A Vintage, Industrial Wedding at the Portland Company in Portland, Maine

rn                    Karen Olson Diehl (29 and a director of strategy) and Casey Olson Diehl (28 and a senior sales manager) pulled off an industrial

rn Karen Olson Diehl (29 and a director of strategy) and Casey Olson Diehl (28 and a senior sales manager) pulled off an industrial meets vintage-chic affair at the Portland Company in Portland, Maine. Fascinated by reclaimed spaces, the couple made it a must to find an industrial venue with a backstory, and the Portland Company was the perfect fit. The former locomotive foundry boasted over 100 years of history and an abundant of raw, organic spaces that allowed the couple to put their personal mark on the day. Inspired by Karen’s 1940s engagement ring, the couple chose a vintage theme for the day with subtle urban undertones that spoke to the venue. For months the couple scoured antiques stores and thrift shops for telephone incubators to place over LED votive candles and other old-world treasures that would add personality and intrigue to their tablescapes. A reclaimed mantelpiece and vintage chandeliers framed the spot where the couple said their “I dos,” and old window frames and chalkboards served as the seating charts and signs. Casey’s father handcrafted rope wall panels to divide the vast space into small intimate vignettes, and Laurie Andrews Design infused the room with vibrant, autumnal color with arrangements of roses, stock, herbs, succulents and eucalyptus. The couple even wrote their own ceremony and shared love letters written by Casey’s great-grandparents, to ensure the ceremony truly reflected Karen and Casey's story. Blue Elephant Events and Catering tempted guests’ taste buds with locally grown and seasonal eats, and the Wavelength Band kept the dance floor packed.

Laurie Andrews Design helped the couple infuse the former locomotive foundry with bright floral arrangements. Eye-catching purple and pink blooms paired with succulents and fresh herbs lit up the reception tables, while textured bunches of stock, eucalyptus and hydrangeas in rich shades of green, purple and pink introduced an element of freshness to the ceremony space.
Modern Silver and Purple Wedding Invitations
Karen drew inspiration from her vintage 1940s engagement ring, which had once belonged to her grandmother, for her wedding day look. She tried on a number of vintage dresses before finding an Amy Kuschel gown, which fused contemporary elegance with old-world charm. The silk crepe design had a classic A-line silhouette, low-cut back and delicately embellished cap sleeves. To play up the gown’s vintage vibe, she accessorized with a birdcage veil, crystal belt and a luxe fur wrap.
Vintage-Inspired Birdcage Bridal Veil
Traditional Black Hugo Boss Suit
Inspired by the Portland Company, a former locomotive foundry, Karen and Casey went with an industrial-meets-vintage-chic theme for their late-November nuptials. The couple chose a palette rich in deep purple, gray and pops of vibrant turquoise and filled the raw, organic space with rustic, DIY and antique touches.
Wanting their wedding party to be comfortable and be able to show off a little of their own personal styles, Karen and Casey gave their bridesmaids and groomsmen some freedom with their wedding day looks. They requested only that the guys wear black suits and the girls choose cocktail dresses in a shade of gray—and that nobody match.
Karen and Casey hosted the ceremony and reception at the Portland Company in Portland, Maine, dividing the vast loft space into distinct vignettes for each. Instead of a traditional wedding arch for their ceremony, the couple hung elegant crystal chandeliers overhead and created a backdrop using an antique mantelpiece, which they decorated with ivory pillar candles, dark purple blooms, family photos and a lush green garland. The display infused the room with a warm, inviting ambiance, making guests feel at home.
To create a ceremony that felt representative of them as a couple, Karen and Casey wrote the entire thing themselves. Casey’s great-uncle officiated, incorporating heartwarming touches like a ring warming and readings of love letters written by Casey’s great-grandparents, who had been married for 75 years, as well as a reading taken from Karen’s parents’ wedding.
Each detail was carefully planned, with Karen and Casey spending months visiting antiques stores and thrift shops searching for accents. The pair found over 200 vintage telephone insulators to use to cover LED tealights for the tables, an unexpected touch that captured the vintage and industrial aesthetic they were after.
With the sun setting two hours before their ceremony, Karen and Casey had to get creative. They enlisted the help of Event Light Pros, who filled the vast industrial space with vintage chandeliers, strands of bistro lights and even an eye-catching light wall, which served to mark the dance floor.
Both Karen and Casey love reclaimed spaces, so choosing an industrial venue with a backstory for their November wedding was a must. The Portland Company, a former locomotive foundry in Casey’s hometown of Portland, Maine, filled the bill; the raw space provided endless possibilities. With the help of their families and friends, the couple transformed the industrial space into a romantic scene with undeniable old-world charm, with elements like vintage chandeliers, antique telephone incubators, chalkboard and reclaimed windowpane signs and more. Casey’s father even made rope wall panels to divide the vast space, and vintage cake stands were used to display the abundance of decadent post-dinner treats.
Big fans of local and seasonal fare, the couple worked with Blue Elephant Events and Catering to create a delicious late-fall menu. Guests sipped on local craft beers and spirits during cocktail hour, while sampling passed appetizers like bacon-wrapped dates, mini lobster rolls and butternut squash soup shooters. Dinner featured a duet of beef short ribs and salmon, followed by an assortment of dairy-free and gluten-free cakes from Bam Bam Bakery.
Portland Company First Dance