An Intimate Mountain Cabin Wedding in the Mount Hood Forest near Portland, Oregon

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Suits Indochino

Floral Flowers by Alana

Catering Busy Bee Catering

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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!