Nicole + Steve

 
 
 

It was truly an honor to work with Nicole on the planning and coordination of her vow renewal with her husband Steve. Not only is Nicole super fun and energetic, but she is one of the most kind and generous people I’ve ever met. Nicole owns and manages Powder, Inc., where brides come from all over the state to have their wedding makeup done. It is always wonderful to work with Nicole as a fellow wedding professional, but it was so fun to work with her as a bride!

The forecast on the vow renewal day called for rain so we prepped with cute umbrellas but when the Wagner family went to take photos, the clouds cleared and made for the perfect photo weather! As you can see here, their family photos are dreamy!

Guests were greeted at Opal 28 with strawberry lemonades and guided to the intimate ceremony area.

After walking down the aisle with their two daughters, Nicole and Steve read heart-felt vows to each other reminiscing about the 15 years they have shared so far and committed to a life-time more. I did not see a dry eye in the room! This was a beautiful ceremony I (and everyone else who attended) will remember forever.

Following the ceremony guests moved to the adjacent room where a long table was beautifully set for this intimate-sized 30-person group.

We used blush plates, gold flatware, lush florals, dreamy velvet napkins, and a taupe mesh table runner to create the whimsically ornate environment Nicole dreamed of.  The size of the group made the dinner feel like a formal family dinner.

The oldest Wagner daughter and a best friend of the couple gave charming, unscripted toasts. Instead of cutting a cake the couple cut a donut and headed to the dancefloor.

With dessert in hand, guests headed back to the ceremony room which we had flipped into a reception space with a dance floor, DJ lighting, and photo booth. Here friend and family danced the night away! Thank you, Wagner family, for letting me be a part of your magical day. Your passion for love and life is contagious! Cheers to the past 15 years and a lifetime more!

Coordinator: Melanie | Beauty: Powder Inc. | Photographer: Dina Chmut Photography | Cinematographer: Goodco Studios | Music: Paradox Productions | Florist: Bella Bloom Florals | Dessert: Krispy Kreme | Rentals: Archive Rentals + La Tavola | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Invitations: Sweet Sentimentality

 

Lizzy + Jermaine

 

From the moment I met Lizzy & Jermaine I knew we were going to have a blast planning their wedding. Lizzy & Jermaine are the most genuinely nice people I have ever met and all they wanted was to throw an epic party for all their out of town guests to enjoy.

I couldn't wait until their wedding on June 30th! I was just so excited for these two to start "phase 2" of their lives!

As we got to know each other a bit more I realized that Jermaine is a total sneakerhead and since I dabble in that world I knew we were the perfect match.

Beautiful personalized signs were all over the grounds letting guests know where to sign their guest book or to unplug their phones during the ceremony.

With the help of family and friends, Melissa Coe Celebrant, officially announced them as Husband and Wife and the party was underway! 

After the ceremony guests were treated to signature cocktails (my favorite being the "Champagne Mami" - shout out to Drake!), mini chicken & waffles, and lawn games while photos finished up. 

With Oregon Golf Club's beautiful tent as our canvas Lizzy and Jermaine got to work putting together a beautiful wedding.

With the help of Bella Blooms, Letters & Dust and Bridgewood Event Rentals we were able to bring their vision to life.

Bella Blooms provided all the flowers and garland to really pop the space into a classy yet modern formal garden party. Everything was absolutely beautiful.

The night was a blast from dinner, dancing and tear jerking speeches. 

The groomsmen and basically all the guests attending all changed out of their formal shoes and into some pretty rad Nike's. My personal favorite? Jermaine's super rare Off-White Jordan 1's designed by none other than Virgil Abloh. 

Lizzy and Jermaine are surrounded by an amazing support system and I can't wait to see what this next adventure holds for them.

Thank you, Lizzy and Jermaine! I was beyond honored to be part of your wedding day! I wish you both nothing but love and happiness in "phase  2".

 

Kari + Sharat

 

When you first hear the words, 'married in my parents' backyard' there so many thoughts and questions that run through a planner's mind. 

The biggest one, are you sure?  In this case, the answer was YES, and we could not have asked for a more perfect space or weekend for Kari and Sharat.

In keeping with the theme of the weekend we wanted the wedding to feel beautiful and classic, but also relaxed and fun.

Guests made their way down to the waterfront where they were wowed by the incredible backdrop, and flowers by the talented, Eleanor Blackford of Bash and Bloom.  

Kari and Sharat said I do in the same backyard as her parents had years before, and by the same officiant, making it an even more special celebration for their families and loved ones.   

Following the ceremony we invited guests to mingle as many had traveled to the celebration while enjoying cocktails and light bites from the Lisa Dupar team. 

As the sun began to lower we moved into the tent for a water-side dinner capped off by a round of toasts and well wishes for the couple.

The laughter continued with lawn games, ice cream & pie (A la Mode), a homemade dessert - provided by the bride's mother, Lisa, a traditional Norwegian Wedding Cake which tasted even more incredible than it looked. 

Guests left with personalized sunglasses (such a fun touch for this sunny July wedding), full bellies - pizza from local favorite Pagliacci capped off our night of eating, tired feet from the hours of dancing (music provided by Rudy of the RudEvents), damp hair (for some) from a late night dip in the lake and smiles are on the their faces.

So incredibly happy for this amazing couple. Kari and Sharat thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Check out even more from their wedding featured in Carats + Cake!

We loved working with Bridal Bliss, and our incredible wedding planner, Molly Corr. Molly’s skillful organization, positive attitude, flexibility, and calm demeanor took the stress out of wedding planning. Our wedding came together smoothly and beautifully thanks to Molly’s attention to details and lovely style. We would absolutely recommend Molly and Bridal Bliss for anyone looking for a wedding planner!
— Kari + Sharat

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Shannon Rasheed | Caterer: Lisa Dupar Catering | Ceremony Music: Windsong Trio | Dessert: A la Mode | Florist: Bash & Bloom | Music: RUDYvents | Photographer: Matthew Land Studios | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals

 

Jenna + Greg

 

I cannot begin to tell you what a joy it was to plan Jenna + Greg's wedding.

With the bride + groom busy in medical school, it was Jenna's  mother Kristine whom I had the pleasure of working with.  This is one exceptional woman. Classy, sassy, smart and knows what she wants!

When it came to the wedding, Kristine + Jenna had a few priorities....a meaningful ceremony, over-the-top floral, an abundance of food and a super fun party.  They were definitely speaking my language!!

The ceremony, at St. Mary's Cathedral, was officiated by Archbishop Schwietz, a close family friend who had performed every family sacrament for the past ten years. 

A 12 person choir along with strings and a trumpet fanfare set the tone for the beautiful ceremony and the full Catholic mass was everything the couple was hoping for. 

The floral was beyond exceptional.  From adorned pillars and railings at the club, tables overflowing with fluffy peonies and a dripping chandelier, no detail was overlooked. 

Some other fun details were the sequin linens, ombre escort card wall, a delicious cake covered in intricate sugar flowers (and topped with Jenna's grandparents' cake topper) and the bride's stunning Hayley Paige gown from Anna's Bridal

Guests were treated to tons of passed appetizers and a five course meal which ended with digestivi carts.

The toasts had everyone in tears and really made clear what a pedestal Jenna's five siblings held her on. And Uncle Lou, a 90 year old relative serenaded the couple and celebrated his 67 wedding anniversary the next day.

With a dream team of vendors, the sweetest clients and a perfect sunset, this wedding was certainly one for the books.

After our daughter became engaged, the next joyous decision we were able to celebrate was choosing Nora and her team at Bridal Bliss. All stress and anxiety were immediately alleviated as Bridal Bliss flew into action, turning our daughter and her fiancé’s wedding dreams into reality. Every detail was meticulously coordinated with Nora offering her expert counsel and experience at each step of the way. The vendors that Nora assembled, all of whom were awarded the best vendor of the year award for Portland, were team players who worked to create a conception that was beautiful, romantic, and breathtaking. Nora will forever hold a place in our hearts as we look, for generations, upon a celebration that was one of the best days of our lives.

Coordinator: Nora | Band: The Essentials | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Bridal Gown: Anna's Bridal | Cake: DreamCakes | Caterer: Portland Golf Club | Ceremony Music: Angela Westhoff-Johnson | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Florist: Blum Floral | Invitations: Designer’s Fine Press | Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions + Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Transportation: M Executive

 

Winter Wedding Tips

 

There is just something about a winter wedding…the season lends itself to cozy, formal, magical affairs. Nora went on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to give some tips on hosting a winter wedding—take a peek!

 

Savitha + Ted

 

I first met Savitha a few months before her big day.  She was one of the most calm and relaxed brides I have ever me.  She wanted to keep the entire weekend of celebration stress free and uncomplicated for both herself, her finance Ted, and their families.  

JM Cellars was the perfect venue for the style of wedding they were looking for, laid-back elegance.  Savitha chose simple details to enhance the beauty of the space, selecting locally grown flowers and romantic color palette. 

 Stadium Flowers added gorgeous flowers to the arbor where Savitha and Ted said their I-Dos.  My favorite moment (as it frequently is) was watching as  the ceremony came to close, joining not only the couple in this case, but also their families, with five kids between them - such a special moment for them all.

Following the ceremony guests were welcomed to the rock garden for wine and bites provided by Herban Feast before moving into the Wine Library for dinner.

Guests dined, and listened to heartfelt toasts before moving into the barrel room for dancing!  Although it was a cooler than anticipated summer evening the room was kept warm by the very full the dance floor and celebratory energy.  

Congratulations Ted & Savitha, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Molly | Music: Sounds Unlimited | Photographer: Tasha Owen Photography | Rentals: CORT Party Rental | Florist: Stadium Flowers | Dessert: Mike’s Amazing Cakes | Officiant: Seattle Wedding Officiants | Beauty: Salon Maison | Catering: Herban Feast

 

Mallory + Serkan

 

When you have known the bride since she was a toddler, it makes planning a wedding that much more special. Going into 2018 I had a feeling Mallory and Serkan's wedding was going to be one of my favorites - not only were they planning on saying their I-Dos at the beautiful Bella Luna Farms in Snohomish, WA (with some amazing vendors I might add!), but it also would host guests from all over the country including some Mallory and I both had known for decades.

And just as I had anticipated July 14th was the perfect day for this special bride and groom. 

They were married by a dear friend and surrounded by loved ones. 

The sun shone down on these two as they stood beneath an arbor created by venue owner, Pamela Thompson.  

Following the ceremony guests were encouraged to wander the property while nibbling on bites provided by Upper Left Catering and serenaded by Tyler Edwards and company.

As guests said goodbye to the iconic goats (always a hit during cocktail hour!) they were then seated under our pitched tent where they were served an amazing family style dinner.

As dinner came to an end, guests were entertained by several hilarious and heart-felt toasts.  

We capped the night with cake provided by Cubes bakery, dancing (with music provided by the fabulous, Ben Meadow) under the star wrapped a-frame, and a late night snack of stone-fired pizza (another perk of this unique venue) before the couple was whisked away to the cozy hay loft for the night.

Thank you to our amazing photographers, Kim and  Adam of La Vie Photography for capturing this magical day.  And to Mallory and Serkan, it was truly an honor to be a part of this special time in your life, I look forward to celebrating with you both for years to come!  



Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Bridal Beauty Agency | Caterer: Upper Left + A Platinum Event | Ceremony Music: Tyler Edwards Music | Music: Ben Meadows Music | Photographer: Le Vie Photography | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals | Transportation: Butler Seattle


 

A + W Wedding Weekend

 

This wedding weekend is one for the books. A + W came to us wanting to plan a fun -all-out Portland wedding for their guests. With everyone traveling to Portland for the weekend we wanted to make sure and show them all that this beautiful city has to offer. We dove in head first as we knew it was going to be a big fun weekend. 

A + W kicked off the festivities with a small dinner on Thursday at Kachka. We worked with Chervona who provided traditional Ukrainian music for the dinner. Guests dined on an amazing family style meal showcasing some of Kachka's most well known dishes. And of course everything was paired with their vodkas! 

The following day guests made their way out to either Hood River or Willamette Valley to enjoy the fun offerings outside of the city. That evening everyone was welcomed to Plaza del Toro for lively dinner featuring menu items from Tasty n' Sons and Tasty n' Alder. A + W loved picking out Northwest food and drinks for their guests, wanting to feature the best of the best. DJ Cooky Parker kept the good times rolling by spinning soul inspired vinyls throughout the night. After the dinner guests ended the night with a drink at Doug Fir. 

For the wedding day we worked with Jacobsen Salt to provide a fun and urban venue for their wedding. A + W wanted the evening to be laid back, simple yet styled effortlessly and that is exactly what came together. We worked an A-list of vendors who made it all possible. One of the highlights of the design was having Fieldwork Flowers suspend 200 white peonies from the ceiling of the ceremony area. The high rafters and floating flowers gave the ceremony space this ultra romantic, chapel like feel. It was truly gorgeous. 

Outside in the parking lot we worked with Barclays and Classic Vintage Rentals to design a fun, laid back tent for cocktail hour. With the perfect amount of sunshine guests enjoyed sipping on cocktails and bites of food outside. Back inside the vendors worked to flip the ceremony space to the reception space. 

As the evening moved along guests were invited back inside for dinner which was comprised of three unique food stations from Art of Catering. The stations were full of local purveyors paired with NW wines from Lingua Franca and Domain Serene. Precious Byrd welcomed guests to the dance floor and kept the party going all night. Throughout the evening guests were treated to unique Oregon experiences including Salt & Straw ice cream, Case Study Coffee Cart and a weed bar.

After the wedding guests made their way to La Merde for a fun after party with a balloon filled room, DJ stray mixing music and food from Montage. It was the perfect ending to a long day of fun and celebrations. The next morning guests were welcomed to The Nines for a brunch and to pick up hangover kits. After three days of celebrations Bridal Bliss put together little kits to help guests get through their Sunday's and flights back home. We absolutely loved being apart of this fun filled wedding weekend and were so thankful Dylan Howell captured all the amazing pictures. Thanks A + W!! 

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Catering: Art of Catering | Band: Precious Byrd | Florist: Fieldwork Flowers | Photography: Dylan Howell | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals + Classic Vintage Rentals | Transportation: NW Navigator