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Relaxed Elopement in the Redwoods

































Today’s wedding is really special to us because it’s the wedding of our very own graphic designer, Kaela. We love Kaela and Jonathan so much and are thrilled that Ginny Au created the perfect day for them last fall. Keep reading for more about their love story from Kaela herself.

From the bride:

I’ve always heard it said that you find what you’re looking for when you stop looking. I met my greatest adventure sitting outside of a college fraternity party. Yes, it is as eloquent as it sounds. Our relationship began in a soft and simple way. I was stubborn. He was patient. I talked incessantly. He listened. We quickly became best friends and before I knew it, we were standing across from one other making our promises in a place more stunning than I could have ever imagined. 

Distance has always seemed to play a rather large part in our relationship. Only months after dating, I moved to Australia. I remember the feeling before I boarded the plane to Sydney, my hands were trembling and my eyes were bursting with tears. It was one of those moments that you can feel in your stomach with the most profound sense of clarity. I knew he would be the one I wanted to spend this life with.

Three years later, Jonathan proposed in Iceland amongst the black sand and harsh, rugged mountains. It was just the two of us in a place so beautiful that words seem futile. While our wedding day was rather untraditional by most, it held true to the way our engagement began. When the day arrived, I felt an overwhelming sense of serenity. While we made breakfast, I was embarrassingly giddy to the point my cheeks were aching. The whole day progressed slowly and I remember thinking, ‘you have to remember this part” about a hundred times. We exchanged our vows to one another beneath a blanket of Oregon Redwoods along the Columbia River Gorge. I’ve never felt so small, yet so full. Our wedding day was exactly what we had always hoped it would be. It is what I hold in my mind as the perfect day.

Photography: Erich McVey | Creative Direction: Loom by Ginny Au | Videography: Amy McVey | Gown & Veil: Ivory & White | Hair & Makeup: Amy McVey | Brides Shoes: Chloe | Grooms Suit: Billy Reid | Grooms Boots: Billy Reid | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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