Allison Elizabeth Sykes and Matthew Robert Hayes, both of Eugene, were married Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Leach Botanical Garden in Portland. Officiant was the Rev. Maureen Haley. The bride was given in marriage by her mother and father. The wedding date was of special significance, since the grooms parents were married Sept. 4, 1982, the brides parents were married Sept. 3, 1976, and the grooms grandparents were married Sept. 10, 1948.
The bride is the daughter of David and April Sykes of Heppner. The groom is the son of Ron and Elisabeth Hayes of Newcastle, Wash.
Maid of honor was the brides sister, Camille Sykes of Portland. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Clough of Portland and Brooke Sweeney of Heppner, both friends of the bride. The brides attendant was her friend, Jacob Skokan of Portland. Flower girl was Italy Clay, cousin of the bride, of Dallas.
Best man was Shea Newton, friend of the groom, of Nampa, Idaho. Groomsman was Matt Pellegrin, friend of the groom, of Portland. The grooms attendants were his sister, Libby Wintczak of Spokane, Wash., and friend Mary Pulcheon of Portland.
Ushers were the brides brothers, Chris Sykes and Andrew Sykes, both of Pendleton. The greeter was the brides sister-in-law, Breana Sykes of Pendleton.
The bride wore a strapless, floor-length sheath gown in champagne taffeta with a champagne tulle sash and train designed by her and made by her mother, accented with an Art Deco-inspired Czech glass necklace and bracelet. She wore a birdcage-style veil accented with feathers and flowers fashioned from her dress fabric, made by her friend Kelly Nissl. Her something old was her great-grandmother Eda Baumberger Bests 1910 engagement ring. She also wore a silver sixpence and a 2010 penny in her shoe for good luck.
The groom wore a black suit and tie accented with steampunk cufflinks, a gift from the bride. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of plum-colored dahlias, white and purple lisianthus, berzelia, hens and chickens succulents, pods, dusty miller, gooseneck, scabiosa and white Queen Annes lace.
The maid of honor and bridesmaids wore black taffeta knee-length, v-neck dresses with full skirts, made by the brides mother. The flower girls dress was of lavender taffeta. The bridesmaids and female attendants carried bouquets similar to the brides. Boutonnieres were of dusty miller, berzelia, lisianthus and gooseneck.
Following the ceremony a dinner reception was held at the garden. The three-tiered wedding cake included lemon, Chester blackberry, chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla bean presented on a section of a tree stump and topped with flowers. The cake was made by friends of the bride, Keri Harrold and Lisa Clark. The tables were decorated with terrariums, flowers and candles in Mason jars and flowers in tiny apothecary jars. Candlelit jars were also hung on an arbor in the garden.