We’re sure you can already tell that Alexandra + William’s wedding, captured beautifully by Hazelwood Photo, isn’t traditional in any sense of the word. And we have to say, that’s exactly why we love it so much! These two were wed at Alexandra’s family home which just so happens to be a colonial farmhouse built in the mid-1800s and located in the historic gold mining town of Jacksonville, Oregon. Pretty unreal, right? And not only was the location ultra amazing, but they encouraged their guests to join in on the fun + dress with Edwardian-era (~1900-1910) fashion in mind. This helped create an environment that really felt true to the time period + gave the wedding a unique sense of history.
We HAD to know more about Alexandra’s amazing, unique dress. And Sarah from Hazelwood Photo had all the deets, Alexandra wore an Edwardian-inspired custom gown designed and created by her aunt who sourced vintage fabric and lace as she traveled the world. She spent years traveling the globe sourcing vintage lace, buttons and fabrics from various countries in order to create the gown and it was made entirely by hand.
Sarah also spills, Apparently, during the Edwardian era the bride’s bouquet was more akin to a bush than floral buds, it was also quite large. Hence the large (and lovely) assortment of greenery Alexandra carried thanks to Penny & LuLu.
Alexandra tells us about the unique rings she + William exchanged during their ceremony, My ring belonged to Will’s great-great grandmother, Hilde Sandberg. Will’s ring, on the other hand, is made from raccoon bone (skull and bacculum), ground into a powder and cast in resin. It bears his initials, painted with ink made from my blood. Courtesy of our friends at Custom Cranium!
The reception was, of course, also filled with all things unique! There was a cake parade, taxidermy, and an absinthe fountain. And since Alexandra + William are both neuroscientists, they incorporated items you would find in the lab throughout their wedding– test tubes for escort cards and beakers for their signature cocktails!
Thanks so much, Alexandra + William, for sharing your amazing day with us!
photography: Hazelwood Photo // venue name: Family Home builted in the mid 1800's in Jacksonville, Oregon // planning: An Inspired Affair // florals: Penny & LuLu // wedding dress: Made entirely by hand, Designed and Created by the bride's Aunt (She spent years traveling the globe sourcing vintage lace and buttons and fabrics from various countries in order to create the gown) // hairpiece: Made frantically by the bride, the afternoon-of // bride's shoes: thrifted // bride's ring: Heirloom // bridesmaid dresses: Skirts -- Aunt Leslie; Blouses -- thrifted // hair stylist: Salon Vivid // makeup artist: bride // groom attire: Vest -- Aunt Leslie // groom's shoes: Gasolina // groom's ring: Made from raccoon skull and bacculum (the raccoon penis bone) -- the raccoon is Will's spirit animal :) // paper goods: Designed by bride, printed at UPrinting // catering: Chef Doug Todd of Wine Country Catering // cake: Aunt Leslie // music: Sights and Sounds // officiant: Uncle Wayne (Husband of Aunt Leslie) // taxidermy: Penny & LuLu // boutonnieres: Made frantically by the bride, the afternoon-of // rentals: Party Place Rentals // vintage rentals: Rosewood Vintage Rentals
Hey, thanks for the great write up! I’m Will. Just a few clarifications: Alexandra and I are neuroscientists, not chemists, and bacculum is not the pelvic bone, but rather the penis bone (yep, raccoons have those).
Unbelievable wedding! The photos are just beautiful!
Wow, in this business its not often i can say that this wedding looks truly unique. What a fantastic looking day, complimented by some great photographs!
This is one INCREDIBLE wedding! Sarah with Hazelwood rocked the photographer alongside other superb wedding professionals. Kudos to the married couple – this is awesome!
This is unlike anything I’ve seen. So creative!
So freakin cool!
Wow this wedding looks like its come out of a fairy tale…I expect to see the big bad wolf paying a visit – super cool looking couple, wonderful setting and beautifully captured – the colour tones are deep rich and earthy and the whole looks has a magical theatrical feeling.
Wow never seen a theme like this for a wedding. Very cool!
Amazing wedding, absolutely love the theme.
Very unique wedding. Great work.