Evie + Sean

 

I absolutely loved working with Evie and Sean! It was clear from the beginning of our planning that the two adored one another and envisioned a simple, yet elegant wedding day surrounded by their loved ones.

Evie and Sean chose to be married in a traditional Greek ceremony at Holy Trinity Greek Church, and after saying “I do”, they headed downtown Portland in their vintage getaway car.

Everyone then made their way to Portland Art Museum for cocktail hour and the reception. While the bride and groom took photos around the park blocks, guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed views of the art museum’s sculpture garden in the summer sun.

The reception took place inside, where the white columns and classic design of the sunken ballroom were accented by amber lighting and simple greenery.

The absolute highlight of the décor was the meaningful fig tree centerpieces that Evie and Sean prepared for each table.

Along with each tree, there was a card that read, “In the 1960’s, Evie’s Grandfather, Pappou Sotiris, brought a cutting of a fig tree inside a shoebox from his village, Plataies, Greece to Portland; however, upon arrival, US Border Patrol quarantined the “plant material.” After certification and release, it was planted in his home in the SW Hills of Portland. Years later, the tree was transplanted in Dalton and Keti’s yard, where it continues to thrive, in a small way to honor Pappou’s memory, we rooted cuttings earlier this year to share as centerpieces tonight…”

At the end of the night, guests were also invited to take a fig tree home with them.

Vibrant Table served dinner family style, and while everyone enjoyed their food, Evie and Sean made their way around to each family table to personally thank everyone for coming to celebrate with them.

After toasts and the official dances took place, the dance floor and photo booth were open for business. I will never forget the moment that Bryce with Event Team Entertainment proclaimed that the dance floor was open; it was a mad rush to get on your feet, and not a single person remained in their seat!

The energy in the room was infectious, and everyone loved the mix of current dance music, wedding classics, and class Greek song.

Coordinator: Amber | Caterer: Vibrant Catering | Ceremony Music: Rob Stoltz + Christopher Woitach | Florist: Flowers by Riley | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup: Julie Lampros Skincare & Makeup | Music: Event Team Entertainment | Photographer: Yasmin K Photography | Photo Booth: Stumptown Booth

 

Chandra + David

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Powers Studio Photography

Chandra & David celebrated their wedding day at the Portland Art Museum's Sunken Ballroom and it was the perfect setting for their elegant and modern wedding details. The couple was married on a January winter day and were even able to take photos outside before coming into the Portland Art Museum

Vibrant Flowers created a beautiful ceremony backdrop with a modern collection of cylinder vases filled with floral groups and floating candles. 

After their sweet ceremony officiated by their yoga instructor, guests made their way to the foyer where they enjoyed drinks and appetizers and even a viewing of the Modern Art Museum before making their way back into the Sunken Ballroom for dinner. Vibrant Flowers adorned the room with beautiful white blooms, while Vibrant Table added in classic details of navy and white.  Blue Wave Band had the whole crowd dancing throughout the evening! It was a pleasure to be a part of their big day! 

Coordinator: Meghan | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Vibrant Table | Music: Blue Wave Band | Florist: Vibrant Flowers | Lighting: Portland Art Museum | Photographer: Powers Studio | Beauty: Kristie Wright Makeup | Paper Goods: Crave Design

 

Vida + Ed

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Aniko Productions

I've known Vida and her family for as long as I can remember, so when she asked me to help with planning her wedding to Ed, I was incredibly honored.  With a venue like the Portland Art Museum, our possibilities were endless.  Vida and Ed really wanted to showcase Vida's Iranian heritage and we definitely kept that in mind during the planning process.

Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Aniko Productions

Their ceremony was performed by an Iranian-American officiant, Nilou Nouri (who also happens to be my talented cousin) who married the couple using not only Farsi, but also translated the ceremony in English as well.  Vida & Ed said their vows in front of the Sofreh, designed by yours truly, using pieces that Vida's grandmother had brought back from Iran specifically for the wedding as well as other items each symbolizing well wishes to the couple.

For the reception, guests made their way upstairs into the Kridel Ballroom, finding their seats with gold potted succulents which also acted as favors. Tables were set with lush navy linens, gold beaded chargers and gold chivaris. The room was uplit with amber lighting and a navy paisley gobo flanking the stage. A combination of tall and short floral arrangements by Amanda Karam Floral, included garden roses, hydrangeas, greenery and tons of candles.  Devil's Food provided a delicious Persian influenced dinner, everything from lamb kabobs, traditional wedding rice dishes, to salads and more. (SO GOOD!)

Vida really wanted to have a surprise element to her wedding and really give her guests something you don't typically see at a wedding, and she did not disappoint.  With the talented crew from AWOL dance who performed two separate acts during dinner, one on a silk and the other on the ring --both so outstanding, leaving everyone in awe. The most vivid memory of all was the look of pure joy on both Vida & Ed's face all evening, I have never seen a couple truly enjoy every single moment of their wedding day the way the two of them did.  It was so great to witness. It was an incredible evening and one for the books! 

 
As a recent Persian bride I sincerely and whole-heartedly recommend Katy Haley from Bridal Bliss as a wedding planner!!! She’s very experienced and well skilled as a general wedding planner, but she really excels in providing support to those of us that come from all corners of the world. My wedding was a blended cultural wedding, a blend between my Persian family and my husband’s Protestant American family. Katy is sensitive to fulfilling your personalized cultural needs as a bride and groom, she’s also adept at supporting all family involved. She was willing, at all times, to be in contact with the mother and father of the bride (me). She understands that your wedding involves many important and influential family and friends, and she won’t hesitate in addressing their needs and desires, if needed too. With that said, she keeps the bride and groom’s desires, wishes, and dreams her top most priority. I was so relieved as a bride that Katy could take over, and dialogue with my family and please them, so that my husband and I could enjoy our wedding day fully and completely. You don’t need to listen to me tell you she’s wonderful; just listen to our wedding guests. Every Persian and non-Persian wedding guest said, “Our wedding was the best wedding they’ve been to in all their lives!!!” It felt simply wonderful that our wedding day was emotionally fulfilling for everyone: our family, our friends, and us, as bride and groom. Thank you sooo much Katy, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding planner and better wedding day!!!
— Vida + Ed, via Wedding Wire

Coordination: Katy | Florist: Amanda Karam Floral | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | Desserts: Dream Cakes Kyra's Bakeshop Bon Bon Bakery | Beauty: Mitra Momtazi | Photography: Aniko Productions | Rentals: Barclays Event Rentals | Officiant: Nilou Nouri | Videography: Moving Pictures | Stationary: Crave Design | DJ & Sound: Event Team Enterntainment | Performers: A.W.O.L.

 

Christelle + Jon

 

If I were to describe my perfect client match, it would be Christelle + Jon.  They have super fun personalities, and their goal was to show their guests a good time but knock their socks off at the same time.  If you know me, you know I love a "wow factor." Christelle loves flowers, Jon loves food and beverage.  Seriously...my perfect match. We planned their Art Museum wedding in three months and no detail was left untouched.  When I say no detail, I mean it...we even prettied up the elevators!

The day started out for both sides of the wedding party with toasts and fun at The Benson Hotel. After an emotional first look on The Benson's iconic stairs, the crew made their way to the Portland Art Museum for photos with the tight-knit family. As Christelle + Jon signed the Ketubah nearest and dearest, guests dressed in Black Tie left their cars with valet and filled in the ceremony.  They were greeted by classical music from Duo Con Brio, custom kippas and programs filled with petals to toss at the newlyweds, and all were blown away by the stunning floral chuppa. 

After the traditional Jewish ceremony, Cocktail Hour began in the Sculpture Garden outside with delicious hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.  Post-mingling, guests rode the decked out elevators up to the Kriedel Grand Ballroom for the dinner and reception.  Jaws dropped at the fab custom escort card wall, over-the-top floral entry, stunning orchid floral chandeliers, gorgeous centerpieces, hand-calligraphed chargers, floral based bistro tables and elegant linens and lighting to highlight it all. Devil's Food catered a five course meal paired with high end wine selections and soon after poured Cristal for the toasts. Crystal, Jon and their guests danced the night away, and the gals kicked of heels for champagne colored flip flops while the guys took a break outside for cigars and scotch.

From the floral, to the people, to the decor...this wedding couldn't have been more beautiful.  It flowed perfectly and Christelle + Jon were beaming all night.  I loved everything about this event (and so did Oregon Bride Magazine) and working with this wonderful couple was a dream!   

We worked with Nora from Bridal Bliss and she was the best! We only had three months to plan the wedding and Nora was able to pull the wedding we always dreamed of. We wanted to have a simple, classic yet elegant wedding. Nora was always responsive, helped us select the best vendors and led the creative process as well. She was great at giving us good ideas which we really appreciated. I literally had the best time planning my wedding all thanks to Nora for making it an easy process.
— Christelle + Jon

Coordinator: Nora | Cake: Petite Provence | Music: Duo Con Brio | Band: Hit Machine | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Lighting: Portland Art Museum | Photography: Mosca Studio | Videography: Moving Pictures | Catering: Devil's Food | Transportation: Lucky Limousine + White Cloud Luxury Cars | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + Party Place + Ohana Party Rentals + West Coast Event Productions | Paper Goods: Letters + Dust | Beauty: Tabiba Styles + Vamp Beauty | Bridal Gown: Anna's Bridal | Welcome Bags: Glow Gifts

 

Melissa + Alex

 

Melissa + Alex just knew that they wanted to get married at St. Mary's Cathedral with the celebration to follow at Portland Art Museum. As we began working together, it was clear that these two adored each other and it was fun getting to know them as a couple-- It turns out we lived in the same building for years, but never knew each other! 

After a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary's, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the foyer of Portland Art Museum. As the reception doors opened for dinner, guests entered the sunken ballroom to classic white reception created by a dream team of vendors. From the stunning centerpieces created by Blum atop crisp white rentals to the beautiful cake by Laurie Clarke, their wedding details were the perfect combination for these two

After a delicious dinner by Vibrant Table, DesignBand kicked off the party and kept the dance floor packed all night. Such an amazing night and huge congrats to this wonderful couple! Thank you so much for having me as part of your special day! 

We were beyond impressed and very grateful for Bridal Bliss. Our coordinator was Meghan Wicks and she made our wedding day go so smoothly! We had full confidence in her after our initial meeting and we were not let down. That was the most refreshing thing - to not have to worry about anything other than getting married on our wedding day! Meghan was always very quick to respond to all emails and any questions that we had. She attended vendor meetings and corresponded/followed up with all of our vendors, which was so helpful given our crazy schedules at the time. ALSO, the timeline Meghan made for us (for day of the wedding) was extremely detailed and so helpful for all persons in the wedding party and family members involved. Meghan assisted with little details that we would have most likely missed on our own — little details that made a big impact and added to the beauty and smoothness of our wedding day! Above all, she was a great communicator AND one step ahead at all times. Thank you to Bridal Bliss and Meghan!
— Melissa + Alex, via Wedding Wire

Coordinator: Meghan | Beauty: Powder Inc. Beauty | Photographer: Alexandra Grace Photography | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Music: Design Band | Caterer: Vibrant Table | Photo Booth: Original Photo Booth | Cake: Laurie Clarke Cake | Audio/Visual: Portland Art Museum | Rentals: Party Place | Transportation: Lucky Limousine | Stationary: Crave Design

 

Allison + Marc

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Jessica HIll Photography

It's not too often a bride and groom get married in Greece, but Allison and Marc decided to jet off to say "I do" with just a few of their close family and friends. And upon their return back to the states the mother of the bride, Brooke, threw them an amazing party at Portland Art Museum so they could celebrate with all their family and friends. 

After hiring a star-studded line up of vendors, this event was nothing short of spectacular. Brooke played with the Grecian theme when planning out the design for this event. We had lush flowers from Zest Floral on every table that mimicked the round tops of the Grecian homes. Classic Vintage Rentals designed lounge areas throughout the venue with trinkets from Greece, including books, framed maps and beach glass bottles. 

Seeing how the couple has lots of family and friends from out of town, Brooke also wanted to showcase a little bit of what Portland has to offer. Devils Food designed a local menu that included a beautiful seafood display and synchronized salad course. Guests were treated to mini bottles of POP champagne when it came time for toasts (of course in the Santorini blue) and mini personal cakes from Dream Cakes which included a grecian leaf wreath around the bottom. 

Guests danced the night away and ended the night with a little Voodoo Doughnut treat for the ride home. It was an amazing evening and we were so happy to be apart of it all. 

Coordination: Elizabeth  | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Cinematography: Focal Point | Beauty: Sara Bria | Floral: Zest Floral | Transportation: NW Navigator | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Devil's Food | DJ + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Rentals: The Party Place | Valet: Premier Valet | 

 

Elizabeth + James

 

Upon meeting Elizabeth and James, you could just feel the love they had for one another. Elizabeth knew what she wanted when it came to their weddings so when it came to planning, it was a breeze.   They opted to have 2 ceremonies, a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony at Elizabeth's parents home, then followed by a Catholic mass at St. Mary's Cathedral. All 380 guests were then invited to the reception at the Portland Art Museum's Grand Ballroom for an evening of good food and entertainment.  The room was up-lit with soft white lighting while the tables all we adorned with candlelight.  Zest Floral created beautiful centerpieces of white hydrangea and dusty pink roses along with touches of greenery for each table.  The couple's monogram shined on the dance floor where guests danced the night away to celebrate the happy couples' new life together.  My personal favorite part of the evening was right before Elizabeth and James were announced into the reception.  We had their engagement video play for all of their guests to see how James had put so much thought and effort into planning the perfect proposal--- it left many teary eyed! 

Coordination: Katy Haley | Photography: Powers Studios | Cake: Beaverton Bakery | Transportation: JMI Limo | Paper Items: Crave Design | Florist: Zest | Catering: Food in Bloom | Rentals: The Party Place | DJ: Nick Lem 

 

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