Friday, February 4, 2011

Portland Wedding with Southern Charm and Japanese Heritage: Megumi & Ben {Evrim Icoz Photography}

I have had this wedding waiting in my files for a while now and what better day than today to showcase all the loveliness?  A gorgeous couple, amazing venue, TONS of details, mason jars, and, as always, most importantly - lots of love.

From the oh-so-talented Evrim Icoz Photography, let me introduce you to Megumi and Ben!
{all images are (c) Evrim Icoz Photography}

From Megumi, the lovely bride: 
Ben and I have lived in Portland for the past year and a half. We both grew up in NC (different towns) and went to UNC for undergrad and dental school (though we never met until dental school). Though I grew up in NC, I was born in Japan. So, for our wedding we wanted to incorporate our Southern culture, with some Japanese elements, all with a NW vibe. Our wedding was about 90 people- mostly out of town guests. We made a weekend of our wedding. We started out by meeting people at the Farmer's Market in Portland, followed by a rehearsal dinner with everybody at Davis St. Tavern. We ended that night w/ karaoke at a dive bar called Suki's. :) Our wedding was on Sunday evening. Our guests were shuttled to Garden Vineyards. After the wedding we hung out some more at Saucebox. Whew!

Southern: sweet tea vodka in mason jars, some carolina shag music
Japnese: sake, japanese guitarist (Toshi Onizuka), japanese scripture reading, I had Anna's Bridal make me a little piece off of my sash that was inspired by an obi for the reception
NW: vineyard, lavender on the menus that my friends and I printed up on tags (we used the same tags for our wish tree), local beer and wine

Some of my favorite details from the wedding:

  • The girls at Quince flowers did an AMAZING job. My request/vision was that we would have no large centerpieces. I told them that I wanted it to look like someone w/ a beautiful English country garden picked flowers and casually put them out for a dinner party. And, LOTS of candles. I love the look of glass and mercury glass mixed. Instead of a guest book, we had a wish tree. We started it out w/ "my wish for Megumi and Ben is.." and people wrote their wishes for us. The tree was flanked w/ wedding pics of our parents and grandparents that I framed w/ pieces I found in antique stores (I love vintage inspired looks).
  • Our caterer didn't really want to have the table set (since it was buffet style), but i begged them to have the silver rimmed plates w/ all of the glassware set. I think that it looks so pretty to have it all out, especially w/ the pretty flowers and all of the candles that we had. For table numbers we had silver house numbers that were hung from the candles. I thought that those turned out really sweet.
  • The wedding ended up being tented. We initially were not going to, but w/ the cold weather, we had to tent and have heaters. It ended up creating an intimate ambiance for the dinner, which was nice.
  • My sister in law had a cute ring bearer bowl from Paloma's Nest in Austin, TX. It had our names and the date of our wedding, all set in a nest. Did you see how cute my nephew and niece were?? :)
For the full gallery, click here!

Sending lots of love and happiness to Megumi and Ben!!

DJ: Mausehole Productions
Caterer: Art of Catering
Baker: Lamb’s Thriftway
Venue: Garden Vineyards
Florist: Quince Flowers
Ceremony Musician: Toshi Onizuka
Photographer: Evrim Icoz


  1. Lovely!! Those b&w shots are stunning!

  2. Oh my goodness what a beautifuk wedding!
    The bride is stunning!!!!
    I absolutley love the photo of the flowers on the chest

    happy Friday Jacin!!

  3. This wedding is just lovely. The candles created a beautiful ambiance and the bride was stunning! Of course the picturesque location made it easy to love!

  4. Gorgeous!! I love the black and white picture of them walking down the road- so romantic! I also love how the bride wanted it to feel like someone just picked flowers from their garden! So cute!

  5. Love the black and white shots, and how they incorporated both asian and southern aspects into their day! Also, how refreshing to not want large centerpieces...I adore how the tables are set! Lots of lovely all around ;-))


  6. those tables are stunning! so glad the bride got her way with the caterer! what a beautiful & fun wedding!

  7. I had the pleasure of attending this wedding and it was just as beautiful in person. Megumi and Ben are a wonderful, fun loving couple and I'm so happy their wedding turned out so perfectly! Love you guys!


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