An Urban Civil Ceremony at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon
Seven years after crossing paths at a popular local nightlife spot in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District, Jessica Tyner (34 and a writer) and Chintan Mehta (33 and an engineer) wed on April Fools' Day at the Multnomah County Courthouse. The couple had participated in a traditional Gujarati ceremony with Chintan's family in Mumbai a few weeks earlier and wanted to mark their U.S. marriage in an "enjoyable, stress-free and simple" celebration.
Honoring the city where they met and fell in love, Jessica and Chintan's wedding celebration was specific to Portland, with memorable quirks and thoughtful details that payed homage to Chintan's Indian heritage and Jessica's contemporary taste. A stunning assembly of colorful vintage brooches inspired by the colors of a peacock (the national bird of India) made up the bride's bouquet and groom's boutonierre. After exchanging vows before a judge—and give him a specially made thank-you doughnut cake—the newlyweds hopped in a pedicab for a private hour-long tour of their favorite Portland sites before joining 50 guests at their newly renovated home. "We encourage couples to carve out time to spend alone on the wedding day," Jessica and Chintan say. "The pedicab tour we took, just the two of us, offered some much-needed downtime before the reception." The newlyweds greeted guests at their home with Indian-inspired cocktails and appetizers, which were served alongside local favorites such as fresh Voodoo Doughnut and Poplandia popcorn. For dinner, two food trucks were called in to dish out sweet and savory sandwiches and Asian fusion fare. At the end of the night, before sending revelers home with customizable drink charms (and coloring books for the kids), Jessica and Chintan posed for one last picture-perfect shot atop the hood of a exquisitely restored 1983 Trans Am. —Carolyn Meers