As a photographer, Reanna is used to being behind the camera—but she found herself on the other side of the lens the night Rob proposed to her on a beach in Maui, Hawaii. As family members vacationing together gathered for a group portrait at sunset, "Rob got down on one knee in the middle of the shot that was being taken," Reanna recalls. "I was completely surprised."
The couple's August wedding—a vintage-inspired, royal blue and canary yellow fete held in Molalla, Oregon—was a labor of love for Reanna and Rob, who pulled all the details together themselves over 18 months of fastidious planning.
Reanna describes the private residence where the couple wed as "straight out of pioneer times." Seventy-five sprawling acres of wild Oregon property gave the bride freedom "to do what I wanted in order to achieve my vision," she says. "Plus, I knew it would be an absolutely breathtaking setting for our portraits."
When it came to selecting their wedding date, the couple's choice was bittersweet. They settled on August 27—the day before the bride's father died some years ago. The bride explains: "We set our date for the day before he would have died so that in some way, I can look at that as a new beginning and a turnaround of such a sorrowful day."
The bride's bouquet was decorated with a small silver frame that held a photo of her father. A gift from the groom's mother, it was engraved with the following inscription: "Walking Beside You Always, Especially Today."
"I knew from the beginning that I wanted a rustic and vintage wedding," the bride says.
Accessories like a bead-embroidered clutch and a pair of embellished peep-toe shoes tied in with the vintage-inspired decor. "I wore Rob's late great-grandmother's wedding ring on my right ring finger," the bride says, "and when I got cold in the evening hours of the reception, I wore a beautiful lace and crystal bolero that Rob's grandmother made for me."
Reclaimed wood doors, which the couple salvaged and restored, stood at the entrance to the ceremony site.
Mason jars filled with white and yellow flowers lined the outdoor aisle. "Six months of mowing the two-acre property" was one DIY project the couple could have done without, says the bride.
The couple's officiant "has played quite a large role as a father figure in my life," Reanna says. The bride and groom read vows they composed for each other.
"Almost everything in my wedding was do-it-yourself," says the bride, including the flower arrangements she made herself.
The couple's silhouette illustrated their wedding reception napkins.
Photos: Deyla Huss Photography
Although the bride and groom didn't have a cake topper, there was no denying the appeal of their dessert presentation: eight different flavors of mini cupcakes and a red velvet cake.
The groomsmen attire, complete with suspenders and argyle socks, echoed the couple's blue and yellow color palette.
"It was a moment I have always dreaded," says the bride of having to walk down the aisle without her father by her side. "Just before I began the walk, I handed my uncle my father's class ring to wear on his pinky finger." The duo held back their tears as they started toward the groom, whom the bride describes as "one of the four most important men in my life."
Ceremony Venue: Private residence || Reception Venue: Private residence || Bride's Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero || Bride's Veil: Bridal Exclusives || Bride's Shoes: David's Bridal || Bride's Accessories: White Tulip Fine Accessories, T's Studio Jewelry and My Wife's Studio || Bride's Wedding Ring: Shane Co. || Groom's Tux: Macy's || Groom's Wedding Ring: Shane Co. || Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal || Groomsmen Attire: Macy's || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Nordstrom || Flower Girl Dress: Burlington Coat Factory || Florist: FiftyFlowers.com || Caterer: Two Girls Catering || Stationery: Wedding Chicks || Cake Baker: Wrightberry's Cakes & Cupcakes || Rentals: Barclay Events || Entertainment: Bust A Move || Videography: Moving Picture Weddings || Photography: Deyla Huss Photography