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Hailey + Nate

“Marriage is surviving that relationship each day and still loving each other enough to say I love you at night” – Hailey

Hailey and Nate met at work where they became friends and developed a great base for their relationship. Eventually they started dating and Nate knew she was the one after just a few dates. He told Hailey he would wait for her as long as she needed to say yes. They’ve been together for 5 years and finally joined there two families together in Sisters, Oregon at FivePine Resort.

While enjoying the beautiful waterfalls along the South Fork of the John Day River, Nate pulled out a ring and proposed to Hailey on Christmas Eve. As a second marriage for both Nate and Hailey, they were thinking a small wedding with just close family and friends would be enough to share their love. However, Hailey’s grandparents stepped in. Having been their for Hailey throughout her life like parents, they wanted their Hailey to have a magical wedding.

Hailey’s grandmother took care of almost all of the planning for her and did an amazing job! Wanting a simple fall themed wedding in the woods, they chose the FivePine Resort in Sisters, Oregon for the stunning setting. With warm tones of reds, oranges and candle light sprinkled throughout the day, her grandmother created the perfect fall wedding for the couple. She even handmade the candles and the soap gifts for the guests.

Hailey said, “We are building a home together and manage a small 300+ acre hobby farm, this brings you close together. If you can survive building a home and what is thrown at you with farm life, then you can endure anything.”

Hailey and Nate,

It was so wonderful to get to know you guys! Hailey, as moms of boys, I feel like we’ve bonded 🙂 I can’t wait to photograph your whole family again. We loved getting to know your friends and family and seeing how much love you have in your life. I hope you continue to cherish the love around you and keep enduring and enjoying life together!

-Kellianne (and Josh)

“My dress was purchased from Blueberry Boutique in the tri-cities. Due to the COVID pandemic, entering a dress shop was prohibited. However, we waited until their was a guideline lifted and, though it takes months to order the exact dress, I was able to purchase one from the store I could take home. It was a very special experience. My Grandfather purchased my dress and my Grandmother was with me when it was chosen. My Grandfather makes sure we girls look and feel beautiful.” – Hailey

It’s so fun to see Nate having a blast with Hailey’s sons!

One of the sweet girls at the wedding created a little bracelet and something blue for both the bride and the groom. I’ve actually never seen a groom have a something borrowed, something blue and something new before. Nate had them all – this was a first for me!

“We have laughed a lot in the last day, as Nate experienced a unforgettable change in his hairstyle. He went for a trim and was given a clean shave of his whole head. There really isn’t a fix at this point and again we have just decided that it isn’t what is the most important thing about our day…these are the reasons we get through everything” – Hailey.

I love the attitude Hailey has. the most important thing as that they share love and she definitely kept that as a focus!

Sweet father-daughter moments are the best!

Hailey’s 93 year old Grandpa was a huge part of her day and has been a huge part of her life since her mother passed away when she was young. We had to celebrate this special time with a sweet first look between them just before the ceremony.

Hailey’s grandmother often makes handmade soaps for the family. When it came to the wedding day, this seemed like the perfect gift to give to the guests. They are so beautiful!

Hailey’s grandmother handmade these mercury glass candle holders. Every one is unique and absolutely stunning. Didn’t she do an amazing job?

I love candids! Especially when we can capture moments of joy with kids, grandkid, grandparents and best friends from kindergarten like in these fun photos!

Their musical-star friend played a few songs to celebrate their day. She also played at Hailey’s grandparents wedding years ago so this was an extra special performance on their wedding day.

Me and the bride! It was a blast celebrating you guys!

How to keep warm at your winter wedding…

If you are dreaming of a winter wedding, snow slowly falling from above creating a blanket of beautiful white along the ground, then there is one thing to keep in mind: snowy winter days are cold. Wedding dresses are often made of lace and are created for brides getting married in the popular summer months. Often they are not designed to keep a bride warm on a winter wedding day. So how do you keep warm in the cold without ruining your style? 

Many people have asked, what do brides wear when it’s cold? The most sophisticated style choice is fur. Fake or real is up to you, but the look and feel is the same. Fur will keep you warm while elevating your winter wedding day look.

Here are a few stylish ways real brides kept warm at their weddings in the cold months:

The white fur shawl, shrug, wrap, cape or stole. 

One of my favorite winter wedding wear items is the white fur shawl. Call it shawl, stole, cape or shrug, this delicate item adds warmth to the bride without hiding the dress much. It also adds texture to the image with an elegant, upscale charm.

Erin chose a white fur shawl for her rustic wedding in central Oregon at Brasada Ranch. She looked gorgeous all day! (And yes, we did take a bunch of photos without the shawl too!)

The full fur coat.

Felicia had a snow surprise on her wedding day. She had hoped for snow and planned for it, but didn’t expect 6 feet of it! Luckily she really did plan ahead and not only had a big fur cote to keep herself warm, but also had a beautiful colored fur shawl for her bridesmaid. They looked gorgeous on wedding the day! I love how the colored fur pops against the white snowy backdrop.

The color-coordinated wrap.

Lindsay also got married at Brasada Ranch but chose a colored wrap for her spring wedding. With her husband wearing bright purple, it made sense for her to match. Often brides will wear white and gift their bridesmaids a colored shawl. Lindsey opted for color and had her bridesmaids wear denim jackets to tie in to her rustic ranch wedding.

The fur vest. 

Yvonne was hoping for a slightly warm wedding day and bought this winter fur vest for her chilly engagement session. I love how the texture pops off her images! On her wedding day, the wedding turned cold so she had her bridesmaids grab a blanket and her fur. They only used them for a few minutes while I was photographing the groom and his groomsmen. They definitely kept her warm for a few minutes and were great to have around!

Denim jacket, leather jacket or fabric jacket.

Another option for a down-to-earth, rustic wedding is grabbing your jean jacket. I love when brides add a cowboy charm to their wedding day! Tammy brought her jean jacket to the reception on a cool summer evening. I think she only wore it for the photos with her sweet horse, but it added perfectly to their rustic charm at their causal wedding while keeping her warm when she wasn’t on the dance floor. 

Chelsea chose a simple fabric jacket for her winter elopement. She even wore the jacket during the ceremony to keep warm. 

More…

Looking for more inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite warm wedding wear ideas and where to find them – just click on the link and it will take you there!

The Bridal Fur Shawl, Stole, Shrug and Wraps:

The Bridal  Poncho: 

The Long Bridal Cape: 

The Short Bridal Cape:

The fur bridal jacket:

The bridal jacket:

The Bridal Bolero (cropped jacket):

Katie + Tony

Location: Green Villa Barn and Garden/ Caterer: Vice Catering / DJ & Photobooth: Paradox/ Flowers: Ali B Designs / Cake & Desserts: Sugar Sugar

Katie and Tony’s garden wedding in Independence, Oregon was filled with pink flowers, grey accents and a ton of fun! Seriously, the whole wedding party had a great time taking photos and hanging all throughout the day. The Green Villa Barn & Garden in Independence, Oregon was the most amazing setting for a fun-filled garden wedding.

The day started in the little white barn in the middle of the gardens where the bride and bridesmaids got ready. Katie was surrounded all morning with her best friends, sister, mother and mother-in-law. Everyone was so excited to be part of her day!

We decided to do their first look in the middle of the garden which was tricky but perfect. After taking a ton of photos with the flowers and the vintage lamp post I had to move them onto the swing. I just love their beautiful photos on the country swing with the mossy tree hanging low overhead. So amazing!!

After a few bride and groom photos we headed down into the trees. Katie had mentioned that she loved the tall trees with trunks showing in the photos and wanted a photo with them. After taking Katie and Tony down into the trees, I realized that this was the perfect spot for the wedding party photos too. I hadn’t seen it before because it was actually the parking lot. Seriously, who would have thought that the parking lot would be the best place for photos? We even had someone park in the middle of the grass when we left to grab the wedding party. It’s ok, they moved the car for us so we could capture beautiful wedding party photos!

The ceremony was held in the middle of the amazing garden greenery in a gazebo. Inside the gazebo was chandelier to give a touch of elegance to the ceremony. The flowers placed along the gazebo perfectly framed Katie and Tony as they said their vows. It was so sweet to see both moms tear up!

After the ceremony we were able to pull the extended family aside under a large willow tree to quickly capture some great family photos and allow them to get back to celebrating.

The entire wedding was about casually (yet beautifully) hanging out with friends and family and just enjoying each other’s company. Everyone had fun playing lawn games and dancing. I just love the custom Corn-hole game that was made for their wedding. They are going to love that for years!

I love these simple invitations the Katie made using their engagement photos from Black Butte Ranch. They are the sweetest couple and their love really shows through in their photos! Here’s their engagement session in case you missed it: https://kelliannejordan.com/2019/04/25/black-butte-ranch-engagement-photography-or/

Katie and Tony, no one deserves a perfect wedding filled with joy and love more than you do! I hope your wedding was everything you wished for! Thank you so much for letting us be part of it. Your friends and family are absolutely amazing. Josh and I know you guys are going to have a happy marriage!!

I love when brides wear flats on their wedding day! This pair by Kate Whitcomb even had a little sparkle!

The girls had so much fun with taking photos and hanging out before the wedding! It was so nice to have a place with air conditioning to get away from the heat. Although it was hot, it actually seemed to be the perfect summer day for a wedding.

This photo above was pretty much perfect when I shot it. I even stopped to show Katie and she loved it! I think she may have doubted me for a second since they were standing in dirt and weeds with some random farm equipment right next to us, but it really was perfect! I love how the leaves are gently framing Katie and Tony!

Katie asked that I pull the bridesmaids aside and capture special photos just for them. I thought it was so sweet of her to share her photo time with her bridesmaids. Katie is such an amazing person! I really hope they love their 5 minute mini session photos!

Danielle + Ty

“We’ve been best friends and sole mates since high school. As we’ve grown so has our relationship and we can’t wait to take the next step” – Danielle.

Danielle and Tyler married at River Run Lodge Eagle Crest in Redmond, Oregon. Like she said, they’ve known they wanted to get married since high school. These two have spent the last 9 years camping, fishing, cooking and loving on their dog, Duke. Having a long relationship meant they could have a short engagement. Their engagement was only 4 months.

Ty proposed on Danielle’s birthday at the beach at sunset. So romantic! She had just had surgery and wasn’t sure if she could make it the beach so they ended up having a simple and relaxing evening by the fire watching the sun go down. In the sweet and simple moment, he proposed.

They chose Redmond for their wedding because they love the area and were hoping to get married in the snow. It actually snowed during their ceremony and we were able to capture some beautiful moments in the snow at the end of the night. The venue gave them an exceptional deal since it was off season. The River Run Lodge at Eagle Crest has a view that Danielle could not resist. Both Danielle and Ty loved the rustic and intimate setting of the venue.

They wanted their wedding to be simple, inviting and fun. Everyone had a great time so they definitely accomplished their goals.

“Marriage means you’re stuck with that person forever! through thick and thin, good and bad so you better make sure you’re with the right person. I’m a million percent positive I’ve found the right one. There’s no one else I’d rather spend the rest of my life with and can’t wait to make the commitment in front of God and my family and friends.” – Danielle

Danielle and Ty,

Thank you for letting me be part of your day. Your friends and family were so sweet! I know you guys (and Duke) are going to have a happy and amazing life together.

-Kellianne

I love all the matching rose gold jewelry!

This is one of the best custom ring boxes I’ve seen. It’s so beautiful!

Danielle’s sister let her borrow her wedding dress. Danielle looks stunning it and was so thankful to have a sister willing to share something so special.

Isn’t Duke so handsome! He’s a big part of their lives so they had to have at the wedding.

Yes, the bride and groom really did wear sunglasses throughout the ceremony. Their was a reason though. Danielle had an allergic reaction to her eye makeup the morning of the wedding. Her eyes puffed up and were red throughout the wedding day. She also had to go without makeup the whole day. I personally couldn’t tell, but she wanted to keep the glasses on until her eyes were a little less red. So, they both wore sunglasses as a way to stick together in a crisis. It’s actually pretty sweet!

“My grandpa on my moms side is officiating the wedding. My sister had our other grandpa officiate her wedding which is one of my favorite parts about our ceremony. I’m thankful to have such an amazing family and lucky to have them there to be apart of our special day” – Danielle.

Danielle’s mom helped find the catering company as well as the cake company, I’da’s cakes. She was a huge help with the whole wedding. Danielle was a very laid back bride and he mom jumped right in assuring things got done.

The candy bar for the guests was one of Danielle’s favorite fun parts of her wedding day.

Ashley + Alex

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

Coordinator:The Indigo Bride / Hair & Makeup: Kate Tuma, Artistry by Kate / Bridal Dress: The Bridal Garden in NYC / Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Groom’s Ring: Larry & Co Jewelry in Portland, OR / Groom’s Attire: The Bridal Occasion in Bend / Videographer: IndieGlow Films / Florist: The Posie Shoppe / Reception Location: The Miracle Barn / Cake: Too Sweet Cakes / DJ: Bend Event Sound / Caterer: Bleu Bite Catering / Transportation: Northwest Navigator / Rentals: O’Brien Events & Set in Your Way

“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.