Stephanie + Dallas | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Newspin Films

The moment I met these two I knew we were going to have a blast wedding planning! Dallas and Stephanie had a perfect vision of their day - a chic, bohemian Portland wedding at Union Pine. With the help of some amazing wedding professionals we achieved just that, and Portland Bride + Groom Magazine featured the event in their current issue!! The ceremony included 80 of their closest family and friends and one of them was their sweet bulldog Kinsley. Stephanie wore the most gorgeous flower crown while Dallas looked sharp in his dark blue suit.  Guests enjoyed delicious Hawaiian food and Blue Star Donuts and danced the night away. The best part of the night was Stephanie and Dallas' sparkler send off.. Right as guests were lighting their sparklers a crazy downpour started. Being the awesome newlyweds they are, Dallas and Stephanie posed and kissed in the rain despite of getting drenched. Loved everything about this wedding. Congrats, Stephanie and Dallas!! 

Coordination: Natalia Barwegen | Photography: Newspin Photography | Rentals: CommonwealthSomething Borrowed | Catering: Kalua Brothers | Dessert: Blue Star Donuts | Floral: Carrie Newson | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions


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Sara + Rayan


If there is one thing I love more than a Persian wedding, it's an Indian & Persian wedding combined! Sara and I went to middle & high school together, but had lost touch throughout the years, so I was excited and honored to be able to reconnect and work with her and Rayan in planning their nuptials.  Wanting to honor their Persian, Indian and Western cultures, Sara and Rayan opted to have two ceremonies in the Sculpture Court of the Portland Art Museum.  The weather was definitely playing tricks on us, being sunny one moment and rainy the next, so we opted for a semi clear tent to ensure guests would stay dry.  The bridesmaids all wore colorful saris while the groom wore a traditional sharwani in golds and reds. Sara, escorted down the aisle by her father, wore a stunning green & red sari and held a red bouquet, honoring the traditional Hindu culture.  After the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the museum or hang out and enjoy Persian tea and a light appetizer by Art of Catering, until the second ceremony began.  

For the Persian/Western ceremony, we utilized the same mandap structure for the ceremony and laid down a traditional Persian Sofreh designed by Homa Behboodi, a family friend of Sara's father.  Sara changed into her beautiful Reem Acra gown and the bridesmaids changed into gorgeous one shoulder navy Monique Luhllier floor length gowns. Rayan also changed into a suit to match his groomsmen. A close friend to both Sara & Rayan performed the ceremony incorporating Persian elements and talking about how each item on the sofreh symbolizes a well wish for the bride and groom.  A mirror to represent the bright future for the couple, colorful and hand painted eggs to symbolize fertility, fresh baked pastries for sweetness in life, pomegranates and apples for a joyous future, candles for clarity and energy, and coins for prosperity. They then each share a taste of honey with one another to help share in the sweetness of their future together.  After the ceremony, a beautiful double rainbow appeared and guests were able to enjoy the Sculpture Court for cocktail hour.  

Guests made their way up to the Kridel Ballroom for dinner and sat amongst a variety of round and long tables.  Each table was covered in navy linens, with glass gold-beaded chargers, gold flatware and a menu card on each place setting with ivory napkins.  Lisa at Crave Design had created a monogram for the couple that we had incorporated into the invitations which we also used as a gobo on screen above the stage and even had Papa Haydn use as part of the cake design.  Tables were covered in candles and lush floral arrangements containing white hydrangeas, a variety of purple blooms and touches of greenery throughout.   Shawn with Event Team Entertainment played a great mix of music containing songs popular in all three cultures which kept the dance floor packed all night.  To top off the evening, Sara & Rayan exited the museum with the torches lit and a sparkler send off that had us all reviling from the night.  Loved everything about this wedding, and so did Oregon Bride Magazine!

Coordination: Katy | Photography: Mosca Gallery | Catering: Art of Catering | Hair Stylist: Jessica B | Paper Items: Crave Design | Rentals: Party Place | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Floral: Zest | Cake: Papa Haydn | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Sofreh Design: Homa Behboodi 


Marsala Inspiration Shoot | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Christa Taylor Photography

The Old Schoolhouse is nestled amongst a filbert orchard in the heart of Newberg.  The owners did a great job renovating the historic building and added just the right amount of touches to appease all types of weddings and events.  The indoor ballroom has a grand yet cozy feel while the outside was landscaped with everything in mind, allowing for brides to select which area they prefer for their ceremony backdrop.  For our inspiration shoot, we wanted to incorporate the bold tones of Pantone's 2015 color of the year Marsala, all while keeping it simple yet elegant.  With that in mind, we utilized the venue's wooden table as our base with items from Classic Vintage Rentals to tie everything in.  Tufted chairs, velvet marsala runner, with gold rimmed limoge vintage plates and assorted silverware gave the table an classic yet old fashioned flair. Florals in an array of burgundies, reds, greens and pinks at various heights sat in vintage vases.  To top it off, we asked the experts at Greenlight Creative to create a special backdrop with lighting to add to the elegance of the tablescape. The Photo Booth backdrop was made out of literature book pages, a great nod to an "old schoolhouse".  Macaron favors, delicious treats from Devil's Food Catering and a "naked" red velvet cake sat amongst a vintage burgundy cake stand with accents of dogwood to top off the look.  It was a great collaboration by all involved, and Ruffled took note and featured the editorial! | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Christa Taylor Photography

Coordination: Katy | Photography: Christa Taylor | Gowns: Stephanie D Couture | Accessories: Unveiled Bridal Design | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Paper Items: Nimbi Design | Florist: Bramble Floral Design | Photo Lab: Photovision


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Debbie + Brent


Fun, kind, generous, intelligent, stylish (just look at Debbie’s dresses!), with a mutual passion for fine food, wine, and travel, Debbie and Brent are a perfect pairing!  It was such a delight to plan their wedding at Skamania Lodge, and even more fun to watch their families and friends enjoy the day with gusto.

As might be expected from an August day in Oregon, Debbie and Brent’s wedding day was sunny and hot.  Colorful parasols and sandalwood fans offered guests exotic respite from the sun during the ceremony, held in the amphitheater with a spectacular natural backdrop of the Columbia Gorge.  Individual iced refresher towels were passed out to guests after the short and sweet service providing instant, luxurious relief, and then everyone was ushered to the reception tent on the shady woodland lawn.  

The stars of the reception were the cakes!  An extravagant stacked cheese wheel cake featuring local cheeses, cut and served by Skamania’s executive chef; a simply stunning fondant cake with a ruffle and rose design, inspired by Debbie’s reception dress; an adorable golf-themed carrot cake for the father of the bride, presented as a birthday surprise.  All different.  All beautiful.  All delicious.  What a great party. Congratulations, Debbie and Brent!

Coordination: Kirsten | Photography: Ben Pigao | Beauty: Courtney Rogers | Rentals: The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals | Cake: Dream Cakes | Day-Of Paper: 1st Comes Love | Chalk Calligraphy: Marly Beyer | Floral: Bella Bloom | Officiant: Robert Griffin | Ceremony Music: Ariel Consort | Reception Music: All Wright Music | Gowns: Anna's Bridal


Rachel + Roland


Wedding planning with Rachel was such great fun!  Rachel’s sister, Erin, was a Bridal Bliss bride and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Rachel to plan her wedding.  Rachel and Roland chose to have a fall wedding, and their day could not have been more perfect!  It was one of those beautifully crisp sunny autumn days, just a week after all the leaves started flashing their brilliant crimson, cadmium and gold hues.  Rachel selected navy blue to contrast with all the fall colors and it provided a sensational palette for their wedding.

St Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Angel must be one of the most magnificent churches in Oregon, and Rachel and Roland were married in a beautiful mass by the parish priest.  They hosted their reception at the Salem Convention Center, one of the few venues large enough to accommodate all their family and friends for the celebration!  Against the navy table linens the napkins ranged from reds through oranges to yellow and gold in an ombre wave across the room, and hundreds of candles made everything glow and sparkle.  A family friend was their DJ and he brought an irresistible Latin flair that had all the guests dancing, and the sweet speeches from the bride and groom’s sisters had us all tearing up.  It was a marvelous day.  Congratulations again, Rachel and Roland!

Coordination: Kirsten Smrtka | Photography: Emily G Photography | Cinematography: Focal Point | Beauty: Kirstie Wight | Lighting: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Cake: Lamb's | Floral: Distinctive Designs by Denice 


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