Earlier this fall, I had the pleasure of designing wedding flowers for a sweet couple, Catherine and Jack, for their small, intimate wedding that took place at the Forrest Lodge in Rhododendron, Oregon. The Forrest Lodge is a mountain cabin vacation rental nestled among the old growth trees of the Mount Hood National Forest. It features all wood interior, massive round beveled-glass windows with gorgeous views of the surrounding forest, a hand built stone chimney, a wooden patio with a hot tub and sauna, a huge gourmet kitchen, and enough bedrooms to sleep 12. Props to Catherine and Jack on their great idea to rent a vacation rental cabin for their intimate wedding venue!
The day of the wedding was raining so Catherine and Jack opted for their ceremony to take place inside in the main room of the cabin in front of the hand built stone fireplace and the large windows. The views of the forest and the natural lighting from the windows made for a gorgeous wedding setting. In front of the fireplace, I installed a large floral installation on an A-frame wedding arbor built by the father of the bride. The A-frame arbor matched the dark wood beams of the cabin as well as the A-frame shape of the cabin itself. Above the altar area hung a unique chandelier made of antlers, which vibes perfectly in the forest setting!
Typical to Oregon weather, the rain stopped and graciously allowed the couple and their bridal party to take beautiful photos outside in the forest. Photos were taken by Brianna Swan, who specializes in elopement and intimate wedding photography. Catherine wore a beautiful bridal gown from Blue Sky Bridal, an eco-conscious consignment bridal shop in Portland that offers new, once-worn, and sample bridal gowns for discounted prices. She also wore a pretty amazing veil fit for a fairy tale princess! Jack and his groomsmen wore custom suits from Indochino, a men’s clothing store in Portland.
The bridesmaids each wore a different style bridesmaid dress or romper in burgundy. Personally, I’m a big fan of rompers and think the addition in the wedding party attire was adorable! Hair and Makeup was done by the Portland based Hair and Makeup artist Blush N Bride. The wedding was officiated by Theresa Tuffli of Heart Rock Ceremonies. The small reception after the ceremony was catered by Busy Bee Catering.
The colors of the wedding were white, ivory, soft blush pink, sage green and burgundy. Flowers by Alana designed the bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres, a large floral installation on an A-frame arbor for the ceremony altar, family boutonnieres and corsages, cake flowers, and a few centerpieces for their small, intimate reception following the ceremony. The flowers I used were white hydrangea, Sweet Escimo blush roses, White Ohara garden roses, ivory Vendela roses, white scabiosa, white astilbe, chocolate brown cosmos, burgundy dahlias, eucalyptus in both seeded and silver dollar varieties, and Italian ruscus.
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Photos Brianna Swan
Hair & Makeup Blush N Bride
Officiant Heart Rock Ceremonies
Bridal gown Blue Sky Bridal – Portland
Floral Flowers by Alana
Catering Busy Bee Catering