Wedding Cake Alternatives | Portland Seattle Bend Wedding Planner | Oregon Washington Event Design

If you are attending a wedding, you are likely expecting to experience some basic wedding of those being wedding cake! However, more and more couples are mixing it up a bit and incorporating other types of desserts to personalize their wedding.  Check out Nora's segment on KGW about wedding cake alternatives!


Claire + Thomas


Claire & Thomas' wedding was so fun to plan!  They wanted a timeless and elegant wedding with touches of Portland mixed in, so when it came to deciding on the venue, we ended up with two.  Council Crest Park was the perfect ceremony location and Hotel deLuxe topped it off for the reception. Guests were shuttled from Hotel deLuxe to the secret ceremony location, as to avoid any parking issues.  The day couldn't have been more beautiful, skies were clear, the sun was out- the view! Blum kept the florals for the ceremony simple, creating a floral arch which sat on the ground to not obstruct any views.

After the ceremony, guests made their way back to the hotel for cocktail hour and dinner.  The tables were set with soft gray linens, gold chargers & chivari chairs. The florals were a gorgeous combo of ivories, whites, soft pinks and fuchsias giving the room a regal and warm feel. After dinner, guests made their way into the "Screening Room" where Thomas and Claire surprised guests with a choreographed swing dance (an homage to the class they met in while at OSU).  After dancing the night away, guests took home a bag of some of Thomas' favorite coffee, from Water Ave Coffee Roasters, it was an epic night!

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Mosca Studio Photography | DJ: John Ross Music | Videographer: Moving Pictures | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Transportation: Eco Shuttle + Lucky Limousine | Rentals: Party Place | Cakes & Desserts: Decadent Creations + Nineteen 27 S'mores | Photo Booth: HappyMatic Photo Booth | Stationary: Crave Design | Invitations: Darling Press & Stationary | Barber Shop: Y Chrome | Hair & Makeup: Face Body Beauty


Jessica + Steve


I met Jessica through my husband’s work years ago, so when she asked for my help in planning her wedding to Steve (in 4 months!), I couldn't have been more honored.  The couple opted for a ceremony at First Presbyterian (one of my faves) and then a lavish reception at Sentinel - I mean, how could you go wrong with that combo?!

Guests arrived at the church on a beautiful, sunny June day. As they were seated for the processional, Jessica's friend and Opera singer, Sarah Burns, sang while being accompanied by Duo Con Brio.  The aisle was covered with an ivory runner, a single fuchsia peony hung on pew ends and the altar was adorned with three tiers of floral arrangements.  Blum did a fabulous job transforming the church into fuchsia floral heaven. The ring bearer (Jessica & Steve's darling son, Ryan) may have stolen the show for the ceremony, as he sat in a wagon decorated with greenery.  He was the cutest 8 month old in a tuxedo you will ever see! 

After the ceremony, guests made their way to Sentinel's Renaissance Room for cocktail hour, where another trio played music as guests enjoyed Jake's famous crab cakes and andouille sausage bites- a nod to Jessica's Louisiana roots. As the party transitioned into the Grand Ballroom, guests were greeted with a glass of bubbly with an escort card affixed. The room was lit with warm amber uplighting, the stage was covered in garland, and floral was hung at various heights to create an epic backdrop for the band. To top it all off, a classy lounge area by Classic Vintage was provided to give the guests a quick break from dancing. The lounge was accessorized by colorful pillows, mercury votives and a fabulous gold armadillo which sat next to the French mirrored white bar.

During dinner and throughout the night, guests enjoyed music by the talented group, Leisa Hart & Soul Territory, who kept the dance floor hot and packed all night long! The evening was one to remember! 

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Mosca Studio Photography | Floral: Blum | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions + Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Catering: Jakes Catering | Cake: Dream Cakes | Music: Duo Con Brio | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Lighting: Think AV | Transportation: Lucky Limousine


Jacqueline + Beau


I just knew I wanted to be Jacqueline & Beau’s wedding planner when I first met with Jacqueline and her mom, Carolyn. I instantly adored them … plus we shared a common love for all things Kate Spade! Throughout the planning process, we continued have so much fun chatting about all the wedding ideas and details to make the day personalized and truly capture Jacqueline and Beau as a couple. With a lovely vision of clean whites and lush greenery accented by a few Kate Spade inspired details, their wedding day was just perfect. Big thanks to Wedding Chicks for featuring this fab event!

They chose Our Lady of the Lake and Oregon Golf Club for their October wedding and the whole day was absolutely amazing. The two were so excited to see each other for their first look that you could tell how much they adore each other. Bridal party photos were then taken around the grounds… complete with Kate Spade Mr + Mrs balloons. After photos, everyone made their way to Our Lady of the Lake for a beautiful ceremony in Jacqueline’s childhood church.

 Bella Bloom Florals beautifully adorned the church with boxwood wreaths and large white bows lining the aisle and on the candlesticks… perfectly fitting Jacqueline’s style.

After the ceremony, guests made their way to Oregon Golf Club for cocktail hour and then into the tent for the reception. One of my favorite parts of working with Jacqueline and Carolyn, was hearing about how they envisioned the details of their hunter green and vanilla white color palette while also including a little touch of Kate Spade style. I would have to say it was styled beautifully! From the large, white bow ribbons to the lush centerpieces filled with greenery to the floral garland… it was all so perfect.

It was easy to adore these two and their families and I am so grateful that I got the chance to get to know them and be a part of this amazing celebration.... It truly was the BEST. DAY. EVER!!

Coordination: Meghan | Photography: Mosca Studio | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Floral: Bella Bloom Floral | DJ + Photobooth: Chad Dowling Productions | Cake: Beaverton Bakery | Dessert: Nineteen 27 S'mores | Rentals: La Tavola Linen + The Party Place +  | Gown: Anna's Bridal | Balloons: Balloons on Broadway | Transportation: Fiesta Limo | Paper Goods: Hey Halle


Liesl + Erik | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Brittany Lauren Photography

Liesl and Erik had a relaxed approach when it came to planning their wedding last November. They gave us their "must-haves," and then passed off planning to the fantastic team of vendors. Their vision included Oregon-inspired aspects for their out of town guests to enjoy, a killer brunch, and a cannabis feature.

With a brunch wedding at Barn Kestrel we had to make the most of what the space had to offer. As guests arrived in the morning, they were greeted inside the barn with coffee and pastries prior to being seated on wooden benches for the ceremony.  The aisle was adorned with various rugs from Classic Vintage Rentals. The altar, created by Blum, arched over the couple as they said their vows.

Cocktail hour took place in the garden outside of the barn. Devil's Food served up mini quiches, fruit and cheese platters, and "Bloody Mary Jane's" (made with Cannabis-infused vodka). After cocktails, guests made their way back into the barn where Erik's father's band was playing. Guests enjoyed fried chicken, crispy potatoes, and salad. Dinner was served on long wooden tables decorated with mixed china and colorful glassware. Guests were free to return to the garden where they could play poker with a cigar, or visit the weed tent that featured a budtender and an ice sculpture bong. A family friendly area included activities for the little ones and lounge areas for the adults. The lounge vignettes from Classic Vintage Rentals were especially unique, as they consisted of specially upholstered, colorful cushions among handmade benches. The evening concluded with the newlyweds leading a 4:20 smoke break, promptly followed by the presentation of a mini coffin of Voodoo Doughnuts.

Thank you for letting me be a part of your day, Liesl and Erik!

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Brittany Lauren Photography  | Floral: Blum | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + The Party Place  | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | Catering: Devil's Food | Cakes + Desserts: Voodoo Doughnut


Ashley + Andrew


Ahhh Oregon Golf Club, the perfect place for a beautiful white wedding. Or in Ashley & Andrew’s case, a BRIGHT pink, sassy day filled with laughter and tons of dancing!!  Everyone knew that this was going to be a fun special day. Ashley and Andrew first met in college here in Portland.  After dating for several years, Andrew proposed by renting out a theatre at Cinetopia and playing his own “Trailor” for her.  Their romance is nothing short of one from a movie.  

Ashley and Andrew were married July 1st, on a perfect sunny afternoon in West Linn, OR. On the wedding day, Ashley’s signature ear to ear smile could be seen from a mile away.  Zest Floral did a fabulous job of covering every inch of the Oregon Golf Club in hot magenta and orange garden roses.  With Ashley’s history as a dancer for the Portland Trail Blazers, we knew the party would continue well into the night only to be interrupted due to a surprise choreographed dance by the groom and his groomsmen!  It was truly that a day that embodied this gorgeous and fun couple.  Congratulations you two!

Coordination: Cam | Photography: Jane & Co Photography | Beauty: Powder Inc | Floral: Zest Floral |  Cake & Desserts: Saint Cupcake | DJ: Perfect Memory Events | 


Laura + Jamie


There wasn't a dry eye in the house as Laura was walking down the aisle, mine included. It takes a lot for me to cry but these two nailed it. The way that Jamie looks at Laura is ridiculous he is so in love with her and doesn't dare not let it go unnoticed. His vows to her were the sweetest vows I've ever heard and to top it all off her uncle was their officiant. I cannot put into words how much love with surrounding these two. It was such a beautiful day. I really can't pick one aspect of the wedding I loved the most, everything was amazing. 

From the custom Nike's, to the custom made guest book, or the custom SnapChat filter...everything about Laura and jamie's day was personal. Congratulations you two! It was an honor being part of the planning process and thank you for teaching me about SnapChat!

Coordination: Natalia Barwegen | Photography: Carina Skrobecki | Catering: ChefsTable | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Floral: Swoon Floral Design | Cake/Dessert: ChefsTable + Salt n Straw | Hotel: The Nines


Whitney + Tony


If you’ve ever wondered if fairy tales do come true in the modern day, read on! Whitney and Tony’s love story began at Disney and its fairy tale magic is woven through their lives. The magic began when they met while working at Disney, and even after moving on to the next stages of their careers in Seattle the magic held sway in their hearts. So, Disneyland was a natural location for Tony to choose to surprise Whitney with a proposal!

Whitney and Tony chose to celebrate their wedding in West Linn where Whitney grew up, and we had such fun planning a beautiful wedding fit for a princess!

Romantic shades of blush, popping with gold sequin accents (look at her gorgeous bridesmaids!), all layered over an elegant cream background. Floral chandeliers suspended from the ceiling brought the lush rose garden into the ballroom, and a five-tier wedding cake made a show stopping display in the entrance. Of course, groom charming and his groomsmen looked incredibly dapper in their black tuxedos, and the twinkle in Tony’s eye was pure delight. Disney-themed props at the photo booth were a hit, and all their guests enjoyed dancing the night least until the stroke of midnight when the bride and groom were sent off in their elegant carriage with magical sparklers, much love and well wishes.

I could not be more thrilled to wish this wonderful, gracious, and fun couple a happily ever after! Congratulations again, Whitney and Tony!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Yasmin K Photography | DJ + Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions  | Cakes: Dream Cakes | Floral: Blum Floral Design | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Kathryn Hoffman Makeup | Transportation: White Cloud Luxury Cars | Bridesmaid Gowns: Rent the Runway | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Paper Goods: Minted