Shanna + Todd

 

This couple...where do I begin?  I loved every second of working with Shanna + Todd on their New Year's Eve wedding!!  The big event was held at The Allison Inn + Spa in wine country which made it extra personal, as the venue is owned by Todd's family.  Shanna knew she wanted her wedding to be all-out glam.  With bridesmaids glittering in gold sequins and sparkling linens throughout in shades of golds, coppers and navys, we certainly achieved that.  

The evening started with a pre-ceremony cocktail hour and guests were presented with local sparkling wine with floating pomegranate seeds. The ceremony itself was performed by a family friend and was incredibly touching.  You could practically hear a pin drop as the beautiful bride walked down the aisle...I mean this girl is as drop-dead-gorgeous as she is a lovely person. Post-ceremony, guests cocktailed in the hotel's lobby area complete with a cozy fireplace and his + hers cocktails.  Then...the wow factor of the reception! 

I always love standing by the reception entrance as guests first enter to hear them "ooohhh" and "ahhh" and this was no different.  The room was magical with the sequins, dramatic uplighting, stunning lounges, a personalized monogram displayed on the back wall, festive photo booth and upbeat tunes.  The evening brought with it many surprises including a lobster meal presented to a friend that introduced the couple (an inside joke, but a fun personal touch), hangover kits courtesy of "your favorite nurse" (the bride had just graduated nursing school), passed sparkling wine just before midnight with an edible glitter rim and a countdown with a loud festive confetti cannon at midnight to ring in the new year.  

This wedding had an extra special vibe to it that I can't explain--guests were truly excited to celebrate Shanna + Todd, but also the new year.  I absolutely loved getting to know Shanna, Todd and their families and this event was one for the books! So much so that Oregon Bride Magazine featured the event!

Coordination: Nora | Photography: Kimberly Kay | Cinematography: Focal Point | Paper Items: Crave Design | Chalkboards: Brittany Hampton | Gown: Anna's Bridal | Rentals: La Tavola + The Party Place + Classic Vintage Rentals + Rose Bean | Draping: West Coast Drape | Floral: Blum | Lighting: Audient Events | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Cake: Dream Cakes | DJ + Photo Booth + Confetti Canons: Event Team Entertainment

 

Laura + Nitin

 
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Laura & Nitin’s September wedding at THE ALLISON INN was easily one of my all time favorites.  This couple was very hands off and let myself and their crew of professionals surprise them with an epic wedding.   The only requests were to include unique performances throughout the evening and lavish florals.  Laura peeked in on details along the way and encouraged us to get creative…thankfully they loved the end result!

Photos by BEN PIGAO, Flowers by ZEST, Rentals by PARTY PLACE WEST COAST, Aerial Dancing by A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE, Belly Dancing by SEDONA BELLY DANCE, Fire Dancing by FLAMEBUOYANTDJ ANJALI & THE INCREDIBLE KID, Cake by DREAM CAKES, Printed Items by CRAVE DESIGN

 

Mary + Ryan

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Holland Studios Photography | Geranium Lake Floral

Mary & Ryan were married on a hot July day at one of our favorite places to be, THE ALLISON INN in Wine Country.  In honor of their anniversary this week, we felt the need to share this fab event that was somehow never blogged about! Mary & Ryan read about BRIDAL BLISS on a blog and were planning a wedding in three short months. They brought on NORA to not only guide them through the process, but also design the entire event and make most of the decisions. Weeks after they booked, the couple went on an extended road trip of the US in their Airstream trailer and were not exactly accessible. Nora took what little guidance they gave her (a natural feel with bright corals and curly willow) and ran with it. Thankfully Mary & Ryan loved the finished product and the night was certainly one for the books with exceptional details. The best part? Mary, Ryan, Nora and Nora’s husband Tyler have become the best of friends and recently returned from a fun sunny family vacation together. We’ve even had the opportunity to plan more WEDDINGS and PARTIES for this wonderful family!

Mary wore a darling short number with CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN pumps for photos, to greet guests and cocktail pre-ceremony. She then quickly changed into her custom made bridal gown for the ceremony remainder of the evening. Ryan had intended to change into a custom lavender/grey suit but was having too much fun and decided to stick with his tan duds.

Wood rounds with calligraphy made their way into the decor as ceremony reserved signs, bride/groom chair signs and even reception escort “cards.”  The Party Place created custom wood benches with cushions for our ceremony which were intermixed with the folding chairs.

After a meaningful ceremony officiated by a close family friend, the couple walked out with all of their friends and family singing the recessional. It started with Mary’s brother, and then more and more joined in. We printed the lyrics to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the back of the program so everyone could join in once they realized what was happening. It was so fun!

Guests dined on an absolutely delicious six course meal complete with coursed wine pairings.

Could she be anymore gorgeous!?! The truth of the matter is that she even more beautiful on the inside.  Nora loved every minute of working with Mary!  Low maintenance, trusting and fun.

As the night went on, we had the band make an announcement for all the guests to head out to the patio. We surprised them with an epic fireworks display coordinated with music the couple had chosen! In an effort to keep the party going, we welcomed guests back into the ballroom with warm cookies, shots of milk, espresso and Bailey’s (the bride’s favorite).

This wine country wedding was truly an event to remember and the party was rocking into the wee hours!

Photography: HOLLAND STUDIOS, Cinematography: A NIKO PRODUCTIONS, Flowers:GERANIUM LAKE: Ceremony Music: DUO CON BRIO, Reception Music: SWINGLINE CUBS, Lighting: THINK AV, Fireworks: WESTERN DISPLAY FIREWORKS, Rentals: THE PARTY PLACE,WCEPPETER CORVALLIS, Makeup: KATHERINE SEALEY, Hair: Chrystal Waddell, Photo Booth:PAPARAZZI TONIGHT, Cake: DREAM CAKES, Invitations: NEW & BLUE

 

Lara + Brad

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography

I was so excited to work with LARA & BRAD on their ALLISON wedding that I ended maternity leave early to get started!  This couple is as sweet as they come.  The way they look at each other is just adorable and the entire wedding planning process was a complete joy.  Lara & Brad wanted an indoor/outdoor bold event with black and white tones softened by cream and blush.  We had a little rain threat but after just a few minutes of light sprinkles it completely cleared up and the sun came out just in time for the ceremony to begin!

Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ben Pigao Photography
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Photos by BEN PIGAO, Cinematography by MOVING PICTURE WEDDINGS, Flowers by ZEST, Draping by WEST COAST DRAPE, Dessert Display by BRIDAL BLISS, Cake by DREAM CAKES, Hair by Chachi Hair, Makeup by WHITNEY STASSI, Printing by THE CARD BAR, DJ by CHAD DOWLING PRODUCTIONS, Rentals by THE PARTY PLACE, Lighting by THINK AV

 

Laura + Nitin

Laura & Nitin’s September wedding at THE ALLISON INN was easily one of my all time favorites.  This couple was very hands off and let myself and their crew of professionals surprise them with an epic wedding.   The only requests were to include unique performances throughout the evening and lavish florals.  Laura peeked in on details along the way and encouraged us to get creative…thankfully they loved the end result!

Cocktail hour followed the ceremony, which included plentiful hors d’ oeuvres, unique cocktails and an aerial dancer performance!

Once dinner and toasts were over, belly dancers shimmied in to lead guests to the party! A candle lit walkway led guests to our lounge. Partway through dancing, the party was lead out to the patio for a fire dancer performance, and the party continued for hours!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photos by BEN PIGAO, Flowers by ZEST, Rentals by PARTY PLACE WEST COAST, Aerial Dancing by A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE, Belly Dancing by SEDONA BELLY DANCE, Fire Dancing by FLAMEBUOYANTDJ ANJALI & THE INCREDIBLE KID, Cake by DREAM CAKES, Printed Items by CRAVE DESIGN,

Annie + Brian

 

Annie & Brian were easily one of the busiest couples we have worked with.  They lived out of state and both had careers with pretty crazy schedules.  Annie & Brian both have very relaxed and laid back personalities, so making decisions was a snap.  Julie, the mother of the bride, was involved in some of the planning and was a joy to work with.  Annie & Brian squeezed a few Portland trips into their schedules, and Christina was able to execute a gorgeous wedding for them at THE ALLISON INN & SPA.  

Coordination by NORA + CHRISTINA, Photos by ARTISTIQUE, Flowers by GERANIUM LAKE, Ballroom Draping by PARTY PLACE,  Chairs by OHANA PARTY RENTALS.