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
“Knowing you’ve got a best friend for life and someone who loves you for who you are is the best feeling in the world. There is no one I adore or cherish more in life and I cant wait to spend forever together. We accept each other, encourage one another to try new things and talk about everything.” – Christi
When we first met Christi and Cory, I knew we would get along. We had kids the same age and Christi and Josh both coached girls soccer. Also, I could see how much they have already grown together as a couple and as a family. I could see how much they truly love each other.
They are a couple who likes to try new things together and who love hiking, camping and anything outdoors. When they moved to Bend 2 years ago, they went out and tried something new. Smith Rock was the first place hiked together and was really the place they started their Bend adventure. Although they had some trouble deciding on a wedding location, Smith Rock quickly became the winner and now the place where they will start this new chapter of their life together.
The main thing Christi and Cory wanted for their wedding was to celebrate with the most important people in their lives. 31 of their friends and family surrounded them on their wedding day for an intimate ceremony overlooking Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. Cory’s daughter and grandson, as well as Christi and Cory’s son, stood with them at the altar to show that they are all coming together as a family. Christi said, “At the end of the day we realized we wanted to have a simple wedding here in Bend with the people that matter most to us”.
When the Bend Trolley meets you at Brasada Ranch to take your whole crew out to Smith Rock for the ceremony, of course you use it for your first look, right? The trolley provided a bright backdrop for Christi and Cory’s first look. Before they came around Christi sneaked a peek at Cory through the window to try to see her man waiting for her. After the first look the entire group piled into the trolley for a fun ride to Smith Rock for the ceremony and back again for the reception.
When we got to Smith Rock their was another wedding taking place in the spot we wanted to use for the ceremony. Both brides were very sweet to each other and even posed for a photo. t could have been super awkward, but Christi and Cory were calm and looked to me to find a way to keep going. We found another beautiful place for family photos while we waited for the other couple to finish their portraits.
Looking back on their day, my favorite thing was all the amazing gifts they used to show how much they loved each other. The beautiful blue Rosary beads Christi held tight in her hand throughout the ceremony as her something borrowed and something blue and something old, were borrowed from Cory’s mother. Christi’s mom, stepmom and mother in law all provided her with things to wear on her wedding day. Even her stepdad gifted her a set of earrings and a necklace by Kendra Scott which she wore down the aisle.
Christi had a daddy daughter moment all of their own where Christi gifted him with a special tie that read, “Daddy, Thank you for walking by my side today and always,. I loved you first.” Although her stepmom couldn’t make it to the wedding, she did get to spend a few moments on the phone with Christi while she was getting ready. The whole day was filled with so much love!
Congrats to Christi and Cory! And thanks for letting us be part of your day!
I didn’t know raw diamond rings were a thing, did you? I love raw stones and Christi’s 3 rock raw diamond by Jill with Artifactum is one of the most unique rings I’ve ever seen.
I’m loving Christi’s fitted lace dress she found at Cordially Invited. Christi said her dress was everything she thought it would NOT be but she absolutely loves it! It’s elegant and makes her feel beautiful. When a bride feels beautiful she glows just like Christi is here!
Her bridal bouquet, by Flowers by Katie was filled with white roses and peonies which made it so simple yet stunning with all white flowers and greenery. The little hints of pink on the edges of the peonies perfectly matched Christi’s reception dress.
My favorite part of the day was sitting with Christi’s dad on the Bend Trolley on the way back to Brasada Ranch for the reception. He told me a story of how each year as a tradition, he and Christi would pose for a photo with a heart in the sand that read, “I love you”. She started on his knee looking up at her dad and throughout the year has stood taller, now looking down. Since this is the official day that she leaves her mother and father to become one with her new husband, we thought it fitting that they pose one more time for this photo, completing the tradition. Now it’s up to Christi to continue the tradition with her son.
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.
Chelsea and Brandon tied the knot a few weeks ago at a beautiful Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. This gorgeous Central Oregon Wedding was filled with mountain-modern details. They announced their wedding with invitations printed on wood created by AE Creative. Her makeup was perfectly done by Edge Salon. Chelsea wore cowgirl boots under dress by Blush Bridal to give her elegant look a fun mountain spin.
Floral arrangements by Summer-Robbins Flowers were shown off throughout the lodge wedding in Chelsea’s bouquet, adorning the arbor, placed delicately on their delicious Fox Tail Bake Shop cake and in the modern centerpieces provided by AE Creative. Their wedding was filled with fun and love. Congrats Chelsea and Brandon!
Katrina and Chris had a small and intimate early morning celebration of their love in Central Oregon on a bright and sunny summer day. The day began at 6:30am in their lodge at Brasada Ranch. With a trek to the the ceremony site, we blindfolded Chris so he wouldn’t see his blushing bride quite yet. They held hands and enjoyed a romantic blind car trip out to Smith Rock in Central Oregon where they had their first look.
Katrina wore a stunning open back lace trumpet dress. Her hair was tied up beautifully and topped with flowers. She wore classic cowgirl boots under her dress while Chris added rustic charm with a large belt buckle.
Their friends and family soon joined them for a small ceremony overlooking the river and stunning Smith Rock backdrop. The ceremony included a dove release and lots of love from their baby girl. A brunch reception followed at Brasada Ranch with elegant rustic decor.
Ceremony: Smith Rock State Park / Reception: Brasada Ranch / Officiant: Wendy Duncan
Courtney and Gabe are a young couple in love and it was clear to everyone at their wedding that were meant for each other. I caught them a few times when they didn’t know I was watching them, looking at each other with the love that you know will last a lifetime. I feel super blessed to have been part of their magical day.
Courtney chose Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland, Oregon for the beautiful green trees that covered the property. Keeping the colors simple and sweet she chose coral as her main color with grey, cream, green and orange as the little accents. Her A-line dress was a soft ivory with a sweetheart neckline. The chiffon cascaded around her being topped of with glittery rhinestones around her waist.
Courtney chose a beautiful arrangement of vines and flowers to be behind them at the ceremony on the large tree. On the tree also hung mason jars filled with beautiful flowers. Flowers in top of wine barrels created the entrance to the aisle while flower pedals lined the aisle. It was a simple and beautiful ceremony.
The reception was truly a love filled and fun celebration starting with the grand entrance. Did you see those fantastic glasses the bride and her bridesmaids are wearing? Courtney and Gabe had special champagne glasses made for their wedding day along with their own labels for the sparkling cider toasts. They had a grand dessert table filled with cake and cupcakes from Market of Choice. As the couple danced the night away, beautiful strands of lights began to sparkle in the background. The could not ask for a more perfect setting for fun wedding filled with romance.
Location: Grizzly Peak Winery, Ashland, OR / Caterer: NW Pizza and Pasta / Cake: Market of Choice / Flowers: Michele Michaels / DJ: Thomas Gutzhfield / Hair: Kim Jaegar / Bridal Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal / Grooms Attire: Alfani / Wedding Rings: Kay Jewelers
Tami and Bill were a blast to hang out with. They had so much fun at their wedding! Tami chose The Historic Nicholson Ranch in Fort Klamath, Oregon as the setting for her cowboy wedding. She wore a white lace dress with a sweetheart neckline and had a jean jacket for when it got cold.
Her bouquet was filled with purple and orange flowers as well as sunflowers. The bouquet was wrapped with lace and twine to give it a rustic look.
The wedding party rode in on a tractor, as all cowboys and girls should. The ceremony took place with Crater Lake National Park in the background for magical mountain view. The aisle was lined with cowboy boots filled with flowers. To the brides delight, during the ceremony the cows came in close to have a look at what was happening. They ended the ceremony by branding a heart into a piece of wood that will be displayed in their home.
Tami and Bill’s reception was filled with joy. They created their own keepsake mason jar mugs with horseshoes and theirs names for the guests to take home (after they fill them up at the watering hole). Bandanas, cowboy trinkets and vintage pie pans could be seen throughout their cowboy reception. I love that they opted for good old fashioned homemade pies instead of cake for their wedding.
My favorite part of their wedding was having Tami’s horse join in the fun. Since it was a ranch, Tami got to keep her horse there. The wedding would not be complete without family photos of Tami, Bill and there sweet horse.
Darcy and Jason got hitched at a private residence in Powell Butte, Oregon. Using a house for their wedding gave Darcy full control over all the details of her day. From bouquets to centerpieces, burlap silverware holders with stamped wood, wood signs, lace and ribbon decor, and homemade brew, Darcy did it all. Day of coordinator Abby, from AE Creative, took Darcy’s wedding day creations and beautifully displayed them to create the romantic, rustic wedding Darcy dreamed of.
Coordinator: AE Creative / DJ: Studio J Sound / Bride’s Dress: Allure / Hair & Makeup: Salon 9, Chelsea / Cake: Ida’s Cupcakes / Officiant: Wendy Duncan
Erin and Trevor has an intimate and beautiful winter wedding at the Range at Brasada Ranch in Central Oregon. As the place that they got engaged, this was the perfect location for they wedding ceremony. Gorgeous flowers from Bend Bouquets could been seen throughout the wedding, from the moment the guests entered the Range. Flowers topped their wedding sign, cascaded down the fireplace and were placed on the tables in beautiful rustic arrangements. The bride wore snow flake inspired jewelry and a fur shawl to keep warm. They also set out blankets for guests to keep warm during their outdoor winter wedding.
Location: Brasada Ranch / DJ: Flip Flop Sounds / Flowers: Bend Bouquets / Hair & Makeup: Edge Salon, Lori Tompos
Emily and Levi were married two weeks ago at the beautiful Aspen Lakes Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. Emily and Levi are one of the lucky couples that met in high school, fell in love and now they get to live their whole lives together.
Throughout their wedding you can find adorable little touches like the “I Do” “Me Too” on the bride and grooms forks or the hidden “I do” on the bottom of the boots. The blue cowgirl boots where the perfect item for this bride to use as her something blue and they match the cowgirl boots worn by her bridesmaids. Her dress was the perfect combination of lace and chiffon too, topped off with a beautiful beaded belt.
It was a bummer that the smoke from the fire made it so you could not see the mountain range behind them during the ceremony. The smoke did create beautiful soft light for their portraits and first dance though.
I think my favorite thing at this wedding was the yummy cookie treats that served as the thank you gifts for guests. I also loved the big engagement photo from their engagement session they had out for guests to sign. I can’t wait to help them choose a wedding photo to put in the signed mat. We had a great time photographing this pink and green country wedding in Central Oregon. Emily and Levi are awesome and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!
Jennifer and August had a fun wedding at Long Hollow Ranch in Sisters, Oregon. Jennifer did a great job with all the DIY decorations. She made bags for the bridesmaids to carry instead of flowers, she made directional signs for the guests so they knew exactly where the ceremony, reception and games were. She also made cute fabric flowers that were used all over. This hipster couple even used bottles from their favorite local beers to decorate the ceremony site and in the centerpieces for the reception. Congrats Jennifer & August!
I love intimate weddings and this one was no exception. Hollinshead Barn in Bend, Oregon was the perfect setting for Diana and Greg’s small wedding. It was a beautiful day complete with cupcakes from Foxtail Bakeshop.