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Blankets + Bouquets Make For One Cozy Oregon Engagement Shoot

Sometimes all you need is your love, a cozy blanket and a beautiful bouquet, and with Maria Lamb behind the lens capturing it all, you’re pretty much all set. Add in some of Oregon’s stunning scenery and it’s the icing on the cake. Simply Charming Socials helped plan this whole engagement shoot and these finished results show just how fabulously everything worked out. Enjoy our Vault right this way!

From the Bride-to-be… Nick and I met as freshmen at Oregon State University in 2007, and quickly became close friends. While we didn’t actually start dating until we had graduated, everyone around us knew the love that we shared for one another without either of us actually ever admitting it. After graduation, he had moved to Washington State, and I was set to move to Lexington, Kentucky at the end of summer. I went up to visit him for a weekend in July, and ever since then, we have been inseparable.

We dated long distance for three years; most of our relationship was daily Skype dates where I would fall asleep mid sentence at 2 AM but refused to hang up because I just wanted to see him a bit longer. Our visits were usually weekend trips for him to Kentucky to drink bourbon, watch horse races, and embarrass ourselves as we both cried outside TSA as he headed back to Washington. Work finally allowed us to move together – this time to Atlanta, Georgia.

We had planned for quite some time to take a drive up to North Georgia to the wineries for the day. We gathered a picnic lunch, packed up the car, and spent the most wonderful September day together. At one point, Nick said he wanted to walk up to a quiet pergola at the top of the hill at Three Sister’s Winery to check out the view. While I was taking in the view, he had dropped to one knee. I don’t really remember much after that, but I do know that my answer was a very quick (potentially before he was even done with the question) “YES!!!!”.

With the help of our photographer, Maria Lamb, we found Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge as a location for engagement photos. It was about 40 degrees and the wind was howling all day, but Maria made it so easy to have fun and forget the fact that we were freezing! I knew that I wanted to go a little more bold for our engagement shoot, and immediately fell in love with the vintage inspired coat from Anthropologie. Rowena Crest immediately reminded us of Ireland; the grey skies, and bare oak tree paired perfectly with the subtle pop of color from the coat and the bouquet to help us accentuate that feel.

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Photography: Maria Lamb | Event Planning: Simply Charming Socials | Floral Design: Seventh Stem | Blanket: Pendleton | Coat: Anthropologie | Silk: Silk & Willow

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An Oregon Wedding Planned Entirely from Amsterdam

When Jenna and Rory decided to set their wedding just outside Portland, Oregon, they were undertaking quite the task. Currently living in Amsterdam, their planning journey meant countless emails, Skype sessions, and virtual tours. But to say it all paid off would be an understatement. Take one look at the photos from Maria Lamb and you’ll see how their perfect day went off without a hitch.

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From the Bride… A British boy meets American girl through the Swoosh – Nike. Our passion for sport, fitness, and helping all athletes (including ourselves) brought us together at the HQ in Beaverton. When Rory was relocated to the Beaverton office he found himself sitting 3 cubicles away. I could hear that British accent and loud voice instantly. He made his presence known.

The relationship was hush-hush at first to ensure that we could uphold our professional reputation and keep the beginning of our relationship for us to create and determine the future. We dated for 4 months when visa complications had him shipped away to the European office in the Netherlands. As a very career driven and independent person, it was very hard for me to ever consider following my heart for love. After 8 months of long distance, 9-hour time difference (which means you text only), I took the leap of faith and head out to the Netherlands. But, I’m very practical and ensured I had a job lined up.

Rory and I have been exploring Europe for 1 year together. Many people would have thought he would have proposed as we watched the sunset in Positano, or as we played in the snow in the Swiss Alps, or sail through the blue waters of Croatia. Instead, he found the most simple of moments on New Year’s Eve when we were in Vermont. He knew that celebrating with my family would mean the most to me and took advantage of the fact the next day I would be surrounded by many that matter to me. These occurrences are rare with some of my family in Portland, some in Boston, us in Amsterdam, and friends in NY and California. He bought the ring and called my father on the phone only 10 days before. He says he was thinking about it for a while but realized after I jumped on a plane, this was the best moment.

We (I’m being generous with we) have planned the entire wedding from Amsterdam. Many hours of late night emailing and mainly done digitally through Skype sessions with vendors or virtual tours. However, I managed to make a few trips back to Portland to finalize some details and seal the deal on certain items. We wanted a simple affair that celebrated the many people who traveled for the day and ensured the ‘agenda’ was to spend the most time with the guests as we could.

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Photography: Maria Lamb | Wedding Coordination: The Blooming Bride | Floral Design: The Blooming Bride | Stationery : The City Hippy Studio | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | DJ: Stumptown DJ's | Officiant: Nike | Ceremony Music: John Wayland Harr | Transportation: Blue Star Bus | Venue: Vista Hills Vineyard | Tent Rental: Barclay Rentals | Dessert: Nineteen 27 S'mores | Dessert: Chefs Table Catering | Photobooth: Happymatic Photo Booth | Signs: Nike | Vintage Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

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The Audrey Hepburn of Real Weddings

For as many perfectly rustic or stunning and modern weddings that we fall in love with…my heart will always be with the classics. The white flowers. The gold rimmed china.  The Audrey Hepburns of the bunch.  And this wedding is so Audrey. Timeless and yet chic. Rooted in elegance with a sweet dust of whimsy. With photographs from the lovely Julia Wade, florals by Zest Floral and Event Planning by Exquisite Events, I could stare at this looker forever. Click here for even more.

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From Julia Wade PhotographyKen and Christine were married on the most beautiful summer day at the base of Mount Hood in Oregon. It was a joy to come all the way from my home state of North Carolina to capture these two and watch a community surround them with celebration and love. This is my second time photographing this beautiful family of four sisters (!!) and I’ve grown to adore them even more, if that was possible. Thank you so much for having me Ken and Christine. We truly loved every minute.

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Photography: Julia Wade Photography | Cinematography: Evan Roth & David Iliyn | Event Planning: Exquisite Events | Floral Design: Zest Floral | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Windflower Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | Catering: Vibrant Table Catering & Events | Hair + Makeup: Portland Makeup & Hair | Band: A New Groove | Officiant: Steve Sharp | Venue: Bethany Roberts | Photography - Assistance: Vanessa L Photography, LLC

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