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Alison & Austin | Wildfire Romance at Five Pine Lodge, Sisters Oregon

Remember that time when Central Oregon was heavy with wildfire smoke… yea, we all do.

Fortunately for Alison & Austin the Millie Fire didn’t advance far enough to put a damper on their wedding day at Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. The air was still scratchy and it “looked like” a thick overcast or fog was looming in the sky, if it wasn’t for the plenty high temps and red glowing sun you’d almost believe it.

Both having Oregon roots, Alison & Austin chose Central Oregon for their ceremony with their love of the outdoors, mountains, and our favorite… beer! They also enjoy “good tv”, eating amazing food, and fun music. In fact their first dates included the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Fransisco and a Stanford vs. OSU football game. “I can’t believe we rooted for Stanford!”, said Alison. Lol! Speaking of fun music, a friend of Alison’s from high school was their live band – professional honky tonk one man show!!! It was glorious.

My favorite parts of the day: Alison’s Trample the Patriarchy unicorn tank top and GORGEOUS blue & gold wedding dress <3, them both working so hard to keep it together during their vows… even though I insisted that they let it out and cry, those custom riiiiiings, forgoing cake for dessert and having Addy Mac’s ice cream instead!

Here’s what they had to say about their special day:

1. What was your favorite part of the day?

Alison: My favorite part of the day was walking into the wedding venue after the ceremony and greeting all of our guests. It’s a really rare thing to be in a large crowd of people where everyone you see is not only someone you know, but also someone you really like! On top of that, I knew that each one of my guests had made a lot of effort to travel to the wedding venue just to show their support for me and Austin. So each time I said hi to a different person, I was overwhelmed with the love their presence suggested and how much each person clearly cared about me. I was left with a very full heart after having everybody I care most about in one place at one time!

Austin: Seeing Alison for the first time and being absolutely blown away! Also the combination of Alison / her amazing dress / the FivePine landscape / the smoky alien sun just made for an incredible scene.

2. What are you most looking forward to in married life?

Alison: I’m most looking forward to seeing how Austin and I change and grow together over the years. We’ve known each other for five years now, and every single year we grow up a little bit and also grow a little bit closer. We challenge each other to be kind, thoughtful, and empathetic people not only towards others, but also to each other and to ourselves. Now that our lives are officially entwined, I hope our insight and care will lead to an even deeper relationship that allows us to support each other through whatever obstacles lie ahead.

Austin: Hanging out with my best friend every day and knowing we get to do that for the rest of our lives!!

3. What advice would you like to share with others?

Alison: My advice for wedding planning is to hire good people (like Amanda!) who clearly know what they are doing and really know the whole process. Then, give them a little guidance on the vision, hand them a check, and let them take over the rest. I had an amazing time on my wedding day and wasn’t stressed during the planning process because I didn’t go insane over every tiny little detail. There were still inane details for which I was the one that eventually had to make the decision, like what color pens I wanted for my guest book and how to display the seating charts. In those cases, I spent a short while looking at options, and then just made a decision, ordered the necessary things from Amazon, and then crossed that action item off my list. You can spend forever optimizing, but in the end, what people really remember about the wedding is how much fun everyone had! No matter how beautiful your seating chart is, people won’t be talking about it for years to come like they will be talking about the smile on your face.

Austin: For the wedding: Make it your own day – don’t be bound by traditions that you think are important to other people. Make your OWN traditions that reflect your values and what has brought you together as a couple. Everyone will recognize the authenticity and embrace it (otherwise why are they at your wedding?!?)

 

Creative Team

Venue & Catering // Five Pine Lodge & Conference Center  Photographer & Photo-Booth // Amanda Photographic  Florals // Woodland Floral  HMUA // Makeup Mafia  Dessert // Addy Mac’s Ice Cream Second Photographer // Andrew Paul Photography Assistant // Sara Mansfield Ceremony Music // Sam Saunders (Alison’s Brother) Reception Music // Mario Carboni “The Honky Tonk Rebel” Custom Rings // Waylon Rhoads Dress & Suit // Nordstrom

Hannah + Nathan | Succulents and Songs at McMenamins Cornelius Roadhouse

Could these two be any more adorable?

I didn’t think it was possible for them to be any cuter than they already were at their engagement session at Forest Park back in March, but they really upped their googly eyes game for their wedding day! Hannah and Nathan were celebrated by their friends and family at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church outside Portland in mid-August, followed by a tented garden reception at the McMenamins Cornelius Roadhouse. The entire day was filled with happiness, signing, memories, and a few surprises.

My top three moments of the day: 1. Hannah’s mom, Erin, seeing her daughter at the hotel and immediately bursting into (happy) tears. Besides that Hannah was a stunning bride, she was also wearing several pieces of heirloom jewelry from her grandparents and a garter made from part of Erin’s wedding dress. 2. The first look! Always a favorite. 3. Nathan’s sister and cousins surprising them with a group rendition of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” … all the guests joined in of course.

I love sharing the couple’s perspective on my blog so here some words from Hannah and Nathan…

1. What was your favorite part of the day?

H: I think my favorite part was actually saying the vows. Looking at Nathan and making that promise to him was by far the most meaningful moment that I will always remember.

N: There was a moment, as my parents introduced/recognized my grandparents, that I made perhaps the most meaningful eye contact I’ve ever made with another person, with my grandfather. Other than that, my favorite part was probably going around the tables and talking to everyone.

2. What are you most looking forward to in married life?

H: It’s really nice to always have a person to come home to. So much about the future is uncertain, but being married, I can count on this awesome person to always be a part of my life.

N: Not living alone/having someone to do something with during the week.

3. What advice would you like to share with others?

H: Whenever I got stressed out about wedding planning, I would try and remind myself that the important thing is the marriage. Not the wedding. The wedding is really just a big party. Technically, it’s optional. Whatever happens with the wedding, we are still going to get married, and that’s what matters.

N: 6 month engagement was fast, but definitely worth it. My advice to all my friends who are engaged or nearly is to try for a faster rather than slower engagement.

Venue // Prince of Peace Lutheran Church & McMenamins Cornelius Roadhouse Photography // Amanda Photographic Second Shooter // Stevi Sayler Bride & Bridesmaids Dresses // David’s Bridal Menswear // Mens Wearhouse HMUA // Bella Salon Floral // My Belle Blossoms Catering & Bartending // McMenamins Cornelius Roadhouse Officiant // Pastor Butch Olsen Papergoods // Emily Klammer Decor //DIY

Amy + Jeff | Wedding In The Woods at Three Strands Farm

Jeff and Amy have quite the love story…

It all started waaaaay back in 1997. Amy was blissful 19 year old working at BoA as a drive-up teller and Jeff was already sporting is own construction business so he was a regular at Amy’s window. One day she “happened to remembered” Jeff’s phone number from his checks and decided to give him a call. …crickets for 4 days. In her own words she was mortified and thought about how she could never show her face again. Lol! Teenagers can be so dramatic. Jeff called on the fourth day with a perfectly legit excuse; he was out skiing and had just gotten the message. Keep in mind this is 1997 and cell phones were not a thing yet. I remember there being car phones but only rich people or people who lived in the middle of nowhere had them. They had their first date at Applebee’s and 20 years later it was their wedding day!

Ok now time for the proposal story… also super cute.

Amy was home chillaxing when Jeff arrived home and scooped up their pug, Ryder, to “trim his nails in the garage.” He told Amy not to come in the garage because it would excite Ryder and we all know how tricky it can be to trim doggy nails. Jeff put a black shirt on their dog that said, ” Amy will you marry me? p.s. Ryder thinks you should.” When he let their pooch back in the house he immediately jumped on Amy’s lap; she read the shirt as Jeff approached her with a big bouquet of flowers and proposed on one knee. Awwwww!!! Then he spoiled her all day with shopping and dinner at their favorite restaurant. Good work Jeff!

Their wedding was held at Three Strands Farm outside Lebanon – surrounded by tall trees, friends, and family.

According to Amy choosing her bridesmaids was one of the hardest things she’s ever done. I guess having a million best friends is a good problem to have. 🙂 Her Uncle Pat officiated the ceremony with sincerity and humor – his specialty. My favorite part was their 4 year old nephew walking down the aisle with his twin sister holding a sign that said, “After 20 years are you sure?” Lol!

Less talking, more photography! #keepcalmandcurryon

Venue // Three Strands Farm

DJ + Lights // Apogee Events

Dresses // David’s Bridal

Suits // Men’s Warehouse

Videographer // Alicia Scherer

Mo + Stacey | Mountain Biking Wedding at Horse Creek Lodge

I’ve been waiting all year for this wedding!!!

Mo & Stacey are two of the most genuine people I’ve had the good fortune to meet since moving to Bend. We hit it off immediately over pints of cider and gushing about wedding plans, snowy adventures, and their dog Georgia. We started our photo-relationship with their engagement session at Edison Sno-Park just outside Bend, which contrasts so beautifully with their summer forest wedding at Horse Creek Lodge in McKenzie Bridge.

The day started like any other… with a mountain bike ride. A dozen or so wedding guests joined them for a few “laps” around a forested trail system near the lodge while designated friends and family continued set up for the ceremony and reception later that afternoon. Both Mo and Stacey agreed that it was a great way to get some energy out while spending time with friends. I’ve seen morning yoga sessions, river floating, fishing trips, and hikes as well.

They got ready together while guests began to filter in and enjoy the teahouse tipi, lawn games, photo-booth, and scenery. When it was time for the service to begin the guests made their way down a wooded path with photos of the brides on either side; they were greeted by a sage smudging before entering the clearing.  Both Mo and Stacey were walked part way down the aisle by their parents and Georgia; after a family hug the parents found their seats at the front while Stacey & Mo high-fived their way down the aisle – their roomie, Alicia, played her guitar and sang for the processional. A close friend Jenni officiated the ceremony while radiating love and joy over them; another friend John Paul made their rings and passed them between guests for blessings. Thoughtful vows were exchanged that were serious with a pinch of humor followed by placing a ring on the other’s finger. Another friend, Beth, read an original poem that she wrote for their wedding that left everyone who wasn’t already crying in tears. …this was my FAVORITE part. 🙂

I asked Stacey & Mo what they thought about their special day. Here’s what they had to say:

What was your favorite part of the day?
Mo: The Ceremony. Stacey doing 15 push ups in a wedding dress. (it totally happened!)
Stacey: The Ceremony- looking out at all the smiles and the teary faces of our most favorite people….and sharing the most pivotal experience of my life with all of them. All of the hugs!

What are you most looking forward to in married life?
Mo: More adventures!
Stacey: Not planning another wedding. (lol!)

What advice do you have for others?
Mo: Make lists, ask for help, invite people you want to build community with.
Stacey: Make lists and make more lists, Smaller is better- invite those closest to you, and those that you want to pull even tighter into your community.  Delegate tasks…don’t do everything yourself.  Ask for help – friends are resourceful and are always happy to help!
Soapbox: In some of our initial emails it was brought to my attention that planning a wedding and attempting to hire vendors was a bit of a daunting task. Each time Mo would email a potential vendor she would have to preface it with the fact that she and Stacey are a same-sex couple hoping to work with them. Fortunately there are sites like A Bicycle Built For Two – a LGBT/Queer wedding website – which is where they found me. It hadn’t occurred to me (privilege) that one aspect of wedding planning/vendor hiring that could be particularly stressful for queer couples is coming-out over and over and over again to strangers via email. Is this person LGBT friendly? Friendly vs. Affirming? etc. In our current climate being part of the LGBT community is hard enough. Planning a wedding is hard enough. Doing both probably feels impossible sometimes. …which to me is complete crap! Nobody should feel sadness, fear, pain, or loss because of who they love. If you are fortunate enough to love and be loved by another human being hold on to it with everything you have. …and give a big middle finger to anyone who tries to take that away from you. Mo & Stacey: I adore you both, your love for adventure, your fierce commitment to your community, and the work you both do. Thank you for letting me celebrate you!!!

Venue // Horse Creek Lodge

Rings // John Paul Designs

Catering // El Sancho

Music // Cascade Crescendo

Photography // Amanda Photographic

Everything Else // DIY

Samara + Brett | Ainsworth House Garden Wedding Portland Oregon

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. -Marcel Proust

Samara + Brett classic, beautiful, and intimate wedding at The Ainsworth House & Garden outside Portland was everything they’d dreamed it would be.

They each spent the morning with their respective bridesmaids and groomsmen at a nearby hotel, before making the short but sometimes time consuming trip to their venue. Everything was ready for them upon arrival and the garden was in full bloom. After exchanging gifts through Samara’s dual Matrons of Honor it was time for the bride to have a first look; first with her Dad, then with her groom. The entire day from beginning to end was full of happy tears and plenty of laughter; munching and sipping; hand holding and butt grabbing. Did I mention yet that Samara is a triathlete? …and that Brett loooooves motorcycles? Let’s just say that their guest list included some really adventurous folks.

The color palette of gray, cream, and Tiffany blue was perfectly elegant for the formal garden setting.

When asked what their favorite parts of the day where this is what Samara + Brett had to say…

Samara: OMG That Garter toss though. Also Brett’s vows.
Brett: The best man toast. Also the vows…the look on Samara’s face when she sees the ring on my finger.
What are you most looking forward to in married life?
Samara: Finally being married! Putting a ring on it (Brett’s finger), also cake.
Brett: Being married! The little black book, also leftover cake and beer.
What advice do you have for others?
Samara: (Wedding planning) Give yourself time to plan and when the day finally comes take a breath and let it all go. Unless it will make or break your wedding day it absolutely isn’t worth worrying about. Your day will be uniquely you, no matter what happens. (Training) As with most things, Quality over quantity. If you’re training with your partner but aren’t at the same level. Find ways to make your workouts overlap so they still feel like you’re doing something together but allow you to work at your own pace. (Motorcycles) Ride hard, ride fast, don’t be stupid and don’t get caught. (In life) Do what makes you happy! In your relationship, in your life, in your wedding. At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself, your needs, and your goals.
Brett: Don’t puke on her dress if you get nervous.  Take a second to breath and step back and look at the situation, they are who they are, you are who you are, and the the situation is what it is. You’ve got to accept and appreciate what is in front of you and the experience around you.
Solid advice guys.
Enough talk… let’s see some photography!!!
Photography // Amanda Photographic
Event Planner // Purple Lilly Events
HUMA // Katie Meyer
Flowers // Palisades Market Place
Bride’s Dress // Sophia Tolli at Rosewood Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses // David’s Bridal
Suits // Jim’s Formalwear
DJ // Celebration Music and Events – Lynn Winkle
Cake // Lambs Marketplace
Second Shooter // Stevi Sayler Photography

Jenna + Andrew | Breakfast Wedding at Historic Ashland Springs Hotel


Second Shooting for Stevi Sayler Photoraphy

Two words: BREAKFAST WEDDING…

It was a double-header weekend in Southern Oregon as Stevi and I second’ed for each other on back-to-back weddings. My wedding with Rosie + Greg at Buckhorn Springs was first with a full fiesta theme at the rustic yoga retreat lodge. After most of the dancing died down I turned in so that I could be at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel downtown for Jenna + Andrew’s elegant breakfast wedding bright and early. Admittedly we were both really excited by the concept of a morning wedding. The breeze was still cool, we had Lithia Park to ourselves, and the breakfast buffet was delicious. Their ceremony was held at the enclosed patio garden under a rose pergola in full bloom; literally surrounded by their loved ones Jenna + Andrew said I do.

I hope there are more breakfast weddings in my future. ::wink wink::

Stevi’s Blog Post

Azita + Evan | A Laughing, Dancing, Movie Themed Wedding

Second shooting for Stevi Sayler Photography

One area of being a small business owner in a highly competitive field  is knowing that you won’t always win. …sometimes your photo-BFF will win and hire you as her second. Stevi and I each, along with a handful of other photographers, met with Azita + Evan while they were planning their wedding about being their photographer. For myself I met them at Off The Waffle in Eugene and we talked for like a million hours. There was so much laughter and connection; I thought for sure that I landed the job. Then I found out that they’d also met with Stevi and were having trouble choosing between the two of us. Now you might think that this would set off our inner competitive natures, but we were both so excited for each other and decided that either way we would hire each other so we could both be there.

It was a soggy afternoon in May, but Azita + Evan had all their little ducks in a row including a tent for the patio ceremony. Everything had a movie element from the red carpet and velvet ropes, to the romance movie cover table numbers complete with Azita + Evan photoshopped in as the main characters. lol! Azita danced her way up to Evan after walking down the aisle with the Dads inspiring everyone in the wedding party to start dancing. Yes! My favorite part of the whole day was the sheer amount of laughter over the course of the day! So. Much. Laughing!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding at Lewis + Clark Hall in Eugene.

Stevi’s Blog Post!

Tiffany + Josh | Music Infused Wedding at the Holocene

Hip Portland Oregon Bride and Groom Walking Down the Sidewalk Together

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!! This wedding we so amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!!!

First let me say that it was a privilege to be included in their wedding planning and celebration. I’ve known Josh since high school and we have several mutual friends, most of whom worked at his Dad’s burger joint Paul’s Place (BEST EVER!!!). I used to be more excited/flattered when people I had no connection to wanted me to photograph their wedding, but now I’m equally excited when a friend asks because they enjoy my work, appreciate my value, and in this case wanted to keep the vendor list as personal as possible. As I grow in my profession and friends scatter over the country it is a rare and special day when we can all come together to celebrate and support one of our own in a new and beautiful chapter.

Josh and Tiffany met through their mutual love of The Beatles and vegan food. Their first date was at a neighborhood pub, The Triple Nickel, which boasts 38 beers on tap, giant jenga, and a jukebox… how could it be anything but true love?!?! Fast forward a couple years and Josh found the perfect ring – a simple  silver band with a wrapped infinity symbol – and proposed shortly before they went to see Paul McCartney in concert. “Of course she said yes, and of course the show was amazing. One of the best days of my life!” said Josh. Later while they were adventuring in Mexico City they found a hammered brass band for Josh and appropriately haggled on the price. Lol!

We started the day at Tiffany and Josh’s house in SE Portland they way they start most mornings; with coffee, planning, and snuggling their two kitties. After waaay too much coffee Tiffany and her Mom went to a nearby salon, while Josh packed up a couple cars with wedding stuff and headed to the Holocene to start setting up. It was all hands on deck the first half of the day with friends and family eagerly contributing. Naturally their wedding was heavily focused on music and overall guest comfort. The officiant, Adam, was a long time friend/former roommate was the first of Josh’s friends to get to know Tiffany. Being a witness to the fullness of their relationship allowed Adam to deliver a deeply personal ceremony. Between Adam’s carefully chosen words, a reading by Josh’s Uncle, and a handful of exceptional toasts everybody was in tears at some point during the evening. After an… enthusiastic kiss Tiffany and Josh retreated to his ready-room to sign paperwork and take a few minutes to really take in everything that just happened. Tasty vegan tacos, cupcakes, and dancing were easily the highlights of the reception!

Let’s see what Tiffany and Josh thought of their day…

Q1: What was your favorite part of the day?

Josh: The first look was pretty great. Tiffany looked amazing, and with the experience being more private, the memory is probably better preserved in my mind than it would have been in the intense blur of the ceremony.  It’s impossible to pick just one favorite part of such a fantastic day—so honorable mention goes to the music we compiled (partly from soliciting guest suggestions), bringing so many friends and family together, and especially seeing Tiffany feeling so happy and beautiful and having the best day of her life.

Tiffany: The day was just amazing, so deciding on one favorite is very difficult for someone who has problems making decisions.  I would have to agree with Josh and pick the first look.  It was a very emotional moment for me and having that be private is something I’d highly recommend.  Plus Josh looked smoking in his three piece suit.  In addition to the first look, I’d add the love that we felt throughout every moment in the day.  Having so many friends and family take time out of their lives to celebrate us was something that still fills my heart with joy.

 

Q2: What are you most looking forward to in married life?

Tiffany: I’m looking forward to Josh being my date for life.  I love thinking about the local and the foreign dates that we will get to go on together.  He is usually up for any of the bizarre things that I ask him to do – walk seven miles for a meal, go see some weird time based art, act goofy, or try an absurd food combination.  He also doesn’t tease me too much when I back out of something that scares me.  I love him for those things. I also look forward to the new vegan foods that we will try all over the world.  I can’t wait to eat weird fruit!!!

Josh: Traveling together! We’ve already had adventures in Canada and Mexico, and the goal is to shoot for one big trip per year. Tiffany is a great traveling companion, we complement each other well as a team, and we both love long exhausting days exploring cities on foot. I got a big wall map with pins for her last birthday, and I look forward to filling it with pins and memories!

 

Q3: What advice do you have for others?

Josh: Get friends involved to play roles in the wedding or help with prep! It’s a great way to spend quality hangout time with people you don’t get to see much, offset some of the stress, and fill the event with love. We had close friends acting as officiant, M.C., design consultant, and even photographer 🙂 The fact that most of my friends have known Amanda for years helped make a lot of guests comfortable with the camera. Of course, you should hire her too because she’s incredible at this, but even better, make friends with her and then hire her! (I second this!)

Tiffany: I second Josh’s advice to include friends and family in your day.  It helped to add to the love and community that we felt and that others felt too.  I will never be able to thank those involved enough – this includes Amanda!!! (Awwww thanks guys!) Also, it was really important for us to keep the wedding budget reasonable.  We were able to do that by picking the three things that were the most important to us – venue, food/drink, and photography – and spending our money there.  In all other areas, we made financial cuts or did the work ourselves.  It really made the day special and is allowing us to take the honeymoon of our dreams – Bali.

VENUE + BAR // Holocene
PHOTOGRAPHY // Amanda Photographic
CATERING // Mi Mero Mole
DESSERTS // Back to Eden
BUD VASES // Elaine’s Peony Gardens
DRESS // BHLDN
SUIT // Kenneth Cole
INVITATIONS // Paperless Post
OFFICIANT // Adam Lisser

HMUA // Gamine Studio

Ally + Patrick | Winter Wedding at Green Villa Barn


Tiffany blue and silver sequins covered the floor under the bare edison bulbs at Green Villa Barn just outside Independence, Oregon.

There aren’t many indoor venues outside Portland for winter weddings, but Ally + Patrick created an elegant space for their friends and family to celebrate their union. The weather was off and on all day with wind, dark clouds, sunshine, and rain… you really never know what you’re going to get at the end of February in the valley.

Ally’s bridal room was in full hustle-mode with all five bridesmaids doing hair and makeup at once. Mimosas were plentiful as was laughter and tears, smiles and hugs. The girls were all sporting leopard print robes with their hair in curlers when they gave Ally their gift to her: A book full of cards, photos, notes, memories, and love. Ally held it together remarkably well until she got to a photo of her Grandma and the tears wouldn’t stop for a solid five minutes. That’s what happens when you have two bestie MOHs! The guys arrived later and immediately took advantage of the foosball table upstairs before getting ready. In typical groom style Patrick and his groomsmen were casual, low-maintenance, and obviously hiding their giddy excitement for upcoming festivities.

Every wedding has elements that are specific and unique to the couple; Patrick’s boutonniere carried a charm necklace with photos of his mother’s parents, while Ally’s bouquet had a necklace with both a chicken and hummingbird charm tied around the stems.  The opportunity to include a piece of your family and wear it on you is such a special practice that brings even deeper meaning to a day already full of joy.

 

Q1: What was your favorite part of the day?

Ally: My favorite part of the day was seeing everyone dressed all snazzy and supporting us. Also marrying my best friend, of course.

Patrick: My favorite part of the day was dancing in front of my friends and family with my wife.

 

Q2: What are you most looking forward to in married life?

Ally: I’m looking forward to lots of adventures.

Patrick: Setting and achieving goals together. Starting a family together.

 

Q3: What advice do you have for others?

Ally: My advice for wedding planning is don’t sweat the little stuff and enjoy the process!

Patrick: Support the bride because lots of pressure and things going on that week of.

 

 

Andrea + David | Winter Wedding Par-tay at Flinn Block Hall

Andrea + David (Ox) have the kind of love story that you read about in fairy tales.

They met in college while studying abroad in Berlin. David is from Boston and was attending college in Maine; while Andrea is from Oregon and was attending college in Los Angeles. …talk about the stars aligning. Upon returning to the states they each finished their programs while dating long distance. After graduation they both moved to the Bay Area before heading east for NYC – can you image planning a wedding in Oregon when you live in New York?!?! David proposed on a Friday at the park near their apartment before embarking on a dinner and city strolling filled evening.

When you’re planning a wedding 3,000 miles away from where you live it’s important to work closely with those that live near your wedding location. Andrea’s mom assembled a family work party to get Flinn Block Hall ready the day before and morning of the wedding. I was amazed at how seamlessly everything came together and impressed by how elegant and pacific northwest inspired everything looked. The decorative sprigs on each napkin were my favorite – bay leaf and rosemary. Everything had purpose and meaning like the table filled with portraits of couples from both of their families. The day was sunny, but cold… like 15 degrees kind of cold. Despite the occasional freezing gust of wind Andrea, David, and their wedding party were troopers enough to agree to outdoor photography. Hey, at least the ground was frozen solid and not muddy…

As is my new-ish habit I asked Andrea + David for their perspectives on their wedding day with a few questions:

What was your favorite part of your wedding day?

David: My favorite part of the wedding day was seeing Andrea come down the aisle with her parents.  When everybody stood up and turned to look at her, it was a really special moment and one that I’m glad to take with me.

Andrea: Of course it’s so hard to break down such an intense and emotional and beautiful day and say what my favorite parts were. I think my top three moments, where I felt the most overwhelming love and emotion, were: 1) The first look! It was SO exciting and joyful to finally reconnect with David again after a morning apart, and to see how amazing he looked in his suit 😉 2) Walking into the ceremony with my parents. The moment we walked into the room, I knew it was going to be such an emotionally intense experience, and it just got more so the closer we got to all our friends and family. Seeing the love on everyone’s faces as we walked down the aisle, and being supported on either side by my wonderful parents was overwhelmingly beautiful. 3) The toasts! Each of them was so heartfelt, and being able to sit next to my new husband while we laughed and cried (happy tears) together was pure joy.

What are you most looking forward to in married life?

David: I’m most excited to have a partner in crime that I can always to to lean on, and celebrate the ups and downs for life with.  Sounds corny but it’s true.  Also, in the more near-term, we’re going to take our first world voyage together to Europe — to England to see my relatives who couldn’t make it to Oregon, Berlin because that’s where we met, and Paris (because we’re married and it’s romantic, duh).

Andrea: I am looking forward to continuing to make a beautiful life, home, and partnership together. I am so excited for the tangible and intangible ways that our love and relationship will deepen and expand now that we have made this formal, public commitment to one another. I look forward to continuing to learn about David, about myself, and about love through our years together, and to be able to share those years with our family and friends.

What advice to do you have for others?

David: My advice for others on their wedding day: let go of the stress!  There’s so much that goes into planning your wedding day and you always want to be perfect.  But letting go of the stress of having *everything* happening really lets you enjoy your big day.  It’s amazing to realize the room is full of people that are rooting for you and are so happy to be there, so just open up and enjoy the day as it comes.

Andrea: Enjoy the wedding planning process! The wedding day is beautiful and joyful, but it is only one day, and it goes by quickly. So be intentional and present in the months, weeks, and days leading up to the wedding, as those are very much a part of the event as well. Be grateful for the opportunity to take on such a fun and fulfilling project with your dearest loved ones (fiancé, parents, in-laws, grandparents, friends, etc.), and cherish the quality time that it brings to you. Yes, there are stressful moments, but if you keep the big picture in mind, I think it can be such a rewarding experience, and one to look back on fondly.

Aren’t these two seriously the most adorable flower girls ever?!?! Flower Grandmas for the win!

 

#1 Grandson!!

 

Bridesmaid, Amy, saw one of her idols at the wedding Harley Jane Kozak (Andrea’s aunt) and made sure to have me on standby when she went up to say hello.

 

Venue // Flinn Block Hall   Decor // MoB – DIY   Catering // Valley Catering   Cake // Andrea – THE BRIDE!   Dress // BHLDN   Bridesmaid’s Shalls // Downtown Austin   Suit // Suit Supply   Groom + Groomsmen’s Ties // Hobo Ties   Rings // Brilliant Earth & Blue Nile   Flowers // Market of Choice   Invitations // Etsy   Programs // Ari Vance-Borland