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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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

More Than Just Llamas

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I was so excited when I got a chance to visit these sweet animals at their home and see what goes into caring for such beautiful creatures. They are handled by a one family farm specializing in two different kinds of services. One aspect of what they do is to share their llamas & alpacas in a therapeutic and educational environment, being able to bring joy to nursing homes & special-need schools. The community took so much joy with the company of Rojo and his friends they started to offer celebration services with couples for weddings and families for birthdays. Either way, bringing happiness into the world and help sharie the beauty of llamas & alpacas wherever they go.

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It all began in 2006, when the family validated how exceptionally friendly and well behaved llama, Rojo was during an interaction with a child that had some disabilities while visiting the county fair. In 2007, they had Rojo certified in animal-assisted therapy and began growing the therapy herd in 2008. By 2011, these llamas were invited to their first wedding and several birthday parties. Because of how addicting llama love is, their reputation has been doubling or even tripling each year since.

 
 
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“Our core ideals is that, as a faith-based non-profit, we feel we have been given a gift from God in our exceptionally friendly animals to share as a gift with our community. Through our animals we can offer genuine human interactions with those ‘untouched’ in the elderly and special-need community. It is through spreading even more joy at weddings and birthdays that we can continue to reach as many people as possible in therapeutic and educational ways.”

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Soon this family hopes to offer farm visits and on-site one-on-one therapy interactions to reach even more people. As well as to offer certification courses allowing more therapy llamas and alpacas across the country to do what they do.

Helping others understand the low risks involved in inviting llamas and alpacas to their celebrations has been a major goal. When first sharing Rojo for therapy, they took a photo album to all the local nursing homes showing how wonderful their animals were, because no one was too keen on having a 400lb farm animal inside the facility.

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“I love hearing people's minds change about how they perceive llamas and alpacas. So many people assume llamas are just dingy farm animals that spit when encountered. In fact, many llama owners view their llamas as their pets just as you view your dog. Pet llamas, seen in parades and at fairs, when treated with respect, will be very sweet and gentle animals”

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As for future plans they would love to have more community-support through fundraisers and private donations. Right now they are primarily supported through entertainment-type events. The goal is to have less entertainment based events, allowing for even more therapy and educational ones.

There is always something to do in their industry, either working on animal outfits or organizing the farm to prepare for the public. When there is any free time, If not spending (a minimum of) 4 hours a day off the farm with an animal or catching up on emails, Shannon enjoys spending evenings off the farm playing board games or having a beer with friends to decompress.

 

“I would love to only share our animals Monday-Friday with nursing homes and schools with limited special events each year. It's financially unavailable to do that at this time, but that's where we are focusing to get to someday. But what we do is so truly incredible for the lives we get to touch that it's more than we expected when we started 10+ years ago that I couldn't ask for more.”

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It was so great to see the tremendous work it takes to care for such animals and to see a family that cares so much for them! If you want to learn more about Shannon Joy, and the family farm, you can check them out online and please follow their adventures through Social Media.

Keep your eyes peeled for the many news and wedding features that are continuously coming out!!

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