Carly’s and Will’s Old Church Portland wedding is one I will never forget! Not only that it happened on New Year’s Day (what a way to start the new year!), their wedding was adorned with women in traditional family sashes, men in kilts, bag pipe musicians, and an old hammer and anvil! I have not had the opportunity to do a Scottish wedding before and so glad I did! I loved the whole ceremony and loved this stunning couple!

When I talked with Carly and Will about their wedding, they mentioned that they like to keep things simple. For their Old Church Portland Wedding, they really wanted them to reflect in their pictures – simple but classic.

When I arrived at the church I was given the run down of events by both the bride and the officiant. I was excited to hear that no only were they performing a hand fasting but they will be ringing the anvil to announce their union! Hand fasting means the couple is joined in love, trust, and mutual support. The banging of the anvil – Blacksmiths were known to perform wedding ceremonies for couples that were “runaways” and at the end of the ceremony would strike the anvil to announce their marriage. How cool is that? Learn more about their wedding planning experience by reading below:

What do you both like to do for fun?

Cook, spend time with friends, travel, hang out with our fur-child Leela.

What was your Wedding Planning Experience like?

This is my second wedding and I dont remember having so much to plan. Ive enjoyed it, but pulling all the details together has been stressful. My fiance is a full time student and Ive had to carry the weight of the wedding planning until his term ended. We have had a lot of fun thrifting our decor as well as planning the Scottish traditions we are including.

If you are still deciding on other wedding venues or locations, please check out my other wedding blog posts to get some ideas and inspirations for you special day. Questions about my services photographing your wedding?! Contact me today! Let’s chit chat and get to know each other.

Vendors that helped create their special day:

Venue and Ceremony: The Old Church, Portland, Oregon

Wedding Cakes/Desserts: Cake topper by Lollipop Workshop on Etsy

Makeup: Eye Shine Beauty

Groom’s attire: Custom made kilt, jacket and vest.

Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal purchased at Charlotte’s Wedding

Wedding shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

Alterations on dress and groom’s attire: Jana Boyl at Silhouette Tailoring Studio

Photo booth: The Oregon Photo Booth

Bagpipers: Portland Metro Band

Organist/pianist: Geri Ethel

Advice from Carly and Will to future couples planning their wedding:

“If you arent hiring the help for set up/tear down, keep things as organized as possible. Have fun with it. Don’t get sucked into the wedding things you really don’t need if its going to ruin your budget.” -Carly and Will