Moriah & Andy
Sept. 25, 2011 at Postlewait's in Canby
Thanks to their Jesuit High School teacher being out sick, classmates Andy Wolverton and Moriah Westrick were able to get to know each other. As a substitute teacher pressed play on a film, the two juniors flirted and quickly realized: It was time to ask each other on a date.
Nearly five years after that fateful teacher’s sick day, the 22-year-old Portland high school sweethearts married at Postlewait’s farm in Canby, Oregon. Moriah, blessed with craftiness, worked hard to create her DIY dream wedding with special detailed touches to complement the rustic décor of the site. Her painted wood palettes directed guests toward the ceremony area, where they found burlap envelopes on their seats containing programs and wedding bingo to keep them entertained. Out-of-town visitors were greeted with gifts of s’more-making kits, complete with specialty cinnamon and spicy chili chocolate.
The wedding color palette bounced from navy bridesmaid dresses to red accents with pops of purple, orange and yellow in the bouquets and tabletops. “We didn’t need to do much with the venue, because it was already so beautiful,” says Moriah. The same could be said of the bride. “I knew she’d be beautiful,” recalls Andy of watching Moriah walk down the aisle. “I had no idea how radiant she would look.”
After the early evening ceremony, guests were treated with breakfast for dinner. “We’ve always been huge fans of breakfast in bed for special occasions—our wedding being one of those moments,” explains Moriah. Guests feasted on such morning favorites as salmon hash, french toast bread pudding, ham, sausage and bacon. Cocktails included mimosas and pomegranate-infused champagne. A saloon full of whiskey and cigars—handpicked by Moriah’s father—was another hit.
More DIY touches decorated the reception area, with banners—handmade by Moriah and a bridesmaid—with “Love” and “Mr. and Mrs.” on them. Five generations of wedding photos from the bride and groom’s families were hung over the gift table by clothespins. And, along with a fire crackling outside, a trunk full of blankets kept chilly shoulders warm.
After enjoying the boisterous reception, the newlyweds headed off on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to catch a flight to New Zealand, where they spent 10 days honeymooning. The happy couple and their two springer spaniels live in the Green Lake community of Seattle, where Moriah works at the couple’s church and Andy for Green Canopy Homes real estate.
Lazaro of La Marcella’s Boutique (Seattle)