Rene and Adam’s sweet, picture-perfect lakeside wedding
Rene and Adam had a super sweet, cozy and picture-perfect lakeside wedding which beautifully fused Eastern and Western elements and showcased the couple’s creativity and penchant for fun. The pretty red and aqua wedding also happens to be a labor of love by the couple and their loved ones: artistic Rene designed the adorable invites, the moms did all the flowers, close friends and family helped with setting up the decor, lawn games, and more.
Also, can’t you just tell from these lovely photos how much they are into each other?
Thomas of Sikora Photography, responsible for the GORGEOUS photos you see here, wonderfully sums up the event as he saw it:
Beautiful outdoor wedding, a little of shine and rain created a perfect canvas for this couples big day. Stress free celebration, with games, fun for everyone, great food in the midst of the the Northwestern, lush greenery.
The scenery is breathtaking, am I right? From this point on , the lovely couple will chime in alternatingly to give us a tour of what transpired. Take it away, Rene and Adam!
When we got engaged, Adam and I knew at once that we wanted to have our wedding in and around Portland, OR. Since most of our guests were coming from Michigan and New Jersey, we knew we had to “show-off” the Pacific Northwest. We also wanted it to be fun and relaxing.
Rene designed the invitations and all the matching stationery. The theme was based on a loose translation of Adam’s last name. Chickadee- + house. Two birds, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, first comes love, then comes marriage… you get the idea. Our colors were red and aqua. Red is the traditional Chinese wedding color. Aqua was our “something blue”.
For our venue, we chose Bridal Veil Lakes. It afforded us full use of the site, including a meadow for lawn games, a lake for canoeing, and gorgeous views overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. As with most weddings, things can get expensive really quickly. In order to save money, we held our wedding on a Wednesday afternoon, keeping it casual and small. We also enlisted the help of many friends and family. The moms made all the floral arrangements; a cousin made the veil and hair piece; a friend did makeup; other family members helped set up and tear down the ceremony chairs, lawn games, and decorations.
We incorporated Western and Eastern wedding traditions during the ceremony. The ceremony was officiated by Adam’s good friend, Dave, who got ordained just for our wedding. The Chinese tea ceremony was performed in the middle of the wedding (where the bride and groom offer tea to the parents, and the parents’ acceptance of the tea signifies the acceptance of the couple’s marriage and the welcoming of the new daughter/son into the family.)
The flowers were bought through wholesale channels; Rene’s mother made all the boutonnieres, bouquets, and corsages. The guest book was a bare tree that a friend drew, and guests put their fingerprint as leaves on the tree and then signed the print. Afterwards, the tree was framed and is now up on our wall as a momento for all to see when they visit.
We ordered our cake from a local bakery, undecorated. Rene’s cousin and sister helped with decorating the cake with foliage leftover from the flower arrangements. The bird toppers were extensions from the invitation design.
For the food, we wanted to highlight local, seasonal, PacNW fare. We took advantage of the venue’s custom grill and had our caterer cook fresh asparagus and cedar-plank salmon for our meal. We served drinks that featured wine and beer from Oregon as well.
Rather than renting flatware and glasses OR using compostable utensils and paper plates, we decided to buy reusable utensils and “canning” mugs. Each place setting had a red or blue cotton napkin, 3-piece set of red camping utensils, and a glass mug. Guests were to use these items through dinner and then take it all home as a wedding favor. The mugs were a huge hit!
We tried to reuse as much of everything as possible. Our “DJ” was an MP3 player that had been pre-programmed with play-lists for different parts of the evening. Our gift to ourselves were the speaker system which we now use as our home theater. The paper lanterns are now used to decorate the patio in our yard. Little reminders throughout our home of our first day as husband and wife.
The activities weren’t limited by just dinner and dancing. People played croquet, badminton, and bocce ball. We even had access to the venue’s canoes for some paddling on the lake.
A huge thank you to Sikora Photography for sending in this stunning wedding, and my sincerest congratulations, Rene and Adam! Thank you for allowing us a peek into your celebration. I thought your creative budget-savvy tips were inspiring and I hope our readers were able to catch an idea or two from your resourcefulness!
Photographer: Sikora Photography
Caterer: Madison’s Grill
Reception Venue: Bridal Veil Lakes
Images submitted via Two Bright Lights