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

 

Pets + Weddings

 
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Including all of your nearest and dearest at your wedding is a given.  If one of those just happens to have four legs, why wouldn't you include them?  Take a peet at Nora + Elizabeth's segment on Portland Today discussing the do's and don'ts of including animals at your big event! 

 

Sam + Spencer

 

I still get a grin on my face when I think of Sam & Spencer’s gorgeous wedding I had the pleasure to be a part of last July. The setting was the 100 year old Barn Kestrel in West Linn, Oregon.  It was a beautiful Oregon day, which perfectly set the tone for this flawless event. 

Sam and Spencer held their Catholic ceremony at Our Lady of the Lake church in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Duo Con Brio set the tone for the nuptials. Once they made it official, guests made their way out to the venue for an evening to remember.

After being directed by parking attendants on horseback, guests were greeted in the lawn by Pearl Catering, with refreshing drinks and tasty appetizers, while the couple and bridal party finished up some photos with Powers Photography Studios. After mingling and playing lawn games, the party made their way into the unbelievable tent provided by West Coast Event Productions. Once they found their seat on the custom table chart by Crave Design, who also provided the menus and other paper goods for the evening, they found their way through the sprawling tables, rich with fresh florals from Blum Floral Design.

After a fabulous plated meal, several members of friends and family treated the group to a line up of unforgettable speeches and toasts. Who could forget the cake? Dream Cakes really outdid itself with this gorgeous treat.  We moved everyone into the historic barn for the rest of the party.  NW Mobile DJ’s were there to keep people moving, but if you needed a break, there was the ever so adorable Hammie the Photo Booth outside to capture the evening. Don’t worry everyone, Focal Point Media got it all on film too!  Sam and Spencer, It was such a pleasure getting to work with you and your families to help make this day happen for you!! I hope your marriage is as happy and fun as that perfect wedding was!

Coordinator: Cam | Music: Duo Con Brio | Photography: Powers Studio | Caterer: Pearl Catering | Cake: Dream Cakes | Reception Music: NW Mobile DJ | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Powder Inc. | Videographer: Focal Point | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions + Something Borrowed + Luxury Restroom Trailers | Stationary: Crave Design | Photo Booth: Shortcake Photo | Transportation: JMI Limousine

 

Pantone Color of the Year 2018

 
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Pantone, the color authority, has officially announced the 2018 color of the year as Ultra Violet! They describe it as "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." Take a peek at Nora's recent segment on KGW talking about this hot new color! Also, click here to view some of the past Pantone colors.

 

You're engaged, now what??

 

Now that the holidays are behind us, you have likely congratulated a newly engaged couple or two! Did you know 30% of proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Years?  Check out Nora's recent segment on KPTV Channel 12 with tips on what to do between saying "yes" and "I do!"

 

Carly + Lee

 
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Carly & Lee had just moved to Portland shortly after getting engaged. Knowing that all but two of their guests would be traveling from out of town, they wanted to make sure their wedding weekend was one that no one would forget.  With New Years Eve falling on a Saturday, they knew it was the perfect date!

With both the ceremony and reception at Leftbank Annex, we had room to play with the space giving both ceremony & reception a romantic, warm, winter feel.  Blum designed an amazing hanging floral arch adorned with candlelight all around the base surrounding Carly & Lee as they said their vows. After the ceremony, guests made their way downstairs for cocktail hour, while the upstairs was transformed into the reception space which included a gorgeous lounge area with white, gold and black furniture and accents. 

To top it off, balloons strung above the dance floor for the midnight drop. Mixtures of long and round tables mixed up the reception space, each table covered with champagne linens, gold beaded chargers, champagne napkins adorned with menus and rosemary sprig to top it off.  Blum created gorgeous garlands and arrangements for each table that helped give the room a warm feel.  

After dinner, guests danced the night away with live music from the amazing Precious Byrd Band who helped ring in the New Year by singing Auld Lang Syne.  It was a night to remember and a great start to Carly & Lee's life together. Congratulations you two!

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Dylan Howell Photography | Cinematography: J & M Media | Floral: Blum | Rentals: The Party Place  | Cake: Laura Clarke Cakes | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Band: Precious Byrd | Catering: Devil's Food | Transportation: Eco Shuttle + Lucky Limousine

 

Meghan + Jake

 

Planning Meghan and Jake’s wedding was a rare opportunity to step into a dreamland of possibilities. They described their vision for an ancient, sylvan, Celtic and Nordic inspired celebration that captured my imagination instantly. It was clear that their multi-day wedding festival would be singular. They would lavish their guests with an extraordinary taste of the richest experiences of the Pacific Northwest, offering a chance to retreat from the demands of modern life and engage in an idyllic, almost mythical celebration, focused around feasting, music, and storytelling.

With a passion for children’s literature and all the magic it holds, Meghan and Jake incorporated references to their favorite stories throughout the wedding, and of course J.R.R. Tolkien'sThe Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings” were not exceptions. The sign posted at the gate reading “No Admittance Except on Party Business” was a fitting edict and in the weeks leading up to the wedding we certainly had the whole place in an uproar! J.K. Rowling’s stories of Harry Potter’s adventures also held a striking place with the Deathly Hallows symbol featuring prominently.

For their ceremony and reception Meghan and Jake chose a setting in an old growth forest in early spring. Replete with ancient symbolism, the new season arrived merely days before their ceremony. Spring flowers and the naturalistic feel of an ancient mossy forest framed the decor, and we blended stout walnut tables and elegant green velvet runners with luxuriant sheepskin fur covered chairs. To create a sense of stepping into an alternate fantasy world, we inverted the lighting and the florals such that tables were scattered with chunky, medieval beeswax candles (still leaving plenty of room in anticipation of the family style feast!) while opulent florals were suspended overhead in shades ranging from pale ivory, peach, and lilac to rich amethyst.

On arrival guests were each bundled into a personalized Pendleton blanket, fastened with custom kilt pins. Hand-warmers could be tucked into the bespoke fleece pockets inside the blanket-cloaks, which along with mugs of warm cider kept guests cozy in the still chilly spring air. After mixing their own confetti potpourri, guests processed to a candle-adorned grotto accompanied by way finders and the thrilling music of a lone bagpiper droning along the misty forest paths. It set the tone for an unforgettable evening.

After vows and rings were exchanged, Meghan and Jake led the way to the reception, lighting torches along the path and starting the ceremonial bonfire together. It was the cue for the feasting to begin! A tower of pink Champagne was poured, storybook inspired cocktails were offered around, and ten (yes, ten!) mouthwatering courses of hors d’oeuvres from Portland master chef Jose Chesa enchanted guests’ palates. A multi-course dinner followed, and music and dancing carried the festivities late into the night. For those guests more inclined to recline and converse away from the music, a sign to “Longbottom Leaf” showed the way to a sumptuous tipi dedicated to the enjoyment of cannabis with Middle Earth pipes alongside more modern contrivances.

It was an altogether magical night, made even more extraordinary with the knowledge that its success was entirely due to an outstanding team of professionals spanning the spectrum of the artistic and event industries in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. It was an honour and a privilege to help bring Meghan and Jake’s wedding vision to life, and as all good stories come to an end I couldn’t be more thrilled to see them married, happily ever after!

Coordination: Kirsten | Photographer: Dylan M Howell Photography | Bartenders: Merit Badge. Co | Budtenders: Cannabis Concepts | Catering: Ava Genes | Catering: Ataula | Cake: Dream Cakes | Sugar + Chocolate Sculpture: Artisan Cake Co. | Espresso Bar: Espresso Elegance | Ice: PDX Ice | Creative Director: Hannes Wingate | Calligraphy + Map + Signage: Marly Beyer | Stationary: Crave Design | Floral: Blum Floral Design | Forest Lighting: Hollywood Lights | Furniture + Accessories: Classic Vintage Rentals | Drape: West Coast Drape | Rentals: The Party Place + West Coast Event Productions | Linens: BBJ | Set Design: FigurePlant | Landscaping: Fiddlehead Landscape Design + PGM Landscape | Bagpiper: Wiley Swagger | Ceremony + Dinner Music: Ariel Consort | Reception Music: Na Rosai | Project Management + Trail Design: Urban Patterns | Event Production: Fuller Events | Sound: Hollywood Lights | Portable Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers | Transportation: Lucky Limo | Valet: Premier Valet | Live Event Artist: Marly Beyer | Cinematography: Moving Pictures | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Olivia Hawthorne | Kilt +Jacket: Kinloch Anderson, Edinburgh, Scotland | Bridal Gown: Alon Livne | Veil: International Pleating | Veil Alterations: Anna's Bridal | Bridal Brooch: Alchemy | Blankets: Pendleton | Blanket Brooches: Orchid Way Treasures | Pipes: Sir William Pipes | Embroidered Handkerchiefs: Kotton Kandy | Sheepskin Chair Overlay: Overland | CannibusTent Hides: Oregon Leather Company

 

Meghan + Jake's Pre-Wedding Parties

 

What a fabulous two-night celebration to kick off the entire weekend of festivities for Meghan & Jake! 

The first night, the happy couple, family & friends celebrated at Kachka with fabulous food and lots of goodies for their company to take home. 

Night two celebration was held at Jacobsen Salt Co. where the details were flawless and the fun only continued. The guests were greeted by a massive escort card wall with a quote from Beauty and the Beast. The entire theme around the dinner was a "feast." Guests were greeted with darling welcome bags, which included local honey, Jacobsen Salt, Crackers and cheese and Stumptown Coffee. 

We kept the decor minimal and elegant! Merit Badge whipped up some delicious cocktails and Classic Vintage Rentals provided the elegant lounge furniture. Candles filled the entire venue, making it the perfect combination of warm and inviting dinner for their guests to enjoy a wonderful evening. 

Each table was named after a different Portland bridge, it was the perfect touch to show off the "bridge city" to all of their out-of-town guests. 

To top off the night, Espresso Elegance served up some lattes and espressos. It was the most perfect evening of warm and intimate to celebrate the soon to be married couple! 

Coordinator: Kirsten | Night 1 Venue: KACHKA | Ice Logo: PDX Ice | Night 2 Venue: Jacobsen Salt Co. | Cocktails: Merit Badge | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Espresso Service: Espresso Elegance | Paper Goods: Crave Design