Colorful Spring Loloma Lodge Wedding

I have soo many lovely weddings to share from last spring and summer… I’ve been slacking big time on blogging regularly, but I’m committed to getting them out there especially since wedding season is coming up quick so quickly!

So, to start things off I’m going to share one of my fave weddings from last spring. Martita and Austin were so much fun to work with and I enjoyed every minute of their laid-back May wedding at Loloma Lodge. They hired me pretty late in to the planning process when they realized they were going to need a professional to pull everything off and hold things together on the day of. They put together a fantastic creative team on their own and I loved being able to step in and help tie up loose ends. Their day was filled with so many sweet moments and details including their precious “ring dogger,” trail mix favors for guests, and a heartfelt ceremony down by the river.

This was my first time working at Loloma Lodge up the McKenzie River and I instantly fell in love. This is the perfect spot for anyone who wants an outdoorsy wedding, right on the river and surrounded by huge pine trees, plus the comfort of a super cool lodge and several amenities included. I can’t wait to get back there again!

This was also my first time working with Sarah Lynn Photography and she slayed the photos… I adore her vibrant aesthetic and I can’t wait to work with her again this August.

Enjoy the beautiful images and if you’re planning a Loloma Lodge wedding, hit a girl up!

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With all that’s going on during wedding days, I usually forget to snag a professional photo with my couples. Thankfully Martita was on top of it and made sure we snapped a quick photo after the ceremony! Martita and Austin, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your special day. I hope married life is treating you SO well!

Thank you to all of the professionals who brought this day together:

Wedding venue: Loloma Lodge
Photographer: Sarah Lynn Photography
Caterer: Flavors Catering
Coordinator: Event Crush
Floral design: Flowers N Thyme
Cake: Soft Peaks Cakery
DJ: DJ Stoltz
Hair: Kelsey Garrison
MUA: Skin & Beauty by Kendra
Rentals: Destination Events

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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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