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Whimsical Farm Wedding in Portland

This wedding has ethereal down pat. It’s an easy task when the bride’s this beautiful. And with the help of the lovely folks at Postelwait’s Farm, these country nuptials came together as pretty as can be. I simply can’t get enough of the abundant blooms from Espe Floral and Foliage, the bride’s flowing veil from Rosewood Bridal, and cupcakes from Lambs Thriftway. Christa Taylor was there to capture the day.


From Christa Taylor PhotographyWhen I first met Cassandra and Eric, Eric had just moved from Montana and was putting down his roots in Portland. It was a new chapter and a new beginning. At first, his employment was just a stable respectable job, clock in, clock out, and pay the bills.

All that changed when he met Cassandra. Whether it was her ethereal beauty or her sweet kindness and charming reserve — Eric was won immediately. They are such a contrast, each a perfect counter-balance for the other. Her softness balanced by his decisiveness, her gentle love tempering his fearlessness. While opposites in some respects, they are one and the same heart. And that, my friends, makes a beautiful marriage.

Their wedding day dawned on a beautiful June Saturday, complete with a gentle breeze wafting through the fields surrounding Postlewait Farms. In classic Portland style, their community of family and friends all joined in for the set-up, bringing in their rustic arch festooned with incredible florals, hanging the pipe and drape and twinkle lights, setting the tables. It was a worker bee paradise.

Finally everything was ready, and as Cassandra stepped into her gown, we prepared the blindfolds. Yes, instead of a traditional “first look” Cassandra and Eric wanted to reserve that for the aisle and opted instead for a moment to connect…blindfolded.
They whispered sweet nothings in each others ears, laughing and releasing all the jitters that had traffic jammed into each other.
With one final clasp of the hands they parted till the ceremony.

Cassandra’s creativity and taste were evident in every aspect of this wedding. She had planned this soirée to a T. The tables were elegantly festooned by the talented Espe Floral and Foliage, complete with the rugged wood rounds which have become one of Portland’s evergreen trademarks. She elevated the classic mason jar with wrapped twine, ribbon and personalized detail in blush and sage green. Her gift to Eric was a custom designed set of cuff links, a long standing inside joke between them. The ceremony featured that gorgeous arch, and a pinecone strewn aisle.

As Eric and Cassandra reviewed their vows, the guests settled into their seats, and watched with delight as the couple finally became man and wife. During cocktail hour, we stole the bride and groom away for some woodland portraits, eventually joining the guests and the photo-booth for some candid fun. Friends meandered the grounds, enjoying the country inspired buffet, fire-roasted marshmallow bar, cigars and selection of sweets (hand picked favorites of the bride and groom).

Hans Huffman with mad DJ skills kept the party going with uproarious laughter and some epic tunes. It was a beautiful night.
When sunset was upon us, Eric and his new bride walked out to the vineyard for a final moment of quiet respite and glorious light. This is always my favorite time, a time to breathe, a time to capture that glow of evening and a time to fully embrace the love shared between the two.
It was everything it should be, and the final partings were made as husband and wife sent their guests away with their favorite tea flavors in individual packages.

Photography: Christa Taylor | Floral Design: Espe Floral And Foliage | Cake: His Bakery | Cupcakes: Lambs Thriftway | Bridesmaids Dresses: Tulle And Chantilly | Makeup Artist: The Beauty Parlour | DJ: Hans Huffman | Bridal Gown: Maggie Soterro | Bubbles: Roxy Heart Vintage | Ceremony & Reception Venue : Postlewait's Farm | Coordination: Natalie Postlewait | Cuff Links: Saarjant | Groomsmen Attire: Mr Formal | Hair Artist: Alexis Tolman | Photography - Assistance: Jamie Rae Photo | Tea Favors: Beau Coup | Veil Designer: Rosewood Bridal

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Seaside Chic Bridal Party Tea Party

If I could, I would crawl into this shoot from Bethany Small Photography and never leave. Because all the pretty pictures below basically sum up my vision of a dream day. The ocean, great friends, gorgeous florals from Good Seed Floral Design, and stunning styling? That’s the definition of perfection for me.

From Bethany Small PhotographyA couple of months ago I had this vision of beauty in my mind that I could not shake! Women coming together for a special event; an event that each lady would remember for some time to come. I planned a tea party by the ocean full of flowing dresses, an abundance of floral and pretty details. Each lady in attendance was chosen to be a part of a day full of beautiful makeup, beach waves in their hair and beautiful dresses!

I would have never dreamed that planning and photographing such an event would turn into something so memorable for not only myself but every lady in attendance! The event became an evening that these women felt truly appreciated and beautiful whether they were sipping tea like a lady or splashing in the waves like a child!

It’s moments like these that a photograph becomes so much more; it becomes a story of beauty, grace and friendship!

Photography: Bethany Small Photography | Floral Design: Good Seed Floral Design | Dress: Dorothy Perkins | Dress: Etsy | Dress: Free People | Dress : Marshalls | Makeup: Katelynn Gilbert | Oregon Coast: Hug Point State Park | Rentals (Chairs): Classic Vintage Rentals

Heartwarming Wedding Film

I think there might be a direct correlation between how much a couple has been through and the amount of tears shed at the ceremony. No sexy glistens here, folks. You can tell that the love these two have for each other is profound and unwavering, and this video from Happily Ever After Films showcases their relationship beautifully. So press play, and I dare you to try not to well up at least a little at this one.

From Happily Ever After FilmsWhen Randi first got in touch with us and told us her love story with Brad, we knew we had to get this one right. They had been dating for 5 years when Brad was seriously injured. His friend and coworker was critically injured in a construction accident and Brad jumped 50′ into a shallow river to save his friends life. He performed CPR until medics arrived and it was at that time he realized he was badly hurt. After multiple surgery’s and rehabilitation for a broken back, Randi and Brad were finally able to celebrate the wedding they always dreamed about. It was an incredibly emotional day surrounded by family and friends, including the friend he saved.

Photography: Craig Paulsen Photography | Floral Design: Sun Blossom Floral | Cake: Sweet Dreams Bakery | Catering: Inn At Diamond Woods | Hair & Makeup: Blossom & Beauty | Rentals: Parties To Go | Videography : Happily Ever After Films | Wedding & Reception Venue : The Inn At Diamond Woods