A Tender Portland Church Ceremony Surrounded By Blossoms

Simple and stunning and radiating joy

 Kayleigh, Co-founder of KOSMAS CO. & PONNY, SCHOOL COUNSELOR

SUM-UP OF THE WEDDING VIBE: Intimate Floral-Filled Spring Wedding in a Quaint Portland Church

SOUNDTRACK FOR READING: “Tomorrow’s Song” by Olafur Arnalds

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The best moment of our wedding was walking back down the aisle together after saying our vows, once all of the jitters were gone, and being overwhelmed by a rush of happy emotions. I unexpectedly burst into tears, and as we walked through the open doors I realized Pantelis had tears streaming down his face too. We stood there together and took a minute to laugh and hug and cry some more, and take in everything about the moment, just the two of us, before heading back inside to our families.


We had the incredible opportunity to make each other’s rings with Stephanie of With These Rings. Before we discovered we could make our own rings, we’d been disappointed that we couldn’t find bands that felt meaningful to us. As soon as making them for each other became an option, we knew we had to do it. We decided on simple gold bands: a classic width for Pantelis, and a very slender one for me, to complement my engagement ring. Stephanie guided us through each step of the process, and amazingly we were able to do the vast majority of the hands-on work ourselves. It was a great experience for both of us seeing the other putting so much care into making the perfect ring. We had a ring warming during our ceremony, where the rings were passed to each of our guests who added their good wishes, love and energy to the rings (to paraphrase our wonderful officiant, Cathy Hume) before they were brought to the altar for our vows. Exchanging rings we’d made just for each other was an incredibly meaningful gesture we’ll always remember.


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  • Sara P

    Congratulations! So lovely :). And that bouquet!!

    • Aww thank you Sara :) Yes, the flowers! Now I wish I had bunches of roses around all the time…

  • KitBee

    That photo of you both crying as you’re exiting the church…it honestly made me tear up!

    • FancyPants

      Me too :)

    • Aww gosh! You’re too kind.

    • Janes Chiarelli

      Hello. My husband of almost 7 years, cheated on me and left me for her and is living with her now. He said he hasn’t been happy in years but never told/showed me he was unhappy. We have a 4 year old son that missed his daddy so much and cries for him to just come home. Our son even crawled all over his car crying “daddy stay home with me.” And he still left. He just keeps saying “he’s never coming back, no matter what.” I didn’t know what to anymore..he left me 5/7/15, the weekend before mothers day this year and it broke my heart and I keep praying to God and he keeps telling me “be patient” I was still trying my best but it was hard when this was hurting my son so badly. I have told my sister about this and she gave me some advice to contact a very good and powerful prophet who can help me pray for my husband to come back and be happy with us again which i did and i contacted the prophet. he prayed for me and my husband cam home begging me to take him back and now we ar happily living together and a family. all thanks to the propdhet and his email is (prayerstosaverelationship@yahoo.com). May God bless you abundantly!

    • Barbara J. Miller


  • Rachelle

    The church is soooooo pretty!

    • Thanks Rachelle! It was the perfect size for our small wedding and was so cozy and quaint, perfect for late winter/early spring!

  • VKD_Vee

    So very sweet!

  • FancyPants

    The photos are filled with a sense of love and meaning- in such a serene space! How lovely.

    We made our rings with Stephanie at With These Rings, also, and you describe so well the meaning behind making your own bands- What a wonderful experience!

    • Isn’t Stephanie the best!? Thanks for your kind words :)

  • Kelly

    Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous photos! What a lovely ceremony!

    • Aww thank you so much Kelly! So glad we went small and simple :)

  • So beautiful!!! Who made/where did you get your dress?

    • Kayleigh Kosmas

      Thanks so much Sera! Believe it or not, it was a J. Crew bridesmaid dress!

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  • Lauren

    Your dress is gorgeous! And the church too!

    • Thank you Lauren! The church was so quaint and had the coolest wood paneling! It was perfect for a small ceremony.

  • Anna

    Holy cow! I was just researching ceremony venues for a 35 guest wedding in Portland and was hoping to find some nicer photos of this church. APW delivers again!

    • Hey Anna, the church would be just perfect for 35 people! It took us a long time to find a place that would feel intimate and warm for such a small wedding. So many other venues were just too big and would have felt empty. We had a really positive experience. We were the only wedding that day (in February), so we were able to go in and start setting up early, which was really nice. I hear they can get booked up with back to back weddings, so if you decide to get married there in the spring or summer, make sure you book as many hours as you’ll realistically need to set up, do all your photos, etc. without feeling rushed. I’d definitely recommend going to their monthly open house to see it in person! We booked a private room at Serratto on 21st & Kearney for the reception.

      • Anna

        You have *got* to be kidding me! I have been thinking about the private room at Serratto as a potential reception spot for *years*! …we’ve had a long engagement :) Was that a good experience as well? You are my wedding planning hero!

        Also beautiful ceremony of course! And I promise I’m not a (total) creep, but I just signed up for your Kosmos Co mailing list so I can try your lip balm next month, looks great!

        • Whaa!? No way! We liked Serratto a lot. The servers were just attentive enough and the room is really lovely. So warm and rustic and if you shut the doors you really don’t feel like you’re in the middle of a crowded restaurant. The one downside is you can’t pick your food and wine until just before your event since it’s all seasonal. But I guess that a plus side too, right?
          You are so sweet to sign up for our email list! So not creepy in any way! If you want to know anything else about the wedding you are welcome to shoot me an email, seriously! (kayleighkosmas@gmail.com)