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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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

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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

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