Government Cove Elopement

As wedding season in the Pacific Northwest slowly comes to an end and we prepare to enjoy the holiday season, it is also a time for us to keep our creative juices flowing. 

Los Angeles based photographer, Paulina, created a design board full of inspiration for this shoot she had been dreaming of. She approached us to execute and build a team of vendors that we felt best fit this concept and it turned out to be an unexpectedly unbelievable day at Government Cove, OR. 

Our intention was to create a romantic, moody, celestial elopement on the hillside with a backdrop that distinctly represented what the Pacific Northwest is all about. And yes, the rain came along with it, but just in time for us to wrap up our big day and we really lucked out. 

Anna and Andrew, a sweet couple from Southern Oregon drove up just to be with us. Their chemistry was immeasurable and they played such a vital role in the way this shoot was executed.  It was important we capture raw emotions of what an elopement looks like, the level of intimacy between two people and how they really have become more common than you may want to believe. 

Thank you to a wonderful team of people for making this happen. Your work is admired, you are appreciated and we are thankful for each and every one of you. 

Here's to love.



Design + Coordination by Vanity Affair Events

Design + Photography by Paulina

Florals by Swoon Floral Design

Stationery by Rachel Jacobson

Cake by Sainte G

Rentals by Vintage Meets Modern

Jewelry by Alchemy

Makeup by Whitney Stassi Artistry

Hair by Linda De Marco

Suit by The Black Tux

Dress by Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal


Oregon Bride Spring 2016

What an honor it is to be featured on the cover of Oregon Bride’s Spring/Summer 2016 issue! Our styled shoot received 8 pages of love, in addition to the cover, in the newest magazine, which is on stands today.

Riv & Rose Photography 

Riv & Rose Photography 


Christin Rose, of Riv & Rose Photography approached Kelsey in late summer, asking if she would collaborate to design, style and execute the shoot. Kelsey knew this was an experience in itself and immediately said YES! "We get each other. It makes working on shoots and weddings unbelievable," Kelsey said. The task was to create a pre-wedding bridesmaid dinner. Kelsey and Christin wanted Portland to see something different, something relatable and to curate a team of vendors who they felt confident would make this vision come to life. Kelsey immediately visualized an intimate dinner party that was light, airy, playful and personal.  Kelsey said, “We designed it to give readers the feeling of being surrounded by their best friends; the ones who bring out the best of us during the moments in our lives that mean the most.”


Riv & Rose Photography 

Riv & Rose Photography 

Rive & Rose Photography 

Rive & Rose Photography 

Vendor Selection

The shoot was complete with a list of all star vendors. Kelsey’s tactic for hand picking the vendors for the shoot and for all the weddings she designs is by, “Selecting vendors who we have built close relationships with and who are knowledgeable in their own craft. We build a team who we know will educate us in their own expertise through the process of designing a shoot or wedding.” Kelsey bousted, “I am so confident working with this team. These people are so talented, so inspiring and that's why I knew this shoot would be something special; something different.”


Rive and Rose Photography 

Rive and Rose Photography 

Rive & Rose Photography 

Rive & Rose Photography 

On the Shoot

When creating a stylized shoot, you have a few hours to capture a vision. Everyone is running around, grabbing the items they need in each shot and trying to make everything look amazing. On getting it all right Kelsey explained, “Christin, Riv and I really had the ability to control all moving parts on the shoot and we knew we had one shot to do it right. And because of this team; we did.”

Riv & Rose Photography 

Riv & Rose Photography 

Favorite Part

Kelsey says the best part of this shoot was working with Christin and Riv. She explained that these photographers see things that others don’t; "They capture moments and ideas through a lens that is indescribable when you see the final images. Their chemistry is what makes their product magical." 


To view some more amazing shots, follow us on Instagram!

The Team


Photography- Riv & Rose @rivandrose  

Design and Coordination- Vanity Affair Events @vanityaffairevent

Floral- Swoon @swoon_floraldesign

Stationary- Tie That Binds @tiethatbinds

Catering-  Chefstable Catering @chefstablecateringpdx

Cocktails- Mint and Mirth @mintandmirth

Dresses- Lena Medoyeff @lenamedoyeff

Rentals- Commonwealth @commonwealthpdx

                 rentals -Something Borrowed @something_borrowed_PDX

Models- Option Models @option_models

Jewelry- Larry & Co.

Makeup- Bri Ellis Portland Makeup and Hair @PDXmakeupandhair

Hair - Shaina Smith @stylistshainasmith


Cheers to a great spring edition of Oregon Bride! Enjoy!