A Romantic Outdoor Wedding at Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington

Eliza Conlin (26 and an HR specialist) literally fell head over heels for Jacob Cornelison (27 and a maintenance technician). “We met as students at W

Eliza Conlin (26 and an HR specialist) literally fell head over heels for Jacob Cornelison (27 and a maintenance technician). “We met as students at Washington State University, but I didn't really fall for Jake until our third date, when I missed a step and fell down the stairs,” Eliza says. “Jake even had to get out his first-aid kit. We've been in love ever since.” For their outdoor summer wedding at Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington, Eliza and Jake wanted to highlight the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest while including plenty of personalized details and locally sourced goods. “Wind Mountain Ranch was the perfect place to showcase our love of the Pacific Northwest,” Eliza says. "Those mountains!" After an extraordinary outdoor ceremony against the backdrop of the Columbia River Gorge, Eliza and Jake treated their 110 guests to an array of local food and refreshments, from beer and wine to pies and cookies. Family heirlooms also played a role in the day’s events. “The crocheted linen on our cards and the lace linen on our guest-book table are family heirlooms. So are the silver pie servers we had for the dessert buffet and the pearl bracelet I wore,” Eliza says. “We didn't want the day to be just about us, and instead we wanted a celebration of all the people we love. Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for, but the marriage is what we were really looking forward to. At the end of the day, your reward—aka your forever person—is the same.” —Carolyn Meers

For Eliza's engagement ring, Jake chose a vintage design that boasted a square-cut diamond surrounded by smaller stones.
Eliza's bouquet was a bright, garden-fresh combination of cream, peach and blush peonies designed by Good Seed Floral Design of Portland, Oregon.
"Since it was a summer wedding, we had already decided on light pink and white florals, and it was important to us that everything had a cohesive look, so my bridesmaids wore pink BHLDN dresses, while Jake and the groomsmen wore matching ties," Eliza says. "We thought gray suites would be best for our outdoor summer wedding, so we opted for light gray groomsmen suits, while Jake wore dark gray."
“We didn't want the day to be just about us, and instead we wanted a celebration of all the people we love in one place. Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for, but the marriage is what we were really looking forward to,” Eliza says. “At the end of the day your reward (aka your forever person) is the same.”
Exquisite mountain views served as an unforgettable backdrop to Eliza and Jake's outdoor ceremony at Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington.
Eliza and Jake's ceremony spotlighted their love as well as the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. "Good Seed Floral Design did an incredible job of making our vision a reality," Eliza says. "And they managed to incorporate Pacific Northwest details through the use of succulents in our floral arrangements and even a few hops laced into our arbor."
LH Calligraphy crafted all the event signs, including this tabletop design, which shared Eliza and Jacob's Instagram hashtag.
"Our guests were treated to a charcuterie spread during cocktail hour, featuring Olympia Provisions and Kruger's Farm vegetables," Eliza says. "We also served local wines and beers, most being from the Columbia River Gorge, where our venue was located."
A friendly, calligraphed sign by LH Calligraphy invited friends and family members to sign the guest book.
At the reception at Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington, green fern garlands with blush and peach peonies adorned Eliza and Jake's chairs at the head table.
For dessert, guests crafted their own s'mores—with the help of Nineteen27 S'mores in Portland, Oregon, and a team of staff members armed with tiny blowtorches.
Eliza and Jake (self-described foodies) provided guests with an array of dessert options, including DIY s'mores from Nineteen27 S'mores—which were completed by staff members armed with tiny blowtorches.
Eliza and Jake cut into a simple wedding cake that roughly frosted  design, but they also served their guests a variety of locally made desserts from Pacific Pie Company and Nineteen27 S'mores, both in Portland, Oregon.
Locally made desserts—such as this marionberry pie from Pacific Pie Company in Portland, Oregon—were cut using heirloom silver servers from Eliza's family.
“We didn't want the day to be just about us, and instead we wanted a celebration of all the people we love in one place. Our wedding was everything we could have hoped for, but the marriage is what we were really looking forward to,” Eliza says. “At the end of the day your reward—aka your forever person—is the same.”