All about The Dress
As she shopped, Leah kept two things in mind, "I wanted to feel everything but ordinary on my wedding day. I also wanted to stay true to myself and find a dress that represented my style and felt like the one for me! I wanted all the glamour, and a train was a definite must for me!" Covered in shimmering beadwork, her customized Stephen Yearick mermaid gown from Karoza Bridal was all that and more.
The finishing touch: bridal headpieces
Leah also infused personality into her look through accessories that complemented her bridal hairstyle and aesthetic. "I wanted a traditional feel for the ceremony, so I purchased a custom-made cathedral veil fromRosi's Bridal Studio. I wanted something fun yet glamorous for the reception, so I wore a custom-made bridal halo headpiece and beautiful earrings from Bridal Styles Boutique! The halo and earrings really were the perfect touch for the evening!"
Planning their wedding
Andre and Leah planned their day together with help from their maid of honor and a stellar vendor team! Says Leah, "My husband was my biggest help and support in the planning process, along with my best friend and maid of honor, Millie. And of course, we couldn't have done it without the professionals—a big thank you to our coordinator/event planner, Najla Rose, who worked along with Nicole Ball at the Oregon Golf Club, and our florist Alesya with Luxury Bloom Floral Design—they worked as a team and really went above and beyond to make sure everything turned out perfectly and brought my vision to life."
Our sweet bride shares more details about her day with us below!
What inspired your wedding day's style?
"I always envisioned a romantic, intimate and timeless wedding—one with a beautiful ceremony outdoors and nature views. When the planning started, it felt right to stick to that, so we chose The Oregon Golf Club in West Linn for our ceremony and reception. We also wanted our wedding to be small and intimate—we stuck together, so we didn't feel pressured to have a big, traditional wedding.
Our ceremony was in their gorgeous rose garden, and our reception was in their outdoor event pavilion. We wanted to create a light, warm tone for the reception, so we filled the space with whites and gold and lots of candles for romance. We also had a 7-tier white cake with lots of white roses! Which was the perfect touch!"
What was the most memorable part of the wedding for you? For your husband?
"Seeing all the people we deeply love and adore in one place, having a great time, and celebrating my husband and my love. Nothing beats that!
For Andre, it was the first look—it's a moment you wait so long for, then seeing your beautiful bride makes it worth the wait!"
If you could give brides-to-be some advice about the wedding, what would it be? What would your husband's advice be?
"My advice would be to dream big and go all in! In the end, it is well worth every amount of money spent. The memories, the joy, seeing all your friends and family having a good time is worth it all. So go all in and enjoy every minute because it's truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Andre's advice is: Don't worry about the small stuff. Instead, really focus on the special day and enjoy all the moments—soak it all in because it really does fly by!"
bridal hair vine headpiece and earrings: Bridal Styles Boutique | wedding gown: Stephen Yearick via Karoza Bridal | cathedral veil: Rosi's Bridal Studio | photographer: Wedding Photo House by Dina Chmut | coordinator/planner: Najla Rose Events Design | venue: The Oregon Golf Club | hair: Cover of beauty, Diana Koshurba | makeup: Be Forever Glamorous, Rebecca Bogdan | florals: Luxury Bloom Floral Designs | videography: The Film House Weddings | ceremony music: The Vancouver String Quartet D