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