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Bright & Bohemian Elopement

boho balloon bus

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.

 custom vow books

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.

 bride and groom with lollipops

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.

boho session

Our invitation suite featured feathers, feminine bohemian florals in shades fuchsia, plum, ivory and rose pink with gold medallion accents.

boho floral invitations

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.

love floral letters

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.

chalkboard sign

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.

 bride and groom on bus 

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.

bride with bouquet and flower crown

Our groom wore a hand-sewn bowtie in the showy floral pattern that matched the natural chemistry of this couple behind the lens.

floral bowtie

Bride and Groom exchanged their “vows” read from these customized vow books with custom script lettering and hand-drawn floral illustrations.

vow books

Individually boxed tissue confetti for tossing was a perfect accompaniment for this casual yet spirited gathering.


throwing confetti

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.

boho candy buffet

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.

candy buffet 

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. 

cake and forks on gold plate

pallet picnic\

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.

gold polka treat bags


Vendor List:

Photography: Sara Shearer

Décor, Styling, Balloon Installation & Table Setting: Twigs &Twirls IG:@twigsandtwirlsllc FB: @twigsandtwirls

VW Photobus: The Photo Bus Portland

Florals and LOVE letters: Island Girl Floral Design

Bridal Gown: Brides for A Cause 

Invitation Suite & Signage Letters & Dust

Vow Books: Hello Charlotte Hill 

Handstamped Vintage Forks and Cake Server: Pumpernickel and Wry

Bride & Bridal Party Hair: Patti Bradley

Bride & Bridal Party Makeup: Tami Haines

Groom’s Bowtie and Suspenders: Petite Peanut Boutique

Lollipops: Never Forgotten Designs 

Bridal Party Attire and Accessories: Accessory Appeal

Bridal Jewelry: Stella & Dot

Fudge: Julie's Fudge 

Marshmallows:  Lil Miss Marshmallow 

Chews: Quinn 

Chocolate: Ranger Chocolate

Behind the Scenes 

 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.



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