Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wedding Day: The Wedding Party

Whenever I envisioned my wedding growing up, I pictured a vast bridal party with 10 of my closest friends. Yet during our planning process, I realized I wanted our day to be extremely intimate, and without the stress of forcing my friends to wear dresses they didn't like. We felt so fortunate to have many friends make the journey to Portland to celebrate our wedding, and it was so special having my childhood best friend, Annie, by my side throughout the day. We met in high school (she saved me from the jitters of my first day in a new school my freshman year). B's brother, Peter, stood by his side at the altar, and kept everyone laughing throughout the day.

{Suit: Burberry; Shoes: Prada / Dress: Hayley Paige via Nordstrom; Heels: Manolo Blahnik}

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wedding Day: Ceremony Details

B and I picked our ceremony location on a whim. After visiting a winery out in the Oregon countryside, and getting completely lost, we were on the hunt for something outdoors, close to home, but special. Thanks to Google, we found Cathedral Park, and pledged to arrive on January 2nd, 2014 to secure our date. Little did we know that it involved camping in front of Portland City Hall the night before to ensure thousands of other newly engaged couples didn't snag our preferred date and location. In the end it was totally worth it, it made for a fantastic story, and brought us closer. 

On our wedding day we woke up to ominous grey skies, and shortly thereafter it began pouring. There wasn't a ray of sunshine in sight. I kept reminding myself that rain meant good luck, but deep down, I had a huge pit in my stomach from thinking about all of our guests getting soaked while we exchanged vows. As my dad was escorting me to our car, the rain slowly began to dissipate, and as we were about to drive across the bridge to the ceremony, the rain cleared and blue skies emerged. The gods were on our side! 

In the end, the partly cloudy conditions made for absolutely breathtaking pictures of Cathedral Park. Bonnie and her team from Punch Portland made the park look like an oasis from the stormy skies. Here are a few more gorgeous snippets from Bethany Small.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wedding Day: Getting Ready

I've been dying to share the beautiful images that Bethany Small captured on our wedding day. I can't believe it's already been 6 months since we got married! Time has once again gotten away from me. 

The morning of our wedding day, my best friend and maid of honor, Annie and I enjoyed a relaxing breakfast in bed while reminiscing about the past. She was an absolute saint for waking up at the crack of dawn to help calm my nerves from excitement. We lounged in our robes, listened to ridiculous music from the past and present, and sipped on coffee while awaiting the arrival of my Grandma and Mom. After they arrived, the fabulous Kirstie Wight joined us as our official glam squad extraordinaire for the big day. Kirstie made us each feel like a million bucks with perfectly coiffed hair, and beautiful make-up, while also sharing her top secret wedding day tips. Once I was fully zipped, buttoned and tucked into my dress, my Dad arrived to whisk us away to the ceremony (after we all exchanged a few tears of joy and lots of hugs). 

{Robe: La Perla; Necklace: Maya Brenner Designs}

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wedding Day Details - Sneak Peek

B and I tied the knot this past weekend. It was the best day of my life. I woke up about 3 hours before sunrise on Saturday morning, giddy with excitement, and patiently waited until the more reasonable hour of 6:00 AM to lure my Maid of Honor and Best Friend, Annie, out of bed. Annie treated us to lattes and granola, a true Portland-lady breakfast, before beginning our wedding day "beautification" with my Grandmother and Mom in the most gorgeous suite at The Nines overlooking Downtown Portland.  I look forward to sharing snippets of our entire day soon... 

{Shoes: Manolo Blahnik; Earrings: Mikimoto; Bracelet: Tiffany; Perfume: Jo Malone}

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dune with a View

With much of our Summer being dedicated to wedding planning, B and I realized our camping season was quickly disappearing. With the list of To-Do's slowly growing, we decided to take an impromptu camping trip to the coast to unplug and recharge. 

Despite living in Oregon for well over a year, I had yet to visit the Oregon beach, and was excited to have my first glimpse of the Pacific from the Northwest. After a long traffic-filled journey, we ended up in Florence, just over three hours Southwest of Portland. With not much planning, we were lucky to snag a camp spot just before the sunset, and enjoyed our favorite freeze-dried camper fare, along with a few glasses of wine to help stay warm.

After a solid nights sleep in our sleeping bags, we set out to explore the Dunes - a sandy expanse nestled between the omnipresent Oregonian Evergreen forests and desolate beaches. You truly feel like you've landed in the middle of the Sahara. While shielding our faces from the sandy wind, we enjoyed some barefoot hill workouts with not a soul to be seen for miles. After getting our fix of elevated heart rates, we returned to camp to build a fire and reflect on another fantastic adventure together, and the excitement the rest of the month has to bring. While this weekend wasn't my most fashionable moment, it certainly is a moment B and I will cherish forever.

{Hat: Nike; Sports Bra: Nike; Shorts: Nike}

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fresh in my White Sneaks

{Nike Dunk Sky Hi}
B has been away on business travel almost every week over the past month, and I can't begin to describe how much I've missed him. After returning from his most recent trip to NYC, he surprised me with a new addition to my footwear arsenal - a fresh pair of white Nike Dunk Sky Hi sneakers. It was the second best treat a girl could ask for, the first of course being the return of my hip attachment.

Ever since my first dress fitting, I've discovered a renewed love for white. It feels crisp, clean, chic, and I can't get enough of it. White is my new black. 

{Blouse: Chelsea28; Pants: Nike; Shoes: Nike}

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Versatile Plaid

While my mom was in town last week to help with wedding preparations, we decided to peruse the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for a little break. Although I didn't have plans to splurge, there were too many steals to pass up. Call it nuptial planning stress, but I just couldn't say no. From breezy tanks, and a new autumn coat - pics coming soon (!) - to a gorgeous wrap blouse, one of my favorites is definitely this silk plaid number from Equipment. Best of all, it transitions from a lightweight summer top, to a cool autumn and winter layering piece.

{Blouse: Equipment; Shorts: Paige; Boots: Rag & Bone; Hat: Urban Outfitters}