The aesthetic of this wedding shoot was inspired by retro, quirky, and romantic moments in between. I chose Kex as the location which is an Icelandic born, social hotel in NE Portland, Oregon that aims to make travelers and locals feel at home while providing a beautiful space to dine, party, and rest in. It’s one of Portland’s newest hotels and has a unique layout filled with salvaged materials and pieces from around the world. It would be an excellent space for a wedding celebration, offering traditional rooms and hostel-like-shared rooms bridal parties could use together. They also regularly host music shows in gallery spaces downstairs where an intimate and cool wedding reception may be set. I wanted to explore the possibility of Kex being a great venue for an intimate wedding and because of it’s Nordic roots, included a traditional Kransekake that the bride and groom eat with their bare hands. Kex is truly versatile because it can be used throughout any season, offering couples peace of mind knowing their special day will not be threatened by weather. A priceless detail for couples who are getting married in Oregon during the rainy season! For those looking to have space outdoors, Kex plans to have a dinning area on their rooftop soon as well which would be absolutely stunning and offer a great view for a summer wedding reception. This is the first time a styled shoot has been put together in the space and I feel it offers new possibilities in the wedding industry and for nontraditional, Portland couples looking for something a little different and a lot cool.

I coordinated, planned, and styled this amazing shoot and was lucky to have very talented, kind, and local vendors to bring it all together. Without their contribution, my vision would not have been executed and I’m incredibly thankful to have had them. They were such a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend them! Please be sure to have a look at their websites and consider them as your wedding vendors, I’m confident you wont regret it!

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