Ashley and Steven were blessed with mild temps and blue sky for their wedding at Sunriver Resort. Both Ashley and Steven marvel at the outdoors, especially during wintertime. After seeing the Great Hall in person they decided it was no brainer, and that their life together should begin with a long trip to the snowy cascades.  

For Ashley, every part of the day was her favorite. She said, “Everything about it was just so incredible and each smaller part had its own place within the whole day. From getting ready with the girls and my mom and Steve’s mom to our first look, to stand up at the fireplace making my promises and exchanging wedding vows with Steve during our ceremony. The reception was everything. Ending the night with all of our friends and family singing “Coming Home (Oregon)” by Matt Kearney at the top of our lungs to close off the night.” Steven said, “their first dance all the way through the final song the DJ FlipFlop Sounds played was magical, especially with so many people who traveled across the state, country, and world simply to witness our wedding. And how often does the officiant get up on stage at the reception and karaoke “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks?!”

With the decor Ashley and Steven wanted to play off the natural beauty of the Great Hall in Sunriver using natural colors and live greens. Summer Robbins knocked it out of the park. Being a winter wedding it was important to them that the floral arrangements didn’t make the wedding feel like it was an indoor wedding in the summer, while also not looking too much like a big Christmas party. Everything from the garlin on the fireplace mantle down to the boutonnieres were expertly done. 

We couldn’t have been more on the same page with photography style. They told us they chose us “because of your ability to capture the energy in a photograph. After meeting over video chat it was important for us to have photos to look back on that told the story of our wedding. Your experience with winter weddings was also a big part of why we reached out to you in the first place. We love how you embrace the couple and really try and get to know them and their people in order to capture their story in a way that is unique to them.”

Ashley and Steven have some great advice for future couples getting married. “Planning a wedding can be very stressful. Anxiety can exponentially build about a month before the wedding. Thinking ‘we can take care of that later’ suddenly finds its way back around and you cannot procrastinate. Our advice would be to not let these things get in the way of how you feel towards one another. We had been told that a wedding is the most fun you never want to have again. But, to be honest, our wedding was so special that we would certainly go through all of it again to be able to repeat the day and that we experienced. It’s important to block out any distractions that come on the day of the wedding. If something isn’t perfect, oh well. The time has come and the best way to stay focused is to simply remind yourself of why you two are here, and that is for each other. Step back, take a deep breath, and remember that all of the planning and everyone’s attendance all happened because of you and your partner.  And in the end, it’s about making your vows to each other and the rest is just the fun that comes along with it.

If we had to give a tip, plan your rehearsal two nights before your wedding! We did that, and it worked out so well, it was incredibly nice to have a day in between to relax and recover!

 

Photographers: Jos & Tree | Venue: Sunriver Resort
Dress – Essence of Australia (from Ania Bridal in PDX)
Florist – Summer Robbins | DJ – FlipFlop Sounds
Suits – Men’s Wearhouse

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