{ Real Weddings } Erika and Lionel’s Wedding at The Grotto and The Nines

Erika and Lionel came up to Portland from sunny LA to have a subtly-Hello Kitty-themed wedding at the The Grotto with reception at The Nines Hotel. As soon as she said “Hello Kitty” you know I was already SO THERE for everything. I was also super excited to help them combine Erika’s Mexican cultural and family traditions with Lionel’s Filipino heritage. Some of these traditions were expressed in the traditional Filipino Catholic ceremony, complete with veil, cord, and coins ceremonies; and in having a cumbia band at the reception. All in all, it was an exciting, whirlwind day with lots of love, great food, and dancing; and we were so lucky to be there to help with it.
Many thanks to Evrim Icoz Photography for sending these wonderful photos. For the full gallery on Facebook, please visit Evrim Icoz Photography.
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The wedding ceremony at The Grotto, a Catholic shrine and gardens on 62 acres in Northeast Portland.


After the cake, guests were treated to a Hello Kitty-themed candy buffet.


The Nines hotel ballroom set for the reception.


Details of the wedding reception: glass beaded chargers, platinum overlays, and silver chivari chairs lend a sense of simple elegance.


Other Real Weddings blog posts by Portland wedding planner EJP Events you may be interested in:

Jeanne and Korash at Zenith Vineyards

Curtis and Sarah at Mt. Tabor Park and the Ace Hotel

Thalia and Conor at World Forestry Center

Dormae and Brian at Bridal Veil Lakes

Deals on Hello Kitty items from local Portland businesses

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