A great love will stand the test of time. After a five year engagement, Kelli and Justin were both graduated from college and more than ready to say “I do” and begin the next chapter of their lives together. Instead of a tropical destination wedding in Hawaii like they previously envisioned, the bride and groom opted for a romantic and intimate beach wedding along the Oregon Coast. Inviting only 13 of their nearest and dearest loved ones in addition to their photographer Amanda Marie Studio, they exchanged vows in the sand on a foggy day in Waldport.
Kelli and Justin
The View Master, Waldport, Oregon
I have always been a simple girl, and knew that I wanted a small wedding with immediate family only. We both love the ocean and the beach and always vacation on the Oregon Coast. Originally we wanted to do a destination wedding in Hawaii or somewhere tropical. My mom was insistent that we finish college before getting married, we were engaged for nearly 5 years. When we graduated we didn’t care where we got married, we just knew that we didn’t want to wait any longer. We decided that instead of waiting another year to save for Hawaii, we would just rent a house on the beach on the Oregon Coast and get married in the sand in front of the ocean. We made our wedding a vacation! It was perfect we stayed in the house for a week with our immediate family and had a fun vacation along with a beautiful wedding. Our wedding was ocean themed and very simple. We only had 13 guests, and four of them were involved in the wedding party. We used sea shells, burlap, sand, and blue/tan colored decor. We had a bamboo arch set up in the sand, five chars on each side of the isle, and a unity sand table. My brother got ordained and married us, it meant so much to both of us to have him be such an important part of our day. We wanted simplicity and low stress and that is exactly what we got. Looking back we would do it all the same and not change a thing.
There are so many special and favorite moments from our wedding day, I don’t know if I can narrow it down to just one, the entire day was perfect. I personally loved our vows, We wrote our own, I love how much thought was put into them. When we were at the alter saying our vows it seemed like it was just Justin and I having a conversation. There were laughs, tears, even a “high five” thrown in there. In that moment I wasn’t stressed at all, I was just having a conversation with my best friend. Another moment that stands out for me is after the ceremony when we left with Amanda our photographer to another beach nearby (Seal Rock Beach) and had our couple session with her. It was an adventure let me tell you! I knew my dress would get dirty, but I didn’t know that it would be smothered in bird poop, ocean water, and sand! We had so much fun hiking in Restricted areas, and climbing fences to get the perfect shot. There was even some rock climbing involved where we got the most beautiful breathtaking shots.
The Couple Recommends:
Our photographer Amanda went above and beyond! Her prices were very reasonable, we had her booked for four hours, although she stayed and shot for over five hours and didn’t even ask for compensation. She is so warm and friendly, within 5 minutes of meeting her I felt like we had known her forever. Her style of photography is fun and nothing like I have ever seen before. We were laughing and having so much fun with her the entire time. If you are looking someone to capture moments and not have posed awkward photos she is the one for you! She captured every moment so beautifully! I was shocked at how many pictures she took, we have over 700 pictures! She stayed in contact with me from the moment we booked her, she even went to the beach we were getting married on before we even saw it and sent me pictures and ideas of where she wanted to take pictures of us. It was her idea to head to a separate beach after the ceremony to shoot our couples pictures and she nailed it! She even sent us a beautiful wood box with our wedding date engraved on the outside. Inside was a flash drive with the rights to all of our pictures, some of her favorite shots from our wedding professionally printed out, and a delicious trail mix to take on our next adventure. She was so thoughtful! Our pictures are breathtaking and more than I ever expected or could have dreamed for. I could go on and on about he, she is simply amazing! We definitely hit the jackpot with her! Thank you so much Amanda!!
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Amanda Marie Studio
Venue – The View Master
Hair Styling – Makeup by Ceilidh
Wedding Dress – Maggie Sottero
Bridal Accessories – Black Cat Relics Antiques & Vintage Jewelry
Groom’s Apparel – Men’s Wearhouse
Rings – Zales
Rentals – Oregon Coast Event Rentals
Congrats to Kelli and Justin on their Oregon beach wedding and thanks to Amanda Marie Studio for sharing these incredible images! For more intimate wedding inspiration, check out Janet and Mike’s bohemian Costa Rica elopement with their sweet daughters!