Victoria + Fritz

camping wedding


When I stumbled upon Victoria and Fritz’s wedding through Fances May, I was instantly smitten with the entire celebration. Not only is this the first camping wedding we’ve ever featured on Once Wed, but you can tell looking through all their photographs just how personal and fun their entire wedding was. Instead of hiring one specific photographer for the event, they asked photographer friends and family to document with film, digital, holga, and polaroids. I love the idea of asking friends and family to lend a hand, and think if a traditional photographer isn’t in your budget going this route is a great alternative.




















Fritz and Victoria were married this summer at the Groom’s childhood home in Forks, WA. They had a vintage camping wedding. Most of the wedding was DIY. Fritz is a graphic designer in Portland, OR and Victoria owns Frank James Clothing and is the editor of Scene PDX. For more information please refer to their website @ or check out their wedding flickr.

To see individual photographer credits, check out Fritz and Victoria’s flickr.

  1. What a unique wedding. They got some awesome photographs from their friends and family. This is proof that you don’t need to spend tons of money on a photographer.

  2. This is seriously one of my favorite weddings that you have featured! It looks so amazing and I just love the little stools that they used for the chairs at the tables! Love this couple!

  3. this wedding is so beautiful! i love the whole thing – the save the dates, the long tables with stools, the camper. my favorite photo is the one with the wedding party on the beach. i love it all!

  4. I love this wedding. What a cool couple. Among many awesome things I love that one of the signs says “shitter”. You can tell that this wedding was really fun and laid back.

  5. That must have been such a fun wedding to attend! I love the details, like the vintage camper for the newlyweds and the canoe ice chest for the kegs and bottles. Wow, that was a lot of logs they found to cut to the same height for seats. Love the ‘vintage’ style photo that’s slightly blurry and colored like it’s 40 years old. And it looks like they did s’mores instead of cake? How cool!

  6. Love, love love this wedding! I was pondering the idea of just having our friends and family take our photos with my camera collection… after seeing this I know it can be done beautifully!

  7. I love the idea of having different cameras capture the wedding and reception. Not only do you get unique vantage points but you get a slew of interesting vintage and modern visions.

  8. this is just so lovely! Can you give me any more info on the seats? What are they made from? thanks.

  9. I love this wedding! Its beautiful and obviously they saved a ton on photography which makes me like it even more! I love the mismatched plates that I have seen on so many weddings here. How do people get those? Thrift stores or can they be rented somewhere?

  10. @ Julie: I know there are some companies that do rent vintage china but depending on your area it might be hard to find. We’re doing mismatched vintage china for our wedding and some great resources are local thrift stores, antique malls and of course, Etsy!

  11. WHAT a stunning dress! Simple, vintage & detailed. Does anyone know the designer?

  12. I have very mixed feelings about weddings these days…so many are so hyped and expensive…We did some wedding photography in the past and that’s a tough job – few people like the way they look in photos.

    This one seems to have been much different – a low key event where they emphasis was not so much on expensive arrangements but on having fun.

    I think I would have enjoyed it!

  13. 1.) I love the wedding because it’s in Forks. Yep, Twilight fan here.
    2.) The photo where they’re all lined up. It’s perfection.
    3.) The signage is fantabulous!

  14. Thank you for sharing this great wedding!!!! It has exactly the “feeling” I want my own wedding to have. SO inspiring!!!

    I have a couple questions, though:
    How did the whole day work out for elderly relatives?
    Were there comfy hotels nearby?
    Was comfy seating provided at the campground?

    I am trying to figure out how to make my grandparents comfotable while at the same time pulling off this type of outdoorsey wedding.

  15. Vicky designed her dress with a friend of theirs who makes mens clothing (though he didn’t make Fritz’s suit). He said the fabric was a bit challenging, but he loved the experience. I had my wedding dress made by a local gal in Portland and it was a very personal and touching process. I would highly recommend it.

  16. Hello all. Thanks for all your wonderful comments. Fritz and I were very excited when Emily wanted to use the wedding for Once Wed. There are lots of questions here so I will do my best to answer them. Feel free to sign our mailing list or send us an email on I will be blogging about the wedding on there from here on out.


    My dress is vintage inspired, but myself and men’s designer John Blasioli are the creators of my wedding dress.


    I want to be clear because there we some comments about not having to hire a professional photographer on your wedding day. While we had friends and family taking all the photos at our wedding please note that they are all professional, for hire, photographers. We are sort of a geeky photo group so we were lucky to have so much talent, equipement, and knowledge at our wedding. I would NEVER advise anyone getting married to skip on this! It’s one, if not the most important detail for a wedding. Photos are the only thing you have to physically look at after the day is over. I would also advise filming your wedding. We filmed ours in super 8.


    Randall Garcia (Seattle) –
    Patrick Wright (Seattle) – Patrick shot the Save the Date photo and also filmed the wedding in super 8. Check out his work at
    Chris Hornbecker (Portland) – This photo booth was awesome to have at the wedding. Groups, couples, families, ect could all take photos together all night! Chris is a lighting genius! Many of my guests have told me they are using his photo as their Christmas card this year.
    Jeremy Pelley (Portland) –
    Mathew Foster (Portland) – Mathew also made our wedding website He is a web designer in Portland.


    All the signage, print, invitations, ect were created by Fritz Mesenbrink. Portland based graphic designer. Interested, contact him @


    Originally John Blasioli was also going to make Fritz’s suit, but due to lack of time before the wedding (we planned it in 4 months) we had to buy him a suit. John did however make his shirt. A friend recommended going to Nordstrom Rack. We were shocked at the great selection and prices that they had. They also altered the whole suit for $50! Usually, it is only $25, but we had to put a rush on it and have it done in 3 days.


    We did have a smore’s table at the rehearsal BBQ, but instead of cake at the wedding we made a pie table. Everybody loves pie! It was great and you can have so many different kinds too. Cheap and easy!


    Since there is a big lack of rental places in Forks, Wa we had to come up with a chair alternative to flow with the theme. After lots of thinking we came up with log rounds. Forks is a logging town so it wasn’t that difficult to find the logs. Cutting, moving, and setting them up was the hard part. We have 150 of them and we covered them with padding, fabric, and twine. They were really comfortable and even the elderly liked them.


    Not everyone was into camping so a few of our guests did stay at two local hotels. We just blocked out rooms for people who we deemed “city slickers”.

    Hope this helps. Any more questions, feel free to contact me @

  17. OMG…I’m so glad I’m not the only person who noticed it was in Forks,WA and was like, “I love this wedding so much more now!!” Yep, I’m a Twilight fan too…

    Oh, and the wedding was awesome. They made having canned beer look cute.

  18. Oh my gosh, I cannot belive I found this wedding! My fiancee and I are planning a very similar wedding, and in Washington as well! We are on the eastside though. I decided I would love to have our wedding in our favorite place; where we go for deer camp.

    It is DIY and vintage camping. My mother in law to be and I are making my dress and the wildflowers that grow up there is what we will be using for my boquet and decoration. All of our guests will be invited to camp with us and bring their tents or campers.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures and details of your day. I LOVE the sign tree and even more so that it says ‘shitter’ on it! Fabulous!

  19. Lovely wedding! My honey and I were out at La Push surfing this weekend (the beach in the shots is 1st Beach, La Push). I love Pac NW weddings! Thanks for the additional details, Victoria, I may just steal the log-seat idea for our upcoming nuptials…..

  20. Hey folks, don’t get your hopes up on finding this beautiful dress. The designer doesn’t make dresses, only menswear. Sad, I know. But, check out this Portland designer, Elisabeth Dye. She’s great!

  21. I love that it’s in Forks, NOT because of Twilight (boo!), but because I live there!!!
    It looks to be near Kalaloch, maybe Ruby Beach although I can’t figure out where ‘Tent Town’ and the reception is set up at… You just can’t beat a beautiful day on the Northwest Coast.

  22. What a wonderful idea. I sent my daughter the website because I think it would be a great wedding for her!

  23. Oh my goodness, what a dream this looks like! Love how everything really does look vintage and looks like they and theirs had truly a lovely time as well! thanks for sahring : )

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