Portland Wedding

Melanie + Brady

 

As a part of the Seattle-based Bridal Bliss Team, it is not every day that I get to plan a wedding in Oregon.  However, after meeting Melanie and Brady I knew I just had to be a part of their special day!

Melanie and Brady chose The Columbia Gorge Hotel for their September wedding, which was even more special for Melanie's family as many of them live in the area. 

The entire weekend was full of celebration, and we could not have been happier with the gorgeous fall Pacific Northwest weather.

If you have not been to this hotel before, it is one to visit as it sits directly above the Gorge providing wedding ceremonies - including Melanie and Brady's with the most amazing backdrop.

Guests enjoyed this view, along with beautiful arrangements by Jordan of Blum, and were entertained by the cutest flower girl and ring bearer duo.

Following some epic family photos (including some good laughs over me trying to remove sap from Brady's suit pants!)  guests sampled cocktails and appetizers on the patio before moving over to our main tent for dinner.

Blum's stunning certepieces, coupled with rentals from Bridgewood Rentals and paper goods by Robinson Paperie made for a truly stunning evening.  Dinner concluded, and the real party began.

And when I say party, we are talking one for the books. Mel and Brady, both WSU alums contacted their college favorite, DJ Goldfinger, who made a special trip out from Pullman to celebrate with these two!  He kept the entire night moving with a packed dance floor from start to finish! And a first for me, the party was so fun we actually had wedding crashers from the hotel next door!!! Needless to say we had to ask these four to leave to make room for our actual wedding guests!


The celebration concluded the following morning with a farewell brunch on the patio of the hotel.  Guests slowly made their way downstairs, in part because of all the fun had the night before, but more so that no one wanted this weekend to end!  I felt very much the same way - sad to say goodbye to such an amazing couple!

Mel and Brady, I don't think a dance party will ever be topped! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Blossom + Beauty | Catering + Venue: Columbia Gorge Hotel | DJ: DJ Goldfinger | Florist: Blum Floral | Paper Goods: Robinson Paperie |Photography: Amanda K Photography | Rentals: Bridgewood Rentals | Videographer: Bogle Productions |

 

Madison + Kevin

 

I had such a wonderful time planning this wedding with Madison and her mom, Annette.  This was one for the books. The couple chose to get married out at Scholls Valley Lodge in Hillsboro, Oregon. 

We had the best team of vendors assembled for the wedding day. Portland Makeup and Hair was first on site to start the glam process with the ladies. Aniko Productions was there to capture every special moment. From first look to last dance, they were at the ready to make sure the memories would last.

Brenna Burnett Florals had the floral design covered! From beautifully design bouquets and boutineers, to custom table centerpieces, there was no shortage of fresh flowers. There were custom hand-lettered signs throughout the evening courtesy of Letter and Dust.

The guests were treated to an acoustic set for cocktail hour by John Ross Music, before he switched into DJ mode for the dance party.  But let's not skip over the food…. Taste of Excellence did an amazing job of bringing the couples food vision to life.

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed getting to know these families!  Madison and Kevin, thank you again for having me as a part of such a special day!

Coordinator: Cam | Beauty: Portland Makeup & Hair | Catering: Taste of Excellence | Florals: Brenna Burnet Florals | Music: John Ross Music | Photography: Aniko Productions | Rental: The Party Pros | Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers | Signage: Letters & Dust

 

Michelle + Jason

 

With only six weeks to plan her wedding, Michelle and I hit the ground running! I've known Michelle for years, as she is an incredibly talented hair and makeup artist with Face Body Beauty. To say I adore her would be an understatement!!

The wedding was very intimate with sixty of their nearest and dearest, at Oregon Golf Club.  

Guests arrived in the morning and were greeted with mimosas and Bloody Mary's.

After beautiful and tearful vows, a cocktail hour followed where guests enjoyed mini chicken and waffles bite size and crab cakes.

Afterwards, the couple enjoyed their favorite meal with their guests...brunch complete with a donut bar! The details were outstanding.

The programs were newspapers, "The Wedding Day Times," each place settings was adorned with a personalized crossword puzzles and pencils, guests took home cinnamon sugar seasoning jars as a favor and the couple's monogram graced the cake as well as the personalized cornhole boards.

Carrie, a Bridal Bliss planner who also happens to be a florist on the side, complimented the natural beauty of the garden with the perfect touch of blush roses and eucalyptus garlands.

Michelle looked absolutely stunning and her groom couldn't stop gushing. I can't think of a more perfect day for these two to start their journey together as husband and wife!

Coordinator: Nora | Beauty: Olivia Hawthorne Beauty | Cake: Kyra’s Bakeshop | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Donuts: Sesame Donuts | Dress: Anna’s Bridal | Florist: Carrie Costa | Photographer: Deyla Huss Photography | Rentals: The Party Place | Paper Goods: Crave Design | Signage: Letters & Dust | Transportation: M Executive | Videographer: Elia Productions

 

Stacy + John

 

Stacy & John were the sweetest couple.  They planned a majority of their wedding from out of state so Arlette, John's step-mom, took the lead.

 It worked out perfectly, as the festivities took place at her stunning home and perfectly manicured garden! "Garden" doesn't quite describe it...the property was modeled after a European garden and it was immaculate!

This wedding had to go off without a hitch, as John's father also happens to be my father's boss!! Thankfully, it did.

The day flowed effortlessly and the ceremony was so meaningful, especially when the couple's three kids took part.

With rain looming in the forecast, we had to execute our weather plan and bring in quite a bit of tenting. The girls from Seventh Stem did an absolutely amazing job adorning the tents and really tying it into the overall design scheme.

When all was said and done, we were all so happy that we brought in tents as the lighting and hanging greenery was drop-dead-gorgeous!

Guest cocktailed around the pool and then enjoyed a delicious dinner and heartfelt toasts under the glowing wedding tent. DJ Zimmie started the party poolside with a sparkler first dance and the festivities went into the wee hours!

Stacy + John--it was a pleasure getting to know you and your family.  Congrats to you both!!

Bridal Bliss was exceptional in helping us plan a perfect garden wedding for our son. The wedding was at our home and so organized I was completely able to enjoy the whole day, it was flawless! The attention to detail, communication with vendors and follow up after each meeting was impressive. Meghan and Nora went above and beyond to put together a rain plan and tent that ended up being magical with chandeliers , candles and hundreds of white roses. They were always so professional and lovely to work with. We are now currently working with them a second time for our daughters wedding! I would highly recommend Bridal Bliss to help you plan your perfect wedding day.
— Arlette Nelson

Coordination: Nora | Beauty: Olivia Hawthorne + Michelle Stearns Beauty | Cake: Dream Cakes | Catering: Dalton’s Catering | Ceremony Music: The House of Cards | Florist: Seventh Stem | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | DJ: Modern Event Solutions | Flagging: D&H Flagging, Inc. | Photographer: Enchanted Images | Rentals: Bridgewood Event Rentals + Luxury Restroom Trailers | Videographer: Watertown Films | Signage: Letters + Dust | Transportation: M Executive

 

Christine + James

 

Christine + James were so wonderful to work with and I truly enjoyed getting to know them throughout the planning process! They knew exactly what they wanted for their wedding day and chose Redland Family Farm as the perfect setting to celebrate.

As they got ready for their first look and photos, the excitement was contagious. They could not wait to see each other and were all smiles the whole day!

Christine envisioned a soft, rustic look with greenery, blues, and white details and assembled an amazing team of vendors to create it!  

As guests arrived they mingled under the giant oak tree before being invited into Redland’s white barn where Solabee had created a cascading ceremony altar piece filled with texture and greenery inspired by modern style.

To finish the look, a wooden cross was placed in the center that had been used at past family weddings.

It was such a sweet and heartfelt ceremony to witness as these two said I do.

Cocktail hour was enjoyed outside in the courtyard before guests made their way to family style farm tables set under the oak tree.

Solabee lined the tables with long garlands of eucalyptus filled with lots of texture from blue thistle and white blooms.

Christine + James were announce into dinner to loud cheers from their friends and family. It was amazing to see how much these two love each other and the support they have from their friends and family as they start this new adventure together.

It was a perfect summer evening with a delicious dinner by Pearl Catering that was followed by touching toasts.