Friday, October 7, 2016

An Oregon Coast Wedding

 Mr. Handsome and me on the Oregon coast 
(a super windy day, as you can tell by our hair!)

Happy Friday! Sorry for the delay in posting over the past week. Mr. Handsome and I were on a jam-packed vacation, which included my brother's wedding at a seaside chapel in Lincoln City, Oregon; a three-day drive through the Redwood Forest and along the California coast; and 24 hours in San Francisco. (If you follow my Facebook page, you have probably seen a few pictures that I posted during our trip.)

We had a blast! Those of you who live on the West Coast are truly blessed to be surround by such breathtaking beauty. I have tons of photos to share, so I'll start from the beginning. Here are my snapshots from my brother's wedding. (Hopefully when we receive pictures from the photographer, I will have even more to post.)

The bride's mother was in charge of the reception hall decorations, and she did a fabulous job. I was totally impressed to hear that she came up with all the arrangements without looking at Pinterest.






After the rehearsal dinner at the church, we all headed over to the reception hall to help add the finishing touches to the decorations. Mr. Handsome was quite proud of the pillar that he and a few other groomsmen decorated:


The wedding cake was definitely the most unique I had ever seen. Half the layers were chocolate, and the other half were vanilla. I just love the vibrancy of the flowers!


My brother and his new wife sat at this newlywed table during our delicious dinner (salad, salmon or chicken, veggies, and rolls).


The reception hall was also on the ocean, so we enjoyed taking family photos with the sea as our backdrop. Most were taken by the wedding photographer, but I had someone take this shot of Mr. Handsome, my parents, and me with my iPhone:


Most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins were able to make the trek from Canada. Mr. Handsome's parents, grandparents, and two youngest sisters also came to the wedding and drove with us down the coast. It was wonderful to have both our families together.

80 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/07/2016

    Wow! Beautiful dress, and a gorgeous sea view!

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  2. Shela G10/07/2016

    What gorgeous pictures!! The reception decorations are lovely. The coast pictures have me missing home. I lived in Lincolon city for over 2 years and spent a lot of my childhood visiting there on the weekends. So many memories.

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    1. Thank you, Shela! Lincoln City is a beautiful town. We stayed in a condo on the ocean. It was lovely.

      Ellie

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  3. That is such a beautiful photo of the two of you! Definitely one to frame

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    1. Aww, thanks, Melissa. :)

      Ellie

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  4. Anonymous10/07/2016

    Love your dress! Just wondering if anyone ventured out and put their toes in the ocean? I love walking on the beach!

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    1. Thanks! We didn't venture down on the day of the wedding (it was pretty cold and windy) but we did as we drove down the coast. Way too chilly to swim, but it was beautiful.

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous10/07/2016

    The wedding looks beautiful! I can hardly wait for pictures of the bride and groom!!! :-)

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    1. Thank you! They were running around talking to people, so I didn't get a chance to take pics of them. I'll have to wait until we get the professional pics back. :)

      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous10/07/2016

    Pretty dresses. Nice to see a modest bridesmaid dress.

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    1. She chose a color and allowed us to pick any floorlength dress from David's bridal that we wanted. That was wonderful because everyone was able to get what they wanted!

      Ellie

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  7. Were you and Mr Handsome in the wedding? Your colors seem to match the decor :0)

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    1. Hi margierings,

      We were! The bride doesn't have any siblings, and in our family it's just my brother and I, so Mr Handsome were the only family members. The other seven on each side were friends.

      Ellie

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  8. Your dress is beautiful, the decorations are lovely, the picture of you and Mr.Handsome is beautiful and the one with the 2 of you and your parents is also a nice picture.

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    1. Thank you, B. Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

      Ellie

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  9. Anonymous10/07/2016

    I absolutely love the Oregon coast. I would love to see a photo of the chapel.
    By the way, the first caption is grammatically incorrect; it should be "Mr. Handsome and me on the Oregon coast," not "Mr. Handsome and I."

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    1. Anonymous10/09/2016

      I'm not sure about your comment on the grammatical correctness of the caption. From what I remember of my grammar classes, in a complete sentence "me" is used when it is the object of a verb or a preposition and "I" is used when it is in the subject of the sentence. Because the caption is just a short phrase (and perfectly acceptable as such), we can't be sure that "me" is preferable to "I". In a complete sentence, it would be correct to say "Mr. Handsome and I (subject of the sentence) are standing on the Oregon coast", but it would also be correct to say "This is a photo of Mr. Handsome and me (object of the preposition 'of') standing on the Oregon coast". Anyway, grammar aside, the photos are lovely! :)

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    2. Anonymous10/10/2016

      She has a degree in journalism, I think she knows her grammar.

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    3. That was indeed a typo. I guess even journalism majors make grammar mistakes every once in a while. Lol. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous10/10/2016

      It's a very common mistake to use "(Person) and I" instead of "(Person) and me". The best way to figure out which one is appropriate is to take out the other person's name and say the sentence using just "I" or "me". For instance, if the photo were just of Ellie alone, the caption would read "Me on the Oregon coast" not "I on the Oregon coast." Therefore "Mr. Handsome and me on the Oregon coast" is correct.

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    5. Anonymous11/04/2016

      It was correct already. "I" is nominative case (used only as a subject) and "me" is only objective case (used as a subject). It sounds funny because there is no verb, as that is not a complete sentence. She would indeed say "I am on the Oregon coast" and similarly "Mr. Handsome and I on the Oregon coast." She had it right in the first place.

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  10. Anonymous10/08/2016

    I love your dress!! And the Oregon coast is beautiful isn't it? My family and I drove all the way down the from Oregon, to Coronado, CA and loved every minute of it!

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    1. The Oregon coast is extremely beautiful! And so is the California coast. Lots of harrowing cliffs though. Lol. Is Coronado in Southern California?

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/11/2016

      Yup, right next to San Diego

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    3. I visited San Diego as a kid. Beautiful area! I was 7 or 8 at the time, so the Legoland Museum was the highlight for my brother and I. Lol.

      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous10/08/2016

    You look very pretty! And I think it was a good idea to have the decorations in fall colors!

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    1. Thank you! :) Aren't the decorations just beautiful? Her mom did a lovely job!

      Ellie

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  12. Sarah Liston10/08/2016

    You look beautiful Ellie and your dress is lovely and elegant! I love your necklace!

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! The jewelry was made by the bride's mom. She's quite talented. The charm on the necklace is detachable so we can wear it with or without it the future.

      Ellie

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    2. Sarah Liston10/19/2016

      Wow! It was homemade?!! I never would have guessed that!

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    3. Thank you! I will tell her you said that. She will be thrilled.

      Ellie

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  13. Maribeth10/08/2016

    You look gorgeous in that dress, Ellie! The wedding decorations look lovely. Congrats to your brother and his new wife! :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Maribeth. I will pass your congratulations along. (Love your name, by the way!)

      Ellie

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  14. My mom grew up near that area. You should have gone whale watching in Depoe Bay!

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  15. My mom grew up near that area. You should have gone whale watching in Depoe Bay!

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    1. Hi Court,

      My in-laws did that while we got ready for the wedding on Saturday morning. They loved it. We ended up seeing some sea lions further along down the coast.

      Ellie

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  16. Anonymous10/08/2016

    What beautiful pictures, you and your mom are beautiful standing by your handsome husband and your father. It must be very special to be a guest of thebride and groom and have a delicious wedding reception dinner in such an enchantingly decorated room.

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    1. Well thank you! It was very special, indeed!

      Ellie

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  17. Harriet10/08/2016

    Oh my your dress!!! My brother is marrying next year and we are bridesmaid shopping at the moment, and the style of your dress is just what a want, you look so pretty:)

    Congrats to your family.

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    1. Hi Harriet,

      Thank you! The dress is from David's bridal. She chose the color and then let us each pick whatever floorlength style we wanted. Would you like me to get the style number for you?

      Ellie

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  18. Anonymous10/08/2016

    Very lovely picture of you and Mr. Handsome! That's really special that both you family and Mr. Handsome's family get along and support each other.

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    1. Thank you! It truly was a blessing to have my in-laws there supporting my family.

      Ellie

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  19. Anonymous10/09/2016

    What beautiful decorations! I love the black table cloths to set off the beautiful autumnal tones of the flowers, candles and gold mesh accents. Your dress is stunning Ellie, and I love Mr Handsome's waistcoat and buttonhole! Altogether a really stylish wedding! Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing :)
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    1. Thank you! The bride's mother was a little hesitant to use black tablecloths. She thought it might look like a funeral, but it ended up looking quite sharp. She sure has an eye for design!

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures. :)

      Ellie

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  20. Anonymous10/09/2016

    That is a very nice picture...where did you get your dress, it is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! It's from David's bridal. The bride chose the color, and we selected the style that we wanted.

      Ellie

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  21. Anonymous10/09/2016

    How was everyone affected by hurricane Matthew?

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  22. Anonymous10/09/2016

    Lovely decorations, beautiful sea view. Could we see pictures of the happy couple ? Thanks

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    1. I wasn't able to get any, but perhaps when we receive the professional photos I can post some. :)

      Ellie

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  23. Anonymous10/10/2016

    The way the wind licked up Mr Handsome hair is cute!

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  24. Anonymous10/10/2016

    The sky looks ' blue' in the bottom picture!

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    1. It does, doesn't it? The photographer said he hasn't see anything like it.

      Ellie

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  25. Anonymous10/10/2016

    Hi Ellie- I was reading the 20 random facts blog post about you and was just curious about one of them. You mentioned you never had a dog or cat as a pet, may I ask why? Also do you and Mr. H currently have a pet or if not do you want to get a pet someday?

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    1. Hi there,

      Mr Handsome had dogs and cats growing up. My family had birds and hamsters. (Our house wasn't set up for bigger animals.) we would love to have a dog someday, although Mr Handsome is slightly allergic, so the dog might have to live outside. Right now we have a neighborhood cat that we feed, but that's it.

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/11/2016

      It's not good to "let" a dog live outside its whole life. Too hot, too cold, too buggy, too wet, and too lonely! Look into getting hypoallergenic or low-allergy dogs, something like a Portuguese Water Dog (like the Obamas have) of some sort of poodle. Poodles make excellent pets! Some grooming needed, but they are very intelligent and loyal family members.

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    3. Thanks for the tips. A poodle would be cute, although I think my husband is hoping for a golden retriever or lab one day. :)

      Ellie

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    4. Anonymous10/12/2016

      Standard poodles are so much fun! Just as big as a Golden or a Lab, and just as smart if not more so. Good around kids, too.

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    5. That's good to know. Thanks! :)

      Ellie

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  26. Anonymous10/10/2016

    My favorite picture is the one of you two with your parents. Thank you for sharing.

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  27. Anonymous10/11/2016

    You all looked so nice!! Enjoyed the pictures. The bride's Mom did a beautiful job. Fall is my favorite season, so it was fun to see their decorations and cake. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure! Glad you enjoyed seeing the pics.

      Ellie

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  28. Anonymous10/11/2016

    Hay Lily and Ellie
    Thank you so much for your great work you're doing on this blog(and the other two)! I really enjoy reading it! I always like pictures of you two! You're so blessed with eatch other! And I really like your "red" outfit!
    Many greetings and blessings from Germany

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    1. Hi there,

      Thanks for your comment! We are blessed indeed. :) were grateful to have you as a reader all the way from Germany. We have family in Germany. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/13/2016

      May I ask where and how you're related to them?

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    3. They are my mom's cousins. She has quite a few of them, and they all have 3-5 kids each.

      Ellie

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    4. That sounds great! Maybe one day I'll see you in Germany then! You are more than welcome

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    5. I visited Germany and a few other European countries about 10 years ago with my family, but I would love to take my husband so he can meet our relatives. It's a beautiful country!

      Ellie

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    6. You're right! I would love to show you our beautiful country! You are more than welcome!

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  29. Anonymous10/11/2016

    Is the dress "Long Mesh Dress With Illusion Neckline," style number F15927? If so, what was the color?

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    1. Wow, you're good! The color is Apple. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/12/2016

      Never underestimate your readers' abilities to track something down. ;) It looks more rusty-red in your pictures than on the David Bridal website. Either color is good for a fall wedding, though.

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  30. Anonymous10/12/2016

    No picture of the bride and groom? Would love to see her dress, if that was yours. You could blur out or cut off the faces if they don't want to be shown online, but still show the dress....

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    1. They were bustling around talking to people, so I didn't get a chance to take one. Hopefully the professional photos will arrive soon. :)

      Ellie

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  31. Victoria10/16/2016

    Hello Ellie!
    I love your blog, and your dress is so beautiful! Really, you look stunning in those pics. I have a question. Why do you not share your husband's name? I understand if it's for privacy, but I'm a bit curious.

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    1. Hi Victoria!

      Glad to have you on the blog! The main reason I cal him Mr Handsome is because I love the nickname so much. :)

      Hope you have a great evening!
      Ellie

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  32. Anonymous11/10/2016

    Your mother's dress looks like it may be or similar to Jeremy Vuolo's mother's dress that she wore to Jeremy's and Jinger's wedding! It is very pretty and a smart choice!

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    1. I hadn't thought about that, but you're right! I agree that it's a beautiful dress. :)

      Ellie

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