Jessica + Michael

 

Skamania Lodge is a gorgeous resort, not only because of it's breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge, but also their beautiful lodge. It was the perfect location for Jessica & Michael's November nuptials!

With a love for the outdoors, Jessica wanted to bring the outside in, while keeping a formal and elegant feel.  The ceremony, which was performed by the couples' close friend, took place in front of the greenery and candlelight adorned fireplace. 

For dinner, we transformed the room with navy linens, gold beaded chargers and Chiavari chairs among  the tall centerpieces with firs and lanterns enhancing the mood at each table and the amazing talent from Dancehall Days, guests danced all night and enjoyed celebrating the new couple!

Our planner communicated clearly, respected our budget, and connected us with vendors that were both within our budget, and would help us achieve our vision for our wedding day.
— Jessica Tillman & Michael Dunlevy

Coordination: Katy | Photographer: Deyla Huss Photography | Catering: Skamania Lodge | DJ: Dancehall Days | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Florist: Amanda Karam Floral | Rentals: Party Place | Stationary: Crave Design | Hair + Makeup: Face Body Beauty

 

Kelly + Ben

 

Kelly and Ben are the type of couple you meet and you want to automatically be their best friend! They have that easy-going spirit that you know anyone could get along with. So it was no surprise that their Coopers Hall wedding had that elegant, natural, simplicity about it. 

No frills, just some quality people throwing a quality wedding affair to celebrate their oh-so-sweet love. This teacher-lawyer duo seemed to compliment each other to no end. It was such an honor to help them celebrate their big day!

The day kicked off with beautiful ceremony officiated by none other than Ben's dad. Their vows were unique and tender, in that kind of way that only their closest family and friends could understand. Laughter, good conversations (the type you couldn't interrupt if you tried) and LOTS of dancing filled the air for the rest of the evening. 

The food was some of the best, truly. But not complete on this hot July day without Ice Cream Renaissance's ice cream filled cookie sandwiches. Oh take me back to this food-lover's dream wedding! Naturally, Coopers Hall was filled only with the simplest greenery. Wishing these newlyweds the best as they travel the world and build their new lives together!

Coordinati0n: Kayley | Catering: Coopers Hall | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Florist: Sammy's Flowers | Desserts: Ice Cream Renaissance | Transportation: NW Navigator | Photographer: Emily Hall Photography

 

Anna + Alan

 

We spend a good amount of our season traveling to different parts of Oregon. I was so excited to get to head down to Bend to help Anna and Alan with their beautiful golf club wedding last July!

After a traditional catholic ceremony at the new St.Francis church, the couple chose the gorgeous Broken Top Golf Club to host their wedding reception. While the two met living in Wyoming, they chose to come back to Anna’s home state to tie the knot.

Guests arrived to the golf club and were greeted with handmade photo collages from the couple. Once inside, they were able to imbibe in some local beer and wine while overlooking the fabulous greens of the golf course. Kelly Anne Photography finished up with the bridal party shots, and once everyone was back inside, it was time for a delicious meal prepared by the golf club.

Bend Event Sound was on hand to assist with toasts as well as set the musical tone for the evening. After a beautiful series of speeches, everyone got to indulge in a mouthwatering piece of cake from Dreamin' Desserts.

The rest of the night was for drinking, dancing and, if you were so inclined, a keepsake photo from Adventure Box Photo Booth. Anna and Alan, your wedding was such a joy to be a part of!! Thank you for having me there to celebrate with you!

Wow, I don’t know where to even start. Bridal Bliss did a wonderful job preparing my wedding. They were very professional and communicated exceptionally well. When it was the day of the wedding, Cam made my day so easy and relaxing. The vendors all knew the plan, the schedule, and what they were expected. Cam again did an amazing job and I truly enjoyed working with her. Thank you again Bridal Bliss!
— Anna Bosley

Coordination: Cam | Catering: Broken Top Golf Club | Florist: Wildflowers of Oregon | Photographer: Kelly Anne Photography | Hair + Make Up: King Kim Make-Up | Cake + Dessert: Dreaminn' Desserts | Dj + Sound: Bend Event Sound |Transportation: Destination Transportation | Photo Booth: Adventure Box Photo Booth

 

Erika + Corey

 

From the moment I met Erika & Corey, I was extremely excited about being a part of their wedding day. They had already dreamed up a beautiful vision and were well on their way to seeing it through! But, hosting 250 guests out in the beautiful West Linn countryside was no small feat. 

Barn Kestrel was the perfect place to celebrate the beginning of a new journey together. Think of a city-meets-country wedding, and you would land on July 8th, 2017 among some of PDX's finest food carts, horses, finely dressed guests, and out-houses. Nothing short of luxury outdoor restrooms of course! 

Toasts were one of the most memorable tokens of the evening. The mother-of-the-bride speech had guests laughing and tearing up over the course of a few moments. The heartfelt words spoken by Erika & Corey's loved ones only spoke truth to the character and love of this amazing couple. You couldn't help but feel the warmth and excitement for their next two year adventure across the globe! Following their nuptials Erika and Corey are headed off to Amsterdam where I'm sure these two will be well on their way to conquering the world.

The night ended on a high-note with everyone dancing the night away in the Barn. It was the second time that Erika stole the show, when she lit up the dance floor. Their love for adventure couldn't keep them from heading back to the city to continue the fun. Wishing this fun couple a lifetime of fun like their wedding night, which I'm sure never really ended.

Coordination: Kayley | Photographer: MJS Photography | Hair + Make up: Portland Makeup & Hair | Cake: Sweet Life Bakery | Desserts: Pips Donuts | Caterer: PDX Sliders + Portland Bartender Express | Food Truck: 808 Grinds | Florist: Pumpkin Ridge | Rentals: Party Place + Something Borrowed | DJ + Sound: DJ Sipp | Restrooms: Formal Flush | Transportation: NW NavigatorBeau Monde Limousines

 

Krista + Evan

 

How can you not be excited about a wedding where the entire day takes place at a historic brewery in the heart of downtown Portland?? Evan & Krista opted out of the traditional church ceremony and invited their guests to Bridgeport Brewery to exchange vows and dance the night away.

 
 

The couple started their day off at the Residence Inn Pearl, where Krista and her bridesmaids were glammed up by Erin Purvis. Once the custom bouquets from Sammy’s Flowers arrived, they were ready for photos with Evan and his groomsmen. Dima Karpenko Photography was there to capture the couple and their closest friends on a sunny walk through Portland.

Back at the brewery, Sammy’s Flowers put together a gorgeous arch for the pair to say “I do” beneath. Guests arrived to a custom mix of music played by Jason with Chad Dowling Productions. hey had the opportunity to sign a very unique (and gorgeous) travel, art book that the couple picked specifically for this day. Once the ceremony started, guests were asked to squeeze in close for an intimate ceremony officiated by friend Brett Grossman.

After the pair was officially a Mr. & Mrs. guests were treated to scratch cocktails and appetizers from Bridgeport Brewery, before sitting down to a plated meal. The brewery, also in charge of the wedding cake, didn’t disappoint with a delicious assortment of beer influenced treats, including their signature Old Knucklehead chocolate cake and Beeramisu. This was a night to remember for a couple that exudes love for one another! Congratulations Krista & Evan, to many more years of love, laughter & beer!

Coordination: Cam + Amber | Photography: Dima Karpenko Photography | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Florist: Sammy's Flowers | Catering & Dessert: Bridgeport Brewery

 

Sheila + Scot

 

A spring wedding is always a bit unpredictable in Oregon. Lucky for us, we had the pleasure of working with the most laid back couple at Tetherow Resort in Bend last April. The day greeted us with wind, rain and even some snow, but ended with some perfectly timed sunshine for Sheila and Scot. Their wedding day took place at Tetherow’s newly built wedding pavilion. Heirloom Floral brought in some gorgeous spring arrangements, with pops of bright pink peonies and ranunculus.

The bouquets were all wrapped in different shades of green to compliment the accents of navy throughout the event. Once hair and makeup were completed by Lindsay Wegner and Kate Hana Artistry, the bridal party met outside for formal photos taken by Joe Kline Photography, who was there to capture the entire evening. As guests arrived, they had the opportunity to sign a custom made poster for the couple. The ceremony was held in the wedding pavilion which was filled with friends and family, and the couple’s fur baby Filippe was on hand to help the pair say their vows. Once the “I do’s” were done, the crowd was treated to a surprise performance by bagpiper Mike Baxter, as the bridal party recessed out to cocktail hour. Local beers and wine were passed by the Tetherow staff while guests mingled around large fire pits overlooking the golf course.

Dinner took place back in the wedding pavillion, although it was hard to recognize after the staff transformed the space for the reception. Seats were assigned and easy to find with custom cards from Minted, which were delivered using custom take-home pint glasses designed by the couple. Dinner was followed by some of the best speeches I have ever heard, and cutting into a gorgeous cake from The Cake Lady.

A fabulous dance party ensued and went well into the
evening, My favorite part? A perfectly choreographed dance by the couple to Bill Withers “Lovely Day”, which it truly was! Congratulations Sheila and Scot, you two bring smiles to
everyone in your path and I wish you the happiest marriage possible!

I just wanted to thank you for assigning Cam as my planner — she was absolutely spectacular and we had so much fun and didn’t have to worry about anything. Thank you for running such a rad business!
— Sheila Miller

Planner: Cam Von Cleve | Photography: Joe Kline Photography | DJ: Flip Flop Sounds | Floral: Heirloom Floral | Cake: The Cake Lady | Hair + Makeup: Lindsey Wegner + Kate Podwils | Bagpiper: Mike Baxter

 

Beauty Sleep

 

Why should brides + grooms embrace their z's, you ask? Beauty sleep is real, and it's especially important for your wedding day. It's common for brides and grooms to feel the stress that keeps them up at night. Many adults are chronically short on sleep, and couples working on the details of a wedding are especially susceptible to long hours of work, anxiety, and distractions that can interfere with sleep.

While you may struggle to get enough sleep, beauty sleep can help you look and feel your best on your wedding day. There's real science behind beauty sleep and how it can help you look more healthy, attractive, and well rested.

We rely on cues to interpret health and attractiveness. In a study of rested and sleep deprived participants, observers perceived those who were well rested to be more healthy and more attractive than those who were sleep deprived.

Tired isn't a good look for anyone, especially not brides. Before your big day, it's critical that you get the rest you need to face the day looking your best. Practice healthy sleep habits, so you can sleep well and look great.

  • Plan your sleep schedule. Many people squeeze sleep into their lives whenever they have time for it, especially couples dealing with last minute wedding details. But it's vital that you schedule life around rest and not the other way around, especially the night before your wedding. Plan ahead and make sure you've mapped out your day so that you can get to bed on time and get enough sleep to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face your big day.

  • Be active. Regular exercise is good for healthy sleep, and as a bonus, it may help you look more luminous and fit into your wedding dress well. Get some physical activity the day before your wedding for better energy and a restful night. However, avoid intense exercise within a few hours of bed, as you may feel too energized to get to sleep on time.

  • Let go of stress. Planning a wedding is stressful, and you're likely feeling the most pressure just before your wedding day. It's easy to let stress keep you up at night. Practice relaxing techniques that can help you clear your mind and relieve stress so you can sleep well. Take a warm bath, practice yoga and meditation, read a book or practice aromatherapy.

  • Improve your sleep environment. Sleeping among piles of half-finished DIY projects in your bedroom, or with your phone constantly pinging with questions and reminders is not relaxing. Make sure your bedroom is a haven for sleep. Banish screen time, don't take wedding work to bed, and make sure you're sleeping on a supportive mattress with comfortable bedding.

  • Be careful what you consume. That after dinner coffee at your rehearsal dinner may sound inviting, but it could keep you up for hours the night before your wedding day. Heavy meals, caffeine, and even alcohol can interfere with a healthy night of sleep.

Photography: Jessica Hill Photography

 

Lyndsay + Corey

 

The first time I met Lyndsay, we instantly clicked. Her love for her Corey, her pug (Doug the Pug) and life just shined through and it was contagious! No surprise, we had the best time together during the planning process. Lyndsay knew just what she wanted and trusted me to help bring her vision to life!

The wedding day could not have been more perfect. With the ceremony overlooking the course at The Reserve, Blum Floral Design created a gorgeous arch with lush blooms and white draping where the couple exchanged vows. Lyndsay + Corey's pug even made an appearance walking down the aisle as the Ring Pup, with a floral leash to boot! 

For the reception, guests made their way to the pavilion which was filled with darling details. The pavilion boasted three greenery chandeliers with hanging blooms, soft gray linens, glass silver beaded chargers and gorgeous blush, ivory and white florals with pops of greenery. My favorite detail was the "Doug the Pug" sugar cookies for each guest with a tag saying "Pugs and Kisses from the New Mr. & Mrs!" Such a cute way to incorporate him! 

Entertainment included everything from a photo booth, lawn games, personalized coloring books for the kids and even an amazing dessert display to make sure everyone could satisfy their own sweet tooth.  The night ended with a sparkler send off, sending the couple off on their new adventure together as husband and wife, and an epic honeymoon in Italy! 

Coordination: Katy | Hair + Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Photographer: Mosca Studio | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Rentals: Party Place | Cake + Desserts: Bridal Bliss Desserts | DJ + Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Paper Goods + Chalkboard Signs: Hey Halle | Transportation: Lucky Limousine