Pantone Color of the Year 2018 | Portland Seattle Bend Wedding Planner | Oregon Washington Event Design | Pantone

Pantone, the color authority, has officially announced the 2018 color of the year as Ultra Violet! They describe it as "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future." Take a peek at Nora's recent segment on KGW talking about this hot new color! Also, click here to view some of the past Pantone colors.


You're engaged, now what??


Now that the holidays are behind us, you have likely congratulated a newly engaged couple or two! Did you know 30% of proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Years?  Check out Nora's recent segment on KPTV Channel 12 with tips on what to do between saying "yes" and "I do!"


Carly + Lee | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Dylan & Sara Photography

Carly & Lee had just moved to Portland shortly after getting engaged. Knowing that all but two of their guests would be traveling from out of town, they wanted to make sure their wedding weekend was one that no one would forget.  With New Years Eve falling on a Saturday, they knew it was the perfect date!

With both the ceremony and reception at Leftbank Annex, we had room to play with the space giving both ceremony & reception a romantic, warm, winter feel.  Blum designed an amazing hanging floral arch adorned with candlelight all around the base surrounding Carly & Lee as they said their vows. After the ceremony, guests made their way downstairs for cocktail hour, while the upstairs was transformed into the reception space which included a gorgeous lounge area with white, gold and black furniture and accents. 

To top it off, balloons strung above the dance floor for the midnight drop. Mixtures of long and round tables mixed up the reception space, each table covered with champagne linens, gold beaded chargers, champagne napkins adorned with menus and rosemary sprig to top it off.  Blum created gorgeous garlands and arrangements for each table that helped give the room a warm feel.  

After dinner, guests danced the night away with live music from the amazing Precious Byrd Band who helped ring in the New Year by singing Auld Lang Syne.  It was a night to remember and a great start to Carly & Lee's life together. Congratulations you two!

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Dylan Howell Photography | Cinematography: J & M Media | Floral: Blum | Rentals: The Party Place  | Cake: Laura Clarke Cakes | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Band: Precious Byrd | Catering: Devil's Food | Transportation: Eco Shuttle + Lucky Limousine


Meghan + Jake


Planning Meghan and Jake’s wedding was a rare opportunity to step into a dreamland of possibilities. They described their vision for an ancient, sylvan, Celtic and Nordic inspired celebration that captured my imagination instantly. It was clear that their multi-day wedding festival would be singular. They would lavish their guests with an extraordinary taste of the richest experiences of the Pacific Northwest, offering a chance to retreat from the demands of modern life and engage in an idyllic, almost mythical celebration, focused around feasting, music, and storytelling.

With a passion for children’s literature and all the magic it holds, Meghan and Jake incorporated references to their favorite stories throughout the wedding, and of course J.R.R. Tolkien'sThe Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings” were not exceptions. The sign posted at the gate reading “No Admittance Except on Party Business” was a fitting edict and in the weeks leading up to the wedding we certainly had the whole place in an uproar! J.K. Rowling’s stories of Harry Potter’s adventures also held a striking place with the Deathly Hallows symbol featuring prominently.

For their ceremony and reception Meghan and Jake chose a setting in an old growth forest in early spring. Replete with ancient symbolism, the new season arrived merely days before their ceremony. Spring flowers and the naturalistic feel of an ancient mossy forest framed the decor, and we blended stout walnut tables and elegant green velvet runners with luxuriant sheepskin fur covered chairs. To create a sense of stepping into an alternate fantasy world, we inverted the lighting and the florals such that tables were scattered with chunky, medieval beeswax candles (still leaving plenty of room in anticipation of the family style feast!) while opulent florals were suspended overhead in shades ranging from pale ivory, peach, and lilac to rich amethyst.

On arrival guests were each bundled into a personalized Pendleton blanket, fastened with custom kilt pins. Hand-warmers could be tucked into the bespoke fleece pockets inside the blanket-cloaks, which along with mugs of warm cider kept guests cozy in the still chilly spring air. After mixing their own confetti potpourri, guests processed to a candle-adorned grotto accompanied by way finders and the thrilling music of a lone bagpiper droning along the misty forest paths. It set the tone for an unforgettable evening.

After vows and rings were exchanged, Meghan and Jake led the way to the reception, lighting torches along the path and starting the ceremonial bonfire together. It was the cue for the feasting to begin! A tower of pink Champagne was poured, storybook inspired cocktails were offered around, and ten (yes, ten!) mouthwatering courses of hors d’oeuvres from Portland master chef Jose Chesa enchanted guests’ palates. A multi-course dinner followed, and music and dancing carried the festivities late into the night. For those guests more inclined to recline and converse away from the music, a sign to “Longbottom Leaf” showed the way to a sumptuous tipi dedicated to the enjoyment of cannabis with Middle Earth pipes alongside more modern contrivances.

It was an altogether magical night, made even more extraordinary with the knowledge that its success was entirely due to an outstanding team of professionals spanning the spectrum of the artistic and event industries in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. It was an honour and a privilege to help bring Meghan and Jake’s wedding vision to life, and as all good stories come to an end I couldn’t be more thrilled to see them married, happily ever after!

Coordination: Kirsten | Photographer: Dylan M Howell Photography | Bartenders: Merit Badge. Co | Budtenders: Cannabis Concepts | Catering: Ava Genes | Catering: Ataula | Cake: Dream Cakes | Sugar + Chocolate Sculpture: Artisan Cake Co. | Espresso Bar: Espresso Elegance | Ice: PDX Ice | Creative Director: Hannes Wingate | Calligraphy + Map + Signage: Marly Beyer | Stationary: Crave Design | Floral: Blum Floral Design | Forest Lighting: Hollywood Lights | Furniture + Accessories: Classic Vintage Rentals | Drape: West Coast Drape | Rentals: The Party Place + West Coast Event Productions | Linens: BBJ | Set Design: FigurePlant | Landscaping: Fiddlehead Landscape Design + PGM Landscape | Bagpiper: Wiley Swagger | Ceremony + Dinner Music: Ariel Consort | Reception Music: Na Rosai | Project Management + Trail Design: Urban Patterns | Event Production: Fuller Events | Sound: Hollywood Lights | Portable Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers | Transportation: Lucky Limo | Valet: Premier Valet | Live Event Artist: Marly Beyer | Cinematography: Moving Pictures | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Olivia Hawthorne | Kilt +Jacket: Kinloch Anderson, Edinburgh, Scotland | Bridal Gown: Alon Livne | Veil: International Pleating | Veil Alterations: Anna's Bridal | Bridal Brooch: Alchemy | Blankets: Pendleton | Blanket Brooches: Orchid Way Treasures | Pipes: Sir William Pipes | Embroidered Handkerchiefs: Kotton Kandy | Sheepskin Chair Overlay: Overland | CannibusTent Hides: Oregon Leather Company


Meghan + Jake's Pre-Wedding Parties


What a fabulous two-night celebration to kick off the entire weekend of festivities for Meghan & Jake! 

The first night, the happy couple, family & friends celebrated at Kachka with fabulous food and lots of goodies for their company to take home. 

Night two celebration was held at Jacobsen Salt Co. where the details were flawless and the fun only continued. The guests were greeted by a massive escort card wall with a quote from Beauty and the Beast. The entire theme around the dinner was a "feast." Guests were greeted with darling welcome bags, which included local honey, Jacobsen Salt, Crackers and cheese and Stumptown Coffee. 

We kept the decor minimal and elegant! Merit Badge whipped up some delicious cocktails and Classic Vintage Rentals provided the elegant lounge furniture. Candles filled the entire venue, making it the perfect combination of warm and inviting dinner for their guests to enjoy a wonderful evening. 

Each table was named after a different Portland bridge, it was the perfect touch to show off the "bridge city" to all of their out-of-town guests. 

To top off the night, Espresso Elegance served up some lattes and espressos. It was the most perfect evening of warm and intimate to celebrate the soon to be married couple! 

Coordinator: Kirsten | Night 1 Venue: KACHKA | Ice Logo: PDX Ice | Night 2 Venue: Jacobsen Salt Co. | Cocktails: Merit Badge | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Espresso Service: Espresso Elegance | Paper Goods: Crave Design


Nikkie + Raffi


This wedding is one for the books! Nikkie & Raffi live in California but when it came time for their wedding they decided to treat their family & friends to a Pacific Northwest wedding. Wanting food, flowers & music to be the focus - we dove head first into making this a memorable night for everyone!

After selecting Left Bank Annex for their wedding - the design began to take shape. Hanging floral chandeliers and Edison bulbs were the backbone for a perfect juxtaposition on the exposed brick & cement. Blum Floral designed beautiful, lush florals featuring garden roses, roses, ranunculus, veronica, eucalyptus, olive, sage, clematis, spirea. The flowers were designed to fill the room and create intimate table settings for guests.

Devil's Food wowed the guests with a menu that featured local purveyors and seasonal ingredients - including a crowd favorite Lobster Pasta. In between courses guests were out of their seats dancing to the tunes of Eddie Grimberg & the Sunlight Orchestra. After dancing and dinner guests were treated to late night sweets from Dream Cakes and Salt & Straw. It was the perfect sweet ending to an amazing day! Congrats you two! 

Coordinator: Elizabeth | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | Photographer: Ellie Asher | Videographer: The Film House | Lighting: Leftbank Annex | Rabbi: Rabbi Brian | Cake: Dream Cakes | Rentals: Party Place | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Band: Eddie Grimage & the Sunlight Orchestra | Transportation: NW Navigator


Sarah + Jason


From the second I met with Sarah, I knew that I wanted to be her wedding coordinator. She had a stunning vision of bright bold reds and pinks with natural elements that matched perfectly with their fun personality. As we planned, they booked a dream team of vendors that perfectly fit the style and feel they wanted for their wedding day at Maysara Winery

On their wedding day, everything came together flawlessly for these two and they were married under a breathtaking Chuppah by one of their closest friends. The reception was adorned with stunning floral arrangements from Swoon Floral that just popped with bold colors on the farm tables. Guests enjoyed a delicious family style dinner from White Pepper PDX filled with their favorites dishes.

The night was filled with so many amazing moments for these two and I couldn't be happier for them! Thank you for having me be a part of your big day and huge congrats you two!

Coordination: Meghan | Photographer: Jessica Hill | Caterer: White Pepper | Lighting, Rentals & Music: Chad Dowling Productions | Florist: Swoon Floral Design | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Beauty: Kelli Austin Beauty | Cake: Dream Cakes | Paper Goods: Letters & Dust | Rentals: Party Place  


Sarah + Stephen


Sarah & Stephen were such a pleasure to work with! We started our planning almost a year to date from their wedding date. Sarah had a vision from the beginning for a vintage chic wedding. Thanks to Classic Vintage Rentals we were able to achieve just that!

The ceremony gazebo was draped in greenery and mauve colored florals, it made the perfect back drop for these two to exchange vows. They had the sweetest Tree Ceremony during the ceremony itself, where two families became one. How cool they get to plant that tree in their yard and forever remember what it symbolized on their wedding day. 

 Cocktail hour was a huge hit with misters near the bar area, a tipi for the kids to play in in the garden, and of course drinks for those to sip on during the hottest day in July! Guests enjoyed a family style dinner while the kids enjoyed a fun coloring table full of stickers, stencils and markers! We had so much fun setting this kids table up. The couple’s first dance was the greatest, their son surprised the bride & groom by singing their favorite song and soon after all the kids joined in for a family dance. It was the sweetest thing ever. The guests took over the dance floor following toasts & laughs and it was night to remember. Thank you, Sarah & Stephen, for letting me be a part of your big day! I wish you all the happiness in your new marriage!

Coordination: Catherine | Cake: Dream Cakes | DJ: All Wright Music | Florist: Bella Bloom Florals | Photography: Holland Studios | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals