Fall Wedding Inspiration at Jasper House Farm

If you’re looking for some warm and cozy fall wedding inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! This editorial with Greater Than Photo at Jasper House Farm is filled with homemade pies, gorgeous fall colors, plaid, apple cider, and of course a gorgeous, madly in-love couple. And what’s extra special is that the shoot took place on Melissa and Cory’s 10 year anniversary, so they wrote out vows and did their own private vow renewal right then and there!

Enjoy the lovely photos, and if you’re planning a fall wedding here in Oregon, I would love to chat with you!

Photographer: Greater Than Photo
Coordinator + Stylist: Event Crush
Models: Melissa + Cory
Dress: Blush Bridal
Venue: Jasper House Farm (Pleasant Hill, OR)
Floral design: Wild and Wayward
Linens: Party Crush Studio
Stationery: Maggie Murray Creative
Hair: Kelsey Garrison
Makeup: Makeup by Rachelle J
Pies: Soft Peaks Cakery
Rentals: Parties to Go

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6 Common Wedding Timeline Mistakes (+ free timeline download!)

Putting together a wedding day timeline can be a massive task, and a good timeline will be lengthy and include ALL wedding day details and times. Here are the most common timeline mistakes I've seen over the years, and how you can avoid them! Also, at the end of the post you'll be able to sign up for my newsletter and receive my wedding day timeline template right to your email!

1. Not adding enough "buffer" time - especially for hair/makeup and photos

The areas that you are most likely to run behind on on your wedding day are during getting ready (especially if you have a large bridal party or are doing fancy up-dos), and during wedding party/family/bride and groom photos. The best way to avoid having your whole wedding running late is by padding the timeline with extra time, so if things run over -- no problem! And if it stays on schedule, then you just have a little time to chill.

For example, if your hair stylist says to schedule 45 minutes per hair per person, and you have 4 bridesmaids - go ahead and tack on an additional half hour just in case. Things can also get behind during portraits, so be sure to account for extra time especially if you have a large bridal party or a large family. Make sure to give your photographer a complete list of everyone you want to have photos with -- this will keep things running much smoother!

Also, since you'll probably be getting ready all morning/afternoon, don't forget to schedule in time for a quick lunch!!

2. Not considering the flow of the evening

When you think about your wedding day, you need to think about what will "flow" the best from event to event. This can be best explained with an example:

Let's say you want to start off the reception with your first dance, followed by dinner, and then cake cutting. But, the dance floor is not in the same area as the reception tables, so guests would have to gather around, then head to their table for dinner, then get up again for cake, and then back to their seats for toasts. Depending on the venue this could work, but for a smoother flow it's helpful to allow people to stay seated for toasts, then get up for cake and then right into dancing. Of course each wedding is different and certain things work for some and not others, but in general, you'll want to consider how to make the smoothest flow of events throughout the evening, with the least amount of confusion and back and forth. 

3. Not scheduling a few minutes of alone time with your sweetheart

Once the ceremony's over, typically you head right into photos - and then the reception, where you will be constantly bombarded (in the best way) by family and friends. I always suggest to factor in a quick minute after the ceremony to soak up the fact that you just got married (!!!), usually before/after the marriage license signing. Another option is to sneak off later in the evening for golden hour photos (also HIGHLY recommended regardless), and enjoy some alone time! 

4. Leaving all of your photos for after the ceremony

I know I can't convince everyone to do a first look, but if you opt not to see each other until the ceremony, at least get as many photos done beforehand as possible. This include's bride and bridesmaid photos, groom/groomsmen photos, any special photos of the bride and /or groom and parents, siblings, etc. Otherwise, you will keep your guests waiting for an hour to an hour and a half doing all of your wedding party, family, and newlywed photos during the cocktail hour.

If you are open to doing a first look, I HIGHLY recommend it. It is such a sweet moment between just the two of you, and it will help the rest of your evening go much smoother and not keep your guests waiting and waiting. 

5. Expecting things to run perfectly on schedule

There is a very good chance things may fall a bit behind on your wedding day -- and that's okay! It's very common for weddings to run 15-30 minutes behind (or longer), so don't fret if this happens on your big day. As professionals, your coordinator, DJ, and other vendors will work together to get you caught back up and on schedule. Try not to stress too much about it, and just enjoy your day. <3

6. Forgetting to fill people in on your wedding day timeline

One of the best ways to help stay on schedule for your big day and to set yourself up for success is to make sure everyone's on the same page to begin with. Be sure to send your finalized timeline to all of your wedding day vendors, and bring copies to your ceremony rehearsal for your wedding party. 

So, there you have it! 6 wedding timeline mistakes, and how to avoid them. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to get a sample of my timeline right to your inbox!! This timeline is based on a 5:00 pm ceremony, and includes the basic line items included in each of my timelines, but does not include all of the details and specifics that I would incorporate into an actual wedding day timeline. 

Intimate Leach Botanical Garden Wedding

Where to even start with these two!? 

I originally met Heather in our local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group and we discovered we had several mutual friends. It turns out that we also had two kiddos roughly of the same ages, so once Heather and Josh were engaged, our wedding planning meetings doubled as play dates. Our kids hit it off, and so did we...I'm so glad that the wedding planning process brought me and Heather together, and that she is now a dear friend of mine.

Heather and Josh are seriously two of the sweetest people I know, and their love for each other is so evident. They have both been through a lot, and it's clear that they were brought together for a reason. Witnessing their special day as not only their coordinator but as someone who truly admires them, was amazing!

Remember the Eagle Creek fire that spread through the Gorge last September? Heather and Josh had originally planned their intimate ceremony to take place at Wachlella Falls, but it was shut down just weeks before their wedding due to the fire. Thankfully, they found the perfect backup location, the Leach Botanical Garden. It fit them perfectly, and they still got the woodsy vibe they were going for. Plus, how incredible is the stone fireplace they got married in front of!?

After the ceremony, the newlyweds explored downtown Portland and had some amazing photos taken, and then headed to Hotel Vintage in downtown Portland for an intimate wine cellar reception, complete with a delicious 4-course dinner. 

Enjoy all of the wonderful photos of this magical day captured by none other than Joshua Rainey Photography!

 

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 The perfect fall bouquet, for a wedding on the first day of fall. Good Seed Floral never disapoints!

The perfect fall bouquet, for a wedding on the first day of fall. Good Seed Floral never disapoints!

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Leach Botanical Garden Wedding
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 Are they not the cutest family you've ever seen!?

Are they not the cutest family you've ever seen!?

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Thanks to these amazing folks who contributed to Heather and Josh's day:
Ceremony venue: Leach Botanical Garden
Reception venue: Hotel Vintage
Photography: Joshua Rainey
Floral design: Good Seed Floral
HMUA: Kelsey Garrison
Cake: Market of Choice
Wedding dress: Blush Bridal
Stationery: Off the Vine Calligraphy + Design
Coordination: Event Crush

17 Things I've Learned from 17 Styled Shoots

Over the last 5 years I've done shoots of all shapes, sizes, and styles... and let me tell you, I have learned a thing or two! From my very first shoot that I planned alongside Gabriela Ines Photography and had literally no idea what I was doing, to the one I am currently planning that is my biggest and most involved yet... styled (or editorial, which is the word I prefer these days) shoots are a wonderful way to create content, showcase your work, network with others in the industry, and exercise your creative freedom! So without further ado, here are 17 things I've learned from putting together 17 styled shoots:

1. Have a clear vision in mind for publication + purpose

Before you reach out to any vendors, or really begin planning - make sure to have a super clear vision in mind. Why are you doing this shoot? To build your portfolio? To be featured on the cover of a magazine? To submit to your favorite wedding blog? Or simply just to have a creative outlet and put together something beautiful? Whatever it may be, don't overlook this step. You should be thinking about the end goal the entire time you are working on the shoot. 

2. Preparation and careful planning is key

Once you have a solid vision and purpose in mind, create a design board with images that depict the overall look and feel you are going for. This will be used to keep everyone on the same page throughout the shoot (you will email this out to all potential vendors), and to guide the attire, decor, rentals, cake, stationery, and so on. At this point, you can begin reaching out to other wedding pros about collaborating together.

I would start with finding photographer that fits within the style you're going for (dark and moody? fine art? timeless?), and securing a venue that will act as the perfect backdrop. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to pull all of the details together. While it's definitely possible to pull something together in a couple of weeks, you will be much less stressed out if you give yourself a few months and really take your time with all of the details, big and small. 

3. Don't expect everything for free

While many wedding pros are happy to provide their services free of charge in exchange for beautiful images and potential publication, please keep in mind that some vendors will (and should) charge a portion for their time and/or products. When you're coming up with all of the details for your shoot - create a budget! This is something that is looked over far too often. After being in the industry for this long, I am so much more aware of how expensive things are (read: flowers) and how valuable ALL of our time is. 

4. Have a backup plan

If your shoot is taking place outdoors, you'll want to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather. This may mean having an entirely separate location on standby, using the indoor location at the venue instead of outside, or having a backup date to move the shoot to. If you want to avoid the stress of all of this, go for a beautiful, natural light indoor venue or studio. 

5. Show appreciation for your creative team <3

I'm sure this goes without saying, but here's the bottom line: you are bringing people together to work hard for a day (or more), many of whom have provided their services or product free of charge or at a discount, and they deserve to feel appreciated. There are so many ways this can be done (and I'll be the first to say I have failed at some of these in the past), but here are a few ideas to try:

- Provide snacks, bottled water, sandwiches, etc for all of the vendors on-site during the shoot
- Create a "vendor appreciation station" - Keen Events and Amanda Meg Photography nailed     this at a shoot that my daughter modeled in, and I was so inspired!
- Send hand-written thank you notes after the shoot     
- Leave a positive review on each person's business page after the shoot
- And perhaps the best way tor repay someone from a shoot that you had a great experience with... recommend and refer them to your wedding clients!! 

6. The more details, the better

The wonderful thing about editorial shoots is that you can bring in all of the details that you want -- this is the fun part! Little things like ring boxes and vow books, or big floral installations and ceremony setups. The more details and decor, the more photos for the photographer to capture, and opportunities to submit for publication. 

7. It's okay to keep it simple

In the same breath, I can also say, it's totally okay to keep it simple! If you just want to secure a model, hair and makeup, a beautiful dress and stunning bouquet with some gorgeous natural scenery - this is also a great option. You may be a little limited on publications for more simple shoots, but if your purpose is creativity and creating new content, then go for it!

8. Think outside the box

It's super easy to get stuck inside the Pinterest bubble, where you keep seeing the same styles and types of decor over and over again. It's always a good idea to look for inspiration in other sources entirely (art, nature, interior design, etc)! Stop looking at what everyone else is doing, and think of something completely different and unique that you can showcase. 

 Photo by Greater Than Photography

Photo by Greater Than Photography

9. Build connections, grow your network

One of the best parts about editorial shoots is the opportunity to network, and the wonderful relationships that can form. Take advantage of this and get to know those you are collaborating with! As we all know, the wedding industry runs on relationships and building your network is something to always be working on.

10. Set clear expectations 

The more questions you can answer ahead of time, and the more details you can give to everyone contributing, the better. Be sure to let the creative team know when they will receive the photos, when the shoot will be submitted for publication, if there are any guidelines for posting to IG, etc. It's also super helpful to send a complete list of all vendors along with their IG handles so everyone has it ready to go when they start sharing images. 

11. Don't get discouraged if the shoot doesn't get picked up

Not every single shoot is going to get picked up for publication, and that's okay. I've had a handful of shoots that never made it in to a blog or publication, but I certainly don't consider it a waste! I put together my own blog posts to showcase the images, and I along with the other vendors can still use them for marketing, etc. 

12. Don't worry about what others are doing

It's really easy to see constant reminders of what everyone else is doing and to think "Ah! I need to be planning a shoot! I need to be doing this, this and that!" Or "oh, everyone is doing shoots with this style, so I need to also..." [Not true]. Do what inspires you, when it inspires you, and don't worry about what others are doing. (I know.... easier said than done!)

13. Hold off on posting too much on social media until the feature goes live

If the shoot does get picked up for publication (yay!), make sure everyone knows to limit posting to 1-2 sneak peek images, until after the post or magazine goes live. Once that happens, you can go crazy sharing/posting. 

14. Choose publications wisely

Make sure to do plenty of research before submitting. You'll want to make sure the style of your shoot lines up with the style of the blog or magazine you're submitting to. Be sure to check out recent posts to see what type of content they are turning out and to know if it's a good fit. I always recommend choosing which publications you plan to submit to before you truly begin planning the shoot.

Also, consider the benefits of submitting to local magazines/blogs versus national. While national blogs can definitely draw more eyes, local publishers might be a better fit for reaching your ideal client.

15. Create a comprehensive timeline for the day

I've heard it several times, that the photographer wishes they would have had more time to capture all of the details, or that they missed certain shots they were hoping to get.

Just like a wedding or any other special event, you should put together a complete timeline for the day which includes all vendor arrival times, getting ready schedule, when all of the details will be shot, setup and breakdown details, and so on. 

16.  Give credit where credit is due

When it's all said and done, and it's time to share the photos... make sure to tag and credit all vendors who participated! Nothing is worse than scrolling through IG or FB and seeing your image/cake/styling/flowers/etc and no credit in sight. 

17. Don't overdo it -- it's OKAY to say no. 

One of the hardest lessons I've had to learn is simply that it's okay to say no. I am a people pleaser at my core and for a long time I wanted to say yes to every single project that came my way - and if you live like that, it's really easy to overdo it. These days, I only take on projects that align super well with my personal brand aesthetic and that represent the type of weddings and events that will attract my ideal client.

Phew, you made it! Did you find any of this useful? Do you have any other lessons you've learned from shoots? Leave a comment below!