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A Cozy Elopement Featuring Neutral-Hued Florals and Nature's Backdrop

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By: 
Lara Burnap

An intimate elopement to Oregon’s wilderness offers nature lovers a chance to celebrate two of their great passions: the outdoors and each other. Todd Lake in central Oregon offers a stunning backdrop of the Broken Top volcano and a forested area nestled against the Cascade lake. The Indigo Bride and Rosemary and Pine Photography embraced nature in every aspect of their design: the mountainous location, neutral-hued florals in terra-cotta pots and even the bride’s fog-colored wedding gown. “Our goal was for this morning to feel like a sweep-you-off-your-feet romantic and quiet love story,” says Alisha Reicks-Sturgill of The Indigo Bride. Imagine private, handwritten vows followed by a lakeside picnic and paddling around the lake in a floral-adorned canoe. To complement the beauty of the outdoors, Rosemary and Pine Photography arranged white roses with hints of peach and blush, hydran- geas, baby’s breath and eucalyptus cascading from the aft of the canoe. The bride’s bouquet included the same blossoms, with the addition of dried lunaria (money plant) and white cascading orchids. Says Reicks-Sturgill, “We wanted to inspire couples to imagine natural, cozy elopement vibes among the beauty of Oregon.”

Bridal Attire: “SADIA” FROM BHLDNPEACES BY LAUREN (earrings)

Catering: CRUMB CAKERY

Design and Planning: THE INDIGO BRIDE

Groom’s Apparel: ASOS 

Models: MICHAEL LEETHAI HIEN LEE 

Photography and Florals: ROSEMARY AND PINE PHOTOGRAPHY 

Venue: TODD LAKETHREE SISTERS WILDERNESS

City lovers will find their bliss in this monochromatic wedding design featuring a romantic take on the modern minimalist interior of Easton Broad in downtown Portland. The team, composed of Revel Petals, photographer Casi Yost and The Party Place, created a timeless mood laced with whimsy and European elegance. The venue’s industrial design, with its concrete walls, wood beam ceilings and large windows, provided the perfect foil for creating a dreamy atmosphere. The austere yet ethereal ceremonial scene is set in front of a subtle backdrop of voluminous white fabric; artistic florals line the aisle. Balancing simplicity and luxury, the reception tables are layered with linens, gauze and an abundance of florals in neutral shades—including cream, white and a hint of lavender. Roses, tulips and orchids were mixed with the field-flower textures of scabiosa, Queen Anne’s lace, dried allium and Joe Pye weed to create an organic-meets-classic bridal bouquet, which pairs beautifully with the clean lines of the strapless wedding gown. The sculptural cake is the pièce de résistance, perfectly capturing the team’s vision with modern textures and sophisticated styling.

Bridal Attire: AIDEUX BRIDALELIZABETH BOWER (accessories)

Cake: HEDONISH DESSERTS

Florals: REVEL PETALS 

Groom’s Attire: THE BLACK TUX

Hair and Makeup: MARINA HAYNES

Invitations: LETTERS AND DUST

Models: ALEXIS S. KOZAKSIMON SIG KRISTENSEN

Photography: CASI YOST

Rentals: THE PARTY PLACE 

VenueEASTON BROAD PDX

Plan a fashion-forward wedding while supporting your beliefs. Style, sustainability and supporting a diverse group of women-owned businesses comprise the backbone of this particular design. Inspired by FivePine Lodge’s sprawling pine forest, a design team led by Shantel Dix of ShanTilly Gatherings, together with Novella Theory Floral Co. and Marissa Solini Photography, opted for a modern spin on a rustic wintry wedding. A black and white color palette is boldly enhanced with brilliant emerald and warm brown hues. To support its community and the environment, Novella Theory sourced locally grown blooms and hand-dyed the bouquet’s black ribbon using natural ingredients. Dream Cakes embraced the scene by creating an intricate wilderness design on the single-tiered cake. The groom’s emerald plaid tuxedo whimsically plays off the bride’s sweetheart lace gown, elegantly accented with a cozy wool sweater. “Don’t be afraid to put your love first and create a wedding that reflects your unique relationship,” advises Dix. “Find vendors you love, and we’ll fight for you to have the day of your dreams!”

Bridal Attire: BELLA BRIDES (gown), KAHMUNE (shoes), MARGARET ALBA (scrunchie)

Cake and Desserts: DREAM CAKES

Florals: NOVELLA THEORY FLORAL CO. 

Groom’s Attire and Accessories: ASOS 

Hair and Makeup: SHANTILLY ARTISTRY WITH EIGHTS PLACE

Invitations and Signage: THE FRESH HUES 

Models: RON ZIALCITANONI 

Photography: MARISSA SOLINI PHOTOGRAPHY 

Rentals: CURATED EVENT RENTALS

Venue: FIVEPINE LODGE

Wedding Planner: SHANTILLY GATHERINGS 

Creating a design that exemplifies a couple is a sure way to make a wedding as individual as they are, and small, intimate occasions open the door to unique venues. With Judy Schmidt Memorial Skate Park in Silverton as their muse, Wildflower Portland and photographer Brady Bates illustrate how to use this concept to develop a creative celebration. Embracing their youthful spirits, these brides sport a sleek wedding dress and a chic white suit—with both wearing matching black Converse sneakers. Florals arranged in tinted contemporary vessels, together with sleek place settings, bring a polished edge to the skatepark setting, which also gets a makeover with one of its concrete wall embellished in silver orchids, toffee roses, amaranthus, lunaria and summer grasses. Burnt orange accents and muted neutrals bring a warmth and subtle bohemian flair to the minimalist décor. “Why should the fun stop with a cool engagement shoot?” asks Wildflower’s Chas Thompson Thomas. “A couple’s wedding day can be just as personalized, intimate and exciting.”

Bridal Attire: A&BÉ BRIDAL SHOP 

Florals and Design: WILDFLOWER PORTLAND 

Invitations and Signage: CARTA PLENA 

Photography: BRADY BATES

Rentals: THE PARTY PLACE

 

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