Rustic + Modern Oregon Lake Wedding
May 11, 2015
We often think of rustic design having an antique vibe but this couple embraced the opposite, infusing their wedding with modernity and a ton of personality. From creating all of their own paper items to the bicycle spokes escort card display, their wedding was beautifully theirs. Maria Lamb created this gallery of goodies and don't miss Moving Pictures film below - the first few minutes alone will have you hooked.
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From the Bride... Though we were both born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, we’ve fallen victim to Portland’s siren song. It’s become a very special place for us, which is why we chose to say our vows at Bridal Veil Lakes - a surreal, breathtaking outdoor venue a few miles west of Multnomah Falls. Picture a magical landscape that can only be described as Lord of the Rings meets the forest moon of Endor. Despite a downpour the day before, we were blessed with a sunny afternoon and a warm evening for the big day.

We both come from a design background, so it was really important for us to have our wedding reflect our personal style. To make sure we got exactly what we were looking for, we handled everything we possibly could, from seeking out unique vendors and music, to designing all of our own print collateral, even creating tile table numbers with custom typography. Our theme was natural organic beauty infused with pops of modern design.

In a short but happily tearful ceremony, conducted by a lovely ordained lady we serendipitously met while doing a tasting at Pacific Pie Co., we said “I do” under an arch of hops and succulents. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour, where our guests were serenaded by the Portland-based trio Boy & Bean. After guests picked their escort cards off a set of bicycle spokes, we all chowed down on classic Portland food trucks Koi Fusion and Rip City Grill. I still marvel that they were able to maneuver up the tiny winding road to the venue.

We skipped the cake and instead opted for an array of our favorite desserts (pie, donuts, candy, and macarons) set to a backdrop of an insanely awesome hand-painted sign we had made in San Francisco.

The entire reception was held under the stars (and some twinkling lights strung up amidst the trees), complete with an open-air dance floor, and a lounge we set up with a mix of antique, rustic, and mid-century furnishings. Our planner Shauna made sure everything ran smoothly from set-up to tear-down.

We both agree that our favorite moment of the day was when we had a moment of privacy as the sun set, rowing on the lake in a canoe, while Chet Atkins “Jitterbug Waltz” carried over the water.