A + W Wedding Weekend

 

This wedding weekend is one for the books. A + W came to us wanting to plan a fun -all-out Portland wedding for their guests. With everyone traveling to Portland for the weekend we wanted to make sure and show them all that this beautiful city has to offer. We dove in head first as we knew it was going to be a big fun weekend. 

A + W kicked off the festivities with a small dinner on Thursday at Kachka. We worked with Chervona who provided traditional Ukrainian music for the dinner. Guests dined on an amazing family style meal showcasing some of Kachka's most well known dishes. And of course everything was paired with their vodkas! 

The following day guests made their way out to either Hood River or Willamette Valley to enjoy the fun offerings outside of the city. That evening everyone was welcomed to Plaza del Toro for lively dinner featuring menu items from Tasty n' Sons and Tasty n' Alder. A + W loved picking out Northwest food and drinks for their guests, wanting to feature the best of the best. DJ Cooky Parker kept the good times rolling by spinning soul inspired vinyls throughout the night. After the dinner guests ended the night with a drink at Doug Fir. 

For the wedding day we worked with Jacobsen Salt to provide a fun and urban venue for their wedding. A + W wanted the evening to be laid back, simple yet styled effortlessly and that is exactly what came together. We worked an A-list of vendors who made it all possible. One of the highlights of the design was having Fieldwork Flowers suspend 200 white peonies from the ceiling of the ceremony area. The high rafters and floating flowers gave the ceremony space this ultra romantic, chapel like feel. It was truly gorgeous. 

Outside in the parking lot we worked with Barclays and Classic Vintage Rentals to design a fun, laid back tent for cocktail hour. With the perfect amount of sunshine guests enjoyed sipping on cocktails and bites of food outside. Back inside the vendors worked to flip the ceremony space to the reception space. 

As the evening moved along guests were invited back inside for dinner which was comprised of three unique food stations from Art of Catering. The stations were full of local purveyors paired with NW wines from Lingua Franca and Domain Serene. Precious Byrd welcomed guests to the dance floor and kept the party going all night. Throughout the evening guests were treated to unique Oregon experiences including Salt & Straw ice cream, Case Study Coffee Cart and a weed bar.

After the wedding guests made their way to La Merde for a fun after party with a balloon filled room, DJ stray mixing music and food from Montage. It was the perfect ending to a long day of fun and celebrations. The next morning guests were welcomed to The Nines for a brunch and to pick up hangover kits. After three days of celebrations Bridal Bliss put together little kits to help guests get through their Sunday's and flights back home. We absolutely loved being apart of this fun filled wedding weekend and were so thankful Dylan Howell captured all the amazing pictures. Thanks A + W!! 

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Catering: Art of Catering | Band: Precious Byrd | Florist: Fieldwork Flowers | Photography: Dylan Howell | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals + Classic Vintage Rentals | Transportation: NW Navigator

 

Brittany + Kelly

 

Brittany and Kelly are the definitions of class and fun! 

These two were such a pleasure to work with on a gorgeous July day at DeLille Cellars.

The day began with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour complete with a homemade beer wall and lawn games.

 Before the ceremony, the bride made a quick dress change and wowed her guests as she walked down the aisle toward her groom.

  Once the sweet ceremony was sealed with a kiss, guests headed down to the reception area where they were met with a creative escort card table poured by A Platinum Events. The bride and groom shared sweet moments during their The Sweet Side cake cutting.

As guests entered the outside reception they were greeted by rustic linen tablecloths lined with wooden x-back chairs and accented with low and lush creamy florals by Melanie Benson Floral.

The evening was kept intimate and social, funny and loving toasts and music from Otto-Matic that had Brittany and Kelly's friends grooving all night long!

The memories of the day were captured perfectly, courtesy of Carina Skrobecki Photography and Eric Miller Videos. The bride and groom were showered in love by their guests, on their special day. Brittany and Kelly, Molly and I wish you all the happiness life has to offer!

 

Amanda + Anthony

 

There are not enough words to describe how much fun I had with Amanda while planning her May 20th wedding.  Amanda and I knew each other years ago when we both were working for the same company.  While we saw each other now and then, it was not until the planning process began that we were able to really catch up.

Before we even started talking details, I knew (from all those years before) that this was going to be an amazing event.  Amanda had always been the glam-girl, dressed up for all occasions, perfectly put together, and not one to shy away from a little sparkle - and for this special day, sparkle did we ever! 

 Amanda's father was in the process of building a vintage car museum, Jester's Auto Museum with an event space attached.  Their wedding would be the first wedding (and event) to be held in the space - so cool!  While contraction moved along, Amanda and I spent our time working on converting the space into a Winter Wonderland.

Before we all knew it, it was the wedding day!  Guests were welcomed into the venue and took their seats among the most gorgeous all-white arrangements + crystal-swathed alter piece, as well as 6 dangling chandeliers.  Amanda wowed all of her guests in the most amazing gown by Lazro Bridal (truly the inspiration for the entire wedding!).

After a heartfelt ceremony, and darling performance by their pup/ring bearer, Louis (in a tuxedo of course!) guests made their way out of the ceremony space for cocktails among some of the Museum's amazing vintage cars.

As special treats for guests, we brought in an replica Inukshuk as Anthony had proposed to Amanda in front of the actual Inukshuk in Whistler BC, and my favorite a champagne fountain!  And not just any fountain - the same one her parents had at their own wedding decades before!

The fun continued from there!  Dinner was served in our converted space under the crystal chandeliers and among glittering voters and beautiful white roses.  We toasted to the newly weds, and watched as they opened up the dance floor with a performance by Dance Machine.  Guests moved between the Open Air Photo Booth—definitely a hit, our beautiful lounge, and the rocking dance floor while enjoying individual wedding cakes and a late snack, burgers from Burgerville, which the bride herself passed out to guests on a silver tray - so cute! 

And the final detail, Amanda now in a new (also gorgeous!) gown helped lead her bridesmaids as they showered the guests with silver confetti during one of the couple's favorite songs!  

The entire night was a blast!  Amanda and Anthony are such a special couple, one I felt so honored to work with.  Thank you both for allowing me to be a part of your special day!

I wanted to be extremely hands on with my wedding and I had very high expectations of the level of perfection I wanted. So when thinking about options of hiring a wedding planner I knew it would have to be someone that had impeccable taste, who could listen to my ideas and execute it and who also understood the level of perfection that I wanted. MOLLY did all of that and more!!!!
— Amanda Hubbert & Anthony Smith

Coordinator: Molly | Caterer: Occasions | Photographer: Firefly | Band: Dance Machine | Florist: Flora Nova Design | Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: Party Place + Epic Event Décor +Classic Vintage Rentals | Bartender: PDX Ice | Cakes/Desserts: Becky Bakes | Beauty: Rachel Jordan

 

First Look

 

A wedding planning decision that needs to be made pretty early on is, do you want to have a first look? This will affect the timing of your day and the flow of events! Essentially, the first look is where the couple first sees each other (pre-ceremony) all dolled up. It’s typically staged a bit and gives the couple some quality time together before the festivities of the day get a bit crazy. There are so many benefits to having a first look rather than waiting to see each other for the first time as one walks down the aisle!

  1. Hair/Makeup has just been done so everyone looks fresh and perfect! Also, the artist is likely still around so if tears cause some smudging, it can easily be fixed.

  2. Who better to calm any pre-wedding nervous energy than the person you are about the marry? With a first look, you get your special moment but you also get time together to just talk and take it all in!

  3. You will have more time for photos. It will be more relaxed and your wedding party will be more into it. If you wait until after the ceremony, photos are rushed and your family/wedding party will be anxious to get to the festivities!

  4. Waiting to do your photos after the ceremony means you will likely miss your cocktail hour. So instead of mingling with your nearest and dearest, you will be out and about with your photographer.

  5. The first look reaction photos are priceless!

  6. Learn more in Nora’s recent segment on KPTV!

 

Amanda + Adrian

 

I don't know how I got so lucky to work with such a fun loving, genuine couple. Amanda and Adrian from day one were two amazing people that wanted to treat their family and friends to a special and fun day. After looking at a few different venues we landed on the Sentinel

They loved everything about the venue but what really sealed the deal was the ability to host cocktail hour at Jackknife. Jackknife was one of Amanda & Adrian's first dates so it felt like a homecoming of sorts. We worked with an amazing team of vendors to bring their vision to life. Mosca, Event Team, Seventh Stem, Crave Design, Sedera, Party Place and Dream Cakes all worked hard to bring in a effortless romance to the day. 

The couple said "I do" in the Renaissance Room, followed by cocktail hour at Jackknife and the reception in the Governor.

The ballroom was kept simple with white chairs, white linens and then elevated with lush green and white flowers. The room was glowing and created the perfect setting for a special celebration. As the toasts came to an end the guests anxiously awaited to hit the dance floor and pretty much never left it. Event Team kept the party rocking till the wee hours. We were so lucky to be apart of such a special evening. Big thanks to Amanda and Adrian! 

Bridal Bliss was incredible and made the process of being engaged SO enjoyable!!! Elizabeth was just so fun to be around and positive and we felt overall that she really understood us - who we are as a couple - and that was reflected in everything she helped us with. It made our day so special and so us. We couldn’t recommend Bridal Bliss more.
— Amanda McKeel + Adrian Olsen Beinema

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Cake: DreamCakes | Catering: Jakes Catering | Dessert Display: Bridal Bliss | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Florist: Seventh Stem | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Photography: Mosca Studio | Rentals: Party Place + Sedera Rental Co

 

Alice + Nathan

 
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Alice + Nathan were so fun to work with! Not only did Alice know what she wanted but she made decisions quickly and we had a great time planning their wedding.  For the venue, they wanted something outdoors, but close in to town.  They chose Riverhaven in Wilsonville, which is nestled amongst Christmas trees and the Willamette River. The perfect location, close enough proximity to town, but it also was its own private haven in the middle of nowhere.  

The decor was simple yet elegant. A sweet ceremony and a tearful groom, there is nothing better!

We opted for a clear tent dripping with fairy lights which made for an intimate setting for dinner. Guests sat at wooden farm tables with blush, ivory florals with touches of gold accents.  A delish dinner provided by Devil's Food Catering had everyone grinning from ear to ear with their insanely good fried chicken and Event Team Entertainment had the dance floor packed all night.  Such a magical evening! 

Alice + Nathan, thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Working with Bridal Bliss was the best decision we could have made. Katy kept us organized, our budget on track, & never missed a step! We couldn’t have imagined it any more perfect & we can honestly say it was the best night of our lives! We were blown away by the service at Bridal Bliss and loved working with Katy!
— Alice Clyde & Nathan Schulz

Coordinator: Katy | Catering: Devils Food Catering | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Cupcakes: Fat Cupcakes | Dessert Display: Bridal Bliss | Photographer: Mosca Studio | Videographer: Duran Creative Co | Rentals: Party Place + Recreation Department | Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Rental | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Transportation: First Student Inc | Paper Goods: Letters & Dust | Stationary: Crave Design | Bridal Gown: Annas Bridal

 

Martha + Jody

 

I knew from the moment I met Martha and her mother Betsy, that this wedding would be a dream! The classic, elegant details fell together naturally. Martha and Jody live in Boston, so we worked together remotely.

Three months before the wedding, news broke that the Royal Wedding would happen on the same day. For many, I think this news would be sad, but Martha & Jody weren’t phased at all. If anything, the couple was happy to have a smaller spot light on them. Friends and family flew in from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe to attend so there was a whole week worth of festivities to celebrate.

Portland always has an unpredictable spring, and sure enough the weather was questionable right up until the big day then cleared and blessed the wedding with the perfect amount of sunshine. Guests were able to enjoy the golf club grounds before and after the ceremony.

Since the Portland Golf Club inside space has such a big, open floor plan, we created a temporary, elegant wall between the ceremony area and another space where all the dinner tables were set so guests could experience each part of the wedding without seeing what was coming next. The space was transformed from classic ceremony, to partial outdoor cocktail hour, fine dining dinner, then party dance floor. My favorite detail of the night was the mini maple syrup favors we placed at each place setting (the groom and his family are from Canada).

Of all my years coordinating weddings, I’ve never hear better toasts! The maid of honor, best man, parents of the groom and father of the bride all gave heart-felt, kind, well-spoken toasts to the happy couple. It was clear from the stories they told, that Martha & Jody are meant for each other and are surrounded by love and support. It was such a pleasure working with both the couple and their incredible families. Heres to your next adventure together!

Coordinator: Melanie | Catering: Portland Golf Club | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Photographer: Honeysuckle Photography | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: Sedera Rental Co + Party Place | Paper Goods + Signage: Hey Halle

 

2019 Wedding Trends

 

From bringing the outside in, incorporating a pop of color and creating a personalized guest experience, take a peek at Nora’s recent KPTV segment to learn more about 2019’s hottest trends!