This pretty Great Gatsby inspired wedding shoot is the perfect way to ease you into the long weekend. I don’t really feature styled wedding shoots on the blog much any more (because, let’s face it, real weddings are usually way better!) but I loved the use of colour and the elegant, yet totally reproducible, details in this one so much.
Shot in Portland, Oregon, by a team of local suppliers, wedding photographer Meredith Bacon told me all about it. “This intimate scene is set on a quaint and lush forest in Portland. Crystals drip from the branches of evergreen and deciduous trees at a romantic alter, lavish flowers and candelabra decorate the 20s lounge-style reception.”
Mike and Ashley spent just $1200 on their amazing wedding. To do this, they forgot about anything traditional, instead opting to say ‘I do’ at their favourite place in their hometown of Portland – Voodoo Doughnut! Cat Daddy, the owner, even officiated the ceremony!
Of course they had doughnuts instead of a wedding cake. They had a large one with ‘forever’ on it, and even ones shaped like a bride and groom. “Our wedding was a celebration of us”, wrote Ashley. “We added as much personal detail as possible. I wore jewellery from both my grandmothers, our dog Lola was there and Mike wore a special slap bracelet I had bought him the year before that said WINNER. Our flowers were also so much more special because they were a handmade gift to us from a close family friend, and we were lucky to get married in a special place in our favorite city.”
“We chose Voodoo Doughnuts as our wedding location because when we first met and fell in love, we would go there every Sunday night at midnight and have a date”, she continued. “The location was another part of our wedding telling our story, and if it seems quirky or alternative, it’s probably because we are!”
“We had originally planned a larger, more traditional ceremony, but that ended up not working out”, she continued. “Once we decided to shift gears to a small ceremony, we ended up planning our wedding in about a month, and we kept it secret from most people (the morning we got married, less than 20 people knew it was happening). An hour before the ceremony, we sent a message to our close friends letting them know what we were doing, and a few hours after we put on Facebook that we’d eloped. The outpouring of love and support we received from people was the perfect cherry on top to an amazing day.”
Wedding photographer Morgan Wade had been dreaming of a bridal shoot in an overgrown forest for ages. Eventually she plucked up the courage to just go out and shoot it, and she brought an amazing team along with her. “My initial goal was to create a sort of anti-editorial; something that would appeal to a wilder kind of woman”, she wrote. “A bride who wanted to sidestep all the pretty stuff and just go for raw. I knew it wouldn’t be for everyone, and that’s okay. Somewhere out there are women who have to hold back the urge to howl at the moon; those are my brides.”
Alongside Claire of Poppystone Floral Couture, she sourced local props and décor items. “Claire had pulled together a beautiful scene and sourced everything locally”, she continued. “We purchased the gowns on eBay; beautiful vintage pieces that made us (and the models!) squeal and do happy dances. Our hair and make up artist, Jennifer Wriston, wove olive leaves, flowers, branches, feathers and pops of bright color into the models’ hair.”