Same Sex Wedding

Desiree + Kate


Words cannot express how amazing it was to work with Desiree and Kate. We met last year and started the process of planning their wedding. Our first challenge was finding the perfect venue. Desiree wanted a downtown Portland ballroom, however, after touring multiple venues nothing was clicking. In comes Urban Studio - the second they walked in they fell in love! Perfect for the size of their wedding and a truly a blank canvas which allowed us to set up the space to their exact vision. | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Design | Jessica Hill Photography

From the beginning Desiree knew she wanted a rustic wedding bringing that to life in such a modern space was going to be a fun challenge. In the end the arrangement of different chairs and benches along with the beautiful (home-made) twinkle light backdrop proved to bring that exact vision to life. We had created a beautiful rustic modern chic wedding in the heart of Downtown Portland.

Desiree and Kate had so many amazing details that truly made the wedding extra special... "chose a seat not a side either way it's for a bride" chalkboard sign,  a touch of rosemary on each guest's napkin, Dinosaur bow=ties (Kate LOVES Dinosaur's) and their amazing hashtag #nolongerroomates.

Desiree and Kate were a blast to work with and get to know for the past year. Both full of love and truly amazing women. It was an honor to get to know them and help them plan a truly beautiful day full of love, happiness, and laughter. Congrats! You are truly no longer roommates anymore! I wish you nothing but the best!

Coordination: Natalia Barwegen | Photography: Jessica Hill Photography | Hair: Angela Jauron Hair | Makeup: Sara Biria | Rentals: Something Borrowed + The Party Place | Catering: Pearl Catering | Dessert: Cupcake Jones | Music + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Floral: Blum | Officiant: A Beautiful Ceremony NW | Calligraphy: Letters + Dust | Gown: Anna's Bridal


Industrial Meets Bohemian Inspiration Shoot | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Courtney Z Photography

For this editorial shoot featured by The Perfect Palette, our team wanted to work together to create something unique and thought outside the box to find inspiration from non-mainstream avenues. As wedding professionals we often work with couples who are overwhelmed by the mainstream wedding images and popular wedding traditions. Courtney, of Courtney Z Photography, really wanted to provide some inspiration for how to create a beautiful scene that is unique and still attainable. We targeted vendors who love working on weddings but also work in other areas of their expertise. We encouraged the team of professionals to fit within our broad concept but to take risks and create something that they love and want to share with future clients. The palette of deep reds, purples and golds complimented the gorgeous texture of fruit in the table design and the setting of Union Pine lended itself perfectly. The most fun detail of our day was that our "real couple" had recently gotten married in a small and intimate ceremony. They did not however have any professional photos - therefore this shoot really topped the charts for not only the fabulous vendors involved, but also our most adorable same-sex couple | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Courtney Z Photography | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Courtney Z Photography | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Courtney Z Photography | Portland Wedding Planner | Oregon Event Design | Courtney Z Photography

Coordination: Carrie Newson | Photography: Courtney Z Photography | Venue: Union Pine | Floral: Emerald Petals | Stationery Set: Jehn Glynn | MUAH: Carrie Strahle | Attire: Wildfang (female suit) | Wedding Gown: Elizabeth Dye | Dessert: The Pie Spot | Ruby Jewel Ice Cream | Rentals: Sellwood Vintage Rentals


Will + Scott | Bend Wedding | Central Oregon Event Planning and Design | Sergio Mottola Photography | Chad Dowling Production

When Will and Scott came to Bridal Bliss to assist with planning their wedding celebration, they had one goal in mind: to have as much fun as possible with their friends and family! With friends and family traveling to join them from around the country, they worked with KIRSTEN and selected BRASADA RANCH in Bend, Oregon to host their weekend-long party.  The couple filled their guests’ time with all kinds of fun activities for their guests from white-water rafting on the Deschutes River to golfing the Brasada golf course with it’s spectacular views.  As you will see from the photos (also featured in Portland Bride + Groom Magazine), Will and Scott love to laugh!

The ceremony was held on the lawn in the afternoon sunshine with the stunning natural backdrop of nine Cascade Peaks. Close friends provided the music – a string duo during the prelude, bagpipes for the processional, and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” was sung during the ceremony. Guests were delighted with the inclusion of Will and Scott’s lovable canine companions, Zeus and Booker, as the ring bearers following after Will and Scott’s nephews who dropped doggie treats down the aisle rather than petals during the processional. Officiated by their dear friend who first introduced the couple, the ceremony was heartfelt and moving, highlighted with outbursts of laughter and a special personalized reading of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go” by Will and Scott’s nieces. It was a very emotional day for everyone.

Cocktail hour followed immediately after the ceremony, and then guests were ushered to a dinner and dancing reception at the barn. Seating was arranged both indoors and outdoors creating the feel of a relaxed summer party. A stage was set on the lawn and Will and Scott surprised their guests with an 80’s cover band, RADICAL REVOLUTION, and the party turned into a summer concert! To keep the energy high at such high altitude an oxygen bar was offered for guests to enjoy, and the novelty was a hit! Meanwhile the s’mores bar, oxygen bar and fire pits drew guests who preferred to relax quietly and converse with old friends and family. Needless to say, all festivities continued late into the night. It was a fabulously fun filled ranch wedding weekend. Congratulations again to Will and Scott!