Wedding Planning

Jake and Deidra’s Real Wedding by Powers Photography Studios

There are so many things to admire about this Oregon vineyard wedding: the ruffled wedding cake (one of my favorite current trends), the soft color palette, the lush blooms…The list is endless. 

Thank you to Powers Photography Studios for sharing this lovely afternoon! And read below for Deidra’s advice on wedding planning.

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

It does now, but initially we were just looking for an Oregon vineyard. By chance, we stumbled across Domaine Margelle during our venue search. We instantly fell in love with the Oregon country setting and the Italian villa theme.

What was the most meaningful part of your day?

Standing at the altar facing the love of my life surrounded by our most cherished family and friends. I’ve never felt that much outpouring of love in one place.

Did anything funny or out of the ordinary happen?

Having an outdoor wedding in the Pacific Northwest, well, you’re asking for rain and chaos. But, oddly enough, there wasn’t. We scrambled, bought umbrellas and set up a small ‘city of tents’ at Domaine Margelle because of the weather forecast, but not a single drop fell during the pictures or the ceremony. During the father of the bride toast, however, it started to pour. Everyone yelled and ran under the tent as it drenched the area around us for five minutes, while my father’s toast continued. Then, as quickly as it started, it stopped. It was a memorable event as it seemed the weather held as long as it could for us that day and because of the rain I remember almost every word of my father’s speech. Regardless of the downpour, the celebration didn’t skip a beat!

What little details did you love?

The little details of the event were amazing. From the altar to the place settings, every flower, candle and ribbon were perfectly placed. Our wedding planner and our family and friends did such a wonderful job of making sure every single detail was worth it. My mom, grandmother and cousins packaged tiny chocolates with ribbons for the guests. My mother in-law placed small flameless candles in votives to light the nature path from the parking lot to the ceremony and lined the altar and aisle with stunning flowers, ribbons and crystals.

Jake comes from a family of baseball players. His dad played for the San Francisco Giants, and his brother played for an independent professional team in St. Louis. Jake also played in high school and college. Jake has always loved the Boston Red Sox and it just so happened that he was promoted to the NE for his job and we are now moving just outside of the city of Boston. Knowing his admiration for the game I purchased him Boston Red Sox cufflinks.

How did you know your partner was ‘the one’? 

Jake and I are high school sweethearts and dated off and on through college. During our senior year of college we reconnected and realized that we simply couldn’t live without each other. Jake said to me, ‘Marriage isn’t about finding someone you can live with. It’s finding someone you can’t live without.” We’ve always known that about each other, even when we weren’t dating. We simply can’t live without each other.

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

Take a deep breath. Realize that every single person attending is there for the two of you and soak it all in. Before you know it, it will be over and you’ll be missing that moment you were just in. Take time to slow your mind and your heart notice all the hard work that was done by others for the two of you. It’s a gift to have this day and to be wed to the one you can’t live without. Cherish it.


Photographer: Powers Studios
Venue: Domaine Margelle
Event Planning: Mike Piper,  An Affair to Remember
Flowers:  An Affair to Remember and by Nancy Rasmussen, Linda Masters, Janece Patrice
Catering: Catering At It’s Best
Dress: AniA’s Bridal
Shoes: Franco Sarto
Accessories:tennis bracelet and earrings, Nadri
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: John Ross Music