A Romantic, Winter Wedding at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon

Kimberly Sprecher (28, a social worker) and Matthew Gormanous (22, in U.S. Coast Guard) were both dining on a balcony in Honolulu, Hawaii when a parade began right outside of the restaurant. When everyone rushed to the banister to watch the occasion, Kimberly bumped into Matthew. What started as a small conversation turned into an evening of getting to know each other on a deeper level. Matthew was in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii while Kimberly had been visiting on business and was leaving the next day. However, that trip was the start of a romantic relationship, and only continued to get stronger as time passed. A year later, Matthew proposed to Kimberly as they were watching fireworks right on the waterfront. The couple decided to have an outdoor elopement at Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon with a backdrop of St. John’s Bridge just three months later. Due to a treacherous ice storm, Kimberly and Matthew decided to have their wedding one day earlier than originally planned. Not only could their officiant, make up and hair designer and several guests attend because of the weather, but their reception location had to close as well! As a result, the couple asked Kimberly’s mother to be the officiant, called immediate family in hopes they could come to the wedding, and had some gorgeous photos captured of the couple being wedded in the snow! After the ceremony, the couple and their guests went to a favorite local pub called McMenamins. “Our wedding turned out nothing like we had planned, almost none of our vendors or ideas ended up going accordingly, but I could never have imagined a more perfect day,” says Kimberly. “We made it perfect because we knew this was going to be a story we would remember and talk about for the rest of our lives. This was our wedding day, and while it might not have gone perfectly to plan, it was beyond perfection in our eyes.”