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Real Wedding: Elaine Lee & Shawn Zhou

Making History | Wed August 31, 2013 | Photos by Yasmin Khajavi Photography

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NAMES Elaine Lee & Shawn Zhou LIVE IN Chicago OCCUPATIONS She works in development at Northwestern; he’s getting an MBA at the University of Chicago HOW THEY MET They both went to Dartmouth; Shawn was the first person Elaine met on campus HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Shawn proposed at the top of Council Crest Park during a weekend visit to see Elaine’s family; it was hailing, but as soon as she said yes the sky cleared WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Sunny, high 80s NUMBER OF GUESTS 115 COLORS Aubergine and apple green THEME The look was “rustic chic,” but the theme was love and gratitude for friends and family FLOWERS Green orchids, hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, and zinnias MENU HIGHLIGHTS Lentil cake with marmalade, salmon with corn fondue, endive with goat cheese parfait, grilled pineapple wrapped in prosciutto, short ribs, vegan risotto with market-fresh vegetables, and trout with farro, piquillo peppers, and arugula salad DESSERT Rather than pick one, they had some of everything they wanted: a traditional cake, a vegan cake made by Elaine’s sister, Honey Pot pies, and a late-night snack of Voodoo Doughnuts served from a food truck FAVORS Individual maple syrup containers from their favorite diner in their college days; a quote from fellow Dartmouth alum Dr. Seuss decorated the favor display FIRST DANCE SONG “Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne UNEXPECTED EVENTS Two bridesmaids ran into funnyman Russell Brand in the Heathman elevator, and a wedding crasher decided to nibble on the apple place-card holders IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER They wouldn’t have waited until two weeks before the big day to add a postwedding brunch for guests THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Personal, fun, gluttonous HONEYMOON Belize

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Don’t stress out about the guest count, it will all work out! If you can, hire someone to help bring all the details together for you. —Elaine Lee & Shawn Zhou

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Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Oregon Historical Society
CATERING The Heathman Restaurant & Bar
RENTALS West Coast Event Productions, Ohana Party Rentals, Something Borrowed Portland
OFFICIANT Rev. Robert Griffen from A Perfect Ceremony
PHOTOGRAPHY Yasmin Khajavi Photography
WEDDING CONSULTANT Heather Seethoff with Bridal Bliss
FLOWERS Geranium Lake Flowers
GOWN Vera Wang from Divine Designs Bridal Boutique
ACCESSORIES Veil and hairpiece by Nahideh Nadjaran, shoes by Miu Miu
ALTERATIONS Nahideh Nadjaran
DESSERTS Dream Cakes, The Honey Pot Bakery, Voodoo Doughnut
DESSERT DISPLAY Blissfully Sweet PDX
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Hugo Boss from Mario’s
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE J.Crew
RINGS Tiffany & Co, Blue Nile
HAIR & MAKEUP Janelle Hayden Hair & Makeup (bride), Caroline Parker of Hanh Solo for Hair (bridal party)
MUSIC Mack Dolsen from Encore Mobile DJs
REHEARSAL DINNER The Heathman Restaurant & Bar
HOTELS FOR GUESTS The HeathmanThe Nines
INVITATIONS Nimbi Design
REGISTRY Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, Honeyfund

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