Marissa + Ben | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Alexandra Grace Photography

I just knew I wanted to be Marissa + Ben's planner when I first met with them. They had been guests at a previous wedding I had coordinated plus we instantly connected-- Marissa is also from my hometown and it turned out that Ben is from a town I visited a lot growing up. 

Both Marissa and Ben wanted to be involved in the details of planning and I had such fun meeting with them to talk about the personalized details they envisioned (and created!) to incorporate into the space-- from the handmade wooden bars and signage to the copper mug escort cards at each place setting. The World Forestry Center was the perfect setting for their stunning wedding with it's amazing ceiling beams and wooden walls. 

Foraged Floral created the most beautiful installation that filled the ceiling with loose vines of smilax hanging from the beams to create a natural and overgrown look. Tiffany then adorned the ceremony arch that Ben made with the same greenery plus rich burgundy, dusty pink, and mauve blooms. It was absolutely stunning! After a very memorable ceremony (with the lights coming back on half way through), guest enjoyed drinks and appetizers by ChefStable in the foyer and on the patio.  

Guests were invited back into the transformed Miller hall where dinner tables were set with wooden lanterns and greenery plus copper mugs for guests to enjoy at the His + Her Mule Bar that opened after dinner. There were so many memorable moments at Marissa & Ben’s wedding and I am so thrilled that I got to be a part of it. It really was the best day celebrating these two! Huge congrats, I am so happy for you and your life together! 

Coordinator: Meghan | Cakes/Desserts: Lauretta Jean’s Pies | Florist: Foraged Floral | Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Catering: Chefs Table


Ande + Michael


Ande and Michael are two of the sweetest people and I could not be more thrilled to share pictures from their stunning wedding day, captured by Jessica Hill! The wedding is extra fun as I have known Ande's family for many years, growing up with cabins next to each other and then becoming friends at the University of Portland. So when Ande asked me to plan her wedding, I was over the moon! 

The day was pure bliss as Ande and Michael said "I Do" at First Presbyterian Church. Followed by a fun cocktail hour at Jackknife.  As the sun began to set, guests were welcomed to the 4th floor of the Sentinel Hotel in the Governor Ballroom. The room was perfectly designed for a fall wedding. The colors were dark and romantic, with candles glowing in the room. Blum Floral Design knocked it out of the park with the flowers bring in lush fall leaves and gorgeous blooms. 

As the night carried on guests ate, drank and danced the night away (thanks to the rocking guys from Precious Byrd). It was a night to remember and I loved being apart of it. Thank you Ande & Michael for including me in your special day!

Coordination: Elizabeth | Caterer: Jake’s Catering | Cake: Dream Cakes | Ceremony Music: Notes of Celebration | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Audio + Visual + Lighting: Think AV | Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography | Videographer: J&M Media | Band: Precious Byrd | Rentals: Party Place


Cam + Adam


When Cam and Adam asked me to coordinate their wedding, I could not have been more excited! There is nothing like having the privilege to be part of a fellow Bridal Bliss team member's special day. Cam and Adam were a dream to work with, and they certainly know how to throw a fabulous party! Their October wedding at the Crystal Ballroom was the perfect fit for a such a fun couple!

Cam and bridal party got their hair and makeup done by Cam's close friends at Embassy Suites and they headed over to the Crystal Ballroom to meet Adam and his groomsmen. Cam and Adam shared their first look on the balcony of the ballroom, just under the marquee which announced their wedding. After an intimate first look, captured by Powers Photography, the bridal party had some fun in downtown Portland while taking photos.

When it was ceremony time, everyone gathered in the ballroom to see Cam and Adam say their I Do's. In place of a welcome sign was a custom caricature art piece, introducing wedding guests to the bridal party's fun personalities.

After the ceremony, everyone headed downstairs to Lola's room to be serenaded by Joanna Lee during cocktail hour. Guests had plenty to keep them entertained between the magician Craig Martin and some unique games for those who were up for some friendly competition. Come dinner time, the ballroom was transformed by Carrie Costa's florals. The couple and bridal party made their entrance into the ballroom through a tunnel of guests waiving gold pompoms!

Dinner was followed by heartfelt toasts, where one of Cam's bridesmaids surprised the couple with a video montage. After toasts, it was time to get the party started with Chad Dowling and The Coastline! For those who needed a dancing break, White Tower Photo Booth was there with a surplus of Portland Timber's props. With an after party at Shift Drinks, everyone was invited to party with night away with the happy couple!

Cam and Adam, you are an amazing couple, and I wish you a lifetime of fun, laughter and love!

Coordination: Alexis | Florist: Carrie Costa | Photographer: Powers Photography | Entertainment: The Magic of Craig Martin | Caterer: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom | Music: Chad Dowling Productions + Joanna Lee + The Coastline | Hair & Make up: Karen Cordell | Transportation: Old School PDX


Wedding Gown Trends 2019


Curious what’s hot for weddings in 2019? We know one thing is for sure…wedding gowns keep getting prettier and prettier! It was no surprise that Meghan Markle’s dress was the talk of the town at Bridal Fashion Week, but the emerging trends take it to a whole new level! Take a peek at Nora’s segment on Good Day Oregon to learn more!


Kai + Reese


I still remember the first time meeting Kai, she had this beaming personality and infectious smile.  She was madly in love with Reese and wanted to celebrate their love with close family and friends. Having selected Lewis & Clark for their venue, I knew I could create her vision perfectly as it's one of the most versatile venues in town. 

For the ceremony, which was held behind the Manor House overlooking Mt. Hood, we set gold chiavaris, fuchsia and white petals down the aisle and kept the altar arrangements simple as to not obstruct the view.  

After the ceremony, guests made their way down the historical steps surrounding the reflection pond for cocktail hour, enjoying the garden and delicious hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from Art of Catering.  For dinner, guests found their seating assignment on an acrylic board and made their way into the glamorous tent with gold chandeliers and breathtaking fuchsia floral arrangements by Blum Floral Design.  

Strung above the head table was a 24 foot lush floral garland with greenery and pops of fuchsia roses. Each table boasted gold Chameleon chairs, champagne linens, glass beaded chargers and an acrylic menu card It was personalized for each guest with their name calligraphed on a black band and their meal choice on the menu. The mirrored bar for drinks with a boxwood backing and floral dripping from the top was pure magic. For dessert, guests enjoyed a stunningly beautiful black cake with a glorious white sugar flower from Dream Cakes

Kai & Reese shared their first dance under the stars on a black and white checked dance floor surrounded by glam lounge furniture from Classic Vintage Rentals.   Guests danced the night away to music by DJ Zimmie and had a great time.  It really was a magical evening.  

Coordination: Katy | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Caterer: Art of Catering | Hair + Make Up Artist: Blossom & Beauty | Photographer: Amanda Meg Photography | Videographer: J&M Media | DJ: DJ Zimmie | Music: Duo Con Brio | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + Party Place + West Coast Event Productions | Cake: Dream Cakes | Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Paper Goods + Chalkboard Signs: Letters & Dust | Transportation: Foursom Gold Carts + Lucky Limousine


Shannon + Joe


I have had the pleasure of knowing Shannon for over ten years.  I met her at Urban Waxx when she was a one-woman show in a tiny flex space. Since then she's grown her company to over eight locations (with more to come!) and I'm lucky enough to call her a friend.  She is an inspiring business woman, but what I love about her most is her sense of humor.  Seriously, she makes me laugh SO hard. When Shannon asked me to plan her wedding I was over the moon!!  I met Joe early on and the two of them together are like a comedy routine.  Such a sweet couple and just good, solid people.

When it came to their wedding, they wanted nothing to do with planning.  All I knew is that they like rose gold and they wanted good food.  So...rose gold they received along with marble accents (that bar though!), lush peonies (why not include my favorite when I have free reign?!?!), dramatic anemones and a color scheme of white, black, grey and rose gold. The design was sleek, sexy and modern and went perfectly with the lines of their beautiful home, where their event was held. Thankfully, they loved it all!

Guests arrived, valeted their car, walked under a dramatic balloon arch by Balloons on Broadway, and were treated to appetizers and delicious cocktails by White Pepper.  They headed down to the lawn for a standing ceremony by Kevin Yell that was so sweet and personal.  Shannon + Joe's love for each other and for their children is heartwarming. The kiddos, who are super close, watching their parents get married with tears in their eyes was everything.

Afterwards, DJ Evil One spun dinner right into a serious dance party and of course Shannon had to change into a reception dress.  It was such a great night and best of all, so personal! Congrats Shannon + Joe, I loved every second of planning your fab event!

Nora executed ever detail flawlessly. From moving all of the furniture out of our home to coordinating the day of, everything was PERFECTION! I cannot think of any other words except that. Perfect.
Seriously, if you are looking for an event planner, Bridal Bliss is the best ever. I will never plan an event without Nora.
— Shannon Beekman

Coordinator: Nora | Cake: Dream Cakes | Caterer: White Pepper | DJ & Sound: DJ Evil One | Hair & Makeup: Olivia Hawthorne Beauty | Photographer: Honey Suckle Photography | Videographer: Duran Creative Co | Floral: Honor Floral | Transportation: Premiere Valet | Moving Company: Bridgetown Moving | Rentals: Vintage Meets Modern | Lighting & Rentals: Chad Dowling Productions | Balloons: Balloons on Broadway | Design/Rentals: Rose Bean | Gown: White Dress | Alterations & Accessories: Anna’s Bridal | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Officiant: Kevin Yell


Shannon + Bill


Shannon and Bill's fall wedding was an absolute favorite of mine! From the get go, Shannon and I hit it off and had a blast planning her and Bill's big day. Every meeting we both got equally excited about her fall color scheme, custom dress by Elizabeth Dye, and their big day at Pronghorn

The ceremony was sweet and intimate in the entrance of the classic golf resort. The fireplace and floral covered mantle was the perfect backdrop for Shannon and Bill to say I do! 

Post ceremony, Shannon and Bill snuck off for some amazing sunset photos with the incredible Benjamin Edwards. Guests mingled in the bar area and even found themselves outside on a cool fall evening sitting by the fireplaces. It really was the perfect setting for a dreamy fall day. 

Dinner went off without a hitch and guests listened to sweet toasts from Shannon's son and both of Bill's sons. It was so sweet watching two families come together as one!  

Blue Wave Band had guests on their feet dancing the night away. It was an absolute perfect night and I couldn't be happier I got to be apart of the celebration. Shannon and Bill, you were two of my absolute favorites! Congratulations on your new marriage! 

Coordinator: Catherine | Beauty: Kate Tuma | Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop | Music: Blue Wave Band | Florist: Summer Robins Flowers | Photographer: Benjamin Edwards | Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Videographer: Troy Costa Films | Photo Booth: Bend VW Photo Bus | Stationary: Crave Design | Signage: Hey Halle


Team Photo Shoot 2018


I’ve been meaning to post photos from our ultra-glam photo shoot for months now, but wedding season had other ideas! So excited to share these images with you, and especially thank our super talented vendor team for making it happen. We had the BEST time!

The most difficult part of a team event is finding a date that works for everyone! Thankfully we were able to come together, let loose and share A LOT of laughs.

The Full Team!

Portland Team (Left) and Seattle Team (Right)

Check out our bio pages to learn more about these talented ladies!

Photography: Amanda K Photography | Cinematography: Fibre Creative | Wardrobe: BHLDN | Set: Classic Vintage Rentals | Beauty: Olivia Hawthorne Beauty | Venue: District East | Catering: White Pepper