As editor of Bend Bridal Guide, I get to see a lot of fun things… This. Wedding. Is. Everything.
Weddings are about self expression, getting to do exactly what you and your partner want for a single day to say to the world “we’re here… and this is how we want to show it.”
I love adventures, and I love weddings, so the combination is such a delight to my eyes. This wedding is incredibly fun, whimsical, adventurous and beautiful. I hope you enjoy this one from Amanda Photographic.
Here’s a bit from Amanda:
Jessica + Aaron wanted something low-key and scenic for their ceremony to stay in line with their overall personalities and love of the outdoors. They invited Aaron’s brother and a few close friends to be witnesses and officiate – they spent the weekend cooking, playing games, and enjoying the fresh powder. I loved how personal they made everything, while still keeping it very simple, proving that meaningful is always better than basically anything else. Instead of rings they chose to tie a knot using two colors of climbing rope – because they’re the adventurous type – and picked a knot that each piece played an equal role in its formation and strength. They shared vows that focused on loving each other for who they are as individuals as well as supporting growth and deepening their relationship. Though I have to say that my favorite part was that everyone was wearing snowshoes or yaktrax, oh yeah AND that we celebrated with rootbeer floats at the local diner after the ceremony!!! …because that’s how we role in Central Oregon.
I just love it when a photographer documents those little details that tells the story of not just the day, but the couple. Clearly these two love hiking and mountain climbing!
Have you ever seen a bride with more pizzaz in your life? Cuz I haven’t.
From the bride and groom:
What was your favorite part of the day?
Jessica: My favorite part of the day was spending time with everyone and feeling an overwhelming sense of joy that was present in every moment. From cooking breakfast, to getting ready, to the drive over, the ceremony itself and the celebration after. It wasn’t stressful or rushed at all. We all just had time to be together and enjoy each others companionship.
These florals are a breath of fresh air in a wintery setting. So perfect.
Top that, ladies!
Fort Rock is so stunning, and it’s even better in the snow. I highly recommend this location for your next Oregon adventure!
Advice from the bride:
Keep things simple and personal. Once planning my wedding became about making it a special day for me and Aaron, and not worrying about the “norms” or what other people would like, I was able to relax and I actually was excited about the process. Hunting down each element of my wedding outfit, developing the knot-tying ceremony, and scouting the perfect location for our ceremony with Aaron were all fun parts of the pre-wedding process. It was kind of crazy how quickly the ceremony buzzed by, and thinking how much time and energy was put into crafting that 5 or 10 minutes of scripted behavior. Being surrounded by the right people in an inspiring place made it easy for the rest of the day unfold. And having [Amanda] there to help guide us through the day was invaluable so she could capture all the special moments that we’ll now have to remember forever in photos. That took a lot of planning and thought off of my plate.
About the author: Caitlin Gallivan-Gaertner is the editorial director for Bend Bridal Guide. She is a photographer, recent bride and Oregon native. She loves all things pretty, creative and meaningful.