Castaway Portland Wedding | Elena & Matt

Elena and Matt’s wedding at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Castaway in Portland, Oregon was one we won’t soon forget coordinating. Not only was their weekend was fun, laid back and full ridiculously beautiful people, they are genuinely good people who made all of their guests and vendors feel welcome and at ease.

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How did the couple meet?

Elena and Matt met in 2007 at a college party. His roommate and her roommate are cousins which meant that they hung out in similar circles. They were both dating other people and were just friends until 2009 when they officially started dating.

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How did the groom propose?

Elena and Matt’s proposal story is one for the books and one I would’ve loved to have seen in person. Matt proposed on a summer, weekend trip to Skamania Lodge (which is a beautiful venue, I might add). Elena had secretly always wanted a photo shoot for their dog, Judith (she claims she is so embarrassed that everyone now knows this) so Matt hired a photographer for the evening. After a day of massages and wine tasting, they met the photographer for some cute photos of their dog. The photographer asked them to be in some of the photos and told them that one of them should be up front with the dog, in the foreground, and the other should be in background – “it really makes for a great shot, trust me,” she said. Elena was in the front with Judith when the photographer told her to turn around; Matt was there behind her on one knee proposing! Judith couldn’t care less about what was going on and instead, was focused on sitting to get a treat. Awe… Judith!

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After several weeks of abnormal early summer rain, July 16th turned out to be absolutely beautiful day to get married! Matt and Elena started their mornings(s) by getting ready with their bridal parties and then headed off to their ceremony at the grand and always impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral. The guys sported fun USA socks while the ladies looked beautiful in their mint bridal gowns by Adrianna Papell. Everything flowed so easily which was in large part to the easy going demeanor of the couple and their bridal party. After Elena made a quick dress change, they ended the night dancing it up to the Blue Wave Band who kept everyone on their feet!

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Elena states that since she has zero craft skills, one of her sisters designed and made the stationary, while her other sister made their seating chart. Hints of copper, blush, white and were carried throughout the day in addition to bringing in lots of greenery. Ultimately, Elena and Matt felt very fortunate that everything else was collaborated by their amazing vendors who were so flexible, great communicators, and were easy to work with.

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Photographer:  Anna Jaye
Ceremony venue:  St. Mary’s Cathedral
Reception Venue: Castaway Portland
Coordination:  J29 Events  (Nicole)
Hair/Make up:  Blossom and Beauty
Bride’s Dress:  Charlottes Weddings
Bridesmaids Dresses:  Adrianna Papell
Groom’s Tux:  J.Crew
Videographer:  Moving Picture
Equipment rentals/Decor: Interstate Special Events
Decor accents:  Something Borrowed
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