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

If you Love Wine you will Love Tumwater Vineyard...

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I have had the privilege of not only consuming their tasty wine, but have also attended events and created some gorgeous images at this beautiful vineyard location. Welcomed by the owner and their fabulous manager Pascale, with wine & a kind smile, how could I not love this place. Located on Pete's Mountain Road in West Linn, O.R. this close, yet peaceful, location creates a warm and comfortable space to gather with friends.

Their Barrel House, replicated after an authentic barn, was built using timber framed mortise and tenon joints. After careful planning professionals were brought in to asses what grapes would flourish, rows were plotted, the soil turned and stakes were set in place. All was left to do was wait!

 

The public had first access to the vineyard in July for the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams show, which lasted through August. Since then Tumwater Vineyards has won many awards and produced lots of delicious wine.

As a wine lover I had to ask Pascale what the best part of her job is and the variety of it all is what peaks her interest.

"It's never a dull day. It is such a variety of tasks, ordering, educating, marketing and of course the wines!!!!"

 

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A challenge for this secluded vineyard is just that, it being hidden a little too well. Bringing more awareness to the public is what Tumwater is currently focusing on.  Many locals are still finding this hidden gem and I hope to help with that by spreading the word.

 As for any future plans, they are working on increasing the amount of private events and to distribute their wines more locally. Let's not forget about getting a few more high scores from those wine critics.

 
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Styling: As you wish weddings & events // Tables: country garden tables //  Mobile Bar: Wandering Spirits

Styling: As you wish weddings & events // Tables: country garden tables //  Mobile Bar: Wandering Spirits

 

"It's so pretty and just a great place to hang out with friends, loved ones and enjoy a glass of wine."

We know wine is yummy to drink all year around but Summer is when this Barrel House really goes off! 23-acres of vineyard, a wine tasting room, trout pond and breathtaking Mt. Hood views, perfect for events, parties and just because you can.

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"Next year I plan on creating a fundraising event, a winemakers dinner and few other happenings as well."
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When not at the vineyard Pascale enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, exploring the nature of Oregon. We both hope you stop by for yourself to explore Tumwater VIneyards and what they have to offer.

Enjoy a flight of Tumwater wines, and of course all are available to enjoy by the glass.  They also offer a complimentary tastings for Wine Club Members and just created a second level in their wine club with 4 releases a year. Make the experience last, take some home and enjoy it anytime you want.

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

www.tumwatervineyard.com              Instagram             tumwatervineyard.com/Blog

I'm Back...

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For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Teresa Nuñez of Nuñez Photography. I shoot Weddings, Boudoir & Fashion, love to be a crazy cat lady and will eat anything chocolate. I took a small break from posting, honestly, just to catch up! 

While still getting settled into my new life rhythm and starting a photography business, in a new area, there was lots to do. Along with my own obsessive compulsions for everything to be done immediately I definitely created some of the chaos. So while catching up on editing, doing branding touch ups, getting new systems in place and just being a human, this past year or so has been full of transitions in my life & business mentally, physically and even spiritually.

It took much longer to settle in our new home than expected, next time I move states I will definitely be more prepared. Not just the time it takes physically but mentally too, I was on the same style of schedule for almost 8 years with working at the same bar and doing my photography when I could. It took a lot to undo this normalcy I once had and move it to something new & better. It took a year until we could even get the rest of our belongings shipped over and once it did, it was almost like moving all over again. The clutter and mess, as well as the anxiety that comes with it, the need to have everything finished overwhelmed me. But once everything was organized and set up, my life started to feel normal again. There are still odds and ends to always finish but how nice it it feels to be able to move on to other tasks and to give my business my full attention.

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After graduating college 7 years ago I wasn’t too concerned on starting a business it was more for the love of creating and finding my next inspiration. I assisted several great photographers, interned in photo studios, loved creating & shooting fashion concepts. Eventually it came the point where I wanted to really build my own business. The constant trial and error was frustrating, especially when a lot of my time was working at a bar to supplement my income. The money was good and gave me flexibility to peruse my own work, but the cost of living was high so most of my time was going into working to pay bills and help me financially with my photography.   

Moving was the next step in being able to build, the move alone was a lot, but worth it! Eventually it gave me more time not only for my business but for my life, to grow in health and spirituality.  All of it was connected and gave me the proper tools to figure out what the heck I was doing. My time became consumed again but in a positive way, I learned to love and appreciate my errors as they gave me strength. I was able to connected more with others (which is a whole other embarrassing post for me), to read & research and of course partake in the trial & sometimes error portion of it all. The more I learned and tried the more I loved it, even in frustration.

As people we should be transitioning often, always trying to better our self in ways only you can understand.  When things don’t work the first time reassess the situation and try another angle. I like to imagine myself boxing, bobbing and weaving, throwing punches but sometimes you just keep getting hit and have to readjust your approach. You may not win the fight but how and what you take from it will define your next step. We all have hardships, some more than others and we each go through these times to progress to the next faze. It really is about how you handle yourself in those dark or frustrating situations.

Regardless of who you are and where you come from there will be a struggles, I am thankful there was, without them it can be hard to be appreciative or grow. Maybe you don’t learn anything at all or created some of the issues for yourself, I have been their too. Some “lessons” took a couple times before I could hear past the fear to what my gut was trying to tell me.  Don’t let that fear hold you back, let it fuel you. Learn to listen to yourself, it’s not always easy deciphering through the negative thoughts to find what your inner self is trying to tell you. But please do, if its scary for you push though, all these things will help you not only for your business but in life.

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