The Marriage Enrichment Project - Nov. 12, 2013

The Aerie’s Marriage Enrichment Project is an in-house event we now host every other month. Our last Marriage Enrichment Project (MEP) in November was a wonderful event filled with rustic elegance and tasty seasonal selections. The Grand Ballroom was set a-glow by dimmed chandeliers, twinkle lights and gorgeous fall-inspired floral arrangements by A Floral Affair. MEP is important to our staff as we desire to not only help host your personalized and unique wedding celebration, but to help encourage a couple’s preparation to be married. Lots of planning goes into a wedding, and some of that prep should be dedicated to preparing to be husband and wife!

We love everything about marriage and weddings here at The Aerie, and thus the Marriage Enrichment Project has continued to be one of our favorite in-house events. It is a night of meeting The Aerie staff, experiencing excellent Portland vendors, enjoying a mini-tasting of the menu and hearing from professional speakers about marriage and relationship.

Inspiration for November’s event came from the glory of the Oregon fall season. If you’re an Oregonian, you love the fall. If you don’t, you probably moved here from some really nice and sunny state…

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We wanted the floral arrangements to reflect the warmth of fall, using orange, yellow and cream colors. And of course we added a touch of moss … because, why not?

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We chose our Signature Orange cloth napkins for this event, wanting to reflect the orange and coral tones in the floral arrangements. Framed menus sat at each table, showcasing the night’s tasting, with our MEP emblem sporting the same orange — of course! The napkins sat in a cummerbund fold, with s’mores favors at the head of each plate (visit page 8 of our Aerie E-Brochure to experience our rustic space, The Cave, where guests were encourage to use their s’mores!). We chose to place the “Thank You” note in a chevron envelope to incorporate a pattern, as well as reflect the decorative tissue in the bottom of each s’more package.


Nothing says “sweetheart” like a sweetheart table, right? We set up an example of what a bride and groom’s sweetheart table could look like, using rustic elements of a gold salad plate, burlap runner and brown paper ribbons for aesthetics.

The night was a blast! We are grateful for our beautiful couples, as well as their family and friends who attended. It was a joy to see familiar faces and meet some new ones. Our event was captured by a local Portland wedding photographer, Nakalan McKay.


Leann & Jamie