Reception Style: Pattern Play
Fresh takes on three traditional motifs transform the Pearl District’s Urban Studio | Photographs by Wendi Nordeck
With the Band
“We love working at Urban Studio!” says Your Perfect Bridesmaid co-owner Kim Morrill. “As coordinators we eat a lot of wedding food, and their in-house Pearl Catering is a highlight. The staff make event transitions seamless, and the space provides a fresh canvas for each couple.” For their tartan-trimmed composition, Morrill and her team envisioned an outdoorsy pair desiring classic, cosmopolitan festivities rather than the go-to country-chic. The foundation: elegant plaid runners, unexpectedly crossing the table at each seat, with luminous honey undertones enhanced by gold-accented place settings, mismatched candlesticks, and late-night-treat trays of Moonstruck Chocolate truffles. The pattern repeats on Your Perfect Papery’s menu and place-card coasters (a keepsake favor, coupled with Eastside Distilling’s Marionberry Whiskey minis), and the crystal highball glasses for signature manhattans. A refreshing alternative to typical bloom-heavy arrangements, greenery and thistles form Your Perfect Blossoms’ unfussy centerpieces, dressed up with feathers and gold pinecone rosettes. It’s a warm, any-season setting, but we especially like it for an outside-the-pastel-box springtime celebration of your clan’s new beginning.
Event design, runners, napkins, chargers, table number, candlesticks, snuffer, and fox tray Your Perfect Bridesmaid Flowers Your Perfect Blossoms Paper goods Your Perfect Papery Dinnerware, flatware, crystal goblets, farmhouse table, bench, chairs, chandelier, bar cart, and antlers Classic Vintage Rentals Cocktail Pearl Catering Truffles Moonstruck Chocolate Whiskey favors Eastside Distilling
“Patterns are a great nonverbal way to set the tone and make a table or event feel unified and thoughtfully composed,” says Ella Events planner Jocelyn Bray. To create this welcoming, summery scene, she imagined a tequila-loving couple who wants to work a family treasure—the embroidered Guatemalan table runner—into their cultural yet contemporary design. The floral fabric is echoed and elevated by graphic napkins, Paper Bloom’s refined menus, and Starflower’s punchy arrangements of bold, textural flora like protea, calla lilies, banksia, and super affordable/suddenly cool baby’s breath, interspersed with baby cacti in hot pink pots. Cute matchstick-filled apothecary-jar favors double as place-card holders, and the water carafe earns its keep as a table number to ensure there’s plenty of room for spiked coffee and a duo of flavor-forward treats (almond cake with almond brittle and dulce de leche, and orange crème tart) by Miss Zumstein Cakes & Desserts. “It’s hard to beat Urban Studio’s central location,” Bray notes. The streetcar, which stops nearby, can whisk loved ones back to their hotels (or hot-spot hopping) after one last Cadillac Margarita toast.
Event design, runner, place mats, napkins, chairs, chandelier, votive holders, and matchstick favors Ella Events Flowers Starflower Printed goods Paper Bloom Brown cake plate, mugs, glassware, farmhouse table, wicker love seat with sheepskin throw and embroidered pillows, and wicker-wrapped jug 2nd Floor Rentals & Production White coupeplates and flatware The Party Place Heath Ceramics salad plates and fruit bowl Canoe Cocktail Pearl Catering Dessert Miss Zumstein Cakes & Desserts
Originating on the outerwear of 19th-century Scottish shepherds, houndstooth was co-opted by the upper class in the 1930s and soon became a darling of haute fashion houses like Christian Dior and Chanel. It could easily skew prim or kitchsy, but Bash! Weddings and Events owner Jessica Church’s clever fusion of luxe and down-to-earth details keeps things clean and modern. The fruitwood table topper and bench ground the blingy sequin linen and chandeliers, while a centerpiece of lush peonies, roses, hydrangea, anemones, and succulents—yup, everyone’s rustic favorite, painted gold!—avoids going gaudy thanks to Sophisticated Floral Designs’ minimalist, color-blocked arrangements. Pairing black with gold in the runner softens the pattern and ties together the gilded plates, flatware, and sugar rim on the Argyle Brut Rosé and limoncello cocktails. “Just add strings of café lights for a fun but intimate feel,” says Church, who envisioned a romantic fall or winter reception. Pamper guests with couture cakes (we love Crave Design’s sweet thank-you note) before they brave the rain with gilt favor boxes of Stumptown coffee tucked into their formal overcoats.
Event design and cakes Bash! Weddings and Events Flowers Sophisticated Floral Designs Printed goods Crave Design Place settings, table topper, linens, bench with cushions, chandeliers, and vases Barclay Event Rentals Cocktail Pearl Catering Coffee favor Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Model: Monica Graves / Option Model and Media