These originally appeared in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Oregon Bride Magazine


October 10, 2009
Private warehouse, Portland

How They Met: In the kitchen in 2006, when Meredith, a pastry chef by day, picked up a few serving shifts at Simpatica, where David had just started as a chef. Looks across the room turned into drinks after work with friends and a first date just a few days later. How He Proposed: David caught his bathing beauty fresh from the shower and surprised her with a ring. How They Wed: Personal touches like wheat boutonnieres, scattered fall leaves, and pops of vivid orange softened the industrial venue. David and Meredith used bright sunflowers, striped bags of popcorn, and lights strung across the ceiling to create a relaxed and playful atmosphere for friends and family. Guests enjoyed the Northwest Jazz Project during the cocktail hour and later danced to tunes (some requested on RSVP cards) spun by local DJ Paul Munoz. Simpatica (of course!) provided bite-sized treats throughout the evening, and the couple served cookies by Two Tarts Bakery instead of cake. In lieu of gifts, guests made donations to KOMAK, a charity for cancer patients, in honor of David’s father. How They Live Happily Ever After: After taking off on a road-trip honeymoon down the coast to San Francisco, the foodie couple returned home to an old family house in Southeast Portland. David is now a co-owner of Simpatica, and Meredith works at New Seasons as a pastry chef. —KM


September 19, 2009
St. Mary’s Cathedral and The Nines, Portland

How They Met: Hanging out with mutual friends at the Marathon Taverna in 2007 (a bar just a block away from St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Genny always wanted to get married). Not long after, they went on their first date at the Vista Springs CafĂ© in the West Hills. How He Proposed: After a day of wine tasting in the Willamette Valley, the couple pulled over to enjoy a beautiful view. When Genny stepped out of the car, John was already on bended knee. How They Wed: Genny’s dream came true, of course! And during the traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral, the two were thrilled when the priest spontaneously allowed them to read their personal vows. The glamorous reception began as the couple left in a 1949 Packard Limousine while guests were treated to a tour of Portland on a rented trolley car. In fact, tables at the reception were named after memorable streets from the couple’s life together: where they met, where they kissed, and where they bought their first home. The ballroom at The Nines was the perfect place to dance the night away, decked out in warm touches of purples, reds, and oranges for a sultry elegance. How They Live Happily Ever After: The couple took a three-part honeymoon to New York City, Antigua, and the island of St. Lucia. They now live in Southwest Portland, where Genny is an account manager at Leopold, Ketel & Partners and John works as an account executive at Sprint Nextel. —KM

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