B + A Wedding

 

We had the pleasure of working with the two sweetest people on their private property wedding. B + A from day one wanted a magical fern-gully inspired wedding day. After months of planning and fine tuning all the details our team brought their dreams to life.

The ceremony was held in the courtyard with a ceiling of greenery, a moon-gate backdrop and mirage chairs to supply a slight juxtaposition to the garden provided by Blum.

For dinner the space was transformed by a amazing team of vendors include Vintage Meets Modern, Party Place, Blum and Letters & Dust

The tables were etherial and romantic. Lush flowers, moss and candles set the tone.

Guests dined on a five course, family style meal provided by the always talented team at Atuala.

Ending the night on a sweet note Atuala provided churros and ice cream in addition to a colorful donut wall by Bridal Bliss.

Guests danced the night away under a star filled sky and music going into the late hours with Event Team. Not missing a detail, Focal Point & Mosca Studio captured it all. 

The night was absolutely perfect and so magical. Seeing B + A's family and friends celebrate the two of them make the night extra special for us. We were honored to be apart of it.

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Bridal Gown: Anna’s Bridal | Caterer: Ataula | Cinematographer: Focal Point | Dessert Display: Bridal Bliss | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Lighting: | Music: Duo Con Brio + Event Team Entertainment | Paper Goods: Letters & Dust | Photographer: Mosca Studios | Rentals: The Party Place, Vintage Meets Modern + Luxury Restroom Trailers

 

Wedding Invitation Mistakes

 

Tis the season for finalizing wedding invitation orders! We typically suggest our couples send out invitations 8-10 weeks prior to the wedding, with RSVP’s due one month before the big day. Nora visited KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to share more tips and common mistakes when it comes to wedding invitations. Take a peek!

 

Nicole + Steve

 
 
 

It was truly an honor to work with Nicole on the planning and coordination of her vow renewal with her husband Steve. Not only is Nicole super fun and energetic, but she is one of the most kind and generous people I’ve ever met. Nicole owns and manages Powder, Inc., where brides come from all over the state to have their wedding makeup done. It is always wonderful to work with Nicole as a fellow wedding professional, but it was so fun to work with her as a bride!

The forecast on the vow renewal day called for rain so we prepped with cute umbrellas but when the Wagner family went to take photos, the clouds cleared and made for the perfect photo weather! As you can see here, their family photos are dreamy!

Guests were greeted at Opal 28 with strawberry lemonades and guided to the intimate ceremony area.

After walking down the aisle with their two daughters, Nicole and Steve read heart-felt vows to each other reminiscing about the 15 years they have shared so far and committed to a life-time more. I did not see a dry eye in the room! This was a beautiful ceremony I (and everyone else who attended) will remember forever.

Following the ceremony guests moved to the adjacent room where a long table was beautifully set for this intimate-sized 30-person group.

We used blush plates, gold flatware, lush florals, dreamy velvet napkins, and a taupe mesh table runner to create the whimsically ornate environment Nicole dreamed of.  The size of the group made the dinner feel like a formal family dinner.

The oldest Wagner daughter and a best friend of the couple gave charming, unscripted toasts. Instead of cutting a cake the couple cut a donut and headed to the dancefloor.

With dessert in hand, guests headed back to the ceremony room which we had flipped into a reception space with a dance floor, DJ lighting, and photo booth. Here friend and family danced the night away! Thank you, Wagner family, for letting me be a part of your magical day. Your passion for love and life is contagious! Cheers to the past 15 years and a lifetime more!

Coordinator: Melanie | Beauty: Powder Inc. | Photographer: Dina Chmut Photography | Cinematographer: Goodco Studios | Music: Paradox Productions | Florist: Bella Bloom Florals | Dessert: Krispy Kreme | Rentals: Archive Rentals + La Tavola | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Invitations: Sweet Sentimentality

 

Lizzy + Jermaine

 

From the moment I met Lizzy & Jermaine I knew we were going to have a blast planning their wedding. Lizzy & Jermaine are the most genuinely nice people I have ever met and all they wanted was to throw an epic party for all their out of town guests to enjoy.

I couldn't wait until their wedding on June 30th! I was just so excited for these two to start "phase 2" of their lives!

As we got to know each other a bit more I realized that Jermaine is a total sneakerhead and since I dabble in that world I knew we were the perfect match.

Beautiful personalized signs were all over the grounds letting guests know where to sign their guest book or to unplug their phones during the ceremony.

With the help of family and friends, Melissa Coe Celebrant, officially announced them as Husband and Wife and the party was underway! 

After the ceremony guests were treated to signature cocktails (my favorite being the "Champagne Mami" - shout out to Drake!), mini chicken & waffles, and lawn games while photos finished up. 

With Oregon Golf Club's beautiful tent as our canvas Lizzy and Jermaine got to work putting together a beautiful wedding.

With the help of Bella Blooms, Letters & Dust and Bridgewood Event Rentals we were able to bring their vision to life.

Bella Blooms provided all the flowers and garland to really pop the space into a classy yet modern formal garden party. Everything was absolutely beautiful.

The night was a blast from dinner, dancing and tear jerking speeches. 

The groomsmen and basically all the guests attending all changed out of their formal shoes and into some pretty rad Nike's. My personal favorite? Jermaine's super rare Off-White Jordan 1's designed by none other than Virgil Abloh. 

Lizzy and Jermaine are surrounded by an amazing support system and I can't wait to see what this next adventure holds for them.

Thank you, Lizzy and Jermaine! I was beyond honored to be part of your wedding day! I wish you both nothing but love and happiness in "phase  2".

 

Kari + Sharat

 

When you first hear the words, 'married in my parents' backyard' there so many thoughts and questions that run through a planner's mind. 

The biggest one, are you sure?  In this case, the answer was YES, and we could not have asked for a more perfect space or weekend for Kari and Sharat.

In keeping with the theme of the weekend we wanted the wedding to feel beautiful and classic, but also relaxed and fun.

Guests made their way down to the waterfront where they were wowed by the incredible backdrop, and flowers by the talented, Eleanor Blackford of Bash and Bloom.  

Kari and Sharat said I do in the same backyard as her parents had years before, and by the same officiant, making it an even more special celebration for their families and loved ones.   

Following the ceremony we invited guests to mingle as many had traveled to the celebration while enjoying cocktails and light bites from the Lisa Dupar team. 

As the sun began to lower we moved into the tent for a water-side dinner capped off by a round of toasts and well wishes for the couple.

The laughter continued with lawn games, ice cream & pie (A la Mode), a homemade dessert - provided by the bride's mother, Lisa, a traditional Norwegian Wedding Cake which tasted even more incredible than it looked. 

Guests left with personalized sunglasses (such a fun touch for this sunny July wedding), full bellies - pizza from local favorite Pagliacci capped off our night of eating, tired feet from the hours of dancing (music provided by Rudy of the RudEvents), damp hair (for some) from a late night dip in the lake and smiles are on the their faces.

So incredibly happy for this amazing couple. Kari and Sharat thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Check out even more from their wedding featured in Carats + Cake!

We loved working with Bridal Bliss, and our incredible wedding planner, Molly Corr. Molly’s skillful organization, positive attitude, flexibility, and calm demeanor took the stress out of wedding planning. Our wedding came together smoothly and beautifully thanks to Molly’s attention to details and lovely style. We would absolutely recommend Molly and Bridal Bliss for anyone looking for a wedding planner!
— Kari + Sharat

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Shannon Rasheed | Caterer: Lisa Dupar Catering | Ceremony Music: Windsong Trio | Dessert: A la Mode | Florist: Bash & Bloom | Music: RUDYvents | Photographer: Matthew Land Studios | Rentals: CORT Party Rentals

 

Jenna + Greg

 

I cannot begin to tell you what a joy it was to plan Jenna + Greg's wedding.

With the bride + groom busy in medical school, it was Jenna's  mother Kristine whom I had the pleasure of working with.  This is one exceptional woman. Classy, sassy, smart and knows what she wants!

When it came to the wedding, Kristine + Jenna had a few priorities....a meaningful ceremony, over-the-top floral, an abundance of food and a super fun party.  They were definitely speaking my language!!

The ceremony, at St. Mary's Cathedral, was officiated by Archbishop Schwietz, a close family friend who had performed every family sacrament for the past ten years. 

A 12 person choir along with strings and a trumpet fanfare set the tone for the beautiful ceremony and the full Catholic mass was everything the couple was hoping for. 

The floral was beyond exceptional.  From adorned pillars and railings at the club, tables overflowing with fluffy peonies and a dripping chandelier, no detail was overlooked. 

Some other fun details were the sequin linens, ombre escort card wall, a delicious cake covered in intricate sugar flowers (and topped with Jenna's grandparents' cake topper) and the bride's stunning Hayley Paige gown from Anna's Bridal

Guests were treated to tons of passed appetizers and a five course meal which ended with digestivi carts.

The toasts had everyone in tears and really made clear what a pedestal Jenna's five siblings held her on. And Uncle Lou, a 90 year old relative serenaded the couple and celebrated his 67 wedding anniversary the next day.

With a dream team of vendors, the sweetest clients and a perfect sunset, this wedding was certainly one for the books.

After our daughter became engaged, the next joyous decision we were able to celebrate was choosing Nora and her team at Bridal Bliss. All stress and anxiety were immediately alleviated as Bridal Bliss flew into action, turning our daughter and her fiancé’s wedding dreams into reality. Every detail was meticulously coordinated with Nora offering her expert counsel and experience at each step of the way. The vendors that Nora assembled, all of whom were awarded the best vendor of the year award for Portland, were team players who worked to create a conception that was beautiful, romantic, and breathtaking. Nora will forever hold a place in our hearts as we look, for generations, upon a celebration that was one of the best days of our lives.

Coordinator: Nora | Band: The Essentials | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Bridal Gown: Anna's Bridal | Cake: DreamCakes | Caterer: Portland Golf Club | Ceremony Music: Angela Westhoff-Johnson | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Florist: Blum Floral | Invitations: Designer’s Fine Press | Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions + Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Transportation: M Executive

 

Winter Wedding Tips

 

There is just something about a winter wedding…the season lends itself to cozy, formal, magical affairs. Nora went on KPTV’s MORE Good Day Oregon to give some tips on hosting a winter wedding—take a peek!

 

Savitha + Ted

 

I first met Savitha a few months before her big day.  She was one of the most calm and relaxed brides I have ever me.  She wanted to keep the entire weekend of celebration stress free and uncomplicated for both herself, her finance Ted, and their families.  

JM Cellars was the perfect venue for the style of wedding they were looking for, laid-back elegance.  Savitha chose simple details to enhance the beauty of the space, selecting locally grown flowers and romantic color palette. 

 Stadium Flowers added gorgeous flowers to the arbor where Savitha and Ted said their I-Dos.  My favorite moment (as it frequently is) was watching as  the ceremony came to close, joining not only the couple in this case, but also their families, with five kids between them - such a special moment for them all.

Following the ceremony guests were welcomed to the rock garden for wine and bites provided by Herban Feast before moving into the Wine Library for dinner.

Guests dined, and listened to heartfelt toasts before moving into the barrel room for dancing!  Although it was a cooler than anticipated summer evening the room was kept warm by the very full the dance floor and celebratory energy.  

Congratulations Ted & Savitha, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Molly | Music: Sounds Unlimited | Photographer: Tasha Owen Photography | Rentals: CORT Party Rental | Florist: Stadium Flowers | Dessert: Mike’s Amazing Cakes | Officiant: Seattle Wedding Officiants | Beauty: Salon Maison | Catering: Herban Feast