Katie & Matthew were married on June 15, 2013 at St John the Baptist. The couple flew cross country from New York City to host their wedding here in Portland, OR.
During one of their visits out to Oregon while planning their wedding, Katie, Matthew, and I met up to discuss details and capture their engagement session photos throughout downtown Portland. During the session, I learned of the many details that Katie & Matthew were planning for their wedding. In particular, I learned about some rather unique laser cuts of wood that Matthew was building as part of their wedding reception decor.
Matthew is originally from Minnesota and the couple has shared some rather memorable experiences at The Minnesota State Fair. It is the largest state fair in the US in terms of average daily attendance and the 2nd largest in the US in terms of total annual attendance. Katie & Matthew used The Minnesota State Fair as inspiration for the decor for their wedding.
It all began when Matthew attended a class back in New York City on operating a laser cutter. A friend of his encouraged him to take the heart logo that was created for their wedding and to make it into a laser cut. Matthew did just that and when he presented it to Katie, she was absolutely thrilled with the result. The two decided to try to take it further, and Matthew designed a larger final version that was lit with LED lights and additionally included their names (it is pictured below).
Katie & Matthew knew that they wanted cupcakes for their reception and when they finally found the right bakery, they discovered that there was no real interesting way to display the cupcakes. Could they rent something? Better yet… Maybe they could make something!
Matthew suggested to Katie that he make a ferris wheel, and she quickly responded that they additionally needed the replicate the famous corn slide. Well that idea then grew into including a replica of the giant swings too. Matthew set out on a design for each, incorporating styling from the couple’s logo.
Table names, favor labels, centerpieces and some fancy votive lanterns continued the look throughout Katie & Matthew’s reception at The McMenamins Kennedy School. Instead of traditional table numbers, the couple selected a series of midway games to name each table and give the fair theme that finished touch. The lanterns were cut out with the couple’s heart logo in negative space, and a fancy LED votive glowing through. There wasn’t a single spot at the reception where you couldn’t see one of the custom made decorations.
Even once all of these pieces were made, Katie & Matthew had to carefully transport them cross country to Portland. Miraculously, the items made their cross-country trip just fine. They added a very personal element to the wedding reception and were an absolute treat to photograph.
It is rare to see this level of craftsmanship in DIY elements at a wedding. It inspired a post which can be viewed at My Portland Photographer where I highlight Matthew’s work and discuss other great DIY wedding ideas.
To see additional highlights from Katie & Matthew’s wedding, check out the couples wedding slideshow.
And for those of you who are interested in purchasing some of Matthew’s custom made wedding reception decor pieces, check out his Etsy storefront.