Portland Wedding Planning

Enora + Stan

 

One of my favorite things about this job, is when a client’s vision comes to life in the most fantastic way. I met Enora and Stan last February when they were getting started with their panning for their wedding in July at The Sentinel. Enora was so organized (which I LOVE) and her and Stan were both so enthusiastic about all of the details, the feel of the evening, and most of all, each other. Fast forward to July 28th, it was an unbelievably gorgeous day here in Portland, and all hands were on deck to make sure Enora and Stan’s big day was everything they had worked to so hard for.

The morning started out with hair and makeup by Makeup by Whit and Thairapy PDX, at Hotel de Lux in SW Portland. Once the ladies were all ready to go, the bridal party headed to a secret gem of a location for the bride and groom’s first look. Lexxi Smith Photography flew in from Utah just for this perfect day.

Back at The Sentinel, vendors were busy creating the perfect look for the couple. There are so many amazing spaces at the Sentinel, and we were all lucky to use three separate rooms for this event.

For the ceremony, we were in the Renaissance Room. For the Love of Flower pulled out all of the stops for the amazing backdrop that would frame the couple as they said their vows. Bridegwood Event Rentals helped to ordain the aisle with gold lanterns to accent the color scheme.

Once the bride made it down the aisle in her stunning dress from A&Be Bridal, Father Yell was ready to make things official.

Guests transitioned down to The Library for cocktail hour. Live music was being played by John Ross Music, while they were treated to specialty his and hers cocktails, and delicious nibbles from Jake's Catering.

Once the bride and groom got a sneak peek at their reception space, it was time to invite the party upstairs. Prior to entering the Grand Ballroom for dinner, the couple stationed their unique guest book in the entry way for people to sign. It was a small replica of the love bridge in Paris, France. Each guests signed a note on a lock, and then attached it to a small grid that Enora and Stan can hang on their wall.

After grabbing their custom escort “keys”, with calligraphy by Old City Mailroom, the reception doors were open, and everyone could make their way to their seats. What a stunner this room turned out to be!

Between the hand drawn table numbers from Old City Mailroom, vintage gold votive holders from Bridgewood Event Rentals, and the custom dyed table runners and Mustard-toned centerpieces from For the Love of Floral, this was one for the books!

After dinner and toasts, guests were treated to a plethora of delicious treats from Lux Sucre, and photo booth favors from HappyMatic, before they danced the night away to music from John Ross Music. Oh and to top it all off, Jake's catering busted out a custom Poutine station for late night snacks..... Yes POUTINE!

Enora and Stan are the kind of people I love meeting. They are happy, creative, fun and in love! There is zero doubt in my mind that every person at their wedding felt the same way.

Enora and Stan, thank you for having me as a part of your amazing wedding day! I wish you a lifetime of love, laughter and all of the amazing food you can get :)

Coordinator: Cam | Cake: Lux Sucre | Calligraphy: Old City Mailroom | Catering: Jake’s Catering | Florist: For the Love of Floral | Hair Stylist: Thairapy PDX | Makeup Artist: Makeup by Whit | Music: John Ross Music | Officiant: Kevin Yell | Photo Booth: HappyMatic Photo Booth | Photography: Lexxi Smith Photography | Rental: Bridgewood Event Rentals | Wedding Dress: A&Be Bridal

 

Fine Art Inspiration Shoot

 
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Ashley Cook Photography

We are dreaming in blue from this shoot! Our modern Fine Art Inspiration shoot came together rather quickly and swiftly after assembling fantastic vendors. We started with a design board that had small pops of blue but stuck with our clean, fine art look. Each vendor came onsite with the perfect touch of blue, the perfect touch of clean and the BEST touch of simplicity! 

Seeds of Clay exceeded all of our expectations with the acrylic menus and watercolored escort cards. Their calligraphy is phenomenal and went along perfectly with the knotted napkins and modern flatware. 

When it came to florals we wanted something unique, loose and simple! Ali Briskey brought our vision to life with the loose delicate center piece, which acted as the focal point for our table. The more we played around styling the table the more we loved the clean, delicate table set up. 

Classic Vintage Rentals had the perfect dreamy white farm table; when we first laid eyes on it that thing - it was a done deal! From the start we knew Classic Vintage Rentals had absolutely everything we needed and more. The chairs set the tone perfectly and the silky runner was the cherry on top. 

Ashley couldn’t have captured this day more beautifully! We all found this soft, feminine, classic romantic set up to be the perfect touch any bride or groom can incorporate into their big day. 

Coordinator: Catherine | Photography: Ashley Cook Photography | Venue: The Portland Studio | Cake: Dream Cakes | Floral: Ali Briskey Designs | Paper Goods: Seeds of Clay | Gown: Blush Bridal Eugene | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Hair: Hair by Katerina | Makeup & Model: Mallory Melius

 

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