Sally + Rob

 

I had such a fun time getting to know Sally and Rob!!  They are the most upbeat, fun couple that truly wanted nothing but the best for their special day!!  We traveled down to Sunriver, Oregon to help the pair set up for their wedding weekend.

After several days of fun, family filled events, Sally and Rob’s beautiful August wedding started out with clear blue skies, and happy people everywhere!  Sally and the girls were pampered in their Bridal Suite at Sunriver, by the talented artists with Kate Tuma Artistry. Once ready, Kimberly Kay and Moving Pictures were ready to capture the couple's romantic first look. They were able to finish family and bridal party photos before everyone was picked up by The Bend Trolley, and driven into Bend for the ceremony at The Old St.Francis Church.

Post ceremony, guests headed back out to Sunriver, and were greeted in the Great Hall, with local beers and wine. Dove String Quartet followed the bridal party from the church to set the sound for cocktail hour. Everyone mingled and snapped polaroid shots for the custom guest book, while the couple made their rounds saying hello to all of their guests. Eventually, it was time to transition into the Great Hall for dinner. Tables were set with unbelievable arrangements by Heirloom Floral Design, as well as custom chocolate boxes from the bride's favorite candy shop in Seattle. The talented Ryan Innes played piano as the group dined. After the toast, the bride played an emotional tribute to family and love that left everyone in tears. 

What cures tears?? Cake!! Good thing we had a stunner of a cake from Foxtail Bakeshop to indulge in.  As for the dancing, well there was no shortage. Flip Flop sounds was able to play the soundtrack that took this party long into the night. Sally and Rob, you’re the kind of people who turn days around, and make people smile. I hope nothing but the happiest life for the two of you!

Coordination: Cam | Florist: Heriloom Floral Design | Desserts: Foxtail Cake Shop | Beauty: Katie Tuma Artistry | Photography: Kimberly Kay | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions | Food Truck: Country Catering | Videography: Moving Pictures | Ceremony Music: Dove String Quartet | DJ & Sound: Flip Flop Sounds | Bartender: Twist Cocktails

 

Courtney + Matt

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Julia Green Photography

From day one of meeting and working with Courtney and Matt, I knew their wedding day would be wonderful. Not only does the couple adore each other, but they were surrounded with supportive family members who were eager to help. We all worked together to plan the classic, Portland summer, outdoor wedding experience for both the bride and groom as well as the guests.

Typically, we don’t have to worry about rain in September, but the morning of the wedding River Haven Farms was shadowed by rain clouds. Luckily the weather turned just in time for photos and stayed clear until the end of the evening – a wedding day miracle!

Guests parked in what looked like a quaint family Christmas tree farm and walked over to the outdoor ceremony where they set gifts on a vintage truck and were greeted with fresh lemonade. The aisle was lined with rose pedals and a string duo played while bridesmaids and groomsmen recessed in. The bride and her father walked down the aisle to the tune of her brother playing guitar and everyone enjoyed the view of the Willamette River. Both the ceremony and cocktail reception area overlooked the river just before sunset then guests were guided to the River Haven’s front lawn where dinner was held under a large white tent.

Dalton’s Northwest Catering served a delicious dinner buffet under the River Haven barn awning and displayed a cupcake bar on couple of wine barrels. Guests sat at round tables with beautiful floral centerpieces and the bridal party sat at a long head table with a stunning floral garland. My favorite part of the day was listening to the heart-felt toasts from family and friends – specifically the childhood memories shared by the bride’s father. The sky was clear until the dance floor opened then it began to rain but the dance floor was protected by the tent so guests danced the night away.

Congratulations again, Courtney & Matt! I wish you a lifetime of love!

We had the BEST experience with Bridal Bliss. Our coordinator was such a pleasure to work with and made our wedding day perfect. Our day was stress free and ran so smoothly! We couldn’t have done it without her! Would highly reccomend hiring Bridal Bliss, they are all amazing!
— Courtney Wanamaker + Matt Yarbrough

Coordination: Melanie | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Catering: Dalton's Northwest Catering | Music & Entertainment: DJ Jerm | Photography: Julia Green Photography | Rentals: The Party Place | Videographer: Tyler Cornelison

 

Alicia + David

 

Alicia + David planned their wedding from a distance and only came into town once while planning.  While they were both very involved in decision-making, it was also David's sweet mother, Mardi, who was my local contact.  The week of the wedding, we were forced to execute our rain plan as the weather turned. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, while beautiful, isn't the best space for rain.  Regardless, with our clear tents allowing us to showcase the gorgeous space, and decked out chandeliers, it couldn't have been more perfect.  

David + Alicia met working in the news at a local TV station.  He as a newscaster, and she as a writer. After a personal ceremony performed by the couple's co-worker at the station where they met, guests made their way under the tent and enjoyed passed appetizers and music by Blue Wave Band

David was intent on showcasing one of his favorite Portlandia details....food carts! We hired Koi Fusion + Pearl Catering's truck which served delicious grilled sandwiches. In addition, there was a yummy salad bar, then Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwiches and cake for dessert.  I can assure you...no one was hungry! Alicia's vision for moody centerpieces with pops of color, all with an upscale rustic vibe (hello gorgeous wood tables!) came to life and quite honestly, the rain made for a cozy reception as the heaters kept guests warm. One of my favorite details was our escort wall, with was created with pens that served as favors (handmade by Alicia + Mardi!) and a moss background.  Such a great way to personalize the wedding with a nod to Alicia + David's meeting. 

After heartfelt toasts, guests cut a rug and danced the night away.  They were handed an umbrella and flashlight for the trek back to pick up their car from valet. A trail of votives lead them through the gardens and ended the night with a magical touch. It was a wonderful evening and a pleasure working with this sweet family!

Living in a different state, and knowing I wouldn’t have much time to spend in Portland before the wedding, I knew I’d need a wedding planner. Everyone recommended Bridal Bliss! Nora was incredible to work with. She made every decision easy, and took all the stress away! You always hear how stressful it is to plan a wedding- but even with my crazy schedule, and only communicating through email, I never felt stressed with Nora on the case! She took all of my crazy ideas and made them happen. She even organized a last minute tent over the entire outdoor space a couple of days before the wedding once we were sure of the rain. Plus, she and her team stayed the whole night with umbrellas to make sure our guests were dry and comfortable. For anyone on the fence about getting a wedding planner- yes, it is expensive- but it is SO worth it. Especially when you’re working with the best in the business. Thanks to Nora and the team, we had a perfect, beautiful day,
— Alicia Pekema

Coordinator: Nora | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Catering: Pearl Catering + Koi Fusion | Cakes/Desserts: Helen Bernhard Bakery + Ruby Jewel Ice Cream | Florist: Amanda Karam Floral | Photography: Amanda K Photography | Music: Blue Wave Band + Duo Con Brio | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + Recreation Department + Party Place + Luxury Restroom Trailer | Invites: Rifle Paper Day of Paper Goods: Crave Design | Chalk Boards & Lettering: Letters & Dust | Umbrellas: Bridal Bliss  Transportation: Lucky Limousine + Premiere Valet

 

Anne + Rob

 

Just wait - this wedding is a stunner and such a perfect wedding as the weather turned from summer to fall on September 30th. 

Anne and Rob select Waverley Country Club as the perfect venue for their wedding. Anne's style is timeless and elegant, the perfect combo for the venue. When working through the design and style for her wedding, her vision included lush flowers with a romantic details. The wedding day went off without a hitch. 

Anne and Rob said "I Do" in the ballroom with not a dry eye in the room. After the heartfelt ceremony, guests were invited into a gorgeous room for dinner and toasts. The tables were adorned with candles and beautiful flowers, vibrant in colors making the room glow. 

Cocktail hour kicked off and reception was set for a party. The tables were adorned with candles and beautiful flowers, vibrant in colors making the room glow. 

After dinner and toasts, guests were eager to hit the dance floor and dance the night away. It was a perfect day and we loved being apart of it! Anne and Rob, it was such a pleasure getting to know you and your families! 

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Photographer: Amanda K Photography | Music & Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: Party Place | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Transportation: NW Navigator | Cake: Papa Haydn

 

Jessie + Travis

 

I absolutely loved planning with Jessie and her mom and they were so much fun to meet with to chat about details! When we met at Adeline Farms for the first time, I fell in love with the barn and surrounding space-- a bright red exterior and a rustic interior filled with raw wood, white walls, crystal chandeliers, and an original horse trough. I knew Jessie's vision of rich burgundy with soft florals and rustic decor was going to be simply stunning there! Plus they had assembled a dream team of vendors to make it all happen... even with the occasional downpour! 

As guests arrived, they made their way down the hill for the ceremony where Jessie + Travis were married in front of the spectacular 300 year old oak tree.  Cocktail hour was enjoyed after just outside Adeline Farm's bright red barn where guests were treated to delicious food and drinks, cozy vintage lounge sets, and games. 

Guests were then invited into the barn where Copper Blossom Design had adorned Classic Vintage Rental's farm tables with centerpieces filled with soft, yet colorful blooms plus rich green garlands and Pearl Catering was ready with a delicious dinner. After a series of sweet toasts and memorable formal dances, John Ross Music got the dance floor going with Jessie + Travis' favorites. The whole day was a truly memorable celebration that was so amazing to be a part of. Huge congrats you two! 

Coordinator: Meghan | Caterer: Pearl Catering | Cakes/Desserts: Lighting Cupcakes + Pacific Perks | DJ: John Ross Music | Florist: Copper Blossom | Photographer: Kara Santa Ana Photography | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Photo Booth: SnapBar | Beauty: GLAMBeauty Bar | Videographer: Caspian Me Productions | Paper Goods/Chalkboard Signs: Letters & Dust | Transportation: American Town Car

 

Vihangi + Alex

 

Vi and Alex are such a wonderful couple and I truly enjoyed getting to know them! They had a stunning vision of vibrant florals and beautiful details for their wedding at Oregon Golf Club and wanted to make sure their guests had a great time! 

It was a sunny Fall day and they were married in the rose garden at Oregon Golf Club by one of their closest friends. Guests then enjoyed signature cocktails and appetizers on the patio before making their way into the reception tent. 

The reception tent was filled with vibrant fuchsia arrangements by Bella Bloom Florals for a fun pop of color in the white tent to match the bridesmaids Saris. Before the party got started, Jessica Hill snuck the bride and groom off for some incredible sunset photos! After, Vi and Alex were announced in to loud cheers by their friends and family and then began a traditional Sri Lankan lamp ceremony with their immediate family on the dance floor. 

Once dinner was done, DJ Zimmie kept the dance floor packed and guests were treated to dessert with S'mores from Nineteen27 S'moresdelicious cake from DreamCakesand cupcakes from Saint Cupcake. It truly was a fun celebration! Vi and Alex, it was so amazing being a part of your wedding day and getting to know you both during planning! 

Coordinator: Meghan | Caterer: Oregon Golf Club | Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography | Florist: Bella Bloom Florals | DJ: DJ Zimmie | Beauty: Olivia Hawthorne | Rentals: Barclay | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Cake: Dream Cakes | Desserts: Saint CupcakeNineteen 27 S'mores | Lighting & Rentals: Chad Dowling Productions | Transportation: First Student Inc. | Videographer: J & M Media

 

Kendall + Kyle

 

I had the absolute pleasure of working with the Westphal family twice this season!  Both sisters were married this summer and selected Bridal Bliss to help coordinate their special days. After getting to know the bride and groom quite well, I couldn’t wait to see Kendall and Kyle’s vision come to life. 

The two opted for a traditional Catholic ceremony at The Madeleine Church in NE Portland. The church was filled with friends and family from both Oregon and Texas, Kyle’s home state.  

After the ceremony concluded, everyone headed over to the west side of town, to The Portland Golf Club. Guests were greeted by the golf club staff with local beer and wine, before gathering on the patio, where John Ross of John Ross Music was serenading the crowd with an acoustic set.  They also had the opportunity to snap a polaroid for the custom guest book designed by the couple. 

After making their way through the gorgeous dining room, filled with hand picked rentals from the Party Place, and lush floral arrangements from Good Seed Floral, guests were seated for a beautiful plated meal, prepared by the golf club. Watertown Films was able to catch the adorable first dance, the newlyweds shared before dinner. 

We were treated to a pretty amazing line up toasts, seriously both sisters NAILED it at each others weddings, and then some delicious cake from Beaverton Bakery. Everyone also had the opportunity to snap a few silly photos in the photo booth provided by Snap Bar.  Then, it was time to party, and these Texans know how to party!!  Armed with music by The Coastline, everyone danced well into the night.  I’m just glad that Amanda K Photography was there to get the whole, fabulous day on film! Kendall and Kyle, I wish you nothing but a lifetime of love and laughter!! As for both Westphal women, PLEASE call me if you need coordination in the future, you guys really know how to throw a party!!

Coordinator: Cam | Beauty: Powder Inc Beauty | Ceremony Music: The Madeline Church | Cakes & Desserts: Beaverton Bakery | DJ: John Ross Music | Florist: Good Seed Floral | Music: The Coastline | Photographer: Amanda K Photography | Rentals: The Party Place | Transportation: Portland LX Limo | Videography: Watertown Films

 

Nicole + Nicolas

 

When I first met Nicole and Nic and they told me they wanted a Harry Potter-themed wedding, I was excited. After asking a few more questions I found out what they really wanted was: A Harry Potter Wedding. I was giddy! Every last detail was planned with a magical swish and flick, and by the end I felt the same delight as Professor McGonagall when she declared: “I’ve always wanted to use that spell!”

The muggle-free ceremony was held in the charming garden at The Aerie at Eagle Landing, presided over by Melissa Coe with her invariable twinkle of mischief in her eye. Nicole and Nic took an unbreakable vow that “nothing will ever Sever-us apart!” and rings were exchanged. Love letters and potions (aka Nicole and Nic’s favourite bottles of hooch!) were sealed in a quidditch case, custom made for the occasion, to be opened on their first anniversary.

With the “mischief managed”, Nicole and Nic led their guests through the brick wall at Platform 9 ¾ to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at The Three Broomsticks. Specialty cocktails included Nicole’s “Amortentia” (known to muggles as a blood orange sangria) and Nic’s “Peeve’s the Poltergeist” (or a Tom Collins for muggles). After pausing for a picture with Harry at the photo booth, guests found the way to their dinner tables thanks to the Sorting Hat, their escort cards on wands supplying the last magical accessory necessary!

Each table was named for a magical place (of course Nicole’s parents were seated at Gringotts!) and decorated with antique texts, plants you would expect to find in Professor Sprout’s Herbology class, crystals that Professor Trelawny would be proud of, and scales and beakers seemingly snatched from Snape’s Potions class! Guests were lavished with a dinner worthy of the Yule Ball and treated to a Honeydukes candy and dessert buffet, complete with chocolate frogs and fizzing whizzbees! A chocolate fountain offered the cure to the dementor’s kiss and a cauldron of butter beer bubbled gently on the bar.

No-one wanted the magical night to end, but as all good things must come to an end so too did the festivities. At eleven o’clock friends and family raised their wands and let sparks fly, and Nicole and Nic made a grand exit through the avenue of sparklers, bidding their guests good-bye. My heartiest congratulations again to Nicole and Nic! Your magical wedding will hold a special place in my heart. Always.

Big thanks to Portland Bride + Groom for the feature in their Winter/Spring 2018 issue!

Coordinator: Kirsten | Catering: Aerie at Eagle Landing | Cakes/Desserts: JaCiva's | Cake: Dream Cakes | Stationary: Crave Design | DJ: David Efaw Productions | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Officiant: Melissa Coe Ceremonies | Wine: Oregon Wine Reserve | Photographer: Andrea Zajonc | Videographer: Moving Pictures | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals