Portland Wedding from Commonwealth Vintage Rentals + Gabriel Boone Photography
July 2, 2013
ModernWeddings in Historical VenuesSpring Weddings
When modern and rustic mix and mingle, it's a beautiful thing. Just take this pretty Portland affair, for example. It's the old mixed with the new, and gives the classic cookie cutter wedding a major run for its money. And with a bride who happens to be one of the driving forces behind Commonwealth Vintage Rentals, you can count on perfect style moments from start to finish. Watch the day unfold from Gabriel Boone right over here.
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From the Bride, Commonwealth Vintage Rentals...Braden and I had been to this building on separate occasions and we both were separately convinced that this would be the building that we would have our wedding.  So when it came time to pick a venue this building was our one and only choice.  We felt so blessed that we were able to book the space around the time we wanted, we were only engaged for 4 months so availability was pretty slim.  This venue truly made the look of our wedding.  It was such a well lit and unique space that it felt like we barely had to decorate it.  

Braden and I used to spend time at Ace Hotel Portland to read, hang out, and spend time with one another.  In the lobby there is a huge card file that guests and visitors leave notes, draw pictures, write poetry, confessions, etc.  We always made a point to add something when we visited.  One of our friends found a note we had wrote at the very beginning of our relationship and that spurred the idea behind our guest sign in.  We grabbed Ace Hotel's note pads and used two Commonwealth card files.  We had our guests leave us a note and stick it in the file for us to read later. We loved watching people participate in something that we loved to do when we dated.

My old roommate is a visual designer for Anthropologie. During my time living with her, I loved seeing all sorts of incredible projects that she'd bring home to work on.  She's one of the most creative and inspirational people that I know, and when she offered to make the backdrop for my wedding I couldn't be more honored.  She had a vision for it and over a three week period constructed a backdrop that I couldn't have been more perfect.  I loved the look of the soft white over the rugged, old industrial wall that  it hung infront of.  

Oddly enough, I actually had no idea what I wanted my dress to look like.  My style is very straight-forward and classic, and I knew I wanted my dress to reflect that.  This dress was a dress I tried on at the first store that I went to and was picked out by maid-of-honor.  I loved everything about it and made about a billion altering appointments just so I could try it on all of the time. One of my closest friends has her own clothing line that includes jewelry and perfume.  I always wanted her to design something for my wedding.  I had an idea for a hair accessory and she took that vision and created what I wore on my wedding day.  She was one of my bridesmaids, but just I loved having a part of her with me as I walked down the aisle.

The tables that were used for the reception were tables that I built with my business, Braden was a big help with that.  It was such an incredible gift to get to share our work and Commonwealth's inventory with so many family and friends who have heard the story of us starting our vintage rental business.  My most favorite pieces we used were our mid-century furniture, school desk chairs, and reclaimed wood tables with hairpin legs.

Photographer: Gabriel Boone Photography | Event Coordinator: Lindsay Strannigan | Floral Design: The Green Dandelion | Venue: Yale Union Contemporary | Catering + Cakes: The Lamb's Table | Rentals: Commonwealth Vintage Rentals | Ceremony Backdrop: Katie Kulper | Music: Parson Redheads | Wedding Dress: Jim Hjelm (Style: Blush 1057) | Hair Accessory: Julia Barbee | Shoes: Hasbeens | Flower Girls' Dresses: Nordstrom