Paul and Elizabeth wed July 20, 2013 in Dallas, Oregon at the beautiful home of Elizabeth’s parents. In the days leading up to the wedding ,Elizabeth’s father excitedly prepared his home to welcome guests near and far for the celebration of his daughter getting married. The lawn was seeded, flowers were planted, a walkway was placed, and a parking area installed. On the day of the wedding, the ordinary home became an extraordinary setting for a young couple to become husband and wife.
The evening I first met with Paul and Elizabeth they weren’t sure about any of their wedding details besides the fact that they were getting married. After visiting for a while and talking about their likes and dislikes, it became clear to me that these two wanted to celebrate their love in a fashion truly unique to them. As the plans developed, fun and unique ideas came to light. Paul loved music so they decided to have a band made up of close college friends play at the wedding. Elizabeth’s brother was excited to contribute a home-brewed batch of beer, and neither Paul nor Elizabeth really like cake, so they decided to have pie instead.
As the wedding day arrived, Special Occasions helped transform the backyard into a beautiful ceremony space and reception venue by providing all the necessary rental items we needed. The tables were decorated with blue tablecloths and white napkins – staying true to the colors Elizabeth had wanted. Katie Davis provided beautiful flowers for centerpieces accented with blue and white striped ribbon and Elizabeth’s mother made custom photo albums for each table with pictures of both Paul and Elizabeth as young children, growing up and falling in love. A bag of seeds to plant a tree was placed at each table setting as a gift for the guests, made for Paul and Elizabeth by a family member. The final accent was a bowl of hand-picked Oregon raspberries for guests to snack on.
Elizabeth walked down the aisle with her father in the beautiful backyard setting they had created. A short and sweet ceremony was followed by a yummy dinner prepared by Valley Catering, heartfelt toasts which made everyone both laugh and cry and an evening full of games, dancing and sparklers. Julie of Julie Randall Photography perfectly captured the enjoyment and excitement of both the newlywed couple and their guests as they played giant Jenga, enjoyed homemade beer and savored pie made by Blue Raeven Farmstand. The pie even had custom crusts with Paul and Elizabeth’s initials (which just so happens to look like the word pie when adding a heart in the middle). As night approached tents were being set up in the yard so friends could stay and celebrate the night away. When saying my last goodbyes and congratulating the new couple I was happy to see guests still enjoying the day Paul and Elizabeth had created since our first meeting of unknowns.Special thanks to Julie Randall for letting me feature her photos on the blog.
I loved working with Paul and Elizabeth because they were so genuine and sweet! And I loved that they shared some of their favorite things with everyone on their wedding day! Thank you so much for letting me share this special day with you.