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Mar 02, 2016

Enchanting Forest Wedding in Portland, Oregon

These gorgeous Portland, Oregon nuptials on our wedding blog today are exactly how we would picture a bohemian Cinderella and her Prince Charming tying the knot. It is truly a fairytale wedding from the enchanting forest setting and lakeside vows to the whimsically dresses ladies in waiting and Cocker Spaniel ring bearer. The bride wore a beautifully unique lace gown accessorized by tied up sandals and a cascading veil too pretty for words. We’re swooning over the post-ceremony canoe ride for the newly wed couple, and the picturesque venue. This wedding had to have been a dream come true for more than just the bride and groom – i.e. us ;).

Sweetlife Photography sharesWith the wedding morning came beautiful misty Oregon rain which only added enchantment to the already perfectly bohemian day. Guests made their way to the ceremony site to the sounds of an Irish fiddle wafting through the trees. Flower girls danced their way down the aisle, followed by formally dressed groomsmen arm in arm with bohemian bridesmaids who each wore flower crowns made by the bride and unique gowns in neutral shades. The bride walked with her father, laughing and smiling all the way, so giddy she forgot her bouquet. The groom stood with his Uncle who was their officiant – they held it together and managed not to cry. The ceremony began, the rain stopped and the sun peeked through the clouds.

The bride and groom chose traditional vows and promised to love one another. They kissed, the crowd cheered and they happily walked down the aisle as a married couple with their wedding party to the tune of “Gypsy Rover.”

Family and friends gathered for dinner and drinks with their attention drawn to the bride and groom who were seated with the lake and surrounding forest as a backdrop. The couple felt so honored and overwhelmed to be surrounded by people they loved the most in this world. 

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They met at the gallery where she worked in New York. He was working on the installation of an upcoming Robert Rauschenberg exhibition and it was late October. She fell for his laughter, smile and love of family. He fell for her joy.

He proposed to her during a meteor shower in his Uncle’s backyard at a family reunion. They walked inside and announced their engagement – a conga line ensued, drinks were had, calls were made.

They decided to get married where she grew up in a forested area overlooking the Columbia Gorge outside of Portland, Oregon. Both being artistically inclined, they planned, designed and created most of the wedding details on their own.

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  • Heather

    LOVE her tie up sandals!

  • Rachel

    Love love love the bridesmaid dresses!

  • Sweetlife Photography

    Thanks so much for featuring our work and the amazing vendor team we got to work with on this gorgeous and oh-so-creative wedding! Julia & Brian are a beautiful couple and it’s so fun to see their love story featured 🙂 Thank you!

    • Of course! We are so so happy to feature you. This wedding has us sooo googly-eyed <3

  • Kelly

    This is beyond romantic!

  • JGH

    Thank you guys so much for sharing! This is wonderful 🙂

  • Sarah

    these pictures are soo incredible. everything is sooo dreamy

  • Gina

    This couple is too cute!!

  • Kelsey

    So stunning!

  • christine

    obsessed with her sandals!

  • Christie A., wedding lawyer

    Omg – this weekend is so beautiful! Love love it!

  • genoendicott

    Beautiful wedding. But being from OR, Enchanted Forest looks a little different…

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