Well do we have a treat for your pretty eyes today! I have absolutely loved writing up today’s real wedding and I’m super happy to be sharing it with you on this beautiful Thursday morning. There is SO much to fall in love when it comes to Alex and Anthony’s wedding, however I must admit, it’s the bride and groom that I adore the most! The pair of them are dripping in style and curate the most incredible bohemian vibe together. You can actually feel their love with every look – they really are the perfect couple!
Captured by the awesome Amanda at Amanda Sutton Photography, this couple did what all couples as cool as them do….they woke up and decided that after 4 years together, marriage just couldn’t wait. So, they set off and eloped to officially tie the knot and threw a mountain draped backdrop celebration upon their return. Spontaneous and totally hippy, we know!
We wanted something that matched Oregon as well as it did us. We wanted something moody and sensual, but light-hearted and whimsical at the same time. We didn’t want to do anything too fancy because the venue was already so naturally beautiful. Plus, we’re not the type to want all of the attention just for ourselves.
Set in the soulful Mount Hood mountains, Alex and Anthony created a unique and authentic wedding day which included thrift shop décor, local hand picked flowers and a DIY ceremony arch (made by Anthony himself…again, we know). Sentimental, sensual and moody boho vibes set the tone for this tremendously stunning wedding. And Alex’s tattoo….her dress (although totally beautiful) just wouldn’t be the same without it!
It’s our pleasure to hand over to boho babe Alex to tell you all about her special day….
Elopement Engagement and Wedding!
After 4 years, we just decided that we couldn’t wait any longer and wanted to be married. We lived in the Appalachians, moved across North Carolina, and finally moved across the country together. After dealing with so many obstacles together, we just decided it felt right and we got legally married at the Courthouse. We weren’t going to tell anyone at first, but we finally caved and called our parents the day before – and they were delighted! We decided to have a wedding celebration so friends and family from all over the country could come, and especially Alex’s father who lives in South America.
Strapless Custom Wedding Gown and Metallic Sandals
My dress was from Truvelle Bridal. I actually went to my bridal appointment not wanting a strapless dress, and that’s exactly what I ended up with! When I tried the dress on, it just felt so right. Since I wasn’t a fan of being completely strapless, Ania Bridal contacted the designer on my behalf and created custom sleeves for my dress using the exact same material. The way the dress flowed just felt so right for me. For the shoes, I found the cheapest pair of golden sandals I could find and instead of a veil or headpiece, I went with half-braids and a flower crown.
Anthony wore a Custom Pinot-Noir suit from Michael Allen’s Clothier in Portland featuring a pink floral bowtie. And we didn’t have bridesmaids! We love all our family and friends equally and honestly, we’re all each other’s best friends.
Married at a Private Property Surrounded by Snowy Top Mountains
We were married at a private property in Mount Hood, Oregon. When we first moved to Oregon, we were in awe of the natural scenery. Since most of our family members had never been to Oregon before, we wanted to give them something special to remember and picked a place with a lot of heart and soul. To get to the venue, guests had to drive an hour and a half from Portland past Multnomah Falls, winding through the Columbia River Gorge. Once they were to the town of Hood River, the drive took them winding through orchard-filled back roads, with the snow-capped volcano as a natural backdrop. The private property sat on 5 acres, with the house’s backyard directly facing Mount Hood.
DIY Ceremony Arch with Soulful Flowers
Anthony made our ceremony arch himself with reclaimed beech wood. We bought yards of silky white fabric and draped it over the arch. Anthony then added some handpicked flowers to the bottom of the arch for some extra soul. That was probably my favourite piece from the entire ceremony. It was made with so much love and care and couldn’t have been more perfect.
Tents, Chandeliers and Thrift Store Decor
Since we only had a backyard to work with and the weather was iffy, we decided to rent a large tent and a smaller tent frame. We draped the same silky material from the arch from the frame’s beams. Instead of regular lighting, we just added some more small chandeliers to that tent. Aside from renting some extra glassware and décor, we spent months beforehand thrifting around Portland. Most of the 70’s vintage glassware was from Goodwill for less than $3/glass. We ended up re-selling most of them afterward. All of the table décor was found by searching random aisleways and baggage carts around Portland’s many stores.
Black Baccara Roses and Local Hand Picked Flowers
Tammy’s Florals provided the bouquet, flower crown, and boutonniere. I let Tammy take control and pick whatever flowers she thought would fit what I was going for. I mainly described the colour scheme and gave some floral examples, but she pretty much designed it all herself. For the centrepieces, we actually hand picked local flowers from the Gorge White House which was around ten minutes from the venue. They give discounts for bulk picking. We supplemented the black baccara roses from a distributor in Portland.
Outdoor Living Rooms, Vintage Furniture and a Cannabis Bar!
We created outdoor living rooms with rented vintage furniture and hung chandeliers with fairy lights strung about. Pink, white, and red velvet all made for fun seating. We also included a cannabis bar for guests; we had some gold joints, regular joints, and a lot of cannabis for everyone of age to enjoy. It was gone pretty quickly, along with all of the appetizers (still sad I never tried the fig and goat cheese crostinis!).
Live Band and Local Food Truck
We picked Trask River Redemption, a local band, on recommendation from a co-worker. They exceeded all expectations and everyone at the wedding absolutely loved them! They said they would DJ part of the time if we liked, but we just let them keep playing because they were so great.
We hired a local food truck from Four and Twenty Blackbirds, owned by Shane. He provided local, seasonal food for an affordable price. He catered the event and the staff he brought was phenomenal. I highly recommend Shane and his food to anyone having an event in the area.
Naturally Talented Photographer
Amanda Sutton Photography captured our wedding. Amanda is one of the most naturally talented photographers I’ve seen, so I couldn’t wait to fly her out here! I knew she would be the best; the whole schedule was thrown off and she did an amazing job creating some magic for us without even hesitating.
We took dance lessons for a few weeks before the wedding, anxiously learning a swing dance. On the day of the wedding, we decided that after all that hard work, we didn’t want to ruin it by messing up our dance! So, we skipped a first dance and it was magical.
My favourite moment was when we got back to our bed and breakfast at 3am. It was our first moment alone that day and we talked and recounted the night for a while before sleeping like babies.
The Line Up
Photography: Amanda Sutton Photography
Bride’s Dress Designer: Truvelle
Dress Boutique: Ania Bridal
Groom’s outfit: Michael Allen’s Clothier
Hair: Tifani Blouin from Subi Salon
Make Up: Liliana Spa
Flowers: Tammy’s Florals
Cake: Rosy Cakes
Catering: Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Band: Trask River Redemption
Specialty Rentals: Riverhood Rentals
Rentals: Something Borrowed
Stationary/Paper Goods: Oblation Papers