I love getting creative and this Micro Wedding at Easton Broad was the perfect blend of Portland city chic with an artsy collaboration with local vendors. Our vision was to create something new in every sense of the word. I wanted to incorporate a timeless aesthetic with my love of film and polaroid images. I’m very inspired by a bridal blog called The Lane (click to check it out) and wanted to do a shoot with a nod to it’s aesthetic. I highly recommend going there if you want unique inspiration.
I was really excited to collaborate with a few vendors I hadn’t worked with before. First is Easton Broad, an industrial and open space in Portland. The entire venue has natural light flooding it, which makes for the perfect space to have a wedding. That is the best light you can ask for! I love that the entire space is a blank slate, with modern touches. The cement floor and open ceilings give a modern feel, but also allows for any couple to transform the space to be what they want.
Second is Lucy of Aideux Bridal. She makes bespoke wedding gowns and we found each other through Instagram. It was fantastic that she brought two different gowns for us to use for the shoot. I highly recommend working with her if you want a gown that no one else will have. She is so sweet and is insanely talented.
Third was Hedonish Desserts. Stacy makes cakes that not only look beautiful but taste amazing. The cake is super moist, not overly sweet, and the frosting is just perfect. I sent her my idea for this cake and asked if it was possible to make. She completely blew me away with her creation. She makes more than cakes, so if you’re looking for unique desserts for any event, I highly recommend her.
Finally, I hadn’t worked with Elizabeth Bower before. She makes beautiful jewelry and hairpieces and accessories for weddings. Her work fit perfectly with our shoot and we were even able to feature some new pieces she made for the upcoming season.
Marisa of Revel Petals blew us away with her gorgeous monochromatic color scheme. The flowers were perfect and the way that she arranges everything is always so unique and timeless. Every detail is taken care of. She knows what she is doing and honestly, florals truly do make or break an event. If you want elevated photographs, having a florist who is a true artist makes all the difference.
Marina Haynes was our hair and makeup artist. I could rave constantly about her. She has a unique way of making each person look like themselves but polished. I have had her do my makeup as well and I never felt like I looked like someone else, I just felt completely beautiful. I always am so sad to take her makeup off at the end of the day. When she did my hair, I couldn’t believe how long the style lasted, for three days! She stayed to do different hairstyles as well – transforming our model three times.
Our stationery was done by Brittany from Letters and Dust. She never disappoints and always gets the vision. I recommend her for any stationary, signage, menus or other design work. And she is very fast. I gave her this idea and she was able to create it within the two-week span we had between planning and shooting.
I’m thrilled to be able to share this work with you all and hope it helps you when planning your wedding or event. Feel free to click on the vendors mentioned to see their work!
Looking to have a wedding in Portland? Here are some things to consider:
- Try to book them as soon as you can. We tend to book out a year and a half or two years in advance.
- If you want to look at some of the best wedding florists in Oregon, check out this LINK to a blog post I have covering some of the best that are local.
- If you are looking for videographers, I recommend Chris from GoodCo Studios, EmmaK Films or Lovebug Productions.
If your guests are flying in:
- Portland International Airport is 20 minutes away.
- Shuttle services are available but you will want to book that a few months in advance.
Best places to stay in Portland:
- Woodlark Hotel
- Benson Hotel
- Jupiter Next + Here is a link to a wedding I shot there.
- The Nines
Things to do in Portland:
- Visit the Portland Art Museum
- Pick up books at the massive Powells Book Store
- Take an evening food and drink tour
- Visit the posh bar, Departure, with world-class food and drinks
- Shop in the Pearl District for unique finds
- Go to Salt & Straw for amazing ice cream
Best time of year to visit Portland:
- Spring through Fall: May to September
- Average rainfall in Portland is about 36″
- You can get more detailed information about Oregon’s climate and weather HERE