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Destination Portland: Three Unique Reception Tablescapes Inspired By The Rose City

By: 
Susannah Bradley

Hipster haven, culinary capital, woodsy wonderland—the Rose City’s unique and diverse character inspires three singular celebrations.

Woodland Wonder

At 5,200 acres, Portland’s Forest Park is the largest wooded urban park in the United States; it’s also a beloved spot for communing with nature without leaving the city. To evoke the park’s woodland allure, Bridal Bliss designed this tableau featuring lush greenery, botanical motifs and a nature-inspired menu.

Hand-painted plates add a pop of color to the greenery-rich decor. Plates and water glasses from Anthropologie. Table and flatware from Classic Vintage Rentals in Washougal, Washington. Menu by HeyHalle. Menu, place card and invitation suite by HeyHalle. Alder-smoked wild Pacific salmon salad with watercress, cucumber and fennel in a honey Dijon dressing by Northwest Portland’s Art of Catering. Plate from Anthropologie. Flatware from Classic Vintage Rentals.Edible floral cocktail garnishes created by Public Provisions in Northeast Portland using woodland wildflowers. Glass from Anthropologie.Cake by Papa Haydn in Northwest Portland. Plates and water glass from Anthropologie. Flatware from Classic Vintage Rentals.

Hipster Heartland

For a reception as quirky, cool and original as Portland itself, the team at Bridal Bliss presents a colorful spin on dive-bar chic.

Beer served in cans and presented in rolled paper bags that double as place cards are a fun and irreverent touch.  A casual menu of fish and chips by Art of Catering sets a relaxed tone. Glassware from Anthropologie. Table and chairs from Vintage Meets Modern in Milwaukie. Menu by HeyHalle. Napkins from Bridgewood Event Rentals. Mocktails by Public Provisions.Ice cream sandwiches by Papa Haydn and chocolate milk mocktail by Public Provisions. Glassware from Bridgewood Event Rentals.Paper goods by HeyHalle.Gift basket favor from With Love, From PDX.

A colorful and quirky floral installation by Swoon Floral Design complements the album-cover backdrop for an exuberantly unconventional vibe.

Culinary Capital

Portland is a culinary destination with a richly diverse dining scene, so it’s no wonder many couples plan receptions that spotlight the best food and drink the city has to offer. Critically acclaimed Ataula in Northwest Portland presents a Spanish-style reception feast sure to delight guests.

Ataula’s Cantimpalo chorizo–stuffed goat cheese and membrillo lollipop, beet tartare and paella.Paper goods by HeyHalle.From top to bottom: Ataula montadito (house-cured salmon, mascarpone yogurt, black truffle honey and glass bread), kanpachi (piquillo aguachile, Hawaiian amberjack, compressed pear, Marcona almonds and avocado), and xeese (Spanish sheep-cheese spheres with quince jam). Table and chairs from Classic Vintage Rentals. Tableware and linens from Bridgewood Event Rentals. Gift basket favor from With Love, From PDX.Mini xuixo, a house-made pastry with hazelnut custard, chocolate and candied hazelnuts; and pa amb xocolata i oli d’oliva, consisting of Spanish chocolate ganache, brioche crackers and olive oil.

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