We met through a mutual friend getting married in southern California. Our friend asked me to host Moreno during the time he would be visiting the US and serving as best man for the ceremony; I was the maid of honor. One day, and completely unexpectedly, we were standing in my kitchen and he slowly placed his lips on mine. This moment was the beginning of the end.
I was spending a summer in Portland and Moreno flew out on one of his visits so that we could explore the city together and he could see parts of Oregon for the first time. When we later decided to marry in the United States, we decided a Portland elopement was the perfect place. Portland City Hall’s architecture and location downtown served as a wonderful venue that captured part of the city’s history and allowed is to incorporate a mix of both traditional and modern elements to our wedding day.
Incorporating the element of books was important to our wedding day given the amount of time we had spent at Powell’s Bookstore (my time there included preparing syllabi, and our time there as a couple included hours of sifting through our individual and combined interests of war, psychology, paleontology and archeology, to name a few). So, of course, part of our wedding day photo shoot was inside of Powell’s Bookstore.
The ceremony took place inside of Portland’s City Hall with the backdrop of a spiral staircase, historic vault, and city employees who peeked from around the corners of their office doors to catch a glance as we strolled the marbled interior halls and staircase before and after the ceremony.
Words by Linda, the bride, as told by Amber Marlow. Photos by Maddie Maschger.