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Chic + Modern Portland Wedding

Hip weddings and the city of Portland go hand-in-hand. And the fact that this Bride and Groom chose to exchange their vows on a Middle School rooftop with killer city views is the coolest thing ever. The whole affair is a modern couple’s dream come to life, and Birds Of A Feather didn’t miss a beat. Psst: right this way for so much more.

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Summer
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Modern

From Birds Of A FeatherNew Yorkers Josh & Liz curated a casual, fun-filled day that reflected their love of minimalist design and fashion. Liz, who works for the shoe designer Matt Bernson, and Josh, a product designer, both have family roots in Portland so a destination wedding over the summer seemed a perfect fit.

Their ceremony on the roof of Washington Middle School showed off 360 degree views of the city on a perfectly sunny day, and they surprised their guests with a New Orleans style 2nd line processional to the reception venue, Cooper’s Hall. All 100 guests dancing down the streets of Portland was a sight to behold! Great food and tons of dancing filled the rest of the fun-filled evening.

Design-wise, Josh designed all the paper goods, and a family florist friend created the candleholders offset by simple succulent arrangements. Liz and her bridesmaids and flower girls all wore Matt Bernson shoes, naturally!

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Photography: Birds Of A Feather | Event Planning: Bright Night PDX | Florist: Verbena Floral | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Ceremony Venue: Revolution Hall | Reception Venue: Coopers Hall | Bride's Shoes: Matt Bernson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: American Apparel | Catering: Coopers Hall | DJ: Ian Armstrong | Brass Band: The Brass Roots Movement | Dessert: What's The Scoop | Hair/Makeup: Carrie Strahle | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Romantic Gold + Blush Riverside Wedding

My favorite thing about this wedding? The Bride and Groom thought of everything. From the circular seating so that all the guests could feel included in the ceremony to the surprise performance from On the Rocks, an A Capella group the couple’s alma mater University of Oregon, this wedding is full of special touches. See them all from Olivia Leigh Photography in THE VAULT!

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Summer
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Outdoor
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Romantic

From Allure With DecorWhen you fall in love, you begin picturing the day of your dreams. The day you say “I do”, the moment you step into The Dress, the feel of that bouquet in your hands. All that imagining becomes reality on the day, your day…the wedding. This wedding truly was something from a dream…with it’s peachy, blush tones and the location nestled in the lush green background of Southern Oregon, it was picture-perfect. Andrew and Nicole said their vows to a forever love at a park in gorgeous Southern Oregon, and the result was an enchanting evening by the river. Nicole, the stunning bride, requested a mix of ivory, peach, and blush, and instantly, we paired that vision with glamorous gold. The gold stood out against the chic vintage decor, and it all worked seamlessly. Gold chargers and plush, tufted chairs lent the elegant air, while the more rustic pergola kept the whole look grounded and natural. With floral by Jeanie Payne of Orchard Home B&B, it couldn’t have been better.

“May your love be firm,
and may your dream of life together be a river between two shores — by day bathed in sunlight, and by night illuminated from within. May the heron
carry news of you to the heavens, and the salmon bring the sea’s blue grace. May your twin thoughts spiral upward
like leafy vines, like fiddle strings in the wind, and be as noble as the Douglas fir. May you never find yourselves back to back
without love pulling you around
 into each other’s arms.”- James Bertolino

From The Bride…There wasn’t a specific moment of proposal because we knew right away. We met when I spontaneously signed on for a spring break trip to Oregon with a mutual college friend. We stayed with Andrew’s family and hung out with them for two weeks. It was incredible. Neither of us was looking for someone but we were blown away by how much we had in common, shared goals, interests, and how much we loved being around each other. Three months later we both moved to Eugene and both attended the University of Oregon.

My ultimate goal was for everyone to have fun and feel welcome. We’re both really laid back, fun-loving, and a little geeky so we wanted our wedding to reflect that. After meeting with my planner, Terrie Day, I realized that I would need to do research and learn quickly because I had lots of decisions to make!

I know what it’s like to be stuck in the back of the wedding and not be able to see or hear. It makes you feel unimportant and bored. So I chose circular seating so there could be fewer rows and everyone could be closer. I made sure the tables were arranged in a way that everyone could see the wedding party table and dance floor. We had a comfy lounge area alongside the dance floor so everyone could feel like they were part of the action.

We put a lot of thought into our ceremony music. We walking down the aisle to Vitamin String Quartet’s “Concerning Hobbits” and our recessional was “Life’s A Happy Song” from the 2011 movie “The Muppets.” Our Postlude was “Skullcrusher Mountain” by Jonathan Coulton. They all have significant meaning to us.

I wore my mom’s cathedral length veil as my something old and borrowed, new was my sparkly silver shoes, and blue was my flower girl, Greta’s, earrings.

I wore a light pink vintage inspired reception dress with a homemade birdcage veil.

I put a riddle on the wedding website that, when solved, took guests to a hidden page full of pictures of the wedding party and planning teasers.

My favorite moments of the day was UO’s A Capella group, On The Rocks, during dinner. We planned for them to surprise his aunt with a modified version of “Cecilia” because it was her birthday. I also requested that they surprise his mom with a modified “Stacey’s Mom.” On The Rock’s enthusiasm and upbeat energy was contagious and set the tone for the rest of the night.

The wedding party jumped into the river after everyone went home. It was around 100 degrees all day so the water was the perfect way to end the night.

My advice for future brides and grooms is don’t be afraid to share the spotlight. The wedding is about two families coming together. Including special moments that make them feel important or loved will make everyone happy and enjoy the wedding more. It makes people feel welcome, fosters a spirit of togetherness, and down-to-earth fun.

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Photography: Olivia Leigh Photography | Event Coordination: Simply Shannon | Wedding Planning: Allure With Decor | Floral Design: Jeanie Payne, Orchard Home B&B | Cake: Mrs. Cards Cakes | Catering: ABC Kitchen | Makeup: Robin Opal | Venue: Cave Junction, Oregon | Dress Alterations: Debra Hedeen | Furniture & Rentals: Studio Decor | Gold Chandelier: Branches, Blooms And Blings | Photography Assistance: Gabriela Ines Photography | Rentals: Rosewood Vintage | Signs: B&D Vinyl | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

Elegant Botanical Inspired Oregon Wedding

Sometimes it’s a major piece of the wedding puzzle that captures my attention but sometimes it’s the tiniest of details. And in this case, it’s one simple sweater. But not just any ol’ sweater, but the Bride’s grandmother’s that she slipped over her gown when temps dipped a little low; the sweetest “something old” I ever did see. See this and more, with all of Twah Dougherty’s pics in our VAULT right this way!

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Fall
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Modern

From Twah Dougherty… It was a dream to work with Kasey and Alex on their wedding day. I love that both Kasey and Alex were so involved with the details yet were completely relaxed. They completely trusted their vendors knowing they hired the best. I love that Kasey incorporated something old using her grandmother’s sweater as an accessory to wear when the temperature dipped down. The clean palette mixed with gold details for a touch of luxury, in an organic environment overlooking the lake, was the perfect combination to pull off this botanical style wedding. Luxe Events did wonders with executing the couple’s vision as they always do!

From the Bride… Alex and I met eleven years ago as undergraduates at UCLA, and every day I feel so lucky to be in love with my best friend. We just have fun together, no matter what we are doing, and planning our wedding was no different. Most of our friends and family think we’re crazy perfectionists, but we just love rolling up our sleeves for a good creative challenge. I’ll admit, sometimes we may get a little obsessed with the details.

My mom offered up her house in Lake Oswego, which was the main inspiration for our wedding decor. We wanted a clean botanical theme to embrace the beautiful lake view. It was important to us that our wedding feel relaxed and personalized. We spent a lot of time thinking through the design details and finding professionals who understood our point-of-view.

We are so fortunate to have worked with such a talented bunch of professionals, led by our wedding planner Brooke Kranzler from Luxe Wedding Events.

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Photography: Twah Dougherty | Coordination: Luxe Event Productions | Floral Design: Blum Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Amsale Novelle | Invitations: Ames Letterpress | Jewelry: Valalan Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Catering: Simpatica Portland | Hair + Makeup: Austie Eckley | DJ: DJ Only Child | Groom's Attire: Theory | Officiant: Steve Sharp | Venue: At Home | Guitarist: Jesse Macleod | Photography - Assistance: Mhari Scott | Rentals: Something Borrowed Event Rentals | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Tie: Burberry | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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