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Columbia River Gorge Elopement

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Caitlin was one of the incredible women who attended my Wildbride retreats back in 2016 and recently moved up to Portland, so we were able to hang out (and have some Corgi playdates with her gal, Tumbles, and mine, Dusty) over the summer.  She and Tim always planned on eloping and they found the perfect spot in the middle of the woods near the Columbia River Gorge.  As we drove up the road it suddenly felt like I was on the Avenue of the Giants in the Redwoods, which is decidedly one of my most favorite places on earth.  Caitlin used to work in tech in San Francisco and when they moved to Portland, she quit her job and focused on her passion: sewing and drafting her own clothing!  Yeah, people, she MADE that dress. She designed it and sewed it.  Unreal.  

If you're into corgis, unconventional wedding style, and saying vows beneath giant trees, you're gonna like this one.

Oregon Coast Beach Elopement

Oregon Coast Elopement

Talk about 4th of July Wedding Goals.  These two eloped on an Oregon Beach in the most adorable, festive ceremony!  They included a unique, vintage flag, a hand-made altar, cute white mismatched chairs for their few attendees, and a candle-lined mini aisle for the most simple and gorgeous wedding celebration.  I absolutely love a flowy gown on a breezy day, and Nicole's beautiful Catherine Deane gown was the perfect gown for a beachy wedding, and her gorgeous braided floral hairstyle caught the wind beautifully.  These two are the cutest!  Congrats, David + Nicole!  I hope you have endless PNW adventures in your lives together!

Venue: Camp Rilea Beach, Astoria Oregon
Gown: Catherine Deane via BHLDN
Florals: Erika's Fresh Flowers

oregon coast wedding

It was down to the Oregon Coast, Gleneden Beach specifically, for these two's nuptials!  They had originally planned a Washington wedding for last fall, but after some crazy circumstances, they ended up rescheduling and moving their wedding to the Oregon Coast, and I don't think they could've picked a better spot.  

We started the afternoon with the bridal party at Whale Cove Inn, which is a beautiful little inn, nestled on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.  We had stunning views of the churning ocean as all the girls got ready.  Once everyone's hair and makeup was perfect, we met up with Laura's groom and the groomsmen for a first look and wedding party portraits on the beach!  The sky threatened rain, but other than a couple brief drizzles, we made it through photos unscathed.

We all piled back in our cars and made the short drive up to the venue, Eden Hall, where Laura + Austin got to peek at the hall all done up for their wedding before hiding away in the back room while guests filed into their seats.

The ceremony was full of love + laughs and the evening was cozy, full of great food and drinks, including a special signature wedding cocktail, homemade dessert, a peculiar dancing-in-ice ritual for Austin's brother who, I've heard, might have "cold feet" (or at least did during the dance!).  I'm so happy that these two finally got to have their big day, and it couldn't have been more beautiful!  Congrats, Laura + Austin!

Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji via BHLDN
Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal
Groom + Groomsmen: Men's Warehouse
Venue: Eden Hall/Side Door Cafe
Music: Greg Ernst Trio
Cake + Florals: made by friends + family