Intimate Oregon Coast Destination Wedding

I've said this many times before but the reality of it is becoming more and more apparent this wedding season... I seriously get to work with the BEST couples. I'm 5 weddings into this season and every single one of my brides and grooms have been truly fantastic to work with. Also, I've worked with these last several couples for around a year each! I love it when couples bring me on early in the process (hint hint... if you're getting married summer 2018, NOW is the time to hire your planner/coordinator!)

Nicole and Manny found me early on in their engagement, before they had finalized their venue or any other details. They live in Southern California but wanted to have an intimate destination wedding in Yachats, Oregon (where Manny proposed!) and knew they needed some help bringing all of the details together. Nicole and Manny happened upon Yachats when they were googling vacation ideas and the Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, along the gorgeous Oregon rocky coast appeared. They traveled there and fell in love with it... little did they know they'd be getting married in that same spot a few years later!

They envisioned an intimate destination wedding, saying their vows overlooking the ocean with their closest family and friends, followed by an indoor dinner party with delicious food and simple yet elegant decor. 

Catalina Jean captured everything perfectly; enjoy the beautiful images!
And if you are planning an Oregon Coast wedding, I am obsessed with this part of the state and would absolutely love to help you out. <3

Nicole and Manny, thank you so much for inviting me into your lives and trusting me with such an important day. It was an honor to work with you and your families and hopefully we can meet up again some day when I am in Southern CA. <3

This day was made possible by these fabulous folks:
Venue: Overleaf Lodge (Yachats, Oregon)
Photography: Catalina Jean Photography
Catering + Cake: Just Good Cookin'
Florals: Passionflower Design
Rentals: Something Borrowed + Parties to Go
Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Reina
Planning + Coordination: Event Crush

Yachats Oregon Wedding Planner // Oregon Coast Wedding Planner

Intimate Crater Lake Wedding

Jacy and Alan's wedding at Crater Lake National Park back in June 2015 was a day I will absolutely never forget. The weather was perfect, the views were unreal, and everything came together wonderfully despite it being one of the most logistically challenging destination weddings I've done.

The ceremony took place on the rim of the lake, and guests traveled to Diamond Lake Resort by way of school bus for the reception following. Jacy and Alan came from Nebraska for their intimate wedding and their guests flew and drove in from all over the country for this special day.

Enjoy the lovely photos by Ashley Cook Photography. I was so glad she was there with me that weekend for this crazy adventure!

Are you planning a Crater Lake wedding? I would love to help you out! I am familiar with the permitting process, logistics of transportation, and local vendors to the area. Get in touch and let's chat!


Enchanting Disney Princess Wedding Inspiration

Last summer I had the privilege of collaborating with some super talented wedding professionals at the Stewart Family Farm as we brought to life my vision of a Disney Princess inspired wedding. My goal was for it to include subtle hints to the iconic Disney princesses that I grew up watching, without being over the top or cheesy.

I had shared all of this in a previous post (in much greater detail, too), but since I lost all of my past blog content I wanted to at least re-share these beautiful images that Gaby of Gabriela Ines Photography captured.

This shoot was also featured on Wedding Chicks, see the full feature here!

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous folks who were a part of this shoot:
Venue: the Stewart Family Farm (Harrisburg, Oregon)
Photography: Gabriela Ines Photography
Planning, Styling, Coordination: Event Crush
Rentals: For the Love of Pete
Floral Design: Good Seed Floral
Paper Goods: Off the Vine Calligraphy & Design
Wedding Gown & Tux: Blush Bridal
Flower Girl Dress: Petite Adel
Hair Stylist: Kelsey Garrison
MUA: JLE Artistry
Models: Kyra and Cody Fulkerson

disney princess wedding inspiration
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding

That giant white peony in the stunning bouquet that Good Seed Floral was absolutely unreal!! Biggest peony I have ever seen in my life.

Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding

If you thought she looked familiar... yup, that's my daughter. She makes her way in to shoots every now and again. ;)

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Disney princess inspired wedding
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Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding
Disney princess inspired wedding

Pink, Purple, & Paisley Cowgirl Birthday Party + FREE PARTY PLANNING GUIDE!

Ah, it's my first "real" post on the new blog! I'm still mourning the loss of all my past content (seriously, hackers can suck it) BUT I'm excited to kick off the new blog with a party that is very near and dear to my heart!

My daughters are almost exactly three years apart in age (March 15th and March 25th), so when it was time for them to turn one and four I knew I wanted to have a big joint party for both of them. My oldest, Addy, LOVES horses and I decided early on that it would be a cowgirl party with lots of pink, purple, and paisley. It was a super girly twist on the classic western style party and I love how everything came together.

I'll be sharing about all of the details, projects, and fabulous event pros who helped bring this party to life so be sure to read on if you're planning to throw a cowgirl or western party for your little one, or if you just love photos of cute birthday parties and SUPER cute birthday girls.

AND, I've created a FREE birthday party planning guide for the Eugene/Springfield area! It's 15 pages filled with tips, advice, and the best birthday party locations and professionals in the area. Just sign up for my email newsletter at the bottom of this post and you will receive it in your inbox!

pink and purple cowgirl party birthday invitation

Before we get too far, I have to give a huge shout out to Stevi of Stevi Sayler Photography for capturing these priceless memories for me! Thanks to her awesome photography, this party was recently feature on Kara's Party Ideas - check out the feature here.

Now on to the details...

I just love how an invitation can completely set the tone for a party. I gave Kristin with Inspired Design by Kristin my vision for the party and she brought it to life so perfectly in invitation form, complete with pink and purple, paisley, cowgirl boots, cowgirl hats, horse shoes, and sheriff stars.

My Addy, proudly showing off her floral crown-adorned cowgirl hat.

My Addy, proudly showing off her floral crown-adorned cowgirl hat.

One of the hardest parts of planning this party was finding the perfect location. I wanted something rustic (of course), that was indoor/outdoor (the weather in March is so unpredictable here in Oregon!), AND affordable. Oak Knoll Acres out in Creswell ended up being the perfect solution! I had done weddings there in the past and I knew that the lovely red barn would be the perfect backdrop for this cowgirl fete.

hey ya'll welcome chalkboard

I decided to choose one main project to give myself for this party, while delegating the rest rather than trying to take on too much myself (which I've definitely been guilty of in the past). I decided to do all of the chalkboard signs as this is something I want to get better at, and it was definitely good practice for me! I lettered a double-sided road sign (above), a welcome sign (below), a huge cake backdrop chalkboard, drink and food table signs, and a couple of photo booth signs.

I found that wooden "hey ya'll" sign at Hobby Lobby months and months before the party but I just had to have it! I like to start planning parties pretty early because it gives me a lot of time to save up for the various expenses, and I liked to spread out the purchasing of decor over time rather than a large amount all at once.

cowgirl party tables
cowgirl party bandana place settings

Centerpieces consisted of a pink bandana (from Oriental Trading), glass bottles I already had on hand that Kathleen with Gypsy Bleu Florals filled with pretty purple, pink, and white blooms, and a gold spray painted horse shoe. I also included little buckets of crayons on the tables, along with plenty of horse related coloring pages to keep the kids entertained during the food and cake times.

cowgirl party centerpieces horseshoe

The place settings were pretty simple, and included the homemade party favors I baked and decorated the night before (I may or may not have been up til 1:00 am making these cookies...). I had plenty of pint mason jars on hand so I used those as drinking glasses, and added a sheriff star sticker so that guests could write their name on their glass. To add some extra color I put pink paisley napkins (also from Oriental Trading) and a gold straw in the mason jars.

A friend of mine customized these coloring pages for the girls, how cute are these!? Addy loved having her own custom coloring page!

A friend of mine customized these coloring pages for the girls, how cute are these!? Addy loved having her own custom coloring page!

cowgirl party cake table

One of the highlights of the party (for me at least) were the gorgeous cakes that Shelly with Soft Peaks Cakery created. Not only did the cakes exceed my expectations but they tasted SO good, too! Shelly never disappoints and it's always such a pleasure working with her whether it's for a wedding or party. She even designed the cake topper boot and hat off of the invitation that Kristin created. It was simply perfect!

cowgirl party paisley cake
cowgirl party snacks

Food for the dessert/snack table included "happy trails" mix, "tractor tires" (oreos), cow poke pops (adorable lollipops I found on Oriental Trading), and "lassos" (licorice). We had a separate table with fruit, veggies, and drinks. Because the party was from 2-4pm, we focused mostly on snacks and dessert. In addition to the two cakes, Shelly also made a couple dozen pink and purple cupcakes.

cowgirl party dessert table
cowgirl party cow poke pops
cowgirl party snacks
party fruit display
cowgirl party food table
cowgirl party decor
cowgirl party cake
Even the inside of the cake was pretty!

Even the inside of the cake was pretty!

Of course little miss Emmy had to have her own special smash cake.

Of course little miss Emmy had to have her own special smash cake.

cowgirl party smash cake

This girl LOVES food so I knew she was going to go to town on her smash cake (unlike Addy, who hardly touched the cake at her first birthday). I'm so glad that Stevi was there to capture Emmy enjoying her cake!

cowgirl party first birthday cake
cowgirl party smash cake

Kathleen with Gypsy Bleu Florals provided all of the lovely flowers for the party, including the garlands and the flower crowns for the girls' cowgirl hats which were probably my very favorite details of the entire party!

mini horse cowgirl party birthday

As you can imagine, Dippi (our in-laws mini horse) was quite the star of the show that day. The kids LOVED her and all of her pink sparkles.

There was even an appearance from the Junior Miss Eugene Pro Rodeo Princess! Addy was so excited to have her picture taken with her.

cowgirl party birthday girl
The birthday girls!

The birthday girls!

cowgirl western party
cowgirl party photo booth
cowgirl party photo booth
cowgirl party photo booth
cowgirl party photo booth
cowgirl party photo booth

I made sure to have plenty of party activities on hand to keep the kids busy and entertained throughout the two hours. Thankfully the weather was incredible that day and everyone spent the majority of time outside. We had lassos and a steer head set up for "roping", rubber horseshoes painted in pink, purple, and gold that the kids threw in to hula hoops as a simpler version of horse shoes, lots of cowboy/cowgirl hats and bandanas for the kids to dress up in, stick horses, a bouncy horse, photo booth, and horse-themed coloring pages and crayons.

cowgirl party photo booth
cowgirl party activites
cowgirl birthday hat flower crown

Lastly, check out this fun video that my husband's uncle, Jody Hart captured and put together. It perfectly sums up the party in less than a minute and a half!

So there you have it! Now is the time when I give major props to all of the incredible people who helped make this party for my girls happen... be sure to check them out!

Photography: Stevi Sayler Photography
Venue: Oak Knoll Acres (Creswell, Oregon)
Floral design: Gypsy Bleu Floral Arts
Rentals: Parties to Go & Event Crush
Cakes & cupcakes: Soft Peaks Cakery
Invitations: Inspired Design by Kristin
Decor: Oriental Trading, Amazon, Etsy, Hobby Lobby
Videography: Jody Hart
Planning, design, styling: Event Crush

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A fresh new website and blog

Hello! I am super excited to have a brand new website on a whole new platform; I finally decided to make the switch from Wordpress to Squarespace. Shortly after I made this decision, my original website was hacked! Unfortunately I have lost all of my past blog content and it will probably take a while to build my blog back up again, starting from scratch.

This is super sad but at the same time it's kind of nice to start fresh, right? I hope you will join along as I'll be sharing all sorts of wedding advice, ideas, and inspiration for your Oregon wedding. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date on the latest posts and also to receive some freebies including planning timelines, checklists, and resources!