Step into the enchanting love story of Max and Ben as they embarked on their second celebration with a Griffin House wedding in Hood River, Oregon. Yes, you read it right – two celebrations! The first, an intimate San Francisco wedding an intimate gathering in the heart of the Mission District, focused on their nearest and dearest. How fantastic is that? Two celebrations, double the joy!
Their decision to spread these celebrations over time added a layer of profound meaning. We found ourselves in awe of the incredible community that surrounded Max and Ben, comprising both family and friends.
But let’s talk about the week leading up to their Griffin House wedding day – a series of festivities right here in Portland that set the perfect tone. This wasn’t just about a single day; it was an immersive experience, a cascade of events that allowed everyone to forge connections, engage in great conversations, and deepen their relationships.
Max and Ben shared with us that these connections were the essence of their Griffin House Wedding. It wasn’t just about saying vows; it was about creating a fresh bond among their loved ones.
Now, let’s dive into the itinerary that perfectly captures the spirit of Northwest Portland:
Day 1: Portland Wanderings Explore the charming Portland cafes (Cafe Umbria), savor a quintessential Portland breakfast (Broder PDX), and lose yourself in the literary haven of Powells Books & Chinese Gardens.
Day 2: McMenamins Kennedy’s School Welcome Gathering A warm welcome at McMenamins Kennedy’s School set the tone for the days ahead.
Day 4: Group Hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Connect with nature on a group hike along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, followed by a delightful welcome at Ferment Brewing Company in Hood River.
Day 5: The Griffin House Wedding Day The much-anticipated wedding day at The Griffin House, where love took center stage. And some of the most unique and ecstatic dancing we’ve seen! We used our critical Geekoto speed lights and gear along with our MagMod tools to light up all of the action with the best drama possible. And Aftershoot helped us edit with blazing precision.
Night 5: Whiskey Tango Late Night After Party Wrap up the celebration with a late-night afterparty at Whiskey Tango.
And oh, have we mentioned the mesmerizing view from The Griffin House cliffs? It’s a sight to behold, overlooking the majesty of the Columbia Gorge River. We’ve been lucky to photograph weddings at some the most beautiful places in the world (see Anne-Marie & Riley’s Villa Cimbrone wedding in Amalfi, Italy), and the Griffin House view is undoubtedly also one of the best.
Catherine Nguyen with Luxe Event Productions designed and coordinated everything flawlessly. So impressive! Together with the team at The Griffin House, everyone was showered with thoughtful care, ensuring that every moment was as magical as the love shared between Max and Ben. Here’s to a love that’s as boundless as the Columbia Gorge River!
Cheers to Max and Ben!
Be sure to checkout the KIND WORDS Max and Ben shared about their experience with us.
Photographers: @josandtree JOS & TREE + 2 dedicated off-camera lighting assistants
Portland Wanderings: Cafe Umbria, Broder PDX, Powells Books, Chinese Gardens
Portland Welcome Gathering: McMenamins Kennedy’s School
Portland Night Club: Crush Bar @crushbarpdx
Wine Tasting Adventure: Sokol Blosser Winery
Day Before Hike: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail
Welcome Drinks in Hood River: Ferment Brewing Company
Wedding Venue: The Griffin House @thegriffinhouse
Ceremony Location: bluff | Cocktails: Eastern Lawn | Reception: Tent
Design & Coordination: Luxe Event Productions @luxeproductions
Day of Lead: Catherine Nguyen @cathythin
Max Suit: Alexander McQueen @alexandermcqueen
Catering & Bar: Devil’s Food @devilsfoodcatering
DJ: Jess the Ripper @jesstheripper | Band: Stumptown String Quartet
Entertainment: Drag Performer Jay Colby @itsjaycolby
Rentals: Arden collective @ardeneventcollective
Floral: swoon floral @swoon_floraldesign
Dessert: Lauretta Jeans @laurettajeans
Signage/Calligraphy: Hey Halle @hey.halle
Shuttle: Blue Star – Facebook
Lighting: Greenlight Creative @greenlightpdx
Late Night After Party Bar: Whiskey Tango @whiskeytangohrv
Accolades: The image of Max and Ben getting dressed in reflections was awarded by the International Society of Portrait and Wedding Photographers during their recent June 2023 contest.