Real Wedding: Lisa Swan & Sam Sadle

Backyard Basics | Wed on September 1, 2013 | Photos by Leah Verwey Photography

1213-sadle-openerNAMES Lisa Swan & Sam Sadle LIVE IN Washington, DC  OCCUPATIONS She’s getting her doctorate in education; he’s an energy policy analyst HOW THEY MET While they were both attending the George Washington University, Sam, who was studying abroad in Israel at the time, crashed on Lisa’s roommate’s couch in DC; they soon discovered they grew up 10 minutes away from each other in Portland HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Six years into their relationship, he gave her a book of photos; the last pages read, “How about six more years? Or better yet, sixty?” WEDDING-DAY WEATHER It was supposed to rain all week, but it stayed sunny NUMBER OF GUESTS 115 THEME Garden party FLOWERS A few white roses, but mostly olive branches and rosemary MENU HIGHLIGHTS Mediterranean-style with caprese salad, swordfish, Moroccan couscous, and pan-roasted leg of lamb SPECIAL DRINK Gin rickey, the official cocktail of our nation’s capital DESSERT Three-tier cake of strawberry-almond, chocolate, and chocolate-hazelnut, decorated with rosemary and olive branches FAVORITE DETAIL They wrote their own vows into the ketubah (the Jewish wedding agreement); the document’s design reflected the Oregon forest  FAMILY TOUCHES The groom’s family has a tradition of backyard weddings, so they held the ceremony in his grandfather’s Japanese garden; Lisa’s uncle made the chuppah, and Sam’s brother was the officiant FIRST DANCE SONG “Love, Love, Love” by Avalanche City UNEXPECTED MOMENT Dancing the horah; they hadn’t planned to include this wedding staple, but their friends insisted ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Remember that with rentals and set-up costs, a backyard wedding isn’t necessarily a money-saver THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Simple, classy, radiant


You only have to do what you want. We skipped many traditions—flowers, the throwing of the bouquet, a bridal party, day-after brunch. Stick with your gut. —lisa swan


Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Private residence in Portland
CATERING, FLOWERS & RENTALS Vibrant Table Catering & Events
PHOTOGRAPHY Leah Verwey Photography
CAKE La Joconde Cake Studio + Bakery
GOWN Wtoo from AniA Collection
HEADPEICE Zera Couture
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Duchess, Clothier
RINGS Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop
HAIR Scarlet Harris of French Cut Hair
MAKEUP Anne C. W. W. Brown
MUSIC DJ Raph/Raphael Ballard
INVITATIONS 3EggsDesign on Etsy
KETUBAH DESIGN Woodland Papercuts by Naomi Shiek