Tis the season for engagements and the beginning of the planning process for many new couples. Check out Nora Sheils' (KPTV's wedding expert) recent segment on common wedding planning mistakes to help you along the way!
True to Jamie and Cristin's personalities, their wedding was a day filled with love, fun, and laughter. Although Jamie and I have been friends since college, it was so special to both get to know Cristin and help the two of them plan such an important moment in their lives together. Jamie and Cristin chose Pine Creek Nursery as the location for their outdoor wedding. In addition to being surrounded by flowers, some of which were grown specifically for the wedding (so cool!), we were also nestled among christmas trees, as it is a tree farm come December!
After a perfect ceremony which included, Charlie the couple's beloved retriever as a ring bearer, nephew Henry as a 'ring bear' - ears and nose included, and an extremely heartfelt ceremony performed by one of Jamie's closest friends, guests were welcomed into the barn for cocktails and mingling. Given that this fun-loving couple wanted something different for their outdoor summer affair, Jamie and Cristin opted for food trucks in lieu of traditional catering. Many of the guests made not one but two trips to Nosh, and Bread & Circuses, they were that good! Toasts, and a dances followed, which once again featured Charlie, who had to be just a part of Jamie and Cristin's first dance.
From the first time I met Lauren, I knew her wedding was going to be special. Although she was excited to spend time with all of her friends and family she was most looking forward to be married to the love of her life, Adam. She was not overly concerned about all of the little details, and instead focused on making sure it was a day that both reflected the two of them. Choosing a venue was easy, Lake Chelan is and will continue to be a place of happy memories for Lauren and Adam, and they were excited to share this little town with their guests. One of the most beautiful settings in Lake Chelan, Tsillan Cellars provided the perfect backdrop for Lauren and Adam's special day. Guests were seated facing the water (talk about a view!) as they anxiously awaited the big moment. Lauren looked absolutely stunning, as she entered the lawn flanked by both her mom and dad. Their ceremony was both sentimental and funny, perfect for Lauren and Adam. We all cheered as the happy couple made it official!
After enjoying cocktails outdoors on the patio guests were invited into the dining room, where they were treated to a Tuscan feast. Each toaster spoke of the love that Lauren and Adam had for each other, and how happy they were be celebrating this special moment with them. But my favorite speech came from the groom himself, Adam thanked Lauren for being the person he couldn't start or end a day with, the person he dreamed about and more- talk about a sweet moment! Cake, dancing, a donut bar (and a little more wine!) capped off the evening. And let's just say those koi fish didn't know what was coming when this epic dance party started, as they had not one, but two guests take a dip with them in the pond over the course of the evening. The bride and groom themselves were out there with their guests until the lights came up, before the boarding the bus back the hotel with their guests so they could squeeze in a little more time with their friends.
Lauren and Adam, from the moment you said I do, your faces showed it all - you had never been happier, now married to your best friend. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day, I loved every minute of it!
Sophia & Jeffrey celebrated their wedding day at The Oregon Golf Club and it was the perfect setting for their romantic and elegant wedding details. The couple was married on a beautiful Oregon day in the rose garden with Sophia surprising Jeffrey by changing dresses just before she went down the aisle into a gown she just knew he would love! After their sweet ceremony, guests made their way to the patio where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers before making their way into the reception tent for dinner. Jason with Chad Dowling Productions had the whole crowd dancing throughout the evening! It was a pleasure to be a part of their big day!
I just loved helping Melissa and Ben plan their glam garden party wedding! The picturesque Bridal Veil Lakes in the Gorge set the tone for their stunning event. Guests were greeted with a champagne arrival and made their way to the meadow for the ceremony. One of their close friends officiated a personal and sweet ceremony and included Ben surprising Melissa with a dove release that held special meaning to them both. After the ceremony, guests continued around the lake to the Gorge Overlook for cocktail hour. It was a gorgeous view and setting with picnic blankets for guests to enjoy.
Dinner tables were set under bistro lights and detailed with dreamy café au lait dahlia centerpieces accented by gold and blush. With the lake as a backdrop, Melissa and Ben shared a beautiful sweetheart table lined with garland and candlesticks. After toasts, the two got to share the most incredible sunset with their guests.
To kick off dancing, Melissa, Ben and their guests begin a flash mob that Melissa had choreographed. The rest of the evening was amazing with guests taking Polaroid selfies on the vintage furniture, a packed dance floor and a cigar bar. There were so many memorable moments at Melissa & Ben’s wedding and I am so thrilled that I got to be a part of it. It really was the best day ever! Congrats you two, I am so happy for you and your life together!
Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Photography: Powers Studios | Catering: Devil's Food | Cinematography: Moving Pictures | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + The Party Place | DJ: Paradox Productions | Floral: Swoon | Cake: Dream Cakes | Chalk Art: Letters + Dust | Doves: Three Butterfly Wishes | Transportation: Lucky Limousine
RSVP's are one of the most important planning tools for an event. These little cards give you all of the information you need to know about your guests prior to the wedding. They allow you to plan more accurately with numbers which in return allows you the coordinate more accurately with your vendors. Since we at Bridal Bliss love a good RSVP card, here are some tips to think about when drafting up your invitations.
- Make sure to list your RSVP date one month before your wedding date. If your wedding is on August 5th, your RSVP date should be on July 5th.
- Create a line where guests can enter their names. Traditionally the "M" stands for "Mr." or "Mrs." We typically recommend changing this to read "Name(s)" as it is more clear to your guests.
- Make sure to have a line or box for guests to check whether they are attending or declining.
- If you are including families and children it might be nice to have a line below the attending box that reads "Number attending" where your guests can write out the exact number of people attending.
- If you need to collect entree choices for guests, we recommend writing, "Please initial an entree selection for each guest" and then listing out the various entrees. We have found this to be the most accurate way to track meals.
- Make sure the RSVP is easy to read and has plenty of space for guests to write on.
- Discreetly number your RSVP's (we typically use a light pencil to the back of the card) to coincide with your guest list spreadsheet. If an RSVP arrives illegibly or with no name at all (you would be surprised how often this happens!) you will still be able track it.
If you are a guest of a wedding and reading this, here are some tips for filling out the RSVP card.
- Make sure to write legibly so anyone would be able to read the card.
- Write out full names, including your last name.
- Make sure to read over the entire card and fill out all areas that are asked of you.
- Lastly, make sure to RSVP before the due date!
For more tips and RSVP etiquette, check out the below graphic from Eventbrite. Visit their !event management and planning page to learn about their tools for ticketed events and how they can help streamline the process!
Meg & Alexander were such a pleasure to coordinate for, I enjoyed their personalities so much I really never wanted this event day to end! They are such a fun and vibrant couple while still maintaining class and impeccable taste. Waverley provided the perfect setting for their special day. Their personal ceremony on the lawn overlooking the river was led by a close friend and sealed with an adorable dip and kiss. Inside, the club sparkled with candles, neutral tones and a pop of navy blue. Simplicity really was key! A signed bottle of Dom Perignon surprised the couple as they entered the reception--it is clear how much this wedding party loves them! Cafe lights were strung on the back patio for added warmth and an inviting feel as guests danced the night away indoors and out. They definitely achieved the ultimate country club chic wedding! Congrats Meg & Alexander!
Wow...what a year! 2016 has been very good to us and I love taking the time to reflect on it during this season. Bridal Bliss has had a big year! This was our first full season in Seattle and we've loved every second of it. With Elizabeth leading the team and Molly, Miranda and Hayley as our lead planners we surpassed our goals and worked with some really amazing people along the way. We've also been working hard in Central Oregon, and of course keeping very busy in Portland where we were awarded two separate "Best Of" titles this year!
This season has brought with it some really wonderful clients and events that truly took our breathe away. We love infusing unique details and unexpected elements into our events and this year was like no other. The northwest is truly lucky to have such amazing talent at it's fingertips--the wedding professionals we have the opportunity to work with are unsurpassed! We are continually updating our blog with photos from recent events and will post our favorite photos from 2016 real soon. I recently had a conversation with a few of our planners about how fun and unique it is to have the opportunity to create special relationships with our clients, many of which continue well after the wedding comes to an end. Some of my best friends are past clients and I love it!
Our team continues to slowly grow as we promote lead coordinators and assistants. Beyond being incredibly talented, supportive of each other and dedicated to our clients...this crew is FUN! Check out a clip by our friends at Moving Pictures from our photo shoot last spring--it makes me laugh out loud every time!
This year our crew has celebrated weddings (check out Elizabeth's wedding in the current issue of Portland Bridal + Groom Magazine!), engagements, new houses, new babies and puppies. I regularly count my blessings to be surrounded with such an amazing team. Seriously...these girls are phenomenal and inspiring.
Kayley, myself and Elizabeth with our new additions
I won't say being a working mom is easy, but when I'm surrounded but such supportive women, all of whom take their job seriously and offer up the highest level of service to our clients, it definitely lowers my stress level. I am also so thankful for my "tribe" who help with my kids and my sanity. My mom and mother-in-law are absolute angels and my little ones are incredibly lucky to be so close to their grandparents. I truly don't know what I would do without them. Beyond all the political turmoil, 2016 has been a pretty epic year both professionally and personally. Thank YOU for your continued support. I love what I do and can't wait to do more of it in 2017. Happiest of new years from my family to yours!