Megan + Jesse 5.1.10

3 May

{All photos are courtesy of  the fabulous Holland Studios}

Wow. What a FUN weekend! Let’s just say we woke up Sunday morning thinking, “Seriously? Was there really a goat at that reception?” You might be thinking Megan and Jesse got married at a rustic Oregon farm. But you would be wrong. Oh no, it was in the Pearl District.  And yes, the goat was a surprise to both us AND the happy couple.

Regardless, we had the best time helping to make Megan & Jesse’s day happen and it was a total blast.  We didn’t realize that this whole wedding planning thing might involve cleaning up hay in the bridal suite. You learn something new every day.

The Look

The wedding was gorgeous with so many creative and crafty little Martha-esque touches by the bride.  She looked stunning in her dress with a lace top dress and her shoes were, well, A-Mazing! She did a quick change from the lace trimmed veil into a cute vintage style birdcage veil for the reception and was glowing all night long.

The Venue

Both the ceremony & reception were at a new-ish downtown venue called Venue Pearl.  It is an open urban location with tons of natural light and a simple look that can be customized to fit many different couples’ vision for their day.  The location is great (on NW 13th & Flanders above 50 plates restaurant) and allows for a fun urban photo session before or after the wedding.  The space itself is really big (max capacity is 400) so even for a smaller wedding, there is ample space for your guests.

The Details

The ceremony decor was super simple, with large (2ft) black candle lit lanterns lining the aisle allowing guests to focus on the large windows and Pearl District backdrop.

Megan and her MOH Kelly did a fantastic job on the programs. They fit the theme and colors perfectly and they even stayed up late for nights the week of the wedding SEWING the tops! Helloooo Martha!

Jesse is a HUGE fisherman and spends a lot of his weekends out on the Columbia with his boys (When he’s not at home making Megan breakfast in bed that is).  Megan surprised her groom with custom garters to show her support of his “other love”.

Megan made some adorable purchases on!! Note to brides: If you haven’t looked at Etsy for your wedding, you are missing out! So much cute stuff from Cake toppers to invites and save the dates and most of it is custom. Ahhh, just so darn cute, I’m smiling thinking about it. My favorite were her bird cake toppers that looked adorable on her tiny 2 tier cake that they used for the cake cutting. Guests were noshing on the delish cupcakes prepared by Sarah @ Bliss Cupcakes.

Cake with Etsy bird cake toppers

Megan and Jesse (along with the fantastic catering staff @ Jopa Catering/50 plates) also did the cutest champagne “fountain” before the toasts. I have to admit, I was a little nervous about this because I had recently watched an Amazing Race episode that didn’t turn out so well BUT at this wedding, it turned out flawless, and led to some classic photos that I think will end up being favorites.

champagne fountain venue pearl portland Oregon

And finally, I’ll leave you with the story of the goat (his name was Houdini by the way). The Best “Men” decided it would be a fantastic idea to bring a goat in a tuxedo to the reception as a part of their toast to the happy couple. I guess they purchased Houdini on Craigslist for 50 bucks a couple of weeks back (I almost feel guilty even telling this story because I don’t want it to lead to any more farm animal gifts at future weddings, but whatever)

So mid toast, the guys presented the goat as a ‘dowry’ to Megans father (I guess they didnt look up Dowry on Wikipedia or they would have know that it actually should go to the Groom but again, whatever) After a chuckle and a Cheers, the bride gave K & I that old “Get that Farm Animal out of my wedding” look so we were on our way to find the little critter.   All I know is that when we found our way to the bridal suite, it smelled a little like ‘hay’ so we knew we were on the right track.  Then, there he was. Spotted: 1 small goat in cage, just hangin’ out alongside the brides veil and happily signed marriage license.  K & I knew what we had to do. Take a picture with him of course!
So, we found the goat wrangler, made sure Houdini was safely transported out of the venue and made our way back to the reception to finish the night. So I guess this story has a happy ending. Oh and if you are in need of a small, very cute goat named Houdini, let us know. We might know where to find him.A Goat at the wedding

Congrats Megan + Jesse! We had so much fun with you on your wedding day and can’t wait to see the rest of the photos (courtesy of our new BFF— Eric @ Holland Studios.)  Here’s a sneak peek. Click here to View Megan & Jesse’s  Slideshow

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A final word to the Bride & Groom: May you win a million in Vegas, catch lots of fish, avoid surprise farm animals & always look at each other the way you did on your wedding day!  CHEERS! D&K


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