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Excited to share this glamorous estate wedding today- it just gives off this feeling of classic elegance! This was a marriage that blended two families, since the bride and groom each had children of their own. The day was a family affair- with their children participating as attendants and even the flower girl. I love how simple and elegant they kept things- getting married outside in front of a huge hydrangea bush meant there was no need for lavish decorations. Kristen kept the florals simple and splurged on what was most important to her- photography! I think you'll agree that it was worth it- just take a look at the shots captured by Altura Studio! LOVE this wedding- hope you do, too! xoxo-Jessica

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Kristen + Rob

August 18th 2012
Jenkins Estate, Beaverton, OR


What was your budget? If you are able, give us a rough breakdown of how you spent your budget.

We originally set a budget of $10k, but we went over by a couple thousand. This budget does not include the rings.

3,000 – photography
2,500 – venue
2,250 – food
800 – floral
500 – cake
200 – alcohol
500 – DJ
350 – Officiant


How many guests did you have?



What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

Our kids were our attendants


What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

Skimped on floral and didn't have any kind of wedding favors. Our centerpieces were simply stems of hydrangea in vases. We bought the flowers in bulk.


What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Have really supportive people surrounding you that you can brainstorm with! Decide what is really important to you and spend your money on that. Don't waste money and time on things that will be forgotten by the next day.


What was your biggest splurge?

Photography, definitely. And totally worth it!


What was your favorite detail?

Floral urns that I put together.


What is the most memorable moment of your day?

The ceremony and the love we felt for each other.


From their photographer, Theresa of Altura Studio: Early Fall is the finest time to marry in Oregon. The weather is uniformly perfect. The trees begin to show a touch of color. But more than that, the ever-so-slight change in the season makes us all feel something special. When the weather starts to change, I think it reminds us that time is passing, that life is important and that every day is special. That sense of autumn’s beginning was definitely in the air for Rob and Kristen’s beautiful wedding on August 18th.

It’s an added gift when your children can join you at the altar as you begin a life together. Kristen’s sweet daughter, Phoebe, stepped in as flower girl. Rob’s children Amanda and Erik stood up with their dad as bridesmaid and groomsman. To that delightful mix add parents, brothers, and dear friends and now you’ve got a whole new family embarking on a future together.

My favorite part of the day was stealing Rob and Kristen away as the light faded in the evening. As it always does this time of year, we were surprised by how quickly the sun dropped in the sky. But my favorite photos area of Kristen and Rob enjoying each other in the dusky light.


Photography: Altura Studio   |   Venue and Catering:  Jenkins Estate  |   Gown: Charlotte's Weddings    |   Florist: Anna Mara    |   Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW  |   Hair and Makeup: Cassandra Kennedy Beauty   |   Cake: JaCiva's
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