Aug 06, 2011
When I started to think about flowers in a forest/beach setting...the fact that I have a botanical background did not help. I was completely overwhelmed with idea of color...and form...and nature. For a while I debated whether I would put my flowers together myself, but finally I bit the bullet and called a florist (Petalos, Portland, Oregon) and Stephanie the owner met with me. When I spoke to her about my concepts and the type of flowers that I wanted...she was blown away by the fact that I knew the Latin as well as common names of many of the species we were talking about LOL! She came up with a concept: purples, seafoam, and a pinkish-yellow rose (vintage) that combined all my ideas. There will be vintage roses, purple calla lillies, and seafoam succulents. The men will wear a small calla lily and the girls will carry flower wands. My Matron of Honor and I will carry bouquets. I can hardly wait. The rest is a secret.
We did something unusual for our wedding rings ...both of us had a lot of "bad karma" gold and diamonds, and did not know what to do with them. Fortunately, I know a jewelry designer who works with me. His day job is as a wildlife biologist, but he designs jewelry and executes those designs during his off-time. His Portland, Oregon based company is called "Nature's Gems." So he traded all the yellow gold away for us and designed and executed wedding rings for us in white gold. He also designed my engagement ring to fit the wedding ring. It makes me happy to look at these new and shiny rings. It is somewhat like our relationship. Here is a picture of them on my wedding shoes and inside the band of my wedding dress.
Ken looked at me with a question in his eyes, when I said "I want to do this wedding right." As a much wiser and older bride (53 ya), I wanted to commit to this guy in a big way. The first thing I did was look for a dress on every internet site. I narrowed it down to A-line and rouched top with a bit of bling...but could not find what I wanted --finally my hairdresser suggested Ania's Bridal Salon in downtown Portland. Thank you Anette! She said that they would stay within my budget and treat me well and she was right. I ended up with a wedding dress from the Waters Line called Arian. Love the English lace, A-line, and who knew that a 53 ya could wear a sweetheart neckline?
A sweet sideline to this story. I took my two daughters to the Bridal Shop. The best of my critics, they made quite a few faces at the first five dresses that I tried on. But, I tell you--just like that show "Say Yes to the Dress"--when I put on the last one...in the dressing room by myself, my eyes filled with tears because for the first time in my life--I felt completely beautiful. When I came out of that dressing room, both girls looked at me with big eyes and slowly nodded their heads..."that is the one" they said. I am waiting for my dress to come into the shop for the first fitting in June, 2011. So exciting.
As for the shoes...oh my gosh, they were harder to find then the dress. But one day, I was shopping on the internet site Piperlime...and there they were...Badgely Mischka Seafoam Lacie...just the pop of color for the wedding dress...and not too high...I did have them stretched a little...and they seemed slightly tight...but oh they are beautiful. I will hang them on the Christmas tree and be buried in them for sure...but for now...I just walk around in them and admire the way my ankle looks and feels.
You know I have not seen too many brides who really love the outdoors on this site..but both Ken and I met on a hiking date to Tryon State Park in Portland, Oregon. I knew the moment I met him...and 3 hours later on the hike. that he was the one for me. I had been through quite a few coffee and wine dates...but "love in the great outdoors" was what I was looking for in a a relationship. Ken Honda gave me that and so much more. Our Website talks a bit about who we are and what we came to be.
We were engaged on New Year's Day 2011, on Mt. Tabor Park, the only ancient volcano in a city (Portland, Oregon). We often hike up the park...and that day, we sat on our favorite bench talking about "when" we would get married. Ken finally asked me...without a ring...just looked in my eyes and said I love you, will you marry me.
Funny story about that ring. He had bought one for me months before that...waiting for the right moment...and lost it in his closet. Weeks later he found it, and gave it to me one day, out of the blue..such a perfect little diamond on a simple gold band.
Our wedding is August 6, 2011 at Cape Lookout, Oregon. We are taking the proverbial chance of meeting up with rain even in August...It is Oregon for goodness sakes, but that has not deterred us from having our wedding outdoors on a wild beach. The water and waves move our soul. We wanted to make sure that our ceremony captured the energy of the feelings we have for each other.