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Sparkling Civil Ceremony in Portland with an Incredible Couture Gown

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Jessica and Chintan sure know how to celebrate! Following their large Indian wedding they wanted to hold a small, intimate American wedding in Portland, Oregon with their closest friends. We’re in dream land over their super stylish day – just wait until you see Jessica’s wedding gown in full – crazy gorgeous! Thanks to Adorn Invitations for sharing the day with us.

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“Chintan and I met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior,” explained Jessica. “Chintan and I got engaged a few weeks after returning from India where I met his family – it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favourite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too)!”

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“For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India,” said Jessica.

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Jessica originally wanted to wear a short and simple dress, however in Chintan’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. After a long process of elimination Jessica decided to have her own couture gown created for her. Designed by Embellish Designs the lavish lace gown was edged in gold and featured a low back, which worked perfectly with her golden Christian Louboutin’s.

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Jessica purchased many of the wedding decor details from Etsy designers and shops. She surprised Chintan by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. “You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s living room. It read “J+C 4.1.16,” explained Jessica.

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Looking back on their Big Day, Jessica explains, “Our favourite memory of the day was for an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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Wedding Suppliers

Dress: Embellish Designs
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon 
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Powers Photography Studio 
Adorn Invitations
Dream Cakes
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home


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