Trena and Jeremy first met when they were both Sophomores in college, having just moved into the same dorm rooms, the rest was history! Although they live in rainy Oregon, they were determined to have that beautiful outdoor wedding she had always dreamed of. It looks as if both, luck and love were on their sides, as they indeed had the most gorgeous outdoor summer wedding imaginable. Being an interior designer and artist, Trena created many of the elements that went into making their day extra special. With the help of family and friends, she designed and put together their wedding invitations and other stationary. I have to say that I can definitely see the love between these two, by the simple way they always make each other laugh. They truly are kids at heart and bring the best out in each other.
Photography by Katy Weaver Photography
We wanted something relaxed, definitely not formal or stuffy. It just wasn’t us. We are kids at heart, always looking for the next adventure, so we wanted people to simply have fun at our wedding. We included pinwheels and lawn games to create a summer party atmosphere.
How did he Propose?
Jeremy proposed quietly, in our apartment, on a beautiful sunny day. I’m an introvert at heart, so I was very appreciative that he didn’t do a big public spectacle. It was perfect for us.
The most important family tradition actually happened the next day, before we left for our honeymoon. Jeremy’s dad has a family bible, passed down for generations. It’s over 100 years old. And every marriage and birth is recorded. Jeremy got to write our names and wedding date in the bible. It was incredibly special to be accepted in the family in that way.
My favorite moment was definitely our photographer pulling us away for some private portraits at sunset. We were able to get away from the party, and simply enjoy each other. Jeremy: I liked the whole day, why do I have to choose one part?
Advice for Others
It truly is one day, and it goes by so incredibly quickly. We had about 2 years to plan, and I cut out so much, well, crap, that so many brides think they “have to have.” You don’t need that photo booth, cute candy bar, or aisle runner. If you want them, great. But you don’t NEED them. You don’t need to feel like you have to entertain your guests. They find ways of entertaining themselves, whether you planned it or not. Some of the very best photos of my wedding are people just living. Talking, laughing, dancing.