Intimate Smith Rock State Park Wedding in Central Oregon
This day left us feeling so in love and thankful that we have the opportunity to tell love stories like these. Jason and Whitney have been in our life since their proposal last year and we are beyond grateful to have told the story of their wedding day as well. Every chapter we live out with them is always a new favorite. This post is the start of many that will include personal touches from our couples through the answers of a few small questions that we hope will impact our future brides & grooms during their wedding journey!
We not only hope you enjoy a glimpse into what Jason and Whitney’s intimate wedding day felt like through their photos, but everything from the story of how they met to the gentle reminder to MAKE YOUR WEDDING YOUR OWN. These two have a special place in our hearts.
Floral | Brier + Ivy
Hair + Makeup | Kate Tuma
Wedding Dress | Something Blue Bridal
Ceremony Venue | Smith Rock State Park
Reception Venue | Aspen Hall
Photography | Rosemary & Pine Photography
Where did you two meet?
We met at the hospital. I was a traveling nurse from the Chicago area and he worked as a nurse in the intensive care unit I traveled to. He was actually the first guy I talked to when walking on the unit not knowing I was looking at the rest of my life. Needless to say, I ended up taking a staffing job soon after my traveling assignment ended and it has been history since.
Where did you get married + why did you decide on this location?
We got married at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon. This location wasn’t just any location for us — it held a lot of sentimental value and lots of memories. Our first day that we ever hung out/adventured just the two us (just as friends at this point) was hiking Misery Ridge at Smith Rock State Park. It was this weekend — hiking misery ridge and brew hopping downtown Bend— that started the spark that ended up being a wildfire.
On top of that, we not only began at Smith Rock but he also proposed to me at Smith Rock. It only felt right to vow to forever at the place it all started as well as the place he asked me for forever. Now it will always be “our place”. A place we can show our kids one day and a place that will always hold so many memories for the both of us.
Do you have any wedding advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding day?
Make it YOUR OWN. Don’t worry about what everyone’s telling you to do or what Instagram says is the picturesque worthy wedding. And if something doesn’t go exactly as you wish, roll with it. It won’t be perfect but if you keep a good attitude and positive perspective, you will look back on your day and be so fond of the sweet moments you didn’t let pass by because of something that really honestly doesn’t matter.
Stay focused on truth. What do you know to be true? You are marrying the man that is the rest of your life. Who cares about anything else? Our day was absolutely perfect, not because everything was smooth and easy, but because I woke up with the goal to savor every moment and knew by the end of the day, I’d be one with my absolute best friend.
What was your favorite moment of your entire wedding day?
Bride: This is a hard question because there were so many sweet moments of the day. One of the sweetest moments for me was when the groom left a present for me the morning of: a star named after my maiden name “Whitney Harmon” so she would forever live on as I take on a new name. It was just the sweetest gesture and left me in tears to know I am marrying a man that respects who I was before him + knew that changing my last name was a big deal. It was the perfect reminder on my wedding day of the kind of man I was about to give myself to. The other favorite moment of course would be our vows (but really, who’s isn’t?) We wrote our own and now they hang on an canvas in our room. I’ll always keepsake those. + our time of communion and prayer, and the dancing and celebrating, honestly all of it!!
Groom: My favorite moment was the moment I saw her walking towards me in the aisle. All the build up and then she was there and didn’t run away (haha). However there are so many moments from the day that were my favorite: the vows, having all my boys in one place, the personal musical show we got from our family, and getting to finally call her my wife.