I can’t think of a better way to start off 2019 than by attending Josh and Ashley’s snowy Mount Hood wedding. These two wanted the weekend to be a time where friends and family could escape into the forest, turn off their cell phones, and take a break from the holiday madness. And that’s exactly what we did!
Nestled at the base of the mountain, Mt Hood Kiwanis Camp is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding. We’ll join Cecilia Proskauer in the bridal suite for a sneak peak at the bride’s long sleeve lace dress from Lulus, Sorel boots perfect for the snow, and white floral crown she rocked throughout the day and all night long. We can’t blame her, she looked like a Hawaiian goddess!
Their first look was private, the only guest lucky enough to watch the magic was their excited husky pup. The woods had just the right amount of snow sprinkled about to make their pre-ceremony session something out of a wintery fairytale! After wandering the woods together, they joined their wedding party. Groomsmen wore heavy coats and kukui nut leis and the ladies mismatched in emerald, grey and champagne. Ashley gifted them each a shaw so that they’d be stylish and warm!
Josh made the entry the couple and their guests walked through to get to the ceremony space, tall wooden doors decorated with eucalyptus wreaths. Creating the aisle were wooden signs to match, each with a line from one of our favorite wedding day verses, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Their arbor, also built by Josh, was draped in greenery to match the mature trees that stood behind them. Talk about DIY winter wedding ceremony goals!
After they shared handwritten vows and the most epic first kiss, they joined their crew for drinks and appetizers before showing off their reception decor. Candles and twinkle lights lit up the dining hall. Each table had DIY eucalyptus runners and vintage gold candlesticks. A thank you note was laid on each place setting and a tasty wall of donuts had guests sneaking dessert for dinner was served (I’m guilty).
One of my favorite memories from the day was the surprise performance the groom had planned after their first dance. He grabbed the microphone and serenaded his wife with Fiji, Sweet Darlin’ while everyone cheered him on and Ashley bashfully participated. It was seriously the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen and such a great reminder to make sure you don’t go through your wedding day full of stress and seriousness!
Josh’s family made the most delicious Hawaiian buffet for dinner, and we all ate WAY too much before dancing the night away with shots of whiskey and a toasty fire pit to keep us warm. I couldn’t be more happy for these two and feel grateful to have been a part of their wedding day. Cheers to many years and more adventures together!