Megan + Matt

 

Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” was all Natalia could sing the day of Megan and Matt’s rock n roll themed wedding at Laurelhurst Club. Guests were prepped for the wedding when they received their custom made Vinyl records as invitations – very appropriate since the couple is in a band together. On the day of the wedding, family and friends enjoyed lots of rock n' roll details. First, they were asked to sign a skate deck which acted as their guest book and asked to leave any cards inside a drum. Dinner took place inside the Laurelhurst Club where tables were named after their favorite bands and guests were given custom made buttons as favors. Dinner was catered by their favorite restaurant, RoboTaco. The night was full of love, laughter and mingle with friends and family from near and far.

Coordination: Natalia Barwegan | Photography: Remembrance Photography | Catering: Robo Taco

 

Devan + Joe

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Hazelwood Photography | Artisan Cake Company

What an honor it truly was to coordinate for a fellow wedding industry expert! Devan, owner of Nimbi Design, had a perfect vision from the beginning. She had a hand in all design aspects and her creativity was truly on display. Handmade paper flowers, a vintage family car, hidden speakeasy cigar bar and a cake designed as a surprise by the fabulous Liz Marek, bridesmaid and owner of Artisan Cake Company, are just a few details that made this day memorable. Devan & Joe's ceremony was romantic and lush with florals held at The Rhododendron Garden. Old Hollywood glamour showed in every detail of their reception - gold, black and blush was the perfect color scheme while candles and mirrors sparkled all over the Treasury Ballroom. Guests couldn't help but dance as they had 2 different live bands and a DJ! This event was one of a kind and unforgettable for everyone there. Big thanks to 100 Layer Cake + Oregon Bride Magazine for featuring the gorgeous event!

Coordination: Carrie Newson | Photographer: Hazelwood Photography | Videographer: Moving Picture Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden | Reception Venue: Treasury Ballroom | Floral: Bramble Floral | Hair & Makeup: Jein King | Paper Goods, Décor: Bride, (Nimbi Creative) | Music: John Ross Music | Cake: Artisan Cake Company | Catering: Food In Bloom | Rentals: Something Borrowed PDX | Photo Booth: HappyMatic | Officiant: Dee Richardson | Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Anna’s Bridal | Shoes: ModCloth | Ring: Kasab Jewelers | Suit: Custom from Este’s | Shoes: DSW

 

Christine + Adam

 

Christine and Adam picked their wedding date because of the Supermoon that made the news on September 27th, 2015. The couple worked with Elizabeth for about a year, planning all the fun details... and there were a lot!   Upon arrival at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling red wine. Just as the sun began to set and the moon began to rise, Christine and Adam's ceremony began. To tie in perfectly with the day, Christine walked down the aisle to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which had guests bursting into loud cheers. It was clear everyone was going to love every minute of this wedding. 

After the ceremony guests were invited upstairs for dinner, drinks and dancing. Food is important to Adam and Christine as Adam was the previous owner/chef for Acadia and also happens to be the restaurant where the two met. They landed on Devils Food for their catering and designed a perfect menu with stations that allowed guests to dine on wonderful food throughout the entire night. The best part of the evening - dessert. Adam and Christine worked with Dream Cakes to design a cake that mirrored the eclipse. 

Coordination: Elizabeth Sheils | Photography: Your Street Photography | Caterer: Devil's Food | Floral: Swoon | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | DJ: Chad Dowling 

 

Ryan + Tony

 

As a wedding coordinator it is always special to watch someone who you care about so deeply find their soulmate. I met Ryan when she was first back in Seattle - navigating the city, making friends and establishing ties to her new home. While she made many great friends, she would not meet her best friend, Tony until several years later. When I first saw Tony and Ryan together I knew he was the one. He had a playful way about him that made her not take things too seriously, he made her laugh, taught her about football and most importantly provided her with the pup she longed to have.  Ryan, Tony and Pistol (their beloved corgi) were soon inseparable.

When it came time to say their I-dos both Ryan and Tony agreed that they wanted it to be a celebration of their love for each other, and their friends and family. We found the perfect home for this celebration in Capitol Hill's Sole Repair Shop. Just blocks away from where they live, and feet away from some of their favorite hangouts, this hip, urban venue could not have been more ideal for their April Wedding.

The rainy weather did not keep guests away from their special day, in fact it gave them a reason to cozy up during their intimate ceremony. Ryan in a beautiful illusion back gown looked breathtaking as she took her place next to her soon-to-be husband. The two exchanged loving vows before we moved onto the much anticipated party of the year!

Guests enjoyed an Italian feast before they were entertained by some very memorable toasts. Among them Ryan's dad, who reminded us all that although it is typical on a wedding day to welcome a new son, he said he didn't have to, as Tony had already been a part of their family for years - so sweet!

The celebration continued onto the dance floor and didn't stop!  Ryan had hand-picked each song to maximize the dance party. Let's just say everyone was thankful for the late night snacks - as they offered an excuse to take a quick break before being pulled back out onto the dance floor by the fun loving bridal party (bride and groom included)!

For many of Ryan and Tony's friends this was the first 'real wedding' they had ever been to. And I have to say it is not one that will be forgotten anytime soon. From love felt between this amazing couple to the party that continued long after Sole Repair turned down their lights, it was a magical, fun filled evening for all.

Coordination: Molly Corr | Catering: Sole Repair Shop | Photographer : Jaquelyn Portolese Photography | Makeup: David Kitsak | Hair: Charlie Perrit | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids: ASOS | Groom + Groomsmen: The Black Tux | Photo Booth : Jed Sarmiento | Flowers: Kalin McNamera | Cake/Mini Cheesecakes:  Leta Troka

 

McCullough Family Reunion

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Special Event Planning | Oregon Event Design | Mosca Studio

I have had the pleasure of planning special events with Valerie since her wedding back in 2005. Since then it's been nonstop family weddings, corporate events and holiday parties.  This summer was the first annual McCullough Family Reunion held at Valerie + Ken's gorgeous home (that view!) in Wilsonville.  The two treated her family to more food than you can imagine, pooltime fun and a festive open bar. Valerie indulged my newest obsession of pineapples and flamingos and let me style the turquoise, fuchsia and yellow event to my heart's content. Guests ended the evening with a surprise appearance from 1927 s'mores!  It was such a fun day and I look forward to the next event with this fab family!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photography: Mosca Studio | Catering: Pearl Catering + 1927 S'mores | Rentals: Party Place | Floral: Bella Bloom

 

Wedding Trends

 

It was such an honor to be a guest on Portland's newest morning show, KGW's Portland Today, yesterday during their first week on the air!  We chatted Portland wedding trends...take a peek!

 

Kathleen + Nate

 

Kathleen & Nate were so fun and relaxed throughout the planning process, really wanting to make sure their guests had a great time was on top of their list.  Their wedding took place at Resort at the Mountain's Lakeside Lawn, overlooking the golf course and lake.  Tables were decorated with silver chargers and beautiful coral, pink and green floral by Blum, including greenery around the chandeliers that hung in the tent. Laurie Clarke Cakes provided a variety of cupcakes that were displayed in a tower which sat on top of a wine barrel.  Chalkboard signs, written by their planner were used for seating assignments, ceremony program, bar & dinner menu. Limelight Photo Booth provided an awesome open-air Photo Booth which had guests waiting for their 2nd or 3rd turn, and while they waited, the DJ kept them dancing the night away.  After the wedding ended, the bridal party and the remaining guests made their way to the resort bar for an after-party.  What a fun group!

Coordination: Photography: Ben Pigao Photography | Beauty: Styled by Chrystal | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage | Florals: Blum | Cake: Laurie Clarke Cakes |  Photo Booth: Limelight | DJ: Paradox Productions

 

Ashley + Peter

 

Pretty in Pink was all Ashley wanted for her beautiful, romantic night at the Treasury Ballroom and she got just that. Coordinated by Natalia, Ashley and Peter were able to have the wedding of their dreams. Ceremony was held at the beautiful First Presbyterian Church. Guests were greeted by fun details like homemade fans and a mailbox card holder. Ashley and Peter were then married by her older brother which a very sweet moment for the entire family.

Guests were then escorted down to the Treasury Ballroom for a fantastic night of dinner and dancing.  A long staircase full of candles lit the path to the old bank where Vibrant Table was serving Chicken and Waffles as appetizers and Chad Dowling played beautiful background music. An hour later the curtains to dinner were lifted as Ashley and Peter were introduced for the first time as Mr & Mrs. Guests entered a beautiful classy, romantic reception with blossoming flowers and pink bags of salt water taffy treats for guest favors. 

The couple ate and danced the night away as they celebrated their nuptials with family and friends. Can’t forget the gorgeous desert display of VooDoo Doughnuts , either! It was a beautiful night full of fun, laughter, and love. 

Photography: Jamie Rae Photography | Caterer: Vibrant Table | DJ: Chad Dowling | Transportation: Portland Pedi-Cab | Late Night Treats: Voodoo Doughnut