The rustic elegance of Sunriver Resort fit their vision of a summer wedding that would be, as Molly says, “whimsical, glamorous, woodsy, vibrant and warm.” And they found the vendors who could make it happen through Sunriver’s preferred vendor list. Molly says, “I trusted the resort to have a good list of credible people to choose from. We chose each one because we loved their work and each one had amazing referrals.” It’s pretty clear from the photos, Molly’s trust was well placed.
The Portland-based couple exchanged their vows in front of 200 of their friends and family with a wedding party of 18 standing at their sides — including four groomswomen. Molly says people thought they were insane to have that many bridesmaids/groomsmen/groomswomen, but she explains, “We both have so many people close to us that we love. We wanted them to all be a part of the wedding.”
After the ceremony, guests gathered for a dinner and reception in the Great Hall, an expansive historic pine lodge, complete with high ceilings, exposed beams and dramatic fireplace. The jewel-toned colors of the florals and wedding party dresses and suits combined with the jaw-dropping desserts and cake art all added to the old-hollywood-glamour-meets-rustic-chic vibe. Local fave, Foxtail Bakeshop was behind the stunner of a dessert table. Nickol Hayden-Cady, Owner and Pastry Chef at Foxtail, says it was a pleasure working so closely with Molly and Matt, “I sent a few sketches to pin point what they were looking for exactly. They wanted Hollywood glam while keeping it more modern and woodsy at the same time. They wanted desserts to look elegant while having unique flavor profiles; a show-piece display that they would love for years to come and that all the guests would talk about.”
While the carefully selected vendors and venue shaped their day flawlessly, Molly says it was the guests who made it into the memory of a lifetime, “The thing we loved most is that we had so many special people in one place from all over the country. We felt so honored to have all those we love in one room together to celebrate us! I can’t think of a time when that will ever happen again.”
Byron Roe, from Byron Roe Photography captured the love, the glamour and the warmth of the day. He and his wife Wendy may have ‘shot’ the wedding but “shoot” is an inadequate verb for what they do. They’re like parkour champs (Google it) with camera always in hand. As photographers who are not afraid of climbing a tree or barreling through the bushes to capture the spirit of a moment, Byron says they were a great match with with Molly and Matt, ”They fueled our passion for our art by giving us 100% creative license and being up for something just a little different. We were able to push the angles: shoot from spiral staircases, lie on the ground or hide in between the trees, all of which captured their wedding story in an untraditional way.”
Call it what you will, the stars aligning, being super prepared, sheer luck or just karma — at the end of the day, the bride and groom hosted a picture-perfect wedding, had a ball with the people they love and returned to Portland with a treasure chest of creative photos to keep those memories fresh. However, with their combined wanderlust, they may not be Oregonians for long — the pair wants to see more of the world and hope to live abroad for a few years. If they do choose the expat life, while they’ll certainly miss the City of Roses, we bet they’ll miss the majestic beauty of Central Oregon most of all.
We asked Molly for one final tip to give our readers, and she said, “Get a day-of planner! Then you can just enjoy your day! It only happens once and it goes so fast. Our local day-of planner was a godsend.” -WV