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 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.