Marguerita and Aaron’s Vintage-Inspired Wedding in Portland
Marguerita and Aaron were friends for three years, while going to the same school, attending the same church, and sharing mutual pals. “The process to begin dating was a long one,” Marguerita says. “We hung out in a group of friends for a long while, slowly getting to know one another, slowly learning about one another.” Eventually, the pair entered into a relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend, knowing that they both wanted this arrangement to last. They began to build their future on top of their mutual love and dedication to their faith.
About a year and a half later, the two got engaged when Aaron, a manager at a local food market, asked Marguerita, a creator of an art agency, on a private sailboat ride down the Willamette River. He walked her through Ladd’s Addition, “the same part of Portland where he asked me to be his girlfriend,” and had laid seven letters with candles along the base of seven trees lining the sidewalk. “Each letter contained words of love and affirmation, reasons he wanted to marry me, and reasons we were better together than apart,” Marguerita says. “At the end of the sidewalk awaited the International Rose Test Garden, flowers scattered in a circle, and all of our closest friends.” This was also when Aaron presented Marguerita with an antique ring.
The couple was engaged for about two years and five months, until they decided to tie the knot on a warm and sunny evening on September 19, 2014, in their hometown of Portland, with about 120 guests there to share in the celebration.
Returning to a special place that played a large role in their relationship, the couple chose to marry at Door of Hope—the church they had attended before they started dating.
Marguerita donned a flowy Leanne Marshall gown she found at The English Department, along with shoes from Sam Edelman. Aaron paired his dark gray suit with a black bow tie from ASOS and suspenders from American Apparel. Aaron’s most memorable moment of the day was “turning around and seeing the most beautiful woman in the world in the most beautiful dress.”
Likewise for Marguerita, seeing her husband-to-be dressed in his suit and tie solidified it all.
A Finishing Touch
The blushing bride topped off her gown with an intricate gold-colored headpiece by Mignonne Handmade.
The Wedding Bouquet
Forest and Field created the bride’s bouquet of ranunculus, dahlias, garden roses, amaranthus, yarrow, and nandina.
The Bridesmaid Bouquets
Each of Marguerita’s attendants carried an assortment of ranunculus and foliage.
The groom’s boutonniere was made of ranunculus and foliage.
The Two Ring Bearers
The bride’s nephew Ira presented the rings along with Blayke, a family friend of the groom.
The bridal party consisted of Marguerita’s closest friends Kaeli, Shayla, and Krystal, and her sisters-in-law Anna and Andrea. They each wore identical maroon dresses from Target. The bride started off her day by having a late lunch with her bridal troupe. “I loved this time,” she says. “It was a great time to relax and enjoy the company of one another.”
Sporting matching pants and suspenders, Aaron’s groomsmen were his closest friends Ly, Jacob, Nathan, Garrett, and Austin. Each paired his attire with maroon ties by ASOS.
The Swinging Chair
In an impromptu photo op, the bride and groom shared a seat on a hanging chair located in the bell tower of the pastor’s office.
The Wedding Program
The chalkboard was designed and hand-lettered by the bride. “I just sketched all the information I wanted on the chalkboard and used a chalkboard marker to perfect it,” she says.
To add a personal touch, Marguerita handwrote “Underwood Wedding” on a mobile chalkboard, which sat at the side of the altar.
The Mismatched Chairs
The pastor and church staff helped the bride pick out the chairs, which are an original part of the church. “It added to a look of vintage, things collected over time,” Marguerita says.
The bride’s brother walked her down the aisle to “Re: Stacks” by Bon Iver. “This is one of Aaron’s favorite artists,” Marguerita says. “I wanted to choose something that was meaningful to the both of us.”
The couple exchanged self-penned vows, something that was very special for both of them, and Pastor Josh White of Door of Hope officiated the service.
Near a table holding bread and grape juice, Marguerita and Aaron took communion together as their first act as a married couple, while close friends sang for them.
The newlywed couple walked back up the aisle as friends and family applauded.
The Table Setup
Forest and Field prepared the centerpieces with dahlias and various greenery.
The Sweetheart Table
The couple sat at their own special table adorned with an elaborate centerpiece and a handmade banner spelling out the words “Mr. and Mrs.” on individual slips.
In order to maximize use of space, Marguerita and Aaron decided to have their reception at the main room of North Star Ballroom, a 4,000-square-foot event space for weddings and parties. Because the groom’s parents are into cooking, his father made all the meats, cheeses, and some dips as appetizers.
The Wedding Cake
A vegan strawberry lemon cake was cut and served to guests as an extra treat. “We wanted something simple, and Back to Eden did a great job executing that,” Marguerita says.
The First Dance
The couple danced for the first time as husband and wife to the Fleet Foxes version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”
Photography: Maria Lamb Photography
Videography: Nigel Barros
Flowers: Forest and Field
Stationery: Aaron and Marguerita Underwood of Unhidden Media
Calligraphy: Marguerita Underwood of Unhidden Media
Cake: Back to Eden
Rentals: Something Borrowed
Hair and Makeup: Kassandra Sommerville