Real Wedding: Kelsey Sikma & Lee Reeves

NAMES Kelsey Sikma & Lee Reeves LIVE IN Seattle WHY THEY GOT MARRIED HERE They love Portland! Plus, it was a central locale between his family and hers. OCCUPATIONS She’s a special education kindergarten teacher; he’s a community manager for IBM Global Entrepreneur/Venture Capitalist. HOW THEY MET Through a mutual college friend HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED While vacationing in New Orleans’s French Quarter REHEARSAL DINNER Portland City Grill BACHELORETTE AND BACHELOR PARTIES She went to Nashville; he went to Roche Harbor, Washington. NUMBER OF GUESTS 165 COLORS Merlot, navy, copper, slate gray THEME Modern, industrial, minimalist FLOWERS Dry bouquets from a vendor in the Pike Place Market for the bride and bridesmaids DIY HIGHLIGHTS Each of Kelsey’s students decorated wood pieces that she collaged into a big letter “R” to represent the bride’s new last name. MENU Gorgonzola pizzettes, steak sliders, potato chowder, braised short ribs, orecchiette with pearl onions, and roasted root vegetables DRINKS Local wine, beer, and spirits DESSERT Five flavors of cheesecake bites and a two-tiered cheesecake as the centerpiece FIRST DANCE SONG “As Long as I’m With You” by Ryan Shea Smith, performed live by Mycle Wastman. FAVORITE DETAIL Having both a live band and a DJ, and having Mycle Wastman (one of the groom’s favorite artists) perform their first dance song ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Get a planner, and come up with 1-2 non-negotiables each to help stay focused through the planning process. IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER Include more specific people in the photographer’s shot list THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Inclusive, sincere, lively HONEYMOON A wine-tasting mini-moon to Dundee, Oregon; the couple plans to honeymoon to Germany and Spain later this year.

Lee and I found ourselves agreeing on a lot of nontraditional things for our wedding—we focused on making our wedding unique rather than traditional. —Kelsey Sikma

LOCAL VENDOR LIST
Ceremony & Reception Left Bank Annex
Catering Devil’s Food Catering
Rentals West Coast Event Productions
Wedding Planner Laurie Richardson and Sterling Alexander of NKilter
Photography Ely Roberts
Desserts Portland Style Cheesecake and Dessert Company
DJ DJ Paradox
Band Mycle Wastman
Gown Theia top and Sarah Seven skirt from The Dress Theory in Seattle
Alterations The Dress Theory, Seattle
Veil The Dress Theory, Seattle
Shoes Shoes of Prey from Nordstrom
Groom’s Formal Wear Kenneth Cole from Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bill Levkoff from La Belle Elaine’s
Groomsmen’s Attire Kenneth Cole from Men’s Wearhouse
Rings Anthony Jewelers
Hair & Makeup Morgan Tillman at Muse Studio
Transportation Uber
Hotel for Guests Hotel Monaco and The Paramount
Paper Goods Minted
Registry Blueprint Registry