As forest fires raged through the Pacific Northwest on August 22nd, the air filled with smoke and everything glowed a golden orange. It soaked through the trees and saturated the air with a hauntingly beautiful heaviness. It curled around Salle and James as they said their vows on the sandy banks of the Molalla River, shrouding them in a soft, warm light. It was magical.
When I arrived that day, I had never before met Salle or James. The two of them live in Sitka, Alaska and had booked me from afar, so I had no idea what to expect when I walked in the door. I practically had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw how beautiful the two of them were. They had a small ceremony in Alaska prior to this one, so they told me they didn’t need to do a first look or anything like that since technically speaking they were already married. Instead, they got ready together and James helped Salle put on her dress. It was such a beautiful alternative and I loved that they got to share that quiet moment with each other.
The wedding took place on James’ family friends property along the river. Salle did the flowers herself and her family and friends helped her make the cake, food and the decor. They served Alaskan Salmon that they caught themselves, and they gave away homemade jam made from Alaskan berries as favors.
From start to finish, the whole day was personalized and special to those who loved them. I could not have asked for a more beautiful evening or more gorgeous people to document. Congratulations you two!
Photography – Katy Weaver Photography
Dress – Georgia Gown by BHLDN Anthropologie
Suit – Ralph Lauren from Macys
Hair/Makeup – Blossom and Beauty’s Cately Chism
Flowers – DIY by the bride
Desserts – Homemade by bride and family
Caterer – all local food prepared by family and friends except the Alaska salmon caught by bride and groom
Decor – DIY by the bride, family and friends
Favors – Homemade jellies made by bride and groom
Venue: Private Residence