Ashton and Joshua chose the Sou’wester Lodge and Cabins in Seaview Washington as the location for their very eclectic wedding. It was selected due to It’s unique charm, which reflected the couple’s style and their relationship. The light hearted wedding theme was “South by Northwest” as Ashton is from New Orleans, and Joshua is from Idaho, but the two fell in love in the city where they currently live, Portland, Oregon.

The ceremony was held in a DIY tent of doily stings set under a few tall trees. Guests threw rose petals from constructed book-page cones as the newlyweds victory marched down the isle. The reception tables were all New Orleans style with Mardi Gras cups and beads, Leah’s original Louisiana hot sauce, and a praline. 

The planning was entirely Ashton and Joshua and was very successful with career backgrounds in food and design. They wanted the strongest theme of the day to simply be “love”, showcasing their past, present, and future together. Congratulations Ashton & Joshua! 

Vendor Information is available at the bottom of this post.

Catering: Chris Meldrum (former chef @ Genoa) and Alton Garcia (former chef/menu creator for Broder Café)

Cake/ Dessert: Miss Zumstein Bakery

Music: First Dance: ‘Strangers’ by The Kinks, Processional: modified version of ‘Street Hassle’ by Lou Reed, Post Ceremony: ‘Kyoto’s House’ by Philip Glass.

Planner: Bride & Groom 

Flowers: Lisa Creatura

Rings: Bride: Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry + Betsy and Iya/ Groom: custom design by Betsy & Iya (the gold was melted down from my grandfather’s ring)

Wedding dress: The English Dept; Designer Elizabeth Dye; Siren Dress

Bride’s Shoes: Good Will

Veil/ headpiece: Hairpiece wreath by Mignonne Handmade from The English Dept

Bridesmaid’s dresses: various places including BB Dakota and Mod Cloth

Grooms attire: Este’s Men’s Clothing; custom tailored

Groomsmen’s attire: various places including Asos and Nordstrom

Design and Décor: Bride with the assistance of family and friends


Based in Portland Oregon