What I love about this shoot isn’t quite as obvious as lovely pictures. And lovely they are, it’s really all about the colors. The textures. The feeling of happy, that seems to fill every last photograph. From the wispy gowns to the floral crowns, every last detail – designed by Lavena B. Vintage with photographs by Andie Reavely – is boho chic entirely steal-worthy. More here!
From Andie Reavely… Wanderers, adventurers and vagabond: a community of like-minded folk. The idea of the bohemian is undeniably captivating. With this inspired shoot, we wanted to exhibit the whimsical diversity, yet like-mindedness of a bohemian company.
Everything, from the pom-poms, flower crowns, mismatched glassware and recycled bottles made us want to take our shoes off and breath a little bit deeper and laugh a little more freely.
This troupe of artists and creators was a dream to work with— coincidentally embodying the very concept of this shoot inspiration.
If you just so happen to be a Molly Ringwald, 1980′s movie fan – this shoot is for you. And if you have yet to experience the magic that is Sixteen Candles, I’m pretty sure the wedding inspiration will still manage to speak straight to your pretty-loving soul. Captured by SLF, it’s must-see gallery - and can’t miss cake from Country Cake Shop – plus film will have you pinning from start to finish.
From SLF…The most important piece for me about this shoot was the people. Not the flowers, the cake, the pretty details. Not the “models.” The two genuine, lively and giddy-in-love individuals we chose to tell our story. Though the details surrounding them are gorgeous, the lovers make the scene. Bryon put the idea of a ’16 Candles’ Inspired Shoot into my head. The table, the birthday cake, the candles. And this vision of a romantic and youthful little love scene that could actually leave a feeling with its viewers, the way a good film does, had me immediately excited.
I worked on planning the shoot that day. Bryon and I are creative commercial filmmaking and wedding cinematographers. We are also professional wedding photographers. It was, and is always, our goal to tell a story and to inspire a feeling. Not just to have you swooning over the pretty details. But to connect you to real people. To give you butterflies. To give ourselves butterflies. To make you cry. To make ourselves cry. This is the first styled shoot Bryon and I have directed ourselves and we did it in passion of real people and the feelings we share with them. A little story of early love. A little dream of young romance and that perfect first kiss, long-awaited. And inspired by that memorable last scene of the 1984 film ‘Sixteen Candles.’ We created our own unique tribute to the scene, with a gorgeous piece of music composed by Tommy Leinonen. We are thankful for all of the amazing and gifted people who had a part in bringing this vision of romance and beauty to life.
Celebrating love with beautiful photographs beyond a wedding is a must in my book, and I’ll definitely be taking a cue from this sweet duo who marked their two year anniversary with the help of their friend, Faith Teasley. They chose Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic cinder cone, as the backdrop and the results are breathtaking. Soak it all in here in the gallery.
From Faith Teasley Photography… Cassandra, who just so happens to be my best friend, adores all things European inspired. When we discovered Rocky Butte, an extinct volcanic cinder cone butte in Portland, we knew we had found something special. It’s unique castle like structure and breathtaking views provided a perfect slice of Europe in the Pacific Northwest! Cassandra and Josh are high school sweethearts and have the sweetest story. To celebrate their two-year wedding anniversary, we spent some time documenting their love through fine art film photographs.
There are very few times when I use the acronym ‘OMG,’ but after seeing this stunning wedding with the most stunning waterfall backdrop, I couldn’t resist one big ‘OMG.’ This gorgeous elopement is so intimate and special captured with ease by Her and Everything. You won’t want to miss a second of this elopement here.
From The Bride… Our wedding day was beautiful, romantic and meaningful because we did exactly what we dreamed of without thinking what it would mean to anyone but each other. Oregon has been in my heart since I was a small girl in the 5th grade. A research paper on Crater Lake and Portland, OR and my heart was completely taken. I grew up in Texas and though I traveled often there was something mysterious and beckoning about the northwest. After finally visiting, I knew it was magic. The waterfalls especially awakened my soul in a new way so I always dreamed of getting engaged or married beside one. Matthew proposed at Crater Lake in Oregon (which was amazingly gorgeous) in September of 2014 and we chose to get married as soon as possible. Different ideas swirled around but the only one that really stayed true to who we were was a private February Portland waterfall elopement.
We live in Oklahoma and searched out the perfect wedding location via google images and videos posted online from elopement sites around Portland. I stumbled upon Wahclella Falls and knew at once this was where I wanted to promise my life to Matthew.
We wanted the ceremony to be private, laid back and as carefree as possible which was easy with such a wonderful group of people. It made the day even more perfect that the above are some of our dearest friends. Plus, they didn’t mind hiking a mile in to the wedding spot with all the camera gear and a drone!
I had never seen the waterfall except from online photos until the day before the ceremony. It exceeded all of my wildest dreams and expectations and upon seeing it, Abby and I danced around and laughed like giddy schoolgirls. When the rest of the group hiked in we were all taken away with the beauty of the location. It is other worldly and confirming even more how perfect this location was. One of my childhood dreams was becoming a reality in less than 24 hours.
The next day, I got ready with a group of girl friends. My hair and makeup were done by the amazing Kassandra Sommerville, a Portland makeup artist and hair stylist. My dress was from BHLDN. The bouquet, flower crown and boutonniere were made by my talented friend Bailey from Forest and Field Creative. She foraged for local greenery and stopped along the Portland roads to pick flowers and branches from the side of the road. The only guidance I gave her was to make it wild…and she did. My belt was an Etsy find because all other rhinestone belts were way too pricey. We had Pips donuts and lavender chai lattes while listening to records. The day was full of peace, sunshine, laughter and joy. We took our time and snapped plenty of photos while eating the most amazing treats. Finally it was time to meet the boys at the beginning of the waterfall trail for the first look and all I could remember thinking was how badly I wanted to see my Matthew because I had missed him all day. I piled into the car with Abby and Lauren and we drove the quick 45 minute drive out of the city into the Columbia River Gorge to the Wahclella Falls trailhead.
That first look was everything I had always imagined it would be. Matthew had never looked more handsome! He was standing there with his back towards me and once I reached him and we made eye contact neither one of us could stop smiling. I was just so happy to be close to him again. If there are soul mates then he is definitely mine. We took a few photos then gathered our troop and hiked the one mile trail together on a 60 degree sunny day in Oregon. Seeing people’s reactions was probably one of the funnest parts of the day. So many high fives, well wishes, photos taken, claps and congratulations were given. People smiled as our train of people approached laughing and just so happy to be alive.
We made it to the spot we had planned to for the ceremony and all took position. Jordan guarded the spot perfectly and didn’t allow any unaware hikers to disturb the moment. The ceremony itself was about 15 minutes long with personally written vows, communion, prayer and the exchange of rings. The only part of the ceremony I wished differently was that the wedding band I picked out was to arrive a week after our wedding. We ordered it too late and there was no way the company could get it there in time. I was upset but Matthew ordered me a silver band to wear at the ceremony which would be switched after the other came in the mail. I was so sad inside that the ring I would say my vows with wouldn’t be my actual wedding band but I suppose not everything can be perfect. As we got ready to exchange rings, Matthew pulled my band out of his pocket and it was the exact one I had hoped for! It arrived early and my sweet man kept it a secret from all of us until that moment. I was just so happy in that moment! Speaking of rings, my engagement ring belonged to his great grandmother and is close to 105 years old. So amazing.
We finished the ceremony, let the other hikers join us on the trail then climbed rocks, walked across bridges, hiked into the falls and so many other things to make sure the photos were perfect. So many times I would slip off a rock and Matt would hold me up or push me to a place I could get my footing. Luckily, I was wearing wool socks and hiking boots the entire time. Best decision of the wedding, besides marrying Matthew.
We took hundreds of photos and cuddled and kissed and danced all through the trail. It really was one of the most magical days of my entire life. And it was something I had dreamed of since being a small girl. I am so lucky to have found a man who is just as adventure driven as myself. He truly is my courage and my joy. It’s an honor to be Matthew’s wife. After the photos were completed, we drove back to Portland for a small reception with local friends. It was all entirely sweet and personal and exactly what we wanted. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
This garden-inspired ballroom wedding is seriously beautiful, with stunning live maple branches dotted throughout the ballroom, but it’s the Bride’s Big Day recap below, that has truly left a long-lasting impression on me. With a genuine smile that could not be wiped off her face, it’s clear the Bride and Groom enjoyed their Big Day, with the planning help of Bridal Bliss, and Lauren B Photo there to capture it all!
From Bridal Bliss… I have to be honest, I am so sad this wedding is over. Working with Melissa and her mom was such a joy, and they just might be some of my all time favorite clients. They have great style, but an Italian sass that continuously kept me on my toes. The day was perfect—even though we had to execute our rain plan, everything flowed beautifully and the Grotto Chapel was breathtaking.
The evening “garden party” that Melissa envisioned was brought to life and was breathtakingly beautiful. From the tablescapes, to the gorgeous linens, to the romantic lighting, to the intricate cake–it was perfection.
I also had the opportunity to be a part of planning the big musical surprise and what struck me most, was how much love was surrounding Melissa & Charlie. Everyone was genuinely excited for the wedding and for the happy couple. It was clear that the bride & groom not only make family come first, but have truly touched many, many people in their lives including myself.
From the beautiful Bride… We were delighted with how our wedding turned out and it started with our incredible venues. The Grotto in the fall is stunning; we loved the vibrant colors of the deciduous trees, and the autumn light filtering through the greenery in the upper gardens. Even though our wedding had to be moved into the chapel at the last minute, it was a beautiful change because the church is remarkable and our music was even more beautiful inside than out. Our guests raved about our cantor singing Ave Maria prior to the ceremony, but an even bigger hit was the gospel choir bursting out with “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” right as we had our first kiss. We can’t thank our wedding planner enough for that idea! Our delightful and spirited priest made our ceremony unforgettable. His homily was based on his gift- a painting he completed that morning of two cypress trees that rely on the other to grow. I will never forget the feeling of overwhelming love when he asked our guests to cheer for us in support of our marriage. I’ve never heard a sound so sweet in all of my life and we could literally FEEL the love of our family and friends washing over us as we stood at the altar. We couldn’t decide on a getaway car, but after I had an inspiration for a decal that said “Our Love is Electric” I knew we needed to leave in my husband’s Tesla.
A huge highlight for us was walking into our reception at The Nines’ ballroom before anyone had gone in. It took my breath away and I was speechless. We wanted the feeling of an evening garden party, and it was captured perfectly. Maple trees with soft white lights and hanging candles were the perfect complement to this theme. We couldn’t be happier with our selection of The Nines as a venue because our wedding food was perfectly delicious. From the cocktail hour to the late night bites with a perfectly orchestrated dinner in between, The Nines’ service and food did not disappoint! Add in the fact that our wedding cake was as tasty as it was beautiful, we could not believe our good fortune in working with such capable vendors.
What we will always remember about our reception though, was a surprise dance by the bride’s nieces, nephews, cousins and a former student. For months, they had been secretly rehearsing- across two states and three cities—to perform a choreographed dance to their re-written version of Happy by Pharrell Williams. I laughed and cried throughout the entire performance and to this day, this act was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. As wonderful as this was, our reception would not have been complete without the same day edit from Moving Pictures. Our 300 guests were able to relive our wedding day with us- the highpoint for all of us was seeing Charlie’s reaction to the wedding gift I gave him. I had no idea that Charlie had cried at all on our wedding day until we watched him read the journal I had been keeping for him for the 100 days leading up to our wedding. It was a moment we will never forget.
One of our few regrets was that we didn’t have enough time to enjoy our band. Hit Machine was an absolute blast, and one of Charlie’s favorite wedding memories was playing the cowbell onstage with Bart Hafeman! Such a riot! As icing on the cake, we left our reception in a “Just Married” pedicab! What a blessing it was to be showered by rose petals as we waved goodbye to our loved ones and pedaled right through the Nines Hotel! Our driver capped off our night with a midnight tour of the beautiful downtown Portland waterfront.