Designing and creating a dream wedding was a walk in the park for Lyn and Luke Hart. After all, nine months into their relationship the pair bought and renovated a 1924 bungalow. And so, on October 1, 2011, they tied the knot on a friendâ€™s fly-fishing ranch a few hours from their home in Portland, Oregon. Their DIY wedding, crafted and built from scratch by the bride and groom with help from friends and family, was made with love and highlighted the eventâ€™s pristine natural surroundings.
The couple had spent the last two summers at Horseshoe Ranch, and after Luke proposed in December 2010, they knew it'd be ideal for their wedding. "We have seen Horseshoe Ranch in the summer sunshine, under two feet of snow, and covered with leaves -- it was beautiful every season," says Lyn. And so, the outdoor-loving pair knew their 100 guests would adore the striking Northwest countryside as well.
Lyn accessorized her Tara Keely by Lazaro dress with a belt from Twigs and Honey and Boulet boots from Drew's Boots. Her diamond earrings were a wedding present from Luke, and a pearl bracelet belonging to a bridesmaid acts as her "something borrowed." The finishing touch? Her antique engagement ring from Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry.
The couple wanted a backdrop that wouldnâ€™t detract from the areaâ€™s natural beauty. Their handcrafted version, of rope-covered metal pipes and billowing strips of fabric, adds just the right amount of festive flair.
Readings of "Little Word, Little White Bird" by Carl Sandburg and "I Carry Your Heart With Me" by e.e. cummings made the service extra special.
To illuminate the tented space, Lyn and Luke crafted hanging candelabras from one-foot-wide plywood boards, rope, and Mason jars. They filled each jar with an electric tea-light candle. The soft glow set the dinner and seating area apart from the dance floor and gave the tent a cozy, warm feel.