Taking a modern aesthetic and transforming it into something whole-heartedly romantic is not an easy task but one that Petalos got just right with this Portland affair. Think loads of twinkling candles mixed with a sea of ghost chairs and a layer of soft, pastel flower gorgeousness. It’s romantic kicked up about a billion notches and we haven’t even gotten to the part where we tell you it was a New Year’s Wedding. Swooning is totally in order. WEDDING + NEW YEAR’S + MODERN = a whole lot of gorgeousness captured by Emily G Photography. You can see it all right here.

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From the Bride… All of the advice I received in the years leading up to tying the knot pointed me to one absolute – destination wedding. People advised don’t have something fussy, don’t hire a coordinator and don’t worry about finding the right shoes because all you’ll need is a pretty white dress and bare feet in the sand. Clearly, I did not heed this advice. The first thing Greg and I chose was our date: December 31, 2011. We wanted our wedding to represent a new chapter in our lives and be the start to an amazing year! I gathered inspirations, compiled mood boards and picked my color palette but couldn’t narrow down my overall theme. I needed help.

For the sake of moving forward, we set up a meeting with photographer Emily G. After our meeting, I knew she would photograph our wedding. Where the wedding would be, I still wasn’t sure, so we left things a little open-ended. Emily suggested I contact Stephanie Major of Petalos, an amazing floral artist and designer. After meeting Stephanie, a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. She was someone who got me, who understood my inspirations and who has impeccable taste. The destination wedding was off. Over the next months, Stephanie and I exchanged inspiration photos, blog posts and mood boards. Stephanie took my abstract inspiration and turned it in to a cohesive image. We hit a bump in the road with our venue and started looking elsewhere, even though we were quickly approaching our wedding day.

The day after Hotel deLuxe decided not to have their New Year’s Eve party, Stephanie inquired if they had ceremony and reception space available. A day later we looked at the space, had cocktails and imagined our wedding taking place in the beautiful deLuxe! Stephanie took the vision we had put together and glamorized it for the new vibe of the hotel. She incorporated the mood and presence I wanted to achieve in new and beautiful ways. Looking back, I would say the theme of our wedding ended up being “Meant to Be.” All of the amazing people that worked on our wedding just sort of happened into our lives, like the way Greg and I happened into each other’s. After the almost destination, venue change and a mass amount of inspirations, I cannot picture our wedding happening any other way than how it did. Perfect.

Wedding Photography: Emily G Photography / Wedding Venue: Hotel deLuxe in Portland, Oregon / Event Design, Coordination, Floral Design, Paper Goods + Signage: Petalos / Catering: Gracie’s at Hotel deLuxe / Wedding Cake, Desserts + Pies: Le Cookie Monkey / Rentals: Pedersens Rentals, The Party Place, West Coast Event Productions, Peter Corvallis Productions + Marigold Vintage Event Rentals / Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella / Paper Masks + Thank-You Signs: Little Retreats / Wedding Invitations: Minted / Chauffeur: Classic Chauffeur / Entertainment: Event Team Entertainment / Wedding Gown: Ivy & Aster via The English Dept. / Veil: August Veils / Shoes: Sam Edelman / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan

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