2019 Wedding Trends


From bringing the outside in, incorporating a pop of color and creating a personalized guest experience, take a peek at Nora’s recent KPTV segment to learn more about 2019’s hottest trends!


Kendall + Josh


Kendall and Josh will always hold a special place in my heart.  I clearly remember the day that Kendall, her mom Karen and her maid of honor, Kinsey, came in for a consult.  Not only did we have an instant connection but I just knew there would be something special about their wedding.   As a child, Kendall had always dreamed of getting married at her childhood home, which is also a working farm.  Upon my first visit of the property, my mind was blown with how stunning the location was. Gorgeous views of the countryside, the kind you see in movies with horses running in the background.  It was the perfect spot. 

The ceremony was going to take place amongst the field of tall wheat grass and the reception, inside the horse arena on the property.  Now this wasn't any old arena, it was a beautifully built, covered structure where Kendall and her mom were able to ride their horses daily, rain or shine.  Given that the floor was all sand, Kendall's family, along with Josh's had a "flooring party" where they carefully laid plywood to create flooring for the event.  

Having a blank canvas to work with, we opted to keep the natural beauty of the building, while adding elements to make it feel more like a wedding venue. For the ceremony, Kendall's father, David made a ceremony structure (out of wood from their original family home), Blum Floral dressed the piece with florals to make it look as though it was growing out of the ground and Letters + Dust even hand painted a quote for the couple. The ceremony had everyone crying tears of joy for the couple, myself included. Oh, and did I mention that guests were escorted to the ceremony by the Sheriff's Mounted Posse?? 

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the back lawn of the family's home.  After which they made their way to the reception where we hung 3 massive gold chandeliers down the center of the ceiling and used a combination of exposed wood farm tables and round tables with ivory linens. Tall and short floral arrangements of lush ivories, whites and blush florals along with Fruitwood chivaris, gold beaded glass chargers with round menu cards adorned each table. The most amazing night for the most amazing couple and family.  

Coordinator: Katy | Caterer: Art of Catering | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Photographer: Simply Splendid | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + Party Place | Cake: Dream Cakes | Food Truck: Lil Orbits Donuts | Stationary: Crave Design | Paper Goods: Letters & Dust | Restroom Rentals: Luxury Restroom Trailers


Liz + Jerry


Liz + Jerry’s wedding was what every couple wants….a super fun party! These two radiate joy and their wedding was so perfect for them and their personalities. From the darling caricature that also doubled as the save-the-date, to incorporating Liz’s Italian heritage in the cannoli favors to the epic pre-ceremony personalized movie, everything was personal!

A highlight of the night was Vanity Portrait Studio’s photo lounge. Guests had the best time, and how cute is this image of the newlyweds?!

Lucky Charms couldn’t have been a more perfect late night treat for this St. Patrick’s Day wedding!

Not only was Bridal Bliss professional, they were personable. I felt I had a business partner throughout the planning process who became my friend in the end. Would recommend for all wedding needs!
— Liz Candello + Jerry Matson

Photographer: Tatum Amelia Photo | Cinematographer: Moving Picture Weddings | Caterer: White Pepper | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + Party Place | Lighting: Hollywood Lights | | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Beauty: Powder Inc Makeup + Pure Salon Spa | Photo Lounge: Vanity Portrait Studio | Floral: Flowers by Tommy Luke | Signage : Letters + Dust | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Cookies: Le Cookie Monkey | Cannolis: Kind Coffee Co


Chic Baby Shower


When Mary throws a party, she really throws a party! I've had the pleasure of working with this family since Mary + Ryan's wedding in 2011 and have planned several parties with them since.  They started as clients, but are now some of our closest friends and I absolutely adore them.

This time around, Mary wanted to do something super special for her friend and past nanny, Kim.  Kim is the kind of person that lights up the room when she walks in. She has a wonderful way with kids, but she's truly just a joy to be around.  I have no doubt in my mind that she will be an amazing mother to a super special little boy. And...can we talk about her darling baby bump?!?!

Mary wanted to go all out and throw a chic garden party brunch at her new home in tones of green, black, white and gold to celebrate the mama-to-be.  Guests enjoyed cocktails (and yummy mocktails too!) and delicious appetizers courtesy of Art of Catering.  With modern sleek white lacquer tables from Vintage Meets Modern, polka dot flatware from Party Place and the cutest place card/pregnancy fact sheet from Crave Design, it was truly an event to remember. I can't decide which was my favorite detail....the custom green chiavari chairs or the super unique vodka infusion station courtesy of Public Provisions! Clearly, this group likes to have fun.

After an over-the-top brunch buffet, guests oooh'd and ahhh'd over the darling baby gifts, enjoyed a delicious cake by Dream Cakes and cocktailed the morning away. Of course, we couldn't forget the kiddos and set them up with their own craft table!  While I do love planning weddings, its so fun to do something a little different, especially with creative freedom! 

Nora designed and planned my baby shower and it was un-be-lievable! The attention to detail was seriously amazing. I can honestly say that there is not a single thing more that I could’ve possibly asked for!
— Kim

Coordinator: Nora | Photographer: Deyla Huss Photography | Linens: La Tavola | Rentals: Party Place + Something Borrowed + Ohana Party Rental + Vintage Meets Modern | Catering: Art of Catering | Favors: Public Provisions | Cake: Dream Cakes | Invitations: Minted | Day of Paper Products: Crave Design | Floral: Seventh Stem


Theresa + David


Theresa and I were friends from way back when, so when she asked me to help plan her wedding, I was totally honored and couldn't be more thrilled for her and David.  With a wedding in April and the dicey weather in Portland, Leftbank Annex couldn't have been the more perfect fit for their wedding.  We actually lucked out with the weather that day and Amanda K was able to capture the most beautiful bridal portraits amongst the last of the blossoming cherry blossoms before coming to the venue for the festivities.  

The ceremony took place under an incredibly crafted hanging arbor, created by the talented Blum Floral in Design. Dripping in greenery and cherry blossoms, David & Theresa said their vows in a ceremony performed by their close friend. 

After the ceremony, the room was transformed into a beautiful setting for a family style dinner, served by Devil's Food Catering.  We used a combination of long and round tables to make the most of the space that Leftbank offers, leaving plenty of space for their donut dessert bar and dance floor.  Being huge Blazer fans, and the first night of the playoffs (which the Blazer's were hosting at home), we had the game playing on the tv screens.  It was an incredible evening for two amazing people, I couldn't have been more honored to be a part of it. 

From preliminary planning, to tastings and tours, to the big day itself, Katy was on top of it. We knew much of what Bridal Bliss would do for us was in the planning stages, but they really shined on our wedding day. We would happily recommend Bridal Bliss to anyone planning a wedding!
— David + Theresa

Coordinator: Katy | Catering: Devils Food | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Photographer: Amanda K Photography | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | DJ: DJ Kornbred | Paper Goods: Letters & Dust | Rentals: Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Cake: Dream Cakes | Desserts: Sesame Donuts


You're engaged...now what??


Newly engaged and don’t know where to start? From setting a budget, holding off on asking a wedding party, and hiring a planner, Nora has lots of good advice! Check out her recent segment on KPTV below.


Julia + Marcus


Julia and Marcus’ wedding was simple, sweet, and elegant which perfectly reflected this wonderful couple. Guests arrived at the venue, a private Portland club, on a very hot summer day, to celebrate the love of these two.

They entered into the iconic lobby to find their escort cards, before exiting into the garden where the ceremony took place. The ceremony started promptly at 6 o’clock, with Duo Con Brio playing breathtaking music throughout. The three ring bearers, and the two adorable flower girls set the stage for the beautiful bride. Julia looked stunning, with hair done by Melissa Parker, and wearing a beautiful yet elegant BHLDN wedding dress. She glided down the aisle lined with lanterns and white rose pedals.

After the short and very sweet ceremony, the guests were invited to sip cocktails, and eventually find their seats. The long tables were decorated by Thistle & Fern Floral with olive leaves, white flowers mixed in between, and lanterns which doubled as table numbers. Lanterns were also hung in the giant tree that sat in the middle of the patio. McKenna Rachelle Photography was able to capture just how simple but beautiful the whole night was.

Because Julia has a sweet tooth, she created a candy bar for guests to enjoy throughout the night. If that wasn’t enough dessert, the cake by Beaverton Bakery looked just as good as it tasted. Julia and Marcus, thank you so much for having me help to execute this amazing day. I wish you two nothing but the best!

Coordination: Cam | Photography: McKenna Rachelle Photography | Music: Duo Con Brio | Florist: Thistle & Fern Floral | DJ: Perfect Memory Events | Rentals: The Party Place


Shannon + Charlie


Shannon + Charlie are every planner's dream clients. They are fun, full of personality and just truly the nicest people you will ever meet. Planning their wedding couldn't have been more fun. Shannon had a great vision for what she wanted, and we clicked instantly.  With a venue like Leftbank Annex, the possibilities were endless.

Their day was nothing but amazing, with a beautiful ceremony taking place amongst their loved ones followed by cocktail hour where we then transformed the ceremony space into an intimate dinner reception for just over 200 guests. 

Using a combination of mixed tables, floral chandeliers which were used as centerpieces for the round tables and lush floral and greenery for the wooden long tables.  La Tavola's velvet linen for the tables brought a special warmthness to the urban space which Art of Catering served a family style dinner.

We incorporated  elements of their invitation suite throughout the day, we utilized arrows for different areas such as the escort wall, cake decor, even personalized ice cubes for cocktails.  So fun!

The night was incredible and one to remember for sure.  Shannon & Charlie, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day! 

Coordination: Katy | Caterer: Art of Catering | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Music: Duo Con Brio | DJ & Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Photographer: Mosca Studio | Videographer: J&M Media | Hair & Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Lighting: Leftbank Annex | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals + La Tavola Linens | Paper Goods + Chalkboard Signs: Hey Halle | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW | Transportation: Premier Valet + White Cloud Luxury Cars | Welcome Bags: Glow Gifts | Childcare: Northwest Nannies