What's hot and what's not!


Out with the old and in with the new! Check out Nora's segment on KGW's Portland Today discussing what's hot and what's not in weddings today.


Mindy + JamIe


Mindy and Jamie are 110% couple goals.  They are a gorgeous, kind, talented, and incredibly in love which shined bright through their Great Gatsby wedding.

The couples wedding took place at a private residence, which fingers crossed, we can use again if Mr. Budd will ever take me up on my offer.  The views from Mindy’s childhood home are stunning enough on their own, but paired with a simple white runner and white drape created the perfect ceremony backdrop that allowed the couple to be the main focus.  Just take a look at these photos from Dan Rice Photography and the amazing video from Jordan Niswender Videography.

After the ceremony and cocktail hour finished, guests were invited to the reception under lush green trees draped in café lights.  Dinner tables alternated silky champagne and drool worthy sequin linen as well as carefully crafted black or white fanned napkins.  Rather than flowers, large gold vases with black and white feather plumes brought stunning height to the tables while mercury votives in all sizes glowed in the evening light. 

This wedding also contains my favorite wedding moment EVER.  In 6 years of planning, I have never pulled off a surprise like this one.  Remember when I said this couple was talented? Well Jamie used to play in a popular cover band, so when he came to me with a song he wrote/recorded just for Mindy and asked to cut their first dance song short I did not hesitate to say yes and keep the secret. Blue Wave Band helped me orchestrate the surprise and let me tell you, there was not a dry eye in the house.

Mindy and Jamie, we wish you the sweetest future together and know you will do great things. 


Mickinzie + Joe Rehearsal Dinner


I had the pleasure of working with the Sanders family on Melissa + Charlie's gorgeous wedding back in 2014 and instantly fell in love with them.  This crew is as sassy as can be with impeccable taste, high standards and a great sense of humor. I've worked on small projects here and there with Carla since then, and was absolutely thrilled when she contacted me to plan a rehearsal dinner for a very special nephew, Joe and his fiance Mickinzie. The festivities were to take place at Carla's beautiful home in Kalama!

A true Italian, this event was a nod to the family's heritage.  We coordinated an amazing menu complete with a special family polenta recipe, rolls adorned with twine and rosemary, and an abundance of dishes served family style on beautiful wooden tables. A huge hit was the raclette appetizer station, courtesy of Devil's Food. Who doesn't love perfectly melted cheese and accoutrements? Dessert was a display featuring panna cotta, jordan almonds, biscotti and tarts to name just a few of the treats, and also available to guests was a yummy coffee cart. Kids were made very welcome with gift bags containing everything from bubbles, to fortune tellers to stickers--everyone was happy! 

The setting was set with an accordionist, Italian dinner tunes by Chad Dowling Productions, strung lighting by Party Place and heartfelt toasts by friends and family.  This event was such a pleasure to be a part of --congrats Joe + Mickinzie!

Coordination: Nora | Catering: Devils Food Catering | Coffee Cart: Pacific Perks | Floral: Barbara @ Floral Effects | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Accordion: Lazy Bull Music | Rentals: Party Place | Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers


Megan + John


One of my favorite text messages from 2017 was from one of my close friends telling me she was engaged.  After (obvious) excitement on my end, she followed up by asking me to help her and John plan their wedding.  An honor that will remain with me for a lifetime.

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Although there was not a specific date in mind, Megan and John knew they wanted to get married that same year.  Engaged in mid-January, we started looking towards late fall (knowing how our fellow Husky fans felt about September weddings!).  After touring and falling in love with The Foundry by Herban Feast - we knew it was the space, and as luck would have it they not only had an October date, but they also, much to our surprise also had July 1st.  Both Megan and John were ready to start living their happily ever after, and with 5 months to plan their dream wedding, I was up for the challenge!

Those months flew by in the best way possible, and before we knew it we had arrived - Wedding weekend!  We kicked off the festivities with an intimate dinner at Marian Built Loft in Ballard, followed the next night by a welcome party at the Seattle Yacht Club.  We had so much fun showing Seattle off with the two different venues, and also bringing their guests together for what promised to be a magical celebration the following day.

And celebrate did we ever!  Megan and John (and the amazing, Matt Land!) shared their first look in the rooftop bar, of the Thompson Hotel, before being joined by their best friends for photos around Downtown Seattle.  All the while our dream team went to work at the venue.  Before long we were welcoming guests to be seated to watch these two make it official.  One of their best friends officiated their very special ceremony, and it is safe to say there were few dry eyes. 

Following a much celebrated first kiss the party began - or began again after two nights of festivities!  Guests headed into the foyer for cocktails and apps while, we transformed the space into the dining room.  Voile runners, shades of blue, hanging chandeliers, and (southern) peaches were just a few of my favorite elements that were brought in to personalize the already beautiful space.  We dined family style, had amazing wedding cake (thank you Sweet Side!) and could not wait to get on the dance floor.

Johnny from Otto-Matic kept the dance floor moving as we passed out our final surprise - glow sticks!  It was an unforgettable night, filled with heart-felt well wishes, the most loving families and friends who were now family, too many hugs to count, smiles that left your cheeks sore for days, and one of my favorite couples I have ever worked with.  Looking back on this wedding there, truly was something magical about it.  Somehow everything fell into place...the perfect date, the perfect vendors, details, just proving to me once more, and something I already knew these two were meant to be - the perfect couple.

Coordinator: Molly | Venue + Catering: Herban Feast | Photographer: Matthew Land | Videographer: Moses Lee | DJ: Otto-Matic | Rentals: Cort Party Rental + Vintage Ambiance | Florist: Rusted Vase | Transportation: Aces Town Car + Starline Town Car | Lighting: Blue Danube Productions | Officiant: Jeff Reynolds | Dessert: The Sweet Side | Ceremony Music: Puget Sound Strings | Hair + Makeup: Shannon Rasheed + Belle Marie Salon


Cindy + Tim

Bridalbliss.com | Seattle Wedding Planner | Washington Event Design | Mendiola Studios

After an unseasonably cool, rainy week, it was the perfect northwest summer day for Cindy & Tim's wedding at JM Cellars in Woodinville. Their ceremony was surrounded by greenery, casting the perfect amount of shade from the warm August sun. The aisle was marked by white, candle-lit lanterns and the alter was perfect draped in cream and blush linens, in keeping with Cindy's soft color accents.

Bridalbliss.com | Seattle Wedding Planner | Washington Event Design | Mendiola Studios
Bridalbliss.com | Seattle Wedding Planner | Washington Event Design | Mendiola Studios

The cocktail hour and reception featured subtle farmhouse style accents, with wine barrels used as glass topped tables and long, dark wood farmhouse tables. Rustic, vintage-inspired chandeliers were brought in to cast a beautiful dim lighting in the barrel room for dinner, where guests enjoyed thoughtful toasts and an array of JM Cellars best wines.

Cindy and Tim and their guests danced the night away with the barn doors open, allowing guests to flow from the dance floor to the patio lit by bistro-lights and under the stars as they wished. Best wishes to the newlyweds! 

Bridal Bliss exceeded all of our expectations! Not only was Tessa amazing to work with in creating our timeline, she was able to provide great recommendations for vendors as well - even last minute ones. On our wedding day, the Bridal Bliss team seamlessly executed my vision for the ceremony and reception. All of our family and friends kept complimenting on how smooth the day went. Thanks Bridal Bliss!
— Cindy + Tim, via Wedding Wire

Coordinator: Tessa | Catering: JM Cellars | Hair + Makeup: Katie Boyar | Caterer: Alexa's Cafe & Catering | DJ: DJ B Money | Florist: Love Blooms | Officiant: Denny Gunderson | Photographer: Mendiola Studios | Videographer: Moses Lee Video | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance


Lindsey + Ana


It was an absolute dream to help Ana and Lindsey plan their special day at The Foundry at Oswego Point. The wedding day was a combination of their love of music, food and family. 

Ana and Lindsey were able to say their "I do's" in front of their close family and friends at Roehr Amphitheater. The weather was perfect; not too cold or not too hot. Their vows were emotional and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Dinner and drinks followed inside The Foundry were their guests were treated to the most amazing toasts I have ever heard. There was love, there was laughter, it was perfect.

I am fortunate to have established an amazing relationship with these ladies.. I mean we ARE Facebook friends! I am so excited to see their love and relationship grow and will never grow tired of Ana's Taco Bell and Pizza posts. Congrats you beautiful, bad ass, ladies! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your day! It was one for the books! 


Maggie + Matt

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Maggie and Matt had an intimate wedding ceremony in a Seattle courthouse near their home with just their best man and maid of honor. A few days later, they threw a big party (as they called it) in Portland to celebrate with all of their friends and family from near and far. The Leftbank Annex was the perfect venue for this fun, light-hearted celebration.

Maggie and Matt are aerospace engineers and they incorporated their love of both building things and airplanes into their reception. I thought I had seen every centerpiece possible until they showed up with hand painted pots filled with succulents and model airplanes sticking out. What a cute, original way to personalize the décor! Table assignments were listed on a board divvied up by type of aircraft and each diner table included a bag of Legos for the guests to “build a gift” for the happy couple. Each table was also given an entertaining quiz to see how well they knew the bride and groom. I was blown away with the creativity and thoughtfulness that Maggie and Matt put into planning each detail of this reception so their guests would have a wonderful evening. It was so fun bringing their clever ideas to life!

Dinner was not only delicious but entertaining! Once guests were seated, Crown Paella catering walked in with a 5-foot-wide pan (took 3 adults to carry it) and set it on the buffet line. Definitely a wow factor! The head chef then welcomed everyone and provided a little instruction on how to dish the food. The secret is to scrape against the pan to get the caramelized deliciousness hidden at the bottom : )

From planning to partying, it was so fun to be around Maggie and Matt and see how they genuinely adore each other. Thank you for giving me a glimpse into your love story and letting me help make your special celebration unforgettable!

Coordination: Melanie | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Photographer: Sincerely Jaclynn Photography | Childcare: Northwest Nannies | Transportation: Metropolitan Shuttle | Catering: Crown Paella | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty


Fun Weddings


What is our #1 request from couples planning their weddings, you ask?  They want a FUN wedding! Check out Nora's segment below on Good Day Oregon for some tips on how to make that happen!