When I met Bryn and Matt I was super excited because all of my big city dreams were about to come true right in the heart of Portland. Bryn, originally from PDX, and Matt, New York, decided to mash the two states together and have a New York Black Tie Affair right in the heart of Portland. The couple wanted a modern and classy feel with a touch of industrial, and they achieved it using The Evergreen as their venue.
Guests arrived and were seated in aisles drenched in dreamy candlelight provided by Bella Bloom Floral. After a sweet ceremony, marble bistro tables and cozy lounge areas by Classic Vintage Rentals awaited guests for cocktail hour. With a quick flip of the space, guests were then invited to find their seats amongst more dreamy candlelight and Kate Spade-esque stripped linen draped over wooden farm tables.
The night was filled with unique and fun details. Read unique and fun details as: the Bartenders wore 1990's Blazer Jerseys, the ring bearers carried ring briefcases and wore patent leather nikes, and the groom surprised everyone, even his bride, with a surprise guest - the Yeti. The couple also cut into Voodoo Donuts that displayed their initials BB + MM, which was the perfect Portland touch.
This night could not have been more perfect for this classy New York couple. Bryan and Matt, thank you for letting us help with your special day. We wish you years of happiness.
Coordination: Miranda | Catering: Chefs Table | Photography: Peter Mahar | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Floral: Bella Bloom Florals | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | Beauty: Kristie Wright Makeup | Valet: Premiere Valet | Music: DJ Lure PDX | Doughnuts: Voodoo Doughnuts
If there is something that gets the creative juices flowing, it's being part of an inspiration shoot! Portland Bride Magazine asked us to take part in a spread, and we chose to bring a farm to table brunch concept to life.
The tangerine orange, lemon yellow and grapefruit peach color palette combined with neutrals made for a fresh and vibrant table. We incorporated a guest welcome box including amongst other items, fresh donuts, Stiegl Radlers, St. Germain and Prosecco. Definitely a few of our favorite things! We also tried out a new napkin fold, brought in boozy popsicles, incorporated beautifully presented food platters and a cake that was to-do-for. We are in love with the end result! Big thanks to Portland Bride + Groom and the dream team of wedding professionals that helped pull this off!
Coordination: Elizabeth + Nora | Photography: Wendi Nordeck | Flowers, candleholders, and candles: Seventh Stem |Printed goods: HeyHalle | Dinner table, chairs, bench, sheepskin throw, and flatware: Classic Vintage Rentals | Cocktail coupe, Riedel glassware (sparkling, chardonnay, and water), dinner plate, and napkins: The Party Place | Dessert: Dream Cakes | Savory food spread: Devil’s Food Catering | Favor: Sloshy Pops |Bridesmaid dress: The English Dept | Bridesmaid jewelry: Gem Set Love, Hair and makeup: Kirstie Wight
June 25th is just one of those days, so many anniversaries and even more babies born on that day. Apparently 6.25 is a day to celebrate, and this year was no exception! A modern day Brady bunch, Linda & Brian's wedding was not only a marriage of two people, but a union of two families - two families and six amazing kids. From start to finish there was not a planning conversation that did not include talk of the kids and what role they would play in this special day.
Linda first got to know Brian's buddies - 2 of whom would later marry them and Sandpoint Golf and Country Club following several rounds of golf. It was where they would relax, tell stories, and laugh. All of which made it the perfect setting for a beautiful summer wedding. Brian and Linda were married on the deck overlooking the golf course surrounded by friends and family with all six kids standing beside them. The most touching touching moment coming after their first kiss when there were many (12 to be exact) hugs exchanged, Linda officially embracing her 3 new sons, Brian 2 sons and a daughter.
After a laughter-filled cocktail hour where we enjoyed spectacular views of Lake Washington guests were welcomed into the dining room. The family style tables were decked out in homemade succulent planters that Linda's brother had made for them, gorgeous white flowers, personalized succulents for each guest to take home, and menus describing the food stations set to come. Toasts started with laughter - Brian's brother debating who was the best person in their family, and ended with the extremely touching sentiments - both oldest sons expressing how happy they were for their parents, before we moved onto dinner. Linda and Brian kicked the floor off, but were quickly followed by the sweetest dances between a mothers (both Linda & Brian's mom) and sons. Shoes lined the dance floor as the guests seemed to stay out there for hours! And if there wasn't enough love for this new family of eight the bouquet (a spur of the moment addition) of course went to the oldest son's girlfriend! If fate works out in our favor, it would be an honor to plan another wedding with this fun-loving family!
Congratulations Brian and Linda, you helped make this 6.25 one to remember!
We recently asked our friends at Zola (an awesome wedding registry website) to provide us with some tips and reminders for registry & wedding gifts. Seeing how wedding season is here, we thought it would be fun to share some of these with all of you!
Don’t go off-registry. The newlyweds-to-be put time and thought into creating their wish list. It is actually really easy these days to shop online for a registry and you can be sure the couple will love it.
If you’re in the wedding, you can think of something more personal and creative in addition to the registry gift. For example, a cookbook with a roasting pan or a gift certificate to a local cheese shop paired with their appetizer plates.
If you feel like adding a little unique touch - you can personalize the gift with a monogram of the couple’s initials!
When to Give
The old rule was that you have one year to send a gift. The new rule – purchase your gift before the wedding or send immediately after. If possible, avoid bringing the gifts to the wedding. With easy online registries, shipping directly to the couple is hassle-free for both of you.
Today there are quite a few ways to give a gift. With a more modern wedding registry, couples are registering for experiences and cash funds. Using the couple’s cash fund on their registry website allows for you not to worry about misplacing the card of cash at the wedding!
How Much to Give
The old rule was that you should purchase a gift that would pay for your plate. The new rule – spend according to your relationship with the couple. A great starting point is around $50. A relative or friend could be $75-100. For a really close relative or friend $100+. Group gifts are a great idea to get the couple something bigger from their registry. Just make sure everyone on the group gift is on the same page about the cost before purchasing.
Sunriver was the perfect setting for Nikki & Jared’s wedding. Their love for the outdoors and the beauty of Oregon was reflected beautifully! Guests from across the globe came to Sunriver to celebrate the couple and enjoyed a weekend full of festivities. The ceremony was out on the Bachelor Lawn overlooking Mt. Bachelor on a gorgeous day. Guests laughed and cried as the couples said their sweet vows to one another. Nikki wore a gorgeous “Grace Kelley-esque” dress with a veil handmade by her mother, it was adorned with pearls and lace from her late Grandmother. So sweet!
After the ceremony, guests enjoyed the warm weather & good view with a cocktail in their hand on the back patio. Guests were greeted with a hand-written note from the couple, which acted as their escort card – such a personal touch! The group made their way into the Great Hall where tables were decorated with soft grey linen, purple napkins and gorgeous blooms by Heirloom Floral.
After a delicious meal and cake, guests danced the night away to music provided by Flip Flop Sound DJs. The admiration for this couple filled the room, it was so great to see how loved this couple was by all the guests who travelled miles to be attend the celebration! It was an evening to remember. Thank you, you two, for letting me be a part of your big day.
Getting creative and designing weddings that are out-of-the-box is what we do best at Bridal Bliss. So, when Seattle Bride Magazine approached us looking for unique ways to guide guests to their seat, with a natural vibe, we were excited to brainstorm! Molly + Elizabeth came up with the fabulous idea of incorporating glass fishing floats for the city bordering the sea. They were etched in metallic calligraphy by our ever talented friends at Robinson Paperie. They were delicate, beautiful, and so unique. Kate Calamusa, editor of the magazine, even spoke about them on K5 TV segment about wedding trends. Such a fun opportunity!