A DIY Mountain Wedding
This sweet Oregon wedding shot by Jessica Watson is virtually 100% DIY. Brittni and Morgan chose Mt Hood Organic Farms as their wedding venue, with a jaw dropping gorgeous backdrop overlooking the mountains. With a venue like that, you don’t need to worry too much about decorating. So Brittni and her mom handmade most of the details, including their amazing flower arrangements! Thank you Brittni for sharing your wedding with us. We wish you and Morgan a lifetime of happiness together!
From the bride, Brittni:
We each only had one attendant. My maid of honor is my close friend from 6th grade and Morgan’s best man is a close friend from grad school. My brother walked me down the aisle; his son/my nephew was our ring bearer. All decor, flowers, invites, printed materials, pies, and jam favors handmade by me, my mom and other family members. This was a quintessential DIY wedding! Inspiration: we kind of wanted a rustic chic look with lots of natural colors (chocolate, cream, khaki) and textures mixed with pops of orange – my favorite color!
Because so many guests came from out of town, even our “in-town” guests still had to travel 1 hr from our home in Portland, nearly every guest stayed in the neighboring town of Hood River for the weekend. To make it worth their while, we planned a long weekend of events starting with a welcome BBQ at a nearby park on the river, and then had a more intimate cocktail rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at a private rental home that overlooked the entire river gorge. The night of the wedding, we provided school buses to pick everyone up at their hotels/rental homes so they could have a great time at the wedding without having to worry about drinking and driving. The day after the wedding we had a casual bagel + fruit brunch at a nearby park so we could say goodbye and thank you to everyone for making the trip and our day so special.
I had another good friend officiate the wedding. We actually met at her house over 5 years ago so it seemed only fitting she perform the ceremony. She is a talented and witty writer, so she made the ceremony and our vows extra special and unique for us.
Also at the entrance we had a table full of photographs of ourselves with our names spelled out in old wooden printing letters and other rustic knick knacks to try and set the mood for the day. Alongside the table was our custom made guest book which was an art piece I commissioned my good friend to make. She took one of Jessica’s photos of us from our engagement shoot and had it blown up. She then hand painted it and attached it to small hole-punched linoleum chips so the entire photo was spread over 150+ pieces. The pieces were all placed in a bag near a wooden board with nails attached. As guests drew a chip and filled it out with their names + wishes for us, they hung the pieces on the board. Over the evening the board took shape and presented the image of us. It is now hanging in our living room and a great piece of art!
We brought in hay bales from a nearby farm to spread around the dance floor so those that didn’t want to dance could still be part of the action. We provided orange flip flops and assorted shawls in baskets so people could either get down or get warm! After a while people took a break for pie, where we offered over 6 different fruit flavors all made by my sister-in-law and I.
Being both die-hard foodies, the food and drink we served was important to us. We could not have been happier with our caterer. She and I met numerous times and she was so patient with me as I knocked around idea after idea for the menu. We eventually landed on a family style menu that allowed guests to pass large platters of local and seasonal food at long communal tables. Many of the ingredients were sourced from nearby farmers in the Hood River area and the end result was scrumptious. While many brides admit to never eating on their wedding day, this was one meal I was not going to miss!
If I had to say what my 2 favorite details were: the home made pie toppers my mom painted ($3 in supplies) and my bouquet my mom also made with a small black and white photo of my dad who passed away 3 years ago tied to the handle.
Wedding Vendors (Mt. Hood, Oregon):
Venue: Mt Hood Organic Farms / Photographer: Jessica Watson/ Dress: Jenny Yoo design that was custom altered with embellishments from Elizabeth Dye of English Dept / Veil: handmade by my mom, with a floral embellishment made by Elizabeth Dye / Shoes: orange satin found on Zappos / Groom’s attire: suit by Banana Republic, custom adidas sneakers / Catering: Ginger Power of Orchard House Catering / Wedding Cake: none, opted for homemade pies instead, made with fresh fruit we picked at many fruit farms / Flowers: picked at local gardens/farms in Hood River, all bouquets and arrangements made by the mother of the bride / DJ: DJ Joel Skool (Joel Kleinberg) / Bus shuttle: Eco Shuttle / Rentals provided by: The Party Place and Your Rental Center