my bridesmaids, and there were 9 of them (!), so I decided to let the girls pick any dress they wanted in the nude, blush pink family. And it turned out so beautifully! I was so pleased to see the dresses come together and I was even more happy to see all of my bridesmaids comfortable and looking like themselves! For the boys, we really struggled with finding the best option and it was important to Pete — to rent, or buy, etc — but I came upon a company called The Black Tux, where you can rent really fabulous designer-like suits and tuxes for any occasion. I showed Pete and he was on board in an instant. You can curate your entire look for the groom and groomsmen (again, there were 8 of them) and it’s shipped to your door 2 or 3 days prior to your event, and you ship back the next business day. Such a great company. Pete wore a navy blue bow tie to distinguish himself since all the men wore modern, midnight navy blue tuxes, with suspenders and black bow ties. So dapper if I do say so myself.

Christy Cassano Meyer was our photographer and she was perfection! She shot with her husband Kyle since it was a pretty large wedding/group, and it couldn’t have been more fun and easy. Both were so professional, but never in our faces and she really captured the essence of the day.

Our invitations and Save the Dates from New and Blue were all letterpressed; also white, with hints of blush. We wanted our entire aesthetic to be clean, simple, elegant and timeless. I also began to have an aversion to anything bright or too colorful, so we stayed in the blush and cream zone for everything.

My sister Madeline Guzzo (of Clarus Ink) is starting her own hand lettering business and so I asked her to do all the signage and hand printing for the wedding – from the escort cards, to the menu and dessert table signs, she did everything. Major DIY and she knocked it out of the park.

Jakes Catering did all of the food, and we chose a classic NW meal of salmon and beef tenderloin. We also had signature His and Her cocktails during the cocktail hour — his whiskey, hers vodka. Naturally.

We chose to have a small, personal wedding cake since Pete isn’t much of a cake eater. My best friend’s mother is the best baker EVER (seriously) and she made us the most delectable dark chocolate cake with italian, coconut, buttercream meringue icing (!!). Guests were treated to an assortment of mini pies from The Pie Spot — chocolate hazelnut, lemon vanilla, triple berry, marionberry and s’more pie. And since I am somewhat of a coca-cola addict, we also offered Coke Floats, which was probably my favorite little touch.

Lastly, we loved the idea of a photobooth, and guests could take home their photo strip as their wedding favor, and it was such a blast! Our guests really got into it, and looking through the photos later was a total crack up.

We were surrounded by so much love and support and although the day went by much too quickly, I can honestly say we had the most amazing time that we will never forget. From the balloon church exit, and dancing the night away, to the stolen minutes we had for just the two of us, it was pure magic.

Photography: Christy Cassano-Meyer | Floral And Event Design: Hailey Stern Bernstein // ZEST Floral And Event Design | Event Planning: Christina Fuller Of Bridal Bliss | Invitations: New And Blue | Ceremony: University Of Portland Chapel | Reception Venue: The Sentinel Hotel | Bride's Shoes: J Crew | Rings: Todd Reed | Food: Jake's Catering | Hair: Kate Pierovich From Ginger Salon | Groom's Suit: Black Tux | Grooms Shoes: Black Tux | Bride's Dress: Nicole Miller | Bride's Hotel For Getting Ready: The Sentinel Hotel | Dessert: The Pie Spot | Groom's Hotel For Getting Ready: The Nines | Handwritten Signage: The Bride's Sister, Madeline Guzzo | MUA: The Bride | Music/DJ And Photo Booth: Chad Dowling // Chad Dowling Productions

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