Whimsical Oregon Wedding at The Water Oasis

Water Oasis Wedding

Waffles. Helicopters. Hula Hoops. Cigars.

What sounds like a Mad Libs word bank is actually the recipe for the Whimsical Oregon Wedding of madly-in-love couple, Adam & Michelle.

The Water Oasis in Newberg, Oregon was the perfect venue for their Whimsical Oregon Wedding and provided so many beautiful opportunities for the couple to express their personality through details meaningful to them.

Their love story began at a waffle cart, both strangers standing in line to buy waffles. Michelle went up to pay and realized she had forgotten to bring cash instead of a debit card. Adam kindly offered to pay for her waffle, and the rest is history. To commemorate the chance encounter that started their love story the couple incorporated a waffle unity into their ceremony.

The veil Michelle wore was from her grandmother, who also said a heartfelt speech at the reception. Michelle, being an avid hula-hoop dancer, showed off her hula-hooping talents on the dance floor with Adam after their first dance, and later in the night she did a light-up hula hoop dance under the stars! There were dozens of colorful hula hoops around for kids and adults alike to practice their own skills.

Relatives set-up an intimate cigar cabana at a covered outdoor hideaway at The Water Oasis offering the finest cigar selection for guests to enjoy amongst plush red wingback chairs and calm water views.

The grand finale of this Whimsical Oregon Wedding was the arrival of a private helicopter that landed on the grounds and whisked Adam and Michelle away to the airport for their honeymoon to Portugal!

Congratulations Adam and Michelle - wishing you both a lifetime of love, happiness, and waffles!

Photos featured in this blog were all taken by Marissa Solini serving as a second photographer for Katy Weaver Photography.

Main photographer: Katy Weaver

Second photographer: Marissa Solini 

Venue: The Water Oasis

Dress #1 for Ceremony: Brides for a Cause

Dress #2 for Reception: The White Dress

Menswear: Mens Wearhouse

Florist : Flowers and Stuff 

Officiant: Heidi Yorkshire

DJ: Michael Harrison

Caterer: Mississippi Delta BBQ 

Wedding Coordinator: Deni with The Water Oasis

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Oregon Forest Elopement - LGBT Wedding Photographer

The Tale of Two Loverjacks

Drift Creek Falls Styled Elopement

Romance. Rainfall. Ruggedly handsome men. Mix that all together for an epic Oregon Forest Elopement in the woods with two Loverjacks! The word “Loverjacks” is a word that real-life couple, Eduardo & Jeremy, penned after going to an Earth Ball party in 2017 at a Corvallis brewery, dressed up as lumberjacks.

When I think of how to explain Loverjacks, I think of Ed and I trimming our beards together, or our home construction projects, or cutting down our Christmas tree. We love doing all that PNW guy stuff with a romantic twist.
— Jeremy
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Once I heard the meaning behind “Loverjacks”, I knew it had to be the theme of the shoot. I connected with an ace team of vendors who each did their part to contribute to the overarching theme in support of this Oregon Forest Elopement for this same-sex couple. Drift Creek Falls Trail in Otis, Oregon provided the perfect backdrop - towering Douglas Firs amongst a mossy wonderland, a wooden suspension bridge that bounced under each step and made you feel a little braver after crossing it successfully, and an awe-inspiring waterfall - powerful and majestic all at once.

Poppies and Paisley Floral created two matching boutonnieres of her own interpretation of the theme - beautifully intertwining seeded calyptus, snow berries, dried magnolia buds, and pittosporum elements.

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Suits were borrowed from Oregon State University’s Theatre department and allowed us the freedom to mix and match jackets, shirts, and pants. The eclectic lumberjack-inspired look pulled together plaid patterns, dark blues, warm grays, and shades of brown that matched the suede elbow patch details on Eduardo’s jacket to the brown tweed fabric in Jeremy’s vintage jacket.

Paperjam Press customized one of their wedding stationery sets with the names of “Eduardo & Jeremy” including a special request to create blank vow cards with their initials. At the beginning of the shoot, I surprised the couple by handing them the blank vow cards with a pencil and asked them each to write a heartfelt letter about how much their partner means to them. When we got down to the waterfall, I had them read their letters aloud to each other.

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Just A Dash prepared a box of homemade fruit hand pies that the couple could not stop raving about. Since we had to hike 2 miles to our destination, we needed a dessert that the couple could celebrate with, but also something to survive the trek in. Instead of the traditional act of feeding your partner a bite of cake at the wedding - we decided to take a Loverjack twist and have Eduardo & Jeremy feed each other a hand pie, while standing in the center of a hollowed out tree trunk, in the pouring rain.

Okay, so the pouring rain wasn’t entirely planned, but in Oregon you start to learn how to work with the rain and welcome it as a friend on any adventure. Extra dry socks are a must though!

I hope seeing Eduardo & Jeremy’s Oregon Forest Elopement inspires you to make your special day your own and not be afraid to incorporate your personality, and adventurous spirit!

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P.S. This Oregon Forest Elopement Same Sex Styled shoot was recently featured in the Fall 2018 issue of Wedventure Mag! The magazine itself is high-quality, beautifully printed, and filled to the brim with inspiration for adventurous elopements and weddings in the Pacific Northwest! Here’s me smiling big with my feature! If you want to get a copy of the magazine yourself, you can order a copy on their website or find copies in Oregon locations of Market of Choice, Safeway, Walmart, Powell’s Books and Fred Meyer.

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