Bonnie and Bob married at Sunriver Resort on a late September day. The leaves were turning and beautiful colors of yellow, red, and orange provided a stunning backdrop for their fall wedding day. We are obsessed with their welcome table, being styled with a vintage typewriter to display their Save The Date, a wooden welcome sign, and a classic suitcase for guests’ cards. But the true showstopper was the ceremony arch. A classic wooden arbor decked out with whimsical, romantic florals. The mix of blush tones and fall leaves truly made this arbor stand out, but still, blend in with the fall surroundings.
How did you meet?
We met online and talked for several weeks before meeting in person. After that, we bonded over a shared love of hiking, camping and traveling. We fell in love adventuring together in our home state of Idaho and beyond.
What is your proposal story?
One of our favorite places in Idaho is the small town of Stanley that sits in the shadow of the majestic Sawtooth mountains. Bob planned a weekend getaway to a ranch and proposed while on a hike with the mountains as a stunning backdrop. We go back every year and this memory is so special to us!
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style,and location choices).
The bride wanted a fall wedding with some vintage touches and details that played off of our shared love of the outdoors. We chose to get married in Bend because it is halfway between both of our families (the groom’s in Boise and the bride’s in Portland) and we fell in love with the Great Hall at Sunriver Resort. We also love that there is ample adventure opportunity on the area for guests and the craft beer is great-our last name is Beers so the theme fit. A variety of colors made up our wedding design-dark teal, pale pink, burgundy and saffron yellow to name a few. Our florist did a wonderful job matching the muted tones and it played well with the wooden tones at the hall. I collected vintage teal books for over a year to make all the centerpieces (we share a love of reading and writing) and the bride’s vintage typewriter was also styled at our reception. The true showstopper of our ceremony was the floral arch designed by Hart Floral. We built the wooden arch, but she truly created a stunning visual for us to stand in front of during our vows.
Tell us about your attire choices.
The bride wore a customized gown with Swiss dot lace and a floral bodice. Peeking out from the hem were rose gold glitter block heels. The groom wore a gray suit and he and the groomsmen all had matching pocket squares to tie in with the muted tones of the wedding. Bridesmaids picked their own mismatched dresses in colors to match the wedding palate. The bridal party accessorized with leather jackets that were perfect for the cool fall day.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
We knew we wanted to tie in elements of our adventures together. This was reflected in our vows, the invitations and photos used to decorate small moments throughout the venue. In addition, our party favors were custom made pint glasses with “Cheers to the Beers” written across them (designed by the groom)-we wanted to tie in our love for craft beer and our family name.
What were your favorite parts of the day? (memories and stories)
It rained throughout the morning but the sun came out just in time for our late afternoon ceremony. The flowers on our arch and in the great hall were even more beautiful than we could have imagined. The groom’s uncle performed the ceremony after being ordained online and it was such a special touch-he made our vows and I dos very meaningful for us.
Tell us about your wedding flowers.
Hart Floral is amazing. Her vision for our day was guided with just a bit of vision from the bride and she truly knocked it out of the park. Dahlias and succulents mixed with leaves and foliage to match perfectly with the changing leaves outside. We couldn’t have loved them more.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
We bought a chocolate cake from Costco and served sheet cake to the guests. Simple but declicious!
What did you do for favors?
Guests got to take home a custom “Cheers to the Beers” pint glass as mentioned above. We drank and toasted using them during the wedding.
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
I mentioned some of these aspects earlier, but I collected more than 100 vintage teal and blue books for over a year to create the centerpieces. Cards and gifts were collected in vintage suitcases and the bride’s vintage typewriter displayed the save the date at the receiving table. The bride and groom also made a custom “Cheers” sign for the dance floor/head table using reclaimed wood and letter light fixtures. The grooms favorite special touch was his whisky and cigar bar that was a hit toward the end of the night.
Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions?
The bride wore a pearl ring from her mother and a vintage broach on her bouquet from a dear family friend. The cake from Costco said “happy birthday” on it-an inside joke between the groom and his sister.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Have fun during the planning process and incorporate whatever feels right to you and your future spouse. All the special touches we incorporated are so fun to look back on and we enjoyed sharing those aspects with our family and friends.
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