Leach Botanical Garden Micro Wedding in Portland Oregon | John + Ellen

These two planned the most amazing micro wedding at Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon. They wanted a small, special day with 50 of their favorite people and what an amazing day it was! I actually had the pleasure of meeting John + Ellen back in 2019 for their engagement session in Forest Park. These two were originally planning to be married in 2020 but instead 2021 was their year and what a fun time! This micro wedding was beautiful, so thoughtful and one of the most fun events – I literally didn’t want to leave the party! They also were one of the first couples to have their ceremony at Leach Botanical Garden’s new Tree Deck location and what a beautiful space!

Myrtle Creative Co. Leach Botanical Garden Micro Wedding in Portland Oregon

The Venue

Leach Botanical Garden is a 16-acre botanical garden located in outer southeast Portland, Oregon. Driving to the garden, you would never expect to find this oasis amidst the typical metropolitan of Southeast Portland but poof! It exists! 😉 The garden was established in 1931 as landscaping for the private home of two botanists. The garden was originally named Sleepy Hollow and currently features a diverse collection of over 2,000 hybrids, cultivars, native and non-native plants, and 40 genera and over 125 species of ferns. Many are labeled. The property is divided by Johnson Creek and most of the land is on an incline. John + Ellen had their ceremony in the upper Tree Deck and their reception on the East Terrace. You can drive down or there are

Leach Botanical Garden Tree Deck and East Terrace Outdoor Summer Oregon Wedding in Portland, OR

Their Day

First Look

John and Ellen chose to have a first look and enjoy some time together before the ceremony. This also allowed some time down on the beautiful East Terrace before the reception. Having a ‘split level’ venue easily allows guests to be arriving up above for the ceremony and the couple to roam freely down in the garden and East Terrace area which was perfect for these two. Having those quiet moments can be so great and ease those nerves on a wedding day.

Their Ceremony

They had to find an officiant last minute as their good friend who was to perform the ceremony unfortunately got sick the day before the event. Thankfully Officiant Holly Pruett came through and did an excellent job with only days notice! If you are looking for an officiant for your own day – highly recommend! She made it personal, and you would never know of the short notice.

John & Ellen’s ceremony was beautiful. They each wrote personal vows to each other that were so moving, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the audience. They included a sand pouring during their ceremony and kept things small with their maid of honor and best man being the only wedding party.

Leach Botanical Garden Tree Deck and East Terrace Outdoor Summer Oregon Wedding in Portland, OR
Leach Botanical Garden Tree Deck and East Terrace Outdoor Summer Oregon Wedding in Portland, OR
Leach Botanical Garden Tree Deck and East Terrace Outdoor Summer Oregon Wedding in Portland, OR

The Reception

After a short duration of wedding party and family photos, it was on to reception fun! With breakfast for dinner, what’s not to love! Such delicious food and this entire vendor team was phenomenal – do see below for the full list! A special shout out to Manny the DJ, who happened to be a friend of the couple, and is just amazing! After perhaps some goading by yours truly (hey – I’m all about a good time!) – he performed an amazing “Cake Commentary” that brought so much joy to what is sometimes seen as an ‘old’ tradition of cake cutting and just made it super fun! Also – Manny is the one who introduced me to those awesome foam Glowsticks that I now recommend for all my couples for their dance party after dark. 😉

Complete with bringing the macarena back as the first group dance to get everyone to join in, this was such a fun evening! The East Terrace at Leach Botanical Garden is such a great space for a micro wedding with space to mingle, dance and easy access to the bar area. This quickly became a new favorite venue!

Cheers! Leach Botanical Garden Tree Deck and East Terrace Outdoor Summer Oregon Wedding in Portland, OR

From start to finish this Leach Botanical Garden Micro Wedding in Portland Oregon was a relaxed, fun event that was perfect for John & Ellen! And when the night came to an end I didn’t want to leave. Such a fabulous group of people and such a sweet couple! Congratulations again you two! Hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Iceland!


“Ann Marie is not only a talented photographer, but she is incredibly attentive both leading up to our wedding and on the day itself. She offered great insights for how to best organize and capture the day, seemed ready for any surprise during the event, and we’re so happy with the photos so far (just got our first look!). During the wedding, she was great about keeping everyone calm and keeping things moving along. It felt both super relaxed and efficient! We also definitely recommend her if you’re not typically comfortable in front of the camera, like us. She made us feel at ease! We highly recommend her!!”

-John + Ellen

Myrtle Creative Co. is your Intimate Wedding and Elopement Photographer for love + adventure. Ann Marie provides custom planning assistance, vendor referrals, itinerary creation and so much more so you can have the day of your dreams. Reach out today for your Wedding Photography needs!

  1. Dylan says:

    Beautiful photography! I love the level of detail you captured. Their long reception tables and flowers were gorgeous!

  2. Amy says:

    What a beautiful setting and stunning images! They must be thrilled with your work!! I will have to check out this venue next time I’m back in my hometown! So wonderful – thank you for sharing!!

  3. Kat Carney says:

    Whoa! What a killer venue and so beautifully captured! I can’t get over the indoor/outdoors views and vibes.

  4. Monica says:

    DANG what a gorgeous venue! I love that it’s split level and what you said about being able to have guests in one area while taking couples photos in the other. Beautiful photos!!

  5. This intimate wedding looks like such a dream! I love how you captured their joy and all those little details!

  6. Naomi Levit says:

    This is such a lovely location for a Portland wedding! Love all of the moments and details you captured!

  7. Tatyana says:

    beautiful job capturing their love story ♥️

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