NAMES Kelsey Sikma & Lee Reeves LIVE IN Seattle WHY THEY GOT MARRIED HERE They love Portland! Plus, it was a central locale between his family and hers. OCCUPATIONS She’s a special education kindergarten teacher; he’s a community manager for IBM Global Entrepreneur/Venture Capitalist. HOW THEY MET Through a mutual college friend HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED While vacationing in New Orleans’s French Quarter REHEARSAL DINNER Portland City Grill BACHELORETTE AND BACHELOR PARTIES She went to Nashville; he went to Roche Harbor, Washington. NUMBER OF GUESTS 165 COLORS Merlot, navy, copper, slate gray THEME Modern, industrial, minimalist FLOWERS Dry bouquets from a vendor in the Pike Place Market for the bride and bridesmaids DIY HIGHLIGHTS Each of Kelsey’s students decorated wood pieces that she collaged into a big letter “R” to represent the bride’s new last name. MENU Gorgonzola pizzettes, steak sliders, potato chowder, braised short ribs, orecchiette with pearl onions, and roasted root vegetables DRINKS Local wine, beer, and spirits DESSERT Five flavors of cheesecake bites and a two-tiered cheesecake as the centerpiece FIRST DANCE SONG “As Long as I’m With You” by Ryan Shea Smith, performed live by Mycle Wastman. FAVORITE DETAIL Having both a live band and a DJ, and having Mycle Wastman (one of the groom’s favorite artists) perform their first dance song ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Get a planner, and come up with 1-2 non-negotiables each to help stay focused through the planning process. IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER Include more specific people in the photographer’s shot list THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Inclusive, sincere, lively HONEYMOON A wine-tasting mini-moon to Dundee, Oregon; the couple plans to honeymoon to Germany and Spain later this year.

Lee and I found ourselves agreeing on a lot of nontraditional things for our wedding—we focused on making our wedding unique rather than traditional. —Kelsey Sikma


Ceremony & Reception Left Bank Annex

Catering Devil’s Food Catering

Rentals West Coast Event Productions

Wedding Planner Laurie Richardson and Sterling Alexander of NKilter

Photography Ely Roberts

Desserts Portland Style Cheesecake and Dessert Company

DJ DJ Paradox

Band Mycle Wastman

Gown Theia top and Sarah Seven skirt from The Dress Theory in Seattle

Alterations The Dress Theory, Seattle

Veil The Dress Theory, Seattle

Shoes Shoes of Prey from Nordstrom

Groom’s Formal Wear Kenneth Cole from Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bill Levkoff from La Belle Elaine’s

Groomsmen’s Attire Kenneth Cole from Men’s Wearhouse

Rings Anthony Jewelers

Hair & Makeup Morgan Tillman at Muse Studio

Transportation Uber

Hotel for Guests Hotel Monaco and The Paramount

Paper Goods Minted

Registry Blueprint Registry