Jeff Brummett

Portland Oregon Wedding at Hoyt Arboretum

Portland Oregon Wedding at Hoyt Arboretum

Lily and Roy’s Portland Oregon wedding was such a wonderful celebration.  The couple came in from Los Angeles and spent a couple of weeks in town with 50 of their closest friends and family.  “We wanted a mixture of nature and urban” said Lilly.  “Roy is a city boy and I’m a nature lover.  A nature ceremony and industrial reception was a perfect fit.”

Lily described the day as; “the best day of our lives.  We were blown away with how much love was shown to us.  All the details were perfect and very much us (1930s with a touch of Spacey, x-files vibes).  It was the perfect amount of eclectic and nerdy.  Our ceremony space was surreal and the reception was industrial and elegant.  The food was some of the best we have ever had.  We felt so lucky to be surrounded with so many fantastic and positive people.”

Our Love Story

After meeting on Tinder, the pair had a year long engagement.  Roy proposed to Lily at Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon.  “My grandfather told Roy that the mansion was his favorite place in Portland” said Lily.  “My grandfather passed away a few months prior and wouldn’t be at the wedding.  Proposing at the mansion was a way for Roy to include him”.  Lily received a 1920’s engagement ring that would inspire a lot of her wedding decor.

The Morning Preparation

Lily and Roy spent the morning getting ready at their own Airbnbs.  Roy was with his groomsmen and adorable dog Monty, and cat Chaplin.  Lily was helped by her bridesmaids and family.  She wore the Monica dress by BHLDN.  “I loved my dress, I felt like it encompasses Roy’s and my style so well.  It also matched my art deco engagement ring.  We looked for a long time and the day we weren’t planning on looking, we found the one.  My mom cried seeing me walk out of the room and I knew it was the one”. she said.

The Hoyt Arboretum Wedding Ceremony

We headed over to Hoyt Arboretum early in the afternoon.  Hoyt arboretum is an enchanting option for a Portland, Oregon wedding.  The ceremony took place in the wedding meadow area.  The altar was a stunning floral arch dripping with pink and red flowers that mirrored Lily’d bouquet.  The “isle” was lined by a simple grouping of limbs and leaves.  Monty served as the most adorable ring bearer.

The whole ceremony was more emotional than the couple expected.  “I was so relieved to see Roy standing there.” Lily said.  “I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. And I did”.  The two exchanged their own vows.  “It was the most memorable moment of the entire day for us.  We were surprised by how touched everyone was for us.  So many of our friends were crying and we didn’t expect that”.  After the ceremony, guests cooled down with popsicles and we explored the nearby Redwood forest.

A Portland Oregon Wedding Reception

The reception was at Plaza Del Toro. It’s an amazing restaurant in the Central Eastside Industrial District.  The incredible space worked great for this Portland Oregon wedding reception.  “It was so amazing.  The food blew us all away!  We were so happy to stuff our faces and dance with our friends and families.  Our smokey cocktails were so fun and chic!” said Lily.  Of course, this was a Portland Oregon wedding so there was a brief downpour as everyone got inside.  It was a perfect end to this summer wedding day.

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These two were so much fun to celebrate with! Be sure to take a look at their fun Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.  If you are thinking about a Portland Oregon wedding, I’d love the opportunity to connect and tell your story!  Get to know more about me and my approach.

Also, learn more about having a Portland Oregon Wedding at Hoyt Arboretum and how to make your wedding day more of an intimate affair.


Ceremony Venue – Hoyt Arboretum Wedding Meadow

Reception Venue and Catering – Plaza Del Toro

Floral Artist – BLUE Floral Company

Hair and Makeup – Destiny Taylor

Wedding Cake – Papa Haydn

Wedding Dress – BHLDN Monica Gown

Bridal Hairpiece – BHLDN

Bridal Robe – BHLDN

Brides Shoes – Madewell

Popsicles – Likety

Comments +

  1. Gabrielle Fox says:

    Wow, this Portland destination wedding is #goalz. Every single detail was so beautiful. I love their garden ceremony, GORGEOUS! And you captured it all so well, as always <3

  2. Julie Haider says:

    What a beautiful and unique wedding! Portland, Oregon is SUCH a great place for a destination wedding! On my list of places to visit for sure!

  3. Trevor says:

    Gorgeous work Jeff!! Portland looks so good in this destination wedding. 😍

  4. WOW! WHat an amazing portland wedding! You captured it so beautifully!

  5. Steph says:

    This portland oregon wedding is AMAZING. I love your play on shadows and shapes. Such a unique and pretty wedding.

  6. Katy Weaver says:

    Dude. I love the way you shoot. This Hoyt Arboretum and Plaza Del Toro wedding is insane. I love the details and your creative eye SO MUCH. Amazing work!

  7. Emily says:

    This Portland arboretum wedding is amazing! I love the feel and how cozy it is. Love your work!

  8. Abigail Kent says:

    I absolutely love the way you captured all the details in the getting ready in the harsh light – so gorgeous! And all the candid moments throughout the day were perfect. Such a stunning Portland wedding!

  9. Johnna says:

    Love the getting ready photos! This looks like fun!

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