Winter Cool: Scandinavian Wedding Inspiration

A Scandinavian-inspired wedding turns up the heat with elegant yet cozy touches.
From: Fall/Winter 2016 edition

SETTING THE SCENE

Designer Chuck Schomaker of Old Town Florists in Northwest Portland crafted matching hanging willow wreaths to grace the head table and hand-painted the wood centerpiece boxes with a design that’s a twist on a Scandinavian pattern. Custom monogramed or designed boxes start at $75 from Old Town Florists. Plates from Pottery Barn. Silverware, brass candlesticks and wire chairs from Something Borrowed. Throw blankets from West Elm. Reidel glassware from the Party Place. Table linens from La Tavola Linen, available through Bridal Bliss. Table number from Brittany Hampton.

SCAN DESIGN

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Portland designer Brittany Hampton drew inspiration from Scandinavian motifs to create this invitation suite. Prices start at $15 per set and include custom foil envelope liners and envelopes. A bridal bouquet and boutonniere by Wendi Day, owner of Old Town Florists, features a charming combination of roses, ranunculus and anemone encircled by willow branches and hosta foliage. Similar sets start at $200. Sheepskin from Something Borrowed.

GOOD TASTE

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A cocktail hour menu of small bites by Portland’s Art of Catering includes a plate of honey and dill cured trout with pickled cherry marmalade on saffron blini and a house-made cracker topped with chèvre and pickled fiddleheads. A plated marinated scallop with shaved black truffle and black walnut crumble pairs nicely with the accompanying roasted beets with elderflower and fresh yogurt. For a signature cocktail, Art of Catering brought together the tastes of grapefruit, elderflower and sparkling wine. Floral centerpiece by Old Town Florists. Plates from Pottery Barn. Platter from Sur La Table. Silverware from Something Borrowed. Table linen from La Tavola Linen, available through Bridal Bliss. Table number from Brittany Hampton.

TAKE-HOME MESSAGE

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A simple, yet refined Scandinavian aesthetic informs the place setting that features a sweet favor for guests. Cookie cutter, a nod to traditional Swedish Dala horses, from Sur La Table. Plates from Pottery Barn. Silverware from Something Borrowed. Glassware from the Party Place. Table linens from La Tavola Linen, available through Bridal Bliss. Name tag and menu from Brittany Hampton. Centerpiece box and floral arrangement from Old Town Florists.

DELICIOUSLY TRADITIONAL

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Vancouver’s Rosycakes created a traditional Norwegian wedding cake called “kransekake,” made from rings of almond cookies and garnished with icing and sugar flowers. Pricing starts at $100. Macarons and Russian tea cake, $1.75 each from Whole Foods. Pair the melt-in-your-mouth kransekake with a hot chocolate bar decked out marshmallows, sprinkles and whipped cream. Demitasse cups and saucers available at Whole Foods. Cake stand from Bridal Bliss. Blanket from West Elm.

CREDITS:

Photography:

George Barberis

Coordination and styling:

Nora Sheils and Katy Haley from Bridal Bliss

Photography assistants: Erik Ursin and Gritchelle Fallesgon