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Flowers: Love Notes

Gorgeous florals & paper goods work together to establish your big-day style | Photographs by Brandon Witzel

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Brush Hour

“Whether soft and subtle or bright and bold, a couple’s personalities and mood for the day are broadcast to attendees first through paper elements and then driven home by the florals at the event,” says Allison Baer of Lettuce Press. The hand-painted watercolor frame and envelope liner for Baer’s two-color letterpress-printed save-the-date convey a romantic, blithe spirit, reflected beautifully in the bouquet and decorative wreath by Anna Mara Jorgensen of Anna Mara Flowers. Envisioning a breathtaking sunset behind a summer celebration, Jorgensen blended muted hues with splashes of rich color and darkness. The bouquet features playful clematis and jasmine, peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, hellebores, cymbidium orchids, and sweetpeas; the wreath gains elegant impact with the addition of olive branches. Portland designer Claire La Faye’s silk chiffon and Chantilly lace gown ($2,400). Local jeweler Acanthus’s crystal quartz and 14K gold fill chandelier earrings ($115)

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Flip the Script

“Less can be more,” says Palomino’s Mary Snow, whose escort cards and programs (one seen here) give her fresh, unfussy calligraphy the spotlight. “The simple palette and Arturo soft white paper’s deckled edge enhance the subtle variations of color and texture in the floral arrangements rather than competing.” Indeed, Erba Floral Studio’s bouquet and crown echo the organically spare design. Owner Riley Messina used hellebores in a rarely seen inky hue, ruffled camellias, blown parrot tulips and ranunculus, tuberose, and eucalyptus—some of her favorite shapely blooms and foraged foliage. The overall feeling suggests an intimate, pretty party straight from the pages of Kinfolk. Claire La Faye bespoke silk chiffon gown ($2,650). Circa-1920 filigree 18K white gold and diamond ring ($1,195 at Gilt)

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Modern Deco

“White and green is a timeless wedding color palette almost anyone can embrace,” says Sammy’s Flowers’ Sage Marcella, who dressed it up with dramatic pops of black and gold to give her bouquet and boutonnieres a fancy vintage vibe. Available year-round and hardy (great for warmer weather), Dendrobium orchids lend structure to delicate spring blooms like tulips and anemones. Gold-painted privet and feathers provide tasteful touches of Jazz Age razzle-dazzle. Hayley Paige English net gown with crystal straps ($3,025 at Anna’s Bridal Boutique). Platinum and old European cut diamond ring circa 1940 ($5,695 at Gilt). Acanthus’s faceted silver and white topaz drop earrings ($235)

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Glam Slam

Displaying a similar edited elegance, Oblation Papers & Press’s Paramount Collection invitation suite is letterpress printed with cypress green ink on luxe museum board and includes gold-foil-lined envelopes. Inspired by art deco pendants (and designed by Sigrid Boyer), it’s a chic way to let guests know they’re in for a night of Portland-style puttin’ on the ritz.

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Natural One

“It feels romantic without being too formal,” Pam Zsori of Ink & Peat says of this color combo. “The touch of burgundy grounds the brights and pastels.” To build this verdant, free-flowing handful, Zsori combined lush garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, mini cymbidium orchids, freesia, mimosa, Hypericum, jasmine vine, Pittosporum, deflexus, chocolate eucalyptus, and begonia leaves. Remind guests of your comfortably cool Stumptown soirée (cornhole, microbrews, a killer band!) with Studio Olivine like-minded thank-yous, letterpress printed using soy inks on recycled paper. “There are endless ways to link the two art forms,” adds owner Julie Everhart. “I’ve made adorable tags for corsages, fun notes for succulent favors, and sweet words of love to tie in the bouquet.”


Model: Courtney Bryant / Option Model and Media

Hair & Makeup: Kelly Peach with assistant Monica Ninh

Stylist: Eden Dawn

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