Sparkling Civil Ceremony | Portland Courthouse Wedding | Jessica & Chintan

Jessica & Chintan | April 1, 2016

Multnomah Courthouse Wedding | Portland, OR

Following a month long trip and a very large traditional wedding in India, Jess (writer) and Chintan (engineer) returned home to Portland, Oregon for a low key, small and simple wedding with friends that took place on April Fool's day. The day began with a civil ceremony at Multnomah County Courthouse where the judge was gifted with a custom cake by Dream Cakes.

Adorning a gorgeous custom made gown by local Portland designer, Embellish Designs, Jessica’s shimmering gold Christian Loubotin’s (and gold sequin converses for the reception) were a beautiful contrast against their relaxed civil ceremony. Jessica also payed homage to her partners ancestry and her own contemporary taste with a nontraditional bouquet completely filled with glimmering peacock jeweled broaches (the national bird of India.)

peacock broach bridal bouquet
just married pedicab tour

After taking a romantic pedicab tour around the city where their hearts first met, the couple returned home to their newly built house with their friends and family for a selection of treats from Voodoo donuts and Poplandia popcorn following a dinner of sweet and savory grilled sandwiches from local food trucks, PBJ’s Grilled and Koi Fusion.

The Story

intricate overlay wedding invitation

"We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior," said Jessica.

The Proposal

"A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients were my 'bribe' if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too)," joked Jessica.

peacock broach boutonniere

When we asked Jessica what her favorite part of the wedding was, she said: "For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the 'Voodoo gods.'"

Embellish Design Custom Couture Gown

The Gown

As women, I am pretty sure we all love to hear the details of the wedding gown. Jessica was no exception when she giddily described her dress, "I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was 'just right.' Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although 'what I wanted' drastically changed in the year-long process."

Jessica's Wedding Planning Advice To Future Brides: 

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Gold Louboutins Wedding
Gold Sparkle Converse Wedding Shoes
Portland Oregon Courthouse Wedding | Dress
Gold and white lace detail dress
birdcage veil
marriage certificate signing
officiant cake present
cake for officiant
artistic photo of wedding couple
powers photography studio | hand holding
love you more in couture
gold louboutins
elegant courthouse wedding
i do me too forks
PBJs Grilled Food Truck
PBJs grilled
Glamorous donut bar
donut seating chart


The Dress | Custom couture from Embellish Designs

Hair & Makeup | Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon

Ceremony Shoes | Christian Louboutin

Reception Shoes | gold sequin Converse

Accessories | Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai

Groom's Suit | Custom made in Mumbai

Photographer | Powers Photography Studio

Stationery | Adorn Invitations

Cake | Dream Cakes

Food Display | Voodoo Doughnuts

Food Trucks | PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion

Flowers | Brooch Bouquet from Secret Garden Bouquets

Ceremony Venue | Multnomah County Courthouse

Reception Venue | Couple's Home