Shannon + Charlie

 

Shannon + Charlie are every planner's dream clients. They are fun, full of personality and just truly the nicest people you will ever meet. Planning their wedding couldn't have been more fun. Shannon had a great vision for what she wanted, and we clicked instantly.  With a venue like Leftbank Annex, the possibilities were endless.

Their day was nothing but amazing, with a beautiful ceremony taking place amongst their loved ones followed by cocktail hour where we then transformed the ceremony space into an intimate dinner reception for just over 200 guests. 

Using a combination of mixed tables, floral chandeliers which were used as centerpieces for the round tables and lush floral and greenery for the wooden long tables.  La Tavola's velvet linen for the tables brought a special warmthness to the urban space which Art of Catering served a family style dinner.

We incorporated  elements of their invitation suite throughout the day, we utilized arrows for different areas such as the escort wall, cake decor, even personalized ice cubes for cocktails.  So fun!

The night was incredible and one to remember for sure.  Shannon & Charlie, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day! 

Coordination: Katy | Caterer: Art of Catering | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Music: Duo Con Brio | DJ & Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Photographer: Mosca Studio | Videographer: J&M Media | Hair & Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Lighting: Leftbank Annex | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals + La Tavola Linens | Paper Goods + Chalkboard Signs: Hey Halle | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW | Transportation: Premier Valet + White Cloud Luxury Cars | Welcome Bags: Glow Gifts | Childcare: Northwest Nannies

 

Michelle + Stefano

 

People like Michelle + Stefano are why I love doing what I do.  Not only are the super nice but they are truly genuine people who just want the best for everyone they know and love, which made planning not only fun but meaningful as well. We selected The Old Church for their ceremony and The Treasury Ballroom for their reception, both historical buildings in Downtown Portland.

For decor, we kept the church simple, letting the beauty of the design speak for itself. 

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the beautifully remodeled Treasury Ballroom where they were greeted with signature cocktails and delicious hors d'oeuvres by Vibrant Table Catering.  Flowers filled the reception room with gorgeous purple, blue and white florals by Blum Floral, with tables covered in soft grey linens and glass gold beaded chargers + chiavaris. Guests enjoyed a variety of delicious sweets and cake by Dream Cakes and danced the night away with an epic dance party put on by Event Team Entertainment. It was truly a magical night.  

Coordinator: Katy | Catering: Vibrant Table | Photographer: Yasmin K Photography | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Officiant: Kevin Yell | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Dessert Display: Bridal Bliss Desserts | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Paper Goods + Signage: Letters + Dust | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals | Transportation: M Experience

 

Madelyn + Doug

 

It's a little blurry, like some of my college weekends - but I first met Maddie at the University of Portland. Maddie and I became friends through a business group on campus. Her infectious laugh and smile brighten up any room, which I loved. She visited me while studying abroad where some of the funniest memories were made. Over the years our friendship circles kept us in contact so when Maddie reached out to me to help plan her wedding, I was over the moon. 

Doug and Maddie met through their local kickball league and after years of dating, he popped the question. This fall we dove head first into planning their January wedding. They selected the University of Portland to say "I do" followed by a reception at District East. The ceremony was personal and sweet as they were back on campus as a node to Maddie's college years. After the ceremony, guests made their way downtown and were welcomed into a space that was ready for an all out celebration. 

Helping to kick off the party was Three Leg Torso. As a surprise to Maddie, Doug hired them to serenade his new wife. Three Leg Torso is extra special as they also played at their engagement, when Maddie heard the tunes, she knew and was so excited. Vibrant Table provided delicious food with a Spanish theme throughout the evening and included some late night snacks of mini corndogs and sliders. As guests mingled throughout the night the biggest hit was the ice luge guests were invited to try. You can bet after a few visits to the ice luge the dance floor was packed. Chad Dowling kept the guests dancing all night. Was a night to remember and I was so glad we were able to be apart of it all! Thank you Maddie & Doug! 

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Ceremony Music: University of Portland Pianist | Florist: Honor Flower | Photographer: Holland Studios | Music: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: Barclay Event Rentals | Beauty: Makeup by Jenelle | Transportation: NW Navigator | Signage: Letters & Dust | Invitations: Minted | Ice Luge: PDX Ice | Bar: My Bartender | Cocktail Hour Music: Three Leg Torso

 

Place Cards vs. Escort Cards

 

Nora recently went in to discuss the difference between place cards and escort cards on Good Day Oregon. Check out her segment to get the scoop, and also learn more about one of her favorite trends…escort displays!

Long story short, escort cards direct guests to a certain table. Place cards note the specific place at a table the guest should be seated!

That being said…watch the segment for lots of fun and creative ways to incorporate one or both in your wedding!

 

Fine Art Inspiration Shoot

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ashley Cook Photography

We are dreaming in blue from this shoot! Our modern Fine Art Inspiration shoot came together rather quickly and swiftly after assembling fantastic vendors. We started with a design board that had small pops of blue but stuck with our clean, fine art look. Each vendor came onsite with the perfect touch of blue, the perfect touch of clean and the BEST touch of simplicity! 

Seeds of Clay exceeded all of our expectations with the acrylic menus and watercolored escort cards. Their calligraphy is phenomenal and went along perfectly with the knotted napkins and modern flatware. 

When it came to florals we wanted something unique, loose and simple! Ali Briskey brought our vision to life with the loose delicate center piece, which acted as the focal point for our table. The more we played around styling the table the more we loved the clean, delicate table set up. 

Classic Vintage Rentals had the perfect dreamy white farm table; when we first laid eyes on it that thing - it was a done deal! From the start we knew Classic Vintage Rentals had absolutely everything we needed and more. The chairs set the tone perfectly and the silky runner was the cherry on top. 

Ashley couldn’t have captured this day more beautifully! We all found this soft, feminine, classic romantic set up to be the perfect touch any bride or groom can incorporate into their big day. 

Coordinator: Catherine | Photography: Ashley Cook Photography | Venue: The Portland Studio | Cake: Dream Cakes | Floral: Ali Briskey Designs | Paper Goods: Seeds of Clay | Gown: Blush Bridal Eugene | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup & Model: Mallory Melius

 

Chandra + David

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Powers Studio Photography

Chandra & David celebrated their wedding day at the Portland Art Museum's Sunken Ballroom and it was the perfect setting for their elegant and modern wedding details. The couple was married on a January winter day and were even able to take photos outside before coming into the Portland Art Museum

Vibrant Flowers created a beautiful ceremony backdrop with a modern collection of cylinder vases filled with floral groups and floating candles. 

After their sweet ceremony officiated by their yoga instructor, guests made their way to the foyer where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers and even a viewing of the Modern Art Museum before making their way back into the Sunken Ballroom for dinner. Vibrant Flowers adorned the room with beautiful white blooms, while Vibrant Table added in classic details of navy and white.  Blue Wave Band had the whole crowd dancing throughout the evening! It was a pleasure to be a part of their big day! 

Coordinator: Meghan | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Vibrant Table | Music: Blue Wave Band | Florist: Vibrant Flowers | Lighting: Portland Art Museum | Photographer: Powers Studio | Beauty: Kristie Wright Makeup | Paper Goods: Crave Design

 

Marissa + Ben

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Alexandra Grace Photography

I just knew I wanted to be Marissa + Ben's planner when I first met with them. They had been guests at a previous wedding I had coordinated plus we instantly connected-- Marissa is also from my hometown and it turned out that Ben is from a town I visited a lot growing up. 

Both Marissa and Ben wanted to be involved in the details of planning and I had such fun meeting with them to talk about the personalized details they envisioned (and created!) to incorporate into the space-- from the handmade wooden bars and signage to the copper mug escort cards at each place setting. The World Forestry Center was the perfect setting for their stunning wedding with it's amazing ceiling beams and wooden walls. 

Foraged Floral created the most beautiful installation that filled the ceiling with loose vines of smilax hanging from the beams to create a natural and overgrown look. Tiffany then adorned the ceremony arch that Ben made with the same greenery plus rich burgundy, dusty pink, and mauve blooms. It was absolutely stunning! After a very memorable ceremony (with the lights coming back on half way through), guest enjoyed drinks and appetizers by ChefStable in the foyer and on the patio.  

Guests were invited back into the transformed Miller hall where dinner tables were set with wooden lanterns and greenery plus copper mugs for guests to enjoy at the His + Her Mule Bar that opened after dinner. There were so many memorable moments at Marissa & Ben’s wedding and I am so thrilled that I got to be a part of it. It really was the best day celebrating these two! Huge congrats, I am so happy for you and your life together! 

Coordinator: Meghan | Cakes/Desserts: Lauretta Jean’s Pies | Florist: Foraged Floral | Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Catering: Chefs Table

 

Ande + Michael

 

Ande and Michael are two of the sweetest people and I could not be more thrilled to share pictures from their stunning wedding day, captured by Jessica Hill! The wedding is extra fun as I have known Ande's family for many years, growing up with cabins next to each other and then becoming friends at the University of Portland. So when Ande asked me to plan her wedding, I was over the moon! 

The day was pure bliss as Ande and Michael said "I Do" at First Presbyterian Church. Followed by a fun cocktail hour at Jackknife.  As the sun began to set, guests were welcomed to the 4th floor of the Sentinel Hotel in the Governor Ballroom. The room was perfectly designed for a fall wedding. The colors were dark and romantic, with candles glowing in the room. Blum Floral Design knocked it out of the park with the flowers bring in lush fall leaves and gorgeous blooms. 

As the night carried on guests ate, drank and danced the night away (thanks to the rocking guys from Precious Byrd). It was a night to remember and I loved being apart of it. Thank you Ande & Michael for including me in your special day!

Coordination: Elizabeth | Caterer: Jake’s Catering | Cake: Dream Cakes | Ceremony Music: Notes of Celebration | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Audio + Visual + Lighting: Think AV | Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography | Videographer: J&M Media | Band: Precious Byrd | Rentals: Party Place