Join NwWU host, Crystal Genes Photography, as she chats with Hanna Hutchison, marketing director for Saint Irene’s in Tualatin. Saint Irene’s is an intimate wedding venue tucked away in an industrial park, conveniently located between Portland Suburbs and Wine Country. Watch the video to see the Saint Irene’s Tualatin venue tour.
SAINT IRENE’S TUALATIN VENUE TOUR
In this feature, some amazing wedding vendors have come together to show off their talents at one of our favorite venues, Saint Irene’s.
We chat with Hanna Hutchison, Saint Irene’s marketing director, about the space and what makes it so unique. Sharmil Elliott, our bride model, wears the Willowby By Watters “Delena” Gown from Anna’s Bridal. A team of some of our favorite wedding vendors have come together in this feature to create and show you what they do best!
We also get to know Tamara Arrendondo of Poppies & Paisley Floral, and Taryn Cailene Owens of Cailene Creatives.
We also work once again with Samantha Nutt, of Samantha Rae Creative Events, and Melinda Snow Olson, of Setting The Table Rentals. They were both featured in our sixth episode showcasing Portland’s White House. Check out that episode for more info about them, or look for their vendor features on the blog!
Eira Hietala of Hair by Eira created our model’s gorgeous updo, and Linda Smith of Kiss My Lash pdx gave our model a fun and colorful makeup look that we love! Finally, the cutest little cake was provided by Sugarhouse Cake. Watch our eighth episode to get a closer look at the hip industrial space as well as to meet the talented vendors who collaborated with us.
WHY BOOK YOUR INTIMATE WEDDING AT SAINT IRENE’S?
Saint Irene’s is a coffee shop, bar, and intimate event space tucked away in an industrial park in the middle of Tualatin Oregon. It shares a wall and a kitchen with it’s sister venue, Industry Restaurant, which provides all the catering for Saint Irene’s. The space can accommodate up to 120 guests.
The space was designed to compliment the industrial location and includes fun elements of modern art deco style. The venue consists of two spaces, the ‘High Dive’, which is the coffee shop side, and the ‘venue’ side, which is bright and airy and provides a blank slate to allow for designing your own event’s unique look. Large glass garage doors and curtains separate the two rooms. You can rent the rooms together, or separately. The garage doors give a really unique and fun look to the space!
For weddings, the ceremony and reception typically take place primarily in the venue side, while the High Dive is used for cocktail hour. You can also use the fenced in outdoor side patio.
And I love how the venue got it’s name and logo inspiration! From their website, “Saint Irene’s is named after the owner’s late mother, a seamstress for Jantzen swimwear. Much like the revolutionary company she worked for, Irene was a strong, hardworking mother of 7 who dedicated her life to others. Saint Irene’s High Dive + Event Venue is our family’s way of continuing her legacy of love and hospitality, offering the opportunity for groups to gather.”
HERE ARE SOME REASONS WE LOVE THIS VENUE:
Saint Irene’s has such a uniquely modern and industrial look, with fun colorful details, high ceilings, and bright natural light.
The venue also includes lots of extras with their rental fee. They have tables, chairs, linen options in many colors, china, glasses, flatware, vases, dessert stands, and many other various decor elements that you can use if you desire.
Industry Restaurant, which provides the catering, is delicious! They also definitely have the best guacamole I’ve ever tasted. The High Dive coffee shop and bar is such a beautifully designed space, and is a fun and unique way to mix up the flow of an event, without traveling to a completely different location…. it’s just a few steps away and under the same roof!
Just take a look at the Saint Irene’s Tualatin venue tour episode to see it all in video.
ABOUT THIS FEATURE
As though I need any extra encouragement to include lots of vibrant colors in my shoots, I knew this would be a great match when I asked the venue if they had any requests. They said they’d love to see bright funky colors and hanging flower arrangements. Perfect!
Samantha Nutt, Sam, of Samantha Rae Creative Events helped with the planning, design, and set up of the day. When we visited the venue to start brainstorming, we actually came up with our color scheme by playing around with combos of their many colored linens. We settled on pink, orange, and teal.
Melinda Snow Olson, Mel, of Setting The Table Rentals, provided us with cute pink glass plates to layer over the venue’s white dinner plates. For the sweetheart table, we layered yellow glass plates for a contrast. She also brought teal goblets and wine glasses, and a matching teal cake stand. She has so many fun tableware items in her inventory, you can always find something perfect to fit your vision!
Tamara Arrendondo, of Poppies & Paisley Floral really outdid herself on the floral arrangements! These have been some of my favorite arrangements to date! But, I mean, who doesn’t like arrangements that hang from the ceiling? They are so much fun. Both of her larger installations complimented the space so well. I love how the ceremony backdrop piece just sort of floats off of the wall behind the couple, and then behind the sweetheart table once we converted from ceremony to reception. And the colors were perfect!
Sugarhouse Cake provided us with a very cute cake in the perfect colors. Taryn Cailene Owens of Cailene Creatives designed the gorgeous paper goods, including invitations, menus, and a large acrylic welcome sign.
ALL ABOUT THE BEAUTY
Eira Hietala, of Hair By Eira, provided the lovely bridal updo. She is based in Salem, OR but travels all over for bridal hair. One thing that sets her apart from other hair artists, is that she sews hair, as opposed to using pesky bobby pins. You get a more secure updo and don’t have to worry about pins falling out or showing in your photos.
Linda Smith, of Kiss My Lash pdx, provided the fun makeup for the bride. She loves working with color, and gave the bride a multi colored eye for this shoot. I loved it!
Sharmil Elliott was our gorgeous bride model. She wore the Willowby By Watters “Delena” Gown from Anna’s Bridal. Her dapper fiance, Ian was our groom model.
Venue – Saint Irene’s
Event Planner – Samantha Rae Creative Events
Florals – Poppies and Paisley Floral
Tableware & Decor – Setting The Table Rentals
Paper Goods — Cailene Creatives
Cake – Sugarhouse Cake
Makeup – Kiss My Lash PDX
Hair – Hair By Eira
Wedding Dress – Anna’s Bridal
Dress Designer – Willowby by Watters – Delena Gown
Models – Sharmil Elliott & Ian
Photography – Crystal Genes Photography