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Real Wedding: Kara Williams & Will Kellar

Sylvan in the City | Wed on January 4, 2014 | Photographs by Bryan Rupp Photography

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NAMES Kara Williams & Will Kellar LIVE IN West Linn OCCUPATIONS They both work in high school youth ministry HOW THEY MET Through a mutual friend (Will’s best man) while attending the University of Oregon HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Will proposed at the top of Dog Mountain while they were on a hike REHEARSAL DINNER Family friends cooked up a Mexican feast for 60 guests—they drank Dos Equis, laughed, cried, and toasted the couple’s blessed life WEDDING WEATHER They were expecting a torrential downpour, but there was nary a cloud in the sky NUMBER OF GUESTS 351 COLORS Taupe, gold, and greens THEME Wintry forest charm with noble firs and foraged moss, stumps, branches, and pinecones MENU BONUS Guests arrived early to snack on homemade sugar cookies and marshmallows, personalized trail mix, and gourmet popcorn, as well as sip hot chocolate, coffee, or mulled wine—the couple wanted everyone to have a warm mug in hand during the ceremony DESSERT Sesame Donuts’ cake doughnuts served with a “dipping station” tricked out with maple and chocolate glazes, cinnamon and sugar, and powdered sugar DIY HIGHLIGHTS In addition to the “outdoors inside” décor, they painted and gold-leafed their wedding logo onto reclaimed-wood signs and made their own paper goods FAVORITE MEMORY The “just the two of us” moments: the first look, the five minutes together before entering the reception, holding hands during the toasts, and their first dance FIRST DANCE SONG Alabama Shakes’ “I Found You” IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER It took longer than expected to gather everyone for family pics post-ceremony, so they’d take all photos beforehand THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Intimate, lively, warm HONEYMOON Riviera Maya, Mexico

Rather than the many details themselves, we wanted people to leave our wedding remembering how the room felt: homey, personal, and cozy. –Kara Williams

 
Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Yale Union (YU)

CATERING & RENTALS Kam & Kam Catering Co

PHOTOGRAPHY Bryan Rupp Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Alaska-based Joshua Veldstra Photography

BOUQUETS New Seasons Market in Lake Oswego

GOWN Pronovias from Bridal Exclusives

NECKLACE J. Crew, modifications by Ken & Daughter Jewelers

GROOM & GROOMSMEN’S FORMAL WEAR Alfani from Macy’s

RINGS Hand Forge, Shane Co

MAKEUP Tami Peine with Cashmere Beauty Lounge

MUSIC DJs Spencer Crum and Mark Wade

REGISTRY Crate & Barrel, Macy’s, Target

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