Sweetly Intimate Mountain Wedding

Michelle and Doug’s Oregon wedding was all about declaring their love in front of family and friends… and then making sure those family and friends had a great time! Set in the scenic Pacific Northwest mountains, the couple added endless homemade details made possible by loving family and talented friends. Thanks Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative for sharing!

mountain wedding

When Doug and I were planning our wedding we kept thinking “upscale barbeque.” The most important thing to us was that our family and friends would have fun, so we decided to have various activities available. The property of the Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast is spacious and spectacularly beautiful. It was so fun to watch people playing horseshoes, bean bag toss, and doing 3-legged sack races right up until dusk.

mountain wedding

We used Mason jars instead of beer and wine glasses – each guest wrote their name on their jar and kept it with them all night. Seating assignments were done with simple gift tags and stamped numbers…Table numbers were simply tied to the flower centerpieces.

mountain wedding
mountain wedding
mountain wedding

Instead of a guest book we had guests write a wish for us on “wish flags” that hung on a line with clothespins; our own Mt. Hood version of the Himalayan Prayer Flag. We liked the idea that the mountain winds would carry the wishes of our loved ones to us.

mountain wedding
mountain wedding
mountain wedding

We didn’t have a formal wedding party. Instead, one of our favorite touches of the wedding was when my two nieces (age 13 and 4) pulled our 10-month old daughter down the aisle in a Radio Flyer wagon!

mountain wedding
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Borrow lots of ideas from wedding blogs! Don’t worry about anything on the day of the wedding, like weather or last minute details. At that point it’s out of your hands and all you can do is sit back and enjoy your day. It’s really true what people say – it goes by in the blink of an eye, so really savor every beautiful moment.
mountain wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Parkdale, OR):

Ceremony and reception location(s): Mount Hood Bed & Breakfast / Florist: Groom’s mother and aunt / Photographer: Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative / Caterer: Blossoms Catering (at the Hood River Hotel) / Wedding Dress: Jenny Yoo from The English Dept / Hairpiece: Twigs and Honey / Groom’s Suit: Adam Arnold / Wedding invitations: Mike Hirshon, illustrator

Luna Bazaar

Luna Bazaar is stocked with all those “extra” elements that make your wedding or event one your guests will continue to talk about after the day concludes. Their pieces are curated into a worldly mix of shapes, styles and designs but each one would fit perfectly into a vintage-themed wedding.

vintage glass bottles with flowers
One of the hardest parts of pulling together a cohesive wedding is finding enough of a single decor element to carry over throughout the whole day. At Luna Bazaar, they’re always well-stocked so you don’t need to search high and low for those perfect pieces and they’re so affordable, you can afford to stylize your whole day!

candles and flower vase
mercury glass candlesticks with candle
I’m personally drawn to all things mercury glass- just a few pieces make the night sparkle! On dinner tables, at the dessert bar, speckled into seating nooks and crannies… they look good everywhere! Luna Bazaar has mercury glass in every possible form, from candlesticks to garland.
sparkly garland on mirror table
Aren’t these paper lantern shapes shown below fun? I see a bunch hanging above a bridal shower dessert table or framing an altar during the ceremony. They’re the perfect final touch for your winter wedding. You can find more of their ecclectic lantern selection here!

star and circle paper lanters

If you’re looking to add color to your reception, you can search by color for everything in the Luna Bazaar shop. Talk about one-click shopping! Tie together all of your elements with a cohesive color scheme. Check out Luna Bazaar for a huge (and I mean HUGE) selection of everything ranging from hand fans and colorful parasols to candleholders and favor bags. Whether you’re planning a wedding, a bridal shower, a cocktail hour or anything in between, it’s so fun to get lost in their world of pretty things!






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DIY Brisbane Wedding

Oh, this wedding is right up my alley! I love the combination of graphic patterns and the great use of typography. Dave and Mel were married in Brisbane, Australia this fall and they used their wedding to showcase their love of vintage, color and design. Thanks to Rachel Thurston, who traveled all the way from LA to Brisbane to shoot this fantastic wedding, for sending it our way!

diy brisbane wedding

Brace yourself for creativity overload of do-it-yourself ideas and gorgeous images in the gallery:

diy brisbane wedding

diy brisbane wedding

From the bride, Mel: We searched long and hard for a ceremony location that would be unique and special to us. Not one of the usual wedding spots around town. We eventually decided on a quiet, tucked away park down by the river in the suburb in which Dave grew up. He used to bring his family dog down to this park to have a swim in the river and run along the bank. When I moved back from the UK to be with Dave, we lived in his family’s house just around the corner and so this whole area reminds us of happy times when we were filled with excitement and hope about what lay ahead in our future.

diy brisbane wedding

We also searched long and hard for a reception location. Eventually we came across a venue that is owned by some of Dave’s most regular customers – they come in for pizza every Thursday night! The venue is a converted warehouse style room in which the owners have set up their own coffee roasting business. We felt so lucky and grateful that they were happy for us to use it for the night.

diy brisbane wedding

diy brisbane wedding

I was so lucky to have such great friends help me out with the decorations, which included handmade fabric poms, ‘romantic notions’ in collected vintage frames, and weaved fabric hearts. We had a couple of girly nights which involved hot glue guns, fabric and a bottle or two of wine!

diy brisbane wedding

diy brisbane wedding

We never really had a theme as such, except that we wanted everything about the day to represent us. So I guess our theme was ‘Us’? One of my super talented besties and bridesmaids Rachel did the design of our invite and we really tried to inject parts of Dave and I all throughout it, as well as include tidbits of information about the day to get people excited. We went to a lot of trouble to find décor which has a vintage feel to it (yes I collected 90 vintage dinner plates!) as we both love vintage style. We even collected furniture which my dad has helped us restore and another one of my talented besties is making new cushion covers for a couch we found!

diy brisbane wedding

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Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Rachel Thurston / Reception venue: Blue Sky Coffee / Day-of Coordinator: Danielle Manning/ Celebrant: Emily Jade O’Keefe

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