Darcy + Joey

 

Darcy and Joey are an UNREAL couple with the best love story of all time. Portland is simply a stop along their journey, as they both work for Nike at the moment, and I feel so lucky I got to meet them along the way!

Originally, Darcy & Joey were to say their "I-do's" on the rooftop of Ecotrust, but 93 degree weather is not ideal for an outdoor ceremony. The switch to hold the entire event at the Armory two days before the wedding was nothing short of amazing and came together beautifully! 

The ceremony was intimate and sweet. Their long time friend officiated and there wasn't a dry eye in the house during their vows! 

Family style dinner was served and sweet toasts were made. Then came the real party...their four and a half hour dance party!

Throughout the planning process Darcy made a point to make sure their guests would at least have 3 hours of dancing. We did that and more when we got Darcy changed into her sequin jumpsuit and coordinated a flashmob with her 30+ girlfriends. It was AMAZING. I was beaming in the corner so proud of my bride!! 

Darcy & Joey, I wish you nothing but happiness on your new marriage. You two are the absolute BEST!

Big thanks to Junebug for the feature!

Coordination: Catherine | Caterer: ChefStable Catering | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Doughnuts: Nola Doughnuts | Florist: Amanda Karam Floral | Guitarist: John Harr | Hair Stylist: Wyatt Strand | Makeup Artist: Sarah Liz | Paper Goods: Sara Schultz | Photography: Laurken Kendall Photography | Rentals: West Coast Event Production + The Party Place | Transportation: VIP PDX | Videographer: Haley Baitman

 

Private Residence Wedding Tips

 

There is nothing more personal than a wedding at home! There is also nothing more complicated when it comes to logistics. Katy recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to share some tips when planning a private residence event.

A few things to consider…

What is parking like? Hire attendants, valet or shuttle from another pickup location (nearby church/lot/etc )

Alert the neighbors!

Oregon has a 10pm noise ordinance

Get liability insurance

Consider renting generators

To avoid guests going through a home, rent bathroom trailers

Always have a rain or heat plan in place!

 

Melanie + Brady

 

As a part of the Seattle-based Bridal Bliss Team, it is not every day that I get to plan a wedding in Oregon.  However, after meeting Melanie and Brady I knew I just had to be a part of their special day!

Melanie and Brady chose The Columbia Gorge Hotel for their September wedding, which was even more special for Melanie's family as many of them live in the area. 

The entire weekend was full of celebration, and we could not have been happier with the gorgeous fall Pacific Northwest weather.

If you have not been to this hotel before, it is one to visit as it sits directly above the Gorge providing wedding ceremonies - including Melanie and Brady's with the most amazing backdrop.

Guests enjoyed this view, along with beautiful arrangements by Jordan of Blum, and were entertained by the cutest flower girl and ring bearer duo.

Following some epic family photos (including some good laughs over me trying to remove sap from Brady's suit pants!)  guests sampled cocktails and appetizers on the patio before moving over to our main tent for dinner.

Blum's stunning certepieces, coupled with rentals from Bridgewood Rentals and paper goods by Robinson Paperie made for a truly stunning evening.  Dinner concluded, and the real party began.

And when I say party, we are talking one for the books. Mel and Brady, both WSU alums contacted their college favorite, DJ Goldfinger, who made a special trip out from Pullman to celebrate with these two!  He kept the entire night moving with a packed dance floor from start to finish! And a first for me, the party was so fun we actually had wedding crashers from the hotel next door!!! Needless to say we had to ask these four to leave to make room for our actual wedding guests!


The celebration concluded the following morning with a farewell brunch on the patio of the hotel.  Guests slowly made their way downstairs, in part because of all the fun had the night before, but more so that no one wanted this weekend to end!  I felt very much the same way - sad to say goodbye to such an amazing couple!

Mel and Brady, I don't think a dance party will ever be topped! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Blossom + Beauty | Catering + Venue: Columbia Gorge Hotel | DJ: DJ Goldfinger | Florist: Blum Floral | Paper Goods: Robinson Paperie |Photography: Amanda K Photography | Rentals: Bridgewood Rentals | Videographer: Bogle Productions |

 

Wedding Signage

 

Wedding signage can be beautiful AND functional! There are so many aspects of the wedding where personalized signage can be incorporated not only to guide guests but also pull in your aesthetic. Nora recently went on MORE Good Day Oregon to share some ideas—take a peek!

Ceremony

  • Gives seating direction to avoid confusion

  • Don't want phones out? Say it in a nice and pretty way!

Bar + Food

  • Be clear on what is hosted/what is not

  • Share ingredients to avoid lines at the bar

Seating

  • Displays can also be a focal point!

  • Escort walls can double duty as photo booth or cake backgrounds later

Table Numbers

  • Tie into your aesthetic and personalities

  • Make sure they are visible from all angels

Misc

  • So many fun ways to tie in your aesthetic/theme!

  • Hashtag signs

  • Ice

  • Do not disturb

  • The options are endless!

 

Madison + Kevin

 

I had such a wonderful time planning this wedding with Madison and her mom, Annette.  This was one for the books. The couple chose to get married out at Scholls Valley Lodge in Hillsboro, Oregon. 

We had the best team of vendors assembled for the wedding day. Portland Makeup and Hair was first on site to start the glam process with the ladies. Aniko Productions was there to capture every special moment. From first look to last dance, they were at the ready to make sure the memories would last.

Brenna Burnett Florals had the floral design covered! From beautifully design bouquets and boutineers, to custom table centerpieces, there was no shortage of fresh flowers. There were custom hand-lettered signs throughout the evening courtesy of Letter and Dust.

The guests were treated to an acoustic set for cocktail hour by John Ross Music, before he switched into DJ mode for the dance party.  But let's not skip over the food…. Taste of Excellence did an amazing job of bringing the couples food vision to life.

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed getting to know these families!  Madison and Kevin, thank you again for having me as a part of such a special day!

Coordinator: Cam | Beauty: Portland Makeup & Hair | Catering: Taste of Excellence | Florals: Brenna Burnet Florals | Music: John Ross Music | Photography: Aniko Productions | Rental: The Party Pros | Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers | Signage: Letters & Dust

 

Ashley + Jared

 

As a wedding planner when you get the opportunity to work with one of the coolest couples, and amazing vendors in a gorgeous setting it is pretty much a dream come true.

Ashley and Jared picked Bella Luna Farms for their August 25th wedding.  And unlike most couples who get married there, who love the traditional dinner under their sailcloth tent, Ashley and Jared thought about their guests and what experience they wanted them to have.

Given that many guests would meeting for the first time (a very fun blend of west and east-coasters), they opted for a celebration that included both traditional and non traditional elements.  

Their ceremony pulled in some of the more traditional elements as the wonderful, Rabbi Sarah married them under a floral embellished chuppah created by Amy of Gather Design Company.

From there guests were encouraged to wander the property, enjoying oysters from Pop Up Oyster Bar, and amazing food stations presented by the team at Upper Left Catering.

 Each food station was intentionally positioned through out the venue giving guests an opportunity to see all that it has to offer, including a grape house, a family of darling goats, and an onsite creamery - just to name a few!

Rounding out their journey through out the farm, guests made their way to the tent where they were entertained with the most endearing toasts, a glam photo booth and an epic dance party.

 And of course we couldn't let guests go home without one more surprise! Frankie and Jo's provided many guests with their first plant-based ice cream treat, a favorite of the couple's!

Ashley and Jared it was an honor to get to be a part of your special (and gorgeous!) day.  And thank you to Seattle Bride who featured this amazing couple in their Spring/Summer edition.

Coordinator: Molly | Band: Bowie Vision | Beauty: Yessie Makeup Artistry | Catering: Upper Left | Ceremony Music: Jesse Sullivan Music + Robbie E | Chuppah: Gather Design | Florist: Bella Luna Farms | Ice Cream: Frankie & Jo’s | Photography + Photo Booth: Alante Photography | Rentals: Pedersens | Transportation: British Motor Coach + Butler Seattle | Videographer: Cabfare Productions

 

Robin + Chase

 

To say that Robin and Chase are one of the sweetest couples I have ever met is an understatement! They were truly such a pleasure to work with, and it was so much fun to have the groom just as involved with the wedding details as the bride!

Robin and her bridesmaids had a fun morning getting ready at Waverly, with their hair styled by Envy Hair Studio, and their makeup done by Blossom & Beauty!


The bride and groom shared an intimate first look at Waverly, followed by bridal party photos with photographer Jen Gardner!