We’re headed to Portland for our next little diddy, and it’s a DIY dream day packed with loads of style. And loads of meaningful touches. And loads of love. Basically all the things we are smitten with over here at SMP, and thanks to Alexandra Roberts Photography and the fabulous full gallery of images we get to enjoy every little bit of the lovely!
From Alex of Alexandra Roberts Photography… This amazingly fun wedding was so fitting with the location, an art gallery in Portland’s Northwest neighborhood. Every single detail that Julie and Stephen incorporated was personal to them. They met on a tour bus (Stephen is a Professional Lighting Director) after a concert in Boston (at the then-Avalon), which also happened to be Stephen’s birthday and the same date as their wedding. They had such amazing stage lighting for their ceremony and reception with friends taking turns DJ-ing the entire time. Plus, Stephen even ended out the set! Julie loved the lace design in her dress so much that she had a friend make a screen printing of it, which she then used for the groom’s tie and gifts for her girls. You’ll notice bunnies and snowflake details throughout — They have a tradition to make each other bunny-shaped cakes for their birthdays and since it was Stephen’s birthday, it made the perfect groom’s cake. The snowflakes represent their downtime on “The Mountain” (Mt. Hood) where they snowboard any free chance they get. This wedding truly represents the phrase that Portlanders proudly display over their city: “Made in Oregon.”
From the Bride… It was really important to me that the decorations were going to have a long shelf life. The decorations were really a joint and group effort. I collected/made a lot of the crafty things with a lot of help from gracious friends: foraged lichen branches, candles, lace balls, mini terrariums, lace doilies, menus/table numbers. A co-worker’s husband made me the nine-drawer cabinet on the entry table 1.5 weeks before the wedding. I also pulled keepsakes and vintage pieces we had around the house to be incorporated. My sister Joni and I designed the runner for the head table.
Wedding Photography: Alexandra Roberts Photography / Wedding Venue: Springbox Gallery in Portland, Oregon / Floral Design: DIY by the Bride’s Sister Joni with Flowers from New Seasons Market / Event Design: Friends of the Bride & Groom / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Music: State of Sound Inc. / Pinball Rental: Portland Custom Shop / Standup Game Rentals: Specialty Coin Products / Vintage Tableware Rentals: The Lost and Found / Wedding Dress: Tara Keely via Ania Collection / Hair + Makeup: Austie Eckley / Groom’s Custom Suit: Duchess Clothier / Rings: Megan Thorne of TWIST / Lighting: TMS / Rings: Me and Ro / Caterer: Voilà Catering / Veil and Hair Piece: Austie Eckley