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New Beginnings

A note from Editor In Chief, Lara Burnap

2020 has been a time for reflection as we have found ourselves experiencing a reality that no one could have imagined. My thoughts have been with all of Oregon’s brides and grooms as they as alter wedding plans not only due to COVID-19, but also because of the devastating wildfires this fall. These times have made all of us hold our loved ones closer than ever.

For some couples, this uncertainty led them to postpone their wedding; others decided to elope, while many opted for an intimate celebration. But no matter what a couple’s decision may be, one thing remains constant and true: love. This is what we celebrate in this latest issue of Oregon Bride. A wedding is one of the few times in our lives when love becomes tangible. Every decision, from the blooms in your bouquet to the guest list, is a meaningful one. And now more than ever, we all want to share our love with family and friends.

One of the brightest spots this year has been the time I’ve spent looking over all of the real weddings, from the pre-pandemic beauties to the small, romantic ceremonies that took place in the summer. The unwavering commitment of wedding vendors—from bridal stores and wedding planners to caterers and venues—to find a way to celebrate love is a gift in these uncertain times. To aid in your planning, we have immersed ourselves in the emotional and intimate beauty of microweddings and elopements, showcased creative ideas for the big day’s décor, and found romance on a windswept beach. Most importantly, we’ve listened to the voices within our wedding community to learn and understand how we can be part of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

I hope that all of you continue to dream, find inspiration, support each other and embrace hope. And know that we at Oregon Bride are with you every step of the way. I hope this issue brings you the love you seek.

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