​​Whimsical and Glamorous Pronghorn Resort Wedding

​​Whimsical and Glamorous Pronghorn Resort Wedding

Imagine spectacular views of a high desert landscape, an otherworldly lava cave ceremony, stunning floral arrangements in a mix of soft pastels with pops of bright tones, and a magical canopy of twinkling lights. Welcome to Marisa and Stephen’s whimsical and glamorous Pronghorn Resort wedding. It’s truly like something out of a dream. 

The couple poured a lot of love into the wedding details. The bride, who is a graphic designer, created all of the wedding stationery and drew portraits of their two cats so they were included in the celebration. They also wanted to make sure that their guests felt taken care of by handing out thoughtful welcome bags filled with big day essentials.

They completed the enchanting vibe with their gorgeous attire—Marisa looked every bit like a fairytale bride in her celestial headpiece that perfectly matched her strapless gown with a full soft tulle skirt and sweep train, while Stephen was a dashing groom in his timeless suit. 

With the help of their planner Amanda Galbraith, the couple was able to pull off a wedding that’s bursting with personality, romance, and full-on glam! Keep scrolling to take in all the breathtaking scenery and ethereal charm captured by Baylee Dennis.

The Couple:

Marisa + Stephen

The Wedding:

Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Oregon, United States

The Perfect Venue For This Pronghorn Resort Wedding

We chose Pronghorn Resort because it provided a unique hybrid between several things we wanted in our wedding venue. First, it was absolutely gorgeous with very diverse and sprawling grounds that helped you feel immersed in the experience. Second, there were so many unique natural elements we felt were whimsical and fun like the ghost tree forest and lava cave. Who knew being a cave bride could be so glamorous? And lastly, the property has the wonderful Huntington Resort that comfortably held all our guests and provided them with a beautiful and relaxing place to stay.

They Poured A Lot Of Love Into Their Pronghorn Resort Wedding

At the end of the day, despite all the planning and worrying and logistics, the most palpable thing at our wedding was an all-encompassing sense of love. The wedding still felt like it was about our union and the celebration of our family and loved ones who’d supported us in our life. All the decor, flowers, and food seemed to just enhance that feeling and not distract from it. Everything was made and done with love.

The Most Memorable Part Of The Day

For both of us the most memorable part of the way was walking into our reception and seeing so many people we love so much in the same gorgeous space. After a year of pandemic living, the joy of being together was almost overwhelming. That love, coupled with the beautiful and enchanting space created by our vendor team, made the day feel like we’d stepped into a fairytale.

Wedding Planner Amanda Galbraith Was Their Fairy Godmother

If your budget allows for it, get yourself a coordinator! I can’t stress enough how much this is good advice, especially if you are getting married somewhere that isn’t local to where you live. Amanda was seriously our wedding fairy godmother. From clutch recommendations to juggling tasks and contacting our vendors—we fully believe the wedding was as successful as it was because we hired her. Also, as a designer, it was important to Marisa not only to find vendors whose work we loved but to also let them have enough creative freedom to get excited and create from their hearts. You can feel the difference when people are inspired and not just executing.

Thoughtful Welcome Bags

Instead of going with traditional favors, we opted to give our guests welcome bags which they received when they checked into the resort. We included an information packet about the weekend and events, cloth masks, hand sanitizer, mints, advil, water bottles, and lots of snacks for them to keep in their room. Pronghorn resort is about 20 minutes outside of Bend, so we wanted our guests to have some comforts readily available to them after their day of travel without having to leave the comfort of their rooms. It was also important to us that our guests knew we were taking their safety seriously due to the ongoing pandemic.

DIY Wedding Details

 I have a lot of great passion for paper goods and snail mail. I designed, assembled, and addressed our wedding suite, curated a selection of vintage stamps, designed wax seals, and had our invitations custom foil printed in rose gold for a little added magic. Then, I hand foiled all our escort cards with the help of my mother and godmother on handmade paper and did all the calligraphy for the wedding. I also drew portraits of our two cats, Bandit and Pete, for our signature cocktails. The only part of our stationery that I didn’t design was our gorgeous table numbers from The Punctilious Mr. P’s Place Card Company. They were just so gorgeous and perfect, I couldn’t pass them up!

Working With Baylee Dennis Photography

Baylee Dennis is a photography wizard. I don’t know how she did it because she somehow managed to take pictures of a hundred things happening at the same time while carefully capturing the magic of it all. She’s so warm and made us all feel so comfortable in her presence. She never displayed any stress or nerves and never pressured us to do anything we weren’t comfortable with. We were able to relax by simply setting her free to work her magic on the day. We’ll definitely use any excuse in life to have sessions with her in the future.

Change Of Plans That Worked Out In The End

We originally planned to have our ceremony on the Event Island in the middle of the golf course. Our wedding was originally supposed to be 185 guests, but because of Covid we had to cut our guest list down to 50. Pronghorn Resort kindly offered us the option of moving our ceremony location to their lava cave at no additional charge as a consolation for all the replanning from the pandemic and we jumped at the chance. Our wedding was smaller than we envisioned, but the fantastic new location coupled with the extra personal level of connecting with all our guests made us so grateful we had a smaller wedding. We wouldn’t change a thing.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Baylee Dennis
Event Planning – Amanda Galbraith
Event Design – Marisa Anthony
Ceremony Venue – Pronghorn Resort
Floral Design – Summer Robbins
Cake – Foxtail Bakeshop
DJ – Flip Flop Sounds
Videography – Wendy Testu
Invitation Design – Marisa Anthony
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Cassidy Elise
Wedding Dress – Vera Wang
Rings – J Lewis Jewlers
Rentals – Heirlooms and Co
Table Numbers – The Punctilious Mr. P’s Stationery
Lighting – Illuminate Your Night
Tent Rental – O’Brian Events

Congratulations to Marisa and Stephen on their whimsical and glamorous Pronghorn Resort wedding. Big thanks to Baylee Dennis for capturing the magic of their beautiful wedding.

Just like this wedding, you can set the atmosphere and ambiance by choosing a venue that’s a kind of place that makes your wedding an experience rather than simply an event. Let your imagination run wild and allow your personality to shine through every detail of your wedding. This is your big day. With the right venue and wedding vendor team, you can make it to be everything you ever wanted.


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Stunning Rainy Day Government Cove Elopement *

Stunning Rainy Day Government Cove Elopement *

Ever heard of the superstition that “rain on your wedding day is good luck?” Well this Government Cove elopement should be proof enough that rain on your wedding day is gorgeous regardless! Amber and Monty—two outdoorsy lovers—grabbed their boots and trekked the mountains to exchange their vows in the most scenic way possible. And Amber didn’t let the weather or hike stop her from rocking a stunning polka dot gown. 

Not only were the views stunning, but when the rain came down, Amber and Monty snuggled close, grabbed their clear umbrellas, and took time to enjoy being married. Adventure-seekers, this one’s for you. Scroll down to see how Five Fox’s Photography captured this stunning elopement.

The Couple:

Amber and Monty

The Wedding:

Government Cove, Oregon, USA

Staying In The Moment

I would say we are most proud of just being in the moment together. We wanted to do an elopement-style wedding because we wanted simplicity and aren’t really into flashy moments!

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Rain Storm And Snuggles

The most memorable part of the day for us was when we got caught in a crazy rainstorm! Hiding under those beautiful sheer umbrellas we were able to snuggle in close and laugh and watch the rain. It was pure love at that moment.

Stay True To What You Want

My advice is to stay true to what you really want and don’t allow anyone else to steer you away from that! This is your big day and you deserve to look back and have everything you ever wanted.

Why A Government Cove Elopement?

We chose our location because we both love the outdoors and felt that this area had everything we loved between the mountains and the river. There was lush green grass and a little bit of leftover snow that made it the perfect location.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Five Fox’s Photography
Floral Design – Caroline Reusen
Wedding Dress – Utah Gown Rentals


Congratulations to Amber and Monty on their Government Cove elopement! Thank you to Five Fox’s Photography for both capturing and sharing this day with us. Thinking about planning your own adventure elopement? We don’t blame you. Here are four reasons to elope and our ultimate elopement planning guide to get you started. 


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Jaw-Dropping Oregon Coast Elopement *

Jaw-Dropping Oregon Coast Elopement *

oregon coast elopement

Elopements are considered an alternative wedding style, but thanks to the pandemic more couples are opting for these intimate nuptials.  With only a handful of guests in tow, Cassie and Cintia  Oregon coast elopement proves that love conquers all. And we’re obsessed with the incredible images that Henry Tieu captured of their day. 

Since the couple is from Utah, wedding planner Rain and Pines planned an incredible day filled with little trips and hikes to get to their ceremony and reception spots. These brides looked absolutely stunning in their wedding attire—a colorful suit from Tailor Cooperative and a flowing gown from The Perfect Dress

Keep scrolling to see an Oregon coast elopement that offers a beach and forest setting in one place. 

The Couple

Cassie and Cintia

The Wedding

Oregon, United States

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The Oregon Coast Elopement Menu

We ordered from a restaurant nearby! Everyone picked the dish they wanted so everyone enjoyed a special meal and left with a full stomach. 

Elopement Planning Advice From The Couple

Have fun when you’re planning and make sure you do things for yourself and not to please others. 

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Working With Henry Tieu

Henry was the absolute best. He made the whole process easy and made us comfortable. He was so kind to us and all of our family.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Henry Tieu
Event Planning & Floral Design & Officiant & Cake – Rain and Pines
Wedding Dress – The Perfect Dress Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Tailor Cooperative
Rings – J Brooks Jewelers

Congratulations to Cassie and Cintia on their Oregon coast elopement! We’re so glad Henry Tieu was able to capture the day and share it with us. Ready to plan your own coastal “I do’s?” Get started with our elopement planning guide to ensure your day is as beautiful and unique as your love.


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Gorgeous Skamania Lodge Elopement *

Gorgeous Skamania Lodge Elopement *

A lakefront ceremony, towering mountain top views, and miles from the nearest city—adventure lovers Bri and Derek traded a traditional over-the-top wedding for a secluded, gorgeous Skamania Lodge elopement deep in Stevensville, Washington mountains. The couple prioritized their loved ones’ involvement in their elopement—live-streaming their ceremony and chatting with family and friends after tying the knot. Nothing was stopping this motivated couple, not even a poor wifi connection. 

Photographer Lukas Korynta captured every detail that made this stunning outdoorsy elopement an adventurous couple’s dream wedding. If you’re looking to take your love to new heights, keep scrolling for inspo-worthy details that are sure to have you swooning. 

The Couple:

Briana and Derek

The Wedding:

Thunder Island at Cascade Locks, Oregon

Involving Loved Ones In This Skamania Lodge Elopement

We prioritized the involvement of our loved ones in our elopement. After the ceremony, we set aside time to chat with family on zoom. We also chose to hold our own private reception with just ourselves in a nearby modern and semi-luxurious “treehouse” at Skamania Lodge. We spent the night eating, drinking, and dancing late into the night. Secluded from the world, we kept the music loud, drinks flowing, and the party going. 

Hiring Top-Notch Wedding Vendors 

We can’t stress the importance of hiring trusted wedding professionals, like our photographer. We loved working with our Lukas. After quite a bit of research, we chose to work with him because of his aesthetic and unique ability to bring out the moody colors of the Pacific Northwest. His ability to show a personal connection with couples in his work was also a selling point for us. He made our photo session easy, seamless, and he engaged with us—which made it seem like he was an old friend. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lukas Korynta
Ceremony Venue – Thunder Island at Cascade Locks, Oregon
Reception Venue – Skamania Lodge 

Congratulations Bri and Derek, and big thanks to photographer Lukas Korynta for capturing these love-filled images—bringing out the adventure in us all. If you’re feeling inspired to ditch the traditional wedding ceremony for an elopement-styled wedding, check out this ultimate elopement planning checklist to get started.


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The Ultimate Outdoor Festival Themed Ashland Wedding *

The Ultimate Outdoor Festival Themed Ashland Wedding *

If the bold colors and maraca party favors from this wedding don’t catch your eye, the custom Wild Rose Shop jean jackets and endless food options will. With help from the planner, J29 Events, Alicia and Philip brought to life their dream Spanish festival-themed Ashland wedding filled with fun, family, and food.

With family involvement being a huge priority, the couple chose to include a unity ceremony with a twist. They honored the unity of two families becoming one with a champagne toast mid-ceremony and an assortment of hand-tied scarves to unite their families—a creative and unforgettable way to involve loved ones

We are glad photographer Emily Hary Photography, captured every detail that made Alicia and Philip’s festival wedding day. From the Spanish influences to the retro reception dance floor—there isn’t a detail left untouched. Get your Pinterest Boards ready for this one-of-a-kind outdoor festival-themed Ashland wedding. 

The Couple:

Alicia and Phillip

The Wedding:

Ashland, Oregon

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Cultural Influences For An Ashland Wedding

My husband and I have both done a lot of traveling and we wanted our wedding to be vibrant and full of life to express some of the cultural vibes we have picked up over the years.

Two Families Coming Together As One 

We had everyone hold a string of scarves during the ceremony so that everyone was connected at the same time. It was a magical feeling to have everyone’s love and energy flowing through the ceremony site. We were connected as one and everyone felt our love.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Emily Hary Photography
Event Planning – J29 Events
Floral Design – Petal & Seed
Catering – Shield Catering 
Food Trucks – Peace Love and Little Donuts, Daddy Ramen, The Melt Grilled Cheese Truck, Curbside King + Jose’s Tacos
Bar – Bar Nomadic + Growler King
DJ – Sights + Sounds Unlimited
Photobooth – Happymatic
Makeup Artist – Reina Artistry
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridal Accessories – Wild Rose Shop
Groom’s Apparel – Hall Madden
Rings – Art FX Fine Jewelry
Rentals – Motif Events, Party GalleryEncore Event Rentals
Linens – La Tavola
Transportation – Allaboard Trolley Tours

Big thanks to photographer Emily Hary Photography, for capturing the uniqueness of this outdoor festival-themed Ashland wedding. Whether you’re planning an elopement styled ceremony or an over-the-top wedding there are many ways to personalize your big day like Alicia and Philip did. 

If you’re looking for more nontraditional wedding inspo that will set your wedding apart, check out these tips on how to plan a unique wedding.


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