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Romantic Forest Grove Wedding

From this moment forward, I’m totally recommending that every wedding have the following: a breathtaking forest-like ceremony, a flower hound and a romance-filled reception, complete with barn dancing.  Because this wedding right here?  It’s amazing.  Think all of the aforementioned planned to perfection by Bridal Bliss, plus a bride and groom who are the literal definition of stunning.  See it all captured by Briana Morrison here, and in the sweet film from J&M Media below. 

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From Briana MorrisonCally and Guy had one of the most magical wedding venues. They were lucky enough to be married at Cally’s family property just outside of Portland. Rippling Waters Park is truly one of a kind. Cally and Guy said “I do” in front of a Balinese Tea House that they adorned with lush flowers and greenery. The Balinese Tea House sat in a grass meadow surrounded by towering old trees. The ceremony was quiet with little noise but the string quartet; a very peaceful setting for Cally and Guy to say their vows. The wedding party stood in a half circle around them signifying the circle of love supporting their union. Their beloved flower hound, Chowder, voluntarily lay at their feet resting her head on Guy’s shoe.

After the ceremony guests headed down to Gales Creek lookout and enjoyed cocktail hour by the water. Guests were then led up a dirt trail to the reception which opened onto the home’s lawn and garden. This field hosted an amazing marquee for dinner, including the dance floor and band. The tent was filled with flowers, candles and wood cut table numbers. The inspiration for the feel in the tent was elegant, yet natural. Having such a beautiful backdrop, we wanted to keep things very organic so they would blend with the beautiful surroundings.

As the sun set Cally and Guy wowed their guests with an amazing burn in a valley below the dinner tent. The architectural fire burned all night creating a magical glow for the reception. After dancing the night away to the band and crackle of the fire, guests followed a trail lit by candles and sparklers to the dance barn for more late night music and fun. The night was pure perfection and one to remember.

Photography: Briana Morrison | Videography: J&M Media | Event Planning: Bridal Bliss, Elizabeth Corr | Floral Design: Zest Floral | Catering: Simpatica | Hair And Makeup: Powder Inc | Band: Pressure Point | Hotel: The Nines | Decor Rentals: The Party Place | Photo Booth: Happymatic

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Whimsical Oregon City Wedding

I’m calling this sweet day a “woodland fairytale,” but, honestly, Disney’s got nothing on this love fest set against the pure beauty of the Oregon forest.  From the pretty pink hues dotting every lovely moment to the gorgeous floral crowns crafted by a friend of the bride to the breathtaking images from Tara Francis Photography.  Soak in all of the pretty right here

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From Tara Francis Photography… Alexa and Eric were married outside in the woods at a beautiful venue called Merry Wood Farms which is located just outside of Portland, OR. As a photographer their venue was a dream; so many great details and spots to shoot. Their wedding was very beautiful, rustic and whimsical.

As a wedding photographer you see a lot of the same things. A few unique ideas from Alexa and Eric’s wedding day was the Grandma Flower Ladies. Their grandmas walked down the aisle tossing flower petals. It was so cute and a great way to include them into the ceremony. Alexa had the bottom of her wedding dress taken off and sewn as cap sleeves. The dress was so pretty and fit in well with their whimsical outdoor wedding. I also liked that they included the oversized balloons for not only the wedding party portraits but the family portraits, as well.

After their ceremony, Alexa and Eric shared a quiet moment under the apple tree, enjoying drinks and each other. It gave me another opportunity to shoot some more sweet moments of them together. I loved that Eric loves film as much as I do and was very motivated in having his wedding shot by a film photographer. In true Oregon fashion, even the wine was homemade… by Papa Jim.

From the Bride… Our Wedding day was pure whimsy! It felt like the beauty of our venue mixed with the rustic details simply enhanced the purpose of our day: making a commitment to love and serve each other ’til death do us part. The day came together due to our many gifted friends and family. I was inspired by the beauty of Oregon’s forest that I grew up around and wanted something natural and woodsy for my mountain man husband! We wanted it to feel as though our closest friends and family trekked into the peaceful woods to catch a glimpse of our nuptials. My bridesmaids sat on tree stumps with delicate dollies (thanks grammie!,) guests chairs formed rows giving priority to the curve of the forest, and we stood under a beautiful arbor my Grandpa made for our special day. It was adorned with ferns my Grandma collected, along with the floral styling’s of my precious childhood friend, Shaylee Hughes, who also served as the florist for the girls bouquets and my gorgeous bridal headpiece. The beautiful chalk art welcome sign (along with many other chalk board signs) was a gift of love by one of my bridesmaids Lauren of LaWren Designs. All of the festive banners, the ombre dip-dyed table runners, and lace on the mason jar centerpieces were created by me, the bride, and my mommy! We also had a blast thrifting retro colored glass votives and wood candle holders to shabby chic for centerpieces. My daddy cut the rustic wood rounds for centerpieces.

As I was walking down with my maids to meet Eric for our first look it started lightly raining. It was so peaceful and refreshing and I wouldn’t have changed anything about our special moments we shared before the day got crazy and way fun! Being in the moment and soaking it all in has created many vibrant memories we can think back on. Thankfully though, it stopped raining shortly after our first look and the skies were clear for our day!

After our ceremony we wanted to spend our first moments as husband and wife together. We had friends set up a blanket and two bottles of kombucha for us to enjoy in a hidden apple orchid near the ceremony site! We basked in our newly married bliss and enjoyed some time sitting before we were off to our party. The contentment and joy we felt was beautifully captured by Tara.

The bridesmaids dresses were mostly from Free People, with one being from Billabong, and one was thrifted.

Kim Calcagno, my high school Fashion/marketing teacher, served as my day of coordinator. (Made the day SO care free!)

Girls bouquets, bridal floral headpiece and bouquet, ceremony styling’s were done by my childhood friend Shaylee Hughes.

Photography: Tara Francis Photography | Wedding Dress: Bridal Exclusives | Cake: His Bakery | Invitations: Pretty Little Papers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Free People | Catering: Koi Fusion PDX | DJ: Groove Machine Mobile DJ | Groom's Attire: Bar III @ Macy's | Wedding Venue: Merry Wood Farm | Chalkboard Art: LaWren Designs | Photo Booth: Oregon Photo Booth Rental Co. | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals | Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

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Elegant Pacific Northwest Winter Wedding

Oregon winters are magical; that goes without saying.  But take a misty winter day in Oregon and add in some fabulous florals from Punch Portland, a bundle of golden-hued details and a bride and groom who are the literal definition of stunning and it’s a winter day like you’ve never seen.  Bask in the beauty captured by Anna Jaye Photography right here in the full gallery

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From Anna Jaye PhotographySarah, the Bride, loves the winter and knew she wanted a winter wedding from the get go, despite concerns from friends and family that it would be too cold and/or rainy (Oregon in winter means rain!). The day turned out lovely with a light mist falling through most of the day and a bit of fog on the horizon, which gave the photos a soft, Pacific Northwest feel.

Sarah and Matt were married in a little white chapel at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City, OR. Their reception followed in the Abernethy Ballroom a few short steps away.

Sarah’s florist incorporated succulents, brunia berries, cedar, and pinecones into the bouquets and boutonnieres to reflect the winter theme. She and her bridesmaids wore pretty fur stoles to keep warm. The centerpieces were a mix of tall branches (some with cotton) with mercury glass candles, and shorter vignettes with lush white blooms in white milk glass vases. Sarah said,”The most important thing for me was for everyone to have fun and enjoy the night which wasn’t very difficult since it was a very intimate wedding with only 65 guests. Only our family and closest friends were there so everyone knew each other very well.”

Photography: Anna Jaye Photography | Coordination: Adornment Events | Floral Design: Bonnie Of Punch Portland | Wedding Dress: Dorian By Rita Vinieris | Cake: His Bakery | Invitations: Etsy | Ceremony Venue: The Abernethy Center Chapel | Reception Venue: The Abernethy Center Ballroom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Bri Ellis Of Portland Make-up And Hair | Calligraphy: Lauren Heim Wedding + Events | DJ: DJ Lure Of Paradox Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | Cake Stand Rental: Barclay Events | Dress Alterations: Anna's Bridal | Fur Stoles: Etsy | Garter: Etsy | Lantern Favors: Warm Impressions | Photo Booth: The Oregon Photo Booth Rental | Ring Bearer's Attire: Etsy

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Intimate Country Wedding

I’ve lived in Oregon for just a short time now, but I am starting to realize one thing: beautiful things happen here.  Beautiful things like this intimate country affair, a laid-back meets totally elegant wedding filled with gorgeous details and beyond breathtaking landscapes.  In short – it’s everything you want a wedding to be.  See it all captured by Marina Koslow right here in the full gallery.

 

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From Marina Koslow Photography… Kaethe and Ben celebrated their intimate wedding with close family and friends during the gorgeous Oregon summer. Their focus was not on a big event but rather on a meaningful time with each other and people they loved. For design we utilized a lot of beautiful backdrops that surrounded the event property. Being a wedding photographer herself Kaethe has a keen sense of style and she also developed the timeline to allow us to travel to a few locations for portraits before arriving at the ceremony site. Their day was truly perfect.

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Wedding Dress: Katie May | Make Up: Alison Mora | Hair: Cherry Red Salon | Groom's Suit: Ted Baker | Wedding Venue: Private Residence | Getting Ready: The Oregon Gardens

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Romantic Gold Wedding Inspiration

Spring is slowly starting to show its face here in lovely OR, but that doesn’t mean we can’t spend some time soaking in this romantic bundle of winter wedding inspiration via the talented Marina Koslow.  An ethereal take on short, snowy days and long, dreamy nights, it’s filled with gorgeous blooms from Central Oregon Wedding Flowers and a whole lot of pretty from Dreamin Desserts.  See it here.

From Marina Koslow PhotographyAs winter lets up its steady grip on Oregon, there is nothing better than cozy candlelight to create a moody wedding inspiration to remember our winter brides. Winter days may be short, but its easy to take advantage of softer light and an opportunity to be indoors and find fresh ideas. Its always the simple things that can make the most impact.

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Floral Design: Central Oregon Wedding Flowers | Wedding Dress: Marchesa | Cake: Dreamin Desserts | Makeup: Kate Tuma | Headpiece: Lacielle Roselle | Photoshoot Venue: Armature Bend | Ribbon: FrouFrou Chick