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Real Wedding: Stephanie Van Berkom & Dallas Hansen

Simply Sweet | October 10, 2015 | Photographs by Newspin Photo

NAMES Stephanie Van Berkom and Dallas Hansen LIVE IN The Hawthorne District OCCUPATIONS She’s a dental assistant; he’s a customer experience manager for Airbnb HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends while out at a show in Olympia, Washington, the couple’s hometown. Dallas had just moved to Portland and was back to visit. THE PROPOSAL Dallas arranged a romantic scene for Stephanie to discover during a walk on Mount Tabor. It included a suitcase with a sign reading “Open Me”; inside, another sign read “Will You Marry Me?”, and Stephanie turned to find Dallas on one knee. REHEARSAL DINNER They rented an Airbnb house in Portland and celebrated over homemade pasta and favorite beers with their closest family and friends—Stephanie and the ’maids stayed there that night NUMBER OF GUESTS 100 COLORS Blush with pops of deep red and greenery BRIDAL FLOWERS A lush, earthy bouquet with lots of fresh greens, plus a flower crown to match MENU A Hawaiian barbecue buffet, with a delicious pulled pork DRINKS Wine and beer, including the couple’s favorite local microbrew: Rogue Dead Guy Ale DESSERT An ample array of Blue Star Donuts, like chocolate salted almond, blueberry bourbon basil, and buttermilk old-fashioned FIRST DANCE SONG “My Love” by 3rd & Union FAVORITE DETAIL Including their bow tie-bedecked English bulldog, Kingsley, in the wedding party LESSON LEARNED They began the planning process without a wedding coordinator in hopes of saving money; when they finally did hire one (Natalia Barwegen with Bridal Bliss), it was late in the game, and they wish they’d had her much earlier (HAPPY) SURPRISE TWIST It started pouring rain during the sparkler send-off at the end of the night, and everyone got soaked—but it sure made for some beautiful pictures! THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Surreal, blissful, love HONEYMOON Europe

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Looking back at all the amazing photos, it seems like such a long day and so much happened. But living it … it’s like we blinked, and it was time to say goodbye! —Dallas Hansen

VENDOR LIST
Ceremony & Reception: Union/Pine
Wedding Planner: Natalia Barwegen with Bridal Bliss
Photography & Photo Booth: Newspin Photo
Catering: Kalua Brothers in Olympia, Washington
Dessert: Blue Star Donuts
Flowers: Carrie Newson with Bridal Bliss
Music: Chad Dowling Productions
Rentals: Commonwealth|Something Borrowed
Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions
Gown: Sincerity Bridal from Charlotte’s Weddings & More
Bride’s Shoes: Chelsea Crew from Modcloth
Groom’s Formal Wear: Kenneth Cole from Men’s Wearhouse
Groomsmen’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Kylie Sallee Makeup & Hair
Invitations: Paper Source
Registry: Macy’s | Target

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