Joel and Ashley // The Ruins at the Astor // Astoria, Oregon

This is one of those days where I don’t know if I can put how great it was into words. Cool? Stylish? Awesome? Fun? It doesn’t seem enough. Pretty weddings don’t mean anything without a feeling of “we’re so lucky to be witnessing people who love each other so much get married in front of people who love them.” And that kind of sums up Joel and Ashley’s day. Both pretty and pretty emotional.

When Lauren and I arrived, we scoped out this 1921 gothic revival venue at the Astor Building in Astoria, OR. The Ruins is proud of it’s crumbling pillars and amazing tiled floors, because they bring history and something unique to an area that is all about renovation and restoration as it begins to really thrive over the past few years.

Ashley got ready in a 1910 apartment building- walls filled with yellow, bouquets sitting in vases, and art everywhere you turned. Joel prepped a few blocks away, both finishing up their vows on separate notepads. Both excited.

We met at an alley near the venue for a first look. Ashley’s wedding party blocked the alley until Joel could get a good look. They locked eyes, laughed and kissed, and I felt the reassurance and love.

We headed to the venue where guests were prompted to add flowers to a gorgeous bouquet in honor of Ashley’s grandmother who had recently passed. I have seen tributes to loved ones who weren’t able to be with us, but this one was so touching and brought everyone together.

The most beautiful ceremony and vows were filled with poetry recited by members of the wedding party. Balloons fell from the ceiling as Ashley and Joel made their exit.

We are so lucky to get to experience a huge day in someone’s life on a regular basis. I relive these days in these blogs with such gratitude in what I get the honor of being present for.

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