Seattle Bride Escort Card Feature

 

Getting creative and designing weddings that are out-of-the-box is what we do best at Bridal Bliss.  So, when Seattle Bride Magazine approached us looking for unique ways to guide guests to their seat, with a natural vibe, we were excited to brainstorm! Molly + Elizabeth came up with the fabulous idea of incorporating glass fishing floats for the city bordering the sea. They were etched in metallic calligraphy by our ever talented friends at Robinson Paperie.  They were delicate, beautiful, and so unique.  Kate Calamusa, editor of the magazine, even spoke about them on K5 TV segment about wedding trends.  Such a fun opportunity!

 

Casey + David

 

Casey and David were a dream to work with. This stunning couple had an amazing vision for their wedding day and made sure their guests had a good time!

Beautiful sunny Bend offered a gorgeous setting and every detail of this day was sweet and personal – including a surprise beignet station for guests, the couple’s favorite cocktails, beer they brewed themselves, and personalized succulent favors.  The ceremony and reception at Tetherow were set against a beautiful backdrop of mountains and blue sky with beautiful pops of coral flower petals and arrangements throughout.

This perfect day ended with an incredible sunset and dancing up until the very last minute!

Big thanks to Wedventure Magazine for featuring this event!

 

Meagan + Brian

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Mosca Studio Photography

The moment I met Meagan and her mom, Kathy, I knew we were going to have a blast with planning Meagan & Brian’s wedding day! Meagan & Brian decided that the Oregon Golf Club would be the perfect setting for their big day and we quickly began planning to bring together an amazing team of vendors.

They envisioned getting married outside in the Oregon Golf Club Rose Garden and had the perfect day for a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour on the patio after a short and sweet service and then everyone was ushered into the reception tent for dinner. Elegant cream and white floral arrangements accented with greenery from Zest Florals set the tone for a their beautiful reception. After a delicious dinner, Chad Dowling Productions had the dance floor and photo booth packed all night. What a great party! Congrats you two! 

Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Florist: Zest Floral | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals | Hair & Makeup: AJ's Hair Design & Makeup | Photographer: Mosca Studio Photography | Cake: Dream Cakes | Videographer: Moving Pictures | Transportation: JMI Limousine | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions

 

Emily + Paul

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Aaron Courter Photography

When I met Emily and Paul I knew they were the perfect couple.  They stared at each other lovingly over coffee, seemed to know exactly what the other was thinking, and they were complete opposites, which if you know me, you know I love the saying “opposites attract!”  From the beginning Emily knew exactly what she wanted and one of those things was to make this day as fun for her as it was as comfortable for Paul.  Aaron Courter Photography did just that on the wedding day by allowing Emily’s bright and vivacious personality shine while also pairing well with Paul’s mellow and laidback grace. 

The couple married at Leach Botanical Gardens under the arbor, which was graced in gorgeous purple floral and soft candlelit globes by Blum Floral.  Surrounded by their closest loved ones, the couple shared vows about having rad babies and always supporting one another.   Guests were then ushered to cocktail hour where Pearl Catering served yummy bites and delicious cocktails, before picking up their gem inspired table cards by Tie That Binds.

Guests enjoyed cozy fireplace seating while the couple shared a romantic sweetheart table with rentals from Classic Vintage.  The gorgeous floral arbor also made a fantastic backdrop for the dessert display extravaganza from Petunias Pies and Pastries and Emily’s favorite desserts made by Paul’s mom.  If the night wasn’t fun enough, Event Team Entertainment had guests dancing all night long and even allowed for a few serenading opportunities by the Bride and her bridesmaids.  

Emily and Paul, I am so grateful you let me be a small part in your special day!  You are truly one of the coolest couples I know and I am so excited to watch you journey through life (and rad babies!) together.  Thank you for sharing so much happy with us.

Coordination: Miranda Scheitzach | Catering: Pearl Catering | Cake & Desserts: Petunias Pies and Pastries | Paper Goods: Tie That Binds Weddings | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Transportation: Eco Shuttle | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Photography: Aaron Courter Photography | Makeup & Hair: Blossom and Beauty | Floral: Blum Floral Design

 

Ana + Matt

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Kristen Marie Tourtillotte

Meeting first Ana and then Matt, I already knew how much fun their event was going to be.  They chose February 14th not because it was Valentine's Day (as they told me), but because it was a 3-day weekend - meaning they would have more time to celebrate!

Both very busy attorneys, Matt and Ana were married five years ago.  They had a small ceremony with family and a handful of friends at the time, but always knew they wanted to do something bigger at some point.  Fast forward through law school graduation, new jobs, and an adorable little boy, as their 5-year mark was approaching, they knew it was time!

We booked Axis in Pioneer Square for the venue, as its two-room open concept space leant itself perfectly to a night of cocktails and dancing.  Guests were wowed shortly after their arrival, with our food truck-like dishes.  The City Catering Company did an amazing job taking Matt and Ana's vision of fancy street food to a whole new level, creating fun and elevated snacks that were enjoyed by all.  Not wanting anything too formal Matt and Ana did want a chance to thank their friends and families before kicking off the much anticipated dance party.  The cutest part of their thank yous - although they both shared independently (Ana's thoughtfully planned out, and Matt's hilariously off the cuff) the person they most wanted to thank was each other.  Their first (5th anniversary) dance was just as sweet, as two of their close friends performed a love song for the happy couple

Guests had lined the dance floor to watch Matt and Ana, and as the moment ended (as Ana had requested) the dance party began - and kept on going and going!  I am not sure that either Matt or Ana left the floor the rest of the night, as we kept everyone entertained with music, late night snacks (tots!) and a milk & cookie bar for the ride home.  Ana and Matt were hands down the best dancers of the night, even requesting 1more song after the lights had come up.  The smiles on their faces said it all, it had been the perfect way to celebrate 5 years and the best friend they had found in each other.

Matt and Ana, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to share this special night with you.  You are an amazing couple, filled with so much love & happiness not to mention some killer dance moves and awesome friends.  I can't wait to celebrate many more of your anniversaries to come!

Coordination: Molly Corr | Photography: Kristen Marie Tourtillotte | Lighting: Crimson Haze | Catering: The City Catering Company | Florist: Bond in Bloom | DJ: BB Santiful | Desserts: Specialities | Display Wall: Molly Corr

 

Cheers to 15 years!

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Seattle Bend Wedding Planning | Oregon Washington Event Design | Deyla Huss Photography

I'm not sure how it's possible, but Bridal Bliss turned 15 this year! It's been such an amazing ride and thinking back to how it all started and where we are today is completely overwhelming. When I created Bridal Bliss, I was on dial-up internet, there was no such thing as Instagram or Pinterest, the odds that a company even had a website were less than 50/50 and cell phones were just becoming a common necessity!  I was fresh out of college, young and naive, but determined to make it in the wedding industry. Today, we have a stellar team and plan upwards of 150 weddings each year in Portland, Seattle, Bend and beyond. The professionals we have the opportunity to work with knock our socks off on a regular basis, and the relationships we have forged with our clients are so meaningful. Our team? Such an amazing group of creative women.

To celebrate the milestone, we threw a big party and invited all of our past clients, local wedding professionals, family and friends.  We hosted the event at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe and had a bevy of vendor friends that helped make it possible! We welcomed guests to the event with a super yummy (and potent!) shot from Merit Badge, and then upstairs there was a puppy snuggling station, tattoo bar, tasty treats, a La Croix ice display, donut bar and amazing music, amongst other fun. It was such a special night and so fun to so and reconnect with so many past couple!

My sincere appreciation goes out to everyone who came to celebrate with us, and all those who have supported Bridal Bliss over the last 15 years!

 

Amber + Michael

 

JM Cellars was the perfect venue for Amber and Michael's romantic fall wedding. From start to finish this couple knew they wanted to embrace the intimate winery feel as they incorporated berry hues, subtle details and an inviting feel, into their special day.  I had so much fun bringing this vision to life with them! 

The barrel room was decked out by Eleanor of Bash and Bloom. Guests entered into this already beautiful room only to be wowed by a greenery installation covering the copper doors, candles and twinkle lights dimly illuminating the space.  Following the heart-felt ceremony performed by Pastor Dave, the green doors opened for guests to join us in the tasting room for wine and appetizers.

Amber and Michael opted to forgo tradition, and shared their first dance away from the guests - a special moment for them both.   This also was the only dancing at their wedding, as dinner and spending time together with family and friends was the priority for this couple.  Guests enjoyed dinner presented by Seasoned in Seattle, a gorgeous cake by Honey Crumb (check out the hand-painted flowers by Carla!), and of course wine by JM Cellars.  We also had a few fun surprises as well - wedding mad libs, The Snap Bar's photo booth, and a table of sweet treats (Honey Crumb).  

Although unplanned the constant rain that kept us on our toes all day only added to the beauty of Amber and Michael's celebration.  The trees sparkled, and the soft pitter patter against the winery roof complemented the intimate fall feel we had all dreamed about. 

Congratulations Amber and Michael (and new pup, Henry!) - thank you for letting me be apart of your special day!

Coordination: Molly Corr | Hair & Makeup: Off White | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals | Lighting: JM Cellars | Catering: Seasoned in Seattle | Cake/Dessert: Honey Crumb | Photographer: Melissa Kilner Photography | Photo Booth: Snap Bar | Floral: Bash & Bloom | Ceremony Music: Pastor Dave | Reception Music: Pandora Station | Transportation: Butler Valet | Invitations: Minted | Dress: The White Dress Company, Nordstrom

 

Wedding Cake Alternatives

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

If you are attending a wedding, you are likely expecting to experience some basic wedding traditions...one of those being wedding cake! However, more and more couples are mixing it up a bit and incorporating other types of desserts to personalize their wedding.  Check out Nora's segment on KGW about wedding cake alternatives!