One week before Alicia + Daniel flew to Oregon, a massive wildfire engulfed their to-be wedding site… and all of their plans. Fortunately no lives were lost during this fire + everyone was okay! However, A+D were now at a loss as to where to get married. Alicia tells us: Daniel and I decided to count our blessings and embark on an adventure. With our closest family and friends in tow, we boarded our planes. We left all the tiny details that we worked so hard to plan behind, and brought only what was necessary to be wed. This included Daniel’s suit, the wedding dress that I designed and made myself, rings, and vows.
In the end, all you need is each other anyways! With the minimal details, the creative ingenuity that Alicia put into her dress, and a whole lotta love — they pulled off their last-minute relocation without a hitch! Oh, and the new location? Hug Point. As per the suggestion of both their photographer, Sara Byrne, and HMU artist, Cassandra Kennedy!
Let’s travel the Oregon Coast and see all the love!
For pre-wedding photos, Alicia wore a gorgeous ruffled white gown… backwards! And yes, it was on purpose. She decided it looked better if she wore it backwards — too cute!
Stop. Right. There. How cool is this golden dress covered in florals?! Alicia made it by hand! You go girl. Major points for craftiness!
Aside from exchanging our vows, our most memorable moment was our very first look at where we were getting married. We had never seen or been to the site, so taking that time before I put on my dress to scale the cliff over looking the beach was unforgettable. We were able to stand together, breath in the that amazing air that only the Oregon coast could cultivate, and take in the beauty before ascending down. We were in absolute awe!
After I put on my dress, and Daniel and I were walking to the beach, we were greeted by an older couple who were exclaiming how excited they were to see us. The couple politely asked to take a picture of me in my handmade dress and told Daniel and me that it is good luck to run into a bride on her wedding day. It so happened, that the couple were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and were happy to impart advice and well wishes. It was an amazing moment and it really centered Daniel and I, and reminded us what the day was all about.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Daniel’s super cool tie! It just so happens to be from the GWS x Neck and Tie Co. collaboration collection.
We drove the hour and a half from Portland to the coast, and got married site unseen at one of the most beautiful places we have ever been.
Jewel tones for the ladies! Awooooogah! Seriously, how gorgeous are all these dark + moody hues?
Our advice to those planning a wedding currently, is don’t be scared to let the little details go. After abandoning all of our hard planned details due to the relocation, we fell in love with the simple effortless wedding that came together on a beach — one which we had never seen or even envisioned getting married on. It made every second of the day an adventure!
Daniel and I planned to wed in front of a beautiful waterfall near Portland, Oregon. Every detail was planned out, including a private styled dinner, amidst the old growth forrest. However, this ended up being more magical and we went with the flow!
Now, so many GWS brides have bestowed advice to us + other readers along the lines of: don’t worry if things go awry, if details are missing, if things don’t go exactly as planned… In the end, it’s just you and your love! A+D are the perfect example of just that, and how the only thing that truly matters is the love you have for each other.
Way to go, you two! Congratulations!!
photography: Sara Byrne // venue name: Hug Point Beach, Seaside, Oregon, USA // wedding dress: made by the bride // hair stylist: Cassandra Kennedy // makeup artist: Cassandra Kenedy // groom attire: ASOS // groom's shoes: Steve Madden