I met Cherie about 10 years ago at a wedding networking event and recall the frequent conversations we had about the wedding industry. Cherie has a real passion for weddings and for assisting brides in realizing the vision for their day.
In 2009, Cherie founded Wedding Network USA in hopes of improving the wedding industry through providing resources, support, and education for wedding professionals. Through sharing business expertise, educational topics, and networking, Cherie has worked diligently to bring the Portland wedding community and other communities nationally closer together.
So, having known Cherie through a variety of capacities within the wedding industry, it was an exceptional honor to have the opportunity to document her 40th anniversary celebration with her husband Pat and many of their closest friends and family members. It was a great opportunity for a number of wedding vendors to take a break from wedding season and celebrate this momentous occasion together with someone who has been so instrumental in building the local wedding community.
Cherie and Pat hosted the event at their lovely home which is chock full of Pat’s incredible art pieces. He is a true artist who dabbles in a number of different types of media and styles of art. His process is unique and quite diverse. It was a pleasure seeing his work and learning about his thought processes in creating a number of pieces that were on display inside and outside of the home.
As it is with any type of event, a number of vendors and individuals work together to make the whole thing go. And we had the privilege to once again work with a number of people who we have worked with time and time again over the years. Cindy with Encore Events, assisted by Tilly of Dorsey McLeod Events, coordinated the afternoon of festivities. Doug with Wild Currant Catering kept all of us well fed and Debra Watkins assembled the most incredible display of desserts. Kelsie rocked the bar and surprisingly didn’t have to cut anyone off. First Comes Love created the invitations for the event and Barclay Event Rentals provided all the rentals. A total of 3 wedding celebrants officiated the vow renewal ceremony – Maureen Haley, Melissa Coe, and Steve Sharp. And naturally Paul Rich Studio had the honor of documenting the celebration.
Congratulations to Cherie & Pat on 40 wonderful years together. Here are some of our favorite highlights from their 40th anniversary celebration.