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”.
“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.
Yvonne and Jeremy are the sweetest couple! They are both from the same small Canadian town and have always had a great connection since the first day they met. Jeremy and Yvonne have been together for almost 5 years!
They knew they were meant for each other because they simply cannot imagine the future without one another! After 6 months of wedding planning, they are finally husband and wife! They both “feel like the luckiest people in the world to have found the loves of our lives at such a young age”. I love it!!
Jeremy, in his Calvin Klein suit from Men’s Warehouse, definitely describes himself as a modern guy. While Yvonne loves the rustic details. She put the antler centerpieces and flowers together while also making the wood sign that guests saw as they entered the ceremony. Their Modern-Rustic wedding was a perfect blend of their two styles. They chose Brasada Ranch as their venue to show off the beauty of Central Oregon while still allowing all their guests to be close to one another, staying at the same awesome location.
To Yvonne, marriage means, “Having your partner in your corner; someone who picks you up when you’re down, celebrates your achievements as their own, loves you even when they’re mad at you, and someone you couldn’t imagine life without.” Well said!
Congrats Yvonne and Jeremy!!