THE PROPOSAL: Jeremy proposed in the best way possible at Jay’s. This place is our proverbial “Cheers”, and holds a great deal of memories for us. We love to do karaoke, and as it was the week of my birthday, we had planned on celebrating there with all of our friends and family. Bryanne was brought onstage to sit in a chair, thinking that everyone was going to sing her ‘Happy Birthday’, and that would be it. Her chair was facing everyone, and her mom brought out a cake. She blew out the candles in birthday fashion, never bothering to even read the cake. Her mom had to shout, “Read the cake!”, and as she did, she was able to notice that it said, “Will You Marry Me?”. Bryanne turned around and Jeremy was down on one knee with the ring. It was amazing, and we love that we had so many people to celebrate what turned into a kind of immediate engagement party.
WHERE WAS IT? The proposal was at Jay’s Restaurant and Lounge in Vancouver, Washington.
VISION FOR THE DAY: We wanted the ceremony and setting to be elegant and romantic. To give that feel, we decided on the colors of deep red, charcoal grey, and black. Also, anyone that knows Bryanne knows that she loves sparkles and bling, so of course we incorporated this into the planning, with bling any and everywhere that she could put it without being too tacky. Our vision was to have a sophisticated and polished look, and it turned out extremely well. As for the reception, we wanted it to be a complete party. Bryanne grew up dancing her whole life, and we wanted everyone to have a blast together on the dance floor, and celebrate in full party fashion.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process was crazy! We were both going to school and working full time, so this all took up all of our time. We also had about 5 other weddings that summer, and one of them was the weekend before ours. Since Bryanne was a bridesmaid for that wedding, it felt like she was planning for two weddings. That last two weeks was stressful, but we had so much help and support. We couldn’t have made it through without all of the love that was around us, and we definitely learned a thing or two about allowing others to help, and not trying to do everything on our own.
THE VENUE: Our wedding was at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland, Washington. It was outdoor and right on the river, making for a gorgeous view. Chrystal, as well as all of the staff at Lewis River did an amazing job of helping to coordinate and make sure that everything went smoothly. www.lewisrivergolf.com
BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was bought at Charlotte’s Weddings and More in Beaverton, Oregon. I had planned just to go look that day, and ended up leaving with a dress. Mine was the Priscilla dress by Sottero & Midgley in diamond white. It had a strapless corset top with sparkly beading embroidered all over, and a satin skirt with pickups. As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one, and although I tried on other dresses afterward, nothing compared. www.charlottesweddings.com
BRIDE’S SHOES: My shoes were Pink Paradox London 5 inch heels in ivory. They were also, as always, completely covered in rhinestones.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: The bracelet that Bryanne wore was purchased at a little thrift shop. It was basically a band of rhinestones around her wrist. The rest of her jewelry she got at Icing in the Vancouver Mall, and it was extremely blingy as well.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Bryanne had her my makeup done at Blush Beauty Bar in Portland, Oregon by Katrina. She did such a wonderful job of taking her requests to make it look exactly how she wanted. She had my hair done by her friend Erin with Allure Salon and Spa. She came to the hotel that they all got ready at, and did everything there.
GROOMS ATTIRE: Jeremy wore a black Calvin Klein tux from Mr. Formal. To incorporate the red color, he and the groomsman wore red suspenders and bow ties. His shoes were black Vans, which really fit with his personality, and looked great. The boutonnieres were dark red roses, and Jeremy’s had a little diamond in the middle. He looked so handsome!
WEDDING FAVOURS: Since the venue had a fireplace, we made a treat of marshmallows and chocolate chips inside of a waffle cone wrapped in tin foil. Roasted over the fire everything melts together and it was delicious! We also wanted to little ones to be entertained, so we used Bryanne’s nanny skills to make little boxes with color crayons, glow sticks, stencils, and little toys alongside a coloring book.
THE FLOWERS: The flowers were done by Stacey Young with Stacey’s Flowers. We cannot express how beautiful of a job she did. Everything we wanted, she made truly come to life, and she was so much fun to work with! We used deep red calla lilies for the centerpieces and bouquets, and my bouquet was done with dark red roses and accents of rhinestones and black feathers. We were thrilled with how they all turned out, and it made everything really come together. https://www.facebook.com/Staceysflowerspdx
THE CAKE: Jen with Simply Sweets did the cake. It was white with accents of our colors, and then the topper and accessories were flowers and satin ribbon in our wedding colors. The flavor was snickerdoodle and pink champagne with buttercream and vanilla fillings. We were so pleased with the cake, and got so many compliments on it. http://simplysweetsbyjen.com
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron Potter at OneBloom Photography did our photos. We were so excited that we were able to get him, as our wedding was directly in the middle of wedding season. He was able to accommodate all the changes along the way, and even sat forever at the end in order to get a shot that we wanted. The photos were fun to take, and we loved the experience that we had with Aaron as our photographer. www.onebloom.com
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Our invitations we were able to make completely online through David’s Bridal, and they turned out great. They had an elegant feel, and coincided with our vision.
FOOD & DRINK: Lewis River Golf Course took care of the food and drink. Our dinner was a stuffed chicken with garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies. We got so many compliments and people saying that they wanted to have seconds of that meal. It was absolutely delicious, and we loved not having to deal with a caterer, as the restaurant at the venue took care of it all. They also set up the beverages and bar.
THE HONEYMOON: The honeymoon was in Manzanita, Oregon, right outside of Cannon Beach. We stayed for two nights at the Inn at Manzanita, which was secluded and beautiful. When we wanted some time in the town we were able to drive to Cannon Beach. Coming back home was bittersweet as we didn’t want to ever leave. www.innatmanzanita.com
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: With all of the stress of the wedding, we were becoming more worried as the ceremony was running a little bit late. As I was getting ready to walk down the aisle and it started to rain, we had to pull out umbrellas. My dad was holding one, and two of the groomsmen were holding others over Jeremy. Upon locking eyes when I stepped out onto the aisle, we took in everything and everyone around us, and the rain transformed into something that everyone loved. As soon as the ceremony was over, it seemed to clear up. We took pictures right after this, and during the family pictures, what looked like a pet parakeet landed on the umbrella across from us. Everyone pointed it out, as it seemed so random to see a parakeet like this not in a cage. The parakeet sat on the umbrella throughout the family pictures, and once these shots were over, it flew away. Bryanne’s great aunt pointed out right afterward that this was her great grandmother’s favorite bird, and she had always had them all around her house. She and her grandfather had passed the year prior, and so could not be with us that day. As Bryanne had a picture of her grandfather in her bouquet, we like to think of this as her grandmother’s way of being in the family pictures in spirit. The rain and the parakeet were something that were so unique and memorable for us, and everyone that attended the wedding.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: As much as people said this to us leading up to the wedding, it was hard to take in. But, STOP STRESSING! Everything will fall together as planned, and as much as you want it to be perfect, it will be, whether everything is exactly how you want it to be or not. It is all over so fast, so enjoy the time spent planning. The imperfections are what will make the best memories leading up the big day. And when that day comes, make sure to stop every once in awhile and just take in everything that you have worked so hard to create. Just enjoy the whole experience.
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:
Venue: Lewis River Golf Course (Chrystal)
Officiant: Robert Burdick
Flowers: Stacey Young with Stacey’s Flowers
Cake: Simply Sweets by Jen
Dress: Charlotte’s Weddings and More (Maggie Sottero)
DJ: Leslie Taylor with Pace Mobile DJ http://leslie-taylor.com – Best DJ we could have asked for! He came with 50 business cards, and had not one left, and the venue asked for his info. Les made the wedding so much fun!
Hair: Erin Overbay with Allure Salon and Spa
Makeup: Katrina at Blush Beauty Bar, Portland
Tuxes: Mr. Formal
Bridesmaid Dresses and Invitations: David’s Bridal
Food and Drinks: Lewis River Golf Course
Photographer: OneBloom Photography