There’s always something so special about weddings at home. Fred and Martine knew from the get go that they wanted to get married at the bride’s childhood home. Martine put on her wedding gown in her childhood bedroom, beverages were served out of the playhouse that her father built for her when she was little, and the ceremony was held in the field with a beautiful view of Mount Hood behind them. Says Martine:

“My parents designed and built the log home that I grew up in, so the house has a lot of history and meaning for our family. Fred loves it there (he’s a city kid by birth but a country boy by nature), so we agreed that that was the place. Once we decided on that, we tried to go with details that made sense. When you’re getting married at a ranch, hay bales with vintage blankets to sit on just seem natural. So do mason jars, bunting on the barb wire fence, Bundt cakes, and a country band for a barn dance!”

Martine customized a sign template by Hello!Lucky for the signature cocktail, Blushing Bride.

Says Martine: My future mother-in-law and my good friend were my floral designers. I wanted very simple wildflower-esque arrangements and had the good luck to have peonies in season so it wasn’t too tough. After the rehearsal dinner all my friends came back to the house and pitched in to finish up the last centerpieces and everything turned out beautifully.

I bake Bundt cakes for all sorts of occasions, so I made three caramel apple and three double chocolate for the wedding. My family thought I was crazy for baking the morning of the wedding but it was actually quite soothing. Our caterer also made a small traditional wedding cake, and Fred made the cake topper of crossed wrenches since we are both engineers.

Deciding on music was tough – we didn’t really think a DJ would fit in at the ranch, but hiring a wedding band conjured up images of a bunch of guys in tuxes with trumpets which was also scary. One night during our engagement, we went dancing at the local roadhouse to hear our favorite band, Knut Bell and the Blue Collars, and I had the revelation that we could probably hire THIS band. I gasped and looked up at Fred, and I could see he had the same thought. Right there, we decided! They were a highlight of the wedding – the dance floor was full all night. My parents are big country dancers, so my father and I did the wagon wheeler’s waltz, a beautiful pattern dance, for the father-daughter dance.

Venue: family ranch in Hood River, Oregon

Wedding coordinator: Wedding Love Notes

Bride’s dress / cowboy boots: I Do Bridal / Lane Boots

Parasols: Bella Umbrella

Cake: Pampered Palette Catering

Country band: Knut Bell and the Blue Collars

A big thank you to Heather España for the fabulous photos, and to second shooter Ryan from You Look Nice Today.

Hello!Lucky is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. morgan

    Possibly the most perfect wedding ever….

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  2. kristen

    So lovely! That image w/ the posters & string lights has got to be one of my favorites from a wedding, ever. That’s how you do pink without being too girly-girl!

    Love so many details about this wedding.. especially the connection to family & friends throughout so many elements. <3

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  3. Malinda

    Lovely wedding! I love the boots, the wrenches cake topper…simply lovely!

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  4. forget.me.knot.weddings

    Always love a backyard sentimental wedding! The details are perfect with the day!

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  5. christine haslet

    WOW!!!!!! gorgeous images, felt like i was actually there. what a wonderful warm wedding celebration…

    miss christine
    http://elopetosandiego.blogspot.com/

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  6. Casey@HelloLovePhoto

    What a beautiful and unique wedding, and the photography is awesome!

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  7. Kristi

    What an amazing location!! Lucky girl :) This is just awesome!! I love all the details – the groom’s tie, the cake with wrench’s on top, the pink skirted table and the blushing bride sign and serving area – all just fabulous!

    xoxo
    kristi

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  9. oddsundays

    this wedding is just mad. how amazing are all the details – it’s so faithful to the theme. congrats!!!

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  10. fokerss

    haha like old school XD
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  11. Heather Espana

    Such a fun couple and wedding to photograph! Thank you for the beautiful feature Kathryn :).

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    How lucky to have such a great spot for the wedding!

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  15. Jenni

    What a fun wedding!!
    and I LOVE Fred’s tie! any chance I can find out more about it? where can I find one?

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