Kaitlyn + Mik

 

Planning Katilyn and Mik’s wine country wedding was a dream.  Both Kaitlyn and Mik wanted to be involved in all of the details of planning and we had such fun with every bit of it!  A picturesque winery in the Willamette Valley, close to Kaitlyn’s home set the tone for their elegant event, with delicious locally sourced fare and selected wines from the estate.  Jewish traditions from Mik’s family were incorporated into their beautifully unconventional ceremony with Mik’s parents reading The Seven Blessings, and both Kaitlyn and Mik crushing a glass to loud cries of Mazel Tov! 

For dinner, long banquet tables were draped with natural linen cloths, and floral tablescapes spread down the centers featuring grapewood and succulents alongside petite potted ferns, ranunculus, dahlias and herbs.  A curtain of market lights formed the backdrop to Kaitlyn and Mik’s sweetheart table. There were plenty of memorable moments at Kaitlyn and Mik’s wedding.  They had one of the most fun first dances I’ve ever seen to Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”, and a fantastically energetic Horah with bride, groom and parents each tossed up in chairs (and narrowly avoiding collision with chandeliers!), all set against the backdrop of a dramatic wind and rain storm with gusts so great that we very nearly were not able to erect the rain plan tent!  Fortunately we had a great team of vendors to set the tent and were even lucky enough to have a short break in the rain to permit an outdoor ceremony.

The less than perfect weather did not dampen spirits in the least. The guests danced the night away, enjoying themselves thoroughly.  Congratulations, Katilyn and Mik!  Here’s to weathering all storms together and enjoying all the many different kinds of days!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Christy Cassano-Meyer | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Julie Lampros | Rentals: The Party Place + Something Borrowed | Catering: Devil's Food | Cake: Beaverton Bakery | Floral: Blum | Day Of Paper: 1st Comes Love | Music: Paradox Productions

 

Chelsea + Michael

 

Food.  Fine wine.  Fireworks.  Fun.  Chelsea and Mike’s Zenith Vineyards wedding was simply fabulous in every way!  Great wine and travel enthusiasts, Chelsea and Mike chose to host a destination wedding in Willamette wine country and their friends and families traveled from across the globe to join them in celebration.  After the lavish dinner that was presented at several chef-attended stations, the fireworks display, which was perfectly synchronized to music and featured by Oregon Bride Magazine, was undeniably the highlight of the festivities.  What a spectacular night!  Congratulations Chelsea and Mike!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Artistique | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Catering: Vibrant Table | Dessert: Dream Cakes + Cupcake Jones + Uniquely Cakes | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Fireworks: Sure Shot Fireworks | Floral: Distinctive Designs by Denice | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions

 

Libby + Chris

 

What a pleasure working with Libby, Chris and her family on this drool-worthy wedding!  I adored the Opsahl family the moment I met them at our initial consultation, and even more so the more I spent time with them.  There is so much love in this family, and especially for their newest member, Chris.  Libby wanted something soft, romantic, timeless and elegant for her big day.  She was studying to become a doctor so extra time was not easy to come by for her.  This allowed me to get to know her sister, Tori, and Mom, Suzie to help nail down the details.  

Libby's vision was certainly achieved at Portland Golf Club and it was the first wedding ceremony they've allowed on the golf course!   Guests were greeted to the ceremony with a beautiful view, a Kir Royal cocktail, and a lush arch designed by Zest Floral that the couple would soon be standing under.  This wedding took place the day after a massive fire in the area which had thankfully calmed down earlier that day. However, there was a slight haze as Libby + Chris said their vows, which actually made for amazing photos!  The ceremony was personal, humorous and officiated by a very close family friend.  After the I-do's, guests enjoyed cocktails outdoors before making their way into the clubhouse for a festive evening. 

Each couple received an escort card on a floral vase and found their tables overflowing with flowers and candles.  The head table had a full runner made of lush floral and a backdrop of a mantle dripping with gorgeousness.  The entire day was flawless and beyond memorable. Libby's dress was beautiful with a jeweled neck and statement back (a hot trend for 2016!), her bridesmaids were perfectly styled in the color scheme, Event Team Entertainment kept the dance floor packed and the towering cake by Dream Cakes was a stunning focal point.  I loved everything about this wedding, this couple and this evening...as did Mod Wedding! Congrats you two!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Floral: Zest Floral | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals | Gown: Hayley Paige from Anna's Bridal | Printing: Crave Design | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Transportation: White Cloud Limousine

 

Paje + Adam

 

Assisting Paje and Adam with coordinating their travel-themed wedding could not have been more fun.  Sharing with Paje a passion for travel, a wide experience of living abroad, and a love for our Scottish heritage made for an instant connection. Until their wedding day, the last time in recent memory that I had heard so many different languages and accents was in the departure lounge at Charles De Gaulle airport!  It was so fun!!

Hand fasting and signing of the marriage license took place during the ceremony, according to Scottish tradition.  For the reception, a vintage suitcase held cards, a map of the world showed guests the way to their assigned tables -- each of which was named for a city -- place cards were luggage tags, and floral centerpieces were set atop stacks of books tied with tartan sashes.   In the elegant Grand Ballroom, it was perfect.  

As the revelry got underway, Paje and Adam led Ceilidh (“kay-lee”) Dances and their guests thoroughly enjoyed participating in the traditions of stealing kisses from the bride whenever the groom left the room and all the other customary heckling.  A night to remember, and undoubtedly a party to travel across the globe for!  Congratulations again, Paje and Adam!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Powers Studios | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Rentals: The Party Place + Sedera | Catering: Jake's | Nannies: NW Nanny | Floral: Zest | DJ: A Sound Choice | Transportation: Classic Chauffeur

 

Olivia's Bat Mitzvah

 

Planning a Bat Mitzvah was so much fun! Not only because it so different from planning a wedding, but it gave me the opportunity to think like a kid again!   Upon meeting sweet Olivia and her hilarious mom Alisa, and hearing that they wanted a space theme for the event, it literally left a world of possibilities.  Olivia's father, Brian Bendis, is a well known Marvel writer and the mastermind behind Jessica Jones  so creativity clearly runs in the family.  PNCA, our fab venue, gave us a blank canvas to work with.  We wanted all guests of every age to be able to have a great time and never have a dull moment, and I can assure you, we did not disappoint.  Using creative names for everything from table names, signature drinks and activities, guests had an abundance of activities for the night.  

As guests walked into the event, there were two bars (one for non-alcoholic and the other for the alcoholic beverages) each had their own ice luge, which was carved to be like Saturn or a rocket ship.  For dinner, Olivia and her friends sat at long tables with silver sequin linens while the adults and family sat at round tables with black sequin linens.  The centerpieces consisted of air plants, succulents and branches with pops of purple orchids and carnations giving it an "out of this world" feel.   After dinner, a dessert buffet by Bridal Bliss, had everyone enjoying treats- everything from moon pies to thermal detonators (mini tarts).  A henna artist tattooing space themed henna art, oxygen bar with multiple oxygen flavors, flip-book station, and fortune teller were just some of the options for guests to partake in.  A DJ kept the kids dancing the night away in their space themed lounge with glowing orbs and white leather furniture surrounding the dancing area.  Each guest was given a goodie bag filled with Olivia's favorite candies and space themed trinkets.  They also were able to select pieces from Area 51, a jewelry/accessory station filled with sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I couldn't tell who was more sad that the event was over, myself or Olivia's friends! It was definitely an epic evening!! 

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Powers Studios | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Floral: Blum | Rentals+ Oxygen Bar: WCEP | Caterer: Devil's Food | Dessert Display: Dream CakesBridal Bliss | Beauty: Kirstie Wight | Music + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Henna Artist: Half Moon Henna | Fortune Teller: Portlandia Fortune Tellers | Paper Items: Crave Design

 

Madeline + Colin

 

Madeline + Colin---what a couple.  These two were fresh out of college, full of excitement for their future together and possess such a sweet love that is hard to even describe. It was a family affair working with Madi, Colin, both sets of parents and siblings and we truly had a great time! So much so that I'm sad it is over.  The wedding was one for the books with a barrage of fabulous details from start to finish. The wedding party began photos at the bride's parent's gorgeous home and with the threat of rain it kept us on our toes! However, the immaculately manicured grounds and beautiful group made for the perfect setting.  Madi started with a first look with her dad, and then another with Colin.  The photos are so touching.

Guests were greeted to the ceremony at St. Patrick Catholic Church with lush floral garlands and the largest altar floral arrangements I have seen.  They were striking to say the least, and certainly set the tone!  After a meaningful ceremony presided over by Father Ganz, a family friend, all 285 guests made their way to Portland Art Museum in hosted shuttles.  

As they entered the cocktail hour in the Sunken Ballroom, they were amazed by a massive four sided bar adorned with a large ice vase topped with a centerpiece, as well as a raw bar displayed on an ice display.  It began our evening with such a festive atmosphere! 

Once guests had a chance to mingle, we ushered everyone upstairs into the beautiful Grand Ballroom.    The room was adorned with hanging floral chandeliers, beautiful uplighting and pin-spotting, drool-worthy centerpieces and the most beautiful linens and chic chairs.  It was jaw-dropping and listening to guests' reactions (especially Madi + Colin's!) was so much fun.

The reception started off with the Father of the Bride announcing the couple who then toasted their guests, and were absolutely beaming.  With heartfelt and hysterical toasts, delicious dessert by Dream Cakes, top of the line service by Art of Catering, phones charged at our Power Bar and a dance floor filled by the talented crew at Precious Byrd, it was truly a night to remember. Congrats Madi + Colin! It was such a pleasure getting to know you and your families!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photography: Ben Pigao Photography | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Floral: Zest Floral | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Ice Sculptures: PDX Ice | Gown: Anna's Bridal | Rentals: The Party Place + WCEP + Ohana | Day-Of Paper: Crave Design | Lighting: PAM | Entry Drape: West Coast Drape | Catering; Art of Catering | Cake: Dream Cakes |  Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | REception Music: Precious Byrd | Transportation: Lucky Limousine + VIP PDX | Valet: City Center Parking

 

Kelli + Anthony

 

I was in the midst of planning her sister Kayla's wedding when Kelli became engaged.  Given that both of their weddings were to take place in the same calendar year, I wasn't sure what to expect.  Would she want something completely the opposite or the same?  Would there be awkward sibling rivalry? When I met with Kelli and Anthony, I learned very quickly that although both sisters had many similarities, they wanted completely different weddings and have an amazing relationship.  Kelli and Anthony had been high school sweethearts and after eight years and both in grad school, Anthony popped the question.  I remember Anthony telling me about how he asked Kelli to prom with a recorded rap that he wrote and produced himself and I knew immediately, we had to incorporate this somehow into the wedding day- I mean, how cute is that?!

They chose the Oregon Golf Club for their August wedding and the day was absolutely gorgeous.  Guests were seated out in the rose garden where Kelli and Anthony said their vows- performed by Kelli's brother-in-law Jonny, leaving no dry eye in the garden? Kelli had two dresses, one for the ceremony and the other for the reception and Anthony wore a  navy suit  hands down my most favorite look of the year.  Portland Bride + Groom Magazine agreed and published this dapper gentleman in their Groom's Guide!

After the ceremony, guests made their way to cocktail hour and into the reception inside the tent.  A white, cream and blush floral filled chandelier hung above the dance floor, and framed the head table and which was also covered in a blush sequin linen and glass beaded gold chargers.  We used gold framed mirrors for signage for the program, seating assignments and menu.  Champagne linens with beautiful blush and ivory centerpieces by Zest Floral mixed with mercury votive candles for each of the guest tables which were also sprinkled with rose petals kept the tone of the magical evening.  After Kelli's father, Mark, had given his speech, her mother, Angela took to the mic to share the story of the way Anthony had asked Kelli to prom- then surprised everyone with playing the rap for us all to hear. At the end of the night, Kelli & Anthony had a sparkler send off and left to their hotel in a white 1956 Bentley S1.  An amazing night! 

All I can say is I absolutely love the Crandall girls, Kelli & Kayla, their (now) husbands and their families. It was an absolute honor working with all of them.  Thank you for letting me be such a big part of your days! 

Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Mosca Studio | Zest Floral

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Mosca Studio | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Cinematography: JAM | Rentals: Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Floral: Zest | Dessert: Dream Cakes + Bridal Bliss | DJ: Paradox Productions | Calligraphy: Palomino

 

Brenna + Ryan

 

A romantic, elegant, sweet summer garden party, Brenna and Ryan’s wedding was the most natural extension of their families’ warm hospitality as they celebrated these high school sweethearts tying the knot.  

Hosted at a private residence on expansive lawns by the Willamette River, the late summer sunshine and cool breezes set the tone for a relaxed evening of cocktails, conversation and a casual dinner.  Brenna and Ryan did not want to have a typical formal seated reception dinner, but rather encourage their guests to mix and mingle.  So we planned a culinary adventure, featuring small bites at three different stations each showcasing a place where Brenna and Ryan had spent time together.  The “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” station was a nod to Ryan’s college baseball years, while the Spanish Tapas and Mexican Tacos recalled past trips.  Of course cake, ice-cream and sweet treats were also a necessary feature!

We had great fun with the décor, playing watercolor linens off with rich turquoise napkins, and lush floral centerpieces with tones of ivory, blush and pops of coral with rich greenery.  Ryan’s father constructed the dramatic arbor for the ceremony backdrop, reflecting the grand height of the trees lining the river bank.  Cozy lounge seating formed intimate conversation clusters near the double-sided bar, and the old-fashioned style photo booth and lawn games were a source of great entertainment for all the guests.  Lanterns and candles added sparkle as dusk arrived, and the spectacular clear tent shimmered with the reflection of the chandeliers and lights strung from the canopy ceiling.  The complete effect was breathtaking.  

Congratulations again, Brenna and Ryan!  It was a delight planning with you and your families, and a joy to witness your wedding.  I can’t imagine a more perfect way to have celebrated the start of your married life!  Also--big thanks to Portland Bride + Groom Magazine for featuring this fab couple.

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Maxwell Monte | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Julie Lampros | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Catering: Devil's Food | Dessert: Lamb's + Ruby Jewel | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth | Floral: Zest | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Chalk Art: Marly Beyer | Transportation: Classic Chauffeur