Julie and Jonah were married at Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. on May 16. “It had amazing views of the [Cascade] mountains,” Julie said. Fun fact: Thanks to the inspiration from the chilly proposal. “Jonah had planned a little outing to hike after one of the first snowfalls before the mountain opened for the season,” she said. “When we got there, a worker driving a snowcat just ‘happened’ to go by and ‘randomly’ asked if we wanted a ride to the top, so we could ski down. When we got to the top, Jonah had already jumped off to ‘grab our gear.’ I turned around to face him, and he had gotten down on one knee! I was so excited that I didn’t want to put my glove back on.” The bride wore a strapless fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with a striped yellow tie and succulent boutonniere. Notice the matching Keds canvas sneakers? Bridesmaids wore short pink chiffon dresses and carried cascading bouquets of garden roses, hydrangeas, and greenery wrapped in ribbons. Before the ceremony, the couple exchanged gifts from each other with notes that said, “See you at the altar @6p.m.! Don’t be late!” No one was, of course. The reception followed inside the clubhouse lodge. Tables were decorated with white linens, tall baby’s breath centerpieces, and votive candles, and a dessert display featured a mini ruffled buttercream-frosted cake and cupcakes. The newlyweds’ favorite moment was when the live band was performing their first dance. “It was amazingly awkward,” she said. “But remember to relax and fully enjoy each other during the engagement and wedding planning process too. It all always comes together.” If that wasn’t enough entertainment, the photo booth sure was. Guests enjoyed posing with silly props in return for a keepsake snapshot memory. They even received coffee bean favor bags at the end of the night. Then, it was time to jett off to Mexico for the international honeymoon. Ole!
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Colin and I met in Portland, Oregon, and even though we had moved away, we knew we wanted to get married in the city. An outdoor wedding was also very important to both of us so we created a list of outdoor event spaces within Portland’s city limits and visited them all. As soon as we stepped out onto the DeSoto Rooftop, I knew it was the perfect place for our reception. It had a relaxed Pacific Northwest feel to it. I loved the view of downtown buildings filling the skyline in one direction and the backdrop of trees from the neighboring park in the other direction. Our ceremony was held at Mt. Tabor, a city park where Colin and I spent many weekend afternoons. The summit offers beautiful views of our favorite city and we knew we wanted to exchange vows at this special place with our family and friends. I was also very fond of the juxtaposition of a wooded park for our ceremony and an urban outdoor scene for our reception. It was a perfect cross section of all that Portland has to offer.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My Bouquet: Flowers were the last thing on my mind as I was getting ready, but once the gorgeous bouquet’s were delivered I couldn’t take my eyes of them.
2. Sparkling Wine Bottles: My step-dad makes wine and he served one of his sparkling varieties at our reception. In lieu of labels, he hand wrote our names on each bottle. It meant a lot to me that he spent time on this project and I loved the look of the bottles on the tables.
3. Chamomile toss: I heard of a couple giving dried chamomile to their guests to toss as they left the reception because it looked like gold dust in photos taken with a flash. After I saw the pictures, I wanted to do the same at our wedding. The chamomile in the air smelled fantastic and I adore the way our departure photos turned out.
“Rachael and Adam are one of those couples that make your job more than easy! They gave us 2 1/2 hours for bride and groom portraits, as she is also a photographer and knew how important bride and groom portraits are. They gave us complete freedom as far as location and we had so much fun using the great outdoors, UO football stadium, and even a burned down mill! They were married at Rachael’s Dad’s church and the reception had an elegant vintage feel at The Eugene Downtown Athletic Club. We loved the family feel of the wedding and how all of their close friends and family were a part of the wedding in some way.” –Anne Nunn Photographers
About the Wedding: This wedding was beautiful! It had a bit of a Buddhist flare to it with their circular ceremony site and incense burning everywhere. It was also a Fall day here in Oregon/Washington so they incorporated dried maple leaves and orange hues into their decor and floral bouquets.
The couple’s names are Lisa and Chris and they are sweethearts. They lost both sets of parents when they both were very young, so this quaint wedding of theirs was very emotional and meaningful. They acknowledged the presence of their now-gone parents and tried to include them even if not in person. I hardly even cry at weddings, as a photographer, but I can tell you right now that I did at this one! – Alice (& Josh), MoscaPhoto
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private Property in Sisters, OR
From the Photography: “Heather and Ananth WANTED to be photographed. Not because weddings and photographers go hand in hand, but because they knew that they wanted someone to perfectly capture their attitudes, goofiness, love and fun personalities… its as if they already knew how they wanted to be immortalized in the camera, how they wanted to be captured on film, so that years down the road, they could look back at the images and see THEMSELVES in them…We are so lucky to meet people like Heather and Ananth and to witness sincere emotion and important milestones such as this day was.” –Alice & Josh, Mosco Photo