This bohemian Loloma Lodge wedding from last Fall with camp vibes was the best day ever.
Casey and Miles are the type of couple you fall in love with instantly. They are fun, laid back, always up for an adventure and bring the best energy wherever they go. They wanted a weekend-long love affair with their closest family and friends to celebrate their wedding and they achieved just that at Loloma Lodge. The lodge is nestled amongst tall pines on the most gorgeous grounds that run along the emerald green McKenzie River in Oregon. The owners bought the property a few years back and redesigned all the spaces to have a modern bohemian vibe that I was drooling over. Gorgeous furniture and all the beautiful Morrocan rugs you could ever need. The perfect setting for a couple who wants modern, bohemian vibes, but also a party in the woods! Their day was what you’d expect from September in Oregon. Spots of rain, spots of sun, warm and then chilly and then warm again. And just so many happy tears. I love this pair so much, but I wanted you to hear about their wedding from their own point of view, so I had Casey answer a few questions!
Why did you choose a Loloma Lodge wedding and what did you love most about having your wedding there?
I’ve always had an easy time making big decisions. For certain things in life, when you know you know. We both knew we wanted our wedding to be some kind of magical summer camp weekend getaway. A big party in the woods that would never end. I had a mutual friend get married at Lololma Lodge Summer of 2017, and as soon as I saw a photo of the grounds I knew that was it. Loloma was the only venue we toured on a rainy December day, yet the cabins were so thoughtfully curated and the old growth trees so stunning, we knew it was the only option. I loved how we started with such a beautiful blank slate: the backdrop of the Mckenzie River and lush with greenery, we just needed to make the space our own.
It was really important to both of us that our wedding didn’t seem fleeting. We had friends and family traveling from up and down the West Coast, Texas, Boston, even Australia. At Loloma there were cabins, A-frames, and tents, so guests could pick what worked best for them then hunker down for the weekend!
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
One part of the day that will forever make me smile is our ceremony and specifically our vows, mostly because I hardly remember anything. I really tried to remind myself to be present and soak things in throughout the day, but during the ceremony, I was zeroed in on Miles. We laughed, we cried, we kissed then we celebrated. When I think back to that moment, I can remember the fuzzy feelings of overflowing love rather than what was actually happening around us. That’s why it was so special seeing photos, I could finally take in the details and connect the dots. (hint hint, photos are important 😉 )
What advice do you have for someone planning a wedding at Loloma Lodge? Or planning a wedding in general?
Call on your friends! I knew our wedding was going to have quite a few DIY components, but I never felt drowning in projects because of everyone I had around me. I also learned I have some incredibly talented friends – we had groomsmen doing floral arrangements, coworkers that helped with calligraphy, make-up & day of coordinating, bandmates getting ordained, acquaintances turned friends that helped with hair, created custom art and filled in last minute to DJ. It is so special to me knowing that so many details of our wedding were a real group effort. That being said the bunting of 90 macrame triangles I made was almost all me! I had this vision that somehow I would teach everyone how to macrame at different pre-wedding events and guests would create and contribute a triangle of their own, all strung together as one. Great idea, not great follow-thru. But hey, another wedding planning lesson, learn to roll with it if things don’t go as planned.
Name one tradition you happily ditched for the wedding and one you happily made part of your day.
For us, music was a way to have some fun with tradition. For our ceremony music, I picked 3 songs by Delicate Steve (my absolute favorite musician). My Dad wrote and recorded our father-daughter dance song, an ode to Miles and my love and what we have to look forward to. Miles and his Mom danced to Tears for Fears, because why not? Then all of his siblings joined in and his Mom ate it, hard (this is Mindy’s favorite wedding memory). We danced all night long thanks to DJ Chilly Willy, then Miles’ Jewish family surprised us with dancing The Horah (another wedding highlight) and a late night limbo session.
How does any of that go together? That is what made our wedding weekend so special. A big melting pot of all our favorite things & our favorite people.
Some awesome vendors who made this day possible:
Venue: Loloma Lodge
Catering: Carte Blanche
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cake
Dress: Willowby by Waters, from A&Be Bridal Shop