bride in strapless dress and groom in navy suit standing by large stone fireplace after wedding

The color palette used a few hints of metallics and emerald green, including some very fashionable madras plaid ties on the groomsmen. Read below for the bride's thoughts on wedding planning and keeping everything in perspective. Thank you to Powers Photography for sharing such a sweet event with us!

pointed toe gold flats and engagement and wedding bands on woodcut
white wedding bouquet with garden roses and eucalyptus leaves
white wedding bouquets with eucalyptus leaves and greenery
bride with bridesmaids in strapless emerald green dresses and white bouquets
simple white ranunculus boutonniere
groomsmen standing in forest in navy suits and emerald ties
wedding party with bridesmaids in emerald dresses and groomsmen in navy suits
white flowers and eucalyptus leaves in stone planter
hotel ballroom wedding with bride and groom under arch
flower girl in gold and white dress with green hair clip watches wedding
bride and groom smile as they leave wedding ceremony decorated with white string lights
bride and groom kiss in hallway after the wedding ceremony
bride in fur wrap and trumpet dress kisses groom on porch
groom kisses bride wearing his yellow fire department helmet
bride and groom kiss under green umbrella on a walk after their rainy day wedding
groom in madras plaid tie and bride with wrap and umbrella on rainy day wedding
bride in gray fur wrap and emerald teardrop earrings and groom in dark suit with white boutonniere
guests eating dinner at round tables at hotel ballroom wedding
rustic wooden plank guest book to turn into wall hanging
guest signs wooden plank guest book on table with photos of family
wood and pine cone tablescape with table numbers made from couple's baby pictures
metal love sign on three woodcuts
aqua beer list sign and gold and white patterned straws at wedding bar
red velvet and chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on woodcut cake stand
red velvet and chocolate cupcakes on rustic cake stand
bride and groom laugh as they eat wedding cupcakes from rustic cake stand

What was your vision?

 

Our overall vision for the day was to HAVE FUN! We wanted it to be stress free and to spend time with all of our favorite people. The general look I was going for was rustic and woodsy with a little sparkle of gold. We did a lot of DIY projects with the help of family and friends. A few of my favorites were the glittery mason jars, a wooden cupcake stand my dad made and personalized table numbers. I wouldn't have been able to master this look without the magic touch of my best friend’s mom (who also married us)! She knew exactly the look I was going for and helped me create it by putting together the centerpieces and helping me decorate the altar.

I really love when weddings have a personal touch to them. So to personalize ours I correlated each table number with a picture of us at that age. Table number 3 was definitely my favorite. Cody is 3 years old wearing a firefighter hat. It has a special meaning because he is a firefighter now! I also wanted some way to honor our parents since they have done so much for us and have been great role models in our life. I added a picture frame with pictures of our parents on their wedding day and their wedding date next to it. Both our parents have been together around 30 years and have been great examples to us on how to have a healthy and happy marriage.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

We both love the mountains and to be outdoors. Cody has basically been skiing up at Mt. Hood since he could walk and I love to snowboard. When we decided on a winter wedding it made sense to have it up at the mountain. We fell in love with The Resort at the Mountain instantly. The views were breathtaking (even on a rainy winter day!) and their employees were beyond helpful to us during the planning process and the day of.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

 

There were two most meaningful parts (besides getting to marry each other!). My brother and his girlfriend sang and played the guitar for our first song "The first day of my life" by Bright Eyes. They are so talented and it meant a lot to me that my brother could be a special part of our wedding. The second most meaningful part was that my grandpa was able to come. His wife of 65 years, my Grandma Jackie, passed away just 2 weeks before our wedding. It was a heartbreaking and stressful time for our entire family. My grandpa stood up and said a few words during our ceremony honoring my grandma and wishing Cody and me the best. I don't think there was a dry eye in the room!

How did you know your partner was "the one"?

I'd like to say he knew I was the one when he heard me sing karaoke with him on one of our first nights out together. I think I really impressed him when I sang TLC, "I don't want no scrubs." But on a serious note, we both agree that not only do we love (most) of the same activities, but we each complement each other in different ways. I think that constantly learning and challenging your partner is important and we definitely do that. I feel very lucky to have found someone that I have so much fun with and that will be by my side through the ups and downs of life.

Any advice you'd give new brides who are just getting started?

When you plan your wedding it's easy to get caught up on materialistic things and stress yourself out trying to make it perfect. I was on that route, but when my grandma passed away it brought me back to what's really important, family and love. That's what your day should be about. All those minor details you stress about are so small in the scheme of things. Focus on the fact that you get to spend a lifetime with your best friend!

Photography: Powers Photography Studios   |   Venue/Catering: The Resort at the Mountain   |   Flowers: Ponderosa & Thyme   |   Cupcakes: Sugar Cubed   |   Wedding Dress: Allure Romance   |   Shoes: Steve Madden   |   Bridesmaids: Badgley Mischka, Rent the Runway   |   Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse   |   Ties: The Tie Bar   |   DJ: Encore Mobile DJs