I knew our wedding was a success when the first thing Demond said the next morning was “can we do it all again?”. I could not have agreed more. The entire experience was more than we could have ever imagined, filled with so much love and happiness. We truly could not have done it without the support of our amazing family and friends…fortunately we know some pretty talented people to boot! We were on a major wedding budget so when it came time to start planning, we narrowed down to what we could actually afford then enlisted the help of several of our friends for everything else. We really wanted to keep it modern and fun so we tossed the traditions and really focused on things we would appreciate (i.e. food and music). One of my favorite memories from the evening is scarfing down a giant burrito in my wedding dress.
We didn’t spend a lot of time hunting for the perfect venue. The Jupiter Hotel was the second place we visited, and after meeting with their event coordinator we both knew that was it. They let us use the space however we saw fit and gave us the freedom to choose our own caterers. We already had our heart set on using our favorite food truck, Koi Fusion, so this was a huge plus in our book. We were fortunate enough to run across our florist and photographer through referrals, both of whom completely got the vibe we were going for. Once we got the “big stuff” out of the way everything else slowly fell into place. We tried to keep the planning process as stress free as possible with little celebrations when we crossed something off the list (this may or may not have been an excuse to crack a bottle of wine on a Tuesday).
I feel so fortunate to have had resources such as Pinterest and wedding blogs to search for inspiration (seriously, what did brides do before the internet?!) but there also came a time when I felt completely overwhelmed with all the ideas floating around. My advice to brides who are planning is to pick a few things that are really important to you and your vision and stick with it. You don’t need to do it all. When your day finally arrives, it’s so important to just let go and soak it all up, cause it goes by quick. Some of the best memories are the ones that aren’t planned — a surprise serenade by grandma during speeches, the giggle of our ring bearer during our first kiss as bride and groom, the sound of dads voice during our father-daughter dance. Embrace every moment because it’s really freaking awesome.
Photographer: Hazelwood Photo
Venue: The Jupiter Hotel
Catering: Koi Fusion
Cake: made by family member
Gelato: Bonta Natural Artison Gelato
Bridal dress: Maggie Sottero purchased at Bella Brides
Bouquet and boutonnieres: Solabee Flowers
Terrarium Centerpieces: DIY (all materials purchased at Solabee)
Chevron Table Runners rentals: Ultrapom
Groom Suit: Men’s Wherehouse
Ties/Bowties: Speak Louder (Etsy)
Guys shoes/pants: Nike Shoes & JCrew
Groomsmen ties from Etsy seller: Speak Louder
Gals shoes: Urban Outfitters
Invitations and programs: designed by Jessica Steiert (friend of bride) / printed through Zazzle
DJ: Street Dream Mobile DJ’s
Wedding Day Coordinator: Amy Davidson (friend of the bride and groom)
Officiant: Andrew Swalko (friend of groom)
[images from Hazelwood Photo]
Chad and I just got back from a quick jaunt to Portland…we’d never been so it was a fun break from our usual routine. I was so happy that we were able to schedule it during the weekend of Chelsea‘s flower class, so now I’m feeling pretty confident about making my own fancy arrangements at home! If you ever have a chance to take one of her classes, definitely take it! [You can see more pics from the flower class over on our Facebook page] Hope you enjoy some of the sights and tastes we feasted on while in PDX!
[images by me]