Among Friends: A Pre-Wedding Dinner Party

If it weren’t for your besties, your dream might not have come true. Celebrate your bridesmaids with a special pre-wedding dinner party featuring fun, flowers and all the fixin’s.
From: Spring/Summer 2016 edition

LIGHT SHOW (above)

Flowers by Portland’s Swoon Floral Design help create a tablescape that’s fresh and slightly beachy. Lace backdrop from Commonwealth Rentals. See below for more credits.

LIGHT AND AIRY

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A lush, tropical-inspired tableau sets the mood for a dinner among friends. Portland’s Tie That Binds created a modern menu card and paper “jewel” for a clever place setting (similar styles start at $2.99 each, a custom-designed paper suite starts at $1,475), set among a gorgeous centerpiece featuring peach roses, dahlias and eucalyptus in a ceramic geometric vase by Portland’s Swoon Floral Design. Cocktail Mint and Mirth. Glassware by Something Borrowed. Plates and flatware available through Vanity Affair Events. Table and macrame runner from Commonwealth Rentals.

DELICIOUS DISH

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Portland’s ChefStable Catering dreamed up a summery dinner menu featuring smoked sea scallops with corn mousse, zucchini, avocado and tomato. On Hailee: Lena Medoyeff’s “Flutter Aimee” silk chiffon dress, $1,122, from Lena Medoyeff in Northwest Portland. Tahitian South Sea pearls, $19,000, and cultured pearl strand, $8,800, both by Pascal Pearls; platinum 1.50-carat halo diamond engagement ring, $48,000; all from Portland’s Larry and Co. Vintage wicker chair and table from Commonwealth Rentals.

AMAZING APPETIZERS

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A first course full of local ingredients by ChefStable includes a beet and bresaola carpaccio with sorrel mushrooms, Oregon hazelnuts, black garlic and Meyer lemon. Serving platter available through Vanity Affair Events.

INVITE AND DELIGHT

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A gift for your bridesmaids should include a bit of whimsy (handmade chiffon flower hair clip by Austie Eckley, $36), some practicality (peach sunglasses from Downtown Portland’s Kitson, $19; faux-leather clutch from Sloan Boutique in Northwest Portland, $39) and indulgence (chocolates from the Meadow, start at $1.50; shortbread cookies from Fleur de Lis Bakery, $12 per dozen). Invitations by Tie That Binds; their bespoke paper suites start at $1,475.

FLOWER POWER

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On Kate (left): “Edie” silk chiffon gown over silk charmeuse lining, $668. Herco 14K yellow Italian gold, pink amethyst, and crystal quartz drop style earrings. On Hailee (center), Lena Medoyeff’s “Flutter Aimee” silk chiffon dress, $1,122, from Lena Medoyeff in Northwest Portland. Tahitian South Sea pearls, $19,000, and cultured pearl strand, $8,800, both by Pascal Pearls; platinum 1.50-carat halo diamond engagement ring, $48,000; all from Portland’s Larry and Co. On Simone, (right): long “Penelope” silk charmeuse gown, $372. Herco 14K yellow Italian gold necklace with green amethyst, lemon quartz and citrine, $1,480. All dresses from Lena Medoyeff. All jewelry from Larry and Co. Bouquets from Swoon.

CHEERS TO YOU

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For a signature cocktail, try a punchbowl filled with spring—as interpreted by Portland drink caterers, Mint and Mirth. Ingredients for this zesty treat include lemon juice, raspberries, champagne, Aria Portland dry gin, vermouth, grapefruit juice and BG Reynolds orgeat (made in Portland). Glasses from Something Borrowed.

CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES

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On Madison (left): short “Penelope” silk charmeuse gown, $314, from Lena Medoyeff. Herco 14K yellow Italian gold and crystal quartz necklace, $975, from Larry and Co. On Simone (center): long “Penelope” silk charmeuse gown, $372. Herco 14K yellow Italian gold necklace with green amethyst, lemon quartz and citrine, $1,480. On Kate, right: “Edie” silk chiffon gown over silk charmeuse lining, $668. Herco 14K yellow Italian gold, pink amethyst, and crystal quartz drop style earrings. All dresses from Lena Medoyeff. All jewelry from Larry and Co. Signage, Tie That Binds, $7.

Credits: 
Photography
Art Direction
Alisa Welch
Models
Hailee Lautenbach for Option; Simone Howard for Option; Kate Schuette for Option; Madison Smukalla for Muse