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Looking for an intimate elopement in Oregon? You cannot beat the views on a sun-filled day on the Oregon Coast - and Meena lodge adds an elevated luxury experience for your closest family and friends. When Elise with Keen Events reached out to me about this styled elopement, at first I was hesitant—creating coastal or beach themed invitation suites and signage without feeling "cheesy" is something I struggle to find balance with. Initially, I started just with the color palette, until Elise shared a layered menu inspiration photo with me and my immediate thought was "I am going to do this, but make it an oyster". I have seen such amazing designs in recent years from Stationers using embossed oysters in invites or day of goods and they add a modern touch, while also remaining true to the environment around the venue. I opted for the more simple outline of an oyster, to keep the reference subtle, and I am so pleased with how they turned out! The oyster shape was also carried over to the RSVP card, while keeping the rest of the suite more simple and modern.

Working with an amazing team on this day created some real magic—the florals were simple, but elegant and organic, and the couple was the absolute picture of romance (and yes, they are a real couple)! Seeing the photos from the beach ceremony setup made me honor how beautiful the Oregon Coast can be, and how special it is to live in the PNW.

Enjoy some more of these gorgeous photos, and be sure to follow this killer team:

planning & design team: @keenevents x @amandajeanpdxevents

photography: @meganvandoranphoto

venue: @meenalodge

florals: @kristineaejin

beauty: @kellithomsen

pavlova: @hereforthecakes

local treats: @olympiaprovisions @teabar @jacobsensaltco

stationery: @lettersanddust

attire: @revolve

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This was one of the most stand-out, unique weddings from 2022—every detail was so intentional and thought out and brought an amazing event together seamlessly! When Christina originally reached out to me, she described her vision as "classic but also heavy boho", from there, I would say it evolved to have almost funky and very one-of-a-kind vibes including signs illustrating their ceremony rituals such as the San San Kudo, and Tea Ceremony.

Opting for unique shapes and colors, really made this wedding feel different - in the most fun and personal way possible. This is the biggest reminder that your wedding should be 100% about you and your partner as a couple; choose the traditions you love, leave the ones you don't, and make your own! We also need to take a minute to thank the couple for even including a "vendor team" sign, listing out all the individuals and companies that made their wedding day so special. As a vendor, this is when you know you found YOUR client - so much love to Andrew and Christina for this!

These signs had some of the most challenging details I have ever hand-painted on acrylic - especially being from customs and traditions I am not familiar with. Working with Christina was a joy in that everything was extremely detailed so I knew what to include for each ritual, and of course their beloved pup! I have oddly had many Shiba Inu's included on signs the past couple of years, they are so stunning to illustrate.

The other piece that really made this wedding so special was working with a killer team. Morgan Harris of Morgan Harris Events was very much involved in the creation of the look and feel of the signage as well as problem-solving in terms of having so many statement signs in a relatively intimate venue space. The whole team really brought their A-game, and Allison Harp captured everything beautifully!

Venue: @blockhousepdx AND @pomariusnursery

Catering: @cravecatering

Photography: @allisonharp

Planner: @weddingplannermorgan 

Floral: @wildflower_portland

Officiant: @rootedandwildpdx

Rentals: @partyplacepdx

Signage: @lettersandust

MUAH: @kaylanicolebeauty

Dessert: @dreamcakespdx @1927smores

Bride: @stinaogle

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My son has been planet-obsessed from about the time he could speak. He knows them all in order, and even the dwarf it was a no0brainer that his second birthday needed to be outer space/planet themed. We had a larger party planned, but thanks to cold and flu season it turned into a more intimate celebration, but we still went all out on the decor and the kiddos loved it!

I ordered the majority of the decor on Amazon-which you can shop here to find. One thing I like to do is order multiple balloon garland sets, and then let my friend Amy, with Johnston Style, work with them to make something more unique and trendy. Amy completely outdid herself with the welcome balloon display! I used some of my own backdrop inventory for the welcome display and the favor station and then added planets everywhere.

We also had the pleasure of Liz with Sugar Geek Show making the most delicious and awesome planet cake I have ever seen! Truly out of this world, and every kiddo wanted to try to eat a planet...we brushed teeth many times that evening, haha! We weren't able to get professional photos but everything turned out amazing.

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