As if we didn’t already love a great Christmas wedding, today’s wedding captured by Eureka Photography is filled with so many sweet sentimental details we are obsessed! The bride wore her mother’s wedding gown from 1984 and it looked stunning! And the outdoor fireplace ceremony is about as cozy and Christmas as you can get!
“Winter Forest” was my vision. We thought black, cranberry red and white along with greenery, berries and pinecones would really make the wedding feel romantic and festive. I was a wedding caterer when I was in school and fell in love with Pecan Springs Ranch while working different weddings there. Riley fell in love with it once he knew there would be drink donkeys during cocktail hour. We wanted our wedding to be outdoors, but have a safe plan B if needed-in Texas – you never know what kind of weather you will get.
I always wanted to wear my mom’s wedding dress, so it was easy for me to “say yes to the dress”. We know being in a wedding can be expensive, so we really took that into consideration when looking for the attire for everyone. We chose black dresses for the girls because it is elegant looking and that color looks great on anyone! The bridesmaids LOVED wearing black and because you can’t mess this color up, I allowed them to wear whatever dress they wanted as long as it was long. They were happy they could go to any store of their choosing. We think it really adds a lot of character to our photos with the different dress styles. My two sisters were my maid/matron of honor and to stand out one wore a sparkly black dress while the other one incorporated gold in with the black. I really like how it came out.
We wanted the wedding to be sentimental, romantic and FUN! I knew without a doubt I wanted to get married in front of the fireplace with the fire roaring. We are big fans of keeping things simple, so for the ceremony we only had my grandmother’s wreath and matching garland on the mantle with a few vases of flowers in the aisle-it was my vision for the perfect winter wedding.
I was the happiest I have ever been in my life on my wedding day. Getting ready with my mom, mother-in-law, sisters, and best friends is just the coolest thing. I highly recommend doing a First Look. It was intimate and private. I loved having this last time with him before he became my husband. My dad passed away two years ago, so I had my mom walk me down the aisle while I was in her same wedding dress and veil from 1984 — the smile on my mom’s face was something I’ll never forget. To honor my dad, I asked a handful of men in my life that played “fatherly roles” to accompany me in my Father-Daughter dance. To have each man tell me how proud they are of me and that they knew my dad was smiling watching from Heaven was emotional BUT so happy. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire day.
All of the table decorations were put together by loving family members/friends. We had lanterns, candles, vases, votives, wood, garland, pinecones, berries (some weren’t berries and actually seeds from a Texas Mountain Laurel tree my mom has in the backyard AKA “burning beans”). I made all of the boutonnieres (except Riley’s) with faux berries from Hobby Lobby/Michael’s and used wire to attach it to real pine branch pieces. My aunt and uncle made candle holders with several wood branches and cut we some for centerpieces. Besides saying “I do”, the most important things to us were photography, venue, DJ, and the bar. We wanted everyone to let loose and have a great time. We had a budget, so we planned accordingly.
Photography | Eureka Photography | Venue | Pecan Springs Ranch | Day-of Coordination | A Bunch of Weddings | Florals | Hello Bloom Designs | Stationery | Vista Print | Linens | Linen Table Cloth | DJ | Made from skratch weddings | Bar | wetendbar | Catering | CJ’s Catering | Favors | Colby Ridge Popcorn | Videography | JC3 Videography | Live Painter | the kairos canvas | Alterations | neldas tailor’s | Hair and Makeup | MUAH & Co | Groom’s Bow Tie | The Tie Bar | Jewelry | Kendra Scott | Groom’s Attire | IZOD | Suspenders | goodfellow & co | Submitted via | Matchology
Today’s Portland wedding from Peachy Keen Coordination has some amazing DIY details, but the stand out element is the amazing ceremony location! The St Johns Bridge made for one epic venue for this couple’s I Dos! Scroll to see the amazing images captured by Jason Wasinger Photography.
Our wedding vision was really just about making this day feel like us. We have family all around the west coast, but Portland has become our home and we tried our best to highlight Oregon and make local choices whenever possible. We picked Cathedral Park for our ceremony location because we felt it truly highlighted what makes Portland so unique. A gorgeous park full of trees along the river, but right in the middle of an urban area and one of Portland’s most iconic bridges. The Stein-Boozier Barn was unique and historic, while also well suited to the size and style of our event.
We had a small bridal party and it was important to me that everyone felt comfortable and beautiful in whatever they were wearing. I wanted my sister and matron of honor, Allison, to have a unique dress so she selected a beautiful floral maxi dress from Yumi Kim. My only instruction to my other three bridesmaids was to pick a long dress in a solid color (so that Allison would stand out) that was in the same color scheme as Allison’s. I sent out a bunch of examples, but let them search on their own. They all did a fantastic job and coordinated with each other so that they each had a unique color. The jewel tones that they ended up with were perfect and I don’t think I could have picked better options if I had tried.
We absolutely loved having our dog, Charlie, be a part of our day. She wore a flower crown made for her by Lucky Farms and her own classy black and white ‘suit’. We weren’t sure how she was going to do with all of the people and attention as she is sometimes an anxious pup, but she executed her Dog of Honor duties like a professional. She posed for every picture, lapped up all of the pets and attention, and looked like a superstar the entire time. We loved having our little family all together for this day.
One of our first and favorite choices was selecting White Pepper as our caterer. We are food lovers and their delicious choices and emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients was perfect. I had a great time searching through countless antique stores and other shops to find milk bottles, mason jars, mismatched china, and other decor that were truly vintage and special. I enlisted the help of my dad, a woodworker, with many of the decor elements including all of the signage, the plant ladders, the seating assignment window, champagne trays, etc.
My favorite DIY element was the large wooden window frame that my dad built for our seating assignments on our entry table. I collected and pressed different flowers which were placed between two pieces of glass in each pane. Each pane was numbered and names were added for that table. For table numbers, I placed more pressed flowers inside floating frames (the same flowers that were used for the corresponding table in the large wooden window pane) and painted the table number on them.
Photography: Jason Wasinger Photography | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Park | Reception Venue: Stein Boozier Barn | Event Planning: Peachy Keen Coordination | Floral: Lucky Farms Flowers | Catering: White Pepper | Desserts: Pacific Pie Company | Rentals: The Party Place | Hair: Portland Makeup and Hair | Makeup: Portland Makeup and Hair | DJ: PDX DJs | Favors: Mavora Art & Design | Wedding Dress: The White Dress Portland | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Engagement Ring: Antoinette Vintage and Estate Jewelry | Wedding Ring: Gem Set Love | Earrings: Saucy Jewelry | Ring Bearer Outfit: J.Crew Factory | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Tie Clips: Stamped Expressions Co. | Submitted via: Matchology
When you love Christmas like this couple, there is only one thing to do: have a Christmas wedding. Then add in the surprise of snow in Georgia, and you have one adorable wintery celebration! We love all the festive and sentimental details this couple incorporated in their big day, including the bride’s late father’s ashes in an ornament tied to her bouquet so he could walk her down the aisle. (We know, we are tearing up too!) You will want to scroll to see all the images captured by Aline Marin and not miss the matching PJ send off!
We are OBSESSED with Christmas. Drew and I are the couple that start listening to Christmas music way before it is socially acceptable, decorate the house and do all the fun winter activities. Right away we knew we wanted a Christmas winter themed wedding. We love vintage furniture, art work, etc and wanted our wedding to feel as cozy, comfortable and welcoming as possible. The location we chose was an old grocery store that had been converted into an event space and had beautiful exposed brick, beams, high ceilings and SO much more. We fell in love with it the first time we saw it and knew we wanted to get married there. Not to mention Drew is a firefighter and the venue is in the same city as his fire station so that was pretty special as well!
I chose a dress on a sample sale to save money. Drew came with me to preview dresses, which may sound crazy but was really important to me. I wanted to share that time with him and see what styles he liked. I ended up finding a dress I really liked and thought it was the one only to go back the next day and find one very similar that I fell in love with. The style was simple and classic, which is exactly what I wanted. I did not want to look at pictures 10 years later and hate my dress haha! The bridesmaids wore long sleeved burgundy red velvet dresses with low backs. I wanted something that they could possibly wear again and not break the bank. The color was stunning and fit the style we were going for perfectly!
Both my mom and drew’s mom gave me their wedding dresses. I thought it would be really sweet to have a table of memories from both our familie’s weddings along with the two dresses on display for everyone to see. It turned out so cute and was very special! I also had one of Drew’s Grandmother’s fur stoles to wear for pictures and to keep warm. It was cold! It was important to us that Peeps be included in the day and was walked down the isle by Drew’s nephew. The other nephew carried the rings and had bought me a ring from his school store to practice with before the wedding. He gave it to me the day before and I wore it for the wedding. They were SO CUTE and sweet! My sister and I both had a little ornament on our bouquets that held my dad’s ashes so he could be with us and me when I walked down the aisle.
Our favorite part was waking up the Friday morning before the wedding to a winter wonderland. It snowed SO much…in Georgia! My father suddenly got sick 4 years ago in March. Within a few days of him becoming sick my sister and I had to fly to VA to say goodbye and take him off life support. When we were driving home from the airport in GA it started snowing, we as well as our parents were born in MA. Our father loved the snow and decorating for Christmas. Seeing snow after he passed felt like he was saying he made it through the pearly gates and was at peace. When we woke up to snow on our wedding weekend the first thing I thought of was him and how his presence was going to be with us though the weekend. It was beautiful and such a surprise. At the same it caused A LOT of behind the scenes issues but everything worked out for the best and we had an absolutely amazing day.
We wanted to be super budget friendly so essentially DIYed our entire wedding. The Corner District is a great venue because you can do as much or as little as you want for your wedding. They have great options for vendors but also give you the freedom to do exactly what you want how you want. I made the save the dates, seating chart, welcome sign and table numbers on my own. We ordered the invitations from an Etsy shop that looked like a vintage postcard but printed it double sided to save money. Our decorations were all items we have collected over the years plus some from both of our families. Drew’s Mother had a Christmas tour of her house and had a ton of extra garland and decor, which we took full advantage of. Everything else was a hodge podge of vintage, new and little things we have gathered through our relationship. Both our mom’s helped the venue coordinators decorate the entire venue up until the very last minute, we can’t thank them enough for their help!!!
At the very end when we were planning to leave we surprised everyone by changing into our Christmas onesies and danced down the sparkler lit isle. It was so fun and a huge highlight for us especially after seeing the pics!
Photography | Aline Marin | Venue | The Corner District | Planning | Ivy Marie Weddings | Cake | Krispy Kreme | Catering | Dickies BBQ | Hair & Makeup | Francesca de Martins Castro | Makeup | Jenna Scearce | Officiant | Bill “Blue” Magyar | Reception Musicians | David McPherson Music | Dress | Encore Formals and Bridal | Groom’s Attire | Jos. A. Bank | Bride’s Shoes | Sam Edelman | Bridesmaid Dresses | DesirVale | Wedding Ring | NashvilleMint | Submitted via Matchology