Yesterday’s record breaking heat did nothing to wilt the joyful wedding of Megan and George at The Old Church Concert Hall in downtown PDX. Family and friends from NY, MA, CT and ID gathered to witness the Coast Guard Lieutenant marry his sweetheart. The ceremony featured the elegant strings of Duo con Brio, a unity glass ritual and readings by close friends. The military arch of swords was conducted by fellow officers with the “kiss to pass” command called out loud and clear. It was truly a goose bumps moment for all. Following the ceremony, guests were shuttled to the World Forestry Center for the evening reception. The couple, who met in grad school at Oregon State, are both engineers who share a love of family and winning smiles. They’ll also be sharing a lot of car time as they take their honeymoon road trip this week. The newlyweds are moving from Miami to their new home in Port Angeles, WA where George will report to the oldest consistently operating Coast Guard Air Station. The tradition of the bride and groom walking through the arch of swords is meant to ensure the couple’s safe passage into their new life together. I can’t think of a better start for you, Mr. & Mrs. Hall. Congratulations! Smooth sailing, safe travels and always love and laughter in your hearts.
Morgan and Steven picked the perfect venue, mid-century colonial The Colony in St. Johns, to celebrate their wedding yesterday. The wedding party had the entire second floor including two apartments and a full kitchen to gather and relax in. Downstairs, the venue provided ample space for the 130+ guests who attended the ceremony and the lavish reception that followed. Vintage romance was the theme with blush being the predominate color for the gorgeous flowers and bridesmaids gowns. The ceremony included a unity candle ritual (vanilla scented as requested by the groom) and vows written by the couple. The bride and her father walked down the aisle to the sweet strands of Pachelbel’s Canon played by guitarist and DJ, Michael Blake. And speaking of sweet, a star feature of the decor was the heirloom cake topper first used by the bride’s great grandmother. Chefstable (Ox, Lardo and Philippe’s) worked their magic and created a Northwest feast starting with passed hors d’oeuvres of grilled mushroom sliders and Dungeness crab cakes. The dinner menu featured seared ahi tuna, grilled leg of lamb and lemon thyme roasted chicken. Yum! The newlyweds will honeymoon next month in Greece and Italy before returning to Portland where Morgan is a registered nurse and Steven is a visual designer. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Davison! May the smiles that graced your wedding day remain in your hearts always.
“Our wedding ceremony was amazing which made our wedding day perfect! Jane helped make our ceremony exactly as we had envisioned. Short, meaningful, fun and beautiful! We were so happy she was able to share our story with all our friends and family and help guide us through the process, keeping us calm and relaxed throughout the ceremony. Jane was wonderful and easy to work with. We enjoyed her positive energetic spirit. Thank you Jane for making our Special day Memorable!” Thank you, Melissa. Your wedding was so fun to be a part of! Click here to see the feature on this fish theme wedding.
“Jane was absolutely phenomenal. She is incredibly grounding for the anxious bride, and knows exactly what to do and say to allow both the planning and the event to flow as smoothly and naturally as possible. When you work with Jane, you truly have her full support and blessing. I can’t imagine a more perfect officiant to have set the energy and tone for our special and ceremonious event. Thanks, Jane!” Sonja
Under normal circumstances, Saturday’s wedding of Seth and Megan could have been a disaster. Smoke filled air (thanks to a forest fire wind shift), calamities in the kitchen, glitches with sound and a delayed start all pointed to a spoiled celebration. Instead, the ceremony was jubilant and the event a resounding success! Thanks to loving hearts and helping hands, the relaxed “it’s all good” attitude dominated the day and lifted everyone’s spirits. Family members from MN, OH and WA participated in the festivities. The bride’s brother walked her down the aisle and her two children were Best Man and Maid of Honor. A family tradition continued as Megan’s Mom presented her with the heart pendant that her father gave to her on her wedding day. Seth’s Mom took on the task of making sure the food buffet was ready and waiting after the ceremony. The newlyweds kept the family vibe going with a honeymoon weekend at the coast including the kids and dogs. The couple reside in Hillsboro and are both employed at Wells Fargo. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Meitzner! May your sweet spirit continue to brighten your world.
Park weddings are super popular especially this time of year. And Portland has some of the best choices in any urban area on the map. But keep in mind that effective July 1st, smoking became prohibited. The ban includes weed. As of the 16th, the commissioner’s office was on the fence about enforcement and fines but at the very least, smokers will be asked to leave the park area. Don’t take a chance on dampening your party spirit – let guests know the rules upfront. Speaking of party spirit, take a look at some of my favorite PDX park weddings: World Forestry Center, Botanical Gardens, Cathedral Park, Council Crest, Sellwood Park.
They met playing sports at PSU but said their “I Do’s” in the Pearl District. The wedding was held at the industrial cool Urban Studio on Saturday evening. A fourteen member bridal party included Nichole’s lifelong softball friend who flew in from TN, as well as Bobby’s teammates from his Viking years. Ceremony and reception music was provided by DJ, Spencer Crum. Guests enjoyed happy hour and a Northwest inspired dinner buffet followed by a delectable sweets table which was crafted by pastry chef, Alex of The Hungry Hero. The newlyweds will honeymoon in CA where they plan to take in an Angels game and have fun at Disneyland. After the trip, they’ll return to their PDX home where Nichole works for the Blazers and Bobby is with Platt Electric. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. McClintock! May your married life be filled with stolen bases, home runs and touchdowns!
Second time around love stories always act like a heart tonic for me. This one is no exception. Lynne and Richard had dated each other in their teens but life and career took them in separate directions. After years of marriage, raising children and suffering heartbreaking loss, neither could have imagined that at the age of 67, they would be exchanging vows again. Find out how the spark was reignited and what led them to the altar. Separated by Decades, Reunited in Tears appeared in the Vows column, The New York Times, Sept. 14, 2014.
This is beautifully expressed by fellow blogger, Lesley Carter. And as I often remind couples; our choices create our lives for better or worse. Choose to be in the company of those who lift your spirits. Choose to greet each day as a new beginning. Choose to ask for help. Choose to accept it.
Everything about yesterday’s wedding at The Oregon Garden was heartfelt fun! Almost 200 guests watched as the bride descended the grand staircase and strolled down the grassy green aisle to her beaming groom. Other than a few sprinkles, the rain graciously subsided for the ceremony which included a rose presentation to both sets of moms and grandmothers; and a tree planting unity ritual. Dinner and dancing followed in the Grand Hall which was decked out in shades of blue and a thousand twinkle lights. Lawn games were provided by the groom’s dad who crafted wooden bean toss sets in green and yellow (bride and groom are both U of O grads). Sets were also gifted to the groomsmen in their team colors. The newlyweds are planning a honeymoon to the tropics in the Fall and meanwhile are enjoying being new homeowners in Tualatin. First on the “to do” list: plant their ceremony pine tree. Congratulations, Jessica and Nathan! May the smiles from your wedding day warm your hearts and bless your home for years and years.