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Photographer: Dylan and Sara Photography Ceremony Venue: Cliffs of Cape Mears State Park Reception Venue: Rockaway Beach Villa Wedding Planner: Antiga Sage-Morgan Invitations: Minted Caterer: Catering by Caprice Florist: Portland Farmer’s Market Cake: Eileen’s Colossal Cookies
Caleb & Tara’s Love Story
As people who work in the wedding business, we know that you can spend months, even years, planning for one day that seems to zip by in an instant. We wanted to be able to savor every moment of it, and to make it last as long as possible. We wanted to be married in a place that felt as powerful as our love and as powerful as time and commitment. We also wanted to create an experience for our guests that gave them a window into the wonderment we had experienced in the past year and allowed them to be swept away in the romance as well. Our love story is also the story of our closest friends and family, for without them, we wouldn’t be who we are today. For these reasons, we chose to get married on the powerful coast of Oregon, upon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We wanted to hear waves crashing upon the rocks as we took our vows, and we wanted the horizon to be our only backdrop.
Before seeing each other, we exchanged letters and read them aloud in front of the camera, then I was off to see my man. The first look was beautiful and Caleb was a mess! I held it together pretty well, only because I knew that if I cracked, there was no going back. It was a beautiful moment, and just as we said hello, the fog began rolling in over the cliff.
I think our guests really enjoyed the romantic feeling of our ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to be an inclusive and intimate experience for all of us, so at a certain point we did something a little different and opened the floor to anyone who wanted to speak and offer us a word of advice or a blessing, or anything they felt inspired to say. Our parents and siblings came forth and showered us with wisdom and love. We then exchanged our handwritten vows and our rings. We asked everyone to gather around us and for everyone to join hands as we were given a final blessing, said by my father. We then shared our first blissful kiss as husband and wife!
We ate our dinner by a beautiful, twinkling cove as we spoke over the crashing waves. We used the large back porch as our dance floor and had our first dance to Seashell Tale by M. Ward. After all the planning and stress, it felt so good to let loose with all of the people who matter most to us. We danced late into the night.
Three months later, in our hometown, we held a large reception for our friends and family who weren’t there to celebrate with us in Oregon.
The Groom’s Favorite Part of the Day
Out of everything, our first look has to be my favorite. We met on the cliff where we were going to have our ceremony. I was absolutely blown away by how amazing she was. Even as a professional in the wedding industry, I wasn’t quite ready for the magnitude of that moment. She exceeded any hope, dream, or expectation that I may have had. In that moment, it was only her and I, on top of the world. She was and IS the most beautiful bride I have ever seen and I couldn’t think of a better place to experience our commitment. Meeting on the cliff, overlooking the ocean, really set the tone for the rest of the ceremony and celebration to follow. Truly magical!
The Bride’s Favorite Part of the Day
I think my favorite part of the day would have to be our first dance. The song means so much to us and it is so soft and romantic. For me, it was the point of the day where we finally got to come together and just be there with each other. The rest of the noise and hustle bustle faded away and it was just us, swaying with the ocean waves to our favorite song, finally together as husband and wife. I closed my eyes and our love was so palpable in that moment. I never wanted it to end.
Our table decorations contained bottles that had rolled up messages in them. No one actually tried to retrieve them, but if they had, they would have found our favorite love poems handwritten on antique paper. Some of the poems were from famous poets. Others were poems we had written to each other.