Celeste + Scott’s Offbeat Wedding

I had the pleasure of discovering the talented Heather Espana who was new to me via another talented photographer Ryan, from You Look Nice Today Photography. He second shot this non traditional wedding for Heather and I love how their work complements each other. Celeste’s wedding dress was a beautiful, daring floral patterned dress that set the tone for their fun wedding!

Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
From the bride, Celeste:

The wedding was at the house where I grew up, in Carlton, Oregon, which made for a beautiful backdrop on a summer night. The flowers were done by a longtime family friend and flower genius who had also done the flowers at my parents’ wedding 35 years ago. I loved how he combined exotic and traditional flowers. The gardenia in my hair was a nod to my grandma, who wore one on her suit when she married my grandfather in the 40’s. Sweet, fun and a little offbeat could probably sum up the wedding in general.
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today
Carlton Oregon wedding by Heather Espana Photography and Ryan You Look Nice Today

From the beginning, Scott and I wanted a wedding that was first and foremost a good party, so we decided to keep things simple. The ceremony short and sweet with readings from The Velveteen Rabbit, Miss Manners, Mr. Rogers (no joke!), and Rilke. We had a friend get ordained online to marry us, so it was also incredibly personal and heartfelt.

We had a ton of help with decorations and set-up from my parents, my brother, sister-in-law and her parents, my uncle and his partner, and my cousins. Definitely DIY a family affair!

As a nod to Scott’s Texan roots, we served barbeque (from Russell Street BBQ in Portland) and had pie instead of cake. The pies were from Pies for Peace, which is a non-profit that donates all proceeds from its sales to MercyCorps.

Other vendor notes: my dress is from Lena Medoyeff
Bridal: Scott and his groomsmen wore guayaberas inspired by our trip to Nicaragua a few years ago.

(spreads 2, 3, 7 and 8 by Heather Espana and 1, 4, 5 and 6 by You Look Nice Today Photography)

14 Comments
  1. We used Ryan and Heather for our wedding too! I got really excited seeing them on your blog (which I LOVE by the way!) They are such great photographers!

  2. I love Lena’s dresses! I almost chose one myself. It was my 2nd choice. I also adore how you used local designers, nonprofit orgs (pies) and kept things local. Definitely my style of wedding and similar to what we’re aiming for in July at Bridal Veil Falls (I’m sure you’ve heard of it being a Portland girl).

  3. I LOVE Lena Medoyeff’s dresses. I recognized it instantly! My bridesmaid and I both had dresses from her this last June for my wedding. Thanks for posting another beautiful Oregon wedding!