Birthday Jumpsuit

Striped jumpsuit and gucci belt outfit. (Via Confessions of a Product Junkie blog.)

Today is my 29th birthday and I’m spending it at a dear friend’s wedding celebrating her love (and also just happen to be surrounded by some of my closest friends and favorite people). In other words, it’s a great way to spend the day.

My 20s have been awesome – lots of life milestones and countless incredible memories – but the closer I get to 30 the more I appreciate how my perspective has evolved over the past nine years. There’s a certain confidence and security that comes with getting older and I’m looking forward to the last year of my 20s and what the next decade has in store.


Old jumpsuit (similar styles here, here, here and here) | J Crew jacket | Gucci belt (similar, less expensive alternatives here and here and these are gorgeous mid-priced options) | Stuart Weitzman shoes | Gucci bag | Madewell earrings | Stila liquid lipstick in ‘Aria’


Striped jumpsuit and gucci belt outfit. (Via Confessions of a Product Junkie blog.)

Black jumpsuit denim jacket



Our Wedding: Reception

Wedding Party

Wedding party bridesmaids sequin dresses and faux fur wraps

Our reception was a blast – basically one big party! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our flowers were done by Zest Floral and Events. Our catering was done by Food in Bloom. All our printed pieces were actually designed by my bridesmaid Maggie and her shop Irving Street Prints. All photography was done by Jessica Hill Photography. And wedding coordination was by Nora and her team at Bridal Bliss. I highly recommend every single one of the vendors we used (all of which I found through Bridal Bliss, except of course Maggie and her design skills) so if you’re getting married in the Portland or Seattle area anytime soon, please consider reaching out to all of these amazing companies!

Wedding table

Wedding Party

Wedding program

Head table wedding

Bride and Groom Portland Armory

Bride and Groom downtown wedding

Winter wedding bouquet pine cones

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White flowers with greenary wedding centerpiece


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Bride and Bridesmaids walking across the street downtown wedding

Wedding table

Wedding Party Downtown Portland

Bride and Groom


Bride and mother of the bride



Groom and Groomsmen downtown Portland

Chocolate Place Cards

Chocolate place cards/ escort cards

Wedding Party

Head table setting


Winter wedding favor

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Wedding late night snack chicken and waffles


Bride dancing

Sparkler sendoff

Wedding sparkler sendoff


And so there you have it – the most amazing day of my life – through my eyes. In case you missed it, here are the photos of us getting ready (part 1 and part 2), of our First Look, and our Ceremony.

We were married over four months ago – wow, time flies! – and Carter and I have settled into married life with ease. I couldn’t be happier.

Thanks for following along, you guys!

xo, Sarah


Our Wedding: The Ceremony


Wedding Ceremony Portland Armory

I love this photo… The Gerding Theater at The Armory (our wedding venue) is such a beautiful, special place and I feel like the photo captures that perfectly. It meant so much to get married there. First of all, look at it! Enough said. But more importantly, Carter’s dad’s architecture firm was the architect on the remodel of the building and it holds a special place in his dad’s heart (he’s said on multiple occasions that it’s his favorite project they’ve ever done!) So that made it special in and of itself.

Our wedding ceremony was exactly how Carter and I had always wanted it to be – short, sweet, simple and personal.

Family walked down the aisleWedding party

Our families walked down the aisle first, followed by our wedding party. They were actually supposed to walk to the string trio playing Can’t Help Falling in Love while my dad and I were supposed to walk to the tune of One Thousand Years after them. But the trio accidentally reversed the songs so I ended up walking to the wrong song. This threw me off for half a second but obviously no one else knew the difference and it wasn’t a big deal – I was just happy to start walking and meet Carter at the end of the aisle. I took a deep breath and took my first few steps.

Bride escorted by her father

I was so nervous and excited that I couldn’t stop giggling. The whole thing felt so surreal. And my dad kept cracking jokes at me too which didn’t help my giggles but certainly did lighten the mood.

Bride walking with father

Seeing Carter standing there at the end was obviously the highlight for me. He looked so calm, so sure, and so happy. It still melts my heart just thinking about it.Groom reaction to brideWedding ceremony in front of twinkly lights

To keep things personal, we had an ordained family friend who has known Carter since he was young officiate the wedding. We met with her a few times before the ceremony to go through what we might want her to say, but much of it was an exciting surprise for us on the day of the wedding. She captured us and our relationship perfectly and I love her for it!


I also asked my bridesmaid Ashley, whom I’ve been friends with since I was four, to read a poem for us during the ceremony, Why Marriage? by Dena Acolste.

Bridesmaid doing a readingVowsBrides parents

The ceremony was pretty lighthearted and quick. We laughed, a few small tears were shed, and we exchanged vows and rings…

Ring ceremonyRing ceremony bride and groomWedding kiss at the Portland Armory

And just like that, we were married!!!

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Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for photos from our reception! In the mean time, you can check out our getting ready photos (part 1 and part 2), and our First Look.


Our Wedding: First Look

Romantic First Look

First Look in the grass

After everyone was finished getting ready (photos here and here), Carter and the groomsmen came over to our building to do our “First Look” and some wedding party photos. The First Look was one of my (many) favorite moments from that day. There is something so incredibly calming about seeing your husband-to-be before the wedding ceremony. Having a few quite moments together, just the two of us (and the photographer), before the ceremony meant the world to me.

Groom tux white dotted pocket square waiting to do first look

Marrying Carter felt so so natural in every way. We had been together for six years when he proposed and almost seven by the time we got married, but it honestly felt like we had already been married most of our relationship.

Still, when you’re about to get up and do anything in front of loads of people, it’s easy to get a little nervous or on edge. Our First Look really helped provide a little calm before all the craziness.

Bride walking to do her firs look with bridal party in the background

First look

First Look

Before our First Look Carter had never seen my dress. I was so nervous that he wouldn’t like it because it was so poufy. I wanted to feel like a princess at the wedding and always knew I’d have a poufy dress, but I’m not sure guys find that sort of style particularly “sexy”. I was relieved to find out that Carter loved the way I looked in the dress. It’s weird when you’re choosing a wedding dress because you’re choosing it for yourself, but of course it’s also for your husband too. In the end I went with something I knew I adored and was happy to see that he felt the same way. I really do think that any groom is going to think his bride looks beautiful on their wedding day no matter what they’re wearing (at least THEY SHOULD), but my worry was one of the silly insecurities that is easy to get caught up in while planning a wedding.

First Look

Romantic First Look

Bride and groom

Groomsmen reactionAfter first look

Bridesmaids reaction

Wedding party bride and groom kiss

Wedding Party



After our First Look we all headed over to the venue as a group to get this party started… Check back tomorrow for more photos from our wedding day!