WHO WE ARE
Are you stylish but not a slave to fleeting trends? Do you break the rules? Are you authentic, genuine and deeply in love? Do you have an eye for pretty things, but seek a guide to fulfill your visions?
We want to be friends! Let’s develop a trusting, fun relationship that lasts far beyond your big day. We want to collaborate with you to curate the unique and personalized day-of details you’ve been dreaming of to showcase your one-of-a-kind love. Let us make your day run smoothly so you can appreciate every little moment with your person.
Alex has a passion for the little details. Growing up in Portland, Oregon her mom always used to say that she had to have her shoes tied “just right” before she went to school each day. This quirkiness combined with an affinity for the right side of her brain led her to study fashion design and merchandising at Oregon State University. In her last year of school she had the opportunity to direct the College of Design senior fashion show. Little did she know that the skills she learned there would carry her through to her current gig as co-owner, wedding coordinator and stylist for the.re.al.
After a five year stint as a retail buyer in the corporate world, she was ready for a change. Alex quit her job and asked her friend Jena Ralls to join her for coffee. Over a cup at one of their favorite Portland spots, the.re.al.creative came to life.
When she's not dreaming up ideas for a bridal shoot or pouring over the little details of a client’s wedding day, she loves cooking with her other half, Taylor, catching live music, hunting for vintage furniture pieces and playing with her two rescue pups, Mia and Molly.
Jena is a Portland native, moon child with a penchant for vintage clothing and a cup of tea permanently in her left hand. She has been working with brides-to-be across the nation since 2012, as the designer/owner of The City Hippy Studio, helping them bring their stationery and styling visions to fruition. She’s often discovering new neighborhoods and adventuring in nature with her husband, Morgan, little mushroom (read: baby boy!), Banks, and their two dogs, Frankie & Pearl. She is a seasoned designer and DIY enthusiast, has a background in branding and digital marketing, an eye for natural textures, and can’t pass up a floral pattern to save her life. Jena is always working to stay ahead of trends, and use her unique creativity to personalize every event she is a part of.