wedding

So Much Love

Over the weekend, Michael and I got to witness a wonderful wedding between two friends. My good friend Samantha married the love of her life at the East Fork Estates, with rolling country hills and Mount Hood in the background. It was hands down, one of the best weddings we’ve ever been to!

Logan was home with the grandparents so we could go out and have some fun. We arrived a little bit early because I wanted to get a good seat (and take some pictures!). I was SO excited for Sam’s big day.

They were still taking photos when we arrived. I go a sneak peak at the happy couple and it was so cool. I absolutely loved her dress and could not wait to get a closer look.

The venue was so cute. There was an indoor area, a covered patio with trellises and fairy lights, there were trees with lights on them, too. There were table set up underneath some tents, which was nice because the sun was pretty hot. Thankfully, despite weeks of 90+ degrees and hazy smoke from wildfires nearby, the Big Day was clear and hot but not miserable. I was so worried all week that it would be smoky for the wedding but it wasn’t.

The cake and bar was set up inside. I loved their cake! If Michael and I were going to have a traditional wedding cake, this is exactly what I had wanted to have to go with our fall/rustic theme. It was so pretty:

And they had some gluten free vegan cupcakes, too. Sam thought of everything. She’s very considerate and cares that everyone is catered to.

I absolutely LOVED her flowers. They were so gorgeous. There were sunflowers and dahlias, both my favorites, in various shades of red, peach and orange.

Sam and John met through friends years ago. They were both Timbers fans (Sam had season tickets) and finally met at a game. I remember back when Samantha first told me about meeting John and then after I met him in person, I knew they were a good match. Samantha is the wittiest, funniest, smartest person I know and John is her equal in that regards. They both have a wicked sense of humor. I am so happy they found each other!

The above scarf is a Timbers Army thing, in case you didn’t know.Β The chairs were set up in the field. It was such a picturesque place to have a wedding. I definitely recommend that venue if you are in the area and looking for an enchanting place!

Okay, so I knew I’d be emotional during the wedding but when I saw Sam and how beautiful and happy she looked, I got very choked up. Her dress was perfect and a friend of hers did her hair and THAT was perfect, too! She looked like a princess. She was truly glowing. Just looking at the photos now, I get choked up. <3

I cried quite a bit during the ceremony. It was a sweet, romantic, and FUNNY ceremony and they also paid tribute to Sam’s mom’s memory in a sweet way. It was absolutely perfect.

After the ceremony there were appetizers passed around. One was a little tiny biscuit with a candied bacon topping (SO DELICIOUS) and a chorizo/pizza flavored appetizer. We all mingled and had drinks and snacks. It was nice to see old coworkers, too, and catch up on everything. It was also cool to see the ladies I got to know at her bachelorette party.Β  πŸ™‚

It was finally time for food. It was a buffet style that had chicken, a mac n’cheese bar (!!!!!), a salad bar and veggies. The presentation was nice. I was too hungry to get a photo of the buffet. πŸ˜‰ The mac n’ cheese was fantastic! They had bacon, fried onions and jalapenos for toppings, if you so desired. It was a build your own salad because there were a lot of vegetarians and vegans at the wedding. The salad was great. I got lettuce, walnuts, blue cheese, and cranberries for my salad.

I told Michael that we need to renew our vows just so we can have a mac n’ cheese bar. WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT FOR OUR WEDDING?!?!?!

After dinner there were the toasts and then the first dance. Then they cut the cake. It’s funny because when Michael and I were planning our wedding we knew we didn’t want chicken because chicken at weddings is ALWAYS dry and not very good. AND we didn’t want a traditional cake because again, always dry and the frosting is gross. Sam and John nailed it with both the chicken and the cake. Both were moist and delicious. They changed our opinions on wedding food. πŸ˜‰

The cake was lemon and to die for. Michael and I had some cake and then went back outside to dance the night away. It was so much fun (and the DJ was the same one we had at our wedding, so it was nice to talk to her).

The wedding was perfect. We had so much fun. I wanted to stay until the end and keep dancing with my hubby but we had to call it a night and relieve the babysitters! πŸ˜‰

Sleep Over

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to help a friend celebrate her upcoming wedding! My friend, Samantha, is getting married in August and we had her bachelorette party over the weekend.

I’ve known Sam for over 11 years. We worked together in my last job. She was the “floater” who would cover the people on vacation or leave so we met one day when she was covering for someone in my unit. We became friends right away. Sam is an awesome, funny, smart, strong lady who is the QUEEN of PUNS. πŸ˜€

On Saturday a group of people got together for lunch to start the party! We met at Matador–one of my favorite restaurants (and where we had our rehearsal dinner!).

I got the street tacos and the brussels sprouts. The sprouts were AMAZING! So delicious! I got a Mojito (they usually have Boneyard on tap but not this time, bummer!). There were 12 of us there to celebrate this awesome lady.

After lunch we had some time to kill before we could check in at the AirBnB so we stopped for gelato:

After that we all headed to the house that was rented. It was in Sandy, so not far from Mount Hood. I was the first one there and got to poke around before everyone else saw it. WOWZA. That house was stunning! There were several rooms with king sized beds and then a few rooms with bunk beds. But that view…words cannot describe how gorgeous it was.

Oh and…there were a lot of animals heads. LOL

And a fire pit:

We were pretty high up but the view was stunning and we could still hear the Sandy River below.

Every body else arrived and we unpacked and unloaded the beverages and picked out our sleeping arrangements. Then settled in for the evening. There was a lot of just hanging out, especially on that deck. I mean, how could you not?

Sam made everyone dinner, despite numerous and frequent requests from guests to help or do it for her. But she wanted to cook everyone a meal to show her gratitude and love. I mean, what an awesome person, right! She made a tofu curry that was absolutely delicious!

There was some wine and some of the ladies brought whisky and tequila (no thanks!!).

Group shot!

Then the fire and roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

As the sun started to set, Mount Hood poked out of the clouds for the first time. It was breathtaking. There were bats flying around, it was a warm summer night and no one was in a hurry to do much of anything. Before we knew it, it was dark.

We had this gorgeous cake for dessert:

And just hung around around the campfire. My favorite summer activity! I think we all went to bed around 11:30 (party animals!) and it was a nice, quiet house for sleeping. I slept pretty good with my bunkmate in the king bed. She joked that we had the same bedtime routine: eye masks and ear plugs!! I woke up a few times kind of early in the morning because I could smell someone downstairs making coffee. It wafted through the house but I was so sleepy and lazy feeling I just kept going back to sleep. Then up for breakfast with the ladies.

Fresh fruit, granola, yogurt, coffee and mimosas for whoever wanted them) and someone made a “buckle” coffeecake. I’d never heard of it before but it was SO GOOD! It was basically coffeecake with a ton of fruit in it. It was a pretty slow morning. I enjoyed some coffee out on the deck in the sun. It was already a pretty hot day. Then it was time to pack up and say our goodbyes.

I had SO much fun celebrating my friend! She’s an awesome person and I’m so excited for her wedding. And I got to widen my friend circle and made some cool new friends. It was a very fun, relaxing, empowering weekend of ladies!

After leaving I went swimming and then home to my boys!