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Urban Italian Wedding Inspiration Shoot | West End Theater Portland

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

shoes in the window of the West End Theater Portland
suit by Dutchess Clothier Portland
wedding dress by the English Department Portland
groom adjusting his tie from Dutchess Clothier Portland
bride adjusting her English Department wedding dress
the couple arrive at the West End Theater Portland
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
groom formalwear by Dutchess Portland boutonniere by Petalos
photography by Continuum Photography
details of the dress by the Engish Department Portland
Petalos Floral Design bridal bouquet
bride and groom pose at the West End Theater Portland
signs by Paper Bloom
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
Italian inspired bride by Continuum Photography
urban italian wedding couple
barclay rentals
barclay rentals
barclay rentals
portraits of a portland bride
styling by Stephanie Major of Petalos Floral Design
west end theater wedding
alley view of west end theater wedding

Location | The West End Theater

Coordination & Styling | Gather Event Planning and Consultation

Florals & Styling | Petalos Floral Design

Dress & Accessories | The English Dept.

Groom’s Formalwear | Duchess, Clothier

Signs & Place Cards | Paper Bloom

Screen Printing | Cipriano Designs

Hair & Makeup | Destiny Taylor Makeup.Artistry.Styling

Rentals | Barclay Event Rentals

Bride & Groom Models | Dimitrina Bakurdjieva & Eric Wiley

Sandi Shipley - September 28, 2011 - 5:13 pm

absolutely gorgeous set of wedding images. I love all the detail and color. You told a captivating story with your photography!

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