THE PROPOSAL: We met 10 years ago at a friend’s house. We definitely noticed each other but circumstance was not on our side. It took a couple of months and a breakup to finally get our first date. We knew then we were in it for the long haul. We even argued about where our children would be born on that first date. We did not have a traditional proposal, as we were only recently allowed to get married. Once we knew we could be married we looked at each other and said “Yeah, we can do it now.” We were already together 9 years and 2 kids so it seemed the timing had finally come.
VISION FOR THE DAY: The vision came quite easily for us. We knew where we wanted to get married and the aesthetic of the building helped to create our theme. I have a love of classic cars and trucks and the venue was a World War II building seeming to be left by time. It naturally lent to a 50’s wedding. The more we researched the more excited we were to create a rockabilly party for ourselves and our guests.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process took just under a year. The best thing we ever did was hire a Wedding Planner, Jeannine from Panache Wedding and Events in Portland, Oregon. She took over and we were able to relax knowing that all the coordination was being cared for by someone else. We couldn’t have done it without her. Seriously!
My parents were absolutely amazing through the process and offered to pay for the event. It was so appreciated, as a lesbian wedding probably wasn’t in their original thoughts.
THE VENUE: The venue was at the Camas Community center. It was perfect, big enough for all our guest yet small and intimate. It almost feels like a building time forgot. There were tons of old black and white 1940-1950’s pictures of patrons gone by. It really fit the era we were going for.
BRIDE’S DRESS: Amy wanted to be fun, yet traditional. After hours of searching on the internet and trying on several dresses at David’s Bridal she finally found the one that just felt right. However, it was a full ball gown. She saw the potential though. They cut it off to tee length and put some shoulder straps and it was perfect. She wanted to be the princess but still be able to dance and enjoy the reception and not have our children standing on it.
BRIDE’S SHOES: Wanting to stay traditional again, Amy found a pair of blue suede shoes that she adorned herself. They fit her and the event perfectly.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: Amy stayed with simple and elegant pearls and diamonds. She likes to dress up but not be too flashy. The dress did the most talking.
HAIR & MAKEUP: Amy and my mom were treated to amazing 50’s make-up and hair by AJ Lane.
BRIDES ATTIRE: I decided to be comfortable for the wedding. The boys, we have two, ages 5 and 7, wore new blue jeans, bright blue converse, white shirts and grey vests. My father and I wore the same. It really fit the era and was super fun and comfortable.
WEDDING FAVOURS: Instead of traditional giveaways we opted to have a photo booth at the reception so that guest could have fun and have a memento that meant something to them to take away. It was most definitely a big hit. The folks from the Original Photo Booth were helpful with props and created us a wedding book from the different pictures taken that night. We will treasure it.
RECEPTION: Our reception was amazing with the photo booth and food, but the DJ was what kept it all going. Eric from All Wright Music was amazing. He kept everything moving and got people on their feet. He even was able to get an obscure song I really wanted to have for the father daughter dance.
THE FLOWERS: The flowers were an amazing array of different white blooms. They were expertly arrangement by a family friend Ami Vaughn Paschal. We had several arrangements in soda fountain glasses to fit the theme.
THE CAKE: The cake was the biggest surprise. I wanted a “Food Network” cake, something topsy -turvy and making a statement. We were so luck to meet PastryGirl in Portland Oregon. We wanted a 3 tier cake that spoke to us and our 10 year journey. The first layer was shaped like a tin can (tin is for 10 years) then we wanted a rockabilly layer with classic tattoo art, and finally a nod to classic wedding cakes on top. The flavors, Lemon, Chocolate and Almond, were dynamite and the cake was awesome. She finished it off with a family she sculpted to represent us and our boys. I was blown away!
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Photography was Amy’s number one thing for the wedding and we secured Aaron as soon as we could. We knew we wanted to capture the day and knowing Aaron, Amy knew he would be perfect. It was amazing; he met us at a local 50’s diner to do pictures before the wedding. He was patient with our sons and the traffic. ? After the ceremony he took the time to get the perfect shots at our venue. He is so talented and we knew as soon as he said “Nailed it!” he had gotten that signature shot we had hope for. He also indulged us with some funny awkward family photos along the way. We are super excited to see ALL the shots, event he candid sets he did during the reception. Aaron you are the best!!!
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: We kept the invitation classic and commissioned an Etsy artist to create it. Always keeping with the rockabilly theme and encouraging our guest to participate by dressing up as well.
FOOD & DRINK: The food was one of our favorite parts. Having two children it was important to us that the food was kid friendly as well. We decided to have a gourmet hotdog bar and sundae bar for dessert. The hotdogs were from a local butcher shop and Jodie and the staff at Divine Catering put them and all the amazing toppings like Cincinnati Chile, Mac-N-Cheese, Nacho chips, and the usual suspects together for everyone to try something a little out of the box. It was unique, delicious, a hit with our guests.
THE HONEYMOON: We were able to spend a week on the Oregon Coast courtesy of my parents staying with the boys. It was nice to take a vacation just the two of us since we had our first child. The rest was welcome and enjoyed immensely.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: I think the most memorable moment for me was after the reception. We had finished with our vows and were greeting guests. There was not a dry eye in the place. It was overwhelming to see so many people touched by our vow exchange.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Get a planner!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: First we would like to thank my parent Bob and Sandy Stepper for giving us this beautiful and amazing day. Without them it would have been a potluck in our backyard. We also want to thank all of our amazing vendors. Everyone was a perfect fit for us and really seemed to get our concept. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
I want to thank, thank, thank Jeaninne at Panache. With her, we would have had that potluck or fought through the entire process. Thank you to Nicole and Jesse for helping with the décor and to Drew for performing a funny and touching service.
I would like to thank all the family that flew in for the event. It meant much to me to have you all there. I also want to thank everyone who attended. You are all special to us and to share this day with you was magical.
Finally I would like to thank Amy for the last 10 years and an amazing future to come. I love you and am proud to call you my Wife.