NAMES Susannah Forster & Peter Mahar LIVE IN Oregon City OCCUPATIONS Wedding photographers; they run Peter Mahar Photography HOW THEY GOT TOGETHER Acquaintances their whole lives, they started chatting about photography, and Peter asked Susannah to be his second shooter HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED After a rainbow interrupted a downpour at the Oregon Coast, Peter got down on one knee at the edge of a cliff WEDDING WEATHER Intermittent sun and clouds NUMBER OF GUESTS 350 COLORS Rainbow! THEME Carnivalesque FLOWERS Unstructured and wild-looking with lots of sunflowers, dahlias, and zinnias DIY HIGHLIGHTS From the reception location (Susannah’s grandparents’ property) to the paper goods, food, dessert, photo booth, blackboard signs, streamers, pennants, wood benches, and bride’s hand-dyed shoes, DIY literally made the day—with many thanks to helping hands MENU STANDOUTS Fair-style tables laden with mini corndogs, mac and cheese, tacos, burritos, and falafel; to drink, fresh-pressed apple cider, spiked lemonade, Champagne, and wine DESSERT A homemade rainbow layer cake atop tiers of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, a cotton candy station, and an “ice cream truck”—i.e., a friend passed out frozen treats from a pickup ENTERTAINMENT Face painting, a piñata, advice cards, a friend DJing from the couple’s playlist, and carnival games like a ring toss, “shooting” range, and fishing, all designed for kids, with red clown noses, candy, mustaches, etc., for prizes FIRST DANCE SONG “Dancing in the Minefields” by Andrew Peterson IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have had more wine—someone had to make a supply run halfway through the event THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Colorful, fun, kid-friendly HONEYMOON Oregon Coast

I’d always wanted my wedding to be a big, colorful party, but what we pulled off with a very limited budget (and a lot of help!) surpassed my wildest dreams. -Susannah Forster

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Vendor List

CEREMONY Atkinson Memorial Church


PHOTOGRAPHY Sweetlife Photography

FLOWERS Lamb’s Palisades Floral

GOWN David’s Bridal

GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR J. Ferrar from JCPenney


HAIR Sara Fukuda Hair Design

MAKEUP Makeup Artistry and Contouring by Rebekah

REGISTRY Macy’s, Target, Amazon