Artful Wedding Design Reawakens an Architectural Gem in the Heart of Astoria

Fashion Shoot
The Ruins at the Astor serve as a dignified backdrop for an exploration of curated class and style in this luxurious display.
Written by
Chelsea Gibson 


Oregon Wedding Day Fall/Winter 2024

A few blocks up from the misty coastline sits The Ruins at the Astor in downtown Astoria, an architectural landmark built in 1921, which still functions today as a thriving event space. While contemplating a concept for the design, Amanda Galbraith of Amanda Claire and Company found her mind going all in on the Baroque. She recalls, “The location itself was incredibly motivating when we began our design approach, and I had a lot of ideas, to say the least!” With that, the team created an intimate soirée complete with elevated moments and elegant touches—all ensconced in a perfectly imperfect rustic setting. 

As a designer, the architecture and history of The Ruins at the Astor deeply resonated with me. The venue itself was my biggest inspiration, with its undeniable charm and allure. From the weathered columns, worn facades and delicate arches, the broken infrastructure spoke volumes about its rich past.
—Amanda Galbraith, owner of Amanda Claire and Company  

Overall my vision was to intertwine the romantic details of traditional Baroque with the simplicity and functionality of contemporary design, marrying balance and approachability. Every detail was chosen with intent. From the fashion to the tablescape, my goal was to demonstrate harmony and spark interest. 
—Amanda Galbraith, owner of Amanda Claire and Company 

Our bride prepares for her big day in a beautiful suite furnished with a dusty rose couch and adorned with gold candelabras bearing powder blue tapered candles. A delicate posy of florals is composed of unique color combinations and textures. The bride’s sleek look is defined by a center-part ponytail, soft glam makeup, and a form-fitting gown with embroidered details and a dramatic train.  

The tabletop is reminiscent of an ornate dinner party of the 18th century, featuring patterned blue linens, gold chargers and flatware, and a variety of mismatched gold vases holding choice blooms. Blue goblets and wooden chairs completed the refined scene.  

What truly set this shoot apart was the contagious collaborative spirit of everyone involved. Beyond the initial mood boards and planning sessions, each expert brought their unique perspective and expertise to the table.
— Amanda Galbraith, owner of Amanda Claire and Company 

A closer look at a few of the standout details: a seating chart display posing as piece of art, a mini confection echoing the building’s aesthetic, and the intricate features of each place setting.  

The most rewarding aspect of this experience was witnessing the sense of empowerment that radiated from everyone who had a hand in this project on-site when we were in full production.
— Amanda Galbraith, owner of Amanda Claire and Company 

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