For those of you who know me, you know I’m big believer in community over competition. One of my favorite things about the Portland wedding scene is how the vast majority of vendors appreciate and support one another in their businesses. Whether it be through trades, referrals, and leads – we all work together with one vision in mind: creating the best experience for our clients. This past fall I was asked to collaborate along with other vendors to create a romantic Elopement inspired shoot – used to showcase the work of local florists, jewelry makers, cake decorators and dress designers. The kicker? All businesses that participated in this shoot were mom owned! I was able to generate content for these vendors to use in advertising, and in turn have more content for my clients to view. Win/win!
Given the amount of work that went into this shoot I felt it deserved its own blog post – highlighting the amazing people I get to work with everyday, and giving you an insight to other vendors that you may still be shopping for.
It was Amanda Jones with @Naturenymphcreations who reached out to me first – Amanda is an event stylist and planner in PDX and she has such an amazing ability to see a vision and bring it to life. Her laid back approach makes her incredibly easy to work with, and she shares the passion for supporting mom owned business. Her passion and career path stemmed from years spent as a florist, who saw opportunities for florals to be used in bigger and better ways. She was creating the content – and found herself tweaking others visions so they could be executed in ways to show off the details more fully. Right from the get go she presented me with ideas, mood boards, and already had the perfect location scouted.
The shoot took place at an Airbnb in Yacolt, WA. I have never seen a yurt in person before, and this location did not disappoint! Situated on a plot of land behind the owners farm, this yurt is complete with a wood burning stove, an outdoor tub, a sauna, outdoor fire pit, and amazing views. This private and relaxing location would be perfect for an anniversary getaway – check out their listing here.
We arrived, and Shelby and Dylan got ready on location. Shelby's hair and make up were done by Jovana Combs. If you're still in the market for a hair and make up artist for your big day, check out her instagram! Her make up style is natural, timeless and elegant. It was perfect for this low key elopement shoot.
I want to talk about these florals for a minute – HEADS UP to any brides who are still indecisive about what to do for day of flowers. These bouquets and floral accents and were made OUT OF WOOD. If I had known that this was a possibility of my wedding day, I would have 100% gone this route. They are elegant, add texture, and best of all – they last forever. The dilemma has always been fresh vs fake. Trying to figure out how to preserve them after the big day – vs not wanting to look ‘cheap.’ The wood itself feels paper thin – and they are shaped beautifully. To see more of her work go check out Emily Ostreyko-Hart, the florist at Wanderlust Wood Flowers.
This isn't my first time work with Kiara Boughner - Jewelry Artist at Wade and Willow Jewelry, and wont be my last! Her handmade high quality jewelry work is perfect for both weddings and everyday wear. She provide both the earrings and ring for this shoot. I absolutely love unique rings like this – they add such character and interest!
It was also my second time working with Alyssa Watkins, her custom stationary really adds to the final details of any event. Check out more of her work on instagram!
Shelby was such a trooper while we trekked through the open field, dodging large rain drops at one point. (Hey, it’s too be expected in the Pacific North West!) It was well worth it as we grabbed some amazing portraits to highlight the wedding dress from A&Be Bridal in Portland.
Any Van Gogh fans out there? I was drooling over this Starry Night inspired cake. It was a simple cake that made a bold statement with great pops of color. Cake courtesy of Alison Simon: check her out on Instagram here!
Congratulations on your engagement Shelby and Dylan! I hope modeling for this elopement shoot has given some of you own ideas for you big day!
What other mom owned businesses do you love? Drop them in the comments below!