Laura + Jamie

 

There wasn't a dry eye in the house as Laura was walking down the aisle, mine included. It takes a lot for me to cry but these two nailed it. The way that Jamie looks at Laura is ridiculous he is so in love with her and doesn't dare not let it go unnoticed. His vows to her were the sweetest vows I've ever heard and to top it all off her uncle was their officiant. I cannot put into words how much love with surrounding these two. It was such a beautiful day. I really can't pick one aspect of the wedding I loved the most, everything was amazing. 

From the custom Nike's, to the custom made guest book, or the custom SnapChat filter...everything about Laura and jamie's day was personal. Congratulations you two! It was an honor being part of the planning process and thank you for teaching me about SnapChat!

Coordination: Natalia Barwegen | Photography: Carina Skrobecki | Catering: ChefsTable | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Floral: Swoon Floral Design | Cake/Dessert: ChefsTable + Salt n Straw | Hotel: The Nines

 

Whitney + Tony

 

If you’ve ever wondered if fairy tales do come true in the modern day, read on! Whitney and Tony’s love story began at Disney and its fairy tale magic is woven through their lives. The magic began when they met while working at Disney, and even after moving on to the next stages of their careers in Seattle the magic held sway in their hearts. So, Disneyland was a natural location for Tony to choose to surprise Whitney with a proposal!

Whitney and Tony chose to celebrate their wedding in West Linn where Whitney grew up, and we had such fun planning a beautiful wedding fit for a princess!

Romantic shades of blush, popping with gold sequin accents (look at her gorgeous bridesmaids!), all layered over an elegant cream background. Floral chandeliers suspended from the ceiling brought the lush rose garden into the ballroom, and a five-tier wedding cake made a show stopping display in the entrance. Of course, groom charming and his groomsmen looked incredibly dapper in their black tuxedos, and the twinkle in Tony’s eye was pure delight. Disney-themed props at the photo booth were a hit, and all their guests enjoyed dancing the night away...at least until the stroke of midnight when the bride and groom were sent off in their elegant carriage with magical sparklers, much love and well wishes.

I could not be more thrilled to wish this wonderful, gracious, and fun couple a happily ever after! Congratulations again, Whitney and Tony!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Yasmin K Photography | DJ + Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions  | Cakes: Dream Cakes | Floral: Blum Floral Design | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Kathryn Hoffman Makeup | Transportation: White Cloud Luxury Cars | Bridesmaid Gowns: Rent the Runway | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Paper Goods: Minted 

 

Hayley + Eddie

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Maxwell Monty Photography

On a beautiful July day, Hayley woke up in her childhood home where I am sure her parents remember her giggles pouring through the halls and eating cereal at the kitchen counter.  On this morning though, Portland Makeup and Hair pampered Hayley because this is also where she would be marrying the love of her life, Eddie.  Before guests arrived Maxwell Monty Photography captured photos in the family's favorite spots around their home.  Meanwhile, The Party Place and Something Borrowed helped to create a perfect rustic welcome area and ceremony setting for gathering and guest book signing.

After heartwarming ceremony signage by Hey Halle ushered guests to the family's’ backyard where Pearl Catering served fun cocktails, Nate Botsford of John Ross Music played acoustic guitar and views of the river made the perfect backdrop.  After a quick flip, guests were invited to a newly transformed reception space of crisp white linen and gold accent centerpieces filled with white blooms and greenery from Emerald Petals.  The rustic ceremony backdrop built by family turned into a fun spot to cut the stunning 3-tier cake from Lambs Market and was also a fun photo backdrop!

As the sun set the couple was toasted by those dearest to them and danced the evening away under the stars.  Before the evening ended the couple had one last surprise in the Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich cart, which was the perfect take home treat. Congratulations, Hayley and Eddie!  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day.  I cannot wait to see all of the wonderful things life has in store for you.

Coordination: Miranda | Photography: Maxwell Monty Photography | Floral: Emerald Petals | Rentals: Party Place + Something Borrowed | Catering: Pearl Catering | Cake & Dessert: Lambs Market | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | DJ: John Ross Productions | Videographer: Unveiled Productions | Beauty: Portland Makeup & Hair | Ice Cream: Ruby Jewel | Chalk Art: Hey Halle

 

2017 Wedding Trends

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Seattle Bend Wedding Planner | Oregon Washington Event Design | Ben Pigao Photography

Nora Sheils recently went on KGW's local show, Portland Today to discuss new wedding trends! From donut walls, to dramatic moody florals to unique bars...there is so much to love. Check it out!

Bridalbliss.com | Portland Seattle Bend Wedding Planner | Oregon Washington Event Design | Powers Studios
 

Kate + Zac

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography

One of my favorite parts of the job is having the opportunity to truly connect with couples. With Kate + Zac, who met while working at Nestle,  it was no different. This was a super busy couple who lived out of state, ended up changing jobs and moving all during the planning. Kate + Zac always had smiles on their faces, were super laid back, thoughtful and really let me get creative without micromanaging. The end result was spectacular, if I don't say so myself! 

The couple wanted a classic event, so Waverley was the perfect venue.  The soft grey and white color palette was elegant and sophisticated. I loved the fluffy florals by Zest, the silver table numbers, patterned linens and overall welcoming and personal vibe. Plus...have you seen a cuter flower girls and ring bearers?

Post-ceremony, the newlyweds beamed as they drove off for a spin in their golf cart. They took photos while guests cocktailed and enjoyed Waverley's candied bacon (I can vouch...it's amazing!).  

Toasts had guests crying and laughing and dinner service was on point. Kate + Zac wanted a fun party that their guests would remember for years to come. Enter The Pork Tornadoes....a band that delivered just that! One of the member's is Zac's cousin so you better believe they brought their A game and the packed dance floor proved just that. For those that needed a bite between dancing, the ever fabulous Pips doughnut cart and a Nestle candy station as there to keep guests energized until the glow stick send-off! It was a fabulous day and I loved every second I was able to spend with this couple and their family!

Coordination: Nora | Photography: Ben Pigao Photography | Cinematography: Moving Pictures | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Floral: Zest Floral | Transportation: Lucky Limousine + White Cloud Luxury Cars | Cake: Dream Cakes | Band: Cory Talbot | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Audio: Focal Audio | DJ: DJ D-Money | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | Rentals: Party Place + Sedera Rental Co | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Balloons: Balloons on Broadway | Doughnuts: Pips Donuts | 

 

Jessica + Jake

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Christy Cassano-Meyer Photography

I began wedding planning planning with Jessica and Jake while they were still living the hipster life in San Francisco and just starting to make plans to move to Portland. Jake is originally from Boston, and Jessica from Anchorage, so Portland is the perfect location for them to meet halfway and establish their home together with their fur babies, Boo and Sam. 

After much consideration, I'm certain Jessica and Jake were married in a previous life or alternate dimension. It was such a delight to see what incredible partners they have already become. Their shared core value of equality was demonstrated in every decision right from the start -- both Jessica and Jake wore engagement rings -- until the end where they chose a new last name to take together. Combined with a shared passion for food and travel, I was basically in Portland wedding planning heaven! 

Urban-chic rustic elegance with lush greenery, natural wood, and lots of textured florals set the backdrop at Union Pine. For this foodie couple a cider-glazed pork belly amuse bouche decorated their place setting, and kicked off a decadent seasonal four course dinner complete with wedding cake and a dessert display! In keeping with their color scheme of shades of green we created a specialty Chartreuse Champagne cocktail that we named "Health & Happiness" for the wedding toasts, a marvelous pairing with the chocolate wedding cake. Congratulations again, Jessica and Jake! 

Coordination: Kirsten | Photography: Christy Cassano-Meyer | Floral: Botanica Floral PDX | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Cake: Dream Cakes | Makeup: Julie Lampros | Hair: Hair by Katerina | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Ceremony Music: Ryan Walsh | Catering: Devil's Food | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Bridal Gown: Martina Liana | Groomsmen Attire: Provided by Estes

 

Allison + Marc

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Jessica HIll Photography

It's not too often a bride and groom get married in Greece, but Allison and Marc decided to jet off to say "I do" with just a few of their close family and friends. And upon their return back to the states the mother of the bride, Brooke, threw them an amazing party at Portland Art Museum so they could celebrate with all their family and friends. 

After hiring a star-studded line up of vendors, this event was nothing short of spectacular. Brooke played with the Grecian theme when planning out the design for this event. We had lush flowers from Zest Floral on every table that mimicked the round tops of the Grecian homes. Classic Vintage Rentals designed lounge areas throughout the venue with trinkets from Greece, including books, framed maps and beach glass bottles. 

Seeing how the couple has lots of family and friends from out of town, Brooke also wanted to showcase a little bit of what Portland has to offer. Devils Food designed a local menu that included a beautiful seafood display and synchronized salad course. Guests were treated to mini bottles of POP champagne when it came time for toasts (of course in the Santorini blue) and mini personal cakes from Dream Cakes which included a grecian leaf wreath around the bottom. 

Guests danced the night away and ended the night with a little Voodoo Doughnut treat for the ride home. It was an amazing evening and we were so happy to be apart of it all. 

Coordination: Elizabeth  | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Cinematography: Focal Point | Beauty: Sara Bria | Floral: Zest Floral | Transportation: NW Navigator | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Devil's Food | DJ + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Valet: Premier Valet | 

 

Hannah + Jake

 

There is something so sweet about this couple… they truly adore each other and are just so in love. I first met Hannah and her mom, Martha, as they were beginning to plan Hannah & Jake’s wedding day and just knew helping them plan the wedding would be fun! I loved getting to know them better and hear about wedding ideas. Hannah envisioned all white details for their ceremony and reception and Oregon Golf Club was the perfect backdrop. With a dream team of vendors, their wedding day was flawless and absolutely breathtaking!

Guests were greeted with champagne on arrival and made their way into the Oregon Golf Club rose garden for the ceremony. We could not have gotten luckier with the weather and they were able to have their outdoor ceremony- Hannah and her bridesmaids even walked down the aisle barefoot! After the ceremony, guests made their way into the reception tent for cocktail hour and dinner and were wowed by the details. Zest Floral adorned the mixed long and round tables with lush, white centerpieces and lanterns while floral chandeliers filled with greenery and white hung above for a dreamy, elegant look. The two were announced into the reception to loud cheers from their friends and families. The evening was just perfect and the night was filled with delicious food, memorable toasts, and surprise dances.

The happiness felt throughout the whole celebration was infectious and made for a memorable evening! I am so happy that I got to be a part such an incredible day. Congrats you two, I am just so happy for you!

Coordination: Meghan | Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Cinematography: Candyglass Productions | Beauty: Powder Inc. Beauty | Floral: Zest Floral | Band: Nate Botsford | Cake: Dream Cakes | DJ + Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | Rentals: Barclay + The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals + Rose Bean | Gown: Anna's Bridal | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Transportation: Ride CST |