Eliana & Joshua celebrated their love for each other by taking a walk on the wild side during a weekend of rad adventure at The Alvord Desert in Oregon.
What a Groovy Elopement this was! Eliana and Joshua met us down at the Alvord Desert in Oregon for a weekend of adventure, dipping in hot springs, desert campfires and allll the love!
While most of us have been doing what we can to get out and explore, it is no secret that we all had been missing out on the connections that are so important to our souls. I reached out to Eliana to see if they wanted to meet us down at The Alvord Desert for this rad weekend of creating. Being the rad couple that they are.. to my surprise, as soon as I asked her she relied with "Its booked, we're coming!!". It was as if she said "8 hour drive, no problem, we'll take the scenic route!" The fact that Eliana & Josh were willing to come celebrate their love with us in this way is super cool!
We started off Elopement Day by choosing which Bunkhouse Eliana would get ready in. YES.. I said Bunkhouse! There are a couple of different hot-springs to stay at near the desert and both are really magical. The one we stayed at had bunkhouses, which we were really glad to have booked due to what would come next.
We had planned to get ready and drive down to The Playa for the Elopement. Mother Nature had other plans for us. Just as we were starting to get ready, a huge thunderstorm came rolling over The Playa. It was unlike anything any of us had seen. We then decided to play it safe (maybe not get stuck in the mud) and have the Elopement up near our hot-springs.
While Eliana was getting her hair & makeup done by Pure Elegance Artistry, we grabbed some rad shots of the amazing announcement that these 'two cool cats' had decided to Elope! Their groovy announcement was done by Karin with Blue Bonsai Printing . I also couldn't stop obsessing over Eliana's beautiful 70's Inspired bouquet done by one of my amazing vendor friends Flowers by Alana. The Bouquet & Boutonniere literally couldn't have been more .. well.. 70's!! The way she combined the vintage feel of the burgundy ferns with the color palette that reflected retro so perfectly was astonishing.
Eliana then got dressed in her gorgeous Paisley accented dress from Adorned In Grace Bridal paired with a beautiful fringe jacket from Shwop. The final touch was the pair of Retro Sun Ray handmade clay earrings by Linc + Lani. She looked RAD!
Once Eliana & Joshua were all ready, we led them out to the sweetest little meadow with an epic view - storm clouds still lurking. Pink skies were emerging. They had their first look at each other, maybe teared up a little, and then said some of the sweetest words to each other. It. Was. Perfect. They exchanged their beautiful rings from Ringed PDX which couldn't have fit their 70's vibe any better! Her ring is beautifully cast 20K recycled yellow gold and his is cast recycled Palladium. How rad is that?!
Pop the Champagne!! We spent the rest of the evening celebrating their love and coming together with our fellow creatives to share inspiring stories around the campfire. There were smores, there were groovy times, there were many laughs!
I will never forget this weekend of true magic with such amazing vendor friends in a truly indescribable place and I hope to make it back down very, very soon!
Eliana & Joshua ~ Thank you for coming to the Alvord Desert to celebrate your love.
INTERESTED IN ELOPING AT THE ALVORD DESERT?! Let's do it!!
Some details about our rad vendors:
Eliana & Joshua ~ Models ~ They are an amazing & adventurous couple from Portland, Oregon. In addition to modeling for us, they are also creatives themselves and added to the magical weekend of creativity & inspiration!
Video ~ Roam Arrows ~ Emily & Justin ~ I met them at an elopement up near Portland earlier this year and when I started planning this weekend getaway, I couldn't help but to think of these two amazing souls! Check out the amazing clip they put together on their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roamarrowweddingfilms/
Other Photographers ~ Kristi Littman & Alejandra Valerio ~Two of my close friends and creatives ~ Both are wedding & portrait photographers 🙂
Hair & Makeup ~ Pure Elegance Artistry ~ Sarahi (pronounced Sarah) ~ One of my favorite Hair & Makeup artists in Oregon. She has an incredible personality and has been such a blessing to this weekend of shoots! She came all the way down to the desert with her family and we are so grateful.
Dress ~ Adorned in Grace Bridal ~ Affordable bridal & formalwear boutiques raising awareness and funds for the prevention of exploitation and support for survivors.
Fringe Jacket ~ Shwop ~ A boutique for shopping & swapping in Portland, Oregon!
Florals ~ Flowers By Alana ~ Alana has been in the floral industry for 20 years and is a phenomenal wedding florist in Portland, Oregon.
Rings ~ Ringed Portland ~ Allison allows couples to customize & make their own wedding rings.
Stationary ~ Blue Bonsai Printing ~ Karin creates beautiful Wedding Stationary. Based in Portland but serves nationally.
Clay Earrings ~ Linc + Lani ~ Jessica is a healing artist who makes all types of beautiful art.
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