Lora and Drew were married at Rock Springs Ranch in Bend, Oregon, two hours from Lora’s hometown and set amongst beautiful rivers, lakes and mountains. The 70 guests, including 30 who had travelled to the USA from New Zealand and Australia, all stayed onsite in rustic cabins making it feel a bit like a summer camp!
The ceremony and reception were both personal and inclusive of their loved ones. Lora’s best friends did her hair and make up, another friend sung her down the aisle and her brother was the celebrant. Drew and Lora wrote their own vows and her grandparents, who had been married for 65 years spoke at the ceremony, offering advice and anecdotes from their marriage.
The bride’s mother designed the reception decorations from Pinterest inspiration; they chose flowers from a local farm and strung bunting that friends from New Zealand had made around the venue.
Oregon and Nelson, where the couple live, both have a big craft brew scene and Lora and Drew had a great time choosing beers for the wedding. A close friend brewed a keg of white IPA especially for the celebration. It was named “Holy Matrimony” as it was made using Nelson and Oregon hops and was a definite favourite with the guests!
Instead of a traditional cake, they had a ‘cheese cake’ made of towered rounds of cheese decorated with flowers. A bluegrass band, The Moon Mountain Ramblers got everyone on the dance floor and played late into the night!
Lora initially had a hard time shopping for a wedding dress, she found the experience of visiting bridal shops pretty stressful and none of the dresses were calling out to her. She wanted a relatively simple bohemian style dress that made her feel beautiful without a heap of sequins and tulle.
She came to me with a picture of a designer dress that she loved, but that didn’t fit her budget, and with a couple of ideas of what she would like to change. Lora chose one of the laces that I had in my studio, it was a French style lace, hand-beaded with pearls and with Guipure cut outs that were placed around the hem and top tier. The subtle design features a rambling floral vine that climbs up the dress and onto a dotted stretch bridal mesh.
The scalloped edge from the lace hem was used to form semi-cap sleeves which were ruched gently where they were attached and broadened at the shoulder giving a really nice line along the shoulder and over the back. The tiered layers from the photo were too loose fitting for Lora’s petite frame, so I altered the style to make them more fitted around the bodice. The cotton and cotton satin base was perfect for the summer wedding, keeping Lora from being too hot.
With the leftover lace I created a hair clip and attached a hand stitched satin flower. The overall look was perfectly suited to the relaxed country style wedding and the delicate details gave the dress a beautifully soft finish.
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“It was really important to me that I felt like myself in my wedding dress, and I can honestly say that Lainee helped me achieve that - and more. She listened really carefully to what I wanted, which I’m sure was difficult because sometimes I struggled to articulate my vision! She was so great to work with, and the experience of watching my wedding dress go from a drawing to a dress was just incredible. I loved all my fittings and chats over coffee with Lainee. She worked with my budget, timeframe, and style. I would absolutely recommend Lainee to anyone!” Lora.