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With summer right around the corner, we couldn’t resist the idea of a Mexican inspired wedding fiesta, featuring a tequila and salsa tasting menu, Margaritas, and a black stallion. Why not, right? Thanks to Melanie Gabrielle Photography for sharing such beautiful work! We ADORE the idea of a red wedding dress!!!!!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!
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Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

 

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

 

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Wedding Blog Tequila and Salsa Tasting!

Vendors: Photography: Melanie Gabrielle Photography // Dress Store: Chernaya Bridal House // Heirlooms and Extra: Love In Vintage // Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Hiara // Cake: Be Delicious // Location: Riverbend Park, Florida

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Abigail and Octavian met a half a world away in Romania, and never could have imagined how their lives would end up so intertwined! When the two planned their Oregon wedding, nothing seemed more perfect that the bride’s family home that faces the Columbia River Gorge. As traditionalists, not only was this a sentimental location for the bride, but also because the groom’s mother was married in her parent’s backyard, continuing the tradition seemed fitting. We adore the bright pops of color set against the subtle backdrop of the wild Northwest. Very special thanks to Amanda K Photography for sharing her lovely images!

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding
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What was the inspiration/vision for your wedding day?

We wanted it to be a family affair with a summer, garden vibe (after all it was an outdoor wedding). My style is more timeless and organic while Octavian leans more modern and contemporary in his likes. So thanks to our amazing designer, our wedding turned out to be all of these elements in one.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress.

No task has caused me more stress and joy all at the same time. I knew what I wanted, and in the end, I think that’s what made it so difficult to find “the one.” I did not try my dress on before I purchased it because the only size available was too small for me. Instead, my sister, who is smaller than I, but similar in shape, try it on. It was so much of what I wanted that I took the risk buying it, and it was worth it!

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

How did you choose your venue?

We choose to have the wedding at my parents’ property in Troutdale, Oregon. They live on a large property at the top of a big hill that faces the Columbia River Gorge, so it was the perfect place to have our outdoor wedding. It was also sentimental because Octavian’s parents were married at his mother’s country home, so we wanted to continue the tradition.

What was your favorite detail of the day?

I have two. First was the all the little cousins and my two baby sisters in matching dresses that my aunt made and matching head pieces made by our designer and florist. Second was pulling out the piano from the house that I learned to play on, and having a friend play jazzy music during the cocktail hour.

Any DIY elements?

Our ceremony backdrop featured a large walnut tree covered in handmade paper flowers that were dyed in peach and pink tones, along with hanging blooms from a lateral branch were we sat during the ceremony. This idea evolved out of a desire to add more color to the ceremony backdrop without taking attention away from the tree. By placing the flowers in a climbing arrangement up the trunk of the tree, it drew the eyes up and over to the branch that features the hanging blooms.

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Any special traditions that help tell the story of your day?

We are Romanians. And Romanian weddings tend to become big because of our large families and many friends. We enjoy great music and even greater food, but most of all we enjoy the greatest company, our family and friends.

Most memorable moment?

The few quiet moments Octavian and I had together outside before the ceremony. I sat down on the piano bench cause my feet hurt. I got bored so I decided to start playing a little jingle to make sure it was tuned. A moment later Octavian joined me on the bench. It was a sweet moment together before all the chaos of a large wedding.

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

What advice would you give another couple planning their wedding?

If budget allows, hire a good full service coordinator. There’s nothing worse than staying up late the night before printing programs or cold brewing coffee. If budget does not allow a for full service coordination, at least get someone for the month, week, or day of the wedding. It will make a big difference.

Also, PLAN a few private moments together. You don’t have as much time as you think.

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

How did you two meet?

The first time we met was in a park. It was half-way around the world, in Octavian’s hometown in Romania while I was traveling for several weeks of missions and visiting family. As we became friends I discovered that he would be moving to the states later that year, so we stayed connected through social media and instant messaging. In all honesty, I was doubtful we would see each other again, but sure enough we ran into each other a couple of months later at a church youth conference. As the years passed, along with out high school years, we continued to “run into” each other, and much to my disbelief, we stayed friends–and good ones at that. Finally one summer, something changed. And the rest, as some same, is history.
Tell us about your proposal.

Octavian knew that I did not want an over-the-top-everyone-included kind of proposal. My wish was to have a private, simple moment, in a place that matched the magic of the moment. And so it was. In late August 2012, we took an impromptu trip to the beautiful Oregon Coast. While watching the sunset on my favorite beach (in Manzanita, OR) Octavian got down on one knee, told me he loved me, and asked me to be his wife.

Wedding Blog Abigail and Octavians Backyard Oregon Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Amanda K Photography // Caterer: Mad Hatter Catering // Floral Designer: Petalos Design // Cinema and Video: RP Imagery // Dress Designer: Allure Bridals // Cake Designer: Sugar Cubed Cake

This past Valentine’s Day, Lover.ly, the wedding planning one-stop-shop revolutionizing the way couples plan weddings, introduced “Real Weddings,” a digital keepsake where ANY & ALL past brides and grooms can easily save and share their wedding day memories forever online. One of our immediate favorite finds from the real weddings section is this elegant Sonoma wedding with images from Leah McCormick.

Wedding Blog Things Remembered + Lover.ly

This is the first time ever, anyone who has ever been married in the history of marriage can have a profile on Lover.ly. Past brides and grooms simply visit Lover.ly/real-weddings to share your love story, wedding tips, photos and tag your vendors. Lover.ly will profile user submitted real weddings shortly after submission.

For even more fun, the first 100 real weddings submitted and profiled on the platform will receive a free Lock-N-Key Key Chain set from Lover.ly launch sponsor Things Remembered, the nation’s leading retailer of personalized gifts.

Wedding Blog Things Remembered + Lover.ly

Things Remembered is a company that enjoys a long legacy of helping people celebrate and memorialize their most treasured milestones in life. From engagements and weddings to babies and new homes, Things Remembered is ready to help a new generation celebrate major life milestones.

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Pink hair. Yes, absolutely blushing pink, alongside heaps of gorgeous flowers means that we are 100% obsessed with this shoot featuring stylist and floral designer, Ponderosa & Thyme alongside images by Anne Blodgett Photography. No matter what your style, we are always a fan of seeing brides embrace their look with fierce confidence. How can you not love this oh-so-chic look?

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Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride

Wedding Blog Blushing Bride


Photography: Anne Blodgett Photography // Stylist/Florist: Ponderosa & Thyme // Hair and Make-up: Beth Level Artistry // Model: Elizabeth Pettyjohn // Dress: BHLDN // Necklace: Kate Spade // Venue: Bush Gardens and Conservatory

Tara and Andrew live in New Jersey and got married in Andrew’s mother’s backyard in Scottsdale, which is a totally dramatic backdrop that we love! Tara kept things super simple (but so darn elegant!) and made her own bouquet! Her short and sweet dress was from Lovely Bride in New York. Brushfire Photography was on hand to capture these super fun images!

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding
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Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Wedding Blog Andrew and Taras Scottsdale Wedding

Vendors: Photography: Brushfire Photography // Wedding Dress: Tara Keely // Bride’s shoes: BC, via ModCloth // Groom’s suit: Bonobos // Bow ties and pocket squares: Beau Ties // Wedding DJ: Groom (he made the playlist) // Florist: Bride (She made the bouquets with my bridesmaids) // Boutonnieres: Ordered on Etsy- Alison, Texas Farmers Daughter // Wedding Planner: Kathleen Senft // Wedding dessert bar (everything except the cakes): Jane Johnson at Sweet Alchemy AZ // “Wedding” cakes: Jessica Davison at Ever So Sweet, AZ // Hair: Mirror Image Salon, Scottsdale, AZ // Food: Mexican buffet catered by Carlos O’Brien’s, Scottsdale, AZ // Rentals: Party People, AZ // Decor: Bride and Friends // Bridesmaid Dresses: Modcloth