Chic Couture Dresses for any Wedding

I am so excited to be sharing this Wedding Dress Editorial with you! Nestled in West Linn, O.R the historic McLean House was a perfect location for these not exactly traditional, yet chic couture gowns. Featuring Designs by Stephanie Mai, video clips with Forest & Ivory and a great team that helped pull this look together. I hope this inspires you in finding the wedding dress of your dreams.


 
 
 
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“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman - it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.”

Carolina Herrera

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TEAM

Creative Direction + Photography: Nuñez Photography + Creative  • Videography: Forest & Ivory Films • Location: McLean House • Dress Designer: Stephanie Mai • Florals: Maddison August Events + Design • Paper Installments: Spruce & Steel • Hair + Makeup: Angela Foster • Jewelry: VK Designs   •  Stylist: Cristina Villarreal • Models: Sara Sigvarsen + Lyubov Vladimirovna • 

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Getting Back into Action!

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We are over three weeks into the new year and this is where many start to fall off on their goals or motivations. The past year I worked full steam till the very end, with not much of a break, but I am going to be honest my real motivation was the few weeks I planned off for the beginning of January. I wanted to lay low, gather my thoughts and really just sleep.

 
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The first week was all about health and rejuvenation with re-aligning my mind & body. I ate only raw foods to kickstart my system and help start my first goal of intergrading more of them into my daily eating habits. Yes, the end of the year for me was lots of work but it was also filled with snacking and indulging. While not to be hard on myself I strongly believe balance is so necessary for a productive lifestyle. I feel cleanses are not meant to be done often, but when done properly they can help with healing your body. It is more about having a consistent lifestyle of healthy eating, movement and self care but even as much as you can possibly do at one time we are still subjected to pollutants naturally and let’s be real we get busy, sometimes we just have to get shit done so we allow other things fall by the waist-side. I am definitely guilty of that but it is about doing the best we can and the goal is to make little improvements on one thing at a time, soon enough you will acquire good, long standing healthy habits.

Along with that I mostly relaxed, read and spent some Netflix time with my fiancé & family of two cats. A good staycation was just what I needed! My second week was all about planning, finishing up my home office, brainstorming and feeling out my core values for the 2019. I definitely had just as much fun planning out my year with a shiny my new daily planner.

As for the rest of the year I have some fun events in store from boudoir marathons & engagement session giveaways to adventurous styled photo shoots & expansions on other photography services. Stay tuned for announcements to keep up on what’s is happening next…

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Food & Tips with Niblack Events

 

Niblack Events is made up of local experts who live and work on the Oregon coast. This premiere catering company offers a range of styles and options, giving a truly hand tailored guest experience.  As well as being available for any questions about resources in the area of your event.

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I meet up with Doug Niblack, owner of Niblack Events, and we were able to chat & experience his passion for food. Doug has been in love with dining since he was very young, somehow always knowing he was his happiest in the kitchen. At 17 he started washing dishes in a small, nationally recognized fine dining restaurant becoming immediately addicted. There were many things that drew him in-

“ It was the combination of the smells, sounds of merriment, contentment, and appreciation, it was the camaraderie of the cooks and servers, and ultimately, it was the choreography of the dance that happens every night in kitchens and dining rooms across the world.”

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What are the main meal options when considering your catering needs?

First is a Buffet Style, this is perfect for large groups with a large spectrum of palates and preferences. Guests will have the ability to peruse an elegant spread of delectables in a build your own style that is sure to please everyone that has the capacity to enjoy good food.

 
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Next would be Family Style Dining, this style is for the more intimate and deliberate weddings.  Family style offers the intimacy of breaking bread with those at your table, an increased level of service from a highly trained server who is dedicated to each table, and the ability for the planner to design hand crafted dishes, displays, and pairings that the whole group may enjoy.  What this style lacks in individual personalization, it makes up for in service and structure.

Finally offering a Plated Service, the most intimate and service based style of group dining.  The plated menus range from 3 to 9 courses served to each guest, prepared and plated with all of the Chef's individuality and skill. 

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“The plated service is our favorite style as it highlights our abilities and gives us the chance to refine our passion in it's purest form, fine dining, a chance for each guest to escape their lives and be waited on as their full attention is where it should be, on the meal, the ambiance, and the joining of two special people.”

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What were the hardships of venturing out on your own?

My biggest struggle is easy to name:  Finding the right people for the right projects. I think almost every small, service based business owner would agree, people are invaluable and in the end I would much rather have the perfect employee over the perfect client.

 

When not working on his business Doug makes every effort to be in nature.  He believes that all the fashion and dining trends are reverting back into a holistic and natural place that we all deep down know we belong to. 

Nature inspires him and as a hobby forages for food and medicine with his Holistic Nutritionist partner.  Also enjoy surfing, backpacking and anything that gets them out in the world and grateful for the air they breathe.



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“The past few years I became infatuated with catering and large events, and after climbing the corporate ladder in a couple companies, I realized that in order to create a company that went beyond guest experience into progressive community and global perspective, I would just have to do it myself.  I knew this challenge was biting off more than I could chew, but how do we ever learn from something we know we can do.” 


SalmonBerry Vanilla Bean Mousse Tartlettes

SalmonBerry Vanilla Bean Mousse Tartlettes

Pinocchiona Sausage, Spanish Blue Cheese, Whole Grain Mustard, Chicken Liver Pate, Homemade Leak Kraut Recipe, Tartufo Salami, Wisconsin 5 Year Cheddar, Coastal Salmon Berries + Wood Sorrel

Pinocchiona Sausage, Spanish Blue Cheese, Whole Grain Mustard, Chicken Liver Pate, Homemade Leak Kraut Recipe, Tartufo Salami, Wisconsin 5 Year Cheddar, Coastal Salmon Berries + Wood Sorrel

Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curd Crostini’s, Seadred Jamon Ibérico, Melted Raclette Cheese, Brined Sweet Peppers and Fermented Asparagus Heads.

Garlic Cheddar Cheese Curd Crostini’s, Seadred Jamon Ibérico, Melted Raclette Cheese, Brined Sweet Peppers and Fermented Asparagus Heads.

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Keep a look out for Niblack Events and they have to offer. Want more? Follow the journey or contact for more information.

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A Fall Wedding Inspiration to Live By.

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You may think now that Summer is over so is the time for Weddings. Well I am here to tell you, you are wrong! Fall can be the most beautiful time of the year to have your special day. The changing of the leaves along with a bit of mist in the air makes a beautiful setting for such an occasion.

Taking place at Tumwater Vineyard this inspirational setting will hopefully give you some thoughts about your own fall time wedding. This winery, located in West Linn, O.R.,  creates a warm and comfortable setting for your friends and family to gather. Along with the warm tones of Fall, we have added pops of Teal throughout our stylings to compliment the season and give a modern vibe.

 

Our invites bring a clean and stylized design, created by Letters & Dust, giving your guest all the information needed while staying in a modern and up to date style.

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I love these rings by VK Designs, a clean and classic style while allowing a bit of a distinction between you and your partner with keeping one matte and one polished. Their brand also only uses ethically sourced materials making them top on my list of go to’s.

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Our flowers by Gifford’s Weddings have an organic feel, along with the delicate tones flow nicely with our warm settings throughout

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Cocktail Hour, my favorite hour of the day. Even cooler is having the bar come to you. This mobile bar from Wandering Spirits PDX brings everything to you, including a bartender!

Having professionals taking the wheel makes it easy to hand over your signature cocktails along with other options of wine and even a beer tap. This adds an up to date and luxury feel to any event.

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Our table scape is where the colors really come together and for me it’s all about that gold! I love the accents of gold with our blues and greens making the tones very calming. Modern with a bit antiquity keeps our table dreamy and stylish on this vineyard location.

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Table stylings by As You Wish Events, along with table rentals by Country Garden Tables, are all about the details. Hiring a pro will help keep your main style focus on point and keep the day flowing.

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Let’s not forget about the dessert! I love me some sweets, so being able to choose from more than just cake allows room for a stylish variety. Mini desserts are all the rage, they allow you to have many treats without over doing it. These tasty bites by Trés Bella Cookies are more than that, they are beautifully hand crafted, while still accenting our modern cake.

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The cake, brought to you by Bees Custom Cakes, shows a modern watercolor feel using teal with accents of edible gold foil and florals bring a bit of the season onto our dessert table.

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Details are the little things that you and your guests will remember, so when wondering how to get the best out of your wedding day hire those who know what to do, allowing you to enjoy your day in style.

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If interested in learning more about everyone that brought this styled day together check out all the vendors involved below.

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Venue: Tumwater Vineyard : 375 SW Barrel House Way, West Linn, OR 97068

www.tumwatervineyard.com              Instagram             tumwatervineyard.com/Blog

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Event Designer: As You Wish Northwest asyouwish.wedding

Table Rentals: Country Garden Tables countrygardentables.com

Florals: Giffords Weddings giffordsweddings.com

Rings: VK Designs valkasinskas.com

Invites + Signage: Letters & Dust lettersanddust.com

Cake: Bees Custom Cakes beescustomcakes.com

Desserts: Tres Bella Cookies tresbellecookies.com

Mobile Bar: Wandering Spirits PDX wanderingspiritspdx.com