Mimi + Joel

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As a foreigner myself, I especially love helping to plan multicultural weddings that honor the backgrounds of both families and that draw guests from all over the world. It’s just so fun! Mimi and Joel’s wedding was no exception. How could it be when Joel kicked off the celebration by opening a bottle of champagne by sabrage?!

Drawing inspiration from Mimi’s Arabic heritage and focusing on Mimi and Joel’s shared love for food, we developed a “Spice Routes” theme. Guests found their spice-named tables with mini bottles of za’atar blend as escort cards displayed beneath an expansive world map hand drawn by a local artist. A sense of movement and varied destinations was accomplished by layering different shades and desert colors across the room -- champagne, rust, copper, dusty palm. Naturalistic, romantic florals in vibrant hues were accented with gold Moroccan style lanterns, and a large installation of soft ivory chiffon drape framed the altar space and later the cake and desserts.

The music continued the theme, featuring Mimi and Joel’s favourites from around the world including everything from the sounds of Caribbean reggae to middle eastern influenced dance hits. A feast of middle eastern dishes was accompanied by wines from Joel’s family’s winery, with a reserve barrel of wine blended especially for the occasion.

However, to end the night we had to bring back a nod to Portland and so Mimi and Joel were whisked away in a pedicab to the cheers of their friends and family! Congratulations again, Mimi and Joel!

Coordination: Kirsten | Caterer: Devil's Food Catering | Draping: West Coast Drape | DJ: Lenny Joseph Productions | Florist: HART Floral Design | Hair: Pinn Salon | Makeup: Julie Lampros Skincare & Makeup | Lighting: Hollywood Lights | Photographer: Zeb Andrews | Rentals: Something Borrowed + Party Place | Transportation: PDX PediCab | Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth


Wedding Venture Feature


Recently our founder, Nora Sheils, was interviewed by Wedding Venture about tips for planning a wedding. Here were a few of our favorite questions!

Are there things that differentiate wedding planners?

We think so! One of the unique elements of our company is that we are made of a larger team. After an initial consult with a couple, we look to match their personalities and needs to a specific coordinator. We find this to be an important element of the steps to planning a wedding, as we want each couple to feel at ease throughout the months leading up to their big day.

While they are working with one lead planner, in the background we all work together to brainstorm, troubleshoot and ensure steps to planning a wedding go off without a hitch.

What is the most unusual wedding you planned?

Last year brought us more whimsy than ever before. We also had a few couples that really wanted to go all out with a specific theme – which, from a planner's perspective of steps to planning a wedding, is always exciting!

Last year, we had two weddings that were based around literary giants. One of which, lovingly referred to as "The Hobbit Wedding" was the largest production we have pulled off. We had so much fun walking through all wedding planning tips from the gold snitch escort cards to mossy forest decor, the candle ceremony backdrop, and tables that dripped with florals and fur. We can't wait for more themes and trusting couples who allow us to bring their vision to life.

What does your day at the wedding itself look like typically?

As far as the actual day, we like to start with checking in with our bride, sometimes this means in person, others a simple text to tell them how excited we are before heading to the venue. Our time at the venue includes different tasks, everything from lining up escort cards, helping a DJ with placement, to meeting with the catering lead; we are really there to make sure every step to planning a wedding is executed in the way we discussed with the bride and groom.

As guests start arriving, we are there to make sure they are enjoying their time as well, as their experience is also important to us. We are there to send the bridal party down the aisle (we love this part!), to help the photographer with groupings, flip a ceremony space into a beautiful dining room, escort guests to their seats, cue a nervous best man, make sure you have a fork to taste your cake with and of course kick off the dance party (with a bad/DJ cue)!

Our job is ultimately to be there for whatever is needed and ensure the steps to planning a wedding flow seamlessly. If there is an issue, we will deal with it discreetly and the couple will never know. We want couples and their families to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the best day of your lives!

If you could ask one thing of the grooms and brides that would make your job at their wedding easier/smoother, what would it be?

Hmmmm...that's a tough one! At the actual wedding? Nothing! Just to have fun and relax knowing that we've got this! We really do want each bride and groom to be able to enjoy their special day without thinking about a thing!

It is really about the steps to planning a wedding (and thinking!). As long as we are looped in on all of the details, we are good to go. Making sure you answer our final questions - things like who is taking the presents home - is always helpful, as we don't want to have to bug you with these questions as you are out there on the dance floor.

Lastly, trust your vendors. You hired these people for a reason, so have confidence that they have your best interests and will go to bat for you. There is no need to micromanage or stress about all steps to planning a wedding; your planner and vendors have it all covered. Knowing your planner is working hard for you, enjoy being engaged. Take some time off to just enjoy this special time in your lives and always remember that this is about the commitment you are making to your fiancé.

Thank you Wedding Venture for the fab write up!


Alyssa + Rob


With a venue like Cooper's Hall, creating an elegant yet comfortable vibe is not a hard feat. Alyssa had a great aesthetic and knew exactly the look she wanted for her wedding, and it did not disappoint.

Anna Mara created a lovely viney backdrop along the wall where the couple said their vows in front of an intimate group of friends. During the reception, guests were escorted to their seats with vintage medicine bottles, filled with floral, which also acted as a favor. 

During the reception, guests were escorted to their seats with vintage medicine bottles, filled with floral, which also acted as a favor.  Classic Vintage Rentals provided vintage farm tables, set with gorgeous vintage blue and white china on top of a white decorative charger.  An assortment of crystal glassware at each setting along with mismatched vintage silverware knotted into a soft blue napkin set by florals in ivories, blush and pops of red inside gold vessels along with votive candles gave the room a soft and romantic feel. After delicious food and an evening of dancing, guests enjoyed Voodoo Donuts served out of the Voodoo Truck late night.  So fun! Congrats you two!

Coordinator: Katy | Beauty: Kristie Wright Makeup | Photography: Ben Pigao Photography | Officiant: Melissa Coe | Florist: Anna Mara Flowers | Catering: Chefs Table | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Photo Booth: HappyMatic Photo Booth | Cake: Dream Cakes | Desserts: Voodoo Doughnut | Videographer: Branded Films | DJ: DJ Scott McGee 


Carly + Matt


It was such a pleasure to coordinate an intimate, wine country affair for Carly & Matt.

Their sunny August day was just the right mix of family and fun. Scholls Valley Lodge hosted their closest family and friends for the weekend in it's rolling hills of grape vineyards. Colors of wine and berry flowed throughout the ceremony and reception, perfectly complimenting the scenery.

Guests danced underneath a warmly lit barn before sending off the bride & groom with glow sticks! Congrats Carly & Matt!

Coordination: Carrie | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Rentals: Party Place | Catering: Devil's Food | Photographer: Honeysuckle Photography | Floral: Bella Bloom | Ceremony & Reception Music: Chad Dowling Productions


Pets + Weddings

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Including all of your nearest and dearest at your wedding is a given.  If one of those just happens to have four legs, why wouldn't you include them?  Take a peet at Nora + Elizabeth's segment on Portland Today discussing the do's and don'ts of including animals at your big event! 


Sam + Spencer


I still get a grin on my face when I think of Sam & Spencer’s gorgeous wedding I had the pleasure to be a part of last July. The setting was the 100 year old Barn Kestrel in West Linn, Oregon.  It was a beautiful Oregon day, which perfectly set the tone for this flawless event. 

Sam and Spencer held their Catholic ceremony at Our Lady of the Lake church in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Duo Con Brio set the tone for the nuptials. Once they made it official, guests made their way out to the venue for an evening to remember.

After being directed by parking attendants on horseback, guests were greeted in the lawn by Pearl Catering, with refreshing drinks and tasty appetizers, while the couple and bridal party finished up some photos with Powers Photography Studios. After mingling and playing lawn games, the party made their way into the unbelievable tent provided by West Coast Event Productions. Once they found their seat on the custom table chart by Crave Design, who also provided the menus and other paper goods for the evening, they found their way through the sprawling tables, rich with fresh florals from Blum Floral Design.

After a fabulous plated meal, several members of friends and family treated the group to a line up of unforgettable speeches and toasts. Who could forget the cake? Dream Cakes really outdid itself with this gorgeous treat.  We moved everyone into the historic barn for the rest of the party.  NW Mobile DJ’s were there to keep people moving, but if you needed a break, there was the ever so adorable Hammie the Photo Booth outside to capture the evening. Don’t worry everyone, Focal Point Media got it all on film too!  Sam and Spencer, It was such a pleasure getting to work with you and your families to help make this day happen for you!! I hope your marriage is as happy and fun as that perfect wedding was!

Coordinator: Cam | Music: Duo Con Brio | Photography: Powers Studio | Caterer: Pearl Catering | Cake: Dream Cakes | Reception Music: NW Mobile DJ | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Beauty: Powder Inc. | Videographer: Focal Point | Rentals: West Coast Event Productions + Something Borrowed + Luxury Restroom Trailers | Stationary: Crave Design | Photo Booth: Shortcake Photo | Transportation: JMI Limousine


Pantone Color of the Year 2018

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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!"