Diana + Dan

 

Just meeting Diana and Dan you feel a little bit more cool.  Both buyers for Seattle-based retailers, they wanted something that felt beautiful, unique and most importantly fun!  What was so special about their celebration was the outpouring of  support that came from their friends.  Most of the vendors we worked with are friends with this amazing couple - from the beautiful floral arrangements, to the beats that kept the dance floor buzzing all night, right down the to the rings they exchanged. the entire evening was truly a labor of love.

We started our day at Parson's Garden - a hidden gem located on Seattle's historic Queen Anne Hill.  Enclosed in walls of greenery, guests were seated on hand carved benches from Seattle Farm Tables.  I am not sure there was a dry eye as Diana and Dan exchanged their vows to each other in front of an intimate group of family and close friends.  

Guests were treated to a ride on 'Big Woody' as we made our way to Tallulah's for a night of celebration.  This darling cafe is located on Capitol Hill and is just a blocks aways from where Dan and Diana call home.   It is a restaurant they frequent regularly, and  although not a traditional wedding venue, they both were so in love with the people, look and food, we knew it was the perfect place to host their reception.  Guests enjoyed cocktails of their liking from the the mid-century bar while catching up with friends and family.  Diana wowed guests with an amazing second dress - a metallic pleated cocktail number that had the fashion-obsessed crowd swooning  The tables were dressed to impress as well with the perfect mix of modern and romantic decor - pale pink flowers, eucalyptus leaves, copper vessels, prisms, air plants and the cafe's signature owl shakers all made for a fabulous look!   Through out the delicious multi-course meal we had an opportunity to hear from some of Diana and Dan's closest friends.  Each spoke  with such love and adoration for the new mr and mrs.  We heard stories of laughter, mischief, challenges, and most importantly friendship.  Dinner parties were such a large part of the beginning phase of their relationship, that it seemed only fitting for them to have celebrated their marriage with similar feel.  We capped the the night off with amazing music - their DJ, an LA based performer (and also a close friend) had the entire crowd on the dance floor.  Luckily our neighbors didn't mind the noise as we kept the party going late into the night! Each guest left with a few of Diana and Dan's favorite treats housed appropriately in a Tallulah's coffee mug!  

Congratulations Diana and Dan, I now know why your friends love you both so much - truly an amazing couple!

Coordination: Molly Corr | Photography: Marble Rye Photography | Ceremony Venue: Parson's Garden | Celebrant: Significant eremonies | Rentals: Seattle Farm Tables + Vintage Ambiance | Transportation: Big Woody | Catering: Talulah' Cafe | Florist: Erin Donne | DJ: Luis Cancel  | aper Products: Phillip Low

 

Bahareh + Nick

 

Bahareh & Nick were married at The Nines Hotel on a beautiful December evening.  These two were not only stunning (!!!) but so much fun to work with.  With a gorgeous all white Persian Sofreh serving as their altar (designed by the bride herself), the couple were married by Nick's Uncle.  He incorporated readings and snippets of the Persian ceremony all while performing a traditional western ceremony.  Bahareh worked so hard creating each piece on the sofreh herself and she did an amazing job! Their guestbook was a puzzle of a photo from their stunning engagement session.  

For dinner, guests sat amongst tables with grey linens, white napkins and silver chargers.  The centerpieces were tall white branches that each dripped in crystals with votive candles around the table.  DJ Behzad, from Seattle, played music that kept everyone dancing throughout the night.  A beautiful night for sure! 

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Dina Chmut | Cinematography: We are the Filmhouse | Hair + Makeup: Dusti Bild | Rentals: The Party Place | DJ: DJ Behzad | Florals: Farangiz Sadat | Catering + Cake: The Nines Hotel | Paper Goods: Crave Design

 

Megan + Matt

 

Billy Idol’s “White Wedding” was all Natalia could sing the day of Megan and Matt’s rock n roll themed wedding at Laurelhurst Club. Guests were prepped for the wedding when they received their custom made Vinyl records as invitations – very appropriate since the couple is in a band together. On the day of the wedding, family and friends enjoyed lots of rock n' roll details. First, they were asked to sign a skate deck which acted as their guest book and asked to leave any cards inside a drum. Dinner took place inside the Laurelhurst Club where tables were named after their favorite bands and guests were given custom made buttons as favors. Dinner was catered by their favorite restaurant, RoboTaco. The night was full of love, laughter and mingle with friends and family from near and far.

Coordination: Natalia Barwegan | Photography: Remembrance Photography | Catering: Robo Taco

 

Devan + Joe

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Hazelwood Photography | Artisan Cake Company

What an honor it truly was to coordinate for a fellow wedding industry expert! Devan, owner of Nimbi Design, had a perfect vision from the beginning. She had a hand in all design aspects and her creativity was truly on display. Handmade paper flowers, a vintage family car, hidden speakeasy cigar bar and a cake designed as a surprise by the fabulous Liz Marek, bridesmaid and owner of Artisan Cake Company, are just a few details that made this day memorable. Devan & Joe's ceremony was romantic and lush with florals held at The Rhododendron Garden. Old Hollywood glamour showed in every detail of their reception - gold, black and blush was the perfect color scheme while candles and mirrors sparkled all over the Treasury Ballroom. Guests couldn't help but dance as they had 2 different live bands and a DJ! This event was one of a kind and unforgettable for everyone there. Big thanks to 100 Layer Cake + Oregon Bride Magazine for featuring the gorgeous event!

Coordination: Carrie Newson | Photographer: Hazelwood Photography | Videographer: Moving Picture Weddings | Ceremony Venue: Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden | Reception Venue: Treasury Ballroom | Floral: Bramble Floral | Hair & Makeup: Jein King | Paper Goods, Décor: Bride, (Nimbi Creative) | Music: John Ross Music | Cake: Artisan Cake Company | Catering: Food In Bloom | Rentals: Something Borrowed PDX | Photo Booth: HappyMatic | Officiant: Dee Richardson | Bride’s Dress: Casablanca from Anna’s Bridal | Shoes: ModCloth | Ring: Kasab Jewelers | Suit: Custom from Este’s | Shoes: DSW

 

Christine + Adam

 

Christine and Adam picked their wedding date because of the Supermoon that made the news on September 27th, 2015. The couple worked with Elizabeth for about a year, planning all the fun details... and there were a lot!   Upon arrival at The Foundry at Oswego Pointe guests were greeted with a glass of sparkling red wine. Just as the sun began to set and the moon began to rise, Christine and Adam's ceremony began. To tie in perfectly with the day, Christine walked down the aisle to "Total Eclipse of the Heart" which had guests bursting into loud cheers. It was clear everyone was going to love every minute of this wedding. 

After the ceremony guests were invited upstairs for dinner, drinks and dancing. Food is important to Adam and Christine as Adam was the previous owner/chef for Acadia and also happens to be the restaurant where the two met. They landed on Devils Food for their catering and designed a perfect menu with stations that allowed guests to dine on wonderful food throughout the entire night. The best part of the evening - dessert. Adam and Christine worked with Dream Cakes to design a cake that mirrored the eclipse. 

Coordination: Elizabeth Sheils | Photography: Your Street Photography | Caterer: Devil's Food | Floral: Swoon | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | DJ: Chad Dowling 

 

Ryan + Tony

 

As a wedding coordinator it is always special to watch someone who you care about so deeply find their soulmate. I met Ryan when she was first back in Seattle - navigating the city, making friends and establishing ties to her new home. While she made many great friends, she would not meet her best friend, Tony until several years later. When I first saw Tony and Ryan together I knew he was the one. He had a playful way about him that made her not take things too seriously, he made her laugh, taught her about football and most importantly provided her with the pup she longed to have.  Ryan, Tony and Pistol (their beloved corgi) were soon inseparable.

When it came time to say their I-dos both Ryan and Tony agreed that they wanted it to be a celebration of their love for each other, and their friends and family. We found the perfect home for this celebration in Capitol Hill's Sole Repair Shop. Just blocks away from where they live, and feet away from some of their favorite hangouts, this hip, urban venue could not have been more ideal for their April Wedding.

The rainy weather did not keep guests away from their special day, in fact it gave them a reason to cozy up during their intimate ceremony. Ryan in a beautiful illusion back gown looked breathtaking as she took her place next to her soon-to-be husband. The two exchanged loving vows before we moved onto the much anticipated party of the year!

Guests enjoyed an Italian feast before they were entertained by some very memorable toasts. Among them Ryan's dad, who reminded us all that although it is typical on a wedding day to welcome a new son, he said he didn't have to, as Tony had already been a part of their family for years - so sweet!

The celebration continued onto the dance floor and didn't stop!  Ryan had hand-picked each song to maximize the dance party. Let's just say everyone was thankful for the late night snacks - as they offered an excuse to take a quick break before being pulled back out onto the dance floor by the fun loving bridal party (bride and groom included)!

For many of Ryan and Tony's friends this was the first 'real wedding' they had ever been to. And I have to say it is not one that will be forgotten anytime soon. From love felt between this amazing couple to the party that continued long after Sole Repair turned down their lights, it was a magical, fun filled evening for all.

Coordination: Molly Corr | Catering: Sole Repair Shop | Photographer : Jaquelyn Portolese Photography | Makeup: David Kitsak | Hair: Charlie Perrit | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids: ASOS | Groom + Groomsmen: The Black Tux | Photo Booth : Jed Sarmiento | Flowers: Kalin McNamera | Cake/Mini Cheesecakes:  Leta Troka

 

McCullough Family Reunion

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Special Event Planning | Oregon Event Design | Mosca Studio

I have had the pleasure of planning special events with Valerie since her wedding back in 2005. Since then it's been nonstop family weddings, corporate events and holiday parties.  This summer was the first annual McCullough Family Reunion held at Valerie + Ken's gorgeous home (that view!) in Wilsonville.  The two treated her family to more food than you can imagine, pooltime fun and a festive open bar. Valerie indulged my newest obsession of pineapples and flamingos and let me style the turquoise, fuchsia and yellow event to my heart's content. Guests ended the evening with a surprise appearance from 1927 s'mores!  It was such a fun day and I look forward to the next event with this fab family!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photography: Mosca Studio | Catering: Pearl Catering + 1927 S'mores | Rentals: Party Place | Floral: Bella Bloom

 

Wedding Trends

 

It was such an honor to be a guest on Portland's newest morning show, KGW's Portland Today, yesterday during their first week on the air!  We chatted Portland wedding trends...take a peek!