Emily and Michael’s Lovely December in Portland, OR Wedding by Anna Jaye Photography

The bride and groom smile as they enthusiastically pose for a photo.

I’m partial to this wedding not just because I live in Portland, but also because it is freaking gorgeous. Oh, and it is a December wedding and, not-so-secretly, they are my fave. You can tell that bride Emily has a knack for creating an aesthetic, in part because of her career in graphic design. Every detail is on point, refined and elegant. This is a fantastic example of how to make a wedding feel like the holiday season without the help of animatronic elves and truckloads of tinsel. Thank you so much to Anna Jaye for sharing!

Elegant, modern wedding program.White and gold thank you cards for guests.The hotel wedding ceremony venue.The bride's dress hangs from the door as she does her hair in the mirror.The bride's wedding shoes adorned with a flower detail.A large fur half jacket and white gloves.The groom adjusts his tie in the mirror.The couple's wedding rings on a leaf and a floral boutonniere.The bride holds a white umbrella as she stands in a doorway in a large jacket.The bride walks down the stairs holding her large white floral bouquet.The groom poses in his classic black tuxedo.The bride smiles as she and the groom embrace.The bride and groom stand in the doorway of the wedding ceremony venue.The bride poses with her bridesmaids in their grey dresses, white bouquets and silver wedding shoes.The bride poses in her vintage gown and veil with her bouquet adorned with a gold letter.The groom and the flower girl peek out of a door in the venue.The bride and groom hold hands as they stand in front of rows of wooden pews.The bride is walked down the aisle by her father at the wedding ceremony.The bride smiles as she holds hands with her groom.The couple hold hands and share a kiss at the wedding altar.The bride smiles as she talks with her groom and a bridesmaid.White and silver paper lanterns hang from the ceiling at the wedding reception.Personalized small green plants in mini boxes for guests at the reception.Small green plant wedding favors under a sign for guests at the reception.Small green plants in a white box on a table at the reception.Black and white reception menu resting under a large white floral bouquet.Elegant white, green and blush pink floral centerpiece at the reception.Elegant silver and white wedding reception decor.Candles surround a rustic wooden box filled with cards.Three white, silver and gold wedding cakes adorned with white and green flowers.Silver, white and gold wedding cakes adorned with white and green flowers.The couple cut into their silver and white wedding cake.View of the wedding reception from outside a large window.Black and gold napkins with the couple's names and wedding date.The bride and groom laugh as they share a dance on the dance floor.The couple embrace each other under the lights at their reception.

What was your vision for the day?

Warmth and modern elegance. We wanted to incorporate natural materials and warm lighting to create an intimate experience filled with personal touches and lots of love. We both love Christmas and it has always been a special time of year for us so we knew we wanted a winter wedding. Overall we wanted it to be a memorable experience where everyone felt comfortable and loved, with special design surprises throughout.

Can you talk about any DIY projects you did or specific details that had special meaning to you?

 

As a graphic designer I was probably more involved with the overall design of the day than most brides and I had a very specific end goal in mind. I wanted it to be unique to us and feel like a wedding made for us.

 

I first worked with the very talented Matt Tapia, a hand lettering artist, to create our logo and name mark and I designed all of the paper goods. I then made rubber stamps using the design and stamped custom cocktail napkins and added stamped touches to our printed pieces.

 

I also worked closely with Elaine Lemmer, an incredibly talented florist at Branch and Bloom (who also happens to be my mother), to create the overall floral/decor vision for the day. We selected all of the containers, flowers and succulents and curated the entry table, photos, signage, guest tables, ceremony decor and cake table, all with modern elegance in mind. I really wanted family to be a big part of the wedding so we featured framed family photos on the guest book table.

 

I also had our card box and guest book customized with our names and wedding date. The card box is made of wood with a metal latch and etched plate and the guest book is a gorgeous hand-stitched leather bound book with our last name debossed in the cover. I wanted pieces that we could display in our home for years to come and continue to fill with memories. Etsy was an amazing resource for these!

 

As our ceremony ended we really wanted everyone to feel like they were a part of the experience. So, we had our Reverend ask everyone to stand and in unison say: We now pronounce you man and wife. It was unexpected and everyone loved it! It brought the energy in the room up and was a great lead into our kiss and exit.

 

 

Did your wedding location hold a specific significance to you?

I always wanted to be married in a church and I fell in love with the simplistic beauty, stunning lighting and vaulted ceilings at the Eliot Chapel. The Forestry Center was the perfect location for our reception. The wood building with high beam ceilings was the perfect backdrop for a blanket of white flowers, succulents, candlelight and metallic touches.

 

 

Tell us details of the events surrounding your wedding.

 

All of my husband’s family came from out of town. Most from New York, some from Oklahoma and my uncle came all the way from Madagascar. For many of them it was their first time to Oregon, so it was wonderful to have them here and extremely special for my husband. They stayed and celebrated with us for a week after the wedding and we had an early Christmas, celebrated birthdays and made up for lost time. It was wonderful.

 

 

Any advice you’d give new brides who are just getting started?

 

Have fun with it. I did a lot of planning up front right when we got engaged and everything was still fresh and super exciting. I then was able to take a break for a few months and just enjoy being engaged.

 

Vendors:

Photographer: Anna Jaye Photography

Ceremony venue: Eliot Chapel at First Unitarian Church

Reception venue: World Forestry Center

Dress: Norma by Watters, purchased at Ania Collection

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Accessories: Bride’s bracelet, necklace, fur stole, gloves, and purse were vintage.

Earrings: Tiffany (gift from groom)

Veil, hair piece, garter & sash: August Veils

Men’s attire: Men’s Warehouse

Catering: Food In Bloom

Event Planning: Muse

Flowers: Branch & Bloom

Cake: White Rose Bakery

DJ: Eric Wright at All Wright Music

Ceremony music:  Collage Music

Videography: Shields Films

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Sarah Sarah has been editing the blog at mywedding for four years. She enjoys watching classic movies, spending money on eyeliner that she never wears, and convincing brides to write thank you notes.

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