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Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge

DIY Weddings

Could there ever be a more perfect pairing than two artists marrying in the woodsy setting of the Pacific Northwest? We think not. Amber and Chris, the aforementioned artists and now happy newlyweds, heeded some thoughtful advice from Amber’s mother to cherish and enjoy the entire planning process and keep the focus on their love, a strategy that helped their wedding day to be relaxed, full of personal touches, and absolutely gorgeous. Thank you Hazelwood Photo for taking control behind the camera!

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

From the bride, Amber: We love the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest. We wanted to create something that truly incorporated the seasonal tastes, textures and vibe of the wild side of Portland. We also wanted to add in our own aesthetic with lots of hand made details and elements created by ourselves and our friends and family. The style mixed raw natural elements (wood, twigs, herbs, wildflowers) with rustic elements like brass and glass and other vintage objects. We let the beautiful landscape of the location do most of the talking in the end. We also let the season dictate the menu and flowers so we left those undecided until the last minute. The bartenders and caterers helped us create the freshest offerings using what was at peak ripeness.

creative wedding invitations - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

bride getting ready - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

groom boutonniere - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wildflower wedding bouquet - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge
Bouquet recipe: Amaranth, lavender, buckwheat, dahlia, daisies, cosmos, yarrow, bachelor buttons, mint, anise, wild blackberries and other wildflowers.

bridal processionals - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wedding ceremony - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wedding ceremony - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wedding recessionals - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

guest book ideas - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

We had lots of DIY projects. My dad made the photo booth backdrop, our illustrator friend John Vance helped us design our invites, we made the favors using rosemary from our yard, and we also made the table settings using trees and branches from our yard. We designed all the logos, artwork, chalkboard signs, escort cards, etc, we worked with the Bartenders to create signature cocktails. I collected vintage vessels, bottles, candle holders and statues for the centerpieces. I volunteered at a local flower garden in exchange for most of the flowers. The rest were picked at my brother’s farm and our own garden. My cousin and I arranged all the flowers and made the boutonnieres and my bouquet. 3 of my girl friends made all the desserts from scratch, decorating them with flowers from our garden as well.

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

woodsy wedding ideas - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wildflower centerpieces - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

woodsy wedding receptions - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

rosemary salt favors - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wildflower centerpieces - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Although it felt overwhelming at times, I am so happy that I spent the time adding in personal touches for our wedding. I’ve been to a lot of cookie cutter weddings that looked beautiful but said little to nothing about the bride and groom. So many of our guests expressed that they were overwhelmed by the intimacy and creativity of our wedding. I credit that to the fact that we put a little of ourselves into every detail. It not only made our guests feel connected to us and our love, but we also made amazing memories for ourselves by doing this work. My mom gave me the greatest advice a few months before the wedding… “Your wedding will happen so quickly that you might not remember every moment. The part you will remember is the careful planning and preparation, so make sure to make that special.” We did, and it made all the difference.

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

natural place settings - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

rosemary salt favors - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

naked wedding cake with wildflowers - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

wedding desserts - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

Two Artists Marry Atop Columbia Gorge - photo by Hazelwood Photo http://ruffledblog.com/two-artists-marry-atop-columbia-gorge

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Wedding Music:
We hired a killer guitarist for the ceremony. He played acoustic classics like Erik Satie Gymnopedie No 1. For the reception, we hired an amazing DJ duo called Natural Magic. They played everything from Stevie Wonder to Washed Out to Giorgio Moroder to Q Lazzarus. We wanted “anti-wedding” tunes, but things you could sing along to and dance to without feeling like a typical wedding playlist.

Wedding Location: Corbett, OR / Photographer: Hazelwood Photo / Flowers: Created by myself with friends and family. Flowers mostly came from Sunblossom Farm in Portland / Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Department / Bracelet: Alkemie / Earrings: Better Late Than Never / Hair and Makeup: Kristie Wight / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Tie Pin: MankindByBella / Caterer: Crave Catering / Desserts: Abby Auch, Crystal Cullison, Stephanie Haas / Bartenders: Mint & Mirth / DJs: Natural Magic / Guitarist: Ryan Walsh / Vintage Furniture Rentals: Something Borrowed / Photo Booth: Aniko / Photo Booth Backdrop: John Votel / Wedding Invitations: John Vance / Custom Logo design (used on invites and glassware): Martin Schmetzer / Transportation: Ecoshuttle

Wedding Vendors

Brookside Equestrian Wedding

Vintage Weddings

The second our eyes ran over these words, we knew we were in for a visual treat: “Our inspiration — think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair.” So the bride describes her wedding day, and we have to say from looking through these images that she absolutely nailed her vision. Valentina Glidden Photography was on hand to capture all the goodness and details, so let’s jump in!

Brookside Equestrian wedding - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

From the bride, Lisa: We were determined to make our wedding stand out from any other wedding! We wanted it to be unique, fun and to not feel so “wedding-ish.” Our inspiration–think Notebook, meets Big Fish meets a summer carnival/fair. There’s just something so romantic about carnivals, and what we imagined one to be like in the 1940s era. The lights, the music, the care-free summer nights and of course, riding the ferris wheel with your sweet heart!

vintage inspired dresses - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding invitations - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

yellow white bouquets - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding
Flower recipe: My aunt, who is a florist created all of our floral looks. She did all of the arrangements, bouquets, embellishments and flower crowns for the flower girls. We wanted a charming wild flower look to keep with the summery country vibe. We used Feverfew (miniature daisies) Daisies, Craspedia, Baby’s Breath, Dusty Miller, Yarrow, Scabiosa Pods and Solidaster.

bride and groom - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

flower girls - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

ring bearer outfits - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

bridesmaid bouquet - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

paper wedding programs - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding themes - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ceremony - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

wedding ceremony recessional - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

Being that our wedding was a vintage carnival, we wanted it feel light, airy and fun. We wanted it to have the perfect balance of a carnival yet feel romantic, rustic and whimsical. Our general colors were muted reds, blues and yellows but we weren’t big on having everything matchy, matchy . We pretty much hand crafted most everything ourselves. Jake is a graphic designer so we were able to custom design our save the dates, invitations, programs and favors. Most all of the detail and décor we did ourselves too–DIY projects and antique store finds. My mom and I sewed fabric bunting flags and ribbon streamers. My dad helped with the construction projects such as collecting old scrapped wood which we painted and drilled to make signs as well as light up marquee letters from metal. We built a kissing booth that I hand painted for our guests to take photos in. I also constructed our cake topper and even designed my own wedding dress and had it hand made! My mom made the flower girl’s dresses and an assortment of over 2,000 homemade cookies for our “sweet treats” table. You can definitely say our wedding screamed DIY! We also hired a caricaturist to create caricaturists for our guests as a fun souvenir. But our favorite part—the ferris wheel! We knew if we wanted our look to feel authentic, we needed to have a ferris wheel which we rented from a local event company. It tied everything together and the guests just loved it! The open space of the venue with the oak trees, old barn and charming character created the perfect setting for our event and pulled everything together.

place setting ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding receptions - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

rustic centerpieces - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

cake tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

backyard wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I’d say first things first, decide on the look or theme you are going for and let it resonate. That was the best thing we did. We decided on our look right away and spent a lot of time exploring flea markets, antique shops and etsy for the perfect ideas and accents. The more time you have to think about it, the easier it will come together and the more time you will have to make it work. Plus it’s a lot less stressful! Also, don’t be afraid to take a risk! If you love something, find a way to incorporate it into your wedding. It will make it the planning fun as well as your day that much more special.

carnival wedding cake - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

wedding dessert tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

colorful cake tables - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding

carnival wedding ideas - photo by Valentina Glidden Photography http://ruffledblog.com/brookside-equestrian-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Wedding Party Processional: “Married Life,” Michael Giacchiano (Up Soundtrack)
Bride’s Processional: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson
Recessional: “Everybody,” Ingrid Michaelson
First Dance: “The Way I Am,” Ingrid Michaelson
Cocktail hour and dinner we played a lot of classic and folky hits from the 1940s – Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington to name a few.

Wedding Location: Walnut, CA / Photographer: Valentina Glidden Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Sandy McDermott and Aide Delgado of Rose Wade Events / Florist: Flowers by Sharen / Venue: Brookside Equestrian / Wedding Dress: Designed by Bride and constructed by Ann Seitz and Annette Constantino / Bride’s Headpiece and Shoes: ModCloth / Makeup and Hair: Foundation of You / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Jack Threads / Caterer: Rose Wade Events / Wedding Cakes: Beverly’s Best Bakery / DJ: FLY BY NIGHT Disc Jockeys / Ferris Wheel Rental: LA Party Works / Caricaturist: The Cartoon Lady / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: designed by Bride and Groom, printed by Coastal Finishing

Fall Wedding Flower Guide

Flower Guide

Whenever we think we couldn’t fall more in love with flower arrangements, a bouquet by Janie Medley Flora Design comes along. With images by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography and makeup by Emily Hudspeth, it’s not difficult to see why we’re falling hard for this look influenced by bride Ashley’s vintage Gunne Sax wedding gown!

faux fur bridal gowns
faux fur bridal gowns

fall wedding flower trends

From the photographer, Tori of Marvelous Things Photography: Back in the Fall of 2011, I had the privilege of shooting an amazing Virginia farm wedding for a darling couple, Nick & Ashley. When Ashley showed me the incredible vintage Gunne Sax dress she was considering wearing in her wedding, I DIED from how fantastic it was. But when she decided to go with a different dress for the big day, I knew that meant we would HAVE to do a styled shoot, sometime, with the Gunne Sax, because it was too amazing to simply be stuck in a closet. So this shoot has been in the works for over a year, really, and as Fall rolled around again, I was SO grateful to get the amazing Janie Medley on board for the gorgeous floral wreath and bouquet, and Emily Hudspeth for the perfect hair and make-up. I wanted to keep the overall shoot simple to let the dress and florals shine. Ashley made for a stunning model, and I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity for the images to be featured!


faux fur bridal gowns
fall wedding flower trends

bride in red tights

fall wedding flower trends

bride in woods

Bouquet Florals… perfect mix for a fall bouquet:
-burgundy peonies
-yellow and orange ranunculus
-yarrow
-burgundy scabiosa
-safari sunset
-scented geranium leaves


fall wedding flower trends

bride in fields

fall wedding flower trends

floral bridal crowns

Floral for the floral crown:
-burgundy peonies
-yarrow
-ivy
-dusty miller
seeded eucalyptus


floral bridal crowns
fall wedding flower trends

burgundy bridal tights


View all images from this shoot in the gallery