Lucy & Chris
Dec. 5, 2009 at Copper Hill in Salem
Lucy Atwood is a woman who knows what she wants. That’s why only a week after signing up for online dating site eHarmony.com, the single mom immediately got a good vibe from Chris Shaw’s profile and quickly sought him out. “It was the best 30 dollars I ever spent!” she says. Indeed, the pair felt an instant connection in person and chatted for three hours. “He was very charming and handsome, and we had a great conversation,” remembers Lucy. “We were both tired of the dating scene and everything just felt so natural.” After a few more hours spent talking on the phone like giddy high schoolers after the date was over, Lucy decided to cancel her account; Chris quickly followed suit.
Just six months later, he surprised Lucy, a high school softball and volleyball coach in Keizer, with a new glove, an engagement ring hidden inside. The couple chose a winter wedding at Copper Hill’s modern lodge in Salem as the perfect way to blend their respective loves: romantic glamour and the rugged outdoors. Lucy incorporated a favorite deep red hue throughout the décor, from the cranberry sprig centerpieces to her rose bouquet, while Chris contributed branches, shed deer antlers and 1,164 pheasant feathers collected from his hunting trips.
After Lucy walked down the aisle in a golden raw silk gown and crimson heels, escorted by her father and four-and-a-half-year-old son Ty (he and Chris sported matching Converse Chuck Taylors), the two exchanged vows in front of the Grand Hall’s two-story stone fireplace, surrounded by 150 guests. They also knelt down to Ty’s eye-level to make their commitment to him as a family. “We wanted to find ways for Ty to be involved throughout the whole thing, so we gave him some simple vows that said, ‘Ty, we promise to seek your best interests and to always support your passions, dreams and talents,’” Lucy shares. After the ceremony, Ty followed Chris and Lucy back down the aisle holding a homemade sign that read And they lived Happily Ever After.
The party really got started when Lucy changed into a burgundy cocktail dress, and fueled by a buffet of Tuscan treats, the energetic crowd hit the dance floor. It wasn’t long before guests realized Ty had snuck off to gaze at the four-tier cake, topped with pheasant plumes and shimmering gold fondant antlers. He wasn’t the only one—the sweet treats, including custom-wrapped chocolate nugget favors, were big hits at the reception. “It was very fun,” Lucy recalls. “Even though there were a lot of people in the room, I felt like it was just us the entire night.”
After a private honeymoon spent sipping wine at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, the trio took a family honeymoon to Hawaii before Lucy returned to the softball diamond and Chris to his job in the Beaverton water department. Never ones to waste time, they’ve already bought a new home and are preparing Ty to be an older brother—Chris and Lucy are having a honeymoon baby.
Cake: Ashley E. Rodriguez (her business, Artisan Sweets, is currently on hiatus) | Ceremony, Reception & Catering: Events at Copper Hill | Coordinator: Lacey Stark at Copper Hill | Dresses: Previously worn Rena Koh gown from Brides Against Breast Cancer & cocktail dress from Caché | Favors: eBay | Flowers & Centerpieces: Mary Gene Atwood (bride’s mom) | Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair: Pam Woods | Hairpiece Broach: Et Cetera Antiques | Invites: Business Expressions (503.362.5899) | Linens: She Designs | Music: 1st Choice DJ Entertainment | Officiant: Terry Kay (family friend) | Rings: Fred Meyer Jewelers | Videographer: Ryan Girouard, Digital Puffin | Wine: Sip Wine & Bistro, Lincoln City