Intimate, Timeless, and Personal Portland Wedding *

Intimate, Timeless, and Personal Portland Wedding *

Timeless, by definition, is never out of style, and this personal Portland wedding was absolutely no exception—from the bold fashion to the smallest details. Since we brought up fashion, we have to talk about the groom’s custom emerald green suit for a second. The velvety finish is so timeless and classy that it belongs on a red carpet. 

Carefully complimenting the suit, Alle’s lace bridal gown and her bridal denim jacket are available on our Pinterest board. The fashion in this incredibly elegant wedding was enhanced by the intimate gathering shared with their families and friends. With a few surprises up their sleeves, this couple brought tears of joy to their guests’ faces. 

Get ready to see gorgeous floral arrangements, strung lights, and picturesque table decor. Scroll down for photos captured by Karra Leigh Photo and definitely grab the tissues. 

The Couple:

Alle and Scott

The Wedding:

The Evergreen, Portland, Oregon

Why The Evergreen Venue?

We toured probably 20 venues and knew immediately when we walked into Blockhouse and The Evergreen that they were exactly what we were looking for. Both intimate settings that are very ‘Portland’ but still gave us flexibility to create the atmosphere we were seeking for both events.

Creating A Timeless Wedding

The most important thing to us when planning our wedding was creating an intimate and timeless wedding that was truly us with the help of our day-of planning team. As an Interior Designer and lover of all things branded, I had very specific ideas about how our rehearsal, ceremony, and reception all tied together with the classic, curated, modern, unique and timeless vibe we were going for. Cohesion and details make or break it in my opinion and working with Mae + Co. Creative gave us a huge sense of ease because we knew that they would implement our plans with utter perfection. Manda and her team are all about the details too and working with them was a dream!

Memories Made in Portland

Hands down when I surprised Scott just after our first look—when we were doing wedding party photos—with his dream motorcycle. My twin brother, who was in the wedding party, snuck away and drove up with it. No one knew what was going on other than our videographer and photographer who captured all the moments leading up to it—he was in total shock! Additionally, we wrote personal vows to one another that we shared during our first look. We wanted to have a deep connection just between the two of us before the ceremony started. It was magical and probably the most memorable single moment other than our engagement.

Wedding Advice From The Bride

As someone who is exceptionally detail-oriented and organized, I would say that it is really important to take care of all the most important planning aspects first. Getting the big things checked off helps the rest of the process be streamlined and calm. Create a wedding folder and save all wedding-related materials in one place to easily reference back to.  Sub-folders are always a good idea too!

Let’s Take A Snack Break

Crown Paella was incredible! We had a huge variety of appetizers that were served during cocktail hour at Loyal Legion before the Reception. For dinner, there were three different paella’s and a variety of other yummy foods, but dessert was what I was most excited about. We had Hungry Hero make a spectacular dessert bar full of all different bars, cookies, pie pops, cupcakes, etc. We wanted our own cake for the two of us that Dream Cakes PDX created and it was hands down the best cake we have ever had. Later in the evening, when the dancing and photo booth opened up, we served 1927 s’mores and Ruby Jewel Ice cream sandwiches for late night snacks!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Karra Leigh Photography
Event Planning – Mae and Co Creative
Venue – The Evergreen
Floral Design – Good Seed Floral
Catering – Crown Paella
Cake – Dream Cakes PDX
Videography – Jess Heron Images
Invitation Design – Hey Halle
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – NW Makeup and Hair
Wedding Dress – A and Be’ Portland
Dress Designer – Made With Love
Groom’s Apparel – Kenneth Boggs

Congratulations again to Alle and Scott on your personal Portland wedding. And major shoutout to Karra Leigh Phototography for capturing this beautiful day, and sharing it with us. If Portland is on your venue radar, then check out this edgy industrial style wedding and this backyard portland wedding. And if you don’t have a backyard in Portland, Dream Cakes PDX

 

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Ideal Portland, Maine area wedding venues *

Ideal Portland, Maine area wedding venues *

L&L reader Jessica G. recently wrote to us seeking suggestions for ideal wedding venues around the Portland area. She and her fiance were familiar with the lovely Chebeague Island Inn and Frontier in nearby Brunswick, but wondered, “Are there any other unique and special venues that particularly stand out?”

You bet there are! Just a few of our favorites:

The Portland Co – L&L contributor Jen just got married at this rustic venue in June, and L&L writer Jackie is tying the knot there next month. The waterfront complex near Portland’s Old Port has one large and one smaller space for events, with wood floors, exposed beams and raw space limited only by your imagination.

Diamond’s Edge – Located on Great Diamond Island, Diamond’s Edge is a newer wedding venue that offers two distinct settings, an art gallery in a former wagon shed for smaller events and a tent site on a sweeping lawn adjacent to a freshwater pond. Its history dates back to the Spanish-American War, when it served as a military base to defend Casco Bay. Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association – Peaks is another favorite island setting among couples, and this intimate spot has become a treasured venue. With its stately flagstone fireplace, large deck and lawn, TEIA is all about authentic charm.

Ram Island Farm/ Wentworth Lodge – Home to the Sprague Hall meeting house and the private Wentworth Lodge, the 32,000-acre Sprague Estate in Cape Elizabeth overlooks Higgins Beach. You’ll need an “in” to be approved to host an event at the lodge, or you can enjoy this magical setting by renting the rustic cabin for a vacation.

Inn by the Sea – This luxurious seaside venue in Cape Elizabeth can host anything from a small elopement to tented weddings on the lawn to private events where couples reserve use of the entire property. Sink your toes into the sand at Crescent Beach, enjoy the gourmet fare at the inn’s Sea Glass restaurant, and relax at the spa.

Black Point Inn — Situated on a rocky peninsula just 15 minutes from downtown Portland, the historic Black Point Inn has afforded its guests breathtaking waterfront views for more than 130 years. The inn hosts weddings during the shoulder season — May and June, then after Labor Day – and will work with couples for weddings of under 40 guests during July and August.

L&L reader Jessica G. recently wrote to us seeking suggestions for ideal wedding venues around the Portland area. She and her fiance were familiar with the lovely Chebeague Island Inn and Frontier in nearby Brunswick, but wondered, “Are there any other unique and special venues that particularly stand out?”

You bet there are! Just a few of our favorites:

The Portland Co – L&L contributor Jen just got married at this rustic venue in June, and L&L writer Jackie is tying the knot there next month. The waterfront complex near Portland’s Old Port has one large and one smaller space for events, with wood floors, exposed beams and raw space limited only by your imagination.

Diamond’s Edge – Located on Great Diamond Island, Diamond’s Edge is a newer wedding venue that offers two distinct settings, an art gallery in a former wagon shed for smaller events and a tent site on a sweeping lawn adjacent to a freshwater pond. Its history dates back to the Spanish-American War, when it served as a military base to defend Casco Bay. Trefethen Evergreen Improvement Association – Peaks is another favorite island setting among couples, and this intimate spot has become a treasured venue. With its stately flagstone fireplace, large deck and lawn, TEIA is all about authentic charm.

Ram Island Farm/ Wentworth Lodge – Home to the Sprague Hall meeting house and the private Wentworth Lodge, the 32,000-acre Sprague Estate in Cape Elizabeth overlooks Higgins Beach. You’ll need an “in” to be approved to host an event at the lodge, or you can enjoy this magical setting by renting the rustic cabin for a vacation.

Inn by the Sea – This luxurious seaside venue in Cape Elizabeth can host anything from a small elopement to tented weddings on the lawn to private events where couples reserve use of the entire property. Sink your toes into the sand at Crescent Beach, enjoy the gourmet fare at the inn’s Sea Glass restaurant, and relax at the spa.

Black Point Inn — Situated on a rocky peninsula just 15 minutes from downtown Portland, the historic Black Point Inn has afforded its guests breathtaking waterfront views for more than 130 years. The inn hosts weddings during the shoulder season — May and June, then after Labor Day – and will work with couples for weddings of under 40 guests during July and August.

Old Hollywood Glam Inspired Portland Backyard Wedding *

Old Hollywood Glam Inspired Portland Backyard Wedding *

When it comes to Old Hollywood, who wouldn’t want to travel back to that era? Sandra and Cooper’s wedding did just that—in their very own backyard! They included many vintage details while adding touches of modern flair. With the help of their wedding planner Bridal Bliss, they took their black and white on-screen vision and made it yellow, orange, red, and blue.

We can’t get over the giant crescent moon peeking through their photos while the bride stole the show in her flapper-style dress. Cooper also surprised Sandra by singing at their reception—we didn’t see it in person but the glamour of this surprise serenade gives chills in the best way.  While we could go on about this glam wedding, we’ll let Junebug Member Dylan Howell’s photos do the talking.

The Couple:

Sandra and Cooper

The Wedding:

Portland, Oregon

An Old Hollywood Glam Portland Backyard Wedding

We were married where we live. It felt special to share it with our closest friends and family.

Two Unforgettable Moments

My most memorable part was getting ready with my ladies and walking down the aisle. Cooper’s was when I surprised him with a song.

Wedding Advice From the Bride

Trust your planner, hire good vendors, and try to enjoy every moment!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Dylan Howell 
Event Planning – Bridal Bliss
Floral Design – Bridal Bliss
Catering – Art of Catering
Cake – Dream Cakes
Officiant – Melissa Coe
Live Music – The Essentials
Videography – Focal Point
Rentals – Bridgewood Event Rentals and Classic Vintage Rentals

Congratulations again to Sandra and Cooper for tying the knot and for sharing this wonderful moment with us. Special thanks to Bridal Bliss for sharing this Portland backyard wedding with us. If you loved this couple’s venue choices, check out this post on how to plan a backyard wedding!

 

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