Greek Wedding

Evie + Sean

 

I absolutely loved working with Evie and Sean! It was clear from the beginning of our planning that the two adored one another and envisioned a simple, yet elegant wedding day surrounded by their loved ones.

Evie and Sean chose to be married in a traditional Greek ceremony at Holy Trinity Greek Church, and after saying “I do”, they headed downtown Portland in their vintage getaway car.

Everyone then made their way to Portland Art Museum for cocktail hour and the reception. While the bride and groom took photos around the park blocks, guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed views of the art museum’s sculpture garden in the summer sun.

The reception took place inside, where the white columns and classic design of the sunken ballroom were accented by amber lighting and simple greenery.

The absolute highlight of the décor was the meaningful fig tree centerpieces that Evie and Sean prepared for each table.

Along with each tree, there was a card that read, “In the 1960’s, Evie’s Grandfather, Pappou Sotiris, brought a cutting of a fig tree inside a shoebox from his village, Plataies, Greece to Portland; however, upon arrival, US Border Patrol quarantined the “plant material.” After certification and release, it was planted in his home in the SW Hills of Portland. Years later, the tree was transplanted in Dalton and Keti’s yard, where it continues to thrive, in a small way to honor Pappou’s memory, we rooted cuttings earlier this year to share as centerpieces tonight…”

At the end of the night, guests were also invited to take a fig tree home with them.

Vibrant Table served dinner family style, and while everyone enjoyed their food, Evie and Sean made their way around to each family table to personally thank everyone for coming to celebrate with them.

After toasts and the official dances took place, the dance floor and photo booth were open for business. I will never forget the moment that Bryce with Event Team Entertainment proclaimed that the dance floor was open; it was a mad rush to get on your feet, and not a single person remained in their seat!

The energy in the room was infectious, and everyone loved the mix of current dance music, wedding classics, and class Greek song.

Coordinator: Amber | Caterer: Vibrant Catering | Ceremony Music: Rob Stoltz + Christopher Woitach | Florist: Flowers by Riley | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Julie Lampros Skincare & Makeup | Music: Event Team Entertainment | Photographer: Yasmin K Photography | Photo Booth: Stumptown Booth

 

Allison + Marc

 
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It's not too often a bride and groom get married in Greece, but Allison and Marc decided to jet off to say "I do" with just a few of their close family and friends. And upon their return back to the states the mother of the bride, Brooke, threw them an amazing party at Portland Art Museum so they could celebrate with all their family and friends. 

After hiring a star-studded line up of vendors, this event was nothing short of spectacular. Brooke played with the Grecian theme when planning out the design for this event. We had lush flowers from Zest Floral on every table that mimicked the round tops of the Grecian homes. Classic Vintage Rentals designed lounge areas throughout the venue with trinkets from Greece, including books, framed maps and beach glass bottles. 

Seeing how the couple has lots of family and friends from out of town, Brooke also wanted to showcase a little bit of what Portland has to offer. Devils Food designed a local menu that included a beautiful seafood display and synchronized salad course. Guests were treated to mini bottles of POP champagne when it came time for toasts (of course in the Santorini blue) and mini personal cakes from Dream Cakes which included a grecian leaf wreath around the bottom. 

Guests danced the night away and ended the night with a little Voodoo Doughnut treat for the ride home. It was an amazing evening and we were so happy to be apart of it all. 

Coordination: Elizabeth  | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Cinematography: Focal Point | Beauty: Sara Bria | Floral: Zest Floral | Transportation: NW Navigator | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Devil's Food | DJ + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Valet: Premier Valet | 

 

Mica + Peter

 

What a pleasure it was working with Mica and Peter on their stylish and very Portland wedding. The couple from Chicago picked Portland to host their wedding as a nod to the brides hometown and to show off Portland to all their family and friends. As a nod to Peter's Greek heritage the couple selected Holy Trinity for their ceremony location. 

From there, Mica's vision for her wedding day really came to life when we landed on Union Pine for the reception. Union Pine offered a cool modern backbone to the reception and Mica styled the rest perfectly. The long wood farm tables were adorned with lush flowers from Blum. The centerpieces were sprawling with bright colorful flowers and mixed in medicine bottles. Each place setting included a sprig of rosemary and lavender. For a little pop of color the water glasses were blush crystal cut goblets from Something Borrowed. The room was absolutely beautiful and glowing. 

Guests dined on a delicious menu from Chefs Table which included, St. Jack Chicken Liver Mousse, a grilled romaine salad and a family style dinner. Dessert included Salt & Straw paired with Voodoo Doughnuts. Talk about a Portland meal! Guests danced the night away with DJ Zimmie playing hit after hit and keeping the dance floor going into the wee hours of the night! The wedding was amazing and I was so thrilled to be apart of it! Congrats! 

Coordination: Elizabeth Sheils | Photography: Ellie Asher | Floral: Blum Floral Design | Catering: Chefs Table | Dessert: Salt & Straw + Voodoo Doughnuts | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Reception Entertainment: DJ Zimmie | Stationary: Crave Design | Rentals: The Party Place + Something Borrowed |

 

Kristina + Rory

 

Kristina and Rory’s back yard wedding, coordinated by Miranda, was a true garden party full of Greek tradition.  Not only was the wedding held in Kristina’s beautiful childhood backyard, but also as Kristina’s maid of honor would reveal during her toast, “it was everything Kristina and I used to imagine as we laid by the pool each summer during high school!”  This fun loving couple kept the day traditional by exchanging meaningful music records (a fun tradition between the couple!) pre-ceremony rather than a first look and it was completely worth it to see Rory’s face as Kristina transcended the stairs in her stunning red floral gown accentuated by florals from Alder and Co.  Guests peppered the evening air with laughter while enjoying roasted lamb from Aybla Grill and Greek desserts made by family before dancing the night away.  We also heard a guest or two may have joined the inflatable swan in the pool for a swim at the end of the evening! This wedding, which was featured in Oregon Bride Magazine and on Bespoke Bride, was just a glimpse in to the life of love and laughter this couple will have in the years to come. 

Photography: Gabriel Boone | Hair: New Vintage Beauty | Rentals: The Party Place | Catering: Aybla Grill | Cake: Papa Haydn | Bar: My Bartender | Floral: Alder + Co and Sammy's

 

Maria + Brian

 

Maria & Brian were SO much fun to plan with. They always brought a dose of humor to our meetings and were very straight forward and low maintenance.  They didn’t have particular feelings towards the design and decor, so I really was able to have fun and get creative.  Thankfully…they loved it!

Maria & Brian were married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at HOLY TRINITY CHURCH.  The hour long ceremony was followed by cocktails and a reception in the clubhouse at OREGON GOLF CLUB.

Guests took full advantage of the Iphone charging station with pave floral!

Coordination: NORA Photos by BRYAN RUPP PHOTOGRAPHY, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Floral by ZEST, Rentals by OHANA PARTY RENTALS, DJ by CHAD DOWLING PRODUCTIONS, Dessert by BRIDAL BLISS,  Transportation by LUCKY LIMOUSINE, Paper Products by CRAVE DESIGN