There was a wedding season a few years back where we became close friend with like, five of our couples. While we pride ourselves on connection with every couple and we always have so much fun with each one, for whatever reason some of them slowly morph into close friends long after the photos have been delivered. The year that happened with so many couples was a lot like last year. And while we haven’t had the opportunity to sit down for a beer with Emily and Kyle yet, I have this sneaky feeling we will. No pressure, guys… But in all seriousness, I don’t know if it’s the Instagram conversations that Emily and I exchange via our personal accounts or just this overall sense that these two are really, really cool. Once we ran into Kyle at a coffeeshop and afterwards Daniel and I kept saying, “He is such a nice, cool guy!” Now that I’ve really set up these two…let me tell about why they’re so awesome and why, of course, their Council Crest and Elder Hall wedding followed suit.
We had a laid back engagement session with these two, where they made us Moscow mules at their house, we snuggled with their pup Frida (and attempted the same with the cat) and then casually made our way to Peninsula Park where it was half raining but full fun times. This left us eager and excited for their wedding day to arrive. And when it did, Lindsay was welcomed back into that same living room, Emily offered to make her another Moscow mule – on her wedding day! – and Daniel was equally enjoying his QT with Kyle and the guys at a downtown hotel. Especially when they all piled into the world’s smelliest Uber van, sharing an interesting experience that they’re probably all still talking about. I should mention that meanwhile, I drove Emily’s mom to the ceremony with me and both our google maps were talking at the same time and we may or may not have gotten slightly lost despite the fact we’d both been there before. Anywaaaaay….. :)
Emily and Kyle chose Council Crest park for their wedding ceremony. This beautiful, hill top location overlooks Portland and offers views of our area’s mountains that are unparalleled. Kyle is an arborist and Emily is a true PNW gal so it was really important for them to exchange vows amongst the trees and natural beauty of Oregon. Emily and Kyle’s ceremony was short, sweet and with a little extra something special we had never seen before…a German log cutting ceremony of course! After placing the rings on each others fingers, they faced their first task as a couple (as German tradition says to do) which is to saw completely through a solid wood log together. Let me tell you, it was harder than it looks. The extra time it took them gave us more opportunities to laugh and capture them, as they sawed the heck out of that thing. They made it through, sealed it with a kiss and led us all to their Elder Hall reception, located inside the well known Portland restaurant, Ned Ludd.
The reception was passed appetizer style, lending guests to a mingle and mix atmosphere. Everyone talked to everyone, making new and old friends and connecting in a unique way as you had to keep moving around to grab more incredible treats from Ned Ludd while you sipped delicious cocktails. There was pie for dessert, dancing that did not disappoint and a few moving yet hilarious toasts from the family. It was a pure love fest, celebrating all things wonderful about both Portland and this incredible couple.
Now, aren’t you convinced that Emily and Kyle are our next BFF’s? We think so! Cheers and enjoy a few our favorites from the day.