Rehearsal Dinner

Rosalind + Blair Rehearsal Dinner

 

Oh my gosh, these two! What a way to kick off the weekend with a fab rehearsal dinner at Blue Hour. Rosalind and Blair (and their families) were truly some of the best people I have ever met! I worked closely with Blair’s mom to throw together this “Napa Chic” rehearsal dinner with 150 of their closest friends!

We opted for a mix of rounds and long tables for guests to mix and mingle with while listening to toasts from Blair’s 16 groomsmen (yes 16!) and Rosalind’s sweet family & friends. Swoon Floral created lush, organic looking florals that fit perfectly with the overall vision.

It was the perfect evening celebrating Rosalind + Blair! After dinner, guests were escorted by pedicab to Irving St Kitchen for the welcome party portion. The weekend was just getting started and I knew I was in for a good one! It was such a pleasure to plan & design this dinner alongside Cheryl, Blair’s mom. Cheers to Rosalind + Blair!

Coordinator: Catherine | Catering: Blue Hour | Floral: Swoon Floral Design | Photography: Feather and North | Rentals: La Tavola Linen + Party Place | Signage: Hey Halle

 

Mickinzie + Joe Rehearsal Dinner

 

I had the pleasure of working with the Sanders family on Melissa + Charlie's gorgeous wedding back in 2014 and instantly fell in love with them.  This crew is as sassy as can be with impeccable taste, high standards and a great sense of humor. I've worked on small projects here and there with Carla since then, and was absolutely thrilled when she contacted me to plan a rehearsal dinner for a very special nephew, Joe and his fiance Mickinzie. The festivities were to take place at Carla's beautiful home in Kalama!

A true Italian, this event was a nod to the family's heritage.  We coordinated an amazing menu complete with a special family polenta recipe, rolls adorned with twine and rosemary, and an abundance of dishes served family style on beautiful wooden tables. A huge hit was the raclette appetizer station, courtesy of Devil's Food. Who doesn't love perfectly melted cheese and accoutrements? Dessert was a display featuring panna cotta, jordan almonds, biscotti and tarts to name just a few of the treats, and also available to guests was a yummy coffee cart. Kids were made very welcome with gift bags containing everything from bubbles, to fortune tellers to stickers--everyone was happy! 

The setting was set with an accordionist, Italian dinner tunes by Chad Dowling Productions, strung lighting by Party Place and heartfelt toasts by friends and family.  This event was such a pleasure to be a part of --congrats Joe + Mickinzie!

Coordination: Nora | Catering: Devils Food Catering | Coffee Cart: Pacific Perks | Floral: Barbara @ Floral Effects | DJ: Chad Dowling Productions | Accordion: Lazy Bull Music | Rentals: Party Place | Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers

 

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

 

Elizabeth + Tim Rehearsal Dinner

 
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Rehearsal dinners are a wonderful time before the wedding to sit down with an intimate group of family and friends, and enjoy each other's company before the excitement of the wedding day takes over.  Elizabeth + Tim hosted one of the most special rehearsal dinners that I have ever seen to kick off their wedding weekend.

After a quick wedding rehearsal, guests arrived at Plaza Del Toro and were treated to an amazing plated dinner by the chefs of Toro Bravo.  After sipping on house made cocktails, guests found their seats which were identified with hand-written “thank you” notes from the couple.  Specialty linens were brought in from La Tavola to compliment orange-hued floral arrangements from Blum Floral Design.  A close friend custom made wooden boxes for the centerpieces that stretched out down the family style seating. The women in the group were all gifted beautiful floral head crowns which were laid at their setting, to don for the evening.

Toasts from family and bridal party members served as entertainment after the delicious dinner.  The whole night was filled with so much love for this perfect pair, it truly was the perfect start to their unbelievable wedding weekend. Stay tuned for a post on the big event!

Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography
Bridalbliss.com | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography

Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Floral: Blum