These two have such a special place in my heart. Kevin came into our lives a couple years ago, and over the years we have watched him meet Crista, fall in love, ask her to be his wife, and finally, marry her. They tied the knot on the edge of a sun-lit lake in Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria, Oregon. It was a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, surrounded just by their close family and friends, with a reception down a path and through the woods. Crista is naturally artistic and creative, so their whole wedding consisted of little touches of hand-crafted beauty and collected items. Friends came from all over to chip in and help make this wedding a reality. The cake was made by Crista's mom, and the food cooked by friends and family. Anne of Green Gables was one of Crista's favorite books growing up, so it provided lots of inspiration for their wedding. Mix-matched teacups and plates lined their lace-covered picnic tables, and guests enjoyed live music from a band of folk musicians. Later in the evening guests were taught how to contra dance, a favorite pastime of Crista & Kevin's. Later on, we slipped away for some couples portraits on the beach. Crista has always loved tall ships (and even spent a year traveling around the world in one!), so when we heard that a rusted shipwreck was just a mile down the road, we knew that photos with it were a must! It was the perfect day. I am so happy that we could be there to capture it, but more importantly, to celebrate with these two!! Our hearts are so full for you both, Crista & Kevin! Love you tons & congratulations!
Dane and Kirsten are two of the most caring, down-to-earth, genuinely sweet people you'll ever meet, and their wedding reflected their hearts perfectly. They shared their vows with each other in a small clearing underneath a tree, and celebrated their marriage in a barn surrounded by friends and family. Little personal touches could be seen all throughout their wedding--from the Catholic hymns sung at their ceremony to Kirsten's grandmother's hand-crochetted doilies decorating each table. Even the flowers they picked were from a running joke in the family that Kirsten's favorite flowers were "wildflowers" (a.k.a. weeds). Friends and family pitched in from all around to help the couple create all their DIY decorations: wooden table rounds, calligraphed chalkboard signs, and handmade banners. Yard games provided endless family fun, and their violin & accordion duo playing through out the ceremony and reception made it a whimsical afternoon. Sentimental toasts commenced and as guests reached out their hands in prayer, the love of each guest towards Dane & Kirsten felt tangible in the air. Finally, as the sun set behind the barn, the lights dimmed and the music turned up as the guests retreated to the dance floor to continue the celebration.
Congratulations Dane and Kirsten! We are so happy to share this day and all its memories with you.
Venue: McMenamin's Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
Florist: Blum Design in Flowers
Caterer: McMenamins Catering
Cake: La Jaconde Cake Studio & Bakery
Music: Josh Melander & Ethan Maier
Makeup & Hair: Kristin Ariniello
Wedding Rings: Kirsten's ring was her great-grandmothers, but was refurbished at Maloy's
Invitations: Claire Fieberg
Bride's Dress: Bella Brides Bend Oregon
Bride's Shoes: Cole Haan
Groom's Outfit: Jos. A. Bank
Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan