A super beautiful location, coral and blush colored peonies, and lots of great details 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.
From Alysia: Where to start?! We were soo so happy with how everything turned out really.. 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 (which pears are something that our valley has been known very well for thanks to Harry & David). So really I 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 it’s natural beauty and history.
All that being said, this is what I came up with. I used rustic wood, white vintage lace, burlap and twine, old world skeleton keys, soft flowing fabric and fabric with vintage patterns and vintage-like vases and milk glass. I also added into that theme pears to tie in the orchard aspect of the venue and coral charm peonies which are my absolute favorite flower of all time. Another of my favorite things about that day was the altar.. I made the curtain that hung over a small vintage end table and had sitting on it a rustic picture frame with burlap in it and writing that said “love is patient”, a small vintage glass ring box and our unity candles.
My favorite part of the day.. hmm. Well, all of it!! Haha I don’t know that I could pick any certain part out, it was all just a blur of amazingness! Oh wait… there is one thing, I wasn’t really there for it but I heard about it later. I have always been known to be late.. to EVERYthing lol. Well, seems our wedding day was no different! Maybe it was especially worse that day because I wanted to oversee every little detail so everything would be perfect. In my ambitiousness I forgot about myself and was late to my makeup appointment by half an hour and therefore I got back to the venue at the time I should have been walking down the aisle and 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 that “If they knew me at all, being late was nothing new for me” and decided to have our DJ play Brad Paisley’s ”Waitin’ On A Woman”. Everyone got a good laugh out of that, including me.
Lastly, advice… oh so much of that… I think the most important thing I would say is don’t procrastinate if you plan to have a DIY wedding and learn to delegate tasks to friends and family AHEAD of time for the setting up on the day of. 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 and all that. I really wished that I could have slowed down and relaxed more! Also 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!! Oh! and there are always costs that you aren’t expecting that will come up, so have an emergency fund accounted for in your budget. You’ll be thankful for it when the cheaper flowers you were expecting to go with are sold out and you have to order them from somewhere that charges twice as much instead like I had to!
Speaking of flowers… I ordered mine offline 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 I WAS going to get them from, they were still far cheaper than buying through a florist.
One of my favorite details of the day had to be our wedding favors.. we had three different things for guests to choose from. First were these adorable wine cork key chains I made that had a small skeleton key charm hanging from the end. Second were actual pears from the orchard tied with a twine bow of course! Last and probably my favorite of the favors were the small jars of pear jam. We bought two ginormous cases of the royal riviera pears we are famous for from the orchard and my grandmother, who walked me down the aisle, made pear jam from them, which she is famous in our family for. Then we had these tiny little custom tags made that had a small green pear above some script that read (Gramma’s perfect “pair” jam) with our initials “A + M” and the date of our wedding below that. They were finished off with some pretty vintage lace over the top 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