Real Wedding: Gretchen Brandtjen & Michael Higgins

On the Waterfront | Wed on June 22, 2013 | Photos by Brittany Lauren Photography

1213-higgins-first-danceNAMES Gretchen Brandtjen & Michael Higgins LIVE IN Buckman neighborhood OCCUPATIONS She’s in PR at Edelman; he’s president of spirits at Rogue Ales and Spirits HOW THEY MET At a mutual family friend’s house when they were both 8 years old; they started dating in high school HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED On a balcony overlooking an olive grove and lemon orchard in Sorrento, Italy—the night was complete with fireworks, limoncello, and lots of gnocchi WEDDING-DAY WEATHER 80 degrees and sunny (with rain the day before and the day after) NUMBER OF GUESTS 160 COLORS Mint, gold, soft pink THEME They just wanted to have a fantastic party with those they loved most FLOWERS Peonies and succulents, with fresh farmers-market blooms on the tables that were low enough to allow for cross-table conversation MENU HIGHLIGHTS Flatiron steak, chicken peperonata, ratatouille squares, and “grown-up” mac and cheese SPECIAL DRINKS Wines by Joe and assorted Rogue offerings, plus bottles of Rogue’s Brutal IPA as favors, complete with the couple’s likenesses printed on custom labels DESSERT A single eight-inch tier of pure chocolate, plus assorted mini-cupcakes and macarons FIRST DANCE SONG “Meet Me in the Garden” by Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele UNEXPECTED EVENT A train went by in the middle of the ceremony BACHELOR(ETTE) PARTIES San Francisco for the gals, Cabo San Lucas for the guys GROOMSMEN GIFTS Axes from Estwing WHAT THEY WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY Created a budget and stuck to it, designated someone to handle day-of payments for vendors, and eaten more during dinner! THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Eclectic, boisterous, unforgettable HONEYMOON Santorini and Mykonos, Greece

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Neither of us truly imagined what our wedding would be like, but we were surprised, despite warnings, how quickly time passed—luckily without any hitches. —Gretchen & Michael Higgins

Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Castaway Portland and Versailles Gardens
CATERING Elephants Delicatessen
RENTALS The Party Place and For the Love of Pete
WEDDING CONSULTANT Your Perfect Bridesmaid
PHOTOGRAPHY Brittany Lauren Photography
FLOWERS Your Perfect Blossoms
GOWN Pronovias from Anna’s Bridal Boutique
ACCESSORIES Haunt, Cassidy, Kate Spade
BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE ML Monique Lhuillier at Nordstrom
FORMAL WEAR J.Crew, Gap, Nordstrom
RINGS Gilt, Mark McNown from Twist
HAIR Becky Tripicchio of KJAE Hair Studio
MAKEUP Your Perfect Look
MUSIC Celebration Music & Events
REHEARSAL DINNER Rogue Distillery and Public House
INVITATIONS Your Perfect Papery
REGISTRY Mamma Ro, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Macy’s