The Couple: Ayn and Tim

Wedding Date: November 3, 2012

Photography by Shoop’s Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met in the dorms in college at the University of California, Davis and dated all throughout college. We were together for almost seven years before Tim proposed right before a big move from Woodland to Portland in 2012. We love hiking and being outdoors. Planning an out-of-state wedding together in under a year was a real adventure, and it definitely brought us closer together.

What was the most amazing part of your day? Everyone we care about from all over the country was in the same place at the same time, it was incredible. People even braved Hurricane Sandy to make it to our wedding – we’ve never felt so loved.

What else would you like to share about your big day? Every part of our wedding had special meaning. Ayn’s dad officiated the ceremony and we wrote our own wedding vows. The cake topper was the same one that her grandparents topped their wedding cake with 60+ years ago. The color scheme was a combination of Ayn’s favorite color (purple) and Tim’s (orange) with pewter thrown in for good measure. We incorporated library details into the reception as a nod to Ayn’s future profession, and Tim hand-picked every song on the play list. All of the details of the day worked together to create some incredible memories and a wedding that was truly us.

Ceremony and Reception Site, and Caterer: The Firehouse Restaurant

Photographer: Shoop’s Photography

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Teague Events

Cake: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca

Flowers: Flourish

Favors: Personalized Jam from Rose City Pepperheads

Bridal Attire: Bridal Exclusives

Bridesmaids’ Attire: Wtoo

Hair and Make-up: Jennifer Gilchrist

Invitations: Minted

DJ/Entertainment/Band: Greg Williams, Classical Guitarist

Honeymoon Location: Machu Picchu, Peru

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Stephanie Teague Events was the most incredible resource for wedding planning and was absolutely indispensable on the day of the wedding. She is a true professional and gave us the gift of a stress free wedding by taking care of every detail. Randy Bowling at the Firehouse was wonderful to work with as well; he made sure we had everything we needed. La Tavola supplied us with the lovely linens for the reception.

First Dance Song: “Faithfully” by Journey (performed by Boyce Avenue)

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? The day of the wedding went by so quickly. Take some time to stop and look around during the reception and really soak it in.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? This sounds silly, but we wish we would have numbered or written guests names on the RSVP cards. We received several back with no names and didn’t know who they were from!

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine’s Social Media Maven, Aimee Carroll.

Photos courtesy of and copyright Shoop’s Photography.

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