Krista is from Portland, Ian is from San Diego, but they met at school in Portland… So when they started to plan their dream day for their vows, they wanted to bring their friends + family to the place where everything started — where they fell in love. It doesn’t get much more unique, or romantic (for that matter), than getting married under one of Portland’s most famous bridges: St. John’s Bridge (also featured in our Top 26 Coolest Places to Get Married). Ever dedicated to the cause, the duo camped out over night (in the middle of winter!), to secure their spot at Cathedral Park… And it was 100% worth it!
Krista shares: I drew inspiration from so many different sources and styles. I really wanted to keep some traditional elements, without getting tied down to what you’re “supposed” to do. The hardest part about wedding planning for me was combining the different style inspirations into one cohesive concept. Luckily, Ian and I have pretty similar styles so it was easy to incorporate both of our tastes. A huge part of making the day feel like ours was the music selection. We both wanted a very specific feel, music-wise, so together, we chose the entire music playlist from pre-ceremony ’til end of the night. We also added unique touches, like Ian’s green suit and DIY cake stands.
Krista absolutely STUNNED in her lace number by Mikaella Bridal, complete with a flowing train.
The DIYs started with the bouquets, crafted by the bride herself, and didn’t stop there… Just wait ’til you see all the other fun details she + her team of loved ones created!
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I’m sure you can understand why they picked this location… How amazing is that architecture + framing?!
Processional: Bride: She is Love (wedding version) by Parachute; Wedding Party: Northern Wind by City of Colour + How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
Recessional: Good Together by Honneo
First Dance: Only Wanna be With You (unplugged) by Samm Henshawo
It’s all in the details…
The most memorable moment for me was our first dance. All the stressful parts of the day were over and we were able to just be in the moment, be with each other and enjoy one of our first moments as husband and wife. Leading up to the wedding, my husband had been nervous about being the center of attention during the first dance, but in that moment I don’t think either of us gave a second thought to the other 150 people in the room.
DIY Gold: Ian’s parents made wooden table runners (so cool!), and Krista’s dad crafted wire terrariums.
Pick a handful of details that are important to you and are going to be important in creating your vision for your wedding. Put a majority of your time and energy into those and delegate the things that don’t need your personal touch. Also, hire a day-of coordinator! It was so nice to be able to hand it all over and not have to worry about any details or logistics!
Stephanie Maier’s confectionary delight was the final touch for Krista + Ian’s brilliant day. Slightly rustic, yet totally modern — with a touch of florals, for good measure.
Congrats, you two!!
photography: Taylor Bartram Photography // venue name: Cathedral Park, Portland, Oregon, USA // planning: Forever Enchanted Events // florals: by the Bride // wedding dress: Mikaella Bridal // wedding dress boutique: Archive Bridal // hair stylist: Alana Senteno // makeup artist: Lauren Schwarz // groom attire: Mens Warehouse // cake: Stephanie Maier // tabletop rentals: Something Borrowed // specialty rentals: The Party Place