A Homegrown, DIY, Country Wedding: Kelsey & Nathan
Yeyyy!!! Friday is finally here and we have a real wedding to share with you today, courtesy of Victoria Carlson Photography and the lovely bride and groom Kelsey and Nathan. This fun country side wedding full of personal and handmade touches is sure to brighten up this rainy day. Also be sure to check the stunning backdrop for this wedding… Mt Jefferson!
On the banks of the Metolius River, in the quaint town of Camp Shermin, Oregon, Nathan and Kelsey said their vows and joined their lives together. Behind them flowed spring water that bubbled up from the ground a few miles above, and meandered quietly through the grassy meadow, all with striking Mount Jefferson peaking over the trees. Not a prettier spot in the entire west.
Kelsey and Nathan had been dating for over seven years before they got married believing that the answer to a successful relationship is to appreciate each other for everything they are. Their wedding was held at House on the Metolius Resort, in Camp Sherman, Oregon. Kelsey’s mother grew up here as her grandparents had once managed the small resort back in the 60’s and 70’s. The bride knew that the sentimental reasons, as well as the beautiful scenery, made this the ideal location for their wedding. The lodge, which the bridal party had the privilege of staying, sits high on a hill above the meadow, and looks out over the river and out towards the mountains.
Nathan saw Kelsey for the first time that day as she road down a dirt road in a beautiful buggy with her father. The buggy had been in her family for years and was redone for the wedding. Kelsey’s childhood horse pulled the buggy to the front of the aisle, and Kelsey walked down with both of her parents at her side. The ceremony location was encircled with old fence posts that represented a circle of love that encompassed not only Kelsey and Nathan, but everyone who was there to witness their marriage, and who have all helped them get to this point in their relationship. On the fence posts were dried flowers that Nathan had given to Kelsey, saved from over the past seven years.
Kelsey wore a silver ring, which held the most beautiful of diamonds, made by one of her bridesmaids, as well as a low-back dress, and purple cowboy boots, which set the country/homey mood for the day. Her necklace was also the very first Christmas gift Nathan had every given her. Her ladies wore a variety of purple-toned strapless dresses with brown cowboy boots. Additionally, as bridesmaid gifts, Kelsey gave all of the girls beautiful matching necklaces that paired beautifully with the dresses.
Nathan wore grey and, along with his groomsmen, vests and a variety of ties. Jeans on the groomsmen stayed true to the country-vibe of the day.
The entire wedding embodied a homegrown, personal, country theme. Kelsey used old mason jars with fabric wrapped around them throughout the reception, as well as hanging lights strung above the reception area. The pie stands and table centerpieces were handcrafted by the bride’s grandfather. Kelsey had her own horse carry her to the wedding in a cart that had been in the family for years and was refurnished especially for the day adding an even more personal touch to the occasion. Additionally, the altar was created by using old fence posts and gates from the surrounding area to frame Mt Jefferson, as well as the bride and groom.
The locations and decor of the day were incredible! Kelsey did a fantastic job of tastefully emphasizing the country-vibe of the area, while mixing in a homey, down-to-earth feel. With cute cowboy boots galore, horses and carriages, hay bales as ceremony seats, pies upon pies for dessert, and live folk, bluegrass music at the reception, this wedding was not one to miss.
After the ceremony, guests ventured back up the meandering stone steps from the meadow to the shaded grassy plot behind the resort’s mountain-esque lodge. Here in the warm evening sun, guests sat at tables and on the grass as they enjoyed a full bar and dinner. As the summer sun sank lower, pie was cut, and guests enjoyed a table full of different pies, beautifully displayed on numerous tree-trunk platforms, made by the bride’s grandfather, and eventually guests danced the into the night to bluegrass music performed live by the ever-talented Sugarbeets.
♥ Location – House on the Metolius Resort (Camp Sherman, OR)
♥ Photographer – Victoria Carlson Photography (Bend, OR/Seattle, WA)
♥ Caterers – Tate and Tate (Bend, OR)
♥ Bar – Twist Cocktails (Bend, OR)
♥ Music – The Sugarbeets (Eugene, OR)
♥ Dress – Maggie Sottero (Bella Brides, Bend, OR)
♥ Shoes – Frye Boots (eBay)
♥ Necklace – Silverado (Bend, OR)
♥ Bridesmaids – Amazon, O! MoMo, J Crew.
♥ Bridesmaids boots – Bridesmaids own.
♥ Bridesmaids Necklaces – Nashelle Jewelry (Bend, OR)
♥ Flowers – Jana Kopp (Portland, OR)
♥ Hair – Heather Oakley (Bend, OR)
We were astounded at the thought, passion and creativity that had gone into creating Kelsey and Nathan’s wedding day. It is so special to have your entire family chip in to help you with the planning and creation.
Have you thought about how you will add personality and character to your wedding? Will you be seeking the help of family and friends?
Much Bespoke Love