There’s nothing quite like a summer garden wedding that’s all about family, and that’s just what I have for you today. As photographer Ryan Wilcox says: A gorgeous backyard commitment ceremony in the west hills of Portland, Oregon with an Elvis impersonator, Portland food carts, a vintage car, a rowdy fun group of guys and a stylish couple. What’s not to love?
Jane’s sister, Kailla Platt, arranged all of the lovely summer rustic flowers.
Jane and Stuart chose their wedding venue for it’s special significance in Jane’s family. Says the bride, “Portland has gorgeous summers, so we knew we wanted to celebrate outside. My grandparents built a beautiful garden together, and my eldest sister got married under the oak tree my grandfather planted over 70 years ago. He is 99 and was there to celebrate with us! Stuart and I got married under a paper bark cherry tree in their garden. The place is so lovely, we didn’t need any decor. Some dahlias on the tables and lights above the dance floor. Boom. Simple.”
Love all the hugs!
Several food trucks catered the wedding, including a late night visit by the Voodoo Doughnut truck!
A couple more details about the day from Jane and Stuart:
What advice do you have for other brides? Drink a lot of Sleepytime tea the night before your wedding. Maybe even a nip of some booze. Anything to slow you down. I didn’t sleep a wink!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Stuart’s mother was very ill and not going to make it to our summer wedding celebration. She and Stuart’s stepfather got married in Las Vegas, so in honor of her I surprised Stuart by whisking him off to Vegas to get hitched. I showed up outside of the school where he teaches with a sign reading “Will you marry me? In Vegas? Tomorrow?” We hopped in a cab to the airport and called his mom on the way. She got a kick out of it. She passed away a month and a half later, so we are both so glad we made it happen. In Portland we wanted to say our own vows to each other and celebrate with our dear friends and family (with an Elvis impersonator to bring in a little bit of Vegas!).
Photography: Ryan Wilcox of You Look Nice Today / Venue: private garden in Portland, Oregon / Bride’s dress: Temperley London / Groom’s suit: Gucci / Groom’s shirt: J.Crew / Food truck catering: Violetta, Shut Up and Eat, The Gaufre Gourmet, and Voodoo Doughnut
See lots more photos from Jane and Stuart’s wedding on Ryan’s blog right here!