Lilac and Gray Semi-Formal Portland Wedding (9)

This stunning wedding comes to us from photographer Ben Hartley of Style & Story Creative, based in Columbus, OH! Here’s more about the wedding from the lovely bride, Ronni:

Our wedding had a simple, chic, semi-formal style, with different hues of lilac, gray and silver as our wedding colors. The ceremony took place outside, in front of a gorgeous lake. Directly after the ceremony, a grand staircase led the guests up to a ballroom where the cocktail hour and reception were held. With the help of our friends, family, vendors, and The Lake Club staff, we were fortunate to have planned arrangements and schedules to allow for minimal stress and rush on our wedding day.

See more after the cut!


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The morning of, each party (bridesmaids and groomsmen) were able to enjoy breakfast, dressing, and some good time to relax and laugh together before things got real. For us, the celebration seemed like it started from the moment we woke up, and we were happy to be able to share those moments prior to the wedding with our bridal party. Style & Story Creative was a huge part of what made for such a seamlessly enjoyable and seemingly effortless day leading up to the ceremony. Their team kept us informed, comfortable, and relaxed from start to finish. For such an important day, it was invaluable to have them keep things light, fun, and always professional.

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From the time we arrived in Youngstown from our home in Columbus, it was challenging to get much rest and nearly impossible to sleep. It was not so much a feeling of anxiety, but the feeling of anticipation, finality to all the months of planning, and the appreciation for all the time, consideration, and energy our family, friends, vendors, and hosts had invested into a single day overwhelmed any nerves. We felt a warm enthusiasm for the time we were about to enjoy with those we love, those who have shared our lives, and those who were kind enough to help make

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As close as one could possibly imagine, the weather was perfect and the event went off as close to script as we could have ever hoped. All of  the vendors worked tirelessly and in a professional, meticulous, and collaborative manner to ensure what turned out to be a special atmosphere and a truly wonderful day. The greatest challenge, and inevitably a futile initiative, is trying to take it all in and spend a few moments with each wedding guest. Hours zoom by in moments and before you can remember saying your vows, the lights are up. We did our best to welcome, thank, enjoy and appreciate every ounce of energy, thoughtfulness, and detail that had gone into creating the amazing landscape and many of the best memories of our lives that were created that day. Although while planning the wedding we knew it would be the best day of our lives, in the end, the entire experience of the wedding day exceeded our expectations.

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Congratulations Ronni & Mark and thank you Ben for sharing! For more information about Style & Story Creative, please be sure to check out their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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Florist: Sweet Arrangements Florist, Inc.
Photographer and Videographer: Style & Story Creative
Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher
Hair and Makeup: Jen Powell of Sin Pretty Beauty
Venue: The Lake Club
Cake: Cake Boutique