Take a peek into our eye-catching bohemian elopement stylized session. Nestled away outside of Portland, Oregon lies Champoeg State Park at the bank of the Willamette River. This majestic getaway, amongst forests and fields was the setting for this color filled boho photo session.
Nothing was overlooked from large to small…A radiant bridal party, a brilliant balloon installation, a vintage VW bus, a hand-crafted candy buffet, delicately inscribed silverware and customized vow books were just some of the details from this gorgeous session.
Inspired by carefree spirit and love of the bohemian lifestyle, styled by Twigs & Twirls and captured by Sara Shearer Photography. So, escape from the city, go boho and enjoy the majestic nature and bold color in this gorgeous inspirational wedding shoot.
Our invitation suite featured feathers, feminine bohemian florals in shades fuchsia, plum, ivory and rose pink with gold medallion accents.
An olive tone 1971 Vintage VW transporter bus provided the unique canvas for a bright, and beautiful twenty-four-foot balloon installation which was mounted on the exterior of the bus. The interior of the bus was decorated with simple fringed tassels. On the rear of the bus hung an incredible floral presentation, just perfect for the couple’s final farewell. This breathtaking display of LOVE was created with larkspur, daisies, viking mums and fecust.
The custom hand-chalk lettered signage announced the happy couple as well as decorated the outdoor venue. Scattered amongst the field of wild grasses were rustic pallets and pillows in lieu of traditional tables and chairs.
The Bridal gown was a simple Suzanne Harward, the fabric tassels harmonious with our bohemian theme. Our gown was provided by Brides for a Cause, a local bridal store selling 2nd hand dress and dedicated to raising money for women-focused charities.
The bridal bouquet was a fanciful arrangement of blooms. Her bouquet was reminiscent of your grandmother’s garden entwined in paper ribbons of various lengths, showcasing tulips, roses, Korean spice viburnum (smells divine!), chocolate Queen Anne's lace, chartreuse bupleurum, deep plum trachelium, stock, ming fern and hosta leaves. Floral crowns were designed for the bride and her maids with a simple and youthful approach using daisies, feverfew and kalanchoe.
Our groom wore a hand-sewn bowtie in the showy floral pattern that matched the natural chemistry of this couple behind the lens.
Bride and Groom exchanged their “vows” read from these customized vow books with custom script lettering and hand-drawn floral illustrations.
Individually boxed tissue confetti for tossing was a perfect accompaniment for this casual yet spirited gathering.
Our candy buffet featured artisan handcrafted candies from various small batch candy confectionaries: Fudge specially delivered from Las Vegas in bright colors and unique flavors: watermelon, candy corn, cotton candy and bubblegum. Chocolate from local chocolatier using ethically sourced single origin Peruvian cacao beans.
Hand-rolled coconut marshmallows made locally. Custom lollipops with edible feathers from St. Louis, MO. Fruity “Dreams Come Chew” in tangerine, strawberry and cherry all made by hand in Portland using all natural extracts and colors only from fruits and vegetables.
Cake was served using a vintage cake server hand stamped with “eat drink and be married”. Bride and groom ate wedding cake with two keepsake forks inscribed “and they lived happily ever after” on metallic gold paper plates.
Polka-dot napkins tied with golden cord and adorned with feathers and gold tassels and coordinating polka dot candy bags added to the lovely detail of this beautiful day.
Photography: Sara Shearer www.sarashearer.com
Décor, Styling, Balloon Installation & Table Setting: Twigs &Twirls www.twigsandtwirls.com IG:@twigsandtwirlsllc FB: @twigsandtwirls
VW Photobus: The Photo Bus Portland https://www.thephotobusportland.com/
Florals and LOVE letters: Island Girl Floral Design www.islandgirlfloraldesign.com
Bridal Gown: Brides for A Cause http://bridesforacause.com
Invitation Suite & Signage Letters & Dust https://www.lettersanddust.com
Vow Books: Hello Charlotte Hill http://hellocharlottehill.com
Handstamped Vintage Forks and Cake Server: Pumpernickel and Wry https://www.etsy.com/shop/pumpernickelandwry
Bride & Bridal Party Hair: Patti Bradley http://www.motivehair.com
Bride & Bridal Party Makeup: Tami Haines www.facebook.com/beautyblueartistry
Groom’s Bowtie and Suspenders: Petite Peanut Boutique https://www.etsy.com/shop/petitepeanut
Lollipops: Never Forgotten Designs https://www.neverforgottendesigns.com
Bridal Party Attire and Accessories: Accessory Appeal www.accessoryappeal.com
Bridal Jewelry: Stella & Dot
Fudge: Julie's Fudge https://www.etsy.com/shop/juliesgourmetfudge
Marshmallows: Lil Miss Marshmallow www.lilmissmarshmallow.com
Chews: Quinn http://quincandy.com
Chocolate: Ranger Chocolate https://ranger-chocolate.myshopify.com
Behind the Scenes
Our styled elopement photoshoot came together in Spring 2017 after weeks of planning and organizing many details. We had so many supplies to bring, we had to rent a truck to haul it all. Tents for models to dress in, tents to keep us dry, a generator and food for the army of decorators! The day was a typical wet, windy and dreary Oregon day which made this session very challenging- fortunately balloons still look good while wet! Special thank you to our models Kelly and Christian for being amazing, our fab vendors (mentioned above), my team (Megan and Adrianna) and our superstar photographer, Sara.