Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. Globe Trot

Just wanted to share a travel blog that I've been loving lately. It's filled with tons of yummy pictures as the blog writers are an extremely talented husband + wife photography team. You might recognize Julia and Yuriy from their ridiculously stunning wedding that was recently featured on Green Wedding Shoes. They've got amazing style and they're traveling the world on a six month honeymoon. Follow their adventures at Mr. & Mrs. Global Trot, but be ready to feel some serious envy. It's unavoidable.
{photos by Julia and Yuriy}

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Captivating Florals

I'm seriously swooning over the floral arrangements in this inspiration shoot shot by local Portland photographer Sara Gray. Lisa Martin at Studio del Fiore is the genius behind these flowers and I just can't stop staring! See more of the gorgeousness here.
{Photos by Sara Gray}

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Um, hi. Could I be any more obsessed with of these Madewell looks? Seriously need every outfit. Every piece! 
More eye candy here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Our Wedding: The Details

This will be a picture post. The wonderful details that made our wedding truly "us". I had so much fun planning and even though there were stressful moments (we seriously almost eloped about halfway through the engagement!), seeing it all come together on the day of was SO worth it. I would do it again 1,000 times over. 
{Photos by Jill Thomas}

Our Wedding: The Reception

The clouds finally broke and gave us amazing light for the beginning of the reception and dinner. It literally made the whole place look heavenly.
We knew we wanted to do a grand entrance, but realized we never picked a song for it.So moments before we were to be introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Denfeld for the first time, we decided it was only appropriate to walk out (our dance out…) to “Sexy Back”. It was so much fun to have a silly song playing!
Our food was insanely delicious, people were raving! I had the most amazing bridal party who immediately prepared a plate for me, and when we were getting caught chatting away with guests they kindly pulled us away and let everyone know it was time for us (and everyone else) to sit down for dinner. So, I succeeded in eating dinner at my own wedding! Which I’ve heard is quite the feat! The way we had the tables set up we could sit and eat dinner and look at everyone. I found myself taking a moment to just soak it all in. I looked around at everyone chatting, drinking and eating and I just kept thinking to myself “this is our wedding, this is the day we’ve waited so long for”. It was so nice to be able to have the time to watch people enjoy themselves.

Dinner ran pretty long and before we knew it, it was dark (and getting very cold) and we realized we were already behind on speeches. And we had five to get through! I decided to watch the video of the speeches a couple of nights ago and I was seriously laughing and crying all over again (it could’ve been the wine…). I couldn’t have asked for more amazing and heartfelt words from our families. There was so much love in the air!
After speeches, it was time to get down on the dance floor. Corey and I opened it up with our first dance to “We Are Man and Wife” by Michelle Featherstone. Then, our DJ redeemed himself from his processional mishap and kept the dance floor packed the rest of the night. He opened it with “I Gotta Feeling“ by the Black Eyed Peas, it was the most perfect song to start the dancing, and it was a good night, indeed!
Time was passing quickly at this stage in the night and all of a sudden the fry cart had arrived and the cake hadn’t been cut and I hadn’t changed into my party dress and guess what? I didn’t care one single bit. We were having so much fun that I didn’t care about that stuff anymore (well, I cared about getting my dress on since it’s the cutest thing EVER). I just wanted to enjoy the rest of our wedding night and have fun with our friends and family. So we snapped a couple quick pictures with the Portland’s famous French fry cart, Potato Champion, and got back to the dance floor. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
At the very end of the night, when we had overstayed our welcome at the venue and were trying to get all the drunkards on the bus back to downtown, we quickly “cut our cake” with a sparkler! And did a couple fun “send off” photos (by this point Jill had left) and called it good.

There are no words to describe how much happiness and love I felt on that day. Not everything went as planned but in my mind I have no disappointment and we are just forever grateful for all the work and time our families put into making our day absolutely, positively perfect. There really isn’t a way to explain what it meant to us. All I can say is we are nothing without them and our day would’ve been nothing without them.

Sorry for the long post. I really hope you enjoyed these recaps! I have the greatest readers who make blogging so much fun! Thank you for being here, your words and comments are so inspiring and make me so happy every day! I'm going to do one last post with our setup and details and then that will be the end of wedding recap week! 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Our Wedding: The Ceremony

Where do I begin? Our ceremony was so special, and the reason for it all, right? I was the happiest girl in the world listening to Corey recite his beautiful vows and I have never been so sure of the promises I made to Corey.

My mom raised me and my sisters and I wish there was a way to explain how amazing she is. She gave everything she had to make an incredible life for me and my sisters. I get emotional thinking about how grateful I am to have somebody in my life who loves me so much and would do anything for me. It goes without saying that she walked me down the aisle, and that was extremely special to me.
We had my good friend Jenna recite a beautiful poem by Rumi and our officiant gave a beautiful talk about us and our journey. We mostly held it together, except for a minute while I was saying my vows. It was all really magical and so real in that moment. Before the wedding I thought it might be nerve-wracking to say these extremely important words in front of 100+ people, but much like our first look, everything and everyone around me sort of faded away. I just remember holding Corey’s hands tight, looking intently into his gorgeous blue eyes and feeling extremely present in that moment.
There were, of course, a couple funny and unexpected moments. Our DJ played the wrong processional song, so my walk down the aisle was very long and very slow as I thought he would realize and switch the song. But no. Sometimes I still feel bitter about it, but looking back, of all the things that could’ve gone wrong, that really didn’t even matter and wasn’t a huge deal. When I got down to the end of the aisle, Corey gave my mom a hug and showed her to her seat. Then he came back to me and out of habit, we went in for a kiss. I quickly realized we are not aloud to kiss until we’re announced as husband and wife and pretty dramatically jerked back and yelled out “no!” without even thinking! Then everyone started laughing, including Corey and I, and it really put us at ease. Lastly, our officiant started the ceremony and forgot to tell everyone in the audience that they could be seated. So for a good long while everyone was just standing up! It was kind of hilarious. 

After the ceremony we snuck out through the farmhouse and signed our marriage license, making it really official. We were SO smiley and we couldn't stop kissing :) It felt so amazing to finally be married! 

Next, it's time to boogie. Our reception!

P.S. Erin over at Apartment 34 featured me and my gorgeous bridesmaids on her blog yesterday. I couldn't be more honored! Check it out here.