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Miyako and Brian married in the woodland area of Ron’s Pond in Oregon, decorating the wilderness with balloons, lightbulbs festooning the trees, and paper lanterns. It looks just magical. And there were beautiful rainbow colours in the various bottles and vases on the tables, not to mention the pom pom-edged tablecloths! The details in this wedding are beautiful, and, more importantly, meaningful to the couple. This wedding is serene and full of love.


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The Story of the Wedding

Brian and Miyako were married at Ron’s Pond, a beautiful little venue nestled in the countryside of Monmouth, Oregon. In addition to the pond, the 17-acre property boasts large trees, beautiful plants and flowers, and little nooks and crannies throughout the walking trails. Being an outdoorsy couple, this venue was perfect for them. Their day was filled with earthy details and included a lot of local businesses (it’s how we roll here in Oregon).

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Miyako wore a retro dress by Mon Cheri, which she picked up at a little shop in McMinnville, Oregon, called Grandma’s Wedding. Her hair and makeup were done by Skylar Naughton, who was one of Miyako’s bridesmaids. Her headpiece, made by Icing 101 on Etsy, was perfectly earthy and coordinated perfectly with their wedding décor. Her wildflower bouquet, along with all of the other floral arrangements, was done by Amanda Dant of Morning Glories Floral in Albany, Oregon.

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Brian kept things casual with a moss-coloured linen shirt and a simple black tie and trousers. In true Oregon fashion, he also sported a big beard. Breaking gender stereotypes, Brian had both men and women at his side on his big day. The dresses worn by the wedding party were from ModCloth, Nordstrom, and Paisley Crush. The maid of honor’s black dress is Serenity by Tatyana. I loved that none of the dresses (or men’s outfits) matched; various patterns, fabrics, and textures were all unified by a green and purple colour palette.

The wedding party made its entrance to beautiful harp music, played by local musician, Asia Moore. Instead of a traditional wedding ceremony, Brian and Miyako had a handfasting ceremony, which was beautiful and unique. After the handfasting, they exchanged rings. Brian’s ring features Mount Hood, a well-known Oregon landmark, and a forest of trees (by local artist SwankMetalsmithing in Portland, Oregon). Miyako’s gorgeous engagement ring was purchased through WanLoveDesigns on Etsy, while her wedding band was from Samuels Jewelers.

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After the ceremony, the guests made their way to the reception by the pond, which was catered by Valley Catering of Corvallis, Oregon. Each table featured a collection of rocks, gemstones, and skulls that Miyako and Brian had collected on their adventures together. This, of course, started many conversations among the guests at each table. The collection was really quite beautiful. Various antique vases and medicine bottles from canadian pharmacy were filled with wildflowers, which added a bit of romance. Each table also had vintage goblets (rented from For the Love of Pete in Salem, Oregon) in a variety of colours, which, combined with the pom pom trimmed table cloths, gave a whimsical feel. Guests sipped on homemade Sangria, as well as beer that Brian brewed himself with the help of his friends, David Diaz and Abby Cullinan. Overhead, the venue was decorated with strings of lights and paper lanterns, while giant helium-filled balloons bordered the pond.

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Shortly after the toasts, the cake was cut. The naked cake, made by Whitney Svoboda of Salem, Oregon, was the perfect fit for this wedding. It was adorned with a quartz cake topper and fresh fruit. The cupcakes also featured fresh fruit, as well as sugar crystals, all of which complemented the cake perfectly.

Throughout the day, guests added instant photos and heartfelt messages to the guestbook, which was situated next to a vintage globe that served as a symbol of the couple’s love of traveling. Guests laughed and shared stories about the couple with one another, while children danced and played. A few of the guests even paddled around the pond in canoes!

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Photography – Kel Ward Photography

Venue – Ron’s Pond

Bride – Mon Cheri dress from Grandma’s Weddings; headpiece Icing 101

Hair and MUA – Skylar Naughton

Groom – Own attire

Rings – Swank MetalsmithingWan Love Designs; Samuels Jewelers

Wedding party outfits – ModCloth, Nordstrom, and Paisley Crush, Tatyana

Cake – Whitney Svoboda

Catering – Valley Catering

Flowers – Morning Glories Floral

Harpist – Asia Moore

Table decorations – For the Love of Pete