NAMES Lisa Swan & Sam Sadle LIVE IN Washington, DC  OCCUPATIONS She’s getting her doctorate in education; he’s an energy policy analyst HOW THEY MET While they were both attending the George Washington University, Sam, who was studying abroad in Israel at the time, crashed on Lisa’s roommate’s couch in DC; they soon discovered they grew up 10 minutes away from each other in Portland HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Six years into their relationship, he gave her a book of photos; the last pages read, “How about six more years? Or better yet, sixty?” WEDDING-DAY WEATHER It was supposed to rain all week, but it stayed sunny NUMBER OF GUESTS 115 THEME Garden party FLOWERS A few white roses, but mostly olive branches and rosemary MENU HIGHLIGHTS Mediterranean-style with caprese salad, swordfish, Moroccan couscous, and pan-roasted leg of lamb SPECIAL DRINK Gin rickey, the official cocktail of our nation’s capital DESSERT Three-tier cake of strawberry-almond, chocolate, and chocolate-hazelnut, decorated with rosemary and olive branches FAVORITE DETAIL They wrote their own vows into the ketubah (the Jewish wedding agreement); the document’s design reflected the Oregon forest  FAMILY TOUCHES The groom’s family has a tradition of backyard weddings, so they held the ceremony in his grandfather’s Japanese garden; Lisa’s uncle made the chuppah, and Sam’s brother was the officiant FIRST DANCE SONG “Love, Love, Love” by Avalanche City UNEXPECTED MOMENT Dancing the horah; they hadn’t planned to include this wedding staple, but their friends insisted ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Remember that with rentals and set-up costs, a backyard wedding isn’t necessarily a money-saver THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Simple, classy, radiant

You only have to do what you want. We skipped many traditions—flowers, the throwing of the bouquet, a bridal party, day-after brunch. Stick with your gut. —lisa swan

Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Private residence in Portland

CATERING, FLOWERS & RENTALS Vibrant Table Catering & Events

PHOTOGRAPHY Leah Verwey Photography

CAKE La Joconde Cake Studio + Bakery

GOWN Wtoo from AniA Collection

HEADPEICE Zera Couture

GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Duchess, Clothier

RINGS Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop

HAIR Scarlet Harris of French Cut Hair

MAKEUP Anne C. W. W. Brown

MUSIC DJ Raph/Raphael Ballard

INVITATIONS 3EggsDesign on Etsy

KETUBAH DESIGN Woodland Papercuts by Naomi Shiek

REHEARSAL DINNER Salvador Molly’s

HOTEL FOR GUESTS The Benson