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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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You’ll Fall for This Colorful Autumn Wedding Inspiration

What’s your favorite season? Mine just so happens to be fall and this inspiration highlights exactly why. From the colorful bouquet saturated with rich red hues, to the gilded cake accented with leaves (how creative is that?!), we’ve got it all captured from the talented Jamie Rae Photo in The Vault!

From Jamie Rae Photo“Every leaf speaks bliss to me when fluttering from the autumn tree…”-Emily Bronte. One step outside on a crisp Northwest autumn morning always stirs the romantic within. The promise of change…vibrant golds and fading reds…the burst of holiday cheer that surprises everyone with sudden arrival…all of these things create a cacophony of colorful inspiration. This romantic shoot was inspired by the crisp air and that feeling of change that magically stirs the soul in Autumn. And while it wasn’t hard to find inspiration this time of year, we wanted to put together a team of the absolute best vendors to showcase how wonderful a fall-fading to winter holiday wedding can look like. Swoon Floral Design created a palette of roses, oak leaves, astilbe, lisianthus, mums, and nandina for the bouquet and floral center pieces. We accented these colors with hints of the holiday season for table decor…persimmons, pears, hazelnuts and chestnuts remind us of the celebratory season that fall ushers in. These tones and textures can be incorporated into a fall or winter, seasonal or religious wedding or event. A bountiful holiday spread of cheese, almonds, bread and jam illustrate how easy it is to entertain artistically (and deliciously!) this time of year. Claire La Feye provided a dramatic chantilly lace, two piece gown, which we accented with hand made gold jewelry from Jes Design Studio.

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Photography: Jamie Rae Photo | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Dress: Claire La Faye | Cake: Little Red's Bakeshop & Café | Invitations: HeyHalle | Shoes: Designer Shoe Warehouse | Jewelry: Jes Design Studio | Hair + Makeup: Kim King Make UP | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Table + Rentals: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals

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