A Rustic DIY Wedding on a Ranch in Oregon
Lyn and Luke
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 friend’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 event’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.
The suite, made by Kiwi Cards, incorporated a save-the-date postcard and an invitation packaged in a pocket envelope. The ranch’s fly-fishing logo was incorporated, tying it all together.
The First Look
Lyn and Luke took portraits with Ryan Wilcox of You Look Nice Today Photography. The wild landscape only enhanced the photos.
Enchanted Florist arranged local flowers in vibrant pink, coral, and yellow shades. Greenery, leaves, and stalks of wheat add a rustic touch.
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.
A Special Charm
To showcase the groom’s love of fly-fishing, a decorative lure from Royal Treatment Fly Fishing adorns his buttonhole.
Dressed to Impress
Luke's nephew, Blake, serves as ring bearer. They gave him some Western wear in honor of the occasion.
The program, like the invitation suite, features the ranch's icon.
The bride walks down the aisle with her father, Tim, and mother, Janet, by her sides.
The couple wanted a backdrop that wouldn’t detract from the area’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.
Sipping in Style
The duo transformed Mason jars by spraying them with chalkboard paint and then writing each guest’s name on them with chalk.
The Escort Cards
The father of the bride used old window frames, chicken wire, and mini clothespins to create unique seating-card displays.
The mother of the bride made jars of peach jam using fruit from Colorado, the family's home state, and strawberry jam from local berries the couple picked. "jam packed with love" tags, designed by Three Eggs Design, garnish each gift.
Barbecue chicken, ribs, and pulled pork, and sides of baked beans, potato salad, and salad were prepared by Wubba's BBQ Shack.
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.
A Common Thread
Simple and clean, white plates and silver cutlery rest on kraft paper place mats rubber-stamped with the ranch’s emblem.
Old cedar-wood siding was purchased at a local rebuilding center and used to build three-foot-long “flower” box table arrangements.
A three-tiered lemon chiffon cake by Crave Bakery was topped with a garland made by the groom, who fashioned it out of Scrabble tiles, twine, a drill with a tiny bit, and sticks.
The First Dance
The couple take a spin on the checkered dance floor to George Strait's "River of Love." It fit both their love of country music and their wedding's riverside location.