A Micro Wedding at McMenamins in Bend, Oregon
Nestled among the bustle of downtown Bend, Oregon is a local gem known as McMenamins Old St. Francis School. And it’s perfect for a micro-wedding. Once a Catholic schoolhouse, the transformed space now houses a hotel, cinema, brewery, restaurant, four intimate bars, and a jaw-dropping soaking pool. The New York Times recently published an article about this magical place, once again putting Bend on the “haute” list. Yep…Old St. Francis School was the perfect location for a fanciful, tribal-inspired wedding shoot.
A charming cobblestone courtyard is home to O’Kanes Whiskey and Cigar Bar, named after Hugh O’Kane, a 300-pound Irishman who adventured his way around the world as a stowaway before founding Bend’s first hotel and saloon in 1905. That spirit of adventure drew us in and never let go. Designed by the insanely creative team of Bixby + Pine, the styled event was a juxtaposition of blues, oranges and pops of bright white against the muted aura of the schoolhouse setting. Earth-friendly florals from Revel Petals ran the length of the rustic dining table, the sustainably grown blooms anchoring the tribal details of the napkins and hand-lettered signage. “I created a garland of monkey-puzzle-tree branches and wove in soft-petaled spring flowers, including ranunculus, anemone, garden roses and tulips,” says Marisa, the owner of Revel Petals. “I also added some very special peonies from my own garden, Zush Flower Farm.”
Advice from Revel Petals’ Marisa Ringe: “I think brides do themselves an incredible service by hiring the vendors who inspire trust and then allowing that vendor to interpret the “vibe” the bride is going for. This allows for unique creativity and outcomes that wouldn’t otherwise happen.”
THE BROOM CLOSET
It would be easy to meander past the Broom Closet without giving a second thought to the secrets hidden behind the nondescript door. Tucked away from the main schoolhouse and courtyard, the hideaway is an intimate jewelry-box of a room. It’s gothic-meets-hunting lodge vibes transported our bride and groom to a whimsical world of warm wooden walls and velvet seating. The bride’s ethereal Grace + Ivory dress, with a lace-covered bodice and layers of light and airy tulle, positively glowed in the golden afternoon light cascading through the lone window.
What is a micro-wedding? It’s an intimate celebration with no more than 50 guests, typically made up of close friends and family only. It can also be described as the middle option between an elopement and a traditional, full-scale wedding.
THE WEDDING CREATIVES
Venue: Old St. Francis School McMenamins, @mcmenaminswedding | Design + Styling: Bixby + Pine, @bixbyandpine | Dress: Grace + Ivory, @grace_and_ivory_ | Rentals: Archive Rentals, @archiverentals | Florals: Reval Petals, @revelpetals | Ribbon: Honey Silks & Co., @honeysilksco | Stationery: Minted Weddings, @mintedweddings | Dessert: Too Sweet Cakes, @toosweet_cakes | Rings: Rhodes Wedding Co., @rhodesweddingco | Ring Box: Voeu Du Coeur, @voeu_du_coeur | HMUA: Classic Beauty by Heather, @classicbeautybyheather | Photography: First 10 images: Hayley Dolson, @hayleydolson | Photography: Last 10 images: Lundyn Bridge, @lundynbridgephotography | Our Couple: Daschel Franz + Jake Sablosky