Tara and Brandon chose to celebrate their wedding day on a peninsula jutting out into the beautiful waters of Lake Oswego. The location fit the couple perfectly, as they have spent ample time boating around the lake with their friends and family. Tara prepared for the first look with her closest girls in the adjacent boat house, and the rest of the events unfolded throughout the scenic private property. A highlight of the day was the celebratory champagne boat ride for Tara and Brandon, which they enjoyed immediately after their ceremony.
The evening was filled with joy, laughter, + amazing food. Although the forecast promised rain, we were blessed with beautiful sunny skies and an amazing sunset.
A few words from Tara about their love story and wedding day:
How did you two meet?
Brandon saw Tara working out at the gym. Tara was very focused on her workout and wasn’t aware she had caught Brandon’s eye. At the end of her workout she said good-bye to a friend, who Brandon also knew. Brandon inquired about Tara with the friend and learned that she would be at a birthday party that Friday night. When Tara showed up to the party, guess who was standing next to the birthday boy awaiting an introduction?
Tell us about your proposal and love story:
Tara and Brandon were celebrating New Year’s in one of their favorite places, Black Butte Ranch. The couple, along with their beloved furbaby, Tulee, were on a beautiful, sunny crisp walk enjoying the Cascade mountain range when Brandon dropped down on one knee and popped the question. Both Tara and Tulee said yes!
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
I wanted to feel sophisticated and sexy. I visited two bridal salons and found my dress at the second location. There are so many beautiful silhouettes and styles of dresses and I could have picked several, however, I stayed true to how I envisioned looking on my wedding day. My dress was a sheath fit, with a low cut back and cathedral length train.
What was the inspiration/vison for your wedding day?
Old Hollywood love story. I was drawn to a vintage look with a modern day charm.
How did you choose your venue?
Our friends have the most stunning views and property on the lake in Lake Oswego. When they offered their home for our wedding, it just felt right because we spend so much time on the lake. The views and atmosphere on the property give way to late, fun nights dancing under the stars.
Any DYI elements?
Yes, I had a crew of talented women help create our center pieces. We covered wine and olive oil bottles with rose gold spray paint and added touches of gold and silver glitter to some. We also dipped candle holders and votives in glitter for extra sparkle around the venue. For the wedding, white and light pink flowers were placed in the bottles and led lights were set in the votives.
What was your favorite detail of the day?
The chandeliers hanging in the trees above us as we said our vows. It was a splurge that was definitely worth it and made the day for not only us but our guests.
What was your most memorable moment?
Our first look. Brandon’s reaction was priceless – glad we have it on video!
Three words that sum up your day:
FUN! Beautiful and perfect.
What advice would you give another couple planning their day?
Hire a wedding coordinator – Bite the bullet and spend the money! It was priceless having my coordinator take care of all these crazy situations happening behind the scenes, which I thankfully learned about after the honeymoon.