This photo shoot took place at the historic West End Theater, a beautiful event venue located in downtown Portland. The vendors who collaborated on this shoot were inspired by the venue’s outdoor alley that closely resembles an alley you might find when wandering the streets of Italy. In order to best utilize the narrow space, small vignettes were created to accentuate the intimate setting and color palette.
For a modern twist, the use of plexiglass was incorporated for invitations, signage and a guest book. Test tubes with roses adorned one of the alley walls, giving an otherwise plain space an instant elegance. To add prominence to the white textiles, they were silk screened with the same font used for the plexiglass pieces. The bride and groom table was kept simple, and patterned after an Italian café table, while the hors d’oeuvres table was set abundantly with fruits and cheeses. The favors table offered a pairing of olive oil and vinegar, and fresh baguettes – a classic favorite!
The bride and groom featured are a real couple, that were married a couple of years ago in her homeland of Bulgaria, where they met and fell in love while he was serving there for the Peace Corps. Their wedding celebration in Bulgaria did not include a photographer, so this was a wonderful opportunity to give them photos. Much like their own wedding, the couple wore formalwear that complimented their personal style. For an extra touch of Italian inspiration, the couple posed with a vintage-style scooter.
– Katie Wilgus, Gather Event Planning & Consultation
Bride & Groom Models | Dimitrina Bakurdjieva & Eric Wiley