We had a great time photographing Laura and Steve’s intimate backyard ceremony, followed by a night of dancing and delicious food at eastside space Plaza del Toro.
Friends and family gathered before the ceremony to share drinks and small snacks. Two adorable flower girls started the procession and local musician John Wayland Harr played the guitar as Laura’s mother walked her down the aisle. The bride opted for a nontraditional dress, with a waterfall skirt and beautiful black detailing at the waist from Halston Heritage. Laura’s bouquet and other floral arrangements were created by Artistic Flowers & Home Decor of Lake Oswego. Viridiana Cervantes of Tiger Tiger Salon provided excellent hair and makeup skills. We loved Laura and Steve’s time capsule during the ceremony, as they sealed away a wine bottle and written notes to read at their five year anniversary.
Following the ceremony, the party moved to Plaza del Toro, Toro Bravo’s private event space in Portland’s Eastside Industrial District. Delicious foods from assorted Spanish cheeses, stuffed piquillo peppers and grilled flat bread with black truffle cheese were laid out on tables, while plates with even more exquisite dishes circulated around the room. Salt cod fritters with aioli, boquerones with marinated peppers, and watermelon gazpacho were just a few of the mouthwatering bites. The beautiful space has an industrial vibe, with large windows that give you a view of passing trains, and the bartenders kept the delicious drinks coming. Adding to the great ambiance at Plaza del Toro is the large wood-fired grill where you can see chefs hard at work. Then just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, out came incredible desserts from Toro Bravo’s own pastry chef Carrie Ellen.
As family and friends toasted the newlyweds, Steve had Laura throwing her head back with laughter. Guests then took to the dance floor for an evening of fun. The large space had plenty of room to dance all night, with Stumptown DJs keeping the party going.