Lily + Tim // Private Estate // Glide, Oregon // August 2015
“Where to begin with Abby… Her positive energy and creative vision make wedding dreams come true. We worked with Abby for a year, starting with invitations more beautiful than I knew possible, coordinating with all vendors as we planned from across the country, transforming our formerly empty barn with the best endless varay of rentals, and making sure everything ran smoothly on schedule come wedding day. We can’t thank her enough for all her support in the making of the most magical weekend.” – Lily, Bride
I also don’t know where to begin with this wedding. From the moment Lily contacted ae creative, and I’m so glad she did, I knew this event was going to be a fun challenge! Lily and Tim live in New York, as does most all of their family and friends (or further!) so this was a true destination wedding for everyone attending. Tim’s family has a beautiful sheep farm in Glide, Oregon that Tim grew up coming to each summer. When Tim first brought Lily to the property this is how they describe it went: “Getting there is hard. But it’ll be worth it, I promise.” — Tim to Lily before her first trip to Oregon. “Let’s never go home. ” — Lily to Tim after her first week there. This trip was when it was decided that they’d get married on the property and share with their loved ones this special place. We started working together a year before and talked logistics and booked vendors that were willing to travel to Glide. In the spring myself and The Broomsmen went to tour the property and make plans when Lily and Tim had an Oregon visit planned. When we arrived onsite, we too felt how special the property was, it felt surreal, it was beautiful. Rolling hills, more sheep than I could count, amazing huge trees and right along the Umpqua River.
They called it their passion project. So much work had to be done to prepare the 100+ year old barn on the property that their reception was going to be held in, including installing electrical and a floor. Bathrooms had to be trucked in as did a water truck. Tim is quite the handy one and was wanting and able to do all he could, including more projects than I am even aware of. He spent a few more weeks in Oregon on the property the months before their wedding preparing. He built the ceremony benches and wedding arbor and cut all of the stumps used at the ceremony and reception site. I had the privilege in creating their wedding stationery as well. We used natural wood veneer for the invite to incorporate another wood element since that was a theme. We used an image of the Umpqua River to appear like a vintage postcard to incorporate the travel aspect. The property has it’s own ranch symbol so we also used this on their map, welcome canvas tote bags and cocktail coasters. Lily assembled the welcome totes which included a touch of Oregon including trail mix, water and a hangover kit, Oregon’s own Holm Made Toffee, shoe shine and brochures for activities around the area. Tim’s dad made homemade blackberry jam from blackberries on the property that guests received at the day after brunch. I created the welcome tags that included an area map and schedule of events. Their escort cards were kraft-skin notebooks with a mini sleeve that read “a love so write.” My Fair Letters hand lettered each guest’s name to the top. Tim is a writer, so this was a cute personal touch. The place cards were handmade feather crayons with guest’s names written on each tag. The napkins were folded like envelopes with the feather crayon placed on top. It was elegant, fun and perfect. The reception barn was completely styled with our white wire bistro lights, long style tables, chiavari chairs, white cotton floor length linens topped with a burlap runner, topped with a natural linen skinny runner. Lily’s mom used to be a florist in New York and was able to visit the Portland flower market when she flew in and select the flowers and arrange them ahead of time once on the property. They were beautiful! Lily and Tim rented so many items from the ae inventory that tied everything together including our lights, the bar system, crates, chalkboards, lawn games, runners, cake plates, jars, chair signs, marquee signs and barn wood tables.
The dinner menu included lamb, right from the property. Tim also salmon fishes in Alaska and provided the caterers with the salmon as well. Really, more labor of love shared with their guests. After dinner came the speeches, one of which from Tim’s brother included huge poster size photos, jokingly of what they looked like when they first met. After toasts, Oregon blackberry pie made by Foxtail Bakeshop (who hand picked the berries on Sauvie Island herself) was served along with Umpqua vanilla bean ice cream, so delicious! Then the dancing and partying really got started and went on till 1am!
I also must touch on Lily’s dress. It was designed exclusively for her by Prada. Helps that Lily works for Prada and has some serious connections! It was a two piece dress made from the softest material I’ve ever felt and really made just for her.
All of their family and friends that traveled, about 100, were so welcoming and nice and it was truly an honor to be apart of their wedding and having the opportunity to work together for a year planning such details. I wish Lily and Tim all the happiness as they travel though life together, whether it be in New York, Oregon or Japan (where they honeymooned)!
Venue: Private Estate, Glide, Oregon Photographer: Marina Koslow Photography
DJ: DJ OG ONE, Paradox Productions Catering: Steamboat Inn
Tables + Chairs: Party Place Calligraphy: My Fair Letters
Flowers: Bride’s Mom Band: The Ashlings Cake+Pie: Foxtail Bakeshop
Bride’s Dress + Shoes: Prada Setup, Cleanup: The Broomsmen
Full Planning, Decor Rentals + Paper Goods: Abby, ae creative