Intimate Oregon Restaurant wedding

Jennifer, 43 & John, 49

Newberg, Oregon

Wedding Date: July 16, 2011

Number of Guests: 12 adults and 2 children at the church, adults only at the restaurant

Wedding Cost: $13,785

Wedding Ceremony Location: Saint Michael Church in Grand Ronde

Wedding Reception Location: The Painted Lady in Newberg

Bhldn tea length wedding dress

bride and groom on wooden walkway

groom placing ring on bride's finger

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted to keep things small and simple.

fan wedding program

purple, blue, and white wedding bouquet

white and blue flower boutonniere

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Finding venues that are appropriate for a small number of guests is challenging.

birdcage veil and BHLDN wedding dress

BHLDN wedding dress with lace flowers

sheer hem of BHLDN wedding dress

BHLDN wedding dress hanging in the garden

Oregon church wedding

small Oregon church

small oregon wedding chapel

Oregon bride and groom

laughing bride

back of BHLDN tea length lace flower wedding dres

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

We were committed to an intimate wedding from the start, so we never made a long guest list that needed to be trimmed down.


Oregon wedding portrait

bride and groom sitting in the grass

bride and groom first look in the park

bride and groom in the park

bride and groom portrait in the park

bride in BHLDN dress outside her house

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

There were questions about why we wouldn’t be having the children at the reception. We explained that we had chosen a formal restaurant that just wasn’t appropriate for young children. Also, we smoothed things over by choosing a family friendly restaurant for the rehearsal dinner so the kids could come to that event, and we provided babysitting at the bride’s parent’s home for the children during the reception.

cute flower girl in pink tutu

bride putting on her veil

mother doing up bride's buttons

bride putting on her jewlery

groom getting dressed

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

We had a Roman Catholic ceremony with readings, prayers, and organ music. Our procession highlighted the families coming together by having the siblings, mothers, and fathers of the bride and groom process in side-by-side and the bride and groom walking in together. The fathers of the bride and groom each did a reading. The mothers of the bride and groom read petitions or prayers of the faithful. The groom’s nephew rang the church bell at the end of the ceremony.

wedding ceremony reading

bride and groom in church pew

small church wedding ceremony

bride and groom holding hands during ceremony

bride outside the church

young guest ringing church bells

ringing the church bells

young boy ringing church bells

kid ringing church bells

What were the highlights of the reception?

We had the beautiful restaurant to ourselves. The best man, the groom’s brother, gave the toast. We dined on a four-course tasting menu.

cute Oregon restaurant wedding venue

restaurant chandelier

Oregon restaurant decor

wedding rings on purple

wedding rings with flowers

fancy cucumber salad

restaurant wedding reception

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

It was a happy day that we truly enjoyed with our family.

groom kissing bride on the cheek

bride and groom sitting on floral couch

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?


A friend who had the more traditional, large size wedding told me she didn’t really enjoy her wedding; she just survived it. Weddings should be about joy, not large productions put on for everyone else.

glowing couple portrait

bride and groom on wooden walkway

bride and groom portrait

bride and groom dancing in the park

bride and groom kissing

bride and groom portrait


Wedding Photography: Erica Bader

Bride’s dress:

Bride’s rings: Brilliant Earth

Groom’s ring: Tungsten World

Reception: The Painted Lady in Newberg, OR

Invitations: Forever Wedding at

Flowers: Garden Path Flower Shop in McMinnville, OR