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Intimate Oregon Winter Wedding
According to Gwyn Rider of Gwyn Weddings and Rider Events, the beauty of winter in central Oregon is underrated—and we couldn’t agree more. “Couples like to defer winter for their wedding because of the weather, but it is truly so special, quiet and intimate,” she says. So, on a sunny, snow-covered day, Sunriver Lodge provided the perfect combination of luxury and coziness for making this decadent elopement shine. The shoot drew its moody, rich color palette from none other than Valentine’s Day, which was brought to life with a mix of ferns, lagurus, pampas grass and other dried floral elements. These arrangements also adorned the double-circle altar installation and sweetheart table, where they provided a striking contrast to the monochromatic, white-on-white place settings. Indoors in the candlelit Great Hall, the couple cut into a true masterpiece: a cake inspired by romantic oil paintings and hand-painted with layered buttercream. The bride and groom shared an intimate dance, recalling old Hollywood glamour in their fashion choices: hers, a structured long-sleeved gown; and his, a deep purple, slim-fitting suit.