{Real Parties} Travel Inspired Wedding

Ahhh…. weddings are the ultimate parties, aren’t they? I got married almost seven years ago and still buy wedding magazines for inspiration. But, as many parties as I get to help with, nothing compares to weddings in my book. Which is why I was thrilled when my friend Leah asked me to help with her wedding this past year!

She and her now-husband, Jake, are two really amazing and kind people. Their wedding Sept. 1, 2012, was a perfect reflection of them as a couple as well as their love for travel. Leah spent months and months gathering inspiration for her event. She was drawn to natural elements as well as the weddings that featured a travel-theme.

We designed (and put together) her boarding pass invitations to set the mood for the party. But, the main event had all the fun details. A big thank you to her wonderful photographer, Katherine McClosky Photography, for letting me share these images with you.

Travel Themed Wedding
The Wedding Party

Travel Themed Wedding from A Well Crafted Party
The beautiful bride and groom in front of a DIY arch
Passport Wedding Programs
Guests got their passport wedding programs stamped with personalized stamps as they walked into the ceremony and then again as they entered the reception.
Bridal Bouquets
Bridal bouquets of white roses, eggplant lilies, lily grass, and orchids.
DIY Bridal Bouquets
Each bouquet was made by me with love!
Reception Entryway
Large signs led guests to the reception area
Personalized cups doubled as cups for pina coladas and favors
Table Centerpieces
Simple centerpieces looked stunning on the cafe tables at the reception

Favorite Details: 

  • I am in love with the printed materials that were at her wedding. The printers took care of the large signs, programs, and all of the favor cups. Morel Ink did an AMAZING job with all of the paper goods. The quality was amazing, the service was efficient… but, more than any of that, the people who worked there were patient and great at their jobs. And, there is nothing like getting a little bundle of FINISHED product instead of a big pile of printed paper that I then have to cut and fold. I’d highly suggest finding a great printer in your area and paying the little bit extra that keeps you from needing to worry about those details. Plus, no one wants a paper cut on their big day!
  • The wedding flowers were a work of love. It was my first time designing intricate bouquets and I am head over heels with how they turned out. The flowers were delivered to my door and they looked great. If you are going the DIY route with flowers then check out the wedding vendors we used (links in resources area).
  • The bride and groom had an unconventional beverage area that worked out really well. They had a soda machine for pop supply (endless supply of quarters included), a pina colada machine filled with non-alcoholic mix, and a rum bar! They also had red and white wine. The favor cups were used and then taken home by guests. We created labels for the tops of the cups so that guests wouldn’t lose their cup in all the fun.


Photographer— Katherine McClosky Photography
PrintersMorel Ink
Venue— Ceremony: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon ; Reception— the home of Jake & Leah’s Uncle
Paper good designer & Floral Designer: A Well Crafted Party
Flowers: Fifty Flowers // Costco
Dress: David’s Bridal
Catering: Devil’s Food Catering

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Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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  1. Reply

    Oh my goodness. I love weddings too, and I love this theme! The passport wedding programs are so clever, and the color palette is gorgeous.

    1. Jenni

      Thank you! The bride had such a fun vision.

  2. Reply

    So neat! Love that theme – very creative!

    1. Jenni

      Thank you!

  3. Reply

    this wedding is beautiful! love all the details and the purple.

    1. Jenni

      Those purple flowers were my favorite! So pretty!

  4. Reply

    Love the rich simple elegance of the decor, and the passport programs are a genius idea! The care with the paper goods and flowers definitely shows!

    1. Jenni

      Thank you! 🙂

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    • Beverly Nataniel
    • November 30, 2016

    I love the passport program. That is what we want to do for our wedding next year but I am having trouble finding something like that. Do you sell the design anywhere?

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