Intimate San Juan Islands Elopement: Emily + Brian

Lighthouse elopement

Emily + Brian met in middle school + were together for almost eight years before they got engaged. Emily says, After living together for seven of those years, owning a house together for four, and raising our furry daughter together for the past two, we basically felt we were already married. The ceremony itself felt like a bit of a formality, but one that we certainly wanted to make sure we did with style and in a way that felt organic to us. We know lots of couples out there are in the same boat, so we hope E + B’s decision to celebrate + start their married life together with a beautiful seaside elopement can act as inspiration for anyone struggling with deciding what type of wedding would be right for them. Let’s hear why they chose to exchange their vows on the gorgeous, scenic San Juan Island in Washington:

We are both nature lovers and grew up by the ocean on the east coast in a small beach town that fits the quaint New England stereotype in all the best ways. We wanted to stay true to our roots, while at the same time making our special day a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience since we both love this area where we have built our life together so much. 

Big thanks to O’Malley Photographers for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us + congrats to Emily + Brian on a truly beautiful day!

Washington elopement

blue heels

Katie May wedding dress

mint nails

lavender boutonniere

Emily sourced lavender from a local farm on the island + made her bouquet + Brian’s boutonniere herself. We love how they both turned out.

Washington elopement

Washington elopement

Washington elopement

Washington elopement

Washington elopement

Washington elopement

Washington elopement

Katie May wedding dress

We’re majorly loving Emily’s Katie May dress, which she paired with a beautiful back necklace from HedgehogProject.

back jewelry

lavender bouquet

drop earrings

Katie May wedding dress

Cattle Point, where we held our ceremony, boasts some of the most incredible views in the Puget Sound region, of both the other islands and the Olympic mountains on a clear day. And the lighthouse! New England loves lighthouses. We were sold.

lighthouse elopement

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

The ceremony, of course! Brian and I put our entire ceremony together ourselves, and we both wrote our own vows. As someone who is typically not overly emotionally expressive, Brian wrote the most amazing and romantic vows straight from the heart, and they completely melted mine. I reread them multiple times over the days following the ceremony and still pull them out to read occasionally when I need a pick me up or just because. I think we both feel that our ceremony was very romantic and personal, which was everything we could have hoped for!

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

Washington coast elopement

Be true to yourselves and what feels right for you. I think one of the biggest deterrents for people who don’t elope even though they might want to is societal expectations. Brian and I decided to elope because we felt that something as sacred as a ceremony pledging our love and promising our lives to each other belonged to the two of us. Many of our friends and family were disappointed at first by our decision to do it this way, but we were committed to our plan and were able to explain the reasons for our choice in a way that folks understood. I wouldn’t change a thing about the way we did it. To be honest, everyone I share our experience with laments not doing the same themselves or vows to do it this way when it’s their turn!

photography: O’Malley Photographers // venue: Cattle Point Lighthouse Friday Harbor at San Juan Island, Washington // florals: Pelindaba Lavender Farm // wedding dress: Katie May from The Dress Theory // shoes: Chase & Chloe // back necklace: HedgehogProject // groom suit: Suit Supply

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Festive Holiday Wedding Inspiration

festive holiday inspiration

Since our team is based in sunny SoCal, scenes of snow always seem to be especially loved around here. So, the moment we laid eyes on today’s festive winter editorial, captured by Callie Hobbs + Lori Romney, we knew sharing this one the week of Christmas would be a definite.

Callie + the team she put together knew they wanted to venture away from the typical red + green color palette that seems to always represent this time of year. Callie says, Oranges kept popping back into my mind. Tis’ the season for this citrus fruit that always made it’s way into my stocking since I was a little child. From the orange inspiration, stemmed the cinnamon sticks, cider, berries, and other festive holiday treats.

Sounds pretty perfect to us! Let’s see what they created…

holiday garden rose bouquet

fruit invitation

festive holiday inspiration

gold leaf crown

festive holiday inspiration

We love this bridal look for a winter wedding! A lace top paired with a tulle skirt from Bliss Tulle was just right for the chilly surroundings.

gold leaf crown

festive holiday inspiration

festive holiday inspiration

holiday tablescape

orange plate setting

patterned plate

The team brought their inspiration directly to the tablescape with pretty details like orange place cards, patterned tableware + lush florals.

holiday tablescape

menu

holiday tablescape

orange slices

festive holiday inspiration

festive holiday inspiration

tarts

A tower of macarons in lieu of cake? A-ok in our book!

macaron tower

See more of this sweet, snowy shoot in the film below by Dan Kettle!

Such a pretty one, right? Tell us below: where you live, are you expecting a white Christmas this year?

photography: Callie Hobbs Photography // venue: Mueller Park Canyon, Utah // florals: Chelsie Draney // videography: Dan Kettle // other photographer: Lori Romney Photography // desserts: The Petite Pastry // hair + makeup: Lovely Lips and Locks // stationery: Foil and Ink // skirt: Bliss Tulle // suit: Beckett and Robb

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Rustic-Bohemian Portland Winery Wedding: Emily + Anton

cherry blossoms

It’s Christmas week + we’re definitely getting into the holiday swing of things, but today’s pretty wedding, captured beautifully by Dylan and Sara Photography, offers us a much needed pause from the yuletide hustle. Emily + Anton’s Clay Pigeon Winery wedding (in Portland, Oregon) epitomized intimate + cozy, with rustic wood elements, bohemian furnishings + sprawling, beautiful floral arrangements. Truly some pretty ideas to take note on if you’re throwing an indoor wedding in 2015! And for those fully in a Christmastime state of mind, don’t you fret: there are still plenty of festive details and a pretty red, green + gold palette if you feel like you just have to find a little bit of holiday eye candy in everything you see this week! Here’s more about their big day from Emily:

I really wanted to get married on a rug. I know that sounds a bit ridiculous, but I designed my wedding based on that. Therefore, we decided to go with “Rustic Bohemian” – I incorporated a Cow Skull with flowers hanging from it as the backdrop of our ceremony, antlers on the tables with gold vases (most of which I found at goodwill) filled with amazing flowers and gold candlesticks. We wanted our wedding to be simple, classy and romantic – it was absolutely perfect.

bouquet

bridesmaids in white

bridesmaids in white

boho lace bridesmaids

We love Emily’s simple + beautiful J.Crew Heidi Gown + that her bridesmaids wore pretty boho Free People dresses to complement her look!

wedding party

bride and groom wrapped in blanket

bride and groom wrapped in blanket

bride and groom wrapped in blanket

Portland Winery wedding

J.Crew wedding dress

And we love her greenery + hellebore crown by The Green Dandelion!

flower crown

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

anemone bouquet

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

flower skull

flower skull

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

There were so many memorable memories – marrying my best friend, being in the same room with everyone we love most – but I would have to say the speeches were amazing – especially my 12 year old nephew (and best man) Gavin.

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

Portland Winery wedding

meat plate

guest book

Portland map

Need a little guestbook inspiration? How about a map, like the one above?! It would be such a cool piece to hang in your home after the big day!

Portland winery wedding

antler table decor

anemone centerpiece

anemone centerpieces

anemone centerpieces

The Green Dandelion crafted the prettiest arrangements for the tables. We love their organic, untamed feel!

Portland winery wedding

vases

wine bottles

wedding paper goods

cookies

cookies

whoopie pies

Portland winery wedding

Portland winery wedding

This truly was the best day ever. The decision to have a small, intimate wedding was the best decision we could have made. It allowed us to have a wedding that signified us as a couple – and maybe I’m biased, but I think we’re pretty awesome…

We think so, too! Big congrats, Emily + Anton, on a totally beautiful day!

photography: Dylan and Sara Photography // venue + catering: Cyrils at Clay Pigeon Winery Portland, Oregon // event design + planning: Bride // florals + flower crown: The Green Dandelion // wedding dress: J.Crew // shoes: Seychelles // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // hair + makeup: Eble Artistry // groom suit: J.Crew // rentals: Something Vintage PDX // paper goods: Written in Detail // cookies: Two Tarts Bakery // music: Dark Star Orchestra @ The Crystal Ballroom

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