Urban Studio Venue Tour

Mar 6, 2020

Join NwWU host, Crystal Genes Photography, as she chats with Urban Studio director, Natalia Barwegen for an Urban Studio Venue Tour. Urban Studio is located in the heart of Downtown Portland.

This feature is a bit different than our previous episodes. We brought on a new videographer, Dane Casperson, of Casperson Productions! So excited about the amazing video work he’s doing, and all he created for this feature. Check out his website!


In this feature, some of the best wedding vendors have come together to show off their expertise at one of our favorite venues, Urban Studio.

We chat with Natalia Barwegen, Urban Studio sales director, about the space and what makes it great. Kristin Headley, our bride model wears a Yoko dress by Hayley Paige from Brides For A Cause bridal shop. A team of some of our favorite wedding vendors have come together in this episode to create and show you what they do best!

We also chat with makeup artist Mandy Harlan of Glamology Makeup, who provided hair and makeup for both of our models, Kristin and April Headley. Mandy also did makeup for me, Crystal! We also get to know Ashley Lachney of Alston Mayger Events, Alana Weintraub of Flowers by Alana, Trixy Woodhouse of Black Thistle Co, and Catherine Sewell of Sewell Sweets.

Watch our fifth episode to get a closer look at the contemporary open urban space as well as to meet the talented vendors who collaborated with us.


Urban Studio is in the heart of Downtown Portland. It’s in a historic corner building that was originally occupied by the Denby Motor Truck Company in the early 1900s. The space maintains some of its former warehouse features with large windows, exposed ceilings, and an open floor plan. A garage door opens to the sidewalk on NW 10th Ave with the Portland Streetcar just steps away.

The venue can accommodate anywhere from 150 to 280 guests. There is a large cocktail area as you first enter the venue. It’s a lovely room with huge windows that let in natural light. There are chandeliers, a beautiful natural stone floor, and modern furniture for a lounge area. The banquet room is a large open space with pretty pewter colored walls. There are several white portable walls that could be used for decor, as a ceremony or sweetheart table backdrop, or for breaking up the space in other ways.

In between the two main rooms is a large bar that creates a great transition between the two areas. There is even a small loft that overlooks the banquet area and is often used by the bridal party before the ceremony.


It’s nice and open, and in a bustling part of the city, but feels very private and intimate.

It’s a blank canvas. There are so many ways you could decorate and arrange the flow of your wedding day.

Everything is all in one space! Sometimes you want an event that is spread out around a large venue, and sometimes you just want an event that is easy peasy. Walk just a few steps from your ceremony to your cocktail hour. Then walk just a few steps from your cocktail hour to your reception. Run up a few stairs to do a quick change into your dancing dress. Perfect party and stress free!


Our inspiration for this episode started with the pantone color of the year for 2020 – classic blue. The pretty pewter colored walls in the venue led us to a celestial vibe, but we wanted to keep it bright and vibrant as opposed to dark and moody. Watch the episode for the full Urban Studio venue tour.

Alana Weintraub, of Flowers by Alana, created a fun crescent moon made of baby’s breath for our ceremony backdrop. She also made some gorgeous arrangements for the reception tables as well as a bridal bouquet that incorporated pretty blue hues.

Ashley Lachney of Alston Mayger Events, helped coordinate and design the styling of the day.

Catherine Sewell, owner of Sewell Sweets, made us a breathtaking cake!

Trixy Woodhouse, owner of Black Thistle Co., created all of our paper goods.

DThree, Urban Studio’s exclusive audio visual vendor, installed some dreamy lighting. They projected stars all along the ceremony aisle, and created some indigo uplighting around the banquet room.

Modern Birch Co. creates custom laser cut wooden signs. They made the “To The Stars” sign that is part of the ceremony backdrop.

Forest Sea And Stone provided us with some really fun stones and crystals that we used as part of the centerpieces as well as under the cake.

In case you missed it up above, Dane Casperson of Casperson Productions, did all the filming for this episode!

And last but not least, we got the cool chargers, metallic blue linens, and the napkins from The Party Place!


Makeup artist Mandy Harlan, of Glamology Makeup, did hair and makeup for both of our models, as well as for me, your host Crystal. I felt radiant!

Our beautiful models were Kristin Headley & April Headley. Kristin wore the Yoko style by Hayley Paige, a wedding dress from Brides for a Cause bridal shop. Brides for a Cause bridal shop is located just off SE Division St. They are a non-profit, and their entire mission is to help raise funds for a variety of women-focused charities.


Venue – Urban Studio

Event Planner – Alston Mayger Events

Hair & Makeup– Glamology Makeup

Florals – Flowers by Alana

Cake – Sewell Sweets

Wedding Dress – Brides for a Cause

Dress Designer – Hayley Paige

Models – Kristin Headley & April Headley

Paper Goods — Black Thistle Co.

Videographer — Casperson Productions

Audio Visual — DThree Productions, Inc.

Crystals – Forest Stone & Sea 

Rentals: The Party Place

To The Stars Sign: Modern Birch Co.

Photography – Crystal Genes Photography 


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2 – Feature 2 – Ainsworth House & Gardens Venue Tour

3 – Feature 3 – The Duniway – Abigail’s Hideaway Rooftop Venue Tour

4 – Feature 4 – The Evergreen Venue Tour

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