athena + ian have always felt drawn to the oregon coast; the simple but stunning landscape, where the forest meets the sea, there was just something magical about it. this dreamy location would be the setting for their engagement session with photographer erika greene. a few weeks prior to the engagement session, COVID-19 turned their world + wedding plans upside down. they were faced with the decision, as so many couples have this year, to postpone or change their plans completely— athena + ian assessed their priorities, talked with loved ones and considered their options. when eventually they were struck with a fun idea, 'we already have this trip planned, what if we turn our engagement session into an elopement?!' they reached out to their photographer + videographers (Jay and Mack) to pitch the idea; and never turning down an adventure, they were so in. athena + ian reached out to us for planning / styling assistance; and after we heard their story, we were completely sold on their adventurous attitudes + willingness to roll with the punches. we worked with these two virtually, and didn't actually meet them face to face until they were walking to their ceremony (there's a first for everything). this spontaneous day, overflowing with love + adoration for one another was so, so special to be a part of.
athena + ian made a vacation of their 'i dos', spending a few days leading up to the elopement exploring oregon, eventually landing at the surf sand resort in Cannon Beach. the morning of their nuptials, they along with their french bulldogs (iggy + otto), spent time together; hiking, drinking coffee, and relaxing back at the resort-- their room overlooking the spot, haystack rock, where they would say I do.
athena did her own hair and makeup as they leisurely got ready together— athena wore a stunning a-line tara lauren gown, while ian looked dapper in a classic black suit + tie. they helped iggy + otto get ready with matching kerchiefs for the occasion. when it was time; the two, accompanied by their pups, walked together from the resort down to their ceremony.
athena + ian exchanged hand written vows in front of the beautiful natural backdrop of haystack rock and the pacific ocean. they shared anecdotes about their love story, and promises to one another to be in it for a lifetime. they said yes to forever, and popped a bottle of champagne to kick off the celebration. awaiting them down the beach; a cozy, candlelit picnic. the two shared sweet moments together, laughing, toasting, eating dinner from a local restaurant + their favorite desserts from the pie spot in portland.
athena + ian shared a first dance on the quiet beach and as the sun began to set, the lovebirds shared some sweet, blissful moments together, captured by their photographer.
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Design / Planning : Hosted By @hostedby.co | Floral Design : Novella Theory Floral Co. @novellatheoryfloral | Bridal Gown : Tara Lauren @tara_lauren | Rentals: Great Jones NW @greatjonesnw | Desserts: Pie Spot @piespotpdx