When Bethany and Ryan decided to renew their vows, Bethany’s sister Heather of The Gemmers promptly enlisted herself to plan their day in addition to capturing it. Seven years together and three children later, Bethany and Ryan decided to throw an intimate celebration as they reaffirmed their love for each other at the top of a mountain in Oregon. Under a small floral tent, they then dined under candlelight with their closest family members. Be ready to be completely smitten by this sweet fete!
From Heather of The Gemmers: It was a wedding…an elopment of sorts…a vow renewal! 7 years ago, they married. Young, with little money; madly in love. 3 children, small sustainable home in the Midwest, & trials. They’ve struggled to learn the balance. The work of marriage is in the small moments….in the small arguments, the off-hand comments….in the sinews of every conversation and encounter. It’s a delicate thing that requires all of your soul. They’re STILL madly in love. Bethany wanted to outwardly mark this moment in their lives…in their marriage….by a renewal of vows. Luckily, her sister is a photographer in Portland, Oregon: ME! I had the joy of helping to plan the most intimate of celebrations. They renewed their vows on top of a mountain along the stunning Columbia Gorge. It was all perfect: her lovely vintage-inspired lace dress by BHLDN, her husband looked just dashing; her youngest baby daughter in tow in the most darling vintage pink dress, the rings were in this lovely shell that was made into a carrying purse with a dainty clasp, their vows were printed on vintage handkerchiefs, a Portland musician played lightly through the ceremony. I dreamt of the loveliest custom floral tent & enlisted local talent to make it real and had the help of my friends & fellow wedding vendors in Portland to create a glorious day for them! There was light everywhere; candles, dazzling glass bottles & foliage everywhere! Bright colors, whimsical florals, vintage lace, wood accents, an old wood bakers table with orange chairs, a vintage high-chair, the freshly-made chocolate buttermilk cake layered with fresh local raspberries & chocolate buttercream. An amazing dinner made by a personal chef who outdid herself! Rosemary-garlic roasted rack of lamb with sauteed green beans & rosemary-garlic brown butter croutons with a poached pear & goat cheese salad. It was very typical of an intimate Portland celebration…and so lovely.
Location: Private Residence in Oregon / Photographer: The Gemmers / Floral Designer: punch Portland / Favors and Gifts: Artful Beginnings / Dress Designer: BHLDN / Makeup Artist: Nadia Artistry / Shoes: Allen Company Inc / Hair Stylist: Ruby Riewer / Cake Designer: Miss Zumstein / Invitation Designer: Hermias Wishes / Linens and Coverings: Tamarack Tales / DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Ashley Pahl, AntoArts / Caterer: Personal Chef Joy! / Musicians: Slim Bacon / Officiant: Jeff Marsh ([email protected]) / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Levi’s