Joe and I met while attending college at Western Oregon University. It was a time in which neither of us was interested in a relationship but after a week of trekking around Moab with the Natural Science club (of which Joe was the president hehe). We found the chemistry and compatibility too strong to ignore. Our partnership grew over countless bow hunting and backpacking trips where we pushed ourselves to new limits spending weeks in our beloved Eagle cap wilderness, harvesting mushrooms, deer, elk, berries, and exploring new basins and sacred spots known only to us.
One day in 2014 after a long and monotonous work week I came home and announced that I had planned to hike the 2,660 mile Pacific Crest trail, reaching from the Mexico to Canada border. Without a bat of the eye or any element of surprise Joe replied “lets do it!” Together and now equipped with a new set of adventure dreadlocks and our one man tent we made the entire length of the trip in 4.5 months. If there were ever a better test to see if you are compatible with someone; 25 miles a day and only one shower a week will do it.
Fast forward 3 years after a rainy hunting trip Joe popped the question at a hotsprings in La Grande Oregon. I was stunned as he pulled the most beautiful and unique locally made (and from my hometown to boot!) ring that encompassed all the most important elements to us. A citrine sun signifying Fire, engraved waves for the water, a mountain for the earth aspect, and finally air, portrayed by the blowing wind.
Our adventures as husband and wife continue as we just recently moved into a RV full time in order to travel for Joe’s work. We split our year between the Northern Oregon Coast and the beautiful mountains and blue sky of Eastern Oregon running, hiking, foraging and playing with our pup Indi.
Dress- BHDL (http://www.bhldn.com/stores-portland/)
Shoes- Toms (http://www.toms.com/)
Earrings- Red Geode Halves moonstone by KristynRenne Jewelry (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KristynReneeJewelry)
Hairpieces- Gold vines by SarasBoutique Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/SarasBoutique)
Ring- David and Sabine (http://www.davidandsabine.com/)
Boquet- Becca Atley (http://branchesandvine.com/)
Hair and makeup- Alyssa Underwood (http://www.alyssaunderwoodartistry.com/) (https://www.instagram.com/underwoodmakeup/)
Tattoos- Flash tattoos (http://www.flashtat.com/)
Bridesmades dresses- Lulus https://www.lulus.com/
Groom and Groomsmen
Shirts: Macys INC brand
Leather suspenders- Heysir Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/HeySir)
Pants- Prana stretch Zion (http://www.prana.com/)
Shoes- Clarks (http://www.clarksusa.com/us/)
Boutonnieres- Hand assembled by the mother of the bride feathers are from the brides great grandfathers fly tieing collection.
Ring- Mountian Lake Irinis world Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/IrinisWorld)
Vendors and other elements
Personalized Mountian Beer steins- Alex Appland Pottery (http://alexapland.com/)
Personalized “lewis and Clark” essential oil bug spray- Growing Wise (http://www.growingwise.biz/)
Guest Book- Kate Burkow leather (https://www.etsy.com/shop/KateBrunkowLeather)
Food- Mama Mia Woodfired Pizza (http://www.mammamiagelateria.com/)
Dessert- Dropout cookies (https://www.facebook.com/dropoutcookie/)
Cake- Ambrossia Bakery (https://ambrosianaturalbakery.com/)
Arbor and Benches- Handmilled and stained by the groom and family friends from timber on the venue property. Antler accents Elk courtesy the groom.
Table designs- Bride’s personal home treasures
Venue- Private Residence on the Rogue River in Grants Pass Oregon
Bounce House- Big Air (http://bigairjumphouses.com/)
Custom Signs- (https://www.facebook.com/emmyandbo/)