I love weddings, and I love brunch just as much – so a day that combines the two is a sure winner in my book. June Lion captured this oh-so-Portland wedding, complete with flowers and an enviable floral hair accessory from Punch Portland. Keep reading for some stellar advice from the bride for de-stressing before your wedding day arrives!
From the bride, Ana: We really wanted something laid-back and low maintenance. We arrived at a brunch wedding thinking that this would be the most easy breezy – and hey, we love brunch! As for the style we wanted to go with a vintage rustic feel.
Our venue just so happened to be out favorite music venue in town, Mississippi Studios which has a really vintage flair. Luckily our venue laid the groundwork down for us. We did have a color pallet. We originally had planned to marry in the fall and took on a heavy fall feeling with brunt oranges, greens, yellows, brown, and red. which ended up being out major accent color for a lot of our stuff. We moved the date into summer but decided that these colors were still something we loved – so we stuck with it. Our wedding does have a DIY feel to it but unfortunately for me I’m not the most crafty person. The bulk of that went to our decorator/florists at Punch Portland. They’re magic workers! The one DIY project that I took on was the party favors… but that was simple.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make it about you! I didn’t have brides maids because I just didn’t want that extra layer of planning and potential stress – my friends are spread out around the country. My sister ordained by the powers of the internet so she could officiate the wedding. It was a fun way for her to be a special part of our big day. It’s so easy for me now to say “Don’t stress yourself out, it’s your day. Enjoy!” But I was a nervous wreck. When you’re in the thick of it just take a deep breath and try to remember that its about you and the love of your life, it’s fun! I also got really into Barre 3 classes 3 months before the wedding. It’s a mix of yoga, ballets and ballet. Did it help me look great in my wedding dress? You betcha. But the real benefit was that it helped me feel more balanced and grounded. Having that time set apart each day to get your mind-body connection can make such a difference when you have this extra stressor in your life. I cannot stress what a big help this was.
Groom and Bridal Party Processional: “Zebra,” Beach House
Bride’s Processional: “Hysteric (acoustic),” Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I still get chills!
Recessional: “What Is Life,” George Harrison
First Dance: “Everlasting Light,” Black Keys
Father Daughter: “You’ve Got a Friend,” James Taylor
Mother/Son Dance: “Child of Mine,” Carole King
Wedding Location: Portland, OR / Photographer: June Lion / Floral Design: Punch Portland / Day-Of Coordination: Heather Bryse-Harvey / Wedding Venue: Mississippi Studios / Getting Ready Hotel: Hotel Modera / Wedding Dress: Haunt / Wedding Shoes: Chie Mihara / Hair: Melissa Torres / Makeup: Caprice Hammon / Groom’s Suit: Collier / Wedding Caterer: Devil’s Food Catering / Desserts: The Sugar Cube