Dream Decor

It’s time traditional wedding décor gets a modern twist. From fruity arrangements to lavish lounges, here are some of our favorite outdoor décor ideas and trends for a standout soiree.
From: Spring/Summer 2017 edition

HOMAGE TO HISTORY (above)

Taking time to research and celebrate the story of your wedding venue will only add richness to the story of your wedding. “I’d love to see more people consider where they are getting married, what the history of that place is and really highlight it,” says Samantha Struck, owner of event design company StruckSured in Hood River. “Picking a beautiful barn or venue is easy, but foraging from nearby for florals tells such a beautiful story of the place itself and highlights its history and location in such a way that it cannot be repeated elsewhere.”

“Modern Harvest”

Styled Shoot

September 17, 2016

Mt. View Orchards, Mount Hood

ONCE UPON A TIMELINE

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photography by: Studio Castillero

This 8-foot-tall sign tells the bride and groom’s story from their first introduction while working at a pizza shop in college to their wedding day. “We worked with Portland artist Rebekah Scheer who took this vision to a whole new level by uniquely illustrating each milestone,” says Liz Sexton, owner of Social Hour Events. “Cayla and Andy plan to have a few of their favorite illustrations cut down and framed so they can hang them in their house as a souvenir of their day and a reminder of how far they have come together.”

Cayla Wardenburg & Andy Harrison

September 3, 2016

Tin Roof Barn, White Salmon, Washington

RUNWAY RUGS

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photography by: Powers Photography Studios

An aisle runner created from richly colored throw rugs adds an eclectic touch to an otherwise monochromatic wedding palette. “The bride was looking to make the concrete ceremony space more intimate and cozy,” says Debbie Dennis, owner of Hitched in the Hood. “Luckily the venue, which already has a lot of unique décor, was able to accommodate with some rugs they had on hand.” These mix and match rugs were the perfect way to add a pop of color without competing with the beautiful backdrop.

Stasy Konobevskaya & Matt Pasterick

August 7, 2016

Tin Roof Barn, White Salmon, Washington

LUXE LOUNGE

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photography by: Hazelwood Photo

A reception lounge creates an inviting space for your guests whether they want to mingle in comfort or take a break from the dance floor. This velvety lounge put together with vintage pieces from the vast inventory of event rental company Something Borrowed, was not only practical, but it added a personal touch to the overall design of Seana and Brian’s wedding. “The couple designed the lounge space around one of our favorite pieces: the red couch,” says Something Borrowed client services coordinator Lindsey Turman. “By mixing rich textures and colors with a few items on the coffee table, the beautiful lounge pieces spoke for themselves and drew you in.”

Seana Murphy & Brian McCoy

August 6, 2016

Bridal Veil Lakes, Bridal Veil

SWOON-WORTHY STATEMENT

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photography by: Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid

From greenery walls to floral chandeliers, we’re seeing more and more artistic alternatives to the classic ceremony arbor. Such a special moment deserves a picture perfect backdrop, especially one with sentimental value. “Krista and Logan’s summer wedding took place on the bride’s family’s farm and was filled with personalized details,” says Nora Sheils, owner of Bridal Bliss. “The floral arbor was built by a family friend and finished with fresh hops from the family farm and flowers from Portland’s Floral Sunshine.”

Krista Collins & Logan Hardt

July 23, 2016

Private Residence, Oregon City

A FRUITFUL ARRANGEMENT

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photography by: Ivy and Gold Photography

Expand the definition of floral arrangements for the wedding celebration. Incorporating Northwest favorites such as apples, figs, plums, kale and artichokes into the décor creates a sense of place for the guests and celebrates the rich bounty that Oregon is known for. Look for fruits and vegetables that are in season and play with the colors and textures of rich purples found in marionberries or lavender blueberries. Designed by Portland florist Form + Line, this artfully crafted basket of peaches from Erin and Paul’s Mount Hood wedding not only serves as a lovely tableau, it’s also delicious.

Erin McGarry& Paul Glazier

August 23, 2015

Mt. View Orchards, Mount Hood

NOT-SO-ORDINARY CHALKBOARD

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photography by: Hazelwood Photo

Chalkboard signage has been a trend for a few years now, but that doesn’t mean it’s over, quite the contrary. “I’ve been seeing a shift to a much more modern aesthetic, particularly acrylic signs that are see-through, as well as marble and terra cotta—very hard and clean materials,” says Brittany Hampton, owner of Letters & Dust in Portland. “Conversely, for smaller details such as escort cards and labels, I have been seeing more organic and delicate materials such as feathers, leaves, seashells and leather used for lettering.”

Lumberjack-Inspired Styled Shoot

January 28, 2016

Magness Tree Farm, Sherwood