NAMES Elaine Lee & Shawn Zhou LIVE IN Chicago OCCUPATIONS She works in development at Northwestern; he’s getting an MBA at the University of Chicago HOW THEY MET They both went to Dartmouth; Shawn was the first person Elaine met on campus HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Shawn proposed at the top of Council Crest Park during a weekend visit to see Elaine’s family; it was hailing, but as soon as she said yes the sky cleared WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Sunny, high 80s NUMBER OF GUESTS 115 COLORS Aubergine and apple green THEME The look was “rustic chic,” but the theme was love and gratitude for friends and family FLOWERS Green orchids, hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, and zinnias MENU HIGHLIGHTS Lentil cake with marmalade, salmon with corn fondue, endive with goat cheese parfait, grilled pineapple wrapped in prosciutto, short ribs, vegan risotto with market-fresh vegetables, and trout with farro, piquillo peppers, and arugula salad DESSERT Rather than pick one, they had some of everything they wanted: a traditional cake, a vegan cake made by Elaine’s sister, Honey Pot pies, and a late-night snack of Voodoo Doughnuts served from a food truck FAVORS Individual maple syrup containers from their favorite diner in their college days; a quote from fellow Dartmouth alum Dr. Seuss decorated the favor display FIRST DANCE SONG “Let It Be Me” by Ray LaMontagne UNEXPECTED EVENTS Two bridesmaids ran into funnyman Russell Brand in the Heathman elevator, and a wedding crasher decided to nibble on the apple place-card holders IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER They wouldn’t have waited until two weeks before the big day to add a postwedding brunch for guests THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Personal, fun, gluttonous HONEYMOON Belize

 

Don’t stress out about the guest count, it will all work out! If you can, hire someone to help bring all the details together for you. —Elaine Lee & Shawn Zhou

 

Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Oregon Historical Society

CATERING The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

RENTALS West Coast Event Productions, Ohana Party Rentals, Something Borrowed Portland

OFFICIANT Rev. Robert Griffen from A Perfect Ceremony

PHOTOGRAPHY Yasmin Khajavi Photography

WEDDING CONSULTANT Heather Seethoff with Bridal Bliss

FLOWERS Geranium Lake Flowers

GOWN Vera Wang from Divine Designs Bridal Boutique

ACCESSORIES Veil and hairpiece by Nahideh Nadjaran, shoes by Miu Miu

ALTERATIONS Nahideh Nadjaran

DESSERTS Dream Cakes, The Honey Pot Bakery, Voodoo Doughnut

DESSERT DISPLAY Blissfully Sweet PDX

GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Hugo Boss from Mario’s

BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE J.Crew

RINGS Tiffany & Co, Blue Nile

HAIR & MAKEUP Janelle Hayden Hair & Makeup (bride), Caroline Parker of Hanh Solo for Hair (bridal party)

MUSIC Mack Dolsen from Encore Mobile DJs

REHEARSAL DINNER The Heathman Restaurant & Bar

HOTELS FOR GUESTS The HeathmanThe Nines

INVITATIONS Nimbi Design

REGISTRY Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, Honeyfund