There are few things better in life than sipping on a cold glass of chardonnay, while creating an intimate tablescape, in the Oregon wine country. This shoot came to life on Pinterest (Again I say, every event planner’s best friend. What would we do without it?)
I had previously visited this vineyard, and fell in love with the intimacy of the space. It felt as if you were having a glass of wine, with your family, on the back patio at home. The homey feeling left me with an itch for creativity, and I thought what better way than with a tablescape. Another goal I have for my business, is to promote small businesses in Portland, while growing myself as well. This is an important value I have because everyone starts somewhere. Since I am just starting my baby company, I want to meet as many people as I can. I met Sarah Wolfe through another event, and was amazed by the ceramic work that she does. She is the owner of Wolfe Ceramics and was nice enough to let me use her ceramics as a core part of this shoot. I have found a new passion in collaborations with others because I get the chance to meet so many people, while pursuing a career that I am passionate about.
Same as my last shoot, I stopped first at Goodwill hoping to find items that inspired me, while sticking to a budget. I decided to go to the holy lands, also known as Target to get inspired as well. To my luck, their clearance section was amazing that day, and I had to force myself to stick to the budget. Another fun part of this shoot was the water-color designs that I put together. I had never used water color like this so it was much more trial and error than I would like to admit. But, that is all part of the fun, in my eyes.
The day of, it was a sweltering ninety degrees out, and I was determined to find a place that I could still continue the shoot without getting heat stroke. This gazebo was built for the owner’s to get married under, with the beautiful Oregon wine country in the background. I loved getting to know Holly, one of the owners. A BloomingHill Vineyard is the perfect amount of relaxing and modern. I asked her if she occasionally sat outside and drank wine to enjoy her view (Cause I know that is what I would do every night…) I sipped on their amazing chardonnay as I worked, enjoying every minute of the experience. Of course, the wind would not cooperate in order for the candles to stay lit. I gave up after the first match knowing I was out of luck. It is all part of the experience I kept telling myself.
I learned from this experience that nobody is going to network for you. In order to get this business up and running I need to be in charge of my own self, while still loving every minute. I met so many wonderful people while trying to collaborate for this shoot, which ultimately got my name out there in the Portland world. I may not have gotten everybody to be apart of this shoot, but now I can say that I tried. I love this industry because of all the people that I get to meet. Everyone has a different life story, which fascinates me to learn more. All I have to say is look out Portland, Oregon here I come.
Cheers to another amazing styled shoot.