Rwand + Nabih

 

It was such a delight to help Rwand and Nabih with planning and coordinating their Arabic wedding. They are the most darling couple, with a tight knit family who couldn’t wait to celebrate! 

Their party did not disappoint. Set in the majestic Governor Ballroom at Sentinel Hotel in shades of silver, pale pink and white with luxurious flowers on the tables and cozy lounges tucked into the corners of the room, the focus was nonetheless on the dance floor! Guests entered on a red carpet, paused by the photo booth to snap a picture to add to the scrap book, and then found their seats at their tables in preparation for the zaffe, a grand processional of the bridal party and announcement of the bride and groom led by a traditional Palestinian Dabke dance group. It was not long before all the guests were on the dance floor, celebrating with Rwand and Nabih as their DJ and drummer delivered infectious beats with high energy. It was a night to remember, with friends and family from all across the globe. Congratulations, Rwand and Nabih!

This wedding was featured in Oregon Bride Magazine!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: D. Selbak Photography | Catering: Jake's Catering | Floral: Michelle's Flowers | Lighting + Rentals: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place + Sedera + Classic Vintage Rentals | Beauty: Blossom + Beauty | Cinematography: Design 4 Life | Cake: Dream Cakes | DJ: The Arabic DJ | Entertainment: Jafra Dabke Group 

 

Kimberly + Kris

 

Kimberly and Kris were married at one of the most stunning venues I have ever been to.  Tucked in the Eugene backcountry, King Estate Winery has an Italian vibe with stunning views, creating the perfect backdrop for the couple’s big day.  

Guests were seated overlooking the valley and vines for the ceremony where Kimberly’s daughter, Piper, doubled as not only the flower girl, but as Kimberly’s escort down the aisle.  After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and a handpicked selection of country music, while the couple took photos.  Guests then found their seats amongst gorgeous wooden tables dotted with cream and blush floral, where they were wined and dined with a four course meal and wine pairing.

As if this couples day was not already magical enough, Kris stole everyone’s heart as he danced a first dance with Piper to the Tangled soundtrack.  Guests were encouraged to dance the night away under the stars and ‘Stay a Little Longer’ by the Brothers Osborne and other country music classics played by DJ John Michaels.  Kimberly and Kris, thank you for letting me be a part of your gorgeous wedding.  I wish your family a lifetime of happiness!  

Bridalbliss.com | Eugene Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Lovelit Photography

Coordinator: Miranda Scheitzach | Photography: Love Lit | Rentals: | West Coast | DJ: John Michaels | Floral: Passion Flower Design

 

Elizabeth + Tim

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography

I can’t begin to tell you how special it was to be a part of such an amazing wedding weekend.  Elizabeth + Tim told me, early on in her planning process, that she has always dreamed of a St. Patrick’s day wedding, and that is just what she got, leprechauns not included.  Elizabeth is a veteran member of the Bridal Bliss team (the couple were introduced by Nora...Bridal Bliss founder and Tim's sister-in-law!), so we all knew that this was going to be a perfectly styled, exciting and memorable evening.  Of course, she chose an amazing team of wedding professionals to help execute this unbelievable day.

The day began at The Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Portland.  Elizabeth and her bridal party were pampered by Face Body Beauty, while J&M Media  was there to film all of the details. Once in her dress, the girls moved across town to Hotel Modera, where Elizabeth and Tim had their “first look” (just after she had a sweet first look moment with her dad!), which was captured by the talented Jessica Hill Photography.  The rest of the bridal party joined in for some pretty amazing pictures in front of the hotel's “living wall”.

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Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography

At The Old Church  for the ceremony.  Guests were greeted with a live bagpiper before finding their seats.  The processional began with an amazing rendition of “Days like this” sung by Tim's cousin.The irish theme was visibly tied in with the bridesmaids' stunning hunter green gowns from Anna’s Bridal, and of course the handsome ring bearer Gavin and his green velvet jacket.  Once Father Kevin Yell said the magic words, guests cheered and rejoiced as the couple made their way back down the aisle.

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With buses waiting outside, the party was ready to travel to Left Bank Annex to begin cocktail hour and officially start the reception. Devil’s Food Catering was amped and ready for the busloads of guests to arrive.  There were so many unique touches for guests during cocktail hour.  From temporary tattoos of the newlyweds faces, to freshly shucked oysters in custom made cigar boxes, and of course Guinness. In cans, in brown paper bags, per the bride request.  With Chad Dowling Productions keeping the music going, it was hard to believe there was more of a party upstairs. But oh man was there!!

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As guests made their way upstairs, they were faced with a simple, yet very elegant, escort card wall.  Once they found their tables, names were personalized on each soup bowl with calligraphy from Palomino. It was seemingly impossible to go directly to your seat, however.  You couldn't help but stop and admire the incredible floral chandeliers designed by Zest Floral. They did such an amazing job tying in whites, and greens throughout the entire room. The vast head table hugged the giant black and white dance floor from The Party Place, that was just calling to be danced on.  The Bride and Groom decided to switch things up a bit and start the dance party before dinner!  Precious Byrd was on hand to do just that.  After introducing the happy couple, the band played an upbeat, high energy set to really get the party going.

During dinner, the caterers made their way around pouring soup table side for each guest.  While everyone enjoyed their main course, the couple surprised the crowd with an Irish dance group that took over the stage and performed for the room.  Just when you thought you couldn’t eat another bite, out came the personal sized wedding cakes that Dream Cakes baked and decorated for EACH guest!  Once the dance floor opened up, guests were hopping back and forth between the awesome range of dance music from the band, and the super popular photo booth in the mezzanine.

Elizabeth and Tim are such a fun, happy couple to be around.  They really just wanted an amazing evening to celebrate with friends and family, and went above and beyond to achieve this. Even Portland Bride + Groom Magazine took notice and featured the fab event in a spread--find it in the current issue! It was such an honor to be a part of this day, and I wish you both a lifetime of love, and luck :)

Coordination: Elizabeth + Cam | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Cinematography: JAM | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Floral: Zest Floral | Transportation: NW Navigator | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Devil's Food | Band: Precious Byrd | DJ + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Gown: Pronovias from Anna's Bridal | Suits: The Black Tux | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Calligraphy: Palomino | Officiant: Father Kevin Yell

 

St. Patrick's Day Bridal Lunch

 
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What happens when someone you adore and consider a sister, officially becomes your sister?  A BIG celebration.  I met Elizabeth in 2009 when she began an internship with Bridal Bliss. She is now a full time planner, coordinates some of our most lavish events and manages our Seattle office!  A few years after we met, I set Elizabeth up with my brother-in-law Tim, and the rest is history.  Last St. Patrick's week was filled with celebrations for their nuptials!  You know when a wedding planner gets married, we pull out all the stops! When two wedding planners are on it...watch out.  My other sister-in-law, Courtney and I were able to sneak in a bridesmaids luncheon for Elizabeth between manis/pedis and the rehearsal on the jam-packed weekend. 

With the event on St. Patrick's Day (Elizabeth's favorite holiday), we utilized greens and whites for a lovely lunch at Baird's on B in Lake Oswego.  Each guest had a personalized Irish blessing at her place setting which was adorned with gold chargers, a place card fastened to a bottle of Guinness, chocolate coins and lush white flowers.  Elizabeth's mom, mother-in-law-to-be and bridesmaids enjoyed day drinking, a fabulous meal and excitement for the epic events to follow! A special event for a very special lady.

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photography: Deyla Huss Photography, Chocolates: See's, Paper Items: Crave Design | Floral: Blum

 

Elizabeth + Tim Rehearsal Dinner

 
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Rehearsal dinners are a wonderful time before the wedding to sit down with an intimate group of family and friends, and enjoy each other's company before the excitement of the wedding day takes over.  Elizabeth + Tim hosted one of the most special rehearsal dinners that I have ever seen to kick off their wedding weekend.

After a quick wedding rehearsal, guests arrived at Plaza Del Toro and were treated to an amazing plated dinner by the chefs of Toro Bravo.  After sipping on house made cocktails, guests found their seats which were identified with hand-written “thank you” notes from the couple.  Specialty linens were brought in from La Tavola to compliment orange-hued floral arrangements from Blum Floral Design.  A close friend custom made wooden boxes for the centerpieces that stretched out down the family style seating. The women in the group were all gifted beautiful floral head crowns which were laid at their setting, to don for the evening.

Toasts from family and bridal party members served as entertainment after the delicious dinner.  The whole night was filled with so much love for this perfect pair, it truly was the perfect start to their unbelievable wedding weekend. Stay tuned for a post on the big event!

Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography

Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Floral: Blum

 

Katie + Mark

 

Mark and Katie’s wedding offered a glimpse into the best of the Art Deco period. An elegant summer party, seamlessly flowing between the luxuriant gardens and historic ballroom of The Columbia Gorge Hotel dramatically perched on the very edge of the grand Columbia River gorge. 

A quartet greeted guests with jazzy tunes as they entered the ceremony area, passing through freestanding doors lavishly embellished with a vibrant, lush flower garland in hues of magenta, carmine, vermillion, peach, and aubergine contrasted against bright greenery. Large tillandsia airplants kept the florals quirky and added fascinating texture. A whimsical curtain of flowers dangling from the arching branch of a tree added a splash of bright color to the focal point of the altar area, with views of the great river beyond. It was a truly spectacular setting for their intimate and deeply moving ceremony. 

Bridalbliss.com | Columbia Gorge Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Stark Photography

At the reception, guests were treated with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and a mouth-watering formal dinner culminating in a classic European style wedding cake. After the heartwarming speeches, everyone’s silly side was encouraged with a fun photo booth, set with the backdrop of a boxwood hedge trimmed with an ombré cascading floral design. A specialty espresso bar kept the energy high and the dance floor packed, and no detail was missed – from extravagant foam art to personalized cups stamped with Mark and Katie’s wedding logo, designed by Katie herself. However, perhaps the most fun detail was the fifties style reception dress that Katie designed and had sewn up with the help of her mother and a dear friend, all in secret to surprise Mark! 

It was a night to remember. I can’t imagine any way that it could have been more fun to help Mark and Katie and their families plan such a marvelously fun wedding! Congratulations again, Mark and Katie! 

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Stark Photography | Cinematography: Focal Point | Floral: Bella Bloom | Officiant: Melissa Coe | Beauty: Hair by Katarina + Julie Lampros | Transportation: NW Navigator | Music: Ariel Consort + Paradox Productions | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Printed Items: Crave Design | Chalk Art: Letters + Dust

 

Krista + Logan

 

I still remember the first time I drove up to the Collins' residence and how excited I was.  It was a dreary fall day but the property was immaculate and the endless possibilities were making my head spin. Krista + Logan's wedding was to take place on the family's working farm and we had so much space to work with that we could easily fit parking, a pre-ceremony gathering area, ceremony with a lush green backdrop and expansive reception space on-site.  The planning began and I absolutely loved getting to know this wonderful and thoughtful family.

The little details are what made this wedding super special--the great signage, the awesome escort door, pops of pink in the floral, ceremony arch made by a family friend and cozy lighting (perfected by the father-of-the-bride). Even Wedding Chicks took noted and featured this fab wedding. Krista + Logan are such a sweet couple and the support they have from friends and family is remarkable. They day came together perfectly, and even with the threat of rain it went off without a hitch. The wedding was beautiful, personal and so festive.  I have no doubt in my mind that the young newlyweds will be doing great things in years to come!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Catering: Pearl Catering | Floral: Floral Sunshine | Rentals: The Party Place | Photography: Ivy + Gold | Cake: Kyra's Bake Shop | DJ: DJ Zimmie | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Valet: Premiere Valet | Cinematography: Tyler Cornelison | Bathrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers | Signage: Kelsie Marie Calligraphy

 

Seattle Met Bride + Groom Dessert Spread

 

If there is one thing we love, its getting creative and styling shoots for fabulous magazines! Molly + Elizabeth had the opportunity to work with Seattle Met Bride + Groom on a super glam and sleek dessert spread that spanned six pages in the magazine as well as the cover!