Vibrant Fall Portland Wedding at McMenamins Edgefield
“Decadent Vintage Havest”… those are the words that Matt and Rem came up with to describe the vision for their October 2022 wedding. After having to bump out their wedding due to Covid restrictions, their aesthetic evolved over the two years we spent working together, and I LOVE where it landed. They had such a killer vision for their day, and seeing it all come together last October was such a treat!
Matt and Rem were married at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, and the eclectic, vintage vibe of this unique location made the perfect backdrop for their nuptials. Their ceremony took place in the picturesque Blackberry Meadow followed by dinner, drinks, and dancing in Blackberry Hall.
To achieve the decadent vintage harvest feel, we relied heavily on textural fall foliage and colorful florals, funky gourds and pumpkins (Matt and Rem said “the weirder, the better!”), velvet linens, rich colors, vintage elements, and lighting. Read on for more details on how it all came together and enjoy the beautiful images by Jessica Christie Photography!
For the ceremony and photos, the guys wore matching white coats from the Black Tux.
Later on, they had a surprise wardrobe change when they entered the reception… just wait til you see their custom gold coats!
The florals from Brier & Ivy were out of this world… Amy definitely nailed the decadent, vibrant vision that Matt and Rem were going for!
Matt & Rem’s custom gold jackets were designed by Ellis ESQ. They each chose their own unique style with coordinating fabric, and the outcome was stunning!
On to the reception in Blackberry Hall… honestly, this is probably one of my favorite reception designs ever. If you know how much I love color, you can only imagine how I was in heaven this day with all of the vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows!
Matt & Rem’s sweet pup Dewey had passed away prior to the wedding, so they had a dog bowl next to their sweetheart table as an ode to him.
Fun fact: about a week before the wedding, I got a call from Creative Coverings that there was an issue with the main linens that we had selected for the reception tables. They weren’t going to arrive in time, so we had to pick something different. Oof… I was a little nervous when the linens we selected were quite a bit brighter than the initial golden/mustard hue. However… they could NOT have been more perfect. I am obsessed with how they looked in this space!
The lighting from Greenlight Creative had a huge impact on the space as well — bistro lights mixed with amber uplighting throughout the room made it feel so warm and cozy.
Matt is a designer himself, so he chose to design all of their wedding stationery including their save the dates, invites, menus, place cards, and wedding day signage.
We mixed farm tables with rounds which is one of my favorite ways to break up a reception space and add dimension and variety. The majority of the rentals including chairs, farm tables, goblets, ceremony benches and arbor came from Arden Event Collective.
Since it was October, Matt & Rem decided their guest favors would be little bags of each of their favorite candy with custom labels of whose favorites they were. Since they live out of state, they shipped me boxes full of sorted candy, treat bags, labels, yarn, and all supplies needed to put them together. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy assembling these while watching the Bachelor (and maybe snagging a piece of candy or two for myself).
Of course they opted for pies for their fall wedding dessert, which came from Pie Spot. Aren’t these mini pies the cutest!?
When Matt and Rem made their entrance into the reception after taking photos, they were wearing their surprise custom jackets and wowed the crowd with a spectacular choreographed first dance.
After an epic dance party, Matt & Rem bid farewell to their guests with a fun fiber optic light wand exit!
Here are the kind words that Matt and Rem shared about their experience working with Event Crush:
“Where to even begin! Our experience working with Becky and Event Crush was nothing short of superior! We started the wedding planning process with Becky back in 2020. She not only weathered the storm of COVID with us through a 2 year postponement, but she and her team delivered beyond expectation the year our event took place in late 2022. Her steadfastness, flexibility, and frequent communication led to a smooth planning process and a stress free big day for me and my husband.
My husband and I had a personal and very specific vision for our wedding design and decor (we sent poor Becky so many powerpoint presentations). Becky absorbed our requests, took skillful ownership of our vision, and recommended perfect fit, local vendors and rental services to help support it. We especially appreciated Becky’s “no sweat” attitude through multiple revisions, substitutions, and requests to fine tune the vision to perfection. Becky also made being an out-of-state client a breeze! This included the helpful feature of allowing us to send her a dozen packages for Event Crush storage and subsequent delivery to our wedding venue. So many of our friends and family said to us “Your wedding was the best wedding we’ve ever been to!” We simply could not have thrown an event this successful from a distance if not for Becky. Do yourself a favor and hire Event Crush!!”
Thank you Matt & Rem… the feeling is mutual and we are so grateful to have had the joy of working with you!! Happy anniversary!
Planning and Design: Event Crush
Photography: Jessica Christie Photography
Venue, Catering, and Bar: McMenamins Edgefield
DJ: John Ross Music & Production
Floral Design: Brier + Ivy
Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux
Custom Gold Jackets: Ellis ESQ
Dessert: Pie Spot
Photo Booth: Happymatic Photo Booth
Rentals: Event Crush | Party Place PDX
Linens: Creative Coverings
Lighting: Green Light Creative
Accommodations: Four Points by Sheraton Portland East
Beauty: Kerrin B Hair & Makeup