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Lindsay & Bruce's Wedding Story

Portland Wedding Celebration Story

A fitting fête for an age-old love story

The pair hit it off during their 8th grade year at Holy Redeemer Area School, when Bruce arrived as the "cool" new transfer student. They "dated" for a year before parting ways, yet remained friends and rekindled their romance as seniors before both attending Linfield College. Fast forward many years and one proposal later, and the duo knew they’d found their ideal wedding location the second they entered our hotel, which they describe as “an intimate, beautiful lodge” located in the heart of Portland. The couple gush, "The panoramic views of the river and Portland’s bridges, the perfectly strung lights above the courtyard, the landscaping … It immediately drew us in. It was so unique and so very ‘Portland.’" They said "I do" in the serene courtyard before taking the party into the Marina Ballroom. The couple describes their guests as a "lively, party crowd"—that helped make their event a roaring success with a jam-packed dance floor the entire night.

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The courtyard where the ceremony took place was full of blush, champagne and ivory-colored flowers.

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Once the guests filed into the ballroom, Bruce and Lindsay snuck back into the courtyard for one final look and another kiss under the arbor.

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"Judging by the amount of pictures our guests took in the courtyard with the amazing views in the background, we would say they were just as impressed as we were."

In honor of her grandma who had passed away last year, Lindsay adorned her bouquet stem with three antique dove pins that belonged to her.

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The Marina Ballroom reception featured ivory linens with blush and champagne floral bouquets in antique mercury glass vases.

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"Josh made our experience at Riverplace AMAZING!" raved the pair, who had less than six months to plan their wedding (and were purchasing a house at the same time).

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A local graphic designer/pastry chef made beautiful cookie re-creations of the couple’s beloved rescue dogs—Kona and Annie, which became part of the table place settings.

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"Our top priority for our wedding was that we wanted it to be fun. This reception far surpassed any expectations that we had. It was SO MUCH FUN!"