The reception was held in the beautiful ruins at Springhouse Cellars. The groom changed from his black tuxedo jacket for the ceremony into a classic white number. Paired with the bride's red lips, the couple was silver screen stylish. Dinner was deliciously and perfectly presented by Devil's Food Catering, a summer feast of shrimp skewers, corn pizzettas, and local perfectly cooked steak and salmon. The cake, by Windflower Cakes, was incredibly fluffy and flavored with blueberries, lemon curd and crème fraîche. The couple danced a perfectly choreographed routine to "Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. The dance floor opened up with “Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye,” and the guests rushed onto the dance floor, where they stayed the rest of the evening.
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!!
Photography: Powers Studios | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Floral: Blum | Rentals+ Oxygen Bar: WCEP | Caterer: Devil's Food | Dessert Display: Dream Cakes + Bridal Bliss | Beauty: Kirstie Wight | Music + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Henna Artist: Half Moon Henna | Fortune Teller: Portlandia Fortune Tellers
Desiree and Kate had just moved to Portland from the Oregon Coast when it was time to take their engagement pictures with Jessica Hill Photography. They were super nervous about picking the right location and we quickly realized that a nice glass of wine at a hip urban winery, followed by fun at an arcade and a walk in the woods would be fitting for this adorable same sex couple! Judging from these darling pictures we found the perfect locations! We are just so excited for their upcoming wedding this Saturday. These two have been an absolutely blast to work with and we wish them nothing but the best.
Images by Jessica Hill Photography
Kait and Grant worked with Natalia to plan their CASTAWAY wedding which took place on a rainy but beautiful Saturday night. The couple wanted a wedding that perfectly described them as a couple – which meant their love of food, the Arizona Wildcats and good music (think GOODFOOT on a Friday night). On the day of their wedding they got exactly what they wanted!
Even though the forecast called for rain all day, all parties decided to risk it and stick with the original outdoor ceremony plan. To their luck, there was a break in the clouds and the ceremony took place in POMERIUS NURSERY. Guests were treated to delicious appetizers and specialty cocktails and later a gorgeous and delicious buffet all from DEVIL’S FOOD CATERING.
The music was loud and the dance floor packed as Kait and Grant celebrated their nuptials with their closest friends and family. Traditions like a special “Loving Cup” ceremony by Grant’s fraternity brothers took place and the dessert was a large Arizona Wildcats basketball court full of cupcakes as well as delectable mini pie’s from PIE SPOT. What a night!
One of the most daunting pieces of wedding planning, especially those attempting it without a planner, is choosing the wedding professionals that will work on your big event. There are so many reasons why choosing the right vendors is important! Take a peek at our segment that aired on KPTV's More Good Day Oregon this week!
photo by Max Monte
Ashley & Alex celebrated their special day with a classic event held at THE OREGON GOLF CLUB. The venue was their ideal backdrop as they planned small personal details into this traditional and romantic setting. The palate of lilac, cool blues and soft pinks was set off with a super fun pop of coral. Guests were greeted into the ceremony by adorable chalk art as they found their seats. Their ceremony was sweet and intimate as Alex’s father had the honor of officiating. The view down the aisle was full of bright summer sunshine and lush rose bushes everywhere. The reception to follow was simple and timeless with a great display of the couple’s engaging personalities. Tables were covered in floating candles, orchids, hydrangea, and garden roses perfectly styled by BELLA BLOOM FLORAL. Bridesmaids entered rocking brand new bright coral Nike shoes, sure to be on the dance floor all night long. Friends and family spent the evening snapping photos in their photobooth by LIMELIGHT and playing yard games. The evening ended with a glow stick exit and a very happy couple.
Jessica and Aidan worked with ELIZABETH to help plan their intimate wedding. With almost their entire guest list traveling from around the world they wanted to show case all that Oregon has to offer. They decided to say “I do” at THE FOUNDRY which ended up being the perfect location. The last weekend in July is typically one of the safest weekends in Oregon to get married outside. However, this day it was greeted with a 51% chance of rain. After the morning rain passed the ceremony was able to take place outside. Memories were made as almost immediately as Jessica walked down the aisle with her dad a light mist came through. Guests popped up white umbrellas creating a beautiful outlook for Jessica and Aidan. After the ceremony guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with breaks of sunshine, dinner and dancing the night away. At the end of the night guests were gifted personalized bottles of wine and in return guests gifted Aidan and Jessica a sparkler send-off to remember for the rest of their lives.
Photos by JESSICA HILL PHOTOGRAPHY, Catering by GOURMET PRODUCTIONS, Rentals by THE PARTY PLACE, Makeup by Styled by Chrystal, Cake by DREAM CAKES, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Floral by BLUM FLORAL, Officiating by A BEAUTIFUL CEREMONY, Music by CHAD DOWLING, Transportation by LUCKY LIMOUSINE + ECO SHUTTLE
Heather & Eli met in the most darling way, they were coincidentally seated next to each other on an airplane! These two jet setters couldn’t be more of a perfect match. Their touching ceremony, coordinated by Carrie, was held outside at the ever sophisticated WAVERLEY COUNTRY CLUB. Lush champagne and pink florals decorated the arch they stood underneath overlooking the river. Their guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio and music by DUO CON BRIO h before being invited into the clubhouse for the reception. The rest of the night sparkled with gold and champagne colors, great music from the band 5 GUYS NAMED MOE and a stunning cake by DREAM CAKES. Heather & Eli shared their first dance to “Come Fly with me,” by Frank Sinatra followed by a special performance of Eli & his father. What a night!