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Vintage Portland Wedding

We like to think we were lucky enough to fall in love twice.  We first met when we were both RAs at University of Oregon at the same time. Our first date was watching Love and Basketball in Veronica’s dorm room and we were pretty inseparable after that.

Three years later, Jason moved to L.A. for grad school and Veronica got into a Ph.D. program in NY and we broke up. We experienced new cities and made new friends and dated different people. But we never stopped thinking about each other and wondering what the other was up to.  Eventually we reconnected online and started talking, sharing bands we had discovered and laughing about silly things like only we can. When Veronica moved to L.A. for a job, Jason was the only person she knew in the city and we started hanging out. It was crazy how quickly we fell in love again (still?) over $14 craft cocktails and under the stars of the Hollywood Bowl.

Jason proposed in November 2012 while we were vacationing at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs with a beautiful video he made. As a screenwriter, Jason has a particular passion for old movies and had spent weeks finding the perfect clips to express how he felt. It was very special and very “us.”

Dog as the Best Man

Although we live in L.A., we knew as soon as we got engaged that our wedding would be in Portland.  Not only do both our families still live there, but its also our favorite city in the whole world.  What was particularly cool is that so many friends from California and New York were able to attend.  Our wedding website basically turned into a Portland tour guide as we were so excited to share our city and our favorite spots with friends.

Vintage Ceremony

It was important for our wedding to capture both of our personalities while also representing all of our favorite things about Portland – all on a pretty limited budget!  Our theme was modern vintage but with quirky touches.  Our dog Dewey was Jason’s best man; finding a custom dog tuxedo is harder than you might think – even in Los Angeles!  The music was very important to us and we spent a lot of time finding the perfect songs.  The wedding party walked to God Only Knows (instrumental) by the Beach Boys and the bride’s brother and a close friend played Thirteen by Big Star in the ceremony. The bride walked down the aisle at the historic Old Church to At Last by Etta James carrying a hydrangea bouquet with lockets containing her grandparents’ wedding pictures.

Vintage wedding reception

After the ceremony, guests were transported on a school bus and received “Portland Hipster Starter Kits” complete with neon sunglasses and ironic mustaches.  Our cocktail style reception at the Uptown Billiards Club completely fit the vintage but casual vibe we were going for.  As a former bartender, the bride was ecstatic to be able to customize the drink menu with drinks like the Duke Ellington and the Edith Piaf.  We even added a mocktail to the menu for our pregnant or sober friends and called it the Shotgun Weddin’!  Our “cake” was a Voodoo Doughnut Tower complete with bride and groom topper (and Dewey of course!).  One final touch was that it was important to us to have charity favors but couldn’t decide on just one so created a charity favor “bar” where guests could choose where their donation would go.  The reception was the perfect blend of cocktails, food, pool, darts, ping pong, and dancing! From the atmosphere, drinks, and all the little details it was truly a vintage Portland wedding. An afterparty at Voicebox Karaoke finished off the night!

Vintage Wedding details

After honeymooning in Mexico the couple is back in L.A. where Veronica is a psychologist and professor and Jason is a professional screenwriter.  They still occasionally make Dewey wear his tuxedo around the house, just for fun.

Vendors that Helped Create this Wedding:

Photography: Sweetlife Photography 

Getting Ready Location: Hotel deLuxe 

Ceremony Venue: The Old Church

Reception Venue: Uptown Billiards Club

Florist: Country Florals

Officiant: Couples friend from college, Ted Dervin

Cake: Voodoo Doughnut tower

Catering: Uptown Billiards Club

Transportation: Portland Pedicabs for the bride and groom; school bus shuttle for guests from First Student Charter

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Shoes: Nina from DSW

Hair & Makeup: Skin Tight Spa

Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black from Mens Wearhouse

Musician / DJ: close friend from L.A., Bill Child

Invitations/Printed Products: Save the Dates design from Etsy; invitations from

Favors: DIY Charity Favor Bar and Portland Hipster Starter Kits

Rehearsal Dinner: Portland City Grill

After Party Location: Voicebox Karaoke


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  1. Sweetlife Photography » Portland, OR, Jun 02, 2014 - Vintage Portland Wedding

    Thank you so much Bravo! for the wonderful feature today! This was such a beautifully unique wedding, and the bride literally thought of every last detail! It was super fun to be a part of!!

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  2. The Historic Old Church, Jun 02, 2014 - Vintage Portland Wedding

    Love it! Thanks Bravo! And thanks to Veronica for making us a part of their historic day.

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  3. Susie Baker, Jun 02, 2014 - Vintage Portland Wedding

    Very beautiful! Well done sweet life photography

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