A sweet little elopement with close family & friends on a chilly Spring day in a breathtaking landscape. I need not say much else—these photos sing for themselves. This is Marisa & Andrew (and their pup!).
Photography: Natalie Puls
Location: Smith Rock State Park
Planning, Styling: Yours, Always
Floral: Bella Bloom Florals
Furniture Rentals: Set in Your Way Rentals
HMUA: Makeup by Whit
Photography is a marvelous invention—isn't it? But consider another option of capturing your special day (or moment) in other mediums. I could go on and on about the relationship between paint and photo, but trust me, that's another post.
I was asked by a local artist at my own wedding to have permission to live paint our ceremony. I loved the idea and happily invited her along. It was such a great addition to our ceremony. As guests waited, they gazed over to watch her painting in the atmosphere. There's something so special about watching a live artist.
Back to photography: I've seen a lot of examples that approach hyper-realism, and start to lose the feel of paint (in my opinion, if you're looking for realism, your photographer has probably got it). The beautiful part of this addition to your wedding expression, character, color and quite literal shape of your day. Abstracted, interpreted paintings bring subtlety and romance—where marks make meaning.
Here's a few words of advice before choosing a live painter:
Not into the wedding addition but like the concept? Well aren't you just in luck! Take your favorite wedding photo and send it over to your painter of choice. There are some artists that make living out of painting your wedding images, pets and babies. Here is a feature of my absolute favorite, magical, tasteful, drool-inducing painter : Rachel Wadlow.
She looked like a real-life doll, he was so anxious to marry her. Their wedding was full of fun loving friends and family. It was a bright summertime day, and the mimosas & kegs were flowing. This is Kassidi and Christian.
Photography: Shelley K Photography
Venue: McMenamins Grand Lodge
Coordination: Yours, Always (formerly Axe & Wedge Events)
Floral: Pots & Petals
Baker: Rosy Bakes Cakes
DJ: PNW Events
A farm house dream complete with a vast pasture, tucked away cabin and colonial architecture; two sweet souls surrounded by warm family, friends, darling details and after party karaoke. This is Carly and Jordan.
Venue: The Inn at Avonlea
Photography: Carrie House
Videography: Gavin Brown Media
DOC, Signage, Bridal Bouquet + Ceremony Florals: Yours, Always (formerly Axe & Wedge)
Bridesmaid Bouquets: Bride, Carly
Rentals: Danner & Soli
Catering: Ash Wood Fired
HMUA: Glam Beauty Bar
I am always amazed how different photographers have distinctly different expressions—even when shooting the same scene. This post will expose just that. I was happy to be a small part of this photoshoot with 4 photographers on set. Here are 4 expressions of the same photo (or close to).
Venue: Stuio 1904
Rentals: Something Borrowed
Photography: Listed with each image
Styling: Yours, Always (formerly Axe & Wedge)
Floral: Small Yard Flowers
Rentals: Something Borrowed
Signs / Stationer: Letters & Dust
HMUA: Mane Girls
Gown: Brides for a Cause
Baker: St. Cupcakes
One of the biggest elements my clients are ready to jump on is the wedding day timeline. I think this is a combination of being unsure of how the day should proceed, and pressure from vendors to fill in, define and communicate the timeline. I personally use Aisle Planner to draft, publish and distribute my timelines, but here is a general template for a seamless wedding day timeline with a few tips and footnotes.
If anything, I hope this persuades couples without a Day of Coordinator to please, please get one to help direct this day full of events!
A warm Catholic ceremony featuring a squishy baby, mariachi band to follow, a bride to double as a Hollywood movie star and a vegan reception of emerald glass, rich wood, gold and Italian Ruscus: This is Lori and Alex.
Photography: Lauren Miles
Florist: Black Sweet Raspberry
Rentals: Classic Vintage
DOC + Signage: Yours, Always (Formerly Axe & Wedge)
Catering: The Vegan Caterer
Bar: My Bartender
Baker: Petunias Pies & Pastries
Baby Rentals: Baby's Away
When I moved to Portland, Lauren was one of the first people I connected with. Thankfully, she liked me enough to keep me around for other projects. She operates as one of my favorite photography services in PNW, and to add to that, she's pretty close with one of my favorite videographers: Gavin Brown. (They date, watch their Insta stories for a content "aw"). Lauren is incredible real and smiley—and she is a remarkable photographer. Since I've met her, she has gone on to shoot fashion for Anthropology, destination elopements and styled shoots for premier caterers in Portland.
This was her concept, this was her making. All I did was show up and set the table, move furniture and select from her great selection of props. She didn't really need me, but I am happy I was there. This is photoshoot: Soft Minimalism.
Venue: The Light Room PDX
Photography: Lauren Miles
Furniture Rentals: Vintage Meets Modern
Tabletop Rentals: Vintage Mingle
Foral: Bella Bloom Florals
Stylist: Ampersand Events (formerly Axe & Wedge)
Gowns: Blue Sky Bridal
HMUA: Faces by Lana
Jewelry: Barrow PDX
Stationary: Etui & Co.
A Classic affair with a capital C; Kids zooming, laughing and playing, profound prayer at ceremony, smiles abound and candles, candles, candles. This is Katie and Ron.
Venue + Catering: The Sentinel Hotel
Photography: Bryan Rupp
DOC, Floral + Signage: Yours, Always (formerly Axe & Wedge)
Baker: Rosy Bakes Cakes
What a great world we live in, an app or platform for everything! As a planner, I rely on apps and digital libraries to keep me on track--if you are planning your own wedding, you'll (hopefully) discover some tools I use all the time that can help you. If you're a planner, compare your own tools and resources to the one's I prefer. I always love hearing feedback about new tools and companies making event planning, organization and streamlining easier! I recently participated in a business survey: 5 days of questions geared at apps and tools used for business. Blog post prompted: Here are the top 10 platforms I use on a weekly basis as a wedding planner.
What: Pixelmator is a free app that accomplishes the same goals as an Abode Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and arguably InDesign).
Why: I had paid a premium for Adobe Suite for years, with the assumption that there wasn't a "knock off" that was effective enough to do the same work. I was wrong. If you need to make custom printable signs, graphic design projects, edit photos, custom PDFs, image boards, etc. This program does the trick. If you are familiar with Photoshop of Illustrator, the tools are the same—there hasn't been a moment where I am stuck in a rut because I use Pixelmator over Adobe. Sorry, Adobe, I still love you!
9) Apartment Therapy
What: Interior Design and DIY website
Why: Okay, no, it's not wedding related, but it is relevant. I get weary of wedding blogs and forums; they can be repetitive, trendy and at times uninspiring (as I write on my own wedding blog, smh)... Often, I need some kind of inspiration or guidance that can loosely be applied to weddings: cue Interior Design. Apartment Therapy is rich with unique and creative imagery, ideas and projects that I love to fit into weddings. And if you find no wedding help there, you'll probably learn about a new house plant, DIY project or life hack product.
8) CoCo by Venue Report
What: A program that finds hotels that fit your preferences and date, then gathers quotes and contacts for your wedding lodging blocks.
Why: I struggled to find an effective way to get my clients the best deals on room blocks. This platform has made it so easy! I enter my preferences, and wishing a few days I have multiple quotes and offers to work with, it's pretty magical. Customer service behind the wheel is incredible—someone always follows up with me to make sure I found a good option.
Kara is a wedding planner, coordinator and event stylist in Portland, OR, Proprietor of Yours, Always.