They say the third time is the charm, and in a way it's true for this wedding. Kassandra and Josh had their wedding plan last year and then replanned as a destination wedding to Hawaii. Then Coronavirus happened and all traveling went out the window. This backyard wedding in the small community of Siletz, Oregon was the third time they planned their wedding and I might be a little biased to say that it was beautiful.
They said vows under a flowered arch overlooking the Siletz River with their close family and friends witnessing all the laughs and tears. Kassandra started her vows not to her groom, but to Josh's daughters, telling them how much they mean to her and how she is going to enjoy being part of their family. As you take a look at the first photo of their kiss, take a peek to the left and you can see part of the youngest daughter's reaction and it's priceless!
There were two really special aspects to this wedding and they were celebrating their ancestors and traditions of being Native American: a blessing sung by native drummers at the beginning of the ceremony and the wrapping of the blanket by their fathers before they walked down the aisle as husband and wife.
After mingling with their guests and the toasts, we were able to sneak away for a couple moments and drive the short distance to easy access to the river and then to the tribal lodge. They were able to have a couple quiet moments for the first time as husband and wife all captured at a couple of their favorite places, which make these photos all the more special.
And a little shout out to some of the other wedding vendors that helped make this day special:
Photographer: Western Rose Studios
Videographer: Jacob Bunn
Venue: Private Property
Dress: David's Bridal
Suit: Men's Wearhouse
Rings: Manly Bands and Custom from Family Jeweler
Flowers: Jackie Kitcher and Sarah Yardley
Hair: Joana for Studio 43
Makeup: Felicia O’Neill
Cake: Tessa Mabe from Mmm Cakes & Things
Caterer: Pat-E-Macs BBQ
DJ: Mr Bills DJ and Karaoke Services
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