A romantic, elegant, sweet summer garden party, Brenna and Ryan’s wedding was the most natural extension of their families’ warm hospitality as they celebrated these high school sweethearts tying the knot.
Hosted at a private residence on expansive lawns by the Willamette River, the late summer sunshine and cool breezes set the tone for a relaxed evening of cocktails, conversation and a casual dinner. Brenna and Ryan did not want to have a typical formal seated reception dinner, but rather encourage their guests to mix and mingle. So we planned a culinary adventure, featuring small bites at three different stations each showcasing a place where Brenna and Ryan had spent time together. The “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” station was a nod to Ryan’s college baseball years, while the Spanish Tapas and Mexican Tacos recalled past trips. Of course cake, ice-cream and sweet treats were also a necessary feature!
We had great fun with the décor, playing watercolor linens off with rich turquoise napkins, and lush floral centerpieces with tones of ivory, blush and pops of coral with rich greenery. Ryan’s father constructed the dramatic arbor for the ceremony backdrop, reflecting the grand height of the trees lining the river bank. Cozy lounge seating formed intimate conversation clusters near the double-sided bar, and the old-fashioned style photo booth and lawn games were a source of great entertainment for all the guests. Lanterns and candles added sparkle as dusk arrived, and the spectacular clear tent shimmered with the reflection of the chandeliers and lights strung from the canopy ceiling. The complete effect was breathtaking.
Congratulations again, Brenna and Ryan! It was a delight planning with you and your families, and a joy to witness your wedding. I can’t imagine a more perfect way to have celebrated the start of your married life! Also--big thanks to Portland Bride + Groom Magazine for featuring this fab couple.
Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Maxwell Monte | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Julie Lampros | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Catering: Devil's Food | Dessert: Lamb's + Ruby Jewel | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Floral: Zest | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Chalk Art: Marly Beyer | Transportation: Classic Chauffeur