A beautiful and intimate outdoor wedding on Sauvie’s Island in Portland, OR

For Stephanie and Robert, like many other engaged couples planning 2020 weddings, their wedding plans changed multiple times this year. Initially they planned a Spring wedding and reception party at Cooper’s Hall, an urban winery, taproom and wedding venue in the heart of SE Portland. As the weeks drew nearer to their date, it became apparent that the Covid-19 pandemic would be effecting travel of their guests and restricting the gathering size of the wedding venue, so they postponed their date to July. As July grew nearer and the restrictions on wedding parties not changing much, the determined couple switched gears and decided on having an intimate outdoor wedding ceremony at a beautiful park setting with close friends this summer, and postponing their larger reception at the winery and taproom for next year.

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I was honored to be able to provide gorgeous florals for their scaled down intimate event. Instead of florals for the whole bridal party and any for the ceremony, the couple chose a small elopement package of a bridal bouquet and boutonniere for their intimate wedding. Their wedding palette was peach, coral, blush, ivory, and soft sage green, which looked amazing next to his rich, slate blue groom’s suit, her beautiful ivory bridal gown, and the beautiful natural green background of farmland and forested hills surrounding the park.

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For flowers, I used peach colored Juliet garden roses, blush colored Keira garden roses, creamy ivory Vendela roses, coral colored ranunculus, peach colored hypericum berries, wide leaf dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus. The style of the bridal bouquet was romantic and elegant with the soft whimsical greenery and soft delicate petals of the garden roses and ranunculus blooms. Robert wore groom’s boutonniere made with a coral ranunculus bloom, dusty miller leaf, peach hypericum berry and a bit of eucalyptus greenery.

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Stephanie and Robert gathered their close friends and had their intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful Howell Territorial Park, a 120-acre park nestled among farmland on Sauvie’s Island in NW Portland. With the Covid-19 pandemic happening, guests were asked to wear masks and socially distance. Unfortunately their parents weren’t able to travel and attend in person, but they attended virtually on Zoom!

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Stephanie had her bridal hair done beautifully by Dosia Karpinska at A-List Hair Studio in the Pearl District in NW Portland. The talented and beautiful makeup artist (who’s also my first cousin!) Kabrina Baldwin Bergen did a wonderful job on Stephanie’s bridal makeup. The stunning photography was done by Kate Holt Photography. After the intimate wedding ceremony, they enjoyed delicious food catered from Mediterranean Exploration Company and wine from Vinopolis Wineshop.

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I’m so glad this sweet couple was still able to have a beautiful wedding and make lasting memories while making their marriage official in 2020, even amid a worldwide pandemic. I very much look forward to being a part of their second celebration and providing gorgeous flowers for their larger reception taking place in 2021 at Cooper’s Hall!

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Vendors of the Intimate Outdoor Wedding on Sauvie’s Island

Photography Kate Holt Photography

Wedding planner Krystle Clear Events

Florist Flowers by Alana

Hair artist Dosia Karpinska

Makeup artist Kabrina Baldwin Bergen

Catering Mediterranean Exploration Company

Wine Vinopolis Wineshop

Location Howell Territorial Park

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Wedding on Wheels, take two: an Urban Hipster Elopement shoot in Portland, Oregon

The Wedding on Wheels team is back for another fun elopement styled shoot, this time with an urban, hipster vibe featuring the star of the show, Aspynn~ a dark, forest green teardrop trailer owned by Oregon Teardrop Rentals. She is available to rent for your next northwest camping adventure, and is one of the three teardrop trailer options currently available for your Wedding on Wheels elopement package, where you can get a teardrop trailer, wedding flowers, wedding cake or desserts, and wedding photographer all delivered to your elopement or intimate wedding site!

For a different vibe than the last outdoorsy Wedding on Wheels shoot, we chose an urban setting in industrial SE Portland with a private concrete parking lot cornered by two brick walls. Photography was done by Crystal Genes Photography, a talented wedding photography who also founded the NW Wedding Underground, a website that features an incredible collection of wedding vendors in the Pacific Northwest, through styled shoots and video interviews. View the Flowers by Alana video interview on NW Wedding Underground!

Bridal hair was done by Hair by Eira, and bridal makeup was done by Kerrin Birchenough. The bride model wore a vintage dress borrowed from the cool thrift store Shwop in the Sellwood neighborhood of SE Portland. Shwop isn’t your average thrift store, its a really neat store where you have the option to join a membership and members can exchange (aka “shwop”) out clothing items and accessories for any item in the store (non-members can also shop resale items at great prices! Shwop has a small but unique wedding dress selection and the charming owner, Marci can often tell you amazing stories about the wedding dress’ original owner! Both the bride and groom models wore sneakers also borrowed from Shwop! Luck was on our side that they had almost brand new mint green Converse in the groom’s size, that matched the shoot perfectly!

We partnered with Rogue to feature their canned cocktails that matched the shoot colors of pink and lime green. Rogue is a Portland-based beer brewing company that traditionally brews beer, but are now also crafting really delicious cocktails in cans with unique flavor combinations, like Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz and Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda, as well as CBD seltzer!

For this shoot, I designed a classic cluster bouquet in whites, lime greens, blush and bubblegum pink, using cafe au lait dahlias, white dahlias, pink roses, lime green roses, blushing bride protea, white veronica, lime green hydrangea, and seeded eucalyptus. The bouquet was tied with a long lime green ribbon from Joann Fabrics.

I decorated the dessert and drink area (the back of the teardrop trailer) with greenery and floral clusters, and created a floral installation on the brick wall to serve as our wedding altar. If you know me personally, you’ll know that I thrive on personal challenges and creative endeavors. I had never done an installation on a brick wall, but I was up for the challenge and absolutely love how it turned out, although it was super windy during set-up and quite frustrating figuring out the mechanics of the install! (Pro tip: brick clips found at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores are essential hardware for brick wall installations.)

It was so windy, a tree actually fell down in the alley that extended from the corner of our site, almost landing on the trailer! It was almost serendipitous, though because of how well it looked aesthetically with our shoot! We added fun accents to the shoot like a large black and white striped area rug and a white metal bistro table and chairs for the couple to cheers with their yummy canned cocktails and enjoy a donut together next to Aspynn.

Wedding on Wheels Urban Hipster Elopement Credits:

Teardrop Trailers: Oregon Teardrop Rentals

Photography: Crystal Genes Photography

Florals: Flowers by Alana

Canned Cocktails: Rogue

Dress boutique: Shwop

Makeup: Kerrin Birchenough

Hair: Hair by Eira

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