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Real Wedding: Rebecca and Chris

Maggie

I am extremely honored today to share with you the wedding of an old coworker and friend, Rebecca, to her sweetheart, Chris last summer. There are a lot of pictures, but you don't want to miss any of the beautiful, creative, and meaningful details at this wedding. The ceremony and reception were held at the Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon and both are absolutely breathtaking. All photos by the extremely talented Washington photographer Christy Pelland of C.Pelland Photography (who doesn't realize yet that she will be shooting my wedding in a few years if I have anything to say about it!).

The groom, a ceramic artist, made ceramic watercan centerpieces for the 13 tables. They were filled with blooms and given to honored guests at the end of the night.

Rebecca's father, Jay Stewart, is also a potter. He made this Native American wedding vase for the ceremony. Rebecca's family has Native American heritage and the couple chose to honor that in the ceremony.

Rebecca's aunt designed and created the bouquets and boutonnieres. Teddy Bear Sunflowers were used because Chris has always surprised Rebecca with them through their relationship.

Rebecca designed and made fans as the programs. A love poem was on one side, and the other had a list of the attendants.

They opted to do a "first look". Chris's reaction to his lovely bride was priceless.

Custom jewelry was designed by local artist Ada Rosman for Rebecca. Ada worked with Rebecca to design pieces that would reflect Rebecca's family history and heritage. Her Irish roots were showcased in the claddough that Ada designed.

The couple wanted to honor their parents and grandparents in a special way. They framed and displayed the engagement or wedding photos of their parents and both sets of grandparents.

See more photos from this beautiful wedding after the jump. Trust me, you don't want to miss these!

Rebecca's mother made the ringbearer's pillow using her grandmother's handkerchief.

The bride designed and made a folding guestbook using photos from their engagement session (also by Christy Pelland)

Rebecca made these bracelets and matching earrings for each of her bridesmaids that coordinated with their dresses. She and her mother also made them matching clutch purses.

Rebecca's sister-in-law made the beautiful white cake with lemon curd and buttercream frosting using all organic and local materials. The quilt behind the cake table was a gift from a close family friend and featured squares from close friends and family. The quilt was presented to the couple at the rehearsal dinner and then displayed at the wedding.

The father of the bride also made these ceramic love birds to sit on top of the cake.

Rebecca's father also made the couple a dinnerware set and they used the plates and cups as their place-setting at the wedding.

The couple wanted to honor two family members and had chocolates made from Bruce's Candy Kitchen in the bride's hometown of Cannon Beach, Oregon. The favors had the inscription "For our Fallen Stars and the sweet memories we have".

Each guest was sent home with a handmade cup by Chris. The lettering on the cards was done by Day-Of coordinator, Jaclyn Aldrich.

Rebecca changed her ribbons throughout the night to match the colors of her bridesmaids.

Rebecca, thank you so much for sharing your touching and beautiful day with us!

All photos by C.Pelland Photography.