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April 11, 2014
We specialize in interior and exterior photography in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. We specialize in Luxury Homes, Apartments, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Condos, Homes, Real Estate, Businesses, Studios, Pools,...
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We specialize in interior and exterior photography in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. We specialize in Luxury Homes, Apartments, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Condos, Homes, Real Estate, Businesses, Studios, Pools, Landscapes, Remodels, Buildings and Businesses.

We utilize a special  technique to create stunningly vivid imagery.

For more information and booking please visit us at www.onebloom.com/commercial

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Vancouver, WA | Battle Ground, WA | Portland, OR

April 3, 2014
Jessica and Jon are getting married later this year. They needed some engagement photography done. We chose a date and got lucky! The weather turned out to be perfect – right between the days of rain showers. We...
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Jessica and Jon are getting married later this year. They needed some engagement photography done. We chose a date and got lucky! The weather turned out to be perfect – right between the days of rain showers. We started at the English Estate Vineyards in Vancouver, WA. We then moved onto the Historic Fort Vancouver area. We did a 2 hour session – it was perfect timing for the sunlight and we were able to get a ton of great engagement images for this happy couple! Thanks so much Jessica and Jon! We love the way everything turned out! You guys look amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 31, 2014
                    THE PROPOSAL: Gabriel Proposed to me on my birthday! What a wonderful gift I will cherish forever. I was having an awful day. We were coming home...
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THE PROPOSAL: Gabriel Proposed to me on my birthday! What a wonderful gift I will cherish forever. I was having an awful day. We were coming home from visiting family and friends. I hadn’t received a call from my mom or dad no family at all what so ever. I was feeling rather alone in a way. Gabriel just kept telling me I was going to have 25 reasons to be happy when we got home. I had no idea what he meant and continued moping all the whole way. We finally got home, I got my jammies on and was looking forward to cuddling up to a movie. Gabriel came up from behind me and told me how much he loved me and how important I was to him and he wanted to give me the best birthday I would ever have. He got down on one knee and everything and asked me to be his wife. (I said yes obviously). He reached in his pocket and pulled out a clear ring box with pink tissue paper he explained what the 25 reasons were. There were 25 diamonds on my gorgeous ring. The ring came from his grandma who passed away our first year together.

WHERE WAS IT? Gabriel proposed to me in our bedroom in our TINY one bedroom house in Bremerton.

VISION FOR THE DAY: We wanted something fun and romantic with our family and closest friends. I wanted it to be lots of pink and it all worked out we got married the weekend after Valentine’s day. I wanted sunshine and I got rain but it couldn’t have been any better. It was still intimate just like I wanted.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: Our planning process was EASY we only had 6 months but we just knocked it all out of the park. Lots of DIY and always went cheap if we could.

THE VENUE: Our venue was the Anderson Lodge in Ariel Washington. A private and rustic feel in the woods was perfect for our large family getaway. It provided an awesome getaway weekend for family and friends.

BRIDE’S DRESS: I wore a white empire waste Bonny Bridal gown that I purchased for an amazing price at the Bridal Arts Building in Vancouver off of highway 99. The dress had a beautiful sweetheart neckline and an elegant diamond and pearl broach the dress was simple and elegant exactly what I wanted.

BRIDE’S SHOES: I wore Betsey Johnson Veil pumps that killed my poor feet but were absolutely gorgeous I had backup white flip flops that had a little bling and said bride on them.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I wore Gabriel’s grandma’s earrings they were diamond studs. I wore a hair comb with embellishments to match the ones on my dress, and a scalloped edge veil.

HAIR & MAKEUP: My hairdresser Heidi owner of Bellus salon in Vancouver, did a lovely off to the side curly updo. My beautiful sister in law an Aveda student in Portland did a classic bronze bridal cat eye.

GROOMS ATTIRE: Gabriel rented his tux along with the groomsmen at Mr. Formal. It was a simple five button jacket with pink vest and pink tie. He looked SMOKIN’

WEDDING FAVOURS: We had a sweets table with goody bags for people to take what they liked most.

THE FLOWERS: The bridal party bouquets were done by Safeway florist in Woodland Washington. They did an amazing job and the price was AWESOME!

THE CAKE: My sister in law made my cake it was a German chocolate cake with a caramel frosting made in a heart shaped pan. But my favorite part of my whole wedding was the sweets table we had my other sister in law Emilee has a party planning business called Events by Emilee she put together the most beautiful table. You can find her page on Facebook Events by Emilee

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: We chose Aaron with OneBloom Photography. I was really impressed with his work online and the way he captures light. That was something specific I was looking for when I chose the photographer. He was professional and fun. Even stayed a little longer to get the last shots because it rained on my wedding day.

FOOD & DRINK: Our family made all the food we did pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw. We had a keg of Manny’s pale ale. All of it was extremely delicious.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The moment I remember the most from the day was mine and Gabe’s first dance… needless to say it was so us, Gabe got too into it spun me around I slipped and my veil fell out of my hair almost at the same time. Pretty embarrassing but was nothing but love!!

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: My advice for other couples out there planning their big day is this… don’t sweat anything. If it rains it rains. If your mom is a witch. She is a witch. Almost everything is out of your control but what is in your control is having the best love enriched day possible and enjoy the time with your family and friends. ?

March 29, 2014
Lauren and Jackson are great together! We had a great time spending part of spring day with them. We started out at this old bridge near where Jackson’s parents live. A spot that the two have been to before. It...
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Lauren and Jackson are great together! We had a great time spending part of spring day with them. We started out at this old bridge near where Jackson’s parents live. A spot that the two have been to before. It was a great spot. We were basically alone on the campus and the rain held off for us. No sunshine – but we made our own. So glad to see it not raining finally! Our last few shoots have been rainy!

At the end of the engagement session, while packing up and talking about the session… We found a ton of Four Leaf Clovers! Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!Just more good luck to Lauren and Jackson. We’re happy and excited to photograph their wedding this September!Spring time is a great time for engagement pictures. With the trees blooming and the sunlight staying out longer and longer. It means golden rays of sunshine for perfect memories!

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March 19, 2014
Some days you can’t win! Dana and Jasen booked this engagement session in advanced from their wedding package. They are getting married this year in Richland, WA. We’re hoping that the weather is better the...
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Some days you can’t win! Dana and Jasen booked this engagement session in advanced from their wedding package. They are getting married this year in Richland, WA. We’re hoping that the weather is better the next time we shoot together! We had no choice but to shoot – they drove 3 1/2 hours to get here! So, we started at Vancouver Lake park. They were great! It didn’t matter that it rained – it slowed everything down a bit and we all got soaked, but this couple had a great time! We met the next day for lunch and of course – it wasn’t raining. True Northwest fashion. Thank you for being so awesome Dana and Jasen!

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March 18, 2014
  THE PROPOSAL: On Aug. 18th 2013 he proposed to me after he first tied me up so I wouldn’t run away – I had no idea what was going on but I surely didn’t expect to see a ring when he took off the blindfold....
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THE PROPOSAL: On Aug. 18th 2013 he proposed to me after he first tied me up so I wouldn’t run away – I had no idea what was going on but I surely didn’t expect to see a ring when he took off the blindfold. It wasn’t just any ring but the one I had drooled on every trip past the jewelry case in Costco years prior. It had been discontinued and I thought I had lost my chance to ever see it again. He called around and there was still one at a store in the metro area.

WHERE WAS IT? At our home

VISION FOR THE DAY: We were looking for a small gathering of friends and family – with great food, relaxed vibe and lots of dancing.

THE PLANNING PROCESS: Was very short – neither of us enjoy and unfinished task. We put the whole thing together in 6 months with a focus on keeping the day stress free and picking the right vendors to aid in that.

THE VENUE: Skamania Lodge – which we love to lodge feeling and their amazing food! Along with that added bonus of a day of coordinator who helped everything flow smoothly and staff who handled all the setup and take down. Tiffany (our coordinator) was fantastic at handling all the day of stuff and we were very fortunate to have her – we didn’t sweat over anything all day we knew she had it handled. When all was done and we returned to the bridal suite where there was roses, wine and chocolate covered strawberries to snack on.

BRIDE’S DRESS: It was a satin trumpet gown with a sweetheart neckline in Ivory

BRIDE’S SHOES: 1 pair of Ivory sparkle open toe pumps 1 pair of ivory sparkle flats and hardly wore either of them… they got in the way of dancing

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: Very minimized as I hardly wear anything day to day but I did rock a pair of Marylyn Monroe waterfall earrings

HAIR & MAKEUP: Jasmine @ http://blossomandbeauty.com/ – we did 2 trial runs just to try out different colors – she is absolutely amazing! She even stayed while we took pictures outside just in case I needed a touchup prior to the ceremony. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for hair or makeup and love watching her tutorials. I know any time I am in need of hair\makeup in the future she will be the first one I call.

GROOMS ATTIRE: We visited Men’s Warehouse and Aaron bought 2 suits because we couldn’t decide which we liked best – it was the first time I saw him in a suit ever! We didn’t decide on which one he was going to wear until the day of the wedding

WEDDING FAVOURS: We hired http://www.oregonphotoboothrental.com/ to set up a photobooth and also put together a guest book for us. The kids had a ton of fun photo bombing people and I asked that anyone who was drinking take a before and after shot. Also because Aaron loves after dinner mints and pie so much I ordered us personalized mints and had the lodge make 3 pies that way we could send people with a midnight snack as most of our guests stayed at the lodge.

THE FLOWERS: Were all arrangements made by the mother of the groom. She has worked at craft stores in the past making arrangements and with a couple trips to local craft stores and matching of the right purples we were set.

THE CAKE: 2 tiered cake made by Skamania lodge the top layer was red velvet/cream cheese and the bottom was chocolate/vanilla cream.

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER: Was Aaron @ OneBloom Photography – when we first started planning the event we decided that the 2 most important things to us were finding a venue that would be as stress free as possible and finding the right photographer to capture the day as we knew it would all go by so fast we would hardly remember. After reviewing a ton of different photographers online we narrowed the style or feeling of photography we liked the best. After our first meeting with Aaron we knew he had the experience and style we were looking for. I remember going through so many pictures online trying to find ones we liked that we wanted to capture and they all ended up being ones that were on OneBloom’s blog or FB page. Most of them were even at the same venue. This made me very confident that he knew much more about this then I did and we just decided to give him a kinda whats going on when list and let him direct us. It was great! We were even able to get a lot of pictures outside (which I thought would be extra challenging in Feb) He kept us on track of what time it was and what we needed to do next and I felt very at ease the entire time like I was just hanging out with my man. I could definably tell that the photographer had a vision of what he was trying to create and I cannot wait to see the pics!

INVITATIONS & STATIONERY: We designed them online and had the printed by wedding paper divas.

FOOD & DRINK: All provided by Skamania lodge and all was fantastic. We had a buffet of pork, chicken and salmon and we are still getting comments from our guests that it was the best wedding/event food they have ever had… I agree because I actually sat down for a minute and ate it.

THE HONEYMOON: We went to Playa del Carmen (south of Cancun, Mexico) and stay at the Paradisius resort… oh the tequila!

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: My son Alec was really excited to make a speech welcoming Aaron to our family and thanking him for being such a great guy. Also seeing my stepmom who was unable to walk without assistance just 9 months ago out dancing the night away was amazing.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Make a list of what is really important (like top 5) and spend your time and energy on making sure that happens… people get too caught up in the little things and forget stuff like who is going to clean all of the party up? Also hire a great team of vendor – if you are confident in them then the day of you don’t have to worry about if they will know what they are doing and you can just relax and let them do what they are good at.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: Our Vendors! Skamania lodge for using their onsite staff and day of coordinator to make sure everything was handled. Our photographer for making sure we got a chance to get all the shots needed and keeping us to schedule. Jasmine at blossom and beauty for making sure I looked my best. And our DJ (DJ Stack from signature entertainment) along with our photobooth for keeping our guests entertained for hours!

 

March 10, 2014
THE PROPOSAL: 4th of July weekend, Tyler insisted that the two of them go to the beach to spend the 4th of July with Sara’s parents at their family’s beach house. Sara loves spending time with her family at...
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THE PROPOSAL:

4th of July weekend, Tyler insisted that the two of them go to the beach to spend the 4th of July with Sara’s parents at their family’s beach house. Sara loves spending time with her family at the coast, so she happily agreed and they headed to Long Beach. Tyler wanted to respect tradition and ask her father for permission before he planned to propose, but this was the last chance Tyler had.

The whole time they were at the coast, Tyler was actively trying to get alone time with her dad but it was hard because Sara kept inviting herself to all of the outings. Finally, Tyler saw his chance to ask Scott as they were buying seafood at a local market. Tyler showed her dad the ring he picked out and asked, “May I marry your daughter?” To which her father replied, “It’s about time! We’ve been waiting for you to ask that!”

Tyler knew he wanted to propose to Sara with her whole family present, and because her birthday is in July, he knew that her family celebration would be the perfect event. As Sara finished opening her presents, Tyler mentioned that he had one more for her as he handed her a large, heavy box. She unwrapped the first box and found that it had another layer to unwrap. She started unwrapping the layers of boxes, each level (strangely) filled with office supplies. Until finally she came to the last box. She pulled back the wrapping paper and saw the dark blue box, iconic of Tacori, and she knew he was proposing. She opened the box and it contained a note inside that read, “Sara Lynn Perrott, will you marry me?” She turned around to see he was on one knee holding the ring. Of course, she said, “Yes!”

WHERE WAS IT?

They wanted to do a simple courthouse wedding at the Multnomah County Courthouse, followed by a delicious dinner with their families at one of their favorite restaurants, Andina. For their wedding night, the couple knew they wanted to celebrate together at Departure and stay the night in a room at The Nines Hotel.

VISION FOR THE DAY:

The couple wanted the day to have just a touch of wedding flair. The only way they could think to describe it would be to say it had a kind of urban-bohemian style. Sara is not a “girly-girl” but thought it was fitting to have a blush pink wedding dress with matching shoes and pink veil. Tyler would match this by having light pink accents in his attire for the day.

THE PLANNING PROCESS:

Keeping it simple and convenient was the M.O. for this couple. Andina was an easy choice, because it is one of their favorite restaurants in Portland. Their only challenge was narrowing down the menu! Thankfully, Andina offers beautiful private dining accommodations and have a wonderful event planning staff that helped plan the entire evening. They decided to have the four item bocaditos passed while people arrived and had cocktails followed by the four course prix-fixe menu.

THE VENUE:

We were fortunate to reserve the Tupai Room at the restaurant. Tupai is Andina’s largest private event space located above the restaurant and features a dedicated kitchen and full-service bar for their amazing drinks. The whole experience at Andina went above and beyond their expectations. The event space was beautiful, the drinks were unique, the food was scrumptious and the service was superb.

BRIDE’S DRESS:

A blush pink sleeveless A-line dress with sheer tulle illusion yoke, sweetheart-detail at bodice and a bow-tie sash at her waistline. (BCBG)

BRIDE’S SHOES:

Light pink pumps that featured cutouts on the side and a feminine ankle strap.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES:

Sara found the perfect rose gold jewelry the day before the wedding at Macy’s. She wore:

Givenchy Rose Gold-Tone Necklace with Swarovski Vintage Crystal Frontal

Givenchy Rose Gold-Tone Earrings with Swarovski Light Pink Stone

Givenchy Rose Gold-Tone Bracelet with Swarovski Vintage Stone

GROOMS ATTIRE:

Black Hugo Boss Suite

Black Hugo Boss Shoes

THE FLOWERS:

Bouquet was prepared by the Portland Florist Shop

YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER:

The bold, contemporary beauty of OneBloom Photography

A MEMORABLE MOMENT:

All of Sara’s family came for the courthouse ceremony and the vows chosen for the ceremony were sweet and relative to us as a couple. We also really enjoyed the judge and how sincere she was, it made the courthouse ceremony sweet and unforgettable.

ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES:

Keep it simple and do not lament on details that are not correct. Inevitably, something will not go as planned (we even had a few snafu’s and there was not much to our wedding). Nobody else knows if something is off; for that reason, just go with the flow and enjoy the beauty of it all.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:

Tacori ring from Kassab Jewelers at Washington Square: http://www.kassabjewelers.com/

Andina Restaurant: http://www.andinarestaurant.com/

The Nines Hotel: http://www.thenines.com/

Wedding Veil: http://www.ellenmariedesign.com/

February 12, 2014
When I sit down to think about what 2013 meant to me, I’m overcome with so many memories. I’ve met so many fantastic people that were willing to put me behind the lens. That’s trust. Trust that...
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When I sit down to think about what 2013 meant to me, I’m overcome with so many memories.

I’ve met so many fantastic people that were willing to put me behind the lens. That’s trust. Trust that I’m going to be professional, creative, unique. And sometimes fun. Okay, a lot of fun. I love my job! These people are the people that afford me the opportunity to do what I love. For that, I respect them just as much as they have respected me by capturing important memories of their lives. Creating images that will last forever.

This was a record year for me. Not just in terms of business but also in terms of locations I visited and types of work I created. A first for me was shooting wedding number two for the same couple that was married I photographed in Portland, OR two years prior. The wedding was in San Francisco, CA. Also a first for me.

I’ve also been privileged to work on real estate projects with a local company. Capturing their properties in the best light. It’s been fantastic. Working on commercial work takes on a technical side and it involves a lot of editing and careful adjustments. It’s amazing what can be done by editing. I’ve really been able to use that side of my abilities.

 I’m so excited to say that 2014 is already on pace to shatter 2013. Thank you to all my clients, assistants, 2nd photographers, vendors and venues! My job wouldn’t be possible without all the love. Thank you everyone!

January 13, 2014
This is a few images from a New Years Eve wedding in Woodland, Washington at the Lewis River Golf Course. It was a cold, foggy night and we went outside to get these images just before midnight. We had to work fast,...
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This is a few images from a New Years Eve wedding in Woodland, Washington at the Lewis River Golf Course. It was a cold, foggy night and we went outside to get these images just before midnight. We had to work fast, Midnight was quickly approaching and I was shooting by myself! I love the way the images turned out. The red dress was for salsa dancing that was happening inside! Thank you to Lewis River Golf Course!

OneBloom Photography for Hoddick Photography www.hoddick.com

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January 2, 2014
THE PROPOSAL Alex and I had discussed marriage several times previously and had already decided that we wanted to spend our lives together.  Alex had asked me several times what my ideal proposal would look like, and...
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THE PROPOSAL
Alex and I had discussed marriage several times previously and had already decided that we wanted to spend our lives together.  Alex had asked me several times what my ideal proposal would look like, and I’d responded that I didn’t care much for a big show.  Instead, something small and heartfelt would mean the world to me.  We’d also looked online and visited several jewelry stores to get ideas for a ring that suited me.  While I didn’t have a specific ring in mind, I knew I wanted something classic, clean, and nothing trendy.  We decided that an emerald cut-stone would offer everything I wanted.
The proposal took place at Alex’s parents’ home in Lake Oswego on August 22nd, 2013.  I’d gone over for a visit that afternoon and I couldn’t help but notice the big silly grin on Alex’s face.  He could barely look me in the eye for all his giddiness.  Unable to handle the suspense, I stupidly blurted out “oh my gosh, the ring is here, isn’t it?”  I immediately regretted saying anything at all for fear I may have ruined whatever Alex may have had planned for me.  Instead, Alex’s grin widened even further (as though that were possible) and he even blushed a bit.  He knelt at my side and pulled a small velvet box from his pocket.  He leaned into me and whispered the simplest, sweetest proposal ever. Speechless, I nodded in response and threw my arms around him tightly.  After a moment of hugs, kisses, and a few tears, Alex slipped the most perfect ring onto my finger.  The classic simplicity of the ring could not have been more perfect: thin micro pave’ band gave way to a solitaire emerald-cut center stone.  No embellishments, no halos–everything about it was beautiful for was without silly flourishes.  Alex had selected something that encompassed everything I’d wanted.
 
VISION FOR THE DAY
We wanted the wedding to have the intimate feel of a family gathering and felt that a small ceremony with dinner and drinks to follow would suit our needs perfectly.  We had around 75 guests in attendance made up of our family and closest friends.  It was important to not have a wedding that was too theme-y or showy. Much like the ring that Alex had selected for me, we preferred an event with a more timeless, classic feel.  Simplicity was key because of our tight timeline, but we also wanted to maintain an air of elegance.  We settled on a palette of creamy ivory, black, and a smoky/silvery gray for our big day, letting the surrounding colors of fall speak for themselves.  We also opted for a small wedding party:  my sister, Alisa, would stand with me as my maid of honor and Alex’s fraternity brother and friend, Andrew, would stand as his best man.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
The planning process took just over 12 weeks!  What a whirlwind!  I must have had two or three appointments booked for each week and soon I felt like wedding planning had become a part-time job.  But since it was a second wedding for both of us we knew what we wanted in vendors and we had a clear picture for our wedding day.  In an odd way, the tight timeline made things easier to plan in some ways.  There wasn’t time for us to be indecisive.  Once we’d made up our mind about something, it generally stuck.  We also had a great deal of planning help from Alex’s mother, Cynthia, who has a natural flair for hosting big family events.  We would have been so lost without her help!
THE VENUE
Together with Alex’s parents, we decided that Waverley Country Club in Portland would serve as the perfect setting for our fall wedding.  The grounds offered a panoramic view of the Willamette River as well as clusters of trees with golden yellow and fiery red leaves.  I was excited to see what Aaron would do with the sweeping landscape as a backdrop for our photos.  The clubhouse offered the intimate space we were looking for but was still ornate and beautiful.  The North Hall would serve as our ceremony space; it was a smaller room with a grand fireplace and had stunning crystal chandeliers overhead.  Cocktails would take place in the foyer and dinner was in the ballroom where gold chandeliers and mirrored doors reflected the light pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
BRIDE’S ATTIRE
Where wedding dresses were concerned, I was never a fan of glitz, glamor, and sparkle. I also didn’t care for trendy silhouettes and wanted something that  wouldn’t make me cringe when I looked back at my wedding photos.  My dress came from Vera Wang’s White collection for David’s Bridal.  It appealed to me because it was grand enough to suit the country club without being stuffy or stiff.  The ballgown flowed with layers upon layers of sweeping tulle in a creamy shade of ivory.  I altered the dress a bit and switched out the original ivory sash for a simple black satin sash to coordinate with my maid of honor’s dress.  My sister wore a black floor-length chiffon dress that was also Vera Wang.  The two dresses next to each other complimented each other nicely.
I decided that ivory pearls would flatter my dress, and my grandmother offered to pair her pearl earrings with my necklace.  My shoes were matte black stilettos to match my sash.  My makeup was crafted by the artists at Dosha Salon on Hawthorne in Portland, and my hair was done by my friend Rachel.
GROOM’S ATTIRE
Alex looked oh-so-handsome in a gray suit and patterned black tie.  The light color was formal but also fit the afternoon wedding.
THE FLOWERS
The flowers were done by the incredibly talented Jennifer of Green In Bloom (greeninbloom.com).  What I loved most about working with Jennifer was how helpful and accommodating she was.  We spent our initial meeting pouring over the pictures I’d collected online through Pinterest.  She was very thorough and asked me what appealed to me about each image, as well as asking me how I felt about each particular flower.  She had extensive knowledge of which flowers would be available our time of year, what colors would be available, and what would coordinate well.  Our vision continued to grow and evolve until our final product was emassed:  creamy hydrangeas, full garden roses in an ivory tone, and large cymbidium orchid blooms were accented by gray brunia berries, velvety dusty miller, and dark mocha fiddlehead fern curls.  Not only did the flowers reach all the tones in our color palette, but they were lusciously elegant.  Jennifer expertly crafted what I had pictured in my mind, though what she brought to reality was perhaps even more beautiful than I could have imagined.  My flowers were my favorite wedding detail and what I’d spent most of my time concentrating on.  I’ve asked that Alex have my wedding bouquet re-made for all our anniversaries!
THE CAKE
Alex and I sought our cake creation from Le Cookie Monkey (lecookiemonkey.com) in Portland.  Three tiers offered three different flavors to our attendees:  lemon, red velvet, and champagne.  Ivory buttercream covered the round layers, accented by a large, ornate flower with silvery gray sugar powder lining the petal edges, and silvery gray ribbon circled the base of each layer.  I will admit that the cake was one detail that had slipped my mind in the planning process, and before I knew it our cake consultation snuck up on me.  Amber couldn’t have been more helpful though in shaping a vision for our big day.  She listened to my (vague) ideas and somehow knew what I wanted even before I did.  I couldn’t have been more thrilled when she sketched our our design–Alex and I were in love with what she’d put together for us.
PHOTOGRAPHY (eek!)
Photography was something we knew was very important to us, and something that we were determined to find just the right person for.  It seemed everyone knew someone to suggest, but it wasn’t until an old schoolmate mentioned OneBloom that something clicked.  I recognized the name and after a quick internet search was reminded how much I LOVED Aaron’s work.  It was clear that photography was more than some mere hobby to him.  Aaron was beyond talented and the way he played with light in his shots was stunning.  I honestly have not seen work like his anywhere else and his gift remains unmatched.  Aaron is an artist in every sense of the word and Alex and I were on pins and needles waiting for our shots to come in after the wedding. (Wow thank you so much Rachel + Alex! -  Love you guys! OneBloom, Aaron Potter)
INVITATIONS AND STATIONARY
We selected our stationary from Wedding Paper Divas (weddingpaperdivas.com).  Their selection was massive and the customization options were endless.  We were very pleased with our gray and white invitations.
FOOD AND DRINK
Our food was expertly crafted by the chefs at Waverley, and our menu was selected by Alex and his mother, Cynthia. Appetizers started with firecracker prawns, crab cakes, and Waverley bacon.  We served seafood pasta salad, a mezze platter, Thai beef salad, Asian chicken salad, green salad, vegetable risotto and mashed potatoes. Entrees were pan-roasted wild salmon filet and house smoked boneless pork sirloin.  Wine, beer, and champagne were passed, and a gourmet hot chocolate and hot cider bar was set up with all the trimmings.
 
HONEYMOON
Alex and I spent the week following our wedding in sunny Scottsdale, AZ.  Alex’s family has a stunning vacation home there and we spent our time soaking up the warm sunshine, walking the nature trails in the area, and enjoying the backyard fire pit under the stars.  It was quiet and peaceful–everything we needed!
 
MEMORABLE MOMENT
I have two memorable moments that come to mind: the first is when I saw my flowers for the first time and the reality of the day sank in.  It was my first super giddy moment of the day!  The second moment is one that both Alex and I share: the first look!  I remember walking toward him with his back to me and thinking “Oh my gosh, this is really it!  This man is going to be my HUSBAND!”  And Alex can’t help but blush and feel butterflies when he thinks back to that moment.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
In regard to the wedding, our advice is to follow your instincts.  Pick a style and theme that you are comfortable with.  Hire vendors that you trust completely–after all, this is going to be one of the most treasured days of your life!  Don’t sweat so much over the small details–who is going to notice if the napkins don’t EXACTLY match the invitations?  People will be too focused on the two of you to care.
In regard to a successful relationship, the biggest piece of advice we can offer is to ALWAYS LOVE.  Respond to each other with love and kindness always.  Remember that your relationship is only going to be made up of what you care to put into it so don’t expect anything that you’re unwilling to contribute yourself.  Speak with your partner about the kind of relationship you want and discuss ways you’ll bring it to a reality.  Lastly, treat your relationship as sacred.  Your marriage is between the two of you, no one else.  Don’t share your struggles publicly and never say anything negative about your partner to anyone.  Your relationship will only be as respected as much as YOU respect it.

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Our biggest thanks must first go to Alex’s parents, Peter and Cynthia, for their generosity in putting our wedding together.  We are so very blessed to have their love and support and there are no words to express the depth of our gratitude for their incredible gift.  Another is due to Roseanna of Waverley Country Club for her help with organizing and planning our big day.  If anything went wrong that day, I literally had no clue.  Roseanna and her staff were on point the whole day, and every request was met with the highest level of customer service and professionalism imaginable.  Next would be our vendors:  Aaron of OneBloom, Jennifer of Green In Bloom, Amber at LeCookie Monkey, Reverend BJ, and our talented musician Aaron Meyer.  We trusted you with our special day and each of you went above and beyond.  You are all blessings to us and people that we will forever be grateful for.
Lastly, we extend our gratitude to our loved ones for their endless love and support.  This was a second wedding for both of us.  Alex lost his first wife, Kathy, to cervical cancer.  My previous fiancé was diagnosed with brain cancer that changed everything about who he was.  Alex and I were compatible to begin with, but once we’d learned about the painful pasts we both had in common it cemented our bond immediately.  Our relationship accelerated quickly and we married almost seven months to the day after our first date.  Our families and friends were so supportive and were excited to see us so happy again.  We appreciate more than anything how warm and welcoming they’ve been to our new partners.