I finished up the memorable 2016 wedding season with Cara and Andrew’s elegant late-fall wedding and reception at Grace Restaurant in Portland. Situated in the middle of the city, in a converted church, Grace is, in my opinion, Portland’s most impressive and sophisticated wedding venue.
For Cara and Andrew food, family, and fun were high on their wedding priority list, followed closely by The Beastie Boys, a favorite of Andrew’s for the playlist!
Now, it is no secret that I’ve been to A LOT of weddings over the years, so not too much takes me by surprise, but their ceremony did. Instead of asking their friends and family to sing hymns, Cara and Andrew invited everyone to join together in a jubilant rendition of ‘Lean on Me’. Seeing everyone’s joy, with arms wrapped around their neighbors brought a huge smile to my face. It was clearly a great idea!
“Lean on me, when you’re not strong, And I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on, For it won’t be long, ‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on. You just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on, I just might have a problem that you’ll understand, We all need somebody to lean on”
The amount of decadent food was simply staggering, Grace is known for their chefs, and it showed. Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, food was passed throughout the night, and found on stations around the main bar area. I highly doubt anyone went home hungry, there was something for everyone. Thanks to DJ Joe from Dionne Entertainment, it seemed that most of it was danced off throughout the night anyways.
Congratulations Cara and Andrew, such a lovely way to wrap up the season! Happy Holidays everyone!
Ceremony and Reception: Grace Restaurant – Hair and Make up: Head Games Salon – DJ: Joe from Dionne Entertainment – Desserts: Grace
Flowers: Emily Carter Floral Design – Gown: Andrea’s Bridal – Officiant: Marty Harshman (friend) – Second: Ed