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If you've been reading our blog, you already what not to expect at our wedding: No flowers, no cake toppers, and no matching tuxedoes. But what to expect? Expect to have fun! We're honored that you're sharing this day with us, and what we want is to just spend time with you and celebrate. We want to keep things casual and laid back. Please arrive any time between 4 and 4:30 p.m., but not before 4! There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony in the same location. The park closes at 9 p.m., so there may be an after-party at a nearby bar for the party animals.
Both the ceremony and the reception will be outdoors, so come prepared for that. Current forecasts predict sunny at 81°, but this is Portland, so rain would not be entirely unexpected. It's all about layers, folks. The good news is that even if there is some precipitation, it's likely to be just drizzle. And we'll be under a bridge, so there is some cover. Still, it would be good to bring a rain jacket or umbrella in case God decides to shower us with His blessings.
Speaking of clothing, the attire is "smart casual." What does that mean?
According to Tino,
"No suits, no ties. Just dress like you're going on a date at a coffee shop."
According to Dave,
"Dress like you're going to a casual picnic, but you just found out that your high school nemesis, Stacey Lasswell, is going to be there, and you haven't seen her since she became a Pilates instructor, and she hasn't seen you since you went Paleo, and you want to show her that you're doing just fine since you and Roger broke up, so you want to wear something that looks really cute, but not in a way that people realize that you're trying to look cute, plus there's going to be lawn games so you want to wear something loose and comfortable, but not too loose and comfortable because then you'll eat too much and Stacey will be watching with her stupid doe eyes, and FINE, that's it, you're just not going to go, but you have to go because if you don't then you're just letting her win, like she always does, like the time she flirted with Roger, which is why you're now going to this stupid picnic in the first place so you can meet someone new and FINALLY GET THE LOVE YOU DESERVE. You know what? You need to go shopping for a new outfit. Yes, shopping solves everything."
Jeans are OK! If it's hot out, nice shorts are OK too! Serious folks, this is a glorified picnic we're having.
Both the ceremony and the reception will be held at Cathedral Park, on the east shore of the Willamette River, underneath Portland's beautiful St. John's Bridge. The neighborhood immediately surrounding the park used to be its own incorporated city, and it retains some of that quaintness, but it is a bit far (by Portland standards) from downtown. It's an easy drive if you'll be renting a car, but if not we're enlisting some of our awesome local friends to provide rides from a centric location downtown. Be sure to check the box above if you'll need a ride to the festivities.
If you'll be driving to the event, you can map out 8676 N Edison St. and it will take you to both parking and the entrance of the wedding site. There is a small lot under the bridge that accommodates about 40 cars, but there is also plenty of free street parking available on Edison (check the signs just to be safe).
LODGING & Transportation
Portland is divided into quadrants. The Willamette River divides East and West, while Burnside Ave. divides North and South. Staying somewhere in Northwest or Southwest, near Downtown would be the most convenient if you're not renting a car. We recommend lodging anywhere in this area. It's the most expensive area of the city, but it also has the most transit options and plenty of things to see and do. There are a number of hotels, but we've seen the cheapest options through Airbnb. Inner Southeast, within about 25 blocks of the river, is a cheaper option that is easy to navigate as well. Mississippi Avenue and the Alberta Arts District in Northeast are also great, and affordable, but be prepared for longer bus rides if you don't have a car.
For public transportation, we recommend downloading the TriMet Tickets App in advance. This app lets you pay for your bus, streetcar, and light-rail train ("MAX") fare with your phone. Day passes are $5.00, and 2.5-hour tickets are $2.50. You may use your pass or ticket on any of the various options. Another app we both use all the time is the Transit App, which gives you real-time information on the arrival of buses, trains, and streetcars; it also includes a very accurate trip-planning tool to help you find your way around town. If you're flying into PDX, by the way, all you have to do is hop on the Red MAX and it will take you to downtown. There's also Über, Lyft, and car2go.
It might sound like a cliché, but we mean it: Your presence is our gift. Many of you are spending a lot of money just to travel here to be with us on this day, so we aren't asking for or expecting gifts. Please just come enjoy yourselves and celebrate with us.
That said, we know some of you express your love through giving. If that's the case, we have a couple options that would be meaningful to us. First and foremost, please consider making a donation to our church in our name. Pearl Church has nurtured us since our move to Portland, and it has bravely stepped in faith this past year, following God's call to embrace all His children and uphold all covenants of marriage in our community—including ours. This move came at a cost, and nothing would make us happier than for our wedding to be a vehicle by which to give something back. You can give online with an e-check or simply write a check made out to Pearl Church that we will deliver to them (please note that if you donate online via e-check, we won't have a way of knowing and so we can't properly thank you, but we are so very grateful nonetheless). Second and less important, if you'd prefer to contribute to our epic Turkey-Greece-Croatia honeymoon, you can help us supersize the experience with various add-ons by clicking here.