All American Military Backyard Wedding
This military backyard wedding wedding could not have been more beautiful! I absolutely love when couples choose wedding venues that are close to their hearts and this wedding was no exception. The wedding started at the beautiful Oxford hotel in downtown Bend, Oregon. The ceremony was held at the groom’s parent’s ranch in Tumalo, with the reception at their friend’s wedding venue down the street. The Miracle Barn was a very fun are, perfect for any country reception and Ashley and Alex had a blast!
When Ashley went looking for a new apartment in New York City, she had no idea that one apartment would change her life forever. Ashley and Alex met on the steps of the apartment that once was Alex’s and would soon be Ashley’s. Taking notice of her, Alex casually gave Ashley a business card, knowing that “moving in the city is not fun”. After a few emails back and forth while Alex was off at military training, they both went on with their lives. A few months later, once Alex had graduated and was back in New York, he contacted Ashley asking if she had received any of his mail? They agreed to meet for a drink and so she could give him his mail. The rest is history…
Now, Alex and Ashley both call that apartment home.
With that apartment bringing them together, it was certain that it had to be part of their engagement story. While packing for an Oregon vacation, Ashley’s friend begged her to go out for a quick drink before she left. On her way out the apartment building her friend handed her a stack of mail with Alex’s name as the return to sender. Confused, she stepped outside to see Alex on one knee. Each letter in the stack of mail contained one word spelling out “will you marry me?”.
“Marriage is something Alex and I have clearly said is a once in a lifetime. There is no other option but to make it work. It is forever dating your best friend and always keeping the spark alive.” – Ashley
“I bought my dress at The Bridal Garden in NYC where they donate the proceeds to charity. My seamstress built on the sleeves and created my vision”. – Ashley
Bring on the mail! I love that brought the newspaper with their engagement announcement to be officially part of their wedding!!
Once belonging to her grandmother, these pins were added to Ashley’s bouquet as her something old.
Best groomsmen gifts ever! Each one was personalized for each man.
Ashely pinned her grandfather’s all American A onto Alex for the wedding.
In Alex’s own words, “there’s nothing hotter than a girl with a gun”.
After meeting and becoming friends high school, Camden and Aaron lost touch when she left to fight for our country. A few years late they reunited and have been together ever since. Camden explained, “We always knew we were soul mates. We have just loved each other for a long time.”
They both wanted a simple, beautiful and fun wedding at a stunning location and they found that at The Great Hall in Sunriver, Oregon. They did and amazing job putting together a simple and elegant wedding with the help of a few talented vendors.
Camden chose this beautiful wedding gown from The White Dress. It was the first dress she tried on and she fell in love immediately! She also loved her florist, Sweet Posey. They grow all their own flowers.
Love these patriotic socks to show their love for our county! Go USA!
“Marriage means being with your best friend for the rest of your life to go through the best and the worst of times with.” – Camden
When Brandon and Brooke first met, they quickly bonded over fitness and country music. After becoming friends and exploring beautiful Oregon on hikes together, they knew their was something more to their relationship. They knew they were the one for each other since they loved to do the same things together and now had someone to do them with! Even Brandon’s brother and best man admitted during the toast that he had found the girl version of himself to marry. After dating for a few years, Brandon surprised Brooke with a poster of photos from all their adventures together and with the words, “Will you marry me?”.
They love Brasada Ranch and knew it was the right place for their wedding because it was the place their parents first met. Brooke’s family has been visiting Brasada Ranch for years and she loves it there. In fact, the night their parents met (before they were engaged), Brooke let it slip that she would love to be married at Brasada Ranch.
“Marriage means I have my best friend for life. We are no longer taking on life by ourselves, but together, as a team.” -Brooke
This wedding was charming in more ways than one. Right from the start I knew I would get along with Jamie and Gregory. Josh was supposed to shoot their wedding, but after meeting them, I just couldn’t let him. They are so my people!
Not only is Gregory a hilarious theater guy, but he loves everything Harry Potter. And Jamie is a huge Star Wars fan. If you know me at all, you know theater, Harry Potter and Star Wars are three of my favorite things. How could I not fall in love with this couple immediately?
I can only describe their beautiful journey coming together through their own poetic words, “We talked Zen and the art of living in the present and found our Serenity in our first home, a 1981 air-cooled Vanagon named Ground Control. From there we embarked on a journey of countless nights beneath the stars with our home changing each time we put the van in park. Some nights were along the rocky shores of lakes sitting at the foot of snow-capped mountains. Other nights we were lost in the forest, hidden beneath the canopy of juniper trees. The close quarters and constant disconnect from the stresses of the busy world allowed us to see each other more clearly, and our bond only strengthened.” – Jamie and Gregory.
Every last detail of this wedding was incredibly thoughtful. Jamie and greg both love the outdoors so it was only natural to incorporate their favorite outdoor elements into their wedding. Jamie filled bouquet jars with pine tree clippings and adorned them with charms that perfectly described each of her amazing bridesmaids. One loved dogs and had a dog charm, another an elephant while Jamie had a collection of charms. Jamie’s charms also included two of her Grandmother’s rings as a little something old. In addition to these, Jamie added golden branches to her cascading braided hair.
Gregory will forever sport one of the coolest men’s rings I’ve every seen. All the way around is beautiful little trees. Whenever Gregory is stuck in the office he can look down and imagine being surrounded by trees with his beautiful wife.
Jamie described her dress as reminding her of a fancy grandma doily. I think it fits perfect with the charm of this wedding. When mom and dad both cried seeing her in the dress, she knew it was the one for her.
As a thoughtful bride, Jamie asked all of her bridesmaids to pick a Burgundy dress that they could wear again.
The day started with cheers from the groom to his best man with only the finest Scotch, Lagavulin, the preferred scotch of Ron Swanson form Parks and Rec. Seriously, how fun is this couple! Each groomsmen was gifted a flask with their names engraved on it.
Gregory went on to explain, quite seriously, that he’s bring back the 20’s in 2020. I really hope he does because it was the best decade (at least my favorite decade). To start bringing back the 20’s he and all of his groomsmen wore suspenders and knit ties. Josh would have been proud – for years his only tie was a dark blue knit tie. I think his heart broke a little when he had to wear a real tie. I say it’s time to bring this look back, because it’s awesome!
I just need to say that the lobster was even meaningful. The lobster once belonged to Jamie and was passed down to her sweet little nephew who could not put it down the entire day. It was so sweet!
Then we got to the good part… light saber vs. wand. Gregory got his own hand made Harry Potter wand from Oli’s at Comicon and is a huge Harry Potter fan. Jamie has her own light saber and is a huge Star Wars fan. My kind of people. When we met up before their wedding she asked if we could also grab a quick photo of her with her light saber and him with his wand. I immediately said, “Yes!” I needed no further explanation. I love this couple! They even hand sewed quilts as table toppers, Star Wars for her and Harry Potter for him.
Family. Outside. Tacos. These were the three words they used to describe their wedding. Tacos there were! If you have ever had El Sancho you know how yummy those tacos are.
Jamie and Gregory are so far, to this date, the only other couple that has used the Star Wars theme song as their grand entrance song. At our wedding, I let Josh be in charge of all things music, but this song was the only one I really needed to have. It was perfect for Jamie and Gregory too!
Again, I can’t get enough of this couple. We did the traditional cake cutting at our wedding, but we are not cake people. We had a whole table of pie and ice cream for us. Jamie and Gregory went completely without the cake and stuck to only the best in deserts – Marionberry Pie.
When you fall in love from traveling around in your van with your best friend, roommate and love of your life, of course you need to add maps all throughout the outdoorsy centerpieces for your wedding. It’s also a must to take wedding images with that charming little van that you rode in on the way to the spot where he proposed and you said “Yes!”, the van that brought you together and allowed you to escape life and fall in love forever.
Michelle and Kenny are an amazing couple who are so in love! They eloped in Hawaii and had a fun wedding reception celebration at Tetherow Golf Club in Bend, Oregon. They had so many friends and family gathered around them. A long time friend of the bride flew into town from across the country to have his band perform and help Michelle and Kenny dance the night away with their guests. It was a great celebration and a night to remember!
Chelsi and Johnny chose the Great Hall in Sunriver, Oregon for the romantic cabin feel with 200 of their closet friends and family. They lined the aisle and fireplace with candles and flowers. Lights sparkled all around them as they said their vows in front of the grand fireplace. They had one of their groomsmen perform the ceremony to keep the wedding vibe intimate.
Their wedding was simple, elegant and filled with rustic charm and sparkles. The invitations had a navy blue base with twinkling lights, matching the bridesmaids dresses perfectly. Chelsi wore a trumpet dress. Her bouquet held a heart charm with a photo of her late mother in it so she would be with Chelsi throughout the day. Chelsi requested a first look not just with her fiance but also with her dad. He got there early and surprised her. It wasn’t the moment we had planned but it was perfect. Chelsi and Johnny had a blast celebrating with their friends and family and dancing through the night.
Abigail and Quinton were married at a private residence in Central Oregon with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop to their rustic wedding. Abigail’s vintage inspired trumpet wedding gown was delicate and elegant.
Pink and purple popped throughout the decor. Abigail’s sister made the romantic flower arrangement on the arbor. They combined rustic chairs, logs and benches for the ceremony seating. The burlap runner adds rustic charm to the ceremony. Even the couple’s rings were vintage inspired with a rose gold finish. The reception area was filled with vintage couches, lace, rustic tables, old lanterns, candles and flowers for a simple rustic beauty.
Another one of Abigail’s sisters made and decorated the beautiful two tiered wedding cake. Thinking of everything, Abigail and Quinton chose to make one of the cake tiers completely gluten free for their guests. They even had a Smore’s bar for everyone to enjoy. Quinton and Abigail added a person touch to their wedding by enjoying a toast of their favorite pink Kombucha.
Its not everyday a photographer gets asked to not only photograph a wedding but also be a witness. Josh, Mary Ellen, Mary Ellen’s friend and of course Carrie and Jon hiked out to a spot on Sparks Lake for beautiful and totally intimate wedding ceremony in the mountains. The bride and groom shared their vows and then a toast to their new marriage.
Photographer: Josh Jordan / Officiant: Wedding with Heart
Christina and Jim got married with their closest friends and family along the rushing waters of the Deschutes River in Bend, OR. Christina wore a simple and elegant dress from BHLDN. Flowers by Summer Robbins added elegance to the bride’s look.
Photographer: Josh Jordan / Officiant: Wedding With Heart / Flowers: Summer Robbins / Hair & Makeup: Edge Salon, Lori Tompos / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Reception: 900 Wall
With only about a month to plan their wedding, Beth and Nicolas pulled together a beautiful and fun celebration. The ceremony was held at Millers Landing Park in Bend, Oregon were the river flowed behind the ceremony. The bride and groom chose this location so they could have kayakers floating downstream behind them. As a fun and causal wedding, the bride and groom greeted their guests as they arrived at the park.
As beer lovers the bride and groom gave out wedding beer cozies at the ceremony that read, “To have and to hold and to keep your beer cold – Beth and Nik”. After the ceremony the guests drove down the road to the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room for their beer lovers reception.
The centerpieces were made with Deschutes Brewery beer glasses and growlers. They even served coffee in mugs that read, “I’d rather have a Black Butte Porter”. Beth and Nik had a ton of fun celebrating their Bend beer wedding!
Officiant: Weddings With Heart / Ceremony: Millers Landing Park, Bend, OR / Reception: Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room, Bend, OR / Flowers: Bend Bouquets / DJ: Bend Event Sound / Hair & Makeup: Zante Salon / Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse / Bride’s Ring: Tiffanys
Matt and Dasha were married in beautiful Bend, Oregon at Tetherow Golf Club. Succulents and moss can be seen throughout the wedding adding a wild outdoor elegance to the whole day. The guest tables had fun gold vases while the head table showed off the wildflower centerpieces in hand made wood boxes. I love the succulent boutineer that Matt wore. Dasha’s unique dress had a very subtle amount of pink in the bottom of it.
My favorite part of the day was photographing the unity drive. You know, where the bride and groom make their first drive together as husband and wife. Josh threw the idea of the unity drive out there during the engagement session. The groom loved the idea so much that we made it happen just after the ceremony. These two were a lot of fun to photograph. Congrats Dasha and Matt!
After learning that Michelle’s family would be flying to Oregon for vacation, Michelle and Chris decided that this would be the perfect time to get married! In about one month, Michelle and Chris were able to pull together an intimate wedding at Chris’s sister’s house in Bend, Oregon, with charming British details. Michelle had her mom bring favors for the whole wedding over all the way from England. The British flag boxes and adorable red double-decker bus keychains added British flair and pops of color to the wedding. The bride also hand made hearts to line the aisle during the ceremony in the field and to hang from the tent at the reception. At the reception guests sipped Oregon wine and beer and played a mix of American and British lawn games and ate a delicious meal provide by Bleu Bite Catering. The bride and groom also had all their family members stamp their finger prints and sign their initials onto a family tree with the bride and groom at the top as love birds.
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