Meng + Max’s Bridal Veil Lakes Oregon Wedding

 In Portland, Real Wedding, Wedding Photography

A Romantic Destination Wedding was Held

Meng and Max’s travel-inspired whimsical, enchanted, romantic wedding was held on July 15, 2016, at Bridal Veil Lakes which overlooks the Historic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Towering old growth forests surround the three-acre spring fed lake. The recreational area is private and filled with lush greenery and gardens, beautiful wildflowers and the best part about this venue? By far the breathtaking views in our opinion.

Meng and Max are from Portland, Oregon originally, and wanted to share the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with their guests. Choosing this stunning outdoor venue, allowed for them to do just that. The groomsmen arrived by canoe to the ceremony location; and then after the ceremony, the groom whisked his bride away in one of the canoes for some more gorgeous photography by the talented Sara of Hazelwood Photo.

The details of this beautiful wedding were so well planned and everything tied in together so well, it was obvious that Gather Event Planning and Consultation was involved. Something Borrowed Portland was there with the decor that was so complimentary down to the smallest detail. We love this quote from Lane’ Bigsby, Owner of Something Borrowed, “It’s about reaching back into the past and grabbing hold of that rich history, bringing it forward to the present, and through that, giving it life and breath to the dreams of the future.” Wouldn’t you say that is exactly what you see and feel in the details and decor of Meng and Max’s wedding? I mean, so much appreciation for the couple, their story and how it is read without even saying it word in these photos…gahhhhh! So much talent working together and creating so much gorgeousness! We are absolutely in awe and in love with this wedding!

About the Couple

From the Bride:We envisioned an intimate wedding where we could celebrate our journey as a couple with the people who know us the best, and have our personalities and story infused throughout. We met in business school and traveled around the world together early on in our relationship, so we wanted our love of travel, exploration and the outdoors to be evident throughout the decor and details. While we live in San Francisco, I am originally from Portland, and a completely outdoor venue that showcased the beauty of the Pacific Northwest while providing the flexibility to select our own vendors so appealing – we loved the idea of our guests exploring the space throughout the ceremony and reception. It was also important to embrace our cultural and religious identities in our wedding and asked a close friend of ours from school to officiate; we collaborated with him in writing the ceremony and wrote our own vows. Our florist did a stunning job of decorating the chuppah, making it the perfect centerpiece for the ceremony.

The Travel-Inspired Theme

From the Bride: “We wanted a whimsical, enchanted, romantic wedding the would reflect our travel-loving, fun-spirited personalities. Our color palette in shades of lavender, dusty blues, greens and gray carried throughout the wedding; in the bridesmaid dresses, flowers, groomsmen bowties, and even table decor. We handed over full creative rein to our incredible wedding designer, Amber from Something Borrowed, to bring to life the travel theme. She incorporated accessories such as vintage suitcases, cameras and mailboxes in the guestbook, welcome and cake tables and arranged vintage travel postcards for our guestbook. Even the trinkets we had collected in our travels were artfully displayed in glass terrariums on the head table. My biggest DIY undertaking was calligraphying and creating custom place cards for each guest. The theme of each table was a different country we had traveled to together and we enlisted the help of a local illustrator to create custom table cards. The place cards were designed to resemble letters mailed from these various countries and I was able to leverage some stamps from my mom’s used stamp collection that matched with our countries for an authentic touch – the rest I procured on eBay. The place cards were stamped with a personalized postage-cancellation mark that I found on Etsy, and it bore our venue and wedding date. Amber also led a bridesmaid and I through a flower-crown making session for my bridesmaids and it was so special to all wear one of our creations for the wedding. The flowers were artificial since we made them ahead of time, but it was hard to tell the difference!”

It is truly an honor to share this amazingly gorgeous wedding with you. As you can see, Hazelwood Photo took so many stunning photos, we had a hard time narrowing them down to even the 40 we shared! Now we all want to visit Bridal Veil Lakes, get married again and hire these amazing vendors so we can too can celebrate looking this gorgeous! Thanks for reading, talk soon. -WV

The Amazing Vendors:

Photography: Hazelwood Photo

Venue: Bridal Veil lakes

Planner: Gather Event Planning & Consultation

Design, Styling & Rentals: Something Borrowed

Floral Design: Floral Sunshine

Hair/Makeup: Blossom and Beauty

Catering: White Pepper

Cake: Helen Bernhard Bakery

Strings: Duo Con Brio

Videography: Candy Glass Productions

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