In June of 2017, Karra Leigh Photo wrote me saying "I want to work together" and I said, "Um... hell yes". So we decided to rock an elopement giveaway together. Photos by her, all styling and design by me and couple chosen by the two of us. After careful deliberation, we chose Alli and Mike - the sweetest couple living in Bend, wanting a small, intimate ceremony that would highlight nothing but their love... and a couple colors of our choosing.
After meeting with Alli and Mike, we will THRILLED. They were totally on board with all the styling we wanted to do and they told us about the cutest cabin they were looking at in Mt. Hood National Forest. I couldn't wait to get started.
After being together for nine years, Alli and Mike wanted their Mt. Hood elopement to feel intimate and personal without losing sight of the meaning behind their commitment. Their easy-going nuptials took place in an Airbnb on the zigzag river deep in the national forest’s mountains. The moody and romantic color palette was inspired by the blush underlay of Alli’s BHLDN wedding gown and shades of wine – merlot, cabernet, and rosé. Their adorable French bulldog, Tank, matched the Mike's blush pocket square with his tiny bowtie.
After meeting my Johnny, Alli and Mike decided it would be perfect to have him officiate them as we all got along so well and it would just add to the casual feel of everything. And might I say, he did an amazing job as their officiant... they were laughing the whole time!
I decided to do all the florals myself to, again, keep things as small and intimate as possible. Plus... let's be real - I love flowers.
We made a copper teepee-shaped arbor and draped it in blush florals. I made a large, wild bouquet with all different shades of blush and also added tiny fresh flowers to Alli's flowy half-up do.
Lastly, we were so excited about this one... we created the ultimate ‘elopement picnic’ – an elegant charcuterie feast on a spread of pale-pink rugs, throws and pillows that I picked out and bought myself because... I can never use enough pink pillows and rugs.
This day was incredible. And really made me so stoked to style and plan more and more elopements. I think couples sometimes think of an elopement and think it can only be them two, by themselves with nothing else. I like to remind them ... they can still have a dinner and a beautiful set up with florals and candles and charcuterie spreads.
Karra Leigh Photography captured this day brilliantly and I will be obsessing over these pictures forever.
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