Guests from as far away as New York and Illinois gathered Saturday evening for the wedding of Alice and Kevin. Both the ceremony and reception were hosted at the Double Tree by Hilton Portland hotel. Glittery gold accented the color pallet of ivory, peach and black which was carried out in gowns, bouquets, decor and a sparkling candy station. The ceremony featured a glass sand unity ritual – the blended sand to be used by the groom to craft a signature piece of art. After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres buffet which included mouth watering treats such as crab cakes and corn fritters. A lavish dinner buffet followed featuring Northwest salads, stuffed pasta, chicken, roast pork and a prime rib carving station. Entertainment included a photo booth and DJ tunes. In addition to the build-your-own candy box, each guest selected a succulent to take home (complete with “how to care for” instructions) courtesy of the family succulent farm. After a honeymoon in Cancun, the newlyweds return to Portland where Alice works in retail management and Kevin is a glass artist. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Murray! May your marriage be blessed with light and laughter.
Seven year sweethearts, Jessica and Doug, exchanged vows yesterday at the West End Theater in downtown PDX. The bride walked down the aisle to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years and the newlyweds marched out to One Republic’s Good Life. Navy, tangerine and ivory were the colors of the day. Bridesmaids wore variations of gowns in navy satin and the groomsmen looked sharp in charcoal gray suits, dark blue shirts and navy ties. Following the candlelight ceremony, guests were invited to the upstairs ballroom for cocktail hour and dinner. Special touches for the reception included a large framed seating chart hung on the brick wall outside the ballroom and custom labeled wine bottles indicating table numbers.
After a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic next week, the couple returns to their Portland home on Hayden Island. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Smedley! May the spirit of your “Best Day Ever” remain in your hearts forever.
I’ve heard some great proposal stories over the years ranging from sentimental to outlandish. If you’re planning a wedding between now and March 2014, here’s your chance to share your story and win big. “The Proposal” contest is being sponsored by The Mark Spencer Hotel and the winning couple receives a Grand Prize package valued at over $4,000! This fabulous wedding reception package includes the Mark Spencer’s brand new Nortonia Ballroom space, catering by As Good As It Gets, decorating by Barclay Event Rentals and flowers from Botanica Floral Design. The winning proposal will be selected by a panel of judges and based on originality, creativity and the “wow” factor. Click here to read entry details. Winner will be announced April 12th … it might be you!
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The lush Leach Botanical Gardens in SE PDX proved a magical setting for the Boudreaux wedding yesterday. A teacher at the Art Institute of Portland, the bride wanted the day to “be beautiful” – and it was. Even the rain couldn’t dampen the glow. Using birds and greenery, Cynthia did a perfect job of bringing nature indoors. Delicious Greek cuisine, acoustic guitar and even gift bags for the kids (a great idea to keep them entertained) … a fun and from-the-heart event for all. Congratulations, Cynthia and Ted!
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Celebrate your event with Venetian night flair! Step through the doors of this beautifully restored theater in downtown Hillsboro and you’ll be transported to the days of regal elegance … with a modern twist. A jazzy bistro and bar on the main floor is a great place to meet your bridesmaids for lunch or happy hour. Afterwards, take a tour of the facility and plan your event. The upstairs Piazza room seats 100 and opens up to a balcony with views of Main Street. You can even rent the theater which seats 400 (including wheelchair access). Very friendly owners, good banquet rates and delicious food – you and your guests will be very happy. Tour the Venetian Theater online now.