From the Photographer:
I loved that Samanthia and Austin chose to have their ceremony outside even though it was winter time. Samanthia’s brother Lance Waltjen made the fire pit. The handmade benches were adorned with blankets for the guests that Samanthia and Austin then donated to the local homeless shelter.
Samanthia made custom hot chocolate for wedding favors. It is called The Golden Hot Cocoa . Made of spices from Savory Spice Shop in Bend, OR including dutch cocoa, turmeric, cinnamon essential oil, 2x pure Madagascar vanilla extract and evaporated cane juice.
The cakes are Lemon Meringue Cakes from Sparrow Bakery. “Four 6” layers of moist yellow cake filled with lemon-scented buttercream. Garnished with candied lemon peel.”
I loved that Samanthia didn’t wear a traditional wedding dress. She chose a below the knee retro dress with cowboy boots. The bridesmaids worse different color dresses that were very complimentary to each other and of course they all worse either a fur shawl or fur hand muff.
The early guests were greeted with coffee, hot chocolate and beignets.
From the Bride:
We wanted our day to be fun and lighthearted, a true celebration of love, all while acknowledging that marriage is a serious undertaking that requires the love and support of our community. For our winter outdoor ceremony, my brother welded a fire pit with our initials. We spoke our vows around it, and the ceremony concluded with everybody throwing kindling in the fire. They kept the fire going through the whole day. Our guests also participated in our ceremony by taking vows of support for us.
As morning people whose lives revolve around food, brunch was an obvious choice to make it authentically us and to keep it fun. Our guests were greeted with coffee, hot chocolate, and beignets under piles of powdered sugar. Chicken and waffles carried the slightly southern food theme, and instead of a traditional wedding cake we had several of our favorite lemon meringue cakes from a local bakery.
During the reception our guests visited our advice table. We had set up jars with questions like “What should we name our kids?”, “What is the best relationship advice you’ve ever received?” and “What should we do for date night?”. Apparently we should spend a lot of time making babies and name them after spices.
We put our personal touch on the wedding favors. Guests took home jars of Golden Hot Cocoa Mix, our custom blend of turmeric and cinnamon spiced cocoa. We wanted them to have something with which to warm up their winter, add a little bit of health and remember our day. Testing hot cocoa recipes for a month before was a delight, mixing and jarring it up with my mother and best friend was perfect and now I’m getting recipe requests.
It was the hard work of my friends that made it all come together. Rani MacNeal did the flowers. Rani flew out from Rhode Island and stayed up surely all night putting together succulent bouquets (she’ll never tell me how late she was up), and Jen worked by her side potting teacups of succulents. Not a single teacup was left, and I get to see them every time I go to a friends house now. Signage was all done by Stephanie Olson. Stephanie spent her time in Bend (en route from Wisconsin to Cameroon) putting her artistic touch on everything from the chalkboard signs to the advice table and card box.
Our inspiration came from within. The day was about our friends, our families, our lives that intertwine and support each other. We stuck to the things we love and turned over decision making whenever possible.
Venue and Catering – Five Pine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon
Cake – Sparrow Bakery in Bend, Oregon
Wedding Favors, hot chocolate spice mix – Savory Spice Shop, Bend, OR
Check back real soon for more pictures of this gorgeous outdoor ceremony in Sisters, OR at Five Pine Lodges.