A family portrait photography session in Vancouver, WA. With confetti, plenty of sunshine and lots of fun!
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A family portrait photography session in Vancouver, WA. With confetti, plenty of sunshine and lots of fun!
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!
More about the falls:
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 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 / 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!
Wow! It was a long 10 days at the Clark County Fair this August 1st – 10th. Plenty of 12 hour and 14 hour days.
We spent many months preparing our booth for the fair. The weeks leading up to the fair were just a little stressful. But I had everything setup early Thursday before the Fair even started.
The long days of standing in the booth and talking to everyone paid off. We got a ton of great feedback. It was so nice talking to people about my business in person.
To be honest, the photos don’t look nearly as good here as they did in person. The metal murals look 3D in person. The light / textures of everything stand out more when your actually there in the booth. With a small 10×10 space to work with it was a challenge. A lot of time went into finding the vintage furniture and locating the proper companies for printing promo materials, metal murals and even little things like a pillow and the lamp. The ladder was a trip to Oregon City all on it’s own – in lovely heavy traffic.
We handed out a ton of business cards and all of our flyers were gone by the last hour of the fair. Perfect.
Our wedding guide was great to have on hand – (sorry no photos of it). Lots of potential Brides and Groom’s out there.
Thanks for everyone that stopped by. I’m sharing these photos because it really helped me to research other booths online before putting mine together. This was our 1st booth – granted it’s not a bridal show – but we will use all of this in the future.
Jasen always told me that he would never propose on a holiday, it’s too cliché and expected in a
way. He likes to be unique and wanted it to be a surprise. After looking around town at rings, we
couldn’t really find anything that stood out for us. I had found a few online that I really liked, so we were
just trying to find something close to the one we both really liked. So, Jasen had the idea to look around
in Seattle during our trip to Seattle Supercross since they have a wider selection of jewelry in bigger
WHERE WAS IT?
I was told his original plan was to propose on Saturday before we went to Supercross, but some
issues took up the time needed for us to do what Jasen had planned. On Sunday we made our way down
to the Pike Place market to eat at Ivars like we normally do. On our walk from our parking spot to Ivars
we decided to go up in the Seattle Great Wheel and take in the view. As we’re making our way up higher
and higher, I’m just looking out the window snapping a few pictures with my phone. As my focus makes
its way back towards where Jasen is, he’s on his knee holding the ring that we were comparing to all the
others!! I was completely surprised!!!
VISION FOR THE DAY:
We wanted to keep it pretty simple and within a budget. Just us, our family, and close friends.
The simpler things are, the less likely it is for something to go wrong! Jasen’s favorite color is red, so
after searching pinterest I fell in love with the look of Turquoise and Red together. Everything just came
together so well, it was amazing!
THE PLANNING PROCESS:
Although I had plenty of time to plan (the date I had picked was just over a year away) I had to
figure things out pretty quick, because June 21st ended up being a pretty popular date! Most of my first
choice calls were booked already, but I was definitely not disappointed with the help I ended up with.
Memories at Sunset Event Center (http://www.memoriesatsunset.com) had just came up in a
search I had done, but after looking at the pictures and talking to the coordinator I knew it was perfect.
With the different inclusive packages we were able to keep it within our budget, get everything we
wanted for our day, and the help we needed! I loved the landscaping and the security of knowing if
there were weather issues, we had the option of moving the ceremony inside. With the hills and
sagebrush in the background, I knew everything would look amazing!
I had looked at tons of pictures and kind of had an idea of certain things I liked in a dress, but
still really had no idea what I really wanted. Elaina at Amy’s Bridal Boutique
(http://www.iloveamysbridalboutique.com/index2.php#/home/) was amazing!! She helped me try on
dress after dress, and I was able to find the perfect dress at my first appointment! My dress was a
Maggie Sottero, I loved every part of it!!
I knew I wanted red shoes and again after looking at tons of pictures, I fell in love with the Nina
Evelixa high heels! They were actually pretty comfortable, and made me feel elegant!
For jewelry I borrowed my grandma’s pearl necklace and earrings as well as her diamond
bracelet. It was so nice wearing jewelry from within the family; it had true meaning to it. Thank you
HAIR & MAKEUP:
My hair and makeup were done by Thomas Cossalter from Serenity Salon.
Jasen looked very handsome in a black Calvin Klein tux with a red fest from Men’s Warehouse.
My mom came up across the cute little bear honey jars as sweet favors; it’s all natural and can
be used in many ways. We love honey, and Jasen calls me that a lot, so it fit perfectly.
I did well at taking care of everything with plenty of time to spare…. except the flowers. For
some reason I put that off till the last minute. I mean I contacted the lady the day before they needed to
be ordered, so I had to figure out exactly what I wanted really quick. Kennewick Flower shop
(http://www.kennewickflowershop.net/) helped me out so much! I sent her a few pictures, and voiced
my ideas, and she matched them perfectly! She was even amazing enough to arrange my fake flowers I
bought for my bouquet and put it all together for me! I was very impressed!
Our cake was AMAZING!! Thankfully Janelle’s Cakery
(https://www.facebook.com/JanellesCakery) had a cancellation for my day 3 weeks before my wedding!
I loved my cake! I might have a smaller replica of it made sometime in the future! We kept it pretty
simple, White cake with butter cream frosting. Janelle did awesome!
At first, I made the mistake of hiring someone else in fear of everyone being booked before I
had even heard back from Aaron! After talking to Aaron, and finding out he was available I cut my losses
and went with Aaron (of course!) We were almost step siblings before the tragic passing of his father.
After seeing the amazing work Aaron can do with a camera I knew he was the one I wanted to capture
such an important event in my life. Also, it was very nice to talk to and see him again after so many
years, even if I had to pay a good clump of money to make it happen We’ve had family pictures taken,
and Jasen’s approved of the pictures. After seeing Aaron’s work on our engagement photos he was
amazed! Finally, a decision I had made that Jasen was completely satisfied with!!!
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY:
I got our invitations from Invitations by Dawn (http://www.invitationsbydawn.com) I loved the
rustic look of our redwood invites.
FOOD & DRINK:
Food was catered by Henry’s restaurant in West Richland
(https://www.facebook.com/henryscatering) We went with something for everyone, it included 2 types
of meatballs, some pasta salads, meats, veggies, and fruits. I was very pleased with everything I ate.
Drinks were provided by the venue.
We have yet to go on a honeymoon, planning something for end of September, Jasen’s thinking
A MEMORABLE MOMENT:
Of course would be the first time Jasen saw me all dressed up. I think the main one would be
after my Pastor announced us as husband and wife…. I forgot to kiss my husband!!! OOPS! Lol Thanks to
my maid of honor for reminding me to do that!!!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:
First a thank you to my mom, Rene Whitehurst, and Grandma, Carol Mus. They put together and
set up all the center pieces, favors and other decorations. My pastor from King of Kings Lutheran
Church, Pasto VanKampen, for premarital counseling and officiating our wedding. To our wonderful
friends that accompanied us on our special day, and help and work they put in before our big day. Maid
of honor LaTrisha Raphael and Bride’s maids Christina Westleigh, Mariah Ney, and Stacy Coomes. Man
of honor Joshua Henn, Groom’s men Hector Cortez, Tom Didway, and Matt Davidson. Jamie Bock at
Events at Sunset, she coordinated the whole day for me! She made sure everything went as close to
schedule as possible, and made sure people were where they needed to be! She did amazing, who
knows how things would have gone if it weren’t for her. Janelle Klages for my amazing cake and on such
short notice! Our amazing photographer for traveling from Portland to the Tri-Cities to work his magic
and make us look good in our pictures at least as good as we can look! I’m so glad I was able to have
such an amazing photographer for such a wonderful occasion! Finally, thank you to all our family and
friends that joined us on our wedding day. Friends and family are what makes us who we are, and we
are surrounded with amazing people! Love you all!!!
Liz and Anthony are getting married later this month at the Portland Art Museum! We are so happy that they found us! We are really looking forward to their wedding! They are a really fun couple, we had a wonderful time during the engagement session – they are naturals. We had wonderful Portland summer weather for this session. We met at Bridgeport Brewery and walked around from there. Thanks you two! You guys look amazing!
THE PROPOSAL: Justin proposed on Christmas morning. It was just the two of us and we had already opened gifts. He started telling me of this German tradition of hanging a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree and the first person who finds it gets to open the first gift. He said since we already opened the presents that he had hidden the pickle on the tree and I had to find it. So I’m looking and looking and I can’t find the pickle. I eventually find it and hand it to him (not seeing that the ring is sitting on top of the pickle) He got down on one knee and asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him.
WHERE WAS IT? Home sweet home =D
VISION FOR THE DAY: We both imagined our wedding to be simple and classic. I didn’t want to overdo anything but wanted there to be a romantic feel in the air. I always imagined lots of roses and black and white attire. We both wanted a more intimate wedding and invited very close friends and family.
THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process went so smoothly as we had a year and a half to plan. Even though we had such a long time that year and a half sure went by fast! We had a lot of fun from cake tasting to meeting some very passionate people looking for our florist, dj, photographer, cellist, and bakery.
THE VENUE: The first time I saw The Adrianna Hill Grand ballroom in pictures on their website, www.adriannaballroom.com , I knew it was the one. Nothing else I looked at compared. We went to meet with Jessie and she is one of the most passionate people I have met. You can tell she loves her job and puts her all into every wedding she does. She was so personable and excited for us every step of the way.
BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was the 3rd dress I tried on out of about 5. I bought it at Davids Bridal and loved that it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. Of what I did try on I tried to make them completely different so I could get a feel for what I looked like in different styles and after the last one the associate asked if I would like to try something else on and all I wanted to do was put back on number 3! I was shopping with just my maid of honor and didn’t expect to find something the first day looking but I fell in love with it and had to have it!
BRIDE’S SHOES: I had the hardest time finding my shoes. Out of all the wedding planning the shoes was the hardest thing to find. I really initially wanted red shoes but found they were hard to find a pair that were comfy, cute, red and my size! I eventually found my silver dress shoes at DSW about a week before the wedding and fell in love with them. Didn’t take them off all night!
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My tiara and veil I bought when I got my dress at David’s Bridal but jewelry I wanted to look around and be a bit pickier about. I eventually ended up buying my mom some jewelry along with her dress one day and after that I could find anything else that I thought would look as great with my v neck on my dress than the one I got her. I couldn’t find anything else like it and my mom ended up giving me the set I bought her and found something else to wear with her dress. I felt pretty bad about taking them back but she loved how they looked on me and insisted I take them back.
HAIR & MAKEUP: My step daughter, maid of honor and I got our hair done at Hairy Kari’s and all of my bridesmaid and I did our own make up in the bridal room at the ballroom
GROOMS ATTIRE: Justin as well as the rest of the guys in the bridal party got their attire at Mr Formal. He wore a white suit with a red vest and tie.
WEDDING FAVOURS: We got chocolates from See’s Candies for our wedding favors. We had fun testing chocolates and truffles! We had them individually boxed and spread them out on the tables along with milk chocolate candy hearts.
THE FLOWERS: I got my flowers done by Stacey’s Flowers and loved the job she did. I had a very specific idea in mind and had tons of pictures to shower her how I wanted everything to look and she did just that! I had two large arraignments on the stage behind us, the bouquets and rose petals just about everywhere which was exactly enough for me. Our space was small and intimate and I didn’t want to overdo it on the flowers.
THE CAKE: The cake I had done at Beaverton Bakery. They have been around for quite a while and I had heard great things about them so we decided to go with them the same day we did our cake testing. They also did a great job in creating the exact idea I had in my head. I have about 3 different looking cakes that I basically wanted in one and they did an awesome job.
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: My photographer was Aaron Potter from OneBloom Photography. I think the photographer was one of the hardest decisions to make because I love photography and I really wanted to find someone who stood out to me from all the rest. A moment can only be captured in a photo once and I had to find someone who I felt confident would do the best job! I found him randomly online one day looking at page after page of photos on photographer’s websites and loved his photos.
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: Invitations and stationery I found online through Zazzle.com They had a cute black and white chalkboard looking invitation that I loved and decided to use for my Bridal shower and wedding invitations.
FOOD & DRINK: Food and drink was so easy to decide on since Adrianna Hill was all inclusive and did all the cooking. Was so nice having one less thing to worry about. The food was so delicious and we had beer and wine served all night for our guests.
THE HONEYMOON: The honeymoon is just around the corner. We decided to wait a little while on the honeymoon because we wanted to spend time with Justin’s daughter Emma while she was visiting us on her summer vacation from school. We will be heading to Hawaii though shortly. It will be the first time for both of us so we are so excited to spend a week off from work relaxing in paradise!
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The most memorable moment was getting to see each other all dressed up for the first time as I walked down the aisle towards him. He was not allowed to see my dress since I bought it and I never got to see him in his attire so it was fun waiting tell the last moment to see each other all dressed up.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: My advice for other couples is to give yourself plenty of time to plan your wedding. It a very important day and you’ll save yourself from a lot of stress if you don’t plan things last minute. Also in the end it’s about the love between two people and all the little things don’t really matter. Don’t let the little things get in the way of the bigger picture. Also, the day goes by faster than you think it will so enjoy every single second!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: I can’t imagine what the day would have been like if Jessie wasn’t a part of our planning from day one. She made everything run so smoothly and made me feel so at ease every step of the way.