Christine & Matthew

Aug. 30, 2008 at Zenith Vineyard

Christine and Matthew were brought together by business cards—and a large nudge from Matthew’s boss. In June 2005, Matthew was working for a company that supplied promotional items to the group of surgeons Chris worked for (in addition to a part-time job at a Los Angeles art gallery). One day Matthew’s boss returned from a meeting with Chris’ boss and said, “You know that girl you’ve been talking to about business cards? You need to meet her! She’s a 10.” Matthew headed over with some extraordinarily urgent samples, and he and Chris immediately hit it off chatting about music—and by the end of the summer, the romance was on.

The engagement came a few years later. In January 2008, during a weekend trip to San Francisco, the couple headed to Fort Mason to check out an art gallery. The final exhibit, set in front of a window overlooking the bay, was an engagement ring on a pedestal—with a description plaque proposal written by Matthew. By the time Chris finished reading, Matthew was on bended knee, ring in hand. Once the shell-shocked Chris managed to say yes, Etta James came over the sound system crooning “At Last” and Matthew’s brother (and co-conspirator!) appeared with champagne for all.

Although Chris and Matthew were living in Los Angeles, they decided to head north and marry in Matthew’s hometown of Salem. They wanted to gather friends and family in a fun, comfortable setting…that just happened to involve a wedding. The event took place on the sprawling green lawn at picturesque Zenith Vineyard, a sustainable winery in the Eola-Amity Hills region. The ceremony was held in front of the vineyard’s wrought-iron wedding gazebo—and presided over by Chris’ dad. Huge music fans, Chris and Matthew decided to personalize the ceremony with unique, dramatic musical selections, including songs by Coldplay, Air and The Cinematic Orchestra. Matthew, a musician himself, had friends join him to serenade Chris with “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

After vows were exchanged, the couple took the party under a tent illuminated with candles, twinkle lights and orange paper globes. Vibrant Table, Zenith’s in-house caterer, cooked up the tapas-style dinner menu that Chris and Matthew had been envisioning. Post-danceathon reception—courtesy of DJ Nickel, who Chris and Matthew flew up from L.A.—the couple retired to the Black Walnut Inn, a vineyard and hotel in Dundee’s Red Hills. “We woke up the next morning and felt transported to Tuscany,” says Chris. “The place could not have been more charming, lovely and romantic.” Two days later they were off on a 12-day Greek excursion that included Athens, Mykonos and Santorini.

The newlyweds, who were ensconced in the L.A. arts scene, eventually decided to return to the Pacific Northwest for a longer stay: Chris and Matthew recently relocated to Portland in May of 2009. “[Portland’s] growing arts scene and delicious food are of great interest to us!” says Matt. And with a wedding  celebrating the region behind them, they are right at home.

Florist: Green Thumb Flower Box Florists | Ceremony Musicians: Ed Bennett Trio | Reception Catering: Vibrant Table | Reception DJ: DJ Nickel | Dress: 3.1 Phillip Lim | Groomswear: John Varvatos | Rings: Jackson Jewelers | Cake: Dream Cakes | Wedding-Night Accommodations: The Black Walnut Inn

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