Portland Wedding with Minimal Stress

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Ray and Tah-Lia wanted their wedding to be as casual and laid back as possible. So they took a long time to organise the day (two years!) and made decisions that kept things simple.

“We love vintage clothing and really vintage everything and we wanted to have a fun wedding with minimal stress”, said the bride. “We also share a love for music so having a live band was a must, and we wanted a lively band that would get people dancing!”

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“We organised everything ourselves! We bought the cake and wines from the grocery store (which saved us money) and bought a keg from Deschutes Brewery. We also had a friend do a fun photo booth during the reception for our guests to take pictures. We let our bridal party pick what they wanted to wear (as long as it was black) and tried to keep everything as simple as possible.”

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To save money, they just hired their professional photographer to cover the ceremony. “We got married outside on the patio of our venue in Portland. We were expecting rain so we had originally planned to have the ceremony inside, but luckily for us the weather was really nice and we were able to do it outside. The bridesmaids, flower girl and bride walked down the aisle to Ride by Lana Del Rey and that was the only music during the ceremony. Our good friend married us and he wrote original vows for us. We kept it short and sweet and of course sealed the deal with a kiss!”

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“The best thing about planning the wedding was  that we did it together and kept it simple. We just wanted to throw a fun party for our closest friends and family and we had a fantastic time!”

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13 comments

  1. DeeDee Lynn

    Beautiful bridal bouquet and am wondering if you kept it to dry in silica gel or as pressed flowers?? Also love your gown and excellent photos of you on the staircase with train cascading down such awesome photos!! Best Wishes to you!!

  2. Loved the simplicity it always attracts me. Amazingly beautiful pictures:) Thanks a lot for sharing them.

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