Beautiful Forest Wedding in Oregon: Tracy and Sara
Aug. 6, 2016
Tracy and Sara met when they worked at the same hospital and ended up assigned to the same unit. They found that they worked really well as a team and became fast friends both on the job and outside the hospital.
Tracy proposed to Sara. It was quite the elaborate and magical day after months of planning and the efforts of several close friends. Tracy took Sara out to breakfast while their friends went to their house to pick up the secret getaway bags. Tracy said their friends really went above and beyond to help make the day magical. They drove more than two hours to the beach and raced up a mountain with Tracy and Sara at their heels. Their job was to set the beautiful scene at the special spot, where weeks earlier, Tracy had carved their initials and the proposal date in a tree the two had climbed years back.
When they got up to the tree, Tracy’s heart was pounding so hard, she thought for sure Sara knew what was happening, and that her nerves would ruin the surprise. Sara thought it was just a day hike and some quality one-on-one time. The tree was strung with beautiful lights and there were candles everywhere. Tracy got down on one knee and asked Sara to be her wife. As Sara excitedly said, “YES,” she looked out to find their friends hiding in the trees shooting videos and photos of the occasion.
They all celebrated for a moment then hiked down together where Tracy told Sara they had more surprises ahead. She had planned a weekend getaway in a beautiful beach cabin and spa in Manzanita, Oregon. It was a weekend neither would ever forget.
Sara and Tracy wanted to have a forest wedding and fell in love instantly with their arboretum venue’s redwood deck. They actually had to camp out overnight in front of the Portland Building in the snow on the night of Jan. 3 in order to reserve the venue. The Portland Parks office opens up all of the venues for reservations for the entire year on that first business day of a new year. About 40 or so people spent the night in tents on the sidewalk with them waiting for their park reservations. It was a very memorable experience in their planning process.
Once they had their venue, everything else seemed pretty easy. They wanted to keep the wedding simple, as nature was its own theme and provided most of the décor. They added some mason jars and lavender for color, but kept it pretty minimal.
Tracy wore her grandfather’s watch and Sara had a piece of her mom’s wedding dress pinned inside her dress. They had custom Converse sneakers made with their wedding date on them. Their vows were special and unique to them. They wrote them together and alternated their delivery. They made wishes to each other about their relationship and where they would like it to lead, and at the end, they pinky swore to do their best to make those wishes come true. It fit their style better than the traditional vows they found.
Sara and Tracy took a honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for one week after the wedding. Neither had been to Mexico and Sara had never been out of the country. They are always looking for new adventures, and this seemed like a good one. It was the perfect balance of excitement and exploration alongside relaxation and peace.
The happy newlyweds recommend to other couples to “Stay true to what you want on your special day. It is way too easy to fall into the trap of other people’s advice and suggestions. It is your special day, and no matter what, you want to be able to look back on it and know that it was truly yours, not someone else’s dream.”
They added that, “if you’re going to splurge on anything, make sure it’s your photographer. This is the person that is capturing the memories of a lifetime and you want them to be amazing. They spend so much time with the couple and the families that it is really important to find someone that you click with and trust. Our photographer was incredible. She not only took the most beautiful photos, but was the creative genius and event coordinator to many of the details that we hadn’t even thought about. Do not skimp on your photography budget!”
Their LGBTQ-Friendly Vendors
Photographer: Sarah Babcock Studio // Beauty: Blush Beauty Bar // Dress Store: Charlotte’s Weddings & More // Event Venue: Hoyt Arboretum Trails // Favors and Gifts: Jones Soda // Musicians: Margaret Wehr // Linens and Coverings: The Party Pros
Submitted via Two Bright Lights