Sparkly and quirky are the words that come to mind when scrolling through the photos of today’s wedding! Jessica and Chintan married in India in a traditional ceremony, then returned to their home in Oregon for a civil ceremony and reception with their friends. Jessica’s wedding gown was custom made and is absolutely gorgeous! Make sure you check out the photos! I’m also in love with her brooch bouquet… what a perfect keepsake to remember their big day! Enjoy this courthouse wedding! xoxo, Jessica
Jessica and Chintan
April 1, 2016
Portland, OR | Multnomah County Courthouse
What was your budget?
Our budget was approximately $12,000.
Hair and Makeup: $200
How many guests did you have?
We had an extremely large, traditional wedding in India and we really wanted to keep our celebration back home quite intimate and low key. During the ceremony at the courthouse there were only our closest friends and family and we had around 40 people at the reception.
What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?
I had a lot of input when designing my gown and we made sure to include some traditional elements from Chintan’s culture which is why we opted for jewels and a peacock theme.
Did you do any DIY projects or create any handmade items for your weddings?
I didn’t do any DIY projects for this wedding, but both my dress and my bouquet were created for my wedding!
What was the biggest thing you did to save money?
The biggest thing we did was probably just limiting our guest list. We also opted for food trucks over traditional catering which was a really budget friendly decision. And of course having the reception at our place – it was great saving on those venue costs! Also, purchasing so many things in India (such as Chintan’s suit and our favors) helped us to save.
What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?
Make it quirky! Your wedding doesn’t have to be a cookie cutter and it should reflect your personality. Seek out designers and vendors that are uniquely you.
What was your biggest splurge?
Would definitely have been the gown and the peacock bouquet. I didn’t mind splurging on the gown as it was something that meant a lot to me. Also – the bouquet wasn’t necessarily the most expensive element in itself but I suppose it was pricey for its purpose. It was actually hand made from Etsy and had real Swarovski crystals and jewels in it, but I figured considering they weren’t real flowers, the bouquet would be a beautiful memento from the wedding to treasure forever.
What was your favorite detail?
Once again – my bouquet!
What is the most memorable moment of your day?
For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”
Photography: Powers Photography Studio • Ceremony Venue: Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA) • Reception Venue: Our newly renovated house • Stationery: Adorn Invitations • Brooch Bouquet: Secret Garden Bouquets • Favors: Handmade jeweled peacocks made in Mumbai • Catering: PBJ’s Grilled and Koi Fusion • Donuts: Voodoo Doughnuts • Cake: Dream Cakes • Hair and Makeup: Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon • Wedding Gown Designer: Custom Couture from Embellish Designs • Jewelry: Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai • Groom’s Attire and Shoes: Custom made in Mumbai • Ties: Bowyer & Fletcher