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Real Oregon Wedding: Brittany and Doug at Castaway

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Real Oregon Wedding: Brittany and Doug at Castaway

Brittany and Doug were married at the gorgeous Castaway Portland. While they had a few rain drops on their wedding day, you would have never known it by the brightness of their smiles and their infectious happiness. It was a beautiful day and every detail came together beautifully.

I love the personal details they included in their reception, including the use of Doug’s family plaid. It was the perfect Spring wedding!

We have included a complete list of vendors at the bottom of the page for your reference. All were incredible to work with!

 

 

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Raindrops and Rainbows; Spring Time Wedding Inspiration

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Raindrops and Rainbows; Spring Time Wedding Inspiration

Everyone knows it rains a lot in Portland. While outside folks think that is a negative, us locals know it’s the raindrops that give us the beauty our region is known for. However, raindrops on your wedding day can so often bring about a frown. But don’t let it make you too sad. In addition to being good luck, raindrops often lead to beautiful rainbows. So if you are getting married in the Pacific Northwest, always have a solid rain plan, a few clear umbrellas on hand, and keep your eyes open for a beautiful rainbow. It could be the start of your happily ever after!

This inspiration shoot is the perfect way to celebrate the raindrops and rainbows that are so prevalent in springtime weddings in the Pacific Northwest.

A big thank you to the vendor team who put this beautiful shoot together:

Venue: Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
Catering: Broder
Photographer: Klover Studios
Coordination/Design: Your Perfect Bridesmaid
Flowers: Milwaukie Floral
Stationary/Paper Goods: Colleen Schwab
Dessert: Petunias Bakery:
Dress: Ania Bridal
Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
 

Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

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Fancy A Stone Age Wedding? How Traditions Have Changed Through The Years

Marriage, like all of our human customs, has gone through a lengthy period of evolution. The statement weddings that we see today are a relatively new invention. Couples have, however, been formalising their relationships since pretty much the Stone Age. It’s fortunate that things have moved on since those early days. For starters, the woman tends to have a say these days. But there have been other changes, too.

Way Back When…

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Once upon a time, it was common for tribes to ride from settlement to settlement pillaging resources. Those resources would of course include food and firewood. They would also include brides. The nature of ceremonies varied depending on custom. It was not uncommon for women to be traded for cattle and other food sources. Only in the Roman era did women begin to have a say in whether they got married, and to whom.

Fast forward a few thousand years…

Weddings as we recognize them today have their roots primarily in the 1800s. This is when people’s own personal sentiments began to have an input on things. At this point, the idea of marrying in a church was still not a consideration. Most marriages took place in the home – usually the groom’s – and the couple would wear the best clothes they owned. As a result, many brides of the time married wearing black – as their formal dress had to pull double duty for funerals, too.

Queen Victoria: Fashion Icon

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It’s ironic, given that she would spend the last 40 years of her life clad in black. But Britain’s Queen Victoria sparked the trend for brides to wear white at their weddings. When she married Prince Albert, her white satin dress sparked a great deal of interest. It became the done thing to wear white, which has since become connected with the idea of chastity. To this day, it’s traditional for a bride to wear white.

The 20th Century: Weddings Become An Industry

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As women’s rights have evolved, so has their position in the wedding story. Once treated as little more than property, brides of the 20th century started to assert their individuality. Although destination weddings were still limited to the very richest, dresses became a way to stand out. Ever more elaborate gowns were designed and sold, ready to wear. This saw the creation of bridal sections at department stores.

Today: The Reality TV Age And Themed Weddings

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These days the wedding industry has become about more than just the joining of a couple in matrimony. It’s big business in every way, including entertainment with shows such as Say Yes To The Dress and Bridezilla. Even for those who don’t intend for their wedding to end up on TV, themed weddings have become a popular way of tying the knot. Island Paradise? Winter Wonderland? Whatever your esthetic, there’s a theme wedding for you!

But under it all, what still matters is the marriage and joining of two people in love. If you want to take it back to basics and marry in your best formal clothes, go right ahead. It’s about what makes you happy – now more than ever.

Truvelle’s 2017 Bridal Gown Collection – Sneak Peak

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Truvelle’s 2017 Bridal Gown Collection – Sneak Peak

We are excited to share with you something that came across our desk recently. The release of lovely wedding gowns for 2017. This collection is simple yet elegant and we hope you enjoy it and get ideas for your wedding day.
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Unlike any other collection the made-in-Canada brand has designed thus far, Truvelle’s 2017 line takes the perception of a wedding gown to all new heights. This season, Creative Director and Founder Gaby Bayona explores a more flirtatious side of her bride with low-dipping necklines and an emphasis on backless details, all the while staying true to Truvelle’s effortless charm.
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While the authenticity of Truvelle will forever remain in the brand’s designs, the new collection truly sets itself apart with bolder cuts and geometric features that cater to the modern bride. The Carrall gown, predicted to be a top-seller for 2017, features a deep-V bodice met with a criss-crossed taupe satin ribbon leading the eye to the gown’s noteworthy back. The colours used this season are both subtle and sultry, combining mochas and pearls with fresh shades of white for a stand-out dress. 

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Truvelle 2017 will offer a sigh of relief to brides searching for design-forward details that are both feminine and unique, remaining true to the bridal brand’s mission for careful, quality craftsmanship. The new collection is sure to make past brides carefully consider renewing their vows that much sooner for a chance to wear Truvelle all over again.

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Photographer : Kristy Ryan of Blush Wedding Photography
Hair & Make-Up : Emily Cheng
 
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Photographer : Kristy Ryan of Blush Wedding Photography
Florist : Days of May
Hair & Make-Up : Emily Cheng

 

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

You know we swoon when we get to share a real wedding with you. This one is so sweet, beautiful and one of a kind. Who ever said you need a fancy location to feel opulent is just plain wrong. A court house wedding can be stunning and filled with your special touches, just as Jessica and Chintan show us below. Take a moment to view and read about their love story, enjoy!

Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon http://picassoartisticsalon.com/
Shoes:
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories:
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
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Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer:
Powers Photography Studio http://powersstudios.com/
Stationery:
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake:
Dream Cakes http://www.dreamcakesportland.com/
Food:
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers:
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Their Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

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How He Proposed

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

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Her Wedding Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

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Style for their wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

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The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

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Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Your favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Getting Married: Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier

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Getting Married: Things I Wish I’d Known Earlier

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. But planning it can be a pain. There always seem so much to do, so many people to speak to when all you really want to do is get on and enjoy the day. Why not benefit from those that have been there before you and check out our guide to things that we’d wished we had known earlier.

You don’t have to choose the first dress you try on

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Dianne that said she wished that she hadn’t of bought of the first wedding dress she tried on. Although both she and her mom got the feels and had a good cry, she thinks maybe it was just because that the first time they saw her as a bride.

Remember that the assistants in the bridal shop will be trying to make a sale so don’t feel pressured into buying any dress you are not sure about. If you can’t make up your mind there and then it’s perfectly acceptable to walk away and make the decision later.

You don’t have to have a formal event

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Sally says she loved her formal wedding, but would have an informal do if she had her time again. While all the glitz and glamor of a six course sit down meal was nice, Sally felt like things were a bit flat at times. She has seen guests have more fun at a country style wedding with line dancing, so would recommend that for potential brides.

Remember you are having this wedding to celebrate your union, so it’s important that it reflects you as a couple. If you would prefer hay bails and drinking jars make sure you let everyone else know and don’t be bullied into their dream for your wedding.

You can have your wedding reception in almost any location with a marquee

Karen wished she has realized that she could have a wedding in the grounds of her parent’s house. She wasn’t keen on the idea of a hotel reception. But it seemed the most sensible thing to do as there was nowhere to put the 200 guests if the weather was bad.

Of course as long as you have the permission and space it’s pretty easy to a marquee to have to have your wedding whether you’d like it. Companies that offer luxury marquee hire also often provide bar and catering services so you can get it all booked at the same time.

You can do your own flowers

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Mercedes says she spent a fortune on flowers only to have them go over the very next day. She of like to have pressed them and given them to family and friends but she just didn’t get the chance. She recommends doing your own flowers the night before.

Use florist oasis to hold them in an arrangement and keep them watered. Adding a soluble aspirin to the water can also help them keep perky for much longer.

We hope a few of these tips and advice from past brides will help you out. It’s so hard sometimes planning your wedding since it is a big event that typically only happens once. We understand you want everything to be perfect but it’s ok if it’s not, just remember to enjoy the day!

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Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

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Real Wedding: Rochelle + Nathan

We always get excited when a real wedding comes into our inbox and this one doesn’t disappoint. In the style of a “Big Greek” Wedding this couple wows us from start to finish. Rochelle’s gown is stunning and you can see how happy they both are together. Enjoy the images below and thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for the submission.

Vendors
Dress: Jason Grech http://www.jasongrech.com/
Shoes: Ninewest
Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish http://swishclothing.com.au/
Accessories: Just Me Jewellery justmejewellery.com.au
Photograph: Eye to Eye Photography http://www.eyetoeyephotography.com.au/
Wedding Movie: C2 Films http://www.c2films.com.au/
Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Reception Venue: Crown Towers
Makeup: Martina
Hair: Hue’s Hair
Flowers: Kitsa’s Flowers
Cake: Abfab Cakes

How did we meet?
Nathan and I have actually known each other since our early twenties, however didn’t really get together until a few years later. We both worked for the same company out of uni and we’d always chat (even though I remember him being so nervous around me) however at the time I was in a long-term relationship with a guy from high school, who I was certain that I’d marry. When that didn’t pan out and we broke up, Nathan and I spent more time together and started getting a lot closer.
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It’s still crazy to think that Nathan has been in my life for so long and I could have easily missed out on something so special. I was so devastated when I broke up with my previous partner as we’d been together since we were 15 years old, but there really is a silver lining to every cloud! I couldn’t imagine my life without Nathan now.

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How did he propose?
Being the hopeless romantic that he is, I don’t think Nathan could help himself with going all out on the proposal.

Nathan said that he had a work conference at Melbourne’s Crown Towers (If you know Crown Towers, you’d know that it’s the most glamourous building in the city!) So he recommended that we book a hotel room and go stay over for the night. I remember we were sitting in the hotel room about to get ready for dinner when he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. As it turns out, there was of course no conference and we woke up the next day to a gorgeous brunch on the waters of Southbank and later just dawdled around the city in pure bliss.

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How did you choose your wedding dress?
Every bridal gown I’ve ever seen at a wedding that had made my jaw drop was a Jason Grech design, so I knew that as soon it was my turn, I’d know exactly which designer to turn to! All of his pieces are so elegant and classic, and when I saw my gown – I knew it was the one. I couldn’t believe how well it fit me even before alterations, and because it was silk, it was so comfortable to wear all day. It also had gorgeous embellished detailing down the sides which matched with a stunning Capulet that could be removed. So comfortable and functional!

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What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Nathan comes from a traditional Greek family, so it was a given that we incorporate his family’s traditions into the ceremony. However, I still wanted to inject some modernity and a bit more glamour into the event. This is largely why we chose Crown as our venue space (amidst the fact that our proposal took place there.) The views from our reception venue were absolutely stunning and we loved the fact that it overlooked the skyline of the city. When choosing my bridesmaids dresses, my own dress and the ceremony décor – I wanted to go for a timeless glamour feel to contrast against the modernity of our reception décor and to still tie in with the traditional Greek elements of the day.

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Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Luckily, we both managed to take quite a bit of time off for our honeymoon and we fit in two trips! We headed to Bali for ten days to relax, came back for a week (possibly the hardest working week I’ve ever done) and then we jetted off to Europe. We met up with Nathan’s family in Greece and met up with a couple of my sisters as well. Afterwards we also travelled through Spain, Italy and Croatia. 

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Thank you to Rochelle & Nathan for submitting their elegant and beautiful wedding day photos. What an amazing day the two of you had! I hope they inspired another couple planning their big day.

What to have your wedding day featured on our blog and social media? Just click here for the info we need to feature your wedding day. It’s as easy as that! Cheers – Alexis

Real Wedding of Steve & Kristi

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Real Wedding of Steve & Kristi

You are in for a treat. Kristi and Steve had an opulent wedding day. She had three outfit changes! The long ruffled train detached and the gown was then sexy & beaded. For the reception she changed into a gold strapless gown perfect for partying in. How amazing is that? Besides the stunning gowns the decor at their wedding reception was beautiful. From the five tiered gold cake to the cascading center pieces with orchids, roses and tulips we want to be transported there now! The deep red, gold with black accents really made for a modern and decadent backdrop. What about the individual bottles of Moet Champagne for each guest? That’s an idea we can support. Sit back, grab a cup of tea and view a fairytale wedding that is truly one to remember. Thanks again for the couple so kindly sharing their images with us and to Blumenthal Photography for taking all the great images. Enjoy!

Vendor Info:

  • Ceremony: Ivy Merivale, Sydney
  • Reception (if different)
  • Wedding Dress: George Elsissa – georgeelsissa.com
  • Bridesmaids dresses: Sweethearts Bridal – sweetheartsbridal.com
  • Shoes: Stuart Weitzman – stuartweitzman.com
  • Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations – adorninvitations.co.uk
  • Flowers: Sydney Wedding Flowers
  • Groom(smen)’s suits: Hugo Boss
  • Accessories: Jewellery: Nader Jewellers – nader.com
  • Cake: Sweet Passion – sweetpassion.com
  • Photographer: Blumenthal Photography – blumenthalphotography.com.au
  • Make Up & Hair: Natalie Anne Hair – natalieanne.com
  • Film: Untitled Film Works

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How did the two of you meet?

Steve and I were childhood sweethearts… We started dating when we were just 15 years old after meeting at my friend’s older brother’s 17th birthday party. We may have been very young at the time but we were absolutely smitten with each other, and spent as much time together as our parents would allow. We decided to move in together when we start university, that was a true test of our patience, but perfect none the less!

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How did the proposal go?

For Valentine’s Day last year Steve surprised me by taking me hot air ballooning (I’d always wanted to go). We were watching the sun rise and absolutely freezing, luckily I had Steve to keep me warm. At one stage though he had stopped cuddling me, by the time I turned around to see what he was doing he was down on one knee with my stunning engagement ring gleaming up at me.

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How would you sum up your wedding in a few sentences?

Our wedding was definitely glamourous! The fact that I wore multiple different dresses on the day probably showcased that. We also focused our wedding décor around the contrast of gold and different shades of red. Our reception included over 2,000 individual flowers which really popped again our clear glass furniture and gold detailing. I really do think that glamourous is the best description!

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What was important to you about your wedding?

I really wanted our guests to be blown away, by everything! With this in mind we really had no limits set; the more glitz the better! Thousands of flowers and hundreds of candles, we wanted every element of our wedding to be incomparable and unforgettable. My dresses were also very important to me; I couldn’t decide between having a big princess dress, or having a more sexy fitted dress… So in the end I decided to combine both! I also wanted to wow our guests with ANOTHER dress for the cutting of the cake, so I chose to literally match my dress with the cake and have gold detailing throughout.

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What made your venue “the one”?

We needed a big venue to comfortable house all of our guests, we also wanted something quite neutral that we could fill with all of our chosen wedding décor. Steve and I did a lot of research and visited a lot of different venues; when we finally stumbled upon the Ivy I knew it would be the perfect canvas for what I had in mind!

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What made the day really special to you?

Definitely Steve and my first dance together as a married couple! Neither of us had much ballroom dancing experience, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, so I made Steve take private dance lessons with me for a few weeks leading up to our wedding. After cutting our amazing cake our wedding song came on, it was quite nerve racking to start with but Steve made it fun and I soon relaxed.

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What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?

On your wedding day; take a deep breath and enjoy yourself! Your whole day goes so quickly so you really don’t want to spend it stressing about minor details that may or may not go wrong. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help you, take advantage of that! If there’s anything that they can do to help, ask them so that you have one less thing on your mind and you can really embrace the day!

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

Steve and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We spent two weeks at the Hilton in Honolulu, sipped on cocktails every day and did way too much shopping! The two of us hadn’t been on a proper holiday together for a few years before that so we really made the most of our time away together, finally able to relax without needing to stress about any wedding details.

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