Classic Governor Hotel Wedding from Altura Studio
October 11, 2011
Classic Weddings
You can never, ever go wrong with classic. A traditional white, black and navy color palette always looks good on a wedding. It's like that little black dress you've got in your closet. It's always there for you - looking fabulous - and it will always be in style. Which is why I absolutely, positively love this Oregon wedding, sent our way by the lovelies at Altura Studio. It's totally one of those weddings that will always look polished and chic, will withstand the test of time, but was so stunning, and in the moment, I can hardly bear it. Seriously, swooning for days over here. Click here to see the full image gallery!

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We both really love classical things and The Governor Hotel was one of the most classic venues we had ever seen.  The ballroom was gorgeous and it fit our large guest list!   It was built in 1909 and has so much beautiful history.   It had that great feel of old time 1920’s which is what we really wanted.  The wedding ceremony was at St. Patrick’s Historic Catholic Church.  It was a perfect fit for the reception venue with its traditional look and large amount of history.  It was the church where my Great Grandmother attended as a child so it has an extra amount of family history for us.

I knew that I really wanted the bridesmaids in long black dresses and carry all white flowers.  The rest just really fell into place.  I love black and white and as I picked everything it just happened naturally.  I wanted the ballroom and its beautiful columns to be the design focus for the reception.  We up-lit the columns and really played on the light.  I knew that the tables themselves could not compete with the extremely high ceiling so I let the table scapes add to the light.  We had 15 votives on each table and on half we had tall crystal candelabras to help reflect the candle light, the other half of the tables had very large, low all white arrangements with a tall taper.  I wanted everything light by the beautiful candle lit, there is something about it that is so romantic.

We had a table that was very special to us.  When guests arrived there was a table that had pictures of our relatives at their weddings.  It went back from parents, grandparents, great- grandparents and so on.  It was a beautiful table of memories that really demonstrated the joining of not only us but our families as well.

Our flowers were so special to us because my mother and aunt did them all.  My mother did every table and all of the place cards as well as the ceremony flowers!  She did such a beautiful job and it made it that much more beautiful that she did them for us.  The bouquets my aunt did were something I really loved and was so happy with.

We both were so happy the entire day it feels like a dream!  Our favorite moment was being announced as we walked into a room full of all of our family and friends all smiling and happy.

Photography: Altura Studio / Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick's Cathedral / Reception Venue: The Heritage Room at The Governor Hotel / Videographer: Lorraine Hellman / Floral Designer: Mother & Aunt of the Bride / Event Planning & Design: Events of a Lifetime / Invitation Designer: Carlson Craft / Cake: Gus, Lambs Bakery / Wedding Gown Designer: Custom, Anna’s Bridal / Bridesmaid’s Dress Designer: Jasmine B2