NAMES Lauren Hui and Benedict Ko LIVE IN Cambridge, Massachusetts OCCUPATIONS She’s an administrator for the nonprofit Campus Compact; he’s a consultant at Carlisle & Co HOW THEY MET At college in San Diego after Ben skateboarded past Lauren—and came back HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED When Lauren first saw Ben she thought he looked like a (charming) dinosaur. For the proposal, he made a book documenting their relationship milestones with scenes reenacted by dinosaurs, ending with a diamond ring. WHY OREGON Ben is originally from West Linn, but the main goal was a beautiful, accessible destination event NUMBER OF GUESTS 203 COLORS Blues, greens, and teal THEME Four of the seven years they dated were international long-distance, so they incorporated travel-themed elements—the guest book was a globe. Also dinosaurs, of course. BOUQUET A fresh, cheerful mix of green and white with punchy peaches and pinks, in a draping presentation style DIY HIGHLIGHTS Lauren watercolored the table numbers and created all the signage MENU Family-style Northwest farm-to-table standouts like grilled steak, wild salmon, watermelon and pasta salads, and artisan breads, plus sodas made with fresh fruit syrups—guests said it was the best wedding food they’d ever had DESSERT The bride baked a Kahlúa chocolate cutting cake, and a Voodoo Doughnut truck served a crazy assortment of sugary delights FIRST DANCE SONG “La vida es un carnaval” by Celia Cruz FAVORITE DETAIL Their sweet flower girls walking down the aisle with a bright-green, bow-tie-wearing T. rex ring bearer FAVORS Boxes of truffle-shaped Bella Mi soaps IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER They’d hire a videographer, or at least record the ceremony and toasts THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Personal, playful, prehistoric HONEYMOON Greece

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Vendor List


CATERING Culinary Artistry

WEDDING PLANNER Alyssa Cioffi with Champagne Wedding Coordination

OFFICIANT Shawn Kennedy with San Diego’s Existence Church

PHOTOGRAPHY Jay Eads Photography

FLOWERS Geranium Lake Flowers

DOUGHNUTS Voodoo Doughnut

MUSIC San Diego–based singer Lawrence Park, DJ Cutt (Alex Ramey) with Paradox Productions

GOWN Custom D’Marie Bridal Couture in San Diego



RINGS E.B. Horn Co in Boston, Etsy, England-based Rust

HAIR & MAKEUP Lisette Studio

TRANSPORTATION Blue Star Transportation

REHEARSAL DINNER & HOTEL FOR GUESTS Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

PAPER GOODS Christopher Auyeung

REGISTRY AmazonCrate & Barrel