The skyline was a smoky haze and the wind blew all day. Still, Lily and Chalmers had smiles for days and celebrated the start of their happily ever after, together with friends and family at Clarklewis in Portland, OR. Their beautiful wedding was truly a collaborative farm to table experience. Just like the food, we too sourced local, fresh ingredients, packed with loads of sentimentality and love.
I typically have the joy of meeting with my clients in person multiple times before the wedding day. In this case, phone calls and skype got us through the planning process and logistics since Lily and Chalmers now reside out of state. My personal favorite part of the day was hearing Chalmers exclaim "We have the best flowers!" as the boutonnières and bouquets were delivered to the rooms. WE think think you are great too guys!
At the very start of the planning process Lily and Chalmers asked a bit timidly if there would be any way to incorporate flowers from a friends garden. They have a close friend who lives in the beautiful hills of Portland and takes great pride in his sprawling garden paradise. After discussing the risks and rewards of home grown blooms, we set a date to check out the garden and make sure that there would be enough flowers to accomplish the look they were setting out to achieve. After arriving at the home I knew we would have no issues. With Lily and Chalmers flexible color choices, the only pieces we needed to order in from the wholesaler were the statement Juliet garden rose and the blush calla lily.
Blooms included Juliet garden roses, blush calla lily, mini green hydrangea, seedum, the most delicate spray roses you have ever seen, dusty miller, scabiosa, red berries, veronica, seeded eucalyptus, bay leaf, olive and sage.
While the day's events took the guests on a beautiful tour of Portland, home base for the day was the Clarklewis Restaurant on Water Ave.
Clarklewis is a "bustling eatery in the central eastside industrial district serving Italian inspired local, organic, seasonal, sustainable fare" and boasting "exquisite farm to table ingredients, beautiful open kitchen, wonderful meals and incredible memories". They absolutely delivered.
Oregon grown farm to table centerpieces.
At the very start of the planning process Lily and Chalmers asked a bit timidly if there would be any way to incorporate flowers from a friend's garden. Residing in the beautiful hills of Portland, Lily's wonderful professor and his wife, turned mentors, friends and gardeners extraordinaire, take great pride in a sprawling garden paradise. After discussing the risks and rewards of home grown blooms, we set a date to check out the garden and make sure that there would be enough flowers to accomplish the look they were setting out to achieve. After arriving at the home I knew we would have no issues. With Lily and Chalmers' flexible color choices,all we needed to order in were a few statement pieces.
It was a pleasure getting to know this lovely couple as we hand picked garden selections for the wedding with intention, care and loads of love.
Wildfires were rampant this weekend and the smoky haze settled in to the valley on the morning of the wedding. I think it adds a beautiful moody elegance to all of these photos.
Lily made such a stunning and thoughtful bride.
11 years in the making, and nothing could stop them from enjoying every moment of this special day. Cheers to you Chalmers and Lily, may your life together continue to be filled with love, joy, and just enough challenge to bring your ever closer together.