2018 Wedding Trends

 

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Megan + Brandon

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design |  Alexandra Grace Photography

From the start, I knew Megan and Brandon's wedding would be an amazing celebration. These two knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding day and had an amazing vision plus they are the such a sweet couple! 

They picked a modern grey and white color palette with rich greenery to fill the stunning Maysara Winery. Megan and Brandon wanted to add their own personal touches to their wedding day from handmade signage and seating chart displays to serving the bride's favorite cold brew to the groom making the stage and arbor which Bella Bloom adorned with lush florals. 

After a fun cocktail hour filled with lawn game and lounges for guests to gather and enjoy the beautiful weather, they made their way into Maysara where Bella Bloom had filled the center of each table with tall trumpet vases of greenery perfectly lined up. Once dinner had gotten underway, Megan and Brandon were announced and began their first dance outside for a few moments alone before the groomsmen opened the great doors. 

Dancing soon got underway outside under the bistro lights and DJ Royale Entertainment kept the party going all night. Megan and Brandon, I so enjoyed getting to know you both and help plan your big day! I wish you so much happiness!

Coordination: Meghan | Caterer: Pearl Catering | Florist: Bella Bloom Florals | Beauty: MAC | Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Videography: Caspian Me Productions | Cake: Dream Cakes | Music: DJ Royale Entertainment | Rentals: Party Place

 

Melissa + Alex

 

Melissa + Alex just knew that they wanted to get married at St. Mary's Cathedral with the celebration to follow at Portland Art Museum. As we began working together, it was clear that these two adored each other and it was fun getting to know them as a couple-- It turns out we lived in the same building for years, but never knew each other! 

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary's, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the foyer of Portland Art Museum. As the reception doors opened for dinner, guests entered the sunken ballroom to classic white reception created by a dream team of vendors. From the stunning centerpieces created by Blum atop crisp white rentals to the beautiful cake by Laurie Clarke, their wedding details were the perfect combination for these two

After a delicious dinner by Vibrant Table, DesignBand kicked off the party and kept the dance floor packed all night. Such an amazing night and huge congrats to this wonderful couple! Thank you so much for having me as part of your special day! 

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Coordinator: Meghan | Beauty: Powder Inc. Beauty | Photographer: Alexandra Grace Photography | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Music: Design Band | Caterer: Vibrant Table | Photo Booth: Original Photo Booth | Cake: Laurie Clarke Cake | Audio/Visual: Portland Art Museum | Rentals: Party Place | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Stationary: Crave Design

 

Jackie + Blane

 

When you ask the wedding gods for a dream couple, Jackie & Blane are just kind of lovebirds that come to answer your prayers! They had an effortless connection from the first time I met them. It was in the way that Blane supported Jackie’s vision of their wedding day, and in the way that Jackie included Blane on key decisions, that made planning so seamless. The Foundry at Oswego Pointe provided the perfect backdrop for their intimate summer celebration.

As a nutritionist and food enthusiast, it was no surprise that Jackie chose Devil’s Food Catering to feed their guests. Their farm-to-table vegan menu was a hit for both meat & veggie lovers alike! In fact, every vendor that was carefully selected by this beautiful couple, served as a recipe for success.

These Colorado natives pulled off classic black & gold elegance, meets organic rustic greenery. Classic Vintage Rentals provided the perfect lounge area for guests to mingle over-looking the river. Event Team Entertainment provided music that had everyone on their feet! Moving Pictures and Powers Photography were the perfect team to capture it all! 

Coordinator: Kayley | Photography: Powers Studio | Caterer: Devil's Food Catering | Videographer: Moving PIctures | DJ: Event Team Entertainment  | Florist: Flowers by Alana | Hair & Makeup Artist: Brittany Blanchard Makeup | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

 

Sandro + Rob

 

Sandro and Rob were two of my absolute favorites. They were beyond excited to throw their dream “at sea” wedding for their guests who had travelled from afar. They chose the Portland Spirit to host their perfect wedding day.

Guests enjoyed a glass of champs and oyster bar when they first boarded the ship. After some mingling and all guests were accounted for, we set sail along the Willamette River. Guests were escorted to the top deck where Sandro & Rob said I do followed by a releasing of the doves. They couldn’t have asked for a more perfect sunny Portland day.

Dinner and dancing took over the night and as the boat docked, guests begged to stay a bit longer to keep the party going! Sandro and Rob, I am beyond thrilled I was able to coordinate your wedding! I wish you two nothing but happiness in your future.

Coordinator: Catherine | Photography: Paul Rich Studio | Cake: Beaverton Bakery | Candy Display: Bridal Bliss | Florist: Botanica Floral PDX | Photo Booth: Stumptown Photo Booth

 

Mimi + Joel

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design |  Zeb Andrews Photography

As a foreigner myself, I especially love helping to plan multicultural weddings that honor the backgrounds of both families and that draw guests from all over the world. It’s just so fun! Mimi and Joel’s wedding was no exception. How could it be when Joel kicked off the celebration by opening a bottle of champagne by sabrage?!

Drawing inspiration from Mimi’s Arabic heritage and focusing on Mimi and Joel’s shared love for food, we developed a “Spice Routes” theme. Guests found their spice-named tables with mini bottles of za’atar blend as escort cards displayed beneath an expansive world map hand drawn by a local artist. A sense of movement and varied destinations was accomplished by layering different shades and desert colors across the room -- champagne, rust, copper, dusty palm. Naturalistic, romantic florals in vibrant hues were accented with gold Moroccan style lanterns, and a large installation of soft ivory chiffon drape framed the altar space and later the cake and desserts.

The music continued the theme, featuring Mimi and Joel’s favourites from around the world including everything from the sounds of Caribbean reggae to middle eastern influenced dance hits. A feast of middle eastern dishes was accompanied by wines from Joel’s family’s winery, with a reserve barrel of wine blended especially for the occasion.

However, to end the night we had to bring back a nod to Portland and so Mimi and Joel were whisked away in a pedicab to the cheers of their friends and family! Congratulations again, Mimi and Joel!

Coordination: Kirsten | Caterer: Devil's Food Catering | Draping: West Coast Drape | DJ: Lenny Joseph Productions | Florist: HART Floral Design | Hair: Pinn Salon | Makeup: Julie Lampros Skincare & Makeup | Lighting: Hollywood Lights | Photographer: Zeb Andrews | Rentals: Something Borrowed + Party Place | Transportation: PDX PediCab | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth

 

Alyssa + Rob

 

With a venue like Cooper's Hall, creating an elegant yet comfortable vibe is not a hard feat. Alyssa had a great aesthetic and knew exactly the look she wanted for her wedding, and it did not disappoint.

Anna Mara created a lovely viney backdrop along the wall where the couple said their vows in front of an intimate group of friends. During the reception, guests were escorted to their seats with vintage medicine bottles, filled with floral, which also acted as a favor. 

During the reception, guests were escorted to their seats with vintage medicine bottles, filled with floral, which also acted as a favor.  Classic Vintage Rentals provided vintage farm tables, set with gorgeous vintage blue and white china on top of a white decorative charger.  An assortment of crystal glassware at each setting along with mismatched vintage silverware knotted into a soft blue napkin set by florals in ivories, blush and pops of red inside gold vessels along with votive candles gave the room a soft and romantic feel. After delicious food and an evening of dancing, guests enjoyed Voodoo Donuts served out of the Voodoo Truck late night.  So fun! Congrats you two!

Coordinator: Katy | Beauty: Kristie Wright Makeup | Photography: Ben Pigao Photography | Officiant: Melissa Coe | Florist: Anna Mara Flowers | Catering: Chefs Table | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Photo Booth: HappyMatic Photo Booth | Cake: Dream Cakes | Desserts: Voodoo Doughnut | Videographer: Branded Films | DJ: DJ Scott McGee 

 

Carly + Matt

 

It was such a pleasure to coordinate an intimate, wine country affair for Carly & Matt.

Their sunny August day was just the right mix of family and fun. Scholls Valley Lodge hosted their closest family and friends for the weekend in it's rolling hills of grape vineyards. Colors of wine and berry flowed throughout the ceremony and reception, perfectly complimenting the scenery.

Guests danced underneath a warmly lit barn before sending off the bride & groom with glow sticks! Congrats Carly & Matt!

Coordination: Carrie | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Rentals: Party Place | Catering: Devil's Food | Photographer: Honeysuckle Photography | Floral: Bella Bloom | Ceremony & Reception Music: Chad Dowling Productions