Wedding Anxiety

 

Nora went on KGW's Portland Today to discuss wedding anxieties and how to deal with them.  Take a peek!  For name change info, click here.

 

Changing Your Name

 

Nothing generates panic quite like thinking about what a nightmare changing your name is going to be post-wedding.  We commonly receive questions from couples about the logistics and how to go about getting started.  So, we've partnered with three equally wonderful companies who make the entire process seamless and more importantly...painless! Make sure to clink the links below which are embedded with discount for our clients.

 

Julie + Shawn

 

Julie and Shawn were total couple goals! Their whole goal during the planning process was to have a fun party with all their sweet friends & family. I think we accomplished just that at The Oregon Gardens in Silverton, Oregon. 

Their love for travel was incorporated into every detail. Crave Design helped collaborate on some super fun paper pieces to tie everything together. Guests were greeted in the garden with an adorable fan-program in vintage suitcases and awaited Julie and Shawn to say I do! 

After the ceremony guests gathered over by the large barn for a fun cocktail hour where each received their “boarding pass” to dinner! I had the best time designing this escort card wall that fit in with their travel theme. Even the barcode were the numbers of their wedding date - so fun! 

Dinner and dancing kicked off and guests moved & grooved underneath the ceiling of lights in the massive rustic barn. Julie and Shawn, I wish you all the best in your new marriage and cannot wait to see where life takes you on your next adventure! 

Coordinator: Catherine | Cakes/Desserts: Myriad Cake Design | DJ: Apogee Events | Florist: Distinctive Designs by Denice | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Photographer: McCloud Photography | Rentals: Danner & Soli | Wood Wall Rental: Ohana Party Rentals | Videographer: NW Film Company

 

Oregon Bride Kids Shoot

 

Nora + Katy had such fun collaborating with for a kids themed photo shoot! Don't you think a little one would be just thrilled to get this little gift at their seat??

 

Kelly + Brenden

 
Bridalbliss.com | Seattle Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Matthew Land Photography

As a someone who 'works in the industry' people ask me all the time what my favorite wedding was.  Last summer was especially challenging to pick as some of my dear friends were married (in some of my favorite venues, with some of my favorite vendors), however for those of you who know me best, you know how close I am to my family, which made July 22nd a very special day for me.  Not only was my cousin (closest in age to me, and my first real friend) Brenden, married to amazing woman, someone I also consider a best friend, but I also had the honor of planning their wedding, not to mention celebrating with all 30+ members of our family!

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Brenden and Kelly were married at Fireseed on Whidbey Island.  The entire weekend was a celebration (the best way to do it!), starting with an intimate farm-to-table meal at Orchard Kitchen, followed by a lively welcome party at Useless Bay Coffee Company.  Guests had come from all over the country to celebrate these two.  We were greeted by sunshine on their wedding day, allowing Kelly and Brenden to wed on an open field with not a cloud in the sky. The most thoughtful I-do's made welcoming a new member into our family that much sweeter.  And then in true Corr fashion, the party began - or I guess began again after the first two nights!  

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Following the ceremony guests made their way to the upper lawn for cocktails, snacks, lawn games and plenty of time to explore Fireseed's beautiful property, before heading into the barn for dinner.  Brenden and Kelly are the perfect mix of two styles, Brenden's preppy & Kelly's whimsical, which came together beautifully at this unique venue.  Guests were directed to their seats by a display of oyster shells on vintage silver trays that belonged to their moms, aunts, and grandmas, inside they found a palette of blue & white anchored by chinoiserie-inspired urns filled with hydrangeas (done by Flowers by Shamay) that the two had collected the year leading up to the wedding.  Even the menu itself, prepared by Fireseed Catering, felt like the perfect combination of these two. After an amazing family-style meal, we toasted, ate more (homemade carrot cake!), danced, and danced some more! 

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And of course, the celebration did not end with the last song, as guests made their way to an after party.  I blinked, and this magical celebration, which included months of planning with two of my favorite people was over.  Brenden & Kelly, words cannot express how much it meant to me to be a part of your special day (in more ways than one).  Your wedding has forever left a permanent mark on my heart as a favorite.

Bridalbliss.com | Seattle Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Matthew Land Photography

Check out this couple's feature on Wedding Chicks!

Bridal Bliss made our dream wedding come true. Molly and Elizabeth were our planners and I couldn’t recommend them more. From start to finish they had incredible recommendations and made themselves available for calls, emails, texts and to meet with us multiple times to talk through details and kept us on track with an extremely detailed timeline. On the day of the wedding I was able to sit back and relax because I knew everything was being taken care of. If you are getting married and planning a wedding, I would highly recommend hiring Bridal Bliss, a professional team you can trust and count on for the most important day of your life. You cannot go wrong with Bridal Bliss!
— Kelly + Brenden, via Wedding Wire

Coordinator: Molly | Venue + Catering: Fireseed + Useless Bay Coffee Company  | Photographer: Matthew Land | Videographer: Moses Lee | DJ: Otto-Matic | Rentals: Cort Party Rental | Florist: Flowers by Shamay | Transportation: SeaTac Shuttles | Hair + Makeup: Anne Timss

 

Trista + Logan

 

While first driving out to meet Trista and Logan at Villa Catalana Cellars, I thought to myself “A Villa?  In Oregon City?” But that's exactly what you come to after the short drive from Portland. A stunning Tuscan style Villa set back in the hills. This was the setting for the couples special day, and special it was!!

It turned out to be a perfectly sunny Oregon day!  The girls were pampered at West Beauty Bar in Portland before heading to the venue for the couple’s first look. Sweet Life Photography was there to capture every moment for the happy couple and their families. Bella Bloom Florals created some unforgettable bouquets for the girls to carry. Once guests arrived, they were asked to be seated in the stadium style benches provided by Barclay Events, which surrounded the gorgeous man made pond.  Bob Renggali married the pair, in a boisterous ceremony filled with wise words and love.

Once they said “I DO”, guests were greeted by Premier Catering with delicious finger foods to carry with them around the sprawling gardens. John Ross Music was on hand to add some background music to the beautiful scenery.  After enjoying an incredible spread from Premier, It was time to dance the night away.  John Ross Music provided a perfect playlist to end the evening.  I can’t imagine a more perfect evening! Thank you Trista and Logan for having me on hand for your unforgettable day!

Coordinator: Cam | Photographer: Sweetlife Photography | Music: John Ross Music | Catering: Premiere Catering | Florist: Bella Bloom Florals | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals | Officiant: Bob Renggli | Beauty: West Beauty Bar

 

Julia + Justin

 
337_PLAUT_WEDDING_WEB__G1D6127.jpgBridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography

Julia and Justin wanted to get married in front of a big old growth tree, after searching high and low we landed on the Ainsworth House. I had not had the pleasure of working there and I love when I get the chance to work at a new venue... especially when it's a gorgeous, lush garden like the Ainsworth House. 

After picking out the venue we focused the design and theme of the wedding day towards an intimate garden soiree. With the ceremony taking place in front of the big tree, we followed with a cocktail hour in the gardens. Keeping the flowers soft and whimsical Blum Floral helped to bring the garden feel inside to the reception tables, where guests dined on a delicious dinner from Chefs Table. 

With a lot of Julia's family traveling from China for the wedding, Julia & Justin wanted to showcase all the best things about the Pacific NW.  Chef's Table helped to design a menu and bar that featured local and seasonal ingredients. 

It didn't take long after dinner for the dance floor to fill up as Design Band rocked the party. Guests danced the night away ending with a special sparkler send off for the couple. We loved being apart of this special day!

Coordination: Elizabeth | Photographer: Ben Pigao Photography | Rentals: Party Place | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Videographer: J&M Media | Catering: Chefs Table | Transportation: NW Navigator | Officiant: Father Kevin Yell

 

Mona + Shayan

 

Mona and Shayan were two of the best! Being from Portland originally, they both reside in the Bay area now, wanted to bring their family & guests back to their home in the PNW. They wanted to give their guests the full Portland experience with a Persian flare.

They landed on The Nines in downtown Portland. The night before guests were invited to sip on drinks up on the trendy rooftop of Departure and continued celebrating the next day in the Grand Ballroom at The Nines. The sofreh was decorated beautifully with floral from Floral Sunshine and an amazing spread of personal and family items covered the entire stage. An 8 ft’ wide aisle set the stage for Mona’s gorgeous gown along with floating candles in tall water vases.

Once Mona & Shayan said “I Do” it was time to party! Mona & Shayan opted to have a later dinner and have the guests engage in some dancing right after cocktail hour. It was fantastic to see everyone hop out of their seats and get their dance on so early in the night! The Nines, as usual, served amazing food with a fantastic drip cake to seal the deal. What a night celebrating Mona & Shayan -  Congrats you two! 

We had the pleasure of working with Catherine Sammon on our wedding. We hired her as our day of the event coordinator but I feel like she was involved in every step of my planning. I can not describe how helpful she was and how calm she kept me (the bride) throughout the whole process. Given that we were planning our wedding long distance, she was truly God sent and all a bride needs. She was 100% reliable and knew what she was doing. She is an amazing listener and an easy person to work with. I was at times a bridezilla but she never made me feel that way. We are forever grateful to Catherine.
— Mona + Shayan

Coordinator: Catherine | Catering: The Nines Hotel | Photography: Russell Stafford | Florist: Floral Sunshine | Videography: Travelling Tiger