A Country-Inspired Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in Bend, Oregon

Abigail Landon (24 and a student at Western Governors University) and Quinton Smith (26 and an Internet entrepreneur) wed in front of 250 guests at Ab

Abigail Landon (24 and a student at Western Governors University) and Quinton Smith (26 and an Internet entrepreneur) wed in front of 250 guests at Abigail’s family home outside Bend, Oregon. The day followed a rustic, crafty aesthetic and focused on the setting’s natural beauty. “We both wanted the flexibility to be creative with ideas and sort of plan around what we wanted, so the idea of a cozy, backyard setting seemed perfect,” Abigail says. “My parents’ house is between the cities of Bend and Sisters, so the grounds offered a rustic theme to play with.” Using a subtle palette of warm pink, violet and ivory, Abigail and Quinton followed a vintage and country-inspired look, using decor details like mason jars and burlap. “We have a lot of memories of camping and hunting trips and growing up in central Oregon,” Abigail says. “I just wanted to enjoy the scenery and put a bit of twang in our special day, especially in a place like Bend, where I always feel at home.” —Carolyn Meers

Abigail and Quinton crafted their invitations themselves through Vistaprint.com.
Abigail and her bridesmaids prepped at her parents' house (the site of the wedding) in Bend, Oregon. "My gown was a Martina Liana design. The straps were delicate, intricately beaded lace that opened to a low back. It was elegant, but the amount of lace and detailed beadwork covering the dress made a rather western, eclectic wedding theme feasible to work around."
Abigail entrusted her sister with crafting the flower arrangements in a palette of pink, purple and ivory. "Since the climate is so dry in Bend, some vegetation and flowers do better than others, and my sister understood that more than I, so I just gave her some guidelines for colors and let her creative juices flow. I knew I was in good hands."
Abigail wore a Martina Liana fit-and-flare dress with ivory lace. "The straps were delicate, intricately beaded lace that opened to a low back. It was elegant, but the amount of lace and detailed beadwork covering the dress made a rather western, eclectic wedding theme feasible to work around," Abigail says.
A family friend helped craft the wedding arch with thick alder branches, eucalyptus and pink blossoms.
Long pieces of burlap were used as an aisle runner, accented with mason jars filled with tealights. Lanterns were set around the tables, which guests migrated to after the ceremony.
A family friend helped craft the wedding arch with alder branches, eucalyptus and pink blossoms.
"For our beverages, Caboost Kombucha brewery provided our guests with a crafted assortment of sweet, tangy and delicious kombucha flavors, all showcased in their colorful bottles," Abigail says.
Abigail and Quentin chose a variety of vintage couches, chairs and tables for their 250 guests to use during cocktail hour and the reception at her parents' home in Bend, Oregon.
Rustic lanterns were set around the dining tables, which were set up just a few steps away from the ceremony site at Abigail's parents' home in Bend, Oregon.
Abigail wore a beloved pair of cowboy boots with her gown, allowing for lively dancing. "I wore my dressiest pair of cowgirl boots. They had a white embroidered design, which paired well with the lace on my gown."
Abigail asked a friend to make her roughly frosted wedding cake, topped with pink and violet blossoms and eucalyptus.
Guests made their own s'mores during the reception.
“We have a lot of memories of camping and hunting trips and growing up in central Oregon," Abigail says. "I just wanted to enjoy the scenery and put a bit of twang in our special day, especially in a place like Bend, where I always feel at home.”