Portland Rooftop Photoshoot Inspired by Indian Wedding Traditions

Wednesday, April 23 2014
Model glows atop Eastside Exchange in an authentic turquoise sari.

New Portland rooftop venue Eastside Exchange, an installation of the Burnside Bridgehead redevelopment, is home to sweeping views of the west hills, Forest Park, and downtown Portland from its urban location in the rapidly-developing inner East side. As soon as this summer, the sleek, light-wood-paneled venue is available for reservations. Best of Bride 2013 All-Around Best Vendor winner Bridal Bliss's team was so inspired after touring the modern space that they staged an inspiration photoshoot at the new venue, featuring a dream team of Portland wedding vendors.

Upon realizing that “many of us have Indian weddings this coming season,” Bridal Bliss wedding planner Nora Sheils and the team created a bright, joyful and modern aesthetic for the shoot, infused with meaning by drawing upon Indian wedding traditions. This shoot marks a pointed departure from the tonal pastel themes that have dominated wedding palettes in recent seasons. Sheils adds, “the last few seasons, neutral tones like creams and blushes have been all the rage with our brides. Although this is a beautiful palette, it is always fun to utilize stylish bright and vibrant colors.”

 Zest Floral Design created a modern eclectic feel with a mandap—a traditional Hindu wedding structure featuring pillars and chairs for the bride and groom—trimmed with bright carnations and roses, complemented by contemporary elements like white chiffon and a hanging crystal chandelier. Zest’s team used gold poufs and ghost chairs to create a modern framework, which they softened with bright rose petals scattered across the ground and a mix of ornate lanterns. To mirror the traditional-meets-modern décor, the tablescape featured vibrant combinations of garden roses, gloriosa lilies, anemones, ranunculus and jasmine, offset by gold vases, candles and bowls of oranges.

Portland catering company Food In Bloom, known for customizing every event menu to clients’ tastes and traditions, prepared a feast of mouthwatering Indian dishes, including vegan samosas served with tamarind chutney, tandoori skewers served on a traditional banana leaf, an Indian trail mix, a spice platter, mango lassi, and non-alcoholic pomegranate sparkler. Makeup artist Kirstie Wight gave the model a soft and glamorous look by focusing on smoky eyes and keeping the hair simple.

For more details from this shoot, watch Indian Inspiration Shoot from Moving Picture Weddings

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