Kelsey found us through our booth at the Clark County Fair. She booked her session for October at Fort Vancouver. The light was beautiful as we started the session. The sun had just started it’s final descent in...
Kelsey found us through our booth at the Clark County Fair. She booked her session for October at Fort Vancouver. The light was beautiful as we started the session. The sun had just started it’s final descent in the sky. The golden light casting over the session was perfect! It’s important to have fun and move around a lot during the portrait session. We hope you enjoy your beautiful senior photos Kelsey!
Brandi wanted to have her photos done at Lewisville Park in Battleground, WA. She has a lot of great memories in the park. The light was gorgeous as we started the session. We got lucky, it didn’t rain! It was a...
Brandi wanted to have her photos done at Lewisville Park in Battleground, WA. She has a lot of great memories in the park. The light was gorgeous as we started the session. We got lucky, it didn’t rain! It was a little wet out but fortunately the sun was out and we were able to move around the trees to find some great spots. She is a graduating senior this year in Vancouver, WA.
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Liz + Anthony’s Wedding :: Portland Art Museum
THE PROPOSAL: Anthony had the whole day planned and the details for the day started months before he actually proposed. He wanted to make sure that he chose the perfect ring for Liz, so he partnered up with her best friend (and future Maid of Honor), Heather to secretly find out the information. To do so, Heather planned a day with Liz of running errands and catching up. One of those errands was to get her wedding ring cleaned. While there, Heather stated that they should go to the Shane Co just to look at rings. Liz teased her about it but Heather insisted that when he does finally decide to propose, he would most certainly ask the best friend’s opinion on rings. They found the ring and Heather secretly wrote the information down when Liz went to the car. Anthony then told his family and close friends about his plan, who then avoided Liz for the next few months in fear of letting the information slip. Then the day before the proposal, Anthony pretended that he was called into work. He even partnered with one of their mutual good friends to act as though he was the one to call him in. Mind you, this was the day that two of Anthony’s closest friends were flying in from Phoenix to visit and to be a part of the special day. Liz was disappointed that he had to work, but did not think anything else of it. Instead of going to work though, Anthony got all dressed up and went to Liz’s parents’ home to ask their permission to marry their daughter. Liz’s mother instantly started crying in excitement and her father, who is not a typical crier, began to well up with joy that Anthony was going to be his future son-in-law. Of course, they both approved. The day of the proposal, Anthony told Liz that he really wanted to bring his Phoenix friends to the Rose Garden downtown so that they could see what the city is about with the beautiful flowers. Liz laughed a bit because it was March and told Anthony that all there would be left was sticks in the ground because the roses are not in bloom. Anthony insisted so they went. They also invited some other friends for a day downtown, which is typical for Liz and Anthony because they like to enjoy the city with friends often. They all made their way up to the Rose Garden, which as Liz had warned, was full of sticks instead of roses. They walked around a bit and came across the Shakespeare Garden, which is vibrant colors of green all year long. One of their photographer friends wanted to take some pictures of them, claiming to build his portfolio, so they posed by a large tree in the Shakespeare Garden. After taking a few goofy photos and having fun, suddenly the group of friends started telling them to act serious and told Liz to take her sunglasses off. Liz was confused by the sudden change of tone, but went along with it. Then as Liz looked into Anthony’s eyes, Anthony began to tell her how much he loved her and that he wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. At that point, he pulled out the ring (the same one she had picked out months prior), got down on one knee, and asked Liz to marry him. In shock, Liz covered her face and started crying in excitement. After a few shocked moment words, Liz of course said yes and they hugged and cried together as their friends cheered them on in the background. The rest of the day was filled with smiles and celebration!
WHERE WAS IT? Anthony and Liz were married at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland. The ceremony was held outside in the Sculpture Mall, with a great view of the Park Blocks and some great buildings. The reception was held in the Kridell Grand Ballroom on the third floor of the museum, which was all setup to welcome the guests for a dinner buffet and cocktails, as well as two stories of art gallery for them to walk through at their leisure.
VISION FOR THE DAY: Liz is born and raised in Portland and when Anthony moved there five years ago, he quickly learned why she never wanted to leave. Portland embodies who they are and really ignites much of their passions and motivations. Because of this bond with their city, they wanted their guests (who came from all over the US) to really be able to embrace some of their favorite parts of Portland. This is why the ceremony was outside to be able to enjoy the summer weather, while walking through the Park Blocks, and then bringing them inside to enjoy the more elegant side of Portland with the ballroom of the museum.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: The wedding was filled with DIY projects so the planning took quite a while. Liz and Anthony had the same vision for their wedding throughout the entire planning process. Liz was the one with the crafty hand though, so Anthony was often the one cheering her on with the various projects in front of her. These projects were the hard part. Finding the vendors was pretty easy, which is rare. Liz and Anthony did a lot of research before they would even schedule initial meetings. This saved a lot of time because with the narrowed down selection, it was just a matter of matching personalities and skills at that point. Each of their vendors was chosen based, not only on skills and talent, but mostly on gut instinct. They would actually go into most of their meetings saying they were not going to decide today, but would then have such a strong connection with their vendor that they would not see any reason to wait or look further. Go with your gut!
THE VENUE: The Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was perfect size for the amount of guests that they had attend, while still allowing them to sit, eat and mingle comfortably. The ceremony in the Sculpture Mall outside was beautiful and the Kridell Ballroom was certainly grand and elegant.
BRIDE’S DRESS: Liz wore a gorgeous dress by Justin Alexander from Charlotte’s Weddings and More. Originally, Liz did not like the idea of wearing a ball gown/princess style dress, but while dress shopping, her entourage encouraged her to just try one on. As soon as she did, the entire room had instant tears. They all knew, including Liz, that this was the one. The follow up dress appointment was canceled and they order the dress.
BRIDE’S SHOES:Liz loves her flats! So, of course, she would wear flats for her wedding day. There is no need to be in pain when you are on your feet for about eight hours straight. Plus, it also helps that both Liz and Anthony are on the shorter side, so there is no need to stretch Liz out for any photos or kisses.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: This is another area that Liz likes to keep simple. The most jewelry she wears on a regular basis is her engagement/wedding rings. The most important accessory that Liz wore that day was her “something old.” It was a necklace that her Grandma Adeline had given her when she was a baby. Her Grandma was there in spirit that day, especially when Liz’s mother took the moment to place the necklace around Liz’s neck.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Liz had an amazing woman do her hair and makeup! Here name is Laura Alford. She is a professional hair stylist at a salon in Oregon City, but also works for a company called Blossom and Beauty, which is how Liz found her. She truly went above and beyond that day, by not only doing more than expected for the bridal party for makeup, but she even followed us down to the museum to ensure that we would have touch ups done for pictures and/or when our hair would fall. Normally, she could have just left after the initial hair/makeup was done. Not only is she super talented for wedding hairstyles, she is also a great everyday stylist! She is creative and funny and a perfectionist, three things that make a perfect combo when getting your hair done!
GROOMS ATTIRE: Anthony wore a tan suit with a turquoise tie from Men’s Wearhouse. He looked so dapper in his summer suit attire! Men’s Wearhouse did a great job, especially since they had such a large wedding party. There were no major errors and they were on top of it with communication with Anthony.
WEDDING FAVOURS: The wedding favours were crayon candles, made by Liz, Anthony, and the bridesmaids. The back story for the crayons is that for the five years that Liz and Anthony have been together, Anthony would randomly give Liz a single crayon from various restaurants that they would go to. The reason for him doing this was to always encourage creativity in Liz’s heart and mind. Liz has built up quite a collection of crayons over the years, but instead of using her collection, they were able to get enough crayons to make 250 candles in 4 oz mason jars. The job was tough, having to peel and break up that many crayons and then to melt them down to become the candle. A lot of work, sweat, and tears went into those candles!
THE FLOWERS: The flowers were done by Kay Dietl with Flowers For You. Kay has a great personality and was so friendly through the planning. She made the bouquets for Liz and her bridesmaids, a flower ball for the flower girl, a flower toss bouquet, and two beautiful towers that were used in the ceremony and the reception.
THE CAKE: The cake was provided by Helen Bernhard. It was four tiers of different delicious flavors. The only bummer was that the cake was delivered late, so the flowers that were supposed to go on it did not, but it was still delicious.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Our photographer was Aaron Potter with OneBloom Photography. Aaron was one of the vendors that we went into the meeting saying that we were not going to make a decision that night, but he was so wonderful and personable that we could not walk away from him. From day one, he was great with communication and was so helpful with keeping Liz and Anthony on schedule with photos from engagement photos to the actual wedding day. He is also a perfectionist, which is fantastic when it comes to photography. So much so that he researches daylight times and knows to the minute when he will lose certain light in different places. Listen to him when he tells you where to capture the light for a photo! His photography skills are so strong that not much editing is needed, but he does so anyway to make sure that each and every shot is perfection. Always a good thing when looking for a photographer!
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: The invitations were coral and turquoise on an ivory backdrop and the save the dates were a small magnet collage of three photos of Liz and Anthony. Useful swag! These were both order through minted.com. The program for the day of was one the DIY projects that Liz juggled. Anthony and the bridesmaids were a huge help in this process because the paper had to be cut and then glued to the handles to make them into fans. They served function on the hot summer day in Portland!
FOOD & DRINK: The food and drinks were provided by Vibrant Table. The buffet spread was delicious! It included chicken breast with a yummy sauce, pork shoulder that fell off of the bone, roasted green beans, a wedge salad with green goddess dressing, and some of the best mashed potatoes ever. They also had a warm mixed fruit cobbler for desert if the guests wanted more than cake. The drinks were standard bar service for a wedding, but did the job! Kathy, the sales coordinator for the event was who Liz and Anthony were sold on during the planning process. She was very personable and really showed that she cared. The day of event manager needs a little work on the personable side, but he got the job done. Kathy and the VT team was also very accepting of that feedback and are making adjustments to ensure consistency across the board with their team.
THE HONEYMOON:Anthony and Liz actually went on a “pre-honeymoon” to Cabo San Lucas. They highly recommend the pre honeymoon because it is a great way to get away when stresses are high and be forced to relax because you can’t do anything from that far away anyway, so you might as well enjoy it and soak it in! They also took some time after the wedding to enjoy parts of the Oregon Coast that they had never been to. They found a new favorite beach in Bandon, Oregon, which they plan to visit again and again!
A MEMORABLE MOMENT:One of the most memorable moments was when Liz and Anthony asked all of their guests to join them for a group photo on the Park Blocks. This was certainly a challenge, but it really stood out how many people and different walks of life joined together for that special day to celebrate with Liz and Anthony. The second most memorable moment was their first dance when then room seemed completely empty besides the new husband and wife. The guests were so silent and fixated on the couple that the moment truly was about them.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: This was said a lot to Liz and Anthony through their planning, but it is so important…SLOW DOWN! The day goes by so fast that you miss so much. Take moments with each other to truly embrace what is happening around you and because of you. You, the couple, are the reason why everyone is there and that’s a pretty awesome feeling. Don’t forget to take time to appreciate that.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: We had three vendors who truly went above and beyond the call of duty and really made sure to help us make our day so special. First, Laura from Blossom and Beauty, who not only did an amazing job on our hair and makeup, but followed us to the museum to make sure that we all looked fabulous for all of the important moments. Second, our DJ, Ryan Hein from Perfect Memories DJ, who cared so much about our day that he helped us in creating our timeline and really helped us take the time to reflect on the special moments of our day. His music was great too! And third, our photographer, Aaron Potter, and his team with OneBloom Photography, who really made sure to capture all of our special moments of the day. They also helped us create moments that weren’t even planned but worked out to be so much fun. They encouraged us to push our limits, which resulted in some amazing photos! Thank you all so much!
We were excited to do Cassie’s senior photos! The weather was perfect at Fort Vancouver! Cassie met us through the Clark County Fair at our booth and booked a session then. The sunset was beautiful as it set over...
THE PROPOSAL Chris proposed to me on December 23rd 2013 in front of the Christmas tree at Pioneer square. He managed to lour me to downtown Portland under the impression of a simple happy hour and shopping day after...
Chris proposed to me on December 23rd 2013 in front of the Christmas tree at Pioneer square. He managed to lour me to downtown Portland under the impression of a simple happy hour and shopping day after work. I fell for it and didn’t suspect a thing! After shopping and eating I suggested we walk over to Pioneer square and see the tree. Little did I know, that was his plan all along; I certainly made it easy for him! When we got to the tree Chris asked someone standing by to take a photo of us, and that was when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
VISION FOR THE DAY
Chris and I had a fairly broad vision for our special day. We wanted a venue outdoors where we could celebrate with our close family and friends.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
The first thing we did was look for a venue so that we could lock in a day for summer 2014. Once we had a venue, we started to look for vendors and my dress. There was a lot of time spent online, looking for ideas of color themes, details, etc. The biggest hurdle we faced in our planning process was that a lot of our planning happened during tax season, the busiest time for Chris as an accountant. Thankfully my mom stepped in and encouraged the planning process by showing us fun ideas we could do.
The first time we saw Lewis River Golf Course (http://www.lewisrivergolf.com) we knew it was the perfect place! The ceremony area had open views of the river and the patio area was very spacious. We also liked that we had the option to have the reception inside, which was equally as beautiful, with a lodge type theme. Crystal, the event coordinator, was very helpful and encouraging through the planning process. The week of the wedding, we were concerned that the weather might be too hot for having the ceremony and reception outdoors. We decided last minute to rent a tent to go over the patio during the reception so that our guests could eat in the shade. Despite making that decision the week of the wedding, Crystal was very accommodating.
I purchased my dress from Brides for a Cause (http://bridesforacause.com). It is a bridal boutique that has dresses donated to them (from stores or previous owners), which they resell and donate half their proceeds to a charity called Wish Upon A Wedding – a nonprofit organization that provides weddings and vow renewals for couples facing terminal illness and serious life-altering circumstances.
It took me two trips to Brides for a Cause before I found THE dress. My Mom and Sister and I were browsing through the dresses one last time when my sister pulled a dress off a rack and said “oohhhh Shawna you HAVE to try this one on.” It was a Marisa and had a sweetheart neckline, beautiful beading on the bodice, and a unique organza skirt. After narrowing it down to two choices, I ultimately chose the dress my sister picked out.
When it came to picking out shoes, I wanted a simple sandal, wedge, or flat that would be comfortable to wear all day. I found my shoes at DSW, they were a white slip on sandal with some silver jewels on the top, a short wedge, and they were comfortable!
The only jewelry I wore were pearl earrings. I actually forgot to put on my own before we left for the venue, so I had to borrow my sisters. These served as my “something borrowed” in the old tradition. During the reception I carried an ivory beaded clutch with me. This clutch served as my “something old.” It was a clutch that my Grandmother, Mother, and Aunt all carried at their own weddings. My “something blue” was my garter which was Seahawks themed – a fun surprise for Chris.
HAIR & MAKEUP
I had my make up done by a friend of mine, Ally Williams who is an esthetician at Dosha Salon on Hawthorne (http://www.dosha.org). As someone who rarely wears make up, Ally knew just what to do with me! We went for a very classy and romantic look.
My hair was done by Jessica Dempsey a hair stylist who also works at Dosha Salon on Hawthorne. Jessica gave me a lower bun updo, and added in some little jewel accessories to the back of the bun. For the previous 3 years I kept my hair chin length and loved it. Last summer Chris said “hey, you should try growing your hair out again”. I’m so happy he said that! I was able to grow my hair out for a year so I could have a fun updo for the wedding!
Chris wore a light grey tux from Mens Wearhouse (http://www.menswearhouse.com) with an ivory shirt and an ivory, grey, and navy plaid tie. He chose the light grey tux and no vest because he was really worried about getting too hot since we would be outside in the sun all day. His shoes were simple black dress shoes purchased from Jays Wide Shoes (http://www.jayswideshoes.com). He wears size 12 EE, so you can imagine how hard it is to find shoes he’s comfortable in.
We purchased our wedding favors from Oriental Trading Company (http://www.orientaltrading.com). They were personalized mint tins with our names and wedding date on them. Perfect for an after dinner breath freshener, and something our guests could take with them to remember our awesome night!
Jinger Jacobson is a friend of our family and used to be a florist. My Mom and I met with her a few months before the wedding when she offered to do the flower arrangements for the wedding. We gave her our vision for flowers, and with her guidance, we came up with which flowers to order. Blue hydrangeas, light pink and cream roses, dusty miller, and silver brunia were just some of the flowers we picked out. We ordered them from Portland Wholesale Florist (http://www.portlandwholesaleflorist.com). My Mom, Aunt and I picked up the flowers on Friday and took them to Jinger’s house. She spent all of Saturday and Sunday morning making the arrangements, bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres.
We had a big problem on Friday and Saturday when we couldn’t find enough blue hydrangeas. The hydrangeas were the only flower we chose not to order from the florist because we have so many friends and neighbors with hydrangeas we were positive getting enough for the wedding wouldn’t be a problem. Well, we had such a warm July and August, that most people’s blue hydrangeas were turning brown! My Mom, Dad, Aunt and Jinger spent part of Saturday calling friends, family and neighbors all over town looking for blue hydrangeas. In the end, they found enough hydrangeas for all of the arrangements. I cannot express how thankful I am for all of the hard work Jinger and my family put into the flowers. They turned out so beautiful!
Our cake was made at Chucks Produce (http://chucksproduce.com ) through their bakery department. After tasting some of their cakes, Chris and I chose to go with a white cake, strawberry filling, and white butter cream icing. We felt like the white cake and strawberry was nice and light, which would be perfect after a big meal and a warm summer evening. When it came to the design on the cake, Chris and I looked through about 50 photos from the cake designer, and we only found one design that we both liked (Chris and I had pretty different tastes). In the end, it made it easy to pick out the design we wanted. We were both very impressed with how the cake turned out.
Our photographer was Aaron Potter with OneBloom Photography (http://www.onebloom.com). I found him one day randomly through Facebook and thought his photos were amazing! We were happy to learn that he was also in our price range. Aaron was so helpful at the wedding, making sure we were able to squeeze in enough photos in our tight timeline for the day. He pulled us away during the reception when he felt like the light was perfect for some more photos. I really liked how passionate he was about getting that perfect shot!
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY
We purchased our Invitations in a DIY kit from Michaels. They certainly took a lot of time to print out everything and put it all together, but I was very impressed with how they turned out. A few people even told me they thought they were professionally done! We had to sacrifice some time to put them all together, but it was worth it to save a little money.
FOOD & DRINK
Lewis River Golf Course has a restaurant as a part of their lodge area called North Fork Grill which did the catering for us. We had margherita flat bread and salmon bruschetta for appetizers, two different salads, flat iron steak and a stuffed chicken breast for entrees, golden yukon potatos and seasonal vegetables for sides. Chris and I loved the food! After we made our grand entrance into the reception, there were two plates a food with a little bit of everything waiting for us at our tables. The moment we had the opportunity to sit down, we ate as fast as we could, afraid we might not get another chance to eat!
Chris and I went to Maui for our honeymoon. We stayed there for a week in a condo in Kiehei, right on the beach! We swam, boogie boarded, snorkeled, watched the sunrise on Mt Haleakala, went shopping, hiked, to name a few things. It was perfect! We love that we were able to begin our marriage together in such a wonderful place. We’re hoping to go back again next year.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT
A memorable moment for us was coming down the stairs during our grand entrance. The stress of the ceremony was off our shoulders, we finally had some time to spend together after and we were just so excited to have some fun! Walking down the stairs together and seeing everyone there watching us, clapping, and smiling. It felt so surreal that everyone was there to celebrate us.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Our advice for other couples is to go on a honeymoon after your wedding! Even if it’s something simple like camping, getting away just the two of you is such a perfect way to start a marriage.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
We are so thankful to my parents Bill and Dona Hruby, they worked just as hard as we did in the planning process. Our family friends Dee Dee, Angela, Suzanne, Angie, and Bracy all arrived early and stayed late to help set up and take down all of the decorations. Suzanne even lent us items that she saved from her daughter’s wedding. There were so many people always willing to help out when we needed it. We are grateful to be surrounded by amazing family and friends that were willing to be a part of our special day.
Tracy + David are getting married! This session took place this summer on a very busy day at Multnomah Falls – it was a little difficult moving around all of the tourists. BUT with a excellent assistant and some...
Tracy + David are getting married! This session took place this summer on a very busy day at Multnomah Falls – it was a little difficult moving around all of the tourists. BUT with a excellent assistant and some nice people waiting for us we were able to get some beautiful images. They had a lot of fun at this special spot and of course stopping to get ice cream towards the end was a little bonus. What a fun session!
THE PROPOSAL: Matt proposed April 7, 2013 while we were on vacation in Panama. We arrived in Panama earlier that week, spent a couple days in Panama City and then headed to the beautiful Bocas del Toro islands. It was...
THE PROPOSAL: Matt proposed April 7, 2013 while we were on vacation in Panama. We arrived in Panama earlier that week, spent a couple days in Panama City and then headed to the beautiful Bocas del Toro islands. It was our last day on Isla Bastimentos, and Matt wanted to take a walk on Red Frog beach before we headed out for a day of snorkeling. It was early morning, so the beach was quiet. We walked up to a small lookout at the end of the beach where Matt got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was completely unexpected and perfect in every way.
VISION FOR THE DAY:We were getting married on a historic farm, and we wanted people to relax and have fun. We wanted a rustic feel — burlap, mason jars, cowboy boots — and a laid back vibe. Our guest list was about 130 people — we wanted to have our family and good friends there, without the day feeling too impersonal.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: We had a long engagement — 16 months. It was great to have so much time to look around and make decisions. But at times, it made making decisions difficult — we had too much time to second guess and postpone things! Ultimately, we knew we wanted to keep things simple and not break the bank, so that drove many of our decisions.
THE VENUE: We got married at the Pomeroy Farm in Yacolt, Wash. (http://www.pomeroyfarm.org). Pomeroy Farm is surrounded by such natural beauty: The historic buildings, the hillside covered with trees and the most beautiful old barn. We got married under an oak tree and held our reception in the adjacent pavilion.
BRIDE’S DRESS: I wanted a simple chiffon dress that I could wear with cowboy boots. I decided on a dress from the Galina line at David’s Bridal. I only tried on three dresses and loved this dress immediately.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I wore a pair of earrings Matt bought me for my birthday a few months earlier. The handcrafted flower earrings were made from mammoth tusk and contained a small spec of gold — both from Alaska. I also wore a simple necklace with two silver M initials and an infinity symbol.
HAIR & MAKEUP: My hair was done by the wonderful Cami Caseday (my stylist for years) at Firefly Atelier Hair Salon in Vancouver (https://www.facebook.com/fireflyatelier). She was a rockstar that day, doing my hair and all six bridesmaids’ hair. I did my own makeup.
GROOMS ATTIRE: Matt wore linen pants and vest from Perry Ellis, a white button-up shirt with rolled up sleeves, a peach-colored tie and cowboy boots.
WEDDING FAVOURS: We used mason jar mugs during the reception and invited our guests to use the mugs for the night and take them home to keep.
THE FLOWERS: We purchased our flowers from Wan & May’s Fresh Bloomer at the Vancouver Farmers Market. We got a variety of colors of dahlias — pinks, yellow, purple, red, orange — and paired them with white and purple lilies. My talented grandmother, Kristi, and a handful of helpful family friends put the bouquets and centerpieces together.
THE CAKE: We got our cake from Lamb’s Bakery in Portland (http://www.lambsmarkets.net). We checked out a couple places and, after receiving several recommendations for Lamb’s, we checked it out. Our wedding cake had three tiers and turned out beautiful.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: We decided early on that our photographer was one of the most important decisions. In five years, 10 years, I expect we won’t remember many things about our wedding day. The photos are the one thing we will have for the rest of our lives. That made finding the right person so important. I checked out numerous photographer websites and looked up the photographers other couples married at our venue used. That’s where I first heard about OneBloom Photography and Aaron. As I checked out the blog, I came across the wedding photos of an acquaintance — photos I had been so impressed with on her Facebook page months earlier. I asked her about Aaron, and after hearing her glowing review, I set up an appointment. I could tell at our first meeting that Aaron would be great. Not only are his photos absolutely stunning, but he’s laid back, accommodating and helpful.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: I made our save the dates and invitations with the help of my wonderful bridesmaids.
FOOD & DRINK: Our wedding was catered by a family friend. We had the traditional barbecue spread — tri tip, chicken, baked beans, potato salad, fresh fruit and green salad. Beer and wine was provided by a friend who works as a distributor.
THE HONEYMOON:We spent a week relaxing in Cancun, Mexico. It was perfect — white sandy beaches, clear blue water and frosty drinks in our hands.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT:For Marissa: The first look. I knew early on I wanted to do a first look before the ceremony. Matt was originally opposed to the idea — he thought it would make the ceremony less emotional — but eventually came around. As I walked toward Matt, I became overcome with so many emotions. I was nervous and excited and just so full of joy. I started crying before I even reached Matt. I didn’t expect the first look to be so emotional for me, but I’m so glad we did it. For Matt: Exchanging our vows. Matt was overwhelmed by a flood of emotions as he repeated his vows — something he didn’t expect.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Don’t get consumed by all of the small things and the to-do lists. Things may go wrong, but it won’t matter. Don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for help — most are eager to be involved.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Our DJ — Brandon Tjaden (http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/great-beginnings-dj-service-gresham/5388e0919476da0e.html) — was amazing. In addition to being a great DJ who loves what he does, Brandon made sure things ran smoothly at the wedding and saved our wedding cake! Our wedding day was a warm one. Brandon noticed our cake was starting to sag after sitting in the heat and told us he wanted to move up our cake cutting to make sure it didn’t collapse. We did what he said and everything turned out just fine — we were able to get nice photos, cut the cake and avoid a big mess.
THE PROPOSAL: Greg and I are members of a winery in Hood River, so in December we were making what I thought was our usual trip out to the winery to pick up our shipment. We stopped at the Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel...
THE PROPOSAL: Greg and I are members of a winery in Hood River, so in December we were making what I thought was our usual trip out to the winery to pick up our shipment. We stopped at the Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel to take some pictures, and as we were walking over a white wooden bridge that crosses over the waterfall, he said he wanted to get a picture of us, and as I turned around he was already down on one knee asking me to marry him! I of course said yes, and he then surprised me again with an overnight at the beautiful Columbia Cliff Villas. It was a beautiful place and would recommend it to anyone looking for a romantic getaway! (http://www.columbiacliffvillas.com)
VISION FOR THE DAY: I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want a kitschy “theme” for our wedding. All I knew was that I wanted it to be formal, elegant & beautiful yet simple! So I decided on “Simple Elegance” for the vision that I wanted follow through with for our day. All of the linens where white, formal china, and minimal yet romantic centerpieces all under a beautiful chiffon draped tent lined with white lights. The colors I chose were coral & pool blue.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: I started planning in January, and really had most of it all done by the beginning of March! We already had our venue chosen, so I started with the dress, then moved on to the rental company, bakery, photographer, DJ, florist & caterer. Once all the big things were locked down, it was easy to work on the smaller things like centerpieces & décor.
THE VENUE: We were married at my parents property in Battle Ground, Wa. I had always pictured my wedding there since I was a little girl, and Greg & I decided that would be the perfect place for our day! My Dad has spent the last 25 years landscaping & making the property a beautiful place with stone fountains, a gazebo, ponds with waterfalls, a huge built-in fire pit, a manicured forest with park benches, and multiple rose & flower gardens! There wasn’t anything that I wanted to change, it was already so beautiful! The fact that it was at my parents, made it so much more special to me and we also didn’t have to feel rushed to be gone by a specific time. We stayed late into the night and had a wonderful time!
All of the items we rented came from Interstate Special Events. (http://www.isevents.com) From the tent, tables, chairs, arbor, and china & silverware. They were so easy to work with and Becky was beyond helpful anytime I needed to make a change or had any questions! I highly recommend them!
BRIDE’S DRESS: I absolutely LOOOOVE this dress!! I found it at Charlotte’s Wedding’s & More in Portland. (http://www.charlottesweddings.com) I fell in love with it the moment I tried it on. It is a Justin Alexander a-line style in champagne/ivory color. It had layers of tulle, lace & yes, even sequins in between the other layers! It absolutely glistened in the sunlight! I felt more beautiful that day than ever before!
BRIDE’S SHOES:I actually decided not to make myself crazy trying to pick out the “perfect” shoes for my wedding day. Lets be honest…. no one sees your shoes anyway, and I knew that being in the grass all day I would most likely take them off at some point anyway. Which is exactly what I did! But for the ceremony and part of the evening, I did wear a cute pair of ivory peep-toe flats with pearl & rhinestone embellishments on the toe.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I wore my great grandmothers ivory pearls and a beautiful pair of Eliot Danori drop earrings and a simple pearl & diamond bracelet that I found at Macy’s.
HAIR & MAKEUP: For my hair, I opted for a romantic up-do that involved curls, and a braid pinned up and finished off with a silk ivory flower clip. I had my brother-in-law’s long time girlfriend, Jasmine Majdali, do my hair that day. She is an amazing stylist and works at Dosha Clackamas. I was very lucky to have her there that day, and I had total confidence in her!
I decided from the beginning that I wanted to do my own makeup, and that’s what I did. I wanted to be beautiful, but still look and feel like myself. It was very relaxing not having to leave my parents house at all that day, and just lounge in my big fluffy white robe, sip a mimosa and put on my own makeup.
GROOMS ATTIRE: Greg looked so handsome that day!! He wore a black tailored tux from the Vera Wang Black collection. We kept it elegant with a black vest and ivory tie.
THE FLOWERS: Since my parents property was already a beautiful garden setting, I didn’t need to order additional flowers for the venue. For my bouquet, I had white hydrangias, calla lilies and coral roses. The bridesmaids carried coral roses, and Greg & my dad wore a single white calla lily boutonniere. All was ordered through Main Street Floral Company in Battle Ground, Wa. (http://www.mainstreetfloralcompany.com) Marilyn was very patient with me and understood exactly what I wanted for that day. I was very happy with how they all turned out!
THE CAKE: Soo good! We were recommended to try Helen Bernhard Bakery in Portland for our cake, and I am so glad we went down there! We sampled many flavors of cakes and fillings, and decided to go with a 3 tier round cake in ivory frosting with white swiss dots. Our flavors were Pink Champagne with raspberry French cream filling, White cake with strawberry French cream filling, and banana with French cream. (my favorite!) Every layer was so delicious! (http://www.helenbernhardbakery.com)
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: I had spent numerous hours online searching for a photographer, but when I came across Aaron’s website for OneBloom, I knew immediately I had found the right fit! Greg & I were amazed at the beautiful pictures he had captured for other weddings. He has an amazing talent for what he does, and you can tell he truly loves his job! Aaron was so friendly & professional, and really listened to what we wanted for our day. I could not have been happier with our choice in OneBloom Photography! (http://www.onebloom.com)
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Our invitations were a double layer card in pool blue & ivory. They were very elegant. I ordered online through MyGatsby.com. I had looked at a few other online sites, and found that MyGatsby offered a lot of choices when it came to style, colors & font. It was a very easy process and they arrived very quickly and exactly how I ordered them!
FOOD & DRINK: For dinner we served chicken Florentine, salmon with a mango salsa, wild rice, grilled veggies, along with a walnut, pear & blue cheese salad. We also had appetizers passed around during our cocktail hour. Our bartender served 2 different types of beer, along with red & white wine. Everything was very good!
THE HONEYMOON: Greg & I had an amazing honeymoon that lasted a month!! We started off traveling through California visiting family, going to some beaches, shopping and of course a few days in Disneyland & California Adventure!
We then flew to the Caribbean and spent 8 days at the most amazing resort in Playa del Carmen! We stayed at Secrets Maroma Beach which was an adults only, all inclusive paradise! We spent the entire week being pampered and catered to! It was so beautiful and relaxing! Afterwards, we then went into Cancun for another few days and rented a small condo right on the water. We never wanted to come home! We finally flew back to California, where we spent a few more days there before coming home.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The moment my dad saw me in my dress for the first time before walking me down the aisle, is something I will always remember about my wedding day.
Also, seeing all of my very best friends, who are like sisters, as my bridesmaids standing up with me during our ceremony meant so much to me.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Make sure you make this day about what you and your groom want. Everyone will have advice for you on how to do things etc. But this day is about the two of you and it’s important to stick with what you really want and envision for the day. Also, just relax and try to have as much fun with the whole process. Having an amazing maid of honor, also helps! Someone that has been through this before & can keep you grounded when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Our wedding day would not have been possible without our amazing families! My parents and my in-laws all worked so hard to make sure this day was unforgettable! My beautiful maid of honor, Cassi was my right hand in all of this from the very beginning. She took her position so seriously and did everything possible to ensure everything went without a flaw, from my bridal shower, the bachlorette party to the wedding day!
Someone I can not forget to give credit to is Andrea Hoyt, the amazing seamstress who did the alterations on my wedding gown. I went to A Custom Fit to You inside The Bridal Loft in Portland, Or. My wedding dress was so detailed and elaborate that I was nervous about having someone start hacking away at it! Lol! But Andrea made me feel at ease the moment I put my dress on. She is so knowledgeable and truly skilled at what she does. The dress needed so much done to it, that she practically had to dismantle the entire thing and rebuild it. She had to cut about 6 inches off the bottom 6 layers, add more boning in the front and sides of the dress, take it in a few inches on each side, add more fabric to the bustline as well as create a French bustle. It looked so incredibly amazing when she was done, that I was beyond thrilled! She took her time to ensure that my dress was absolutely perfect for me. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for wedding dress alterations! http://www.customfit2you.com/
I also wanted to mention our DJ, Travis Randles. He was great and stayed late into the night & played everything we asked! http://www.djphreakuency.com
I was lucky enough to capture Tina and Adam’s wedding several years ago! They were renting out a home on Lopez Island and Adam totally surprised Tina by having me show up ready to take photos. It was a LONG drive...
I was lucky enough to capture Tina and Adam’s wedding several years ago! They were renting out a home on Lopez Island and Adam totally surprised Tina by having me show up ready to take photos. It was a LONG drive / ferry trip to get to the island – so she was pretty shocked to see me. Tina had no idea I was there to take photos! We had a great time capturing friends and family. Lots of laughter and smiles. I didn’t stop smiling or laughing the entire time I was there. It was so nice to spend a couple days near the islands. Thank you so much Adam and Tina for having me there. What a great surprise! I hope I can see you all in the future – and spend more time together! It was a rush to get back to the ferry in time!