Portland Wedding at The Ace: Alison + Trevor

Alison + Trevor had a mini destination wedding as they and most of their guests live in Vancouver, Canada. They love Portland though and wanted their guests to have a unique weekend and to stay in the same hotel (The Ace), go to a dreamy forest, have a family style dinner of fresh local ingredients, drink great drinks and dance the night away! Most of the wedding was handmade by the couple and family + friends as they really wanted to be hands on with their wedding. They did hire a few vendors and choose people they really admired and aspired to be like The Ace and Blue Window Creative as their awesome photographers. Congrats to Alison + Trevor!

ace hotel portland

stamp wedding invitations



portland wedding

bride with bouquet

portland wedding

I walked down the aisle on my Dad’s arm while he played “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison on his guitar that he learned just for our wedding day.

ceremony in the woods

ceremony in the woods

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Saying our vows in front of everyone that we wrote together one night over a bottle of Rioja. They were heartfelt and a bit silly… they may have included a high five and ended with a line we repeated to each other that means a lot to us, “to forever think that I am the lucky one”.

ceremony in the woods

ceremony in the woods

bride and groom in woods

soda bottle straws

pink ruffle heels

bride and groom

love notes

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I let my bridesmaids pick out their dresses in a shade of grey (Modcloth, BCBG, H+M, Lushuz, Barefoot Contessa).

flower favors

Pretty hand sewn flowers by Alison that guests wore all night long and then took home. :)

ace hotel portland

ace hotel portland

wedding cupcakes

wedding pasta

ace hotel portland wedding

bride and groom first dance

wedding to-do list

Any advice for those planning now? Some of the most valuable advice I listened to while planning was to only do the diy projects that you are good at and will enjoy doing. Our wedding was a labor of love built on hours of little projects. I sewed 140 fabric flowers as decorations/favours and assembled countless projects like clipboard menus, painting wooden letters, constructing banners and welcome packages and I loved every moment of making and planning our wedding. But when I tried to assemble my own bouquet the day before the wedding… flower arranging is not something I’d ever done before and didn’t feel very confident. I really wasn’t happy with how it turned out.  I should have listened to that advice and left the bouquets to the professionals! Luckily an amazing friend ran to the florist the morning of the wedding and had them fix it.

Oh and to other brides… it really will all work out and the day will be perfect, promise.  Even if you don’t think you can let go of all the details, you will be able to.

photography: Mary and Joel of Blue Window Creative (the best choice we made when planning the wedding + found them here on GWS!) // venue: The Cleaners @ the Ace Hotel //  floral design: Bridal Bouquet by Sammy’s Flowers  // wedding dress: Jcrew // shoes: Badgley Mishka  // groom suit: Collier Clothiers // groom’s shoes: custom Converse // catering: Clyde Common // cake: cookies by Bakerbots

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  1. I love the decor of this wedding! So laid back, so wonderful!

  2. the exposure editing is so dreamy. Love all the muted colors. Gorgeous.

  3. Stunning! What a fun, original wedding and couple! I love all of it.

  4. First of all, beautiful photos and beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing, and a HUGE Congrats to the Bride & Groom. I love this site and tune in every single day to check the newest post.

  5. Thank you so much for featuring our wedding! What a dream come true

  6. What a gorgeous wedding, I love that they high-fived in their vows. Every detail is just perfect!

  7. Beautiful. The photography is just gorgeous. Where did she get her hair done? The knot and braid(s)are so pretty. I live in Portland and have had three hair trails with no success.

  8. love that line that they said in their vows. such a sweet wedding!

  9. Whoa, that’s my husband’s cousin! We were just visiting his parents last month when I saw these photos! Cool to see such a gorgeous wedding so close to home – congratulations guys!

  10. Evelyn: 2 of my bridesmaids did my hair… so sweet of them. I had trouble finding someone in portland too!

  11. Were those records vintage or handmade? Were they your favors?

  12. Congratulations Trevor and Alison. What beautiful pictures! You must have had a lot of fun preparing for your special day as well as celebrating it. I love the outdoor setting. I’m so happy that your Aunt Bonnie sent us the link to this site. Good luck you two!

  13. Beautiful wedding!!! I love the details!

  14. where did you find the strings of lights used in the reception? and the cakepops?! such an inspirational wedding! i love it :)

  15. so many wonderful details!! am very jealous indeed!! :)

  16. What a lovely wedding! I love the paper goods. Did you use hand stamps to create these?

  17. thanks for all your lovely comments. we used a stamp-like font found free online for the stationary and wooden hand stamps for the signs. xo

  18. The flower favors are so sweet.

  19. such a sweet wedding! Where was the ceremony??

  20. love the details in your wedding. how did you make your hand-sewn flowers?


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