Holiday Proposals

 

The holidays are upon us and we're not sure about you, but we are ready for a little joy this year! Nora recently went on KGW's afternoon show, Portland Today, to talk holiday proposals. Take a peek at some fun ideas and get into the spirit!

 

Angela + Matt

 

It was a delight helping Angela and Matt plan their wedding.  The first time I met them I knew their wedding was going to be beautiful, fun and very personal.

Their wedding was set at picture perfect Youngberg Hill. It was a beautiful backdrop for their ceremony and reception which used shades of navy and sage green with sand and burgundy accents.  This simple yet elegant wedding incorporated Mediterranean and NW elements including olive branches. The olive branches had a connection to both Angela and Matt. Angela and born in Jerusalem and Matt is from Italian descent. This was just one of many personal touches.

After the ceremony which was officiated by Angela’s father, the guests enjoyed drinks while taking in the gorgeous views. They dined on delicious food provided by Willaby’s Catering and Event Design.  Once the dance floor opened the party really started.  Guests were in for a treat when CreamNW opened the ice cream truck! The evening was capped off by a huge fireworks display which was a surprise to most of the guests. It was truly a night to remember! Congratulations Angela and Matt!

Coordination: Jennifer | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Rentals: Willaby's Catering & Event Design | Photography: Stark Photography | Cake/Dessert: Lambs Thriftway | Ice Cream: CreamNW | Videographer: Through These Eyes | Floral: Brier & Ivy  | Dress: The English Department

 

Marie + Joseph

 

Marie and Joe celebrated their gorgeous wedding on the beautiful Oregon coast - steps away from where the bride grew up in Gearhart, Oregon! Growing up surrounded by so much beauty, Marie had a very specific vision for what she wanted her day to look like. 

From the beach ceremony with the Tillamook head in the background to the clear tent on the lawn at the McMenamins Gearhart. Every detail reflected the romantic, beach feeling the bride and groom were wanting for their day.

It was such a pleasure to help bring the vision to life for this happy, fun loving couple.

 

Mackenzie + Andrew

 

Oregon has countless gorgeous outdoor venues, but my secret pleasure is watching an indoor space transform into a gorgeous summer wedding! This is exactly what I got to experience while working with Mackenzie and Andrew last July. They chose to get married at The Evergreen in SE Portland, Oregon. ESPE Floral did an unbelievable job of bringing some serious color into the vast space, creating a stunning arch for the two to exchange vows underneath, while lining the aisle with lush garland.

As guests arrived, they were greeted with champagne and freshly shucked oysters from Tournant PDX, before finding their seat on farm style benches from Something Borrowed. Robert J. Hill was on hand to capture every beautiful moment of the couple’s ceremony, which was performed by a close friend.

Once the ceremony was finished, the space was quickly rearranged for an amazing dinner served by The Lamb’s Table. There was a lovely series of toasts followed by some of the most eye catching (and delicious) dessert provided by Sweetheart Saint Johns.  After all of the formalities, it was time to start the party. Ron Rouse was set up to play the soundtrack for the rest of the night, complete with a dirty dancing moment from the couple, complete with the lift!!  It was truly a joyous evening, filled with laughter and fun.  Mackenzie and Andrew, I can’t tell you how happy it made me to be part of this day with you!! 

Coordinator: Cam | Photographer: Robert J. Hill | Caterer: The Lamb's Table | Floral: ESPE Floral | Cakes/Desserts: Sweetheart St. John's | DJ: Ron Rouse | Beauty: Olivia Hawthorne | Rentals: Something Borrowed

 

Amy + Adrian

 

There is something so fun and secretive about a tucked away venue, when you get to wind up and around the backroads until you come to a dead end and find a beautiful place you might not otherwise had known of.  In this case I am talking about Riverhaven Farm, the location that Amy and Adrian chose to celebrate their marriage last July.  This is a beautiful piece of land set along the Willamette River in Wilsonville Oregon.  There was an amazing team of vendors who worked to transform the space for the couple.

It all started with Blum, who spent the morning decorating the beautiful wooden arch, built by the Bride's father, before finishing the rest of the gorgeous floral arrangements that accented the entire property.  The ceremony took place on the side of the home that sits on the property, and is neatly tucked up against the river. Duo Con Brio played as the couple exchanged their vows. 

Once they said their “I Do’s”, everyone joined the couple on the lawn for cocktails and appetizers passed by Dalton’s Northwest Catering.  Guests were seated family style at farm tables that overlooked the landscape. Deyla Huss was able to sneak the couple away for some pretty epic sunset shots, which would also make the cut for the couples wedding video, shot by Moving Pictures

Right before they cut the cake which was provided by Papa Haydn, the groom was surprised with a Dallas Cowboys themed grooms cake from Laurie Clark.  The guests were eager to dance as DJ Mighty Moves kept the party going on an outdoor dance floor with lighting from BowerBird Events.  This was certainly a night to remember!!  Congratulations Amy and Adrian, I’m so thankful I was able to be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Cam | Caterer: Dalton's Northwest Catering | Photographer: Deyla Huss Photography | Cake: Papa Haydn & Laurie Clarke Cake | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Reception Music: Dj Mighty Moves | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Rentals: Luxury Restroom Trailers + Key Event Services + Classic Vintage Rentals | Videography: Moving Pictures | Visual/Lighting: Bowerbird Events

 

Emily + Jeremy

 

I had so much fun helping Emily and Jeremy plan their perfect wedding! They wanted to have a vintage glam garden party theme at Postlewait's in Canby, OR was the perfect venue. It served as the perfect backdrop for their special day which used shades of burgundy, navy and blush and a bit of sparkle. The lush florals provided by Bramble Floral were accompanied by stunning vintage pieces including dishes, furniture and special touches throughout the venue.

Guests arrived and signed the guest book which was actually a wine barrel with a hand painted mural of some of Emily and Jeremy’s favorite places in Oregon. They walked across a stone path and bridge to a shaded ceremony site.  After the ceremony they enjoyed signature and cocktails and delicious food provided by Willaby’s Catering and Events

Emily and Jeremy both love sweets so they made sure to have plenty for their guests to enjoy. Their gorgeous hand-painted wedding cake and macarons from Lux Sucre and specialty s’mores from Nineteen27 s’mores kept the energy up for dancing. As the evening came to an end, Emily and Jeremy were sent off through a tunnel of heart shaped sparklers. This was a special evening and I feel so honored to have been part of it.  Congratulation Emily and Jeremy!

Coordinator: Jennifer | Floral: Bramble Floral | Photographer: JOS Studios | Beauty: Portland Makeup and Hair | Rentals: Something Borrowed + The Party Place + Barclay Event Rentals | Catering: Willaby's Catering and Events | Cake/Dessert: Lux Sucre | Sweet Treats: Nineteen 27 S'mores | Videographer: Candy Glass Production | Music: Pace Mobile DJ | Paper goods & Calligraphy: Letters & Dust

 

Leah + Ryan

 

Pretty much from our first meeting I knew that Leah & Ryan along with Leah's mom, Charlotte, were going to be amazing clients. They were so sweet and excited about wedding planning from day one. After landing on The Old Church & Sentinel for the wedding day - plans began to fall into place. 

Working with Blum Design, Leah's color palette of green, gold, blush and marsala came to life. Incorporating garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, dahlias, blackberries, and more - the flowers stole the show. 

Paired with lots of candles, the ballroom at Sentinel was glowing on their wedding day. Palomino hand calligraphed individual plates for each guest in a gold metallic pen - putting a personal touch as guests were welcomed to their seats.

One detail that often gets overlooked at wedding is the kids table. With such a large family on Leah's side - Charlotte and Leah spent time personalizing and decorating the kids tables. Details included custom wedding coloring books, personalized cups, all the art supplies you could imagine, movies, stuffed animals, snacks and more. Even adults wanted to be at the kids tables. 

The evening was perfect. Guests enjoyed heartfelt toasts, a personalized slideshow video from Charlotte, and delicious late night snacks. Chad Dowling kept guests on their feet dancing the night away to classic hits. Ending the night with a colorful balloon send off. We loved being apart of this sweet couples wedding and Yasmin Khajavi captured their love and sweetness perfectly! 

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Floral: Blum Floral Design | Photographer: Yasmin K Photography | Videographer: J & M Media | Cake: Dream Cakes | Music: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: Sedera Rental Co | Lighting & Rental: Chad Dowling Productions | Beauty: Face Body Beauty 

 

2018 Bridal Gown Trends

 

From pants to moto jackets to colored gowns, take a peek at Nora's recent segment on Portland Today for wedding gown trends of 2018!