Can I bring a date?
Yes, please bring someone special with you! We just ask that you include them or a +1 on your RSVP card.
Are kids welcome?
We are planning an adults only ceremony and celebration. With that said, we know that there may be little ones traveling with you. We are happy to work with you to accommodate any requests and provide space and care for your child while you enjoy a great night. Please reach out to Heather or Darin with any questions.
What should I wear?
Please refer to the what to wear section under Know before you go.
Is there a registry?
In lieu of gifts we are providing links to 2 local NW charities that are special to Darin and I. Check the Give Back section for more details.
Where can I get timely updates?
We will keep this site updated with any additional questions that come our way or any pertinent updates. Please reach out to Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone) if we are missing anything.
Attire for the evening is dressy casual.
Our ceremony will be held outdoors on the lawn, please prepare your footwear and layers accordingly.
Portland weather can be unpredictable and we are now planning on a cooler damp day here in the Pacific NW. Keep your eyes on the weather as the date gets closer.
There will space available for coats and other items at The Racquet Club, post ceremony.
Please note that The Racquet Club does not allow denim.
Dear Friends and Family,
We are grateful that you are part of our lives and we can’t wait to celebrate our marriage with you in September! In lieu of gifts we would be honored if you would consider making a charitable donation to a cause near and dear to the both of us. Of course the best gift of all will be to have you all here in Portland with us!
Below are two charities that we hope you will consider supporting. We have provided a brief description, why they are special to us, and a link to their site. All of your donations are tax deductible and the charity will provide you with the documentation needed.
The Bloom Project. Bringing beauty and joy to those in end-of-life care.
It’s been almost 18 months since we lost Phil, Darin’s father. He was a beautiful soul and brought happiness and a big smile to everyone he encountered. Flowers from his care team brought beauty and joy into Phil and Taffy’s home during a very difficult time. Darin’s mother is a volunteer at The Bloom Project and is paying forward the beauty that so touched all of us.
About The Bloom Project
“The project started in the Central Oregon garage of our founder, Heidi Berkman, beginning with a few flowers and a few volunteers who wanted to create something special — bringing beauty and joy to those in end-of-life care. Many of us had experienced the loss of a loved one in hospice care, and recognized that we could make use of resources (flowers) that would otherwise be tossed out.
Over the last decade, we have continued to grow and support hospice and palliative care agencies across the state of Oregon, with the Portland Metro area as our base. Our volunteer teams have flourished, supporting the organization as we continue to serve additional patients and families. We are fortunate to have the use of donated workspaces, supplies and equipment, providing a wonderful place for our volunteers to come together to create beautiful bouquets. In addition, we have developed a committed group of floral and community partners who support our efforts and our mission.”
Donations to The Bloom Project will go to support operational expenses, staffed resources for the volunteers and reserves to ensure a sustainable organization for years to come.
Friends of Trees. Inspiring people to improve the world around them.
Green. One of the reasons that we love Portland and the Pacific Northwest so much. Both of us grew up in the lush green environment of Oregon and Washington, but as the world changes, so does the landscape around us. Whether a result of the multitude of cranes in and around Portland or the changing weather and fire threats, the green that we love so much is at risk. We believe that more trees bring more happiness and a better life for all. Shade, oxygen, beauty- all things we need and love.
About Friends of Trees
Friends of Trees was founded in 1989 by a community member who loved trees and started planting them in Portland neighborhoods. Today, Friends of Trees is a nationally recognized, regional leader in improving the urban tree canopy and restoring sensitive natural areas—through programs delivered by thousands of volunteers. Friends of Trees greens our region while building community. Since our founding Friends of Trees has planted 750,000+ trees and native plants with thousands and thousands and thousands of volunteers in 120+ neighborhoods in six counties across two states. Whether it’s a forest created from our canopy of urban trees or the forest to come from our restoration plantings in sensitive natural areas, there is no doubt that the trees planted by Friends of Trees play a vital role our region’s livability. Given rising temperatures and all that we know about the cooling and cleansing effects of trees, it’s easy to see how our work improves our natural environment. But what’s equally compelling is the community-building that’s such an important part of a Friends of Trees planting event: the trees we plant are actually planted by 6,000+ volunteers every planting season.
Donations to Friends of Trees go towards planting trees in the great Northwest and building community.
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About 90minutes west you will find the beautiful Oregon coast. Our favorite little beach town is Manzanita but there are many towns and famous beaches to visit. For more information check Travel Portland.
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