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Wildfire Makes for Dramatic Wedding Photos

I’ve been happily working at SMP for over four years now and when it comes to weddings, I’ve pretty much seen everything.  Until now.  Because this, my friends, isn’t just your average, everyday nuptials. It’s a raging wildfire attempting to stop a wedding ceremony, and a gorgeous bride and groom committed to making it through their I do’s, despite the fire trucks, sirens and billowing smoke in the distance.  The result?  One take your breath away moment after another captured by Josh Newton. See it all right here.

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From Josh Newton… This wedding is definitely one for the books. About 11am, a small brush fire turned into a giant wildfire about six miles from the ceremony site. The wedding was at 4 pm, and everyone was setup. Right as the bride was about to walk down, a firetruck came in, sirens blaring, and told the bride we had to evacuate. In tears, her father announced to all the guests that we had to move the wedding. Incredibly, the fireman then told us we could have the ceremony and then had to leave. I’ve never seen anything like what happened next. Everyone moved the entire wedding to a park in Bend, all with smiles and good attitudes. It showed everyone at the wedding what really mattered – the people and the couple.

The location change didn’t affect the wedding at all, it was the most beautiful day. In planning my own wedding, it was an incredible reminder to really value and cherish the most important things in life. While the guests, caterers, and DJ all moved to Drake Park and setup, we snuck away and got some of the most incredible wedding photos I’ve ever taken. The couple was happy and thankful the entire time we were shooting photos while everyone was setting up at the park. They really had the most incredible attitude and it was an honor to work with them and really see what mattered. When I was taking the photos I had no idea how amazing they would turn out, but I couldn’t be happier!

Photographer: Josh Newton | Ceremony Venue: Rock Springs Ranch | Caterer: Bleu Bite Catering | DJ: Dave Clemens | Bouquets: Bend Bouquets | Venue Coordinator: Kelly Louden

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Classic Fall Wedding in Oregon

Fall weddings are pure genius to me. Nature puts on the prettiest of shows, allowing couples to play off the pretty autumn palette. This beauty is the perfect example. Classic, beautiful and captured in a stunning fashion by Marina Koslow every image is pure fall perfection. See it all here.

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From the Bride…What was the most important part when planning your day? This is so hard to pick! I would say there were two big things, the ceremony at the Historic St. Francis church, its the church I grew up in and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. The other must have was October, Bend in October is my favorite time/place. The royal blue color I choose was inspired by the deep blue October sky.

How did you choose the venue? I wanted a place (for the reception) that would be a great way to show off Bend to all of our friends and family who were mostly from out of the state-even some from England. Will and I love the mountains and wanted them to be part of the wedding decoration. The Mountain room was the only place we checked out because we knew it was the perfect place the second we walked in.

What is your favorite memory from your wedding? I think it was the overwhelming feeling of love and happiness that comes with having so many of our friends and family in the same spot! I wasn’t expecting it, that was what hit me the most when I walked though the church doors. That and the fact that Will had a tear in his eye when I walked it, he told me he wasn’t going to cry!

Photography: Marina Koslow Photography | Wedding Gown: Bella Brides | Cake: The Cake Lady | Reception Venue: Deschutes Brewery | Bridesmaids Dresses: ModCloth | Vintage Rolls Royce: Royal Ride | Wedding Singer: John English

DIY Oregon Wedding

To say I love this wedding would be the understatement of the century. It’s DIY done oh-so-right and oh-so-stylishly. With a vibrant color palette and adorable details, this gorgeous couple had a wedding day I’m sure their guests are all still talking about. See all the gorgeous images from Marina Koslow right here in the full gallery of images.

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From Marina Koslow PhotographyRissa and Stephen planned a perfect getaway celebration at a private estate of Central Oregon. Living in California the bride and groom wanted an intimate celebration away from the hustle of the city. A true hidden oasis with stunning mountain views belongs to Rissa’s uncle, who has built the house from the ground up. The bride put in an incredible amount of creativity with tons of DIY details and ideas to make her day perfect. Her shoes were bought at a flea market for $2.50. Rissa’s mom found vinatge earrings at an antique store that were used to embellish them. Flowers and boutonnieres were made by the girls the day before and Rissa’s brother designed the invitations while she handmade all the envelopes and printed the stationary at home. Nomandic Tipi Makers provided the teepees set up around the property, one of which the couple used as their wedding night quarters. Nomandic also made leather teepees for Kevin Costner’s movie Dancing with the Wolves.

The wedding ceremony took place in front of the house and the reception was set in the neighboring meadow among juniper trees facing a summer sunset. All plates and silverware were mismatched and collected by the bride with much thought and care throughout the previous months. She creatively used old bed sheets for tablecloths and the reception setting could not have turned out more inviting.

Rissa and Stephen’s was a joyful celebration of love and friendship with those closest to the couple. Everyone had a lovely time in spite of colder than usual August temperatures and a few drops of rain. A colorful sunset was a sweet salute for the newlyweds who danced well into the night.

Photographer: Marina Koslow Photography | Cake: LaMagie Bakery | Catering: Tate And Tate | Bride's Dress: Bella Brides Bend | Tipis: Nomandic Tipi Makers