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

Flowers by Alana would love to be your wedding florist! Contact me and let’s chat flowers!

A Boho Elopement Styled Shoot at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood in Oregon

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Prepare yourself for some serious eye candy with this one, friends!  This boho elopement styled shoot at Trillium Lake on Mount Hood was seriously one of the most stunning events I’ve ever been a part of. Trillium Lake is an hour and a half drive from Portland and one of the many lakes on Mount Hood.  There’s a campground and a day use area, which includes a trail around the lake and a boat launch for non-power boats like canoes and kayaks.  We set up on the west side of the lake which was easy to access by road and had the most stunning backdrop of the mountain.  All around us were rich pine forests that made for lovely photo backdrops as well.  Mount Hood hid behind clouds while we were setting up, but perfectly timed her debut as we were starting the shoot.  Every detail of this shoot was so beautiful: the bride looked absolutely gorgeous, the rental decorations including a hexagon arbor were perfect, the cake was adorable, the mountain and lake, my flowers…. I’m still daydreaming over how pretty it all was!!

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The styled shoot was initially envisioned by wedding photographer Rachel Brookstein.  I was so honored to be asked to be a part of it for the flowers!  I recommended she bring Krystle Allen of Krystle Clear Events on as the event coordinator because Krystle is incredible to work with and cohesively ties all the details together that make styled shoots (and of course weddings) run smoothly.  She executed and styled the many details of the shoot with the help of PNW Weddings with Rachael, another wedding planner in the Portland area.  Rachel Brookstein also brought on talented wedding photographer Marcela Pulido as an additional photographer for the shoot.

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Our bride and groom models were Llanee and Andrew, a real couple who happen to be engaged and sadly had to postpone their 2020 wedding due to the covid pandemic.  They were happy to be a part of the shoot and were so great to work with.  Llanee’s makeup was done by Megan Blake Beauty and her hair was done by Coreene Collins.

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Power of Love Rentals provided the wooden hexagon arch that Krystle Allen and I worked together to assemble (its extra fun when you get to use power tools on site!) Power of Love Rentals also provided gorgeous lanterns, geometric gold terrariums in various shapes and sizes, a beautiful large rug that helped us stage the altar, a wooden dessert table, and a white and gold cake platter.  On the hexagon arbor, I designed a boho style floral installation including dried palm fans, dried pampas grass, Italian ruscus, silver dollar eucalyptus, toffee roses, beige carnations, white scabiosa, hypericum berries, and smoke bush.   Diagonal to the installation on top of the arbor, I also designed an additional arrangement on the ground and added pops of flowers and greenery throughout all the lanterns and terrariums.

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Sugarhouse Cake provided a single-tier white wedding cake with gorgeous mountain details on the frosting! The cake sat atop a riser wrapped in gold sheer ribbon and looked beautiful staged on Power of Love Rental’s white and gold cake platter. I designed a floral cake topper with blush garden roses, pale peach hypericum berries, eucalyptus, and white scabiosa flowers.

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Llanee carried a boho style bridal bouquet in a dreamy palette of beige, champagne, cream, mauve, and greenery that included a lot of textures.  I combined a large, white, king protea with beige “toffee” roses, blush cabbage roses, cream colored astilbe, peach hypericum berries, white scabiosas, cream colored dried bunny tails, mauve colored smoke bush, eucalyptus, and maidenhair fern. I designed the bouquet to be large and majestic in presence (like a mountain) and synonymous to boho weddings.

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Provided by Anna’s Bridal, Llanee wore a Willowby by Watters wedding gown called Thistle, which features a Chiara lace bodice in geometric patterns, an elegant ivory tulle skirt with a bronze lining, a V-neck neckline and delicate spaghetti straps.  Llanee also wore a fresh flower crown I designed with eucalyptus, hypericum berries, ranunculus, and smoke bush. She looked like she walked straight out of a fairy tale!

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Besides the Sugarhouse cake, we had an additional dessert featured at our boho elopement styled shoot ~ Sloshy Pops!  These popsicles are handcrafted with real fruit and liquor and made in Portland! They were a delicious and adorable addition to the shoot!  The owner of the company brought the Sloshy Pops cart to Trillium Lake and we all got to try them — they are seriously so good!  I definitely recommend hiring them for your next event, or any of these talented wedding professionals!

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Trillium Lake Elopement

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Follow the vendor team of the Trillium Lake elopement styled shoot on IG:

Photography: Rachel Brookstein and Marcela Pulido

Styling/Planning: Krystle Clear Events

Additional styling: PNW Weddings with Rachael

Floral Design: Flowers by Alana

Rentals: Power of Love Rentals

Wedding Cake: Sugarhouse Cakes

Bridal Shop: Anna’s Bridal

Gown Designer: Willowby by Watters

Hair: Coreene Collins Hair

Makeup: Megan Blake Beauty

Popsicles: Sloshy Pops


A Sunflower Wedding at Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on Mount Hood

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It’s summer and I’m reflecting with gratitude on all the beautiful summer weddings I’ve designed flowers for in the past 18 years!  Typically, my summers are booked solid with weekend weddings, sometimes multiple weddings each weekend.  This year’s wedding season is different for all of us during the covid-19 pandemic. Between the small intimate weddings and elopements I’m designing flowers for this summer, I’m taking time to enjoy summer with my family and taking advantage of fun summertime activities I usually miss like berry picking and camping!

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In reminiscing of previous summer weddings, I’m remembering a classic summer wedding I designed last year on Cooper Spur Mountain Resort on Mount Hood, an hour and a half outside of Portland, Oregon. This beautiful summer wedding featured sunflowers, one of the most iconic of summertime flowers.  Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, longevity, unconditional love, and remind us of bright, warm sunshine, what a perfect theme for summer and fall weddings! Their bright and cheerful nature will bring joy, happiness, and warmth to your love-filled wedding day!

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Cooper Spur Mountain Resort in the Mount Hood National Forest is a charming mountain resort with a rustic lodge, log cabins and condos nestled in the woods, where you and your wedding guests will be surrounded by pine trees, beautiful meadows and epic views of the top of Mount Hood.  Its perfect for a mountain getaway anytime of year, and a wonderful outdoor wedding venue for nature loving couples to tie the knot!  This sunflower wedding at Cooper Spur was photographed by Crystal Genes Photography, a wonderful wedding photographer I’ve had to honor and pleasure to work beside on weddings as well as multiple styled shoot projects for the NW Wedding Underground.  We were recently featured in the Oregonian together for our Wedding on Wheels elopement packages with Oregon Teardrop Rentals!

The bride and bridesmaids of this sunflower mountain resort wedding carried classic, cluster bouquets of sunflowers, babies breath, Solidaster solidago, and Italian ruscus greenery.  Boutonnieres were made with small sunflowers, and Flowers by Alana also designed pale yellow and cream colored silk floral hair pieces and floral crowns for the bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls.

The ceremony was on a grassy lawn outside the lodge, surrounded by forest, and flanked by a beautiful view of the majestic Mount Hood.  Three floral installations with white hydrangea, large sunflowers, yellow roses, Italian ruscus and various types of eucalyptus were designed and installed on a simple wooden arbor structure owned by Cooper Spur Mountain Resort.  Beside the flower girl crowns, the flower girls also carried baskets decorated with sunflowers and yellow solidaster flowers and filled with yellow rose petals.

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After the ceremony, the reception took place within a large white reception tent.  Each guest table was decorated beautifully and simply with classic white chairs, white linens, dark brown napkins, and sunflower centerpieces.  Fishbowl vases containing decorative rock and water floated three large sunflower heads for a clean, simple sunflower centerpiece.

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To see more photographs of this sunflower mountain resort wedding, check out Crysal Gene Photography’s blog post.


Venue: Cooper Spur Mountain Resort

Photographer: Crystal Genes Photography

DJ: Mr. Elive Productions

Hair + Makeup: Olivia Cooke

Cake: Lori Daily

Flowers: Flowers by Alana

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Are you having a small intimate gathering or eloping in 2020 and in need of a wedding florist?  Or newly engaged and planning a 2021 or 2022 wedding?  Flowers by Alana has availability and would love to do your wedding flowers! Contact us to book a virtual consultation or phone call this week!



How to be Anti-Racist in the Wedding Industry

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This is an apology letter and my plan to do better as a business owner, a wedding professional, and a white woman.  George Floyd’s senseless death at the hands of four police officers enraged and saddened me.  I was both sad and mad to the fact that another life was taken by a racist system, and equally sad and mad when I began to self-reflect and realize my own part in that racist system.  I am taking a stand now and am embarrassed that this stand wasn’t outspoken years ago.  I am sorry for my years of silence, hidden behind white privilege.  I am doing the work now to dismantle my own white privilege and see where I can do better to be anti-racist, and the many ways I can take action and loudly make known that Black Lives Matter.

At the core of my wedding floral business’ mission has been environmental ethics.  Its been important to me to support local flower growers, purchase eco-friendly, low or no pesticide blooms, and implement sustainable design methods that have a low environmental footprint.  I am realizing that this mission sadly falls short.   I am now developing my company’s mission to include diversity and inclusion, and to be anti-racist at its core.  Over the past few weeks, I have began a journey of self-reflection to see where I can do better and the concrete steps I can take in my wedding business to be anti-racist.

Step 1: Self-reflection and education

I am reading books, watching movies, listening to podcasts, and taking online training to learn the history of racism and see where it shows up in our culture, self-reflect on my own actions and where I could have done better, and learn what steps I can take to dismantle racism and further racial justice.  Click here to see a great starting place for books to read, podcasts to listen to, and movies to watch to dismantle racism. 

Step 2: Diversify my vendor network

Engaged couples often ask for my recommendations for other wedding professionals to hire for their wedding.  I am realizing my current vendor referral list lacks many professionals of color, so I am currently rebuilding my vendor list to be more diverse.  I will put in the effort to connect with more black, indigenous, and people of color in the wedding industry, and I will encourage couples to hire a diverse team of vendors for their wedding day.

Step 3: Representation in photos

This one has been on my mind for weeks. I want to diversify my photos on social media and my website to include more people of color, but I don’t want the action to be perceived as token statements.  I also recognize that I have been a part of many styled shoots where models were not compensated.  Going forward, whenever a person of color models or contributes their creative work, I am going to make sure they are compensated, so that I am not exploiting people of color for my own capital gain.  I have a styled shoot coming up that includes a bi-racial couple and I am asking all vendors to contribute to paying the models for their work.  The photos I use going forward with past styled shoots of people of color, I am reaching out and paying them in reparations, and apologizing that I hadn’t even thought to pay them previously.  This is somewhere that can be radically changed in the industry, as models often aren’t paid in styled shoots, yet there are model calls for same-sex couples or people of color in order to diversify our portfolios and social network photos. We can do better, wedding pros.

Step 4: Diversify my company

Flowers by Alana is primarily a one-woman show, but I have big plans to expand and hire a diverse team in the coming years.  I am committed to including people of color in my team, and creating a safe, equitable space where everyone is treated and paid fairly.  I also am committed to holding equity and diversity trainings for my future team.

Step 5: Support anti-racist companies

These past few weeks have given me the opportunity to look to the companies I directly support with my dollar, and whether they are staying silent or also doing the work to dismantle racism.  I am proud that my neighborhood credit union OnPoint that I use for business banking has made statements standing with the black community.  I have also recently switched to Honeybook for organizing my templates, contracts and invoicing.  I choose them over other organizing systems because they were quick to stand with the black community.  I am also a proud paying member of the MOB Nation, a mom owned business network who have done incredible work at educating their members on dismantling racism, and taking a stand the Black Lives Matter.  Going forward, I will continually research companies I am supporting and choosing anti-racist companies over silent ones.

Step 6: Boycott racist locations

I take a stand and boycott plantations or other historically racist locations for weddings or styled shoots.  I was admittedly ignorant that this was an issue in the wedding industry, but am grateful to become aware.  I have been asked over the years to travel and design wedding flowers in other states and going forward, I will make sure the locations aren’t ones with racist pasts.

Step 7: Donate to the cause to fight for racial justice

I am donating a percentage of my profits this year and going forward to organizations committed to dismantling racism, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and the NAACP.

Step 7:  Support and stand for love in all forms

As a wedding florist, I am honored to be directly a part of the celebration of love between two people.  I am committed to supporting and standing for love in all its forms with absolutely no judgement or prejudice.  I celebrate and embrace interracial couples, couples of color, and same-sex marriages.  Black Lives Matter.  Black Love Matters.  Love is Love.


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Are you a wedding professional who has other ideas on how we can dismantle racism in the wedding community? Please leave a comment below!  Are you a BIPOC (black, indigenous, person of color) wedding professional local to the Pacific Northwest who would like to be a part of my wedding vendor referral list?  Let’s be in touch!