A Bohemian Wedding in Oregon

Image from Once Wed.

One of my purposes in creating this blog is to helpfully arrange bohemian-style weddings. So it is great when, in my everyday Internet searching, I find a real wedding that fits the bill.

This wedding in Portland, Oregon is so spot on it is wonderful. The perfect mixture of casual simplicity with eclectic elegance. I love the feathered necklace and earrings with the texture & airy dress. The setting is straight out of a nymph fairytale with the coastal fog rolling in, the wildflowers in full bloom and love in the air.

For more images stop by the sites Frolic or Once Wed.

Intimate Seaside Decor

I love this cottage seaside decor from Pacific Weddings–it really gets me thinking about the beach! Catalina IS on an island after all!

I am moving on to thinking about more than just the wedding reception decor–which means two things: Friday’s rehearsal dinner and Sunday’s brunch. For both I would like to have a little bit of beach vibe incorporated. Something people would imagine for an island wedding since my reception isn’t beach at all!

For the rehearsal dinner I am thinking we will have a BBQ on the beach. This could go a few different ways–classic all-American picnic at the beach (think red and white checkered tablecloths), soft and intimate seaside decor (starfish, shells and lots of blue), or Pacific Luau kitsch (think Tiki Club, lei’s and mai tai’s).

For the brunch I would like to use lots of retro tissue paper–pom poms, wedding bells, garlands! I am thinking aqua blue & white. I am hoping this will be more of an at home buffet so it will be really relaxed.

Image from Pacific Weddings Blog

A Wedding I Love

Image from JL Designs.

Check out this Malibu wedding that is everything I love: relaxed, airy, simple, unexpected.

And when I say “simple” it is not because it is uncomplicated. “Simple” because nothing is overworked. It looks effortless. And the best things always look simple. It is like looking at a beautiful piece of architecture. You don’t want to see the steal and beams, you want to see a structure rising above all others, effortlessly in space.

Image from Style Me Pretty.

Style Me Pretty calls it “Malibu Wedding With Style”. I love their style. Especially the flowers. Orchids floating delicately, succulents reaching upward, branches crawling. It all feels very organic, all three components mimicking each other. Yin and yang.

Beach vs. Garden Wedding

Ocean Overlook at Summit Point. Photo from Catalina Weddings & Events.

When you think of getting married on an island, it seems almost a stupid question: “will you be getting married on the beach then?” I field these questions all the time from my friends and family. In my case it isn’t stupid at all. We will not!

My fiance, Mr. Cali Girl, was pretty vocal that he didn’t want to have a beach wedding. He had done it time and time before. He loved those beach weddings but he posed the question to me: “Is there any place else where we can have a relaxed wedding?”

Wrigley Botanical Garden. Image from Golden Treatment.

I took to the internet and researched as I know best!

I came up with two ideas:

1.) We can wed on the bluffs 1,000 feet above the ocean. The best place out of the venues available through the Catalina Conservancy, in my mind, is The Ocean Overlook at Summit Point.

THE PROS: It would be a majestic view. The trees, ocean, and rolling hills would be the background–how beautiful would that be! It wouldn’t be beachy–but it would have a beach view. The terrain at Catalina is pretty dry so it would feel more like we were getting married on a ranch. We could roll with more of a rustic decor to suit the space.

THE CONS: Because it would be 10 mins out of town we would need to arrange for transportation, which means an added cost. There are no facilities so we would need to rent port-a-potties, which means an extra cost.

2.) We can get married at the Catalina Botanical Garden.

THE PROS: We would have all the decor necessary for a garden wedding. The plant species at the Botanical Garden are indigenous and often rare giving a great eclectic feeling to the site .

THE CONS: Just like the Bluffs we would need to secure this location and the reception site, meaning two deposits. But it does have bathrooms!

We decided to go with option #2 and embrace the garden ceremony. There is a succulent garden there, and I thought that it would be fun to use succulents as table flowers at the reception site. I had a plan!