Alexis + Tim

 

There is something so sweet about high school sweethearts tying the knot, especially when it’s a former teacher who does the tying! Alexis and Tim met in high school English class, and the rest is history.

They envisioned an elegant winter wedding: glamorous, cozy and classy. Sentinel Hotel provided the perfect backdrop with gold and ivory hues for Alexis and Tim’s midnight blue and pale rose palette. Zest designed lush, romantic bouquets with silvery greenery for texture, and stunning tall floral centerpieces with wintery branches added drama to the sophisticated ballroom look. Stylish chalk calligraphy signage and stationary by The Pearl Creative ensured no element was overlooked, and I’m thrilled that the talented Sweetlife Photography was there to capture the day in such gorgeous detail.

It was a treat working with Tracy at Classic Vintage Rentals to design a hot chocolate bar with decadent Hot Chocolate Magic Mix and melt in your mouth marshmallows from Portland’s very own QUIN Candy – a perfect late night snack for a cozy wintery wedding!

Working with Alexis and Tim was an absolute joy. It was a delight to help them plan their special day, and the start of their “happily ever after”. Congratulations to Alexis and Tim!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Venue: Sentinel Hotel | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Julie Lampros | Officiant: Bride +  Groom’s High School Teacher| Florals: Zest | Rentals: The Party PlaceSederaClassic Vintage Rentals | DJ: All Wright Music | Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Catering: Jakes Catering | Cake: Papa Haydn | Hot chocolate  + marshmallows: QUIN Candy | Chalk art + day of stationary + website: The Pearl Creative | Invitations: Minted | Dress: Wtoo from Anna’s Bridal | Suits: Estes | Bridal party dresses: Target

 

Nora's Baby Sprinkle

 
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When Nora Sheils (owner of Bridal Bliss and my sister-in-law) broke the news that Baby #2 was on the way, it was hard to think of where to begin in planning a Sprinkle for this special lady. Myself and one of Nora's best girlfriends, Mary (the two met planning her wedding!), got together for coffee and spent the entire afternoon brainstorming everything that Nora loves. The list included tea, pumpkin, pampering, sweets, fancy cocktails and much more. After searching for the perfect venue we landed on Art of Catering's event space in the Pearl. The space was intimate and a blank canvas which would allow us to design and create something special for Nora. 

For the design, we knew Nora loves the color combo of navy with fuchsia and all things Kate Spade so we worked off this palette. With the help of Party Place and Zest Floral we were able to bring the space to life. Each place setting included gold flatware, pre-set china with a napkin folded like a bow. Zest Floral created several low and lush floral arrangements in chic gold geometric vases. They mixed in a few gold geometric shapes, pillar candles and low votive candles for ambiance. Details included a place setting bloom, a personalized dinner menu on each place setting and a custom champagne bottle that read "Baby Sheils is almost here! When you get the news pop this bubbly and send some cheer!" Designed by the ever so talented Crave Design

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Mary and I, with the help of James at Art of Catering, brainstormed a delicious menu which was perfect for fall dinner and included Nora's favorites. Guests were greeted with passed tea sandwiches, mini shots of pumpkin broth and of course delicious mocktails and cocktails which they enjoyed before or after an indulgent massage. For dinner Chef Christopher Dahl put together a smoked pheasant salad which included quinoa and plumped cherries over greens and fresh herbs. The salad was topped with spice roasted pumpkin, pepitas and crumbled manouri cheese. Following dinner each guest was served a trio of delectable desserts: salted pumpkin caramel, pumpkin panna cotta and a Moonstruck chocolate pumpkin truffle. 

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The evening was perfect. The room was filled with love and laughter, which is really all you need when you are celebrating such a special person! A big thank you to Alice from Mosca Studio for capturing these beautiful pictures which we love ever so much! 

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Coordination: Elizabeth Sheils | Photography: Mosca Studio | Floral: Zest | Rentals: The Party Place | Paper Items: Crave Design | Massages: Zeel | Catering: Art of Catering

 

Cassie + Aaron

 

When I first met Cassie for an initial consultation and we talked about her wedding details, I just knew I wanted to coordinate her wedding. She had such a fun, sweet personality and so many creative ideas for their wedding day. She lived in Seattle with her fiancé Aaron, so we chatted on the phone and it so fun hearing about how they wanted to personalize the wedding day. From table numbers that had significant meaning in their relationship to the beautifully designed elegant chuppah to the vibrant coral centerpieces for a pop of color with bold black and white striped runners- their wedding was absolutely beautiful and the ballrooms at Sentinel hotel were perfect venues. 

After a beautiful and personal ceremony complete with the classic Jewish tradition of breaking of the glass, guests made their way upstairs to the Governor Ballroom for cocktail hour. Cassie and Aaron were announced into the room to loud cheers and congratulations. It was easy to see how adored this couple is by their family and friends throughout the night. Friends and family joined them on the dance floor for the traditional Hora to kick off dancing and the rest of the celebration. And what a celebration it was!

Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Catering: Jake's Catering | Photography: Powers Studios | Floral: Zest Floral | Rentals: The Party PlaceHaywards Decorations | Beauty: Powder Inc | Band: Design Band | Cake: Lamb's Bakery | Dessert: Beaverton Bakery | Photo Booth + Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions | Cinematography: JAM | 

 

Katherine + Matt

 

Katherine & Matt knew each other in high school, but it wasn’t until after that they reconnected. As they picked up their old friendship, they soon realized they were becoming more. Their Water Oasis wedding was the perfect mix of elegant details and personal touches that truly captured their relationship so well.  The two put so much thought into the homemade and DIY details they chose to include in their ceremony and reception. From the gold spray painted wine bottle centerpieces to the gold glitter initials at their head table, the details were a perfect addition to their wine country venue. 

After a lively cocktail hour, guests made their way into the reception tent for a delicious vegan dinner. Huge congrats to this wonderful couple!

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Photography: Powers Studios | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | DJ: John Ross | Officiant: Melissa Coe | Caterer: Elegant Catering | Hair + Makeup: Merkley Design | Cake: Petunia's Pies + Pastries | Photo Booth: Insta PDX | Gown: Anna's Bridal

 

Desiree + Kate

 

Words cannot express how amazing it was to work with Desiree and Kate. We met last year and started the process of planning their wedding. Our first challenge was finding the perfect venue. Desiree wanted a downtown Portland ballroom, however, after touring multiple venues nothing was clicking. In comes Urban Studio - the second they walked in they fell in love! Perfect for the size of their wedding and a truly a blank canvas which allowed us to set up the space to their exact vision.

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From the beginning Desiree knew she wanted a rustic wedding bringing that to life in such a modern space was going to be a fun challenge. In the end the arrangement of different chairs and benches along with the beautiful (home-made) twinkle light backdrop proved to bring that exact vision to life. We had created a beautiful rustic modern chic wedding in the heart of Downtown Portland.

Desiree and Kate had so many amazing details that truly made the wedding extra special... "chose a seat not a side either way it's for a bride" chalkboard sign,  a touch of rosemary on each guest's napkin, Dinosaur bow=ties (Kate LOVES Dinosaur's) and their amazing hashtag #nolongerroomates.

Desiree and Kate were a blast to work with and get to know for the past year. Both full of love and truly amazing women. It was an honor to get to know them and help them plan a truly beautiful day full of love, happiness, and laughter. Congrats! You are truly no longer roommates anymore! I wish you nothing but the best!

Coordination: Natalia Barwegen | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Hair: Angela Jauron Hair | Makeup: Sara Biria | Rentals: Something Borrowed + The Party Place | Catering: Pearl Catering | Dessert: Cupcake Jones | Music + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Floral: Blum | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW | Calligraphy: Letters + Dust | Gown: Anna's Bridal

 

Morgan + Maverick

 

Morgan & Maverick are just the cutest couple and were such a pleasure to work with as they planned their destination wedding. These two begin dating in high school and as high school sweethearts they went to their senior prom together – Morgan was even wearing a white dress that night! As they continued to date, they would go with their families to Black Butte Ranch and just knew it was the perfect location for their wedding!

The weekend celebrations were kicked off with a fun rehearsal brunch and s’mores welcome party on the lawn. Filled with sunflower details and surrounded by their closest friends and family, they were married at a beautiful ceremony under the birch trees. Guests then enjoyed a leisurely cocktail hour filled with lawn games and beautiful views of the mountains before a delicious BBQ dinner. The night was perfect for these two and I could not be happier for them. Huge congrats to this darling couple!

Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Photography: Tullis Photo | Beauty: Kate Tuma | Floral: Flowers by Deanna | Lighting: Illuminate Your Light | Music: Dave Clemens

 

Barn Inspiration Shoot

 

It's always exciting when a new venue pops up and The Barn PNW did not disappoint! Located in Dayton, nestled amongst the cherry trees lies an adorable red barn with gorgeous cedar doors which also serves as a family run and owned cherry farm. So, when Meghan and I toured the space with Kellye in the spring, we were inspired to utilize the natural elements of the venue as well as incorporating Pantone's colors of 2016 (rose quartz + serenity), and marble (a hot trend right now), all while keeping it elegant and enchanting.  

We utilized the venue's trellis, which Bella Bloom adorned with gorgeous greenery, lilacs and lush cherry blossoms, to serve as our ceremony structure.  For our tablescape inside the barn, we incorporated gorgeous soft grays and white paisley print linens from La Tavola. The table included beautiful pieces from Classic Vintage Rentals-- everything from gold rimmed Limoge dinnerware, gold & silver flatware and crystal glassware.  We also featured a signature cocktail inside blush coupe glasses, garnished with Meyer lemon and a cherry blossom.  Each setting was adorned by marble coasters with gold rims which served as place settings and marble was also incorporated into the vases and votives. Florals were kept low and lush throughout the table and included soft pink roses, jasmine and even some touches of moss and eucalyptus. To make a statement, we hung cherry blossoms above the table with tea lights, bringing the look all together (a personal fav!).  

Our beautiful grey and white marble cake, designed by Dream Cakes, sat upon a gold cake stand which we then surrounded by more cherry blossoms and eucalyptus. Devil's Food Catering created their signature hors d'oeuvres which were served on marble platters.  

A special thank you to all of the vendors involved (including our cute couple and past clients, Natalie + Jordan!) and Wedding Chicks for featuring on their blog! These shoots wouldn't come together without you all and your creativeness! Thank you!! 

 

2017 Wedding Gown Trends

 

The verdict is in....off-the-shoulder dresses, capes, color, pantsuits and plunging necklines are hot in 2017! Curious what the other wedding gown trends are for the new year?  Check out Nora's live segment from KGW's Today Portland

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