Mountain Modern in the Industrial District
By, Catrina Gregory
At Wedventure we aim to inspire adventurous couples planning to say ‘I do’ in the High Desert, to spark fresh ideas and to connect them with just the right vendors for their Bend, Oregon weddings. Occasionally, we toss aside preconceived notions about Central Oregon weddings and bring you a styled event dreamed up by a creative team of our choosing. We showcase off the beaten path locations, with imaginative themes paired perfectly with local talent from our pool of wedding vendors — in the hope that we can offer a little wedding celebration inspiration. Enjoy our inaugural Wedventure wedding shoot!
When you think “Central Oregon wedding” you probably imagine a snowy mountaintop, an elegant woodsy resort or a placid lake surrounded by flower-filled meadows. It’s true, Central Oregon has an embarrassment of natural riches: mountains, rivers, lakes and streams, all of which provide a limitless playground and a stunning natural backdrop for special events. This region naturally lends itself to rustic-meets-elegant outdoorsy weddings. But what about a more contemporary urban aesthetic? Is it possible to carry off an oh-so-Bend wedding that celebrates the intimacy of the great indoors?
When we sat down with ae creative to chat about our spring issue shoot, we knew we wanted an uncommon and inspirational wedding that would help our readers look beyond the obvious and try the unexpected. We wanted and inventive, industrial theme. As Abby from ae creative said, “We chose to showcase a different style of wedding for Central Oregon. We’ve seen the ‘rustic-chic’. We wanted to show that you can do anything, even industrial mountain modern.”
We set about planning and executing a wedding theme that would have even the most old-fashioned brides going gaga. We brought together all the perfect elements — and the results were positively delightful. Welcome to our romantic mountain modern wedding…
THE PLAYERS & THE LOCALE
Our shoot starred real-life couple Dayna and Solomon (more on these two later) along with wedding party, including Alisha Schaan, Cat Larrouy, Matthew Johnston and Priscilla White. We then chose the venue: Spoken Moto, a converted storage warehouse transformed into a cafe and bike shop dedicated to vintage motorcycle culture. We love the industrial neighborhood — near Crux Fermentation Project, adjacent to the Old Mill District and a stone’s throw from downtown (with an address, appropriately, on Industrial Way.) In addition to having parking for dozens of guests, we couldn’t have asked for a better mountain-modern canvas than Spoken. The polished concrete floors provided inspiration we threaded throughout the wedding and dinner, including a gorgeous concrete-grey cake tier, cloth banner and dinner linens. The exterior corrugated steel siding peeked through in spots throughout the wood-accented interior and the window-paned garage door sliders and open beam high ceilings gave the event an airy downtown loft feel. Of course, the in-house vintage motorcycle provided a little bit of sexy vroom vroom.
Benjamin Edwards, Bend-based international wedding and humanitarian photographer, captured the entire event with uncommon flair. His love of Bend, his artist’s eye and his penchant for visual storytelling are evident in the photos you see on these pages. Benjamin says his faith and caffeine are also essential in his artistic process.
WARDROBE & JEWELS
With our venue secured, our next task was to find the dress and the rings. We headed to Bella Brides in downtown Bend, our one-stop shop for the groom’s suit, bridesmaid dress and the bridal gown. Both Dayna and her bridesmaid are wearing gowns by the brand Mori Lee — the bride’s strapless silk number offers flexibility with a lace top that can be worn under the bodice and removed for a more formal look. Sol is sporting a suit by Jim’s Formal Wear brand.
Just around the corner from Bella Brides is John Paul Design’s jewelry studio. He has an eye for the postmodern deconstructed design we imagined for our bride and groom. We browsed his forged and hand-cast jewelry and chose a few rings for the shoot — we were particularly drawn to the rings with raw uncut diamonds, set in platinum and palladium sterling silver. We couldn’t resist a ring featuring an heirloom diamond and few extra princess-cut diamonds for the requisite sparkle. For the bands, we loved the hand-forged 18 karat gold and diamond band for her and a cobalt chromium textured band for him.
For the rest of the wedding party jewelry, a continued sense of place was important. And what is Bend if not a beer town? We’re big fans of Kimberly Markley’s line of happy hoppy baubles, Hopped Up Jewelry, and we were delighted when she agreed to join the party. Her jewelry brought an elegant wink and nudge to Bend’s beer culture, including the bride’s hop-centric, keishi pearl-accented hand-forged hoops, the maid of honor’s ‘Bijou Hop Earrings’ and sterling silver hop necklace and the groom’s ‘Refined Gent Hop Cufflinks.’
To round out the look, we chose a makeup artist who understood the glamorous minimalist look we were going for, Edge Makeup. We consulted with owner Lori Tompos and settled on a dramatic winter-berry lip with a defined eye for the bridal party.
Alison Schultz of Heirloom Floral took our vision and ran with it, adding botanical beauty without drifting into shabby chic. She created arrangements on-site for the simple schoolhouse light pendants, while placing potted plants in just the right places to cozy up the vibe. Using a collection of begonias, jewel orchids, echeverias, stag horn fern, various cactus, locally foraged juniper, cedar, air plants and cymbidium orchids. She added fresh charm to our modern industrial evening, in just the right places. Everything felt organic, local, and like it belonged there. Her bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere, pulled from the same botanicals, were seasonally spot-on and expertly expressed the city-chic meets Bend-hipster-warehouse vibe.
THE DINNER TABLE
Alison’s florals and signs designed by Casey Lamont of My Fair Letters provided visual points of interest, but ae creative had even more plans for the dinner reception. Abby loves to combine materials. Some brides are afraid of the mix-and-match approach, but she encourages boldness. “Go for it! Be fearless when mixing metals and various materials. In this shoot we used copper, brass, gold, stainless, concrete, glass, wood, iron.” Ae creative dipped into their personal store of event rental furnishings and accessories to soften and complement the hip angular interiors of Spoken. “We love using pieces in unexpected or surprising ways.” They draped large knotted macrame rope as a backdrop on one of Spoken’s salvaged wood half-walls. One of Abby’s favorite items in rental inventory is their canoe. She says, “We’ve featured this piece at a few events and it’s always fun coming up with new ways of using it. In this shoot we set it up for the dessert bar, with a piece of glass on the seat for the base and a flipped galvanized bucket to create a large platform for dessert display.”
The vintage plates and chargers, rented from Peanuts Gallery, contrasted with the low-key concrete-colored napkins, which were knotted for a little extra drama. Because everyone loves Bend beer (and Spoken Moto happens to have eight rotating taps), we went with pint glasses, juxtaposed with the vintage smoked glass goblets, for a little extra Bend-iness. For place cards, in keeping with the modern industrial theme, we used mirrored tiles and had My Fair Letters hand-letter each guest’s name.
For eats, what goes with an edgy-romantic industrial mountain wedding better than a food truck? Dinner was whipped up Central Oregon casual-style by Spoken Moto fixture, Curb B Q’s food truck. We featured a menu of smoked baby back ribs, potato leek gratin and Caesar salad with shaved Parmesan.
AFTER-DINNER SWEET TREATS
After dinner, guests helped themselves to the dessert bar — though it was nearly impossible to choose between the baked goods whipped up by Shelbi Blok, Owner of Too Sweet Cakes. In addition to the vanilla cookie crunch wedding cake (vanilla bean cake with alternating layers of house-made chocolate cookie buttercream, chocolate buttercream, and vanilla cream), there were salted caramel bars, coconut caramel panna cotta, vanilla bean French macaron and almond blackberry petite gateau. (If faced with this boatload of deliciousness, wouldn’t you want to try one of each?)
To further tempt the calorie averse, we served up Too Sweet’s treats with scoops of ice cream made by hometown fave, Addy Mac’s Ice Cream. You’ve probably seen their iconic turquoise-and-white truck serving cool treats at various events around town. If it was hard to choose between baked goods, it was equally difficult deciding between scoops of chocolate with toffee (made with local toffee from Holm Made Toffee Co.) or burnt peach with brown sugar.
INVITATIONS & SIGNAGE
Next up was invitations and signage. Guests should feel an understated continuity starting with the invite and all the way through the event. So we tapped Casey Lamont from My Fair Letters to design the wedding correspondence as well as all signage for the evening. Casey used white calligraphy ink on hand-sewn leather envelopes and wood veneer invitations. Her signature white script was an element we carried throughout the event, on the playful concrete-colored cloth banner, wedding cake, mirrored place settings, table names, menu and more. Her whimsical script and enchanting style added a warmth to our palette of neutrals and industrial materials.
LOVE BEHIND THE SCENES
As we mentioned, our ‘bride and groom,’ Dayna and Sol, are dating in real life. When Sol posted photos from the shoot on Instagram, he received a few panicked calls from family members who were afraid they’d missed the engagement and wedding. He reassured them that while it was certainly a picture-perfect romantic day, it was all for a magazine shoot, and that they hadn’t missed anything. As of press time, Dayna and Sol aren’t engaged, but we can’t help wonder if a mountain modern wedding might be in their future.
The whole event turned out so beautifully and we’re pretty sure some lucky couple will retrace our steps. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If our mountain modern soiree inspires you, go for it! Or better yet, give ae creative a ring to create your own one-of-a-kind mountain modern wedding. -WV
Central Oregon Vendors:
Models: Dayna Corbeille & Solomon Helms, Guests: Alisha Schaan, Cat Larrouy, Matthew Johnston, Priscilla White
Wardrobe: Bella Brides
Hair & Makeup: Edge Hair & Makeup
Cake & Dessert: Too Sweet Cakes
Ice Cream: Addy Mac’s
Calligraphy: My Fair Letters
Wedding Rings: John Paul Designs
Bridal Party Jewelry: Hopped Up Jewelry
Caterer: Curb B Q
Vintage Plates: Peanut’s Gallery