Weddings

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Set the tone with music

Though it’s often given only fleeting consideration in wedding planning, music is a great way to set the mood a couple wants for their special day. “What do you hear in your head that you want to hear at your wedding?” asks Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, senior cantor of Congregation Beth Israel. “The bride and…

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Cs, Fs & Rs for Engaged Couples

By Laura Kosak Cultivating a deep, joyful, enduring marriage involves more than sharing closet space. When planning your wedding, be sure your timeline includes the opportunity to focus energy and attention on your marriage. The marriage will last thousands of times longer than the wedding. I encourage couples to mind their Cs, Fs and Rs….

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Wedding Scenes

For nearly two decades, fifth graders at Congregation Neveh Shalom have had front row seats for a full Jewish wedding ceremony as part of their life cycle class. Each year a Neveh Shalom couple has volunteered to recreate a full wedding so the students can participate in the day, from the signing of the ketubah…

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Say Yes to Which Dress?

A bride’s wedding day is a major fashion opportunity. But before she can pick her gown, she needs first to identify her bridal style. Some brides want to look haute chic with a couture silhouette and bold details, while others prefer to be understated in a clean, sleek style. Deciding to look romantic, sexy, classic…

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Wedding Directory

VENUES MARK SPENCER HOTEL Cydelle Higa-Johnston, Director of Sales 409 SW 11th Ave. Portland, OR 503-224-3293 or 800-548-3934 hospitality@markspencer.com markspencer.com The Mark Spencer Hotel is a historic hotel in Downtown’s West End District offering more than 2,200 square feet of renovated event space to host your special event. Combined with 102 guest rooms and suites,…

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Their Chuppah is Forever

Every time Cantor Barbara Slader helps a couple plan their wedding, it brings back the joy of her own. Those memories of her 1991 wedding include family, flowers and the centerpiece, a chuppah created by Barbara’s friend, artist Jane Levy Campbell. In fact, handmade chuppahs have become a tradition and ritual for many Portland couples….

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