With a super beautiful location at Eden Vale Winery, this coral and blush colored peony wedding has lots of great details that make this Oregon wedding a winner in our book!
Thanks to Laura Nelson Photography for sending it our way and to the bride for sharing her advice and favorite memories.
Colored Peony Wedding ~ Bride’s Comments
“Where to start?! We were so so happy with how everything turned out, our day was a dream come true! I’ve always loved homemade vintage things of any nature and beautiful details; things that look like they’ve been loved by someone for a very long time; things that look like whoever created them was very passionate about their work. The place where we were married is called the Voorhies Mansion and is one of the oldest estates in the Rogue Valley. It’s been kept in the Voorhies family and turned into an event venue/small winery/pear orchard. Pears are something that the Rogue Valley has been well known thanks to Harry & David. I really used the location as an inspiration for my theme. I wanted to keep it true to the nature of that place and also simple, so as not to take away from the natural beauty and history.”
Describe the theme of your wedding day
“I used a lot of vintage and rustic decor: rustic wood, white vintage lace, burlap and twine, old world skeleton keys, soft flowing fabric, fabric with vintage patterns, and vintage-like vases and milk glass. I also added pears to tie in the orchard aspect of the venue and coral charm peonies which are my absolute favorite flower. Another of my favorite things was the altar. I made the curtain that hung over a small vintage end table and sat a rustic picture frame with burlap, writing that said love is patient, a small vintage glass ring box, and our unity candles.”
What was your favorite part of the wedding?
“My favorite part of the day… Well, all of it!! I don’t know that I could pick any certain part, it was all just an amazing blur! There is one thing that I wasn’t really present, but I heard about it later. I have always been known to be late to EVERYthing. Well, seems our wedding day was no different! Maybe it was especially bad that day because I wanted to oversee every little detail. In my ambitiousness I forgot about myself and was late to my makeup appointment by half an hour. Therefore I got back to the venue at the time I should have been walking down the aisle, and I still had my hair to do and my dress to get on! Thirty minutes after I was supposed to be walking down the aisle my wonderful (and very funny) husband informed our guests, ‘If they knew me at all, being late was nothing new for me‘. He decided to have our DJ play Brad Paisley’s Waitin’ On A Woman. Everyone got a good laugh out of that, including me.”
Advice for Other Brides
“I think the most important thing I would say is don’t procrastinate if you plan to have a DIY wedding. Also, learn to delegate tasks to friends and family ahead of time for setup on the day. I spent so much time focusing on the preparation that I didn’t have much time to enjoy the day or the whole process of getting dressed. I really wished that I could have slowed down and relaxed more! I would say don’t expect to be able to do it ALL yourself. There are some things you’ll just have to buck up and pay to have someone else do for you. One last important little piece of advice for future brides: Etsy, Pinterest and wedding blogs (like this one) are your new best friend! Finally, there are always costs that you aren’t expecting that will come up, so have an emergency fund in your budget. You’ll be thankful when the cheaper flowers you were expecting are sold out and you have to order from somewhere that charges twice as much instead – like I had to!”
What type of flowers did you buy?
“I ordered my peony flowers from an online only wholesale company. I was very skeptical about getting my flowers this way, but they were the only ones who still had the flowers I wanted in a specific color. They arrived perfectly although they bloomed faster than I expected them to and they very happily replaced the unusable ones, no questions asked. So don’t be afraid of getting flowers this way, although they were more expensive than the local wholesale farm, they were far cheaper than buying through a florist.”
What wedding favors did you give your guests?
“One of my favorite details of the day had to be our wedding favors. We had three different favors for guests to choose from.
- First, I made adorable wine cork key chains that had a small skeleton key charm hanging from the end.
- Second, real pears from the orchard tied with a twine bow, of course!
- Third, (probably my favorite of the favors) were the small jars of pear jam. We bought two very large cases of royal riviera pears, which we are famous for, from the orchard. My grandmother, who walked me down the aisle, made pear jam – she is famous in our family for pear jam. Then we had tiny custom tags made with a small green pear above script that read (Gramma’s perfect pair jam) with our initials and the date of our wedding below. They were finished off with pretty vintage lace and the tag tied on with a twine bow. They turned out perfect and were a huge hit!
We also served an alcoholic pear cider made by Wyder’s as our toasting drink and had a pear cream filled cake as our main wedding cake flavor.”
Photographer: Laura Nelson Photography
Venue: Eden Valley Orchards/Eden Vale Winery, Voorhies Mansion - Medford, OR
Flowers: Fifty Flowers
Dress Designer: Casablanca
Dress Retailer: Ania Collection – Portland, OR
Invitations: Wood Chick Studios
Freeze Dried Peony Petals (used in the aisle): Flyboy Naturals
DJ/Catering – Tommy & Mary O’Brien – O’Brien’s Productions
Wedding Cake: Larry’s – Ashland, OR