Portland DIY wedding: Mackenzie + Nicholas

Categories   Real Weddings

Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island

We’re in love with this wedding. To start, Mackenzie + Nicholas are the owners of a small letterpress shop in Portland, Cotton Flower Press. So they obviously made every pretty paper element, invitations included, but what’s currently wow’ing us are Mackenzie’s darling wedding shoes. They were handmade by her husband! Her 1930s vintage dress is also tugging at our heartstrings, and the silhouette handcutting station they had at their reception… dying.

Cotton Flower Press printed invitation suite

Ranunculus, Peonies, Daffodils, Garden Roses, Dogwood & Cotton bouquet

Mackenzie’s bouquet recipe: ranunculus, peonies, daffodils, garden roses, dogwood, and cotton.

handmade wedding shoes

Custom design vest, bow tie and pants by Adam Arnold

Vintage (1930s) wedding dress from Etsy at The Ace Hotel, Portland OR

The Ace Hotel, Portland

vintage (1930s) wedding dress from Etsy

prairie wedding portraits

Custom design headband by Tessa Kim

orchard wedding portraits

Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island wedding ceremony

school bus wedding transportation

school bus wedding transportation

welcome sign and guest gifts

fill in the blank tag notes

orange florals in painted stripe bottle vases

custom printed menus and fill-in-the-blank tag notes

brown paper table runner

letterpress stamp decor

silhouette paper cut outs

This is the coolest thing to have at a wedding, right? The silhouettes were cut by hand (without drawing first) by a close friend of theirs who was trained at Disneyland and cut there for many years.

silhouette garlands and scrapbook

pie and cookies dessert table

Vintage (1930s) wedding dress from Etsy

silhouette garland

dance floor tape sign and twinkle lights

fire escape wedding portrait

It’s your wedding, keep reminding yourself of that. Couples are constantly changing the rules these days, which makes weddings much more fun and meaningful. So don’t get caught up in convention because you’re afraid of upsetting more traditional guests. They’ll come around and appreciate that you did what felt right to you.

Such a cozy, intimate and beautiful wedding. Congratulations you two!

Photographer: Bryan Aulick / Event Planner: Ella Events / Ceremony venue: Howell Territorial Park, Sauvie Island / Reception venue: The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel, Portland / Officiant: Groom’s uncle / Flowers: Fieldwork / Catering: Clyde Common / Dessert: Random Order Pies, and Two Tarts Bakery / Transportation: Eco Shuttle / Bride’s dress: 1930s vintage / Shoes: handmade by groom / Hairpiece: custom design by Tessa Kim / Groom’s suit: Adam Arnold / Shoes: Julian Boots / Watch: Vintage Bulova

Social Love

@clubwedd on Oct 22, 2012

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Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony on Oct 22, 2012

I love the color and style of the paper products for this wedding!

Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty on Oct 22, 2012


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Liondragoncustom on Oct 22, 2012

It's a perfect wedding!Great shot!

@100LayerCake on Oct 22, 2012

Pretty wow'd that the groom handmade these darling wedding shoes for his bride.. http://t.co/khindwox

[email protected]zees on Oct 22, 2012

Love the silhouette idea...so creative and unique. Beautiful!

Susan on Oct 22, 2012


color me carla on Oct 22, 2012

Love the paper goods and the school bus shots!

[email protected] Inspiration Nook on Oct 22, 2012

Absolutely stunning! Wow.

megan on Oct 22, 2012

if I found a man that would make me shoes like that, I'd marry him too.

Kristina Juarbe on Oct 24, 2012

Beautiful pictures!! Love all the details!

Kimberly on Oct 25, 2012

love everything about this wedding!

Moonlight Feather on Nov 1, 2012

What a cute theme!

kathy on Jan 1, 2013

where did you find the brown paper runner, I noticed that the edges were scalloped - nice table setting :)

Mackenzie on Jan 3, 2013

Kathy, we made the runner from a roll of kraft paper that we punched with a scallop lace punch (pretty mind-numbing and time consuming, but definitely worth it). Thanks for all the love, guys!

Kal on Apr 5, 2013

Stumbled upon your wedding as I was researching the Ace Hotel. Love every personal touch, especially the silhouttes!! Does your friend do this as business and if so, how may I contact him/her? Much happiness...

Aundrea V. Harrell on Oct 12, 2013

Oh my goodness! I miss Portland!!! How adorable and cute and Portland! Sighhh I love the colors and lighting on this set and of course the b & g are just glowing...

Susie on Jan 12, 2014

Stunning wedding. I absolutely love letterpress and love their invitation.

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