Portland’s White House Venue Tour

May 27, 2020


Join NwWU host, Crystal Genes Photography, as she chats with Carol Kelly, innkeeper and general manager for Portland’s White House. Portland’s White House is a historic B&B located in NE Portland’s Irvington district. Watch the episode to see the Portland’s White House venue tour.

This feature is a bit shorter on account on the COVID 19 pandemic. We had fewer vendors present for interviews, but you can still read all about them on our blog!


In this feature, some amazing wedding vendors have come together to show off their expertise at one of our favorite venues, Portland’s White House.

We chat with Carol Kelly, the innkeeper and manager, about the space and what makes it so special. Madeline Mask, our bride model, wears the Jenny Yoo ‘Kennedy’ dress from The English Dept. 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 get to know Samantha Nutt, of Samantha Rae Creative Events, and Melinda Snow Olson, of Setting The Table.

The lovely cake was provided by Cake Nouveaux. Watch our sixth episode to get a closer look at the historic space as well as to meet the talented vendors who collaborated with us.


Portland’s White House is located in the historic Irvington neighborhood in NE Portland. The historic home is a greek revival mansion that now serves as a high end Bed & Breakfast. It was originally built in 1911 for Robert Lytle, a wealthy lumber baron, and his family.

From their website, “Portland’s White House was recently purchased and renovated by entrepreneurs Frank Groff and David Krause who count many historic landmarks among the properties they have owned and renovated.  Their work has been featured in countless magazines, newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and on HGTV.  The pair tapped leading Portland interior design firm Christopher-David to assist in the selection of furnishings that not only serve to highlight the home’s architectural details but with comfort in mind.”

The venue is made up of the main house as well as a carriage house. There are 9 total guest rooms and there are several options on the lush property for your ceremony location.


When you book your wedding at Portland’s White House, you get the entire inn for you and your family and guests through the weekend. It fosters an intimate and relaxing atmosphere where you can truly enjoy a stress free event.

Similarly, because everything is on site, planning and setup is a breeze! You don’t have to worry about travel from the getting ready location to a ceremony and reception location. You can just wake up on your wedding day, enjoy a gourmet breakfast, get ready with friends and family and then walk into your ceremony. And when the party is over, you just head up the stairs to your guest room. The next morning you can relive the memories with your friends and family around the breakfast table.

It’s beautifully decorated inside and out. There are no shortages of backdrops for amazing photos.

You can choose an indoor or outdoor ceremony. Whether you choose the courtyard, front facade of the house, ballroom, or living room, you can’t go wrong!

They also offer zoom weddings and elopements and have been regularly booked for this service since the pandemic began.


Our inspiration for this episode started with the vibrant greens found on the walls of the home. There’s both a beautifully painted mural surrounding the staircase that incorporates mostly shades of greens, as well as vibrant green wallpapers in the library. We all thought a vibrant green and pink palette would be perfect to tie together a courtyard ceremony with the rest of the house.

Carol happens to have a background in floral design, and will occasionally provide her services for couples who book the house. She did all the flower arrangements for this shoot, and it was gorgeous!

Samantha Nutt, Sam, of Samantha Rae Creative Events helped with the planning, design, and set up of the day.

Melinda Snow Olson, Mel, of Setting The Table, provided us with an extensive selection of her vintage tableware and decor. From the plates and goblets, to the brass candle holders and cake table, most of the decor details we can thank her for!

Cake Nouveaux created a very lovely cake for us, and our invitation was from Jessica Michael Prints.


Since this episode was produced during quarantine, and social distancing measures were followed, we were not able to have a hair and makeup artist.

Madeline Mask, our beautiful bride model wore the Jenny Yoo ‘Kennedy’ dress from The English Dept. Her handsome husband, Christopher Stearns was our groom model.


Venue – Portland’s White House *CLOSED FOR BUSINESS AS OF FEB 2021*

Event Planner – Samantha Rae Creative Events

Florals – Flowers By Carol Kelly

Tableware & Decor – Setting The Table

Cake – Cake Nouveaux

Wedding Dress – The English Dept.

Dress Designer – Jenny Yoo

Models – Madeline Mask & Christopher Stearns

Paper Goods — Jessica Michael Prints

Photography – Crystal Genes Photography 

Portland's White House Venue Tour Pink and Green courtyard ceremony and reception
Portland's White House Venue Tour Pink and Green courtyard ceremony and reception
Portland's White House Venue Tour Pink and Green courtyard ceremony and reception
Portland's White House Venue Tour Pink and Green courtyard ceremony and reception
Portland's White House Venue Tour Pink and Green courtyard ceremony and reception
Portland's White House Venue Tour Pink and Green courtyard ceremony and reception


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