***we have a winner!!!*** (and honorable mentions)

Damn that was rough! You guys sent in the best, most original and gorgeous wedding ideas I have ever seen! I am so inspired. But there can be only one couple. And our lucky WINNERS are Emily & Royal who are getting married this July. I will try to summarize why. First of all, this photo.

& some more darn good reasons:

– Oregon is one of my favorite places
– I have actually been to this cafe (the photo above) when Stuart and I traveled in Oregon a couple years ago.
– the wedding is on a private property that belongs to a family member (I LOVE weddings at home!)
– it’s ultra-boho/ garden theme/ “nature elegance”
– tons of DIY stuff from the Save-The-Dates to the beer (which Royal is brewing himself), to the decorations.
– Mediterranean food (which friends are making)… yum!
– flowers, candles, lights everywhere. dreamy.
– they are making a wedding map for the guests to explore the property because there are tons of little sweet areas; picture: a trail to the creek that is a tunnel through the trees, tables & chairs in the rocks at the shore, floating decorations, (think, tea party!), tree house decorated with flowers and candles & blankets and pillows etc.
– handmade decorations like paper chandeliers, ribbons w/ flowers hanging from the trees, romantic, magical, outdoor elegance…. sold!
– guests make a circle around the couple during their creek-side sunset ceremony, friends playing music.
-last but certainly not least, she compared the intimacy of the wedding to “Fiddler on the Roof”… and I fell in love.
Actually, they had me at “Royal” but whatevs.
Congrats guys, you deserve it.


A couple of amazing honorable mentions, for you guys I would like to offer you a special 10% discount off of my rates if you choose to hire me for your glorious weddings!

Cori & Zach because of these most-awesome Polaroids they took of themselves mid-air, I love you guys. And their GORGEOUS and unique invites and “silent-film” themed wedding which would “put the Great Gatsby to shame” ; ) Also, she is wearing a 1920’s style indigo blue satin gown for her wedding dress… love.

And another honorable mention (and 10% discount offer); last but certainly not least Tara & Jorge. Galician Bagpipes, bluegrass singers, the family vineyard’s wine, a young lady who fell in love with a Spaniard and their insanely stunning wedding at the oldest hotel in the world (constructed in 1499 – I love how she asked if that counts as “vintage” ; ) in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. I dream of being there. Please hire us to shoot your wedding. No, seriously. Please do. You won’t regret it.

I also want to thank everyone for such srsly creative ideas, and for sending pics of your cutie-pie pets, made my day… And mostly, for continuing to help break the mold of traditional weddings so that we can breathe fresh life and new ideas into this industry! And an extra shout-out to those who used my photos in their inspiration boards, thank you!! It means so much to me.

I got entries for such amazing weddings in Colorado, Vermont, Georgia, New York City, Upstate New York,  Northern California, Southern California, Mexico, Oregon coast, Washington, Chicago and tons more! Weddings at home, on an island, at a nature conserve, in farmhouses and barns, near Guatemala, organic, green, vegan weddings, Geranium centerpieces, mini chalk-boards for wedding menus, doggie flower-girls and ring-bearers, & Tango-dancing parents.

I got hippie astronomers, musicians, poets marrying philosophers, teachers, collected vases,  pig-sanctuary honeymoons, tree-logs for vases, Mariachi bands, bonfires & s’mores, equinox weddings, 3-day cabin celebrations & glamping, giant new-york-times crossword puzzles, potted herb favors, gorgeous little weddings in lovely little vintage bakeries (divine!), Ju-Bu ceremonies (jewish-buddhist), contra-dances, people who buy old little farms in Upstate New York & have their wedding there totally rule!

There were no golf courses or uptight hotels, all of these wedding have their heart and soul put into them, they are intimate, loving, extremely original and so real and warm… I wish I could go to all of them!

Thank you everyone again for your wonderful entries, I really enjoyed them all so much & I consider myself extremely lucky to have gotten a little piece of your day and a little piece of your love story. xo

  • May 11, 2009 - 8:15 pm

    Tamar - Hello! I’m Emily’s sister-in-law (I’m married to one of Emily’s older brothers), and I just want to say that you could not have chosen a more worthy (or perfect) couple to bless. I keep telling them that I think their wedding is going to be the kind that remains embedded in guests’ memories forever as “THE perfect wedding” and now you will get to, not only see it for yourself, but be able to put your signature on it, as well. I am thrilled for them….

    Congratulations, Emily & Royal!!!

    Tamar 😀

  • May 11, 2009 - 8:58 pm

    Rebecca Kirsch - I have been to that little cafe in Portland too (I think it is actually across the river in Vancouver). Love it!!!

  • May 11, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    kat - rock n roll bride - GREAT choice! omg cant wait to see the results!

  • May 11, 2009 - 11:18 pm

    moe...!!! - that is soo badass!!! i love oregonia too…summers are like heaven. sounds like loads of fun.

  • May 12, 2009 - 6:47 am

    jen - What a great choice! It sounds like they are an amazing couple who will have a wonderful wedding. Thanks for holding the contest, it made me really think about how to make our wedding as personal as possible.

  • May 12, 2009 - 8:19 am

    Ashley - Wow what an unbelievably fun couple and the wedding sounds so incredibly perfect I wish I could come too! Great job Noa! Congrats to Emily and Royal

  • May 12, 2009 - 8:42 am

    chris :: c is for charmed - yeahhh.. they TOTALLY deserve to win! and i’m TOTALLY excited to see the finished product. ohhh i’m so happy for them. seriously though, now you have me rethinking my whole wedding! please don’t post the pics before august 29th, i don’t think my inspiration file can handle it ; )

  • May 12, 2009 - 8:59 am

    Emilia - I want to go! I’ll hold your camera bag! 🙂 Congrats Emily and Royal!

  • May 13, 2009 - 2:16 pm

    Royal - AHHHH!! You are CRAZY! We are so excited to have won! It puts a lot more pressure to complete the dream but we are UP for it! The plans are coming together and the Beer is tasty! NOA will be staying at the ACE hotel (in whose lobby Emily agreed to marry me). We are so thankful and excited to meet you! Thanks for the comments and support. I LOVE THIS WOMAN!

  • May 13, 2009 - 4:17 pm

    Melody @ Sweet & Saucy SHop - Love, love, love the winners! That wedding is going to be GORGEOUS!

  • May 13, 2009 - 6:08 pm

    Jessicaaa - OMG! I can’t belive it. The winners are so amazing! They sooo deserve it! And Ive been to the cafe to! haha. so funny 🙂 Anways congrats Em and Royal!

  • May 17, 2009 - 3:56 pm

    east side bride - oooooh. you better shoot the sh*t out of that tree house!

  • July 30, 2009 - 9:32 am

    lovely light | the feather love photography blog - […] discovered this beautiful photo that Stuart took… Check back in a few days for pics from the Portland/Washington wedding (contest winners) and of course, pics from my Spain trip with ASTRA that I just got back from… xo Tags: amber […]

  • August 13, 2009 - 12:12 pm

    Emily & Royal. Vancouver, washington. | the feather love photography blog - […] here are a million photos from Emily & Royal’s stunning wedding. They won this contest that I ran back in April. They also won a gorgeous invitation design by the talented ladies over at […]

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