Tell us your love story!
We were both in Portland several years before the help of internet dating brought us together at a well known Portland watering hole, Beulahland. We must have clicked since happy hour turned into a late night.
What about the proposal?
Not your bended knee kind of story. After a few years of discussing a possible marriage, we were together with family in Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, when someone said “If you guys ever get married, you should have the wedding here.” We turned to each other and there was the spark of what could be! Later that weekend, we grabbed dinner in Reno and cheersing our martinis, said “we’re engaged!”
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
Early on we began to take weekend trips together: Eugene, Astoria, Mt. Hood, realizing very soon that what we shared the most was love and passion for traveling and especially eating and taking in the fun of life. We moved in with each other within a year of meeting and the rest is history.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
It was obvious Pipers Opera House in Virginia City, NV, would be the funky and weird venue for us, and we knew immediately we were having a very untraditional destination party, taking over the small town of around 700 residents with our 200 person guests list. We knew we wanted to throw a real personalized bash which was no easy feat in that little mountain town! From there great food, music, outfits, and good times.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
With the help of a great wedding planner (Jen from Burlap & Rose) we kept all the details moving along. Planning from afar meant a lot of surprise turns pinning down vendors in more than one state! Next came the invites and website to help guests plan their big trip. Some turned the wedding into a family vacation to Lake Tahoe. There were endless questions about attire, weather, transport… but in the end, it seems it was as easy as we could have asked for!
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
We learned as we went and can’t think of any wrong moves or regrets. A rehearsal dinner venue change happened with about 24 hours notice, yet the night worked out perfectly! Lesson learned: there will always be some surprise guests. One regret: We should have gone to bed earlier nights leading up to the big day. The smartest choice of all was late night food service!
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
Hire a brilliant wedding planner, keep relationships with all the vendors open and flexible, read those contracts closely. Keep it romantic and take moments alone with each other!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
When the pressure was off, the ceremony complete, and the party began! Seeing your family and friends interacting and laughing was a trip.