There’s nothing quite like a summer garden wedding that’s all about family, and that’s just what I have for you today. As photographer Ryan Wilcox says: A gorgeous backyard commitment ceremony in the west hills of Portland, Oregon with an Elvis impersonator, Portland food carts, a vintage car, a rowdy fun group of guys and a stylish couple. What’s not to love?

Jane’s sister, Kailla Platt, arranged all of the lovely summer rustic flowers.

Jane and Stuart chose their wedding venue for it’s special significance in Jane’s family. Says the bride, “Portland has gorgeous summers, so we knew we wanted to celebrate outside. My grandparents built a beautiful garden together, and my eldest sister got married under the oak tree my grandfather planted over 70 years ago. He is 99 and was there to celebrate with us! Stuart and I got married under a paper bark cherry tree in their garden. The place is so lovely, we didn’t need any decor. Some dahlias on the tables and lights above the dance floor. Boom. Simple.”

Love all the hugs!

Several food trucks catered the wedding, including a late night visit by the Voodoo Doughnut truck!

A couple more details about the day from Jane and Stuart:

What advice do you have for other brides?  Drink a lot of Sleepytime tea the night before your wedding. Maybe even a nip of some booze. Anything to slow you down. I didn’t sleep a wink!

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day?  Stuart’s mother was very ill and not going to make it to our summer wedding celebration. She and Stuart’s stepfather got married in Las Vegas, so in honor of her I surprised Stuart by whisking him off to Vegas to get hitched. I showed up outside of the school where he teaches with a sign reading “Will you marry me? In Vegas? Tomorrow?” We hopped in a cab to the airport and called his mom on the way. She got a kick out of it. She passed away a month and a half later, so we are both so glad we made it happen. In Portland we wanted to say our own vows to each other and celebrate with our dear friends and family (with an Elvis impersonator to bring in a little bit of Vegas!).



Photography: Ryan Wilcox of You Look Nice Today / Venue: private garden in Portland, Oregon / Bride’s dress: Temperley London / Groom’s suit: Gucci / Groom’s shirt: J.Crew / Food truck catering: Violetta, Shut Up and EatThe Gaufre Gourmet, and Voodoo Doughnut

See lots more photos from Jane and Stuart’s wedding on Ryan’s blog right here!

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  1. Jillian Nicole

    Loved the gorgeous simplicity of this sweet wedding!:)

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  2. Cn

    This wedding is AMAZING. The Vegas story makes me tear up – how wonderfully sweet of the bride. We’re also considering doing our flowers ourselves. Would love any advice on how to pull that off!

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  3. lydia {ever ours}

    so gorgeous. i love her dress!

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  4. Laura Reaux

    Ryan is such a fantastic photographer. GREAT work & how FUN that they had food trucks!

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  5. Jenna Stratman

    The bride’s dress…I can’t stop obsessing!! Simply gorgeous!

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  6. Paula

    her dress is just stunning:X:X:X:X:X loooveeeee

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  7. Amy

    This is such a pretty summer wedding. It reminds me of the lush, green summers on the East Coast.

    I also love the bride’s advice about drinking Sleepytime tea the night before (which made me smile). I took two valium the night before to knock me out and I’m glad I did!

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  8. Heidi

    Very stylish and very fun! Love Jane’s dress–a lot! Congrats to Jane & Stuart!

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  9. Ciara

    Love her simple lace dress, so chic! and how special to get married in a garden that your grandfather planted and loved!

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  10. time to plan

    that dress is absolutely stunning. seriously, cannot stop staring. i wonder if it lasted the evening without any snags?

    there’s an extra-strength sleepytime tea now too :) and it WORKS.

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  11. Tim Duncan

    Her dress is STUNNING!! She is so stylish! And yay for food trucks! :)

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  12. Ann

    I love the colour scheme and DIY projects. Everything is beautiful. Good luck and all the Best to this beautiful couple.

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