Couture Courthouse Portland Wedding with a Dash of Donuts
Jessica tells us all about the civil wedding.
Wedding story - Tell us about the wedding
"We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.
A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).
Were any special wedding customs/clothing you had?
I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.
For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.
Did you do any DIY (do it yourself) or special projects/things at the wedding?
I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s living room. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”
What was your favorite part of the wedding?
For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home.
We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”
What advice do you have for future brides/grooms-to-be?
Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.
Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs // Makeup/Hair: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon // Shoes: Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception // Accessories: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago) // Grooms Suit: Custom made in Mumbai// Bridal Jewellery: LOVEON // Photographer: Powers Photography Studio // Stationery: Adorn Invitations // Cake: Dream Cakes // Food: Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers: Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets // Ceremony Venue: Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Oregon) // Reception Venue: Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)More photos