Real Wedding: Daniel Abrahamson & Andrew Geske

Classic Country | August 20, 2016 | Photographs by Shannon Lowry

NAMES Andrew Geske & Daniel Abrahamson LIVE IN Portland’s Brooklyn neighborhood OCCUPATIONS Daniel is an architect; Andrew works in human resources. HOW THEY MET Tinder HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Dan got down on one knee at Split Rock Lighthouse REHEARSAL DINNER At Andrew’s sister’s restaurant, the Wild Duck Cafe in Eugene NUMBER OF GUESTS 100 COLORS Navy, white, gray, and orange THEME Americana, vintage, masculine, summer FLOWERS Dark blue larkspur and blue thistle, orange gerbera daisies, roses, and safflower. Baby’s breath hung on windows in memory of Andrew’s mother. DIY HIGHLIGHTS A handmade, lit marquee sign with their new last name MENU Rosemary-skewered chicken thighs and seared beef medallions, a corn cob bar, multiple salads. Deep-fried mac and cheese balls served as a late-night snack. SIGNATURE DRINKS The Groom’s Best Friend (whiskey, orange bitters, ginger ale) and the Summer Twink (vodka, lemon, jade blossom syrup, champagne) DESSERT A three-tiered champagne cake, decorated with family heirlooms from Dan’s parents’ and grandparents’ wedding cakes. FIRST DANCE SONG “Let There be Love” by Nat King Cole FAVORITE DETAIL A friend of the grooms asked the owners of the venue to leave the hay wagon and tractor in the field—the perfect backdrop and photo op. ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES The couple eloped two years earlier. “Committing to each other on our own felt sacred,” says Daniel, “while our schoolhouse wedding introduced our friends, celebrated our commitment, and truly joined our families.” IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER Don’t sweat the small stuff. THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Picturesque, classic, sunny HONEYMOON Palm Springs and Venice Beach

Though we kept the guest list relatively small, our friends and family traveled from all corners of the country. To have such a diverse group of loved ones focused on our own relationship was more powerful than we expected. —Andrew Geske 

Ceremony & Reception Lower Fern Ridge Schoolhouse; Junction City, Oregon
Catering Wild Duck Catering; Eugene, Oregon
Rentals Special Occasions
Flowers CJ Salon/The Queen’s Garden
Photography Shannon Lowry
Cake Market of Choice
Rings Vivace Jewelry
Grooms’ Formal Wear H&M and Kenneth Cole
Hair Steven Jolly, Analog Barbershop
Transportation School bus for guests, 1964 Ford Galaxie squad car for the grooms
Rehearsal Dinner Wild Duck Cafe
Invitations Twin Ravens Press
Registry Honeyfund