Fabulous Portland, Oregon Wedding…

From the bride, Jenn:  We had three aspects in mind when planning our wedding: including our families and friends, especially Patrick’s two daughters, incorporating Persian and American traditions, and creating an elegant, yet fun atmosphere.

Our family played a huge role in our day. My aunt did all of our flowers, my uncle performed the Persian part of our ceremony, Patrick’s daughters were our flower girls, and all of our family helped with the set-up and clean-up of our big day. The amount of gratitude we have to our family is indescribable.

Our ceremony included traditional vows and exchange of rings intermixed with Persian poetry and traditional symbols of good luck. Our theme was vintage with a modern twist. Our colors were turquoise, gold and ivory. Lace was also a common theme throughout our wedding. We used lace in our DIY candleholders, escort cards, table clothes, sofreh aghd (Persian ceremony), and of course my dress. We also wanted to have as many personal touches as possible. We did this through DIY projects such as our wishing tree, picture frame table numbers, luminary pictures of us from various stages of our lives, and sweets tables.

One of my concerns about having our ceremony and reception in the same room was that we would lose that wow factor you get when you walk into a reception. But, we were able make enough changes while our guests were on the patio for the cocktail hour that we were able to create a completely different atmosphere. We dimmed the lights, put our centerpieces made with blue hydrangea, white roses, calla lilies and light up led branches on the tables, and turned up the music. The rest of the night was full of amazing food both from our caterer and Persian food made by my grandmother, Persian and American dancing, and GREAT company.

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Photographer: Studio Varnika – Portland, Oregon

Florals: Floral Fantasy (located in Stoughton, MA)

Event Design: Miss Formal

Lighting: Hollywood Lighting

Catering: West Hills Catering

Cake: BonBon Pâtisserie

Dress: David’s Bridal