An outdoor winery wedding, a folksy band, a whole bunch of cool Portland people, and one of the sweetest couples in love. We are so happy to know Olga and Michael. The entire wedding day was a great big labor of love. Olga and Michael have such a strong community of friends who helped them make all the details for the wedding, planted flowers at the venue, sewed endless fabric bunting, and even brought their own food dishes to the reception, which resulted in the most delicious and gourmet potluck we’ve ever seen. Everyone had such nice things to say about the two- -they are obviously really kind and generous souls and we sensed that from our first Skype meeting with them.

Olga is Ukrainian (and we are too), so it was cool to see how she incorporated some Ukrainian touches — sunflowers, wheat, embroidered towels, matryoshki, Ukrainian folk songs, and a tradition that includes verses and gifts from the bridal party during the ceremony. Olga walked down the aisle to the melody of a lone accordion playing and it was perfect.

The guests could be found lounging around on picnic blankets or playing lawn games. A guitar got passed around and played by many hands throughout the day. It was such a relaxed and warm environment. The night ended with a good old fashioned barn dance and a bonfire outdoors. We hope Olga and Michael never lose their carefree spirit and have a long life of happiness together.

Words by Julia | Photos by Julia & Yuriy Manchik

Venue: Heisen House Vineyards