Real Wedding: Melissa Mattos & Benjamin Omlid

Into the Woods | August 13, 2016 | Photographs by Powers Photography Studios

NAMES Melissa Mattos and Benjamin Omlid LIVE IN Pearl District OCCUPATIONS She’s a dental assistant; he owns Health Options Insurance. HOW THEY MET Through mutual friends HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Ben planned a Willamette Valley wine tour and proposed at Stoller winery, followed by a surprise party at Saffron Fields with their close friends and an overnight stay at the Allison Inn & Spa. BACHELORETTE AND BACHELOR PARTIES She went to Vegas with the bridesmaids; he went to Palm Desert with the groomsmen. REHEARSAL DINNER At a friend’s home, catered by ¿Por Que No NUMBER OF GUESTS 100 COLORS Blush, cream, white, pink THEME Garden glam FLOWERS Garden roses, dahlias, dusty miller, white hydrangea DIY HIGHLIGHTS Turned vintage picture frames into chalkboards by taking the glass out and spraying it with chalkboard paint MENU Grilled flatiron steak, smashed red potatoes, roasted asparagus, and grilled corn, followed by a late-night snack of truffle fries with aioli served in little wooden cones SIGNATURE DRINK The Cuban Missile: vodka, bitters, ginger purée, mint DESSERT Two-tier naked cake with mini cupcakes and macarons FIRST DANCE SONG “Snow Outside” by Dave Matthews Band FAVORITE DETAIL “The dove release was definitely the most unique part of our day because it held a special meaning to us,” says Melissa, “because ‘dove’ is our nickname for each other.” ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Hire a wedding planner, or at least day-of coordinator. We really got to take everything in and enjoy our big day because our planner took care of everything. IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER Would not have spent money on an expensive hotel room the night of the wedding. THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Magical, romantic, fun HONEYMOON Thailand and Bali

We imagined the day would be more stressful, but it wasn’t at all— our wedding was absolutely perfect! —Melissa Mattos

LOCAL VENDOR LIST
Ceremony & Reception Bridal Veil Lakes
Catering Devils Food Catering
Rentals Classic Vintage Rentals
Wedding Planner Bridal Bliss
Photography Powers Photography Studios
Videography Moving Pictures
Flowers Swoon Floral Design
Desserts Dream Cakes
DJ DJ Paradox
Gown Martina Liana
Alterations The Bridal Loft
Veil Anna’s Bridal
Bride’s Shoes Louise et Cie from Nordstrom
Groom’s Formal Wear Nordstrom
Bridesmaids’ Dresses WToo from Ania Bridal
Groomsmen’s Attire Nordstrom
Rings Kassab Jewelers
Hair & Makeup Portland Makeup and Hair
Transportation Lucky Limo
Hotel for Guests The Nines
Paper Goods Minted
Registry West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and Honeyfund