Episode 9 – Ironlight Lake Oswego Venue Tour

Nov 19, 2020

Join NwWU host, Crystal Genes Photography, as she chats with Sonal Haladay, one of the owners of Ironlight. Ironlight is a new venue in Lake Oswego and is truly one of a kind. Watch the episode to see the Ironlight Lake Oswego venue tour.

IRONLIGHT LAKE OSWEGO VENUE TOUR

In this episode, some amazing wedding vendors have come together to show off their skills at one of our favorite new venues, Ironlight.

We chat with Sonal Haladay, one of Ironlight’s owners, about the space and what makes it so special. Sabrina Botez, our bride model, models two different gowns by local designer Stephanie Mai Couture. 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 Angela Hoyt of Bridge City Blooms, and Patience Kaufman of Bite Me Cookies & Treats.

Once again we work with Samantha Nutt, of Samantha Rae Creative Events, and Trixy Woodhouse of Black Thistle Co. We worked with Samantha on the last two episodes as our current featured coordinator. And we worked with Trixy on our Urban Studio episode. Check out those episodes for more info about them, or look for their vendor features on the blog!

Marissa Nwerem, of Makeup By McCweepy provided her talented hair artistry, and Shantel Dix of Shantilly Artistry provided the fun makeup look for her! Finally, one of my favorite pieces of this shoot was the giant abstract painting by local artist Therese Murdza. Watch our ninth episode to get a closer look at the elevated new venue and to meet the talented team who collaborated with us.

WHY BOOK YOUR WEDDING AT IRONLIGHT?

Ironlight is a brand new venue that was dreamed up, designed by, and now operated by 3 sister-in-laws. Their goal was to have a unique venue with gorgeous sweeping views of Mt. Hood and the Cascades. Four years in the making, they’ve put themselves into every step of the design and building process to create a perfect venue.

The venue sits atop the fourth floor and boasts floor to ceiling windows for an unobstructed view. The main interior space can accommodate up to 250 guests. Luxury floor to ceiling drapery is installed along a track so that separate spaces can be made, if desired. There is a welcome area, two outdoor terraces, and an executive suite/bridal lounge. Additionally, they have gorgeous selfie-worthy bathrooms. Another great feature is their nano-wall, which are wall-to-wall glass doors that accordion open onto the terrace.

Great food was also a focal point for their vision. They have a large full kitchen in the space, and put a focus on farm-to-table food. Their catering partners are all aligned on providing high quality cuisine to match their vision. Be sure to watch the Ironlight Lake Oswego Venue Tour to see for yourself!

HERE ARE SOME REASONS WE LOVE THIS VENUE:

The floor to ceiling windows are amazing for some beautiful natural light. But, what’s even better is the spectacular 180 degree view of Mt. Hood & the Cascades.

It’s a blank slate, without being industrial. You can create any vision you wish in this expansive space, but it still feels warm and cozy.

The giant accordion doors that open up onto the large terrace for an open air feel. Need we say more?

You can tell that every detail of the space has been well thought out and selected with purpose and style. Even the bathroom is gorgeous.

The venue provides tables, chairs and linens. They also have a full service kitchen and work with only the best caterers to ensure an elevated food experience.

For instance, just take a look at the Ironlight Lake Oswego venue tour episode to see it all in video.

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

The feeling I got when first visiting the venue, was that of being in an art museum. That is where the inspiration for this shoot started. I wanted it to have an art museum feel, with abstract bright fun colors, yet also sophisticated and modern.

The Party Place in NW Portland provided us with the gorgeous black noir stoneware china and flatware. They also provided the funky amber colored mod chairs which were used for both the ceremony space as well as the reception space. In addition, we got our white table linen, blue napkins and cake table runner, and the various candle holders from them. They are a fantastic local company for all your rental needs.

Angela Hoyt, of Bridge City Blooms, really brought the vision to life with her creative floral decor! She hand painted baby’s breath in various colors to create a fun draping abstract table runner. The bouquet she designed was especially unique! I loved all the textures and unique shapes. Finally, lets not overlook the awesome ceremony backdrop! She created it by making various shapes out of flowers, and hand painting them to match our colors. Then she attached them to a cool grid frame for a very abstract art style. I loved it!

MORE DETAILS

Trixy Woodhouse of Black Thistle Co. worked with us once again and designed some fantastic paper goods. Her invitation design actually gave us the jumping off point for the colors and style. Not only did she design the invitation suite, but she also created the name cards for each place setting at the table. Each one was perched upon its own little art easel. So cute! Finally, she whipped up the abstract welcome sign on the fly when one of our other vendors could not make it. Talk about a talented lady. It was perfect and looked great on the grid frame that coordinated with the ceremony backdrop frame.

Patience Kaufman, of Bite Me Cookies & Treats, created the unique cake for us. A black cake, that brought in abstract flowers and shapes from the invites, it was so cute. And tasted amazing! It was a cinnamon spice cake with peach cobbler filling.

But, what’s an art museum theme, without actual art?! Thankfully, we found an amazing local artist, Therese Murdza, who was on board with helping us complete our vision! She had the most perfect abstract painting that fit our color board exactly. This was a huge painting – 6 ft by 7 ft! I had to rent a van just to get this gorgeous thing to the venue and back! But it was so worth it. Check out Therese’s work on her website and instagram. I have a few of her smaller pieces framed in my house and love them. Boy, would I love owning the piece from this shoot, lol!

Samantha Nutt, of Samantha Rae Creative Events, once again joined us and helped coordinate and pull everything together! She also helped with our last two episodes, so be sure to check those out to learn more about her!

ALL ABOUT THE BEAUTY

Marissa Nwerem, of Makeup By McCweepy, styled both our bride and groom model’s hair. While she is both a makeup artist and hair stylist, she just focused on the hair for this shoot. She has a passion for blending glamorous and over-the-top styles with street wear, and isn’t afraid to take on any and every kind of look. She has such a fun personality, and I love what she did to their hair to bring out that sophisticated and elegant look.

Shantel Dix, of Shantilly Makeup Artistry, provided the fun makeup for our bride. She really enjoys the creativity of the art, and loves making people feel the way that they want to feel. Bringing out each person’s unique beauty and personality, and helping them embrace that, is what she strives for with each client. She aims to be as inclusive as possible, not just for people of color, but for all people, identities and sexualities. Shantel believes that makeup is for everyone, and she puts a big focus on being able to provide and create for them exactly what they want, whoever they are, no matter what.

Stephanie Dong, of Stephanie Mai Couture, provided us with 2 different bridal gowns from her collection. She is a local dress designer who loves working with brides that have fun personalities and are confident in their own skin. Her dresses have been described as being very light and soft. Many of her designs include sheer fabrics, deep cuts, and sexy slits. We featured another of her gorgeous gowns in our episode of The Duniway Hotel & Abigail’s Hideaway.

Finally, our gorgeous models were Sabrina Botez, and her fiance Kenny Spencer. They are planning a destination wedding for 2021!

THE VENDORS:

Venue – Ironlight

Event Coordinator – Samantha Rae Creative Events

Florals – Bridge City Blooms

Rentals – The Party Place

Paper Goods — Black Thistle Co.

Cake – Bite Me Cookies & Treats

Makeup – Shantilly Makeup Artistry

Hair – Makeup By McCweepy

Dress Designer – Stephanie Mai Couture

Painting – Therese Murdza Studio Art

Models – Sabrina Botez & Kenny Spencer

Photography – Crystal Genes Photography 

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