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Tacoma Wedding by Ryan Flynn Photography

Wow. Get ready to be in utter awe over this be-YOND gorgeous soiree captured by Ryan Flynn Photography - where woodsy undertones dance with romantic details and shades of pink under the beautiful surroundings of the great Northwest. It sounds and looks like something out of a story book, and it all makes for what appears to be the most perfect day for this gorgeous and incredibly in love pair. So be ready to fall head over heels for every moment of this love-laden fête, and don’t forget – there is even more in the full gallery of images!

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From the bride… Most girls dream about what their wedding will be like. Who they will marry, what kind of dress they will wear. Well, all of those dreams and prayers truly came true on my wedding day. I think what made this one of the best days of my life was I got to marry my best friend and have all of my dear friends and family from all over the country part of it.

From the day I got engaged, my mom and I bought a wedding planning book and started the adventure. My first priority was to find the right venue. The venue we chose has special meaning as both of my brothers attend seminary there and my dad is on the board of trustees. Not only is it one of the most beautiful places in the northwest, it is place that proclaims the glory of God (one of the most important things for us). One of the most memorable moments of the wedding came during the ceremony when both of our parents gathered around us and prayed with us before we entered into the biggest covenant of our lives: the covenant of marriage.

A lot of my inspiration came from wedding blogs, including SMP. With the help of many friends and family, we created the menu board, seating chart, coffee favors and most of the centerpieces. A special thanks to our rental company who helped make my ideas a reality.

Photography: Ryan Flynn Photography / Cinematography: Couple’s Friend / Flowers: Metropolitan Market / Event Design, Rentals + Food: Inspire Events, An Affiliate of Blue Ribbon Cooking / Event Planning: Annette Daniels, Family Friend / Venue: Corban Seminary at The Weyerhaueser Estate in Tacoma, Washington / Invitations: Jayme Jenkins, Maid of Honor / Wedding Dress: Enzoani “Finnia” / Shoes: Enzo Angiolini / Menu Board, Seating Chart, Coffee Favors + Centerpieces: DIY / Desserts: Cake Sisters

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Salem Wedding by Erich McVey Photography

Up next is this pretty purple and blue fete with some of the most amazing floral displays by Petalos Floral Design. The bride was inspired by all things vintage chic and infused her day with super cute DIY ideas like the banners and shutters bursting with blooms. (Can you tell that I can’t get enough of those fantastic florals?) Erich McVey Photography was on hand to capture all the special moments and there’s so much more in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Inspiration for our big day came from Style Me Pretty and Etsy. Our overall theme was vintage chic. I loved the idea of incorporating furniture. I searched Goodwill and The Fussy Duck for weeks looking for the perfect pieces. When I found the window shutters, the idea of clothes pinning our parents wedding photos popped into my head. Then I searched other ideas for using window shutters and found a picture of shutters covered in flowers. That’s when I knew I wanted to add flowers to the dresser drawers and birdcages. So I emailed our florist the dimensions and she did an incredible job of, going above and beyond, the visions I had in my head. The tissue poms that we hung from the trees were a DIY project. The idea came from a birthday party. I thought they looked whimsical and found the directions online by Martha Stewart. The confetti cones were another DIY, I just used old hymnal pages and made them into cones and added my favorite ribbon. My favorite DIY project were the banners. I found the inspiration on Etsy and knew I could make them myself. I bought all the supplies at Craft Warehouse. The inspiration for our cake came from the wedding dress. The top tier was covered in fondant rosebuds and the bottom tier was more simple with a pewter colored ribbon. My all time favorite, sentimental detail was the keychain picture of my dad that was wrapped around my bouquet. My mother spray painted a keychain picture frame and strung ribbon through it, the idea came from my dads sister who used this detail in her wedding the month before.

Sean surprised me with a bridesmaid! My roommate from college moved to Germany in June and told me she wouldn’t even be able to make it to the wedding. Meanwhile, Sean was planning to fly her out the entire time, without me knowing. Everyone else in the family knew but me. He had everything planned from having Sandy ordering another bridesmaid dress and shoes. To having an extra pedicure chair at the salon and even adding in another bouquet. He ignored me all day the day before our wedding. Finally, when he showed up at the rehearsal, he brought my surprise with him. Best surprise ever!

Wedding Photography: Erich McVey Photography / Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm via Ania Bridal Boutique / Floral Design: Petalos Floral Design / Venue: Barrett Hill Vineyard / Planner: The Bride / Music: Spencer Crum / Suits: Shyrocks / Bride’s Shoes: Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Shoes: Payless / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Stationery: ABC Printers / Wedding Cake: Babycakes Bakehouse / Rings: A Girl’s Best Friend / Catering: Wild Pear / Photobooth: Paparazzi Tonight Photobooth / Hair + Make-up: Powder Inc. (Nicole Wagner, Chrystal, Beth Level)

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Keizer Wedding by Erich McVey Photography

This west coast wedding is one part vintage, one part whimsical and a whole lotta gorgeousness wrapped into one adorable outdoor fete. Erich McVey Photography captured the day to absolute perfection and I’m still trying to figure out what my favorite details are…but rounding out the top three are definitely the blush colored bridesmaids dresses (can we ever get enough of that gorgeous hue?), the adorable DIY backdrop for the dessert table, and those pretty-pretty invites. Find your favorite detail here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride…Chris and I worked at the same high School. We both had just gotten out of long relationships (he was married, I was engaged). At the time I worked in the attendance office and Chris was (and still is) a teacher. Chris isn’t really someone that stands out in a crowd, he’s pretty quiet and when he does talk it’s very thought out and important so when I started seeing him appear in the office I definitely noticed him, it was kind of out of character for Chris to be in the office so much. He started randomly popping his head into my office to say “good morning Kristy” or “hello.” I was thinking to myself “who is this guy and how does he know my name?” It started to happen more and more frequently but I started to like it and one day while I was at work I emailed a co-worker and expressed my interest in him and told her what he had been doing.  A couple days later Chris and I both were in the main office at the same time, we were talking with a few other ladies and Chris touched my hand, as soon as he left my co-worker turned to me and said, “he is going to ask you out!” I asked why she thought that and she said it was because he touched me. I was thinking you’re crazy! Later that day I went over to another office to cover someone’s lunch. Chris stopped by while I was there and asked for a piece of paper, I said “sure” and went about my way with answering the phone. As soon as I got off the phone he handed the piece of paper back to me. I unfolded the paper while he was standing there watching me. The note said….”Will you go to ice cream or coffee with me sometime? Circle Yes or No.” Just like the notes you pass when you’re in middle school or something. I circled yes (of course!) and handed it back to him with a big grin on my face. And that’s how our love story started. To this day, I carry the note in my wallet with me every day. Little did I know that one day that note would be the start of our happy life together.

The day started off to a very calm relaxing start. I stayed the night along with my three bridesmaids at The Grand Hotel Salem, Oregon. My matron of honor Alisha Burgett was the hair stylist and make–up artist for the day (her salon: Haute Society Salem, Oregon). We spent the morning getting ready, drinking our Starbucks, and appreciating the beautiful blue sky and sunshine that was upon us. At about 1:00pm we headed out to the venue still very calm and relaxed. I was just happy the day was finally here! When we arrived to The Log House Garden, Mindy was getting the tables set up- laying out the crushed gold linens, Rebecca was setting up the beautiful floral centerpieces, and things were in full swing. Before I knew it I was in my wedding dress, the bridesmaids were looking gorgeous in their soft pink chiffon dresses and we were toasting in our room just minutes before it was time for the “first look.”

Chris and I were able to share a very special moment alone in a shaded area that was surrounded by beautiful scenery. For a moment it felt like there was no one else around but just the two of us. Within a blink of an eye (or at least it seemed that way) we were walking back and forth on a gravel road to get the perfect shots with the wedding party and family- in front of  a red barn, metal shed, and a beautiful bright green yard surrounded by dozens and dozens of flowers with an orchard behind us. From there it all seems like a blur. I remember standing at the end of the altar with my father, looking down the aisle covered in beautiful white and pale pink rose petals, and the entire wedding party standing under the large gazebo. Chris had a huge smile on his face and I felt like I was glowing! In front our closest friends and family Chris and I said our “I do’s” in a beautiful garden ceremony, set in Keizer, Oregon on July 9, 2011 at 4 O’clock in the afternoon.

The reception started with guests being escorted to their table with a custom bottle of wine that matched all of the stationery leading up to the wedding. As you walked into the open air reception site you heard either Tom Petty or Country music playing in the background and saw hanging candles, flowing ribbon, gold crushed linens, and beautiful soft blush toned flowers on each table. I wanted the wedding reception to be calm and relaxing, not over done so people could take in the beautiful scenery around them. My wedding was a complete success.

My theme was very whimsical, soft, with elements of vintage. I got a lot of my inspiration from wedding websites (June bug weddings and Style me Pretty) and really went running with my theme when I came across a picture of a bouquet I loved on one of the websites. My one DIY was the back drop for the cake/sweets table. I wallpapered a large piece of wood and my matron of honor helped by spray painting the items we glued to it. We were literally finalizing this piece up until the day before the wedding. At one point I almost bagged the idea but I had already come so far that we weren’t turning back and I’m so happy we didn’t. It was one of my favorite pieces of the wedding. I loved that I was able to create a theme with the save-the-dates to the invitations, and then it carried into the wedding. It was very important to me that people could pick up the theme of the wedding when they received their invitations and everything just flowed so well. The flowers were phenomenal. I ended up spending more than I had wanted but it was worth it in the end. I was pleased with the outcome and they really made the reception site look stunning.

Wedding Photography: Erich McVey Photography / Wedding Dress: Marisa Bridals / Floral Design: Rebecca Butler of Belle Fleur Floral Designs / Venue: The Log House Garden / Wedding Planner: Mindy Woodard of Class Act Event Coordinators, Inc. / DJ: Northwest Mobile DJ Service / Ceremony Music: Brandon Correa (string quartet) + Madison Hall / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Shoes: ECCO / Bridesmaid Shoes: Dolce Vita / Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan / Stationery: Megan Ward of Red Pearl Designs / Wedding Cake: Kalie Cannon of The Cake Shoppe / Necklace: Mother of the Bride / Headband: Friends / Belt: Marisa Bridals

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