portland wedding

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

 

Lyndsay + Corey

 

The first time I met Lyndsay, we instantly clicked. Her love for her Corey, her pug (Doug the Pug) and life just shined through and it was contagious! No surprise, we had the best time together during the planning process. Lyndsay knew just what she wanted and trusted me to help bring her vision to life!

The wedding day could not have been more perfect. With the ceremony overlooking the course at The Reserve, Blum Floral Design created a gorgeous arch with lush blooms and white draping where the couple exchanged vows. Lyndsay + Corey's pug even made an appearance walking down the aisle as the Ring Pup, with a floral leash to boot! 

For the reception, guests made their way to the pavilion which was filled with darling details. The pavilion boasted three greenery chandeliers with hanging blooms, soft gray linens, glass silver beaded chargers and gorgeous blush, ivory and white florals with pops of greenery. My favorite detail was the "Doug the Pug" sugar cookies for each guest with a tag saying "Pugs and Kisses from the New Mr. & Mrs!" Such a cute way to incorporate him! 

Entertainment included everything from a photo booth, lawn games, personalized coloring books for the kids and even an amazing dessert display to make sure everyone could satisfy their own sweet tooth.  The night ended with a sparkler send off, sending the couple off on their new adventure together as husband and wife, and an epic honeymoon in Italy! 

Coordination: Katy | Hair + Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Photographer: Mosca Studio | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Rentals: Party Place | Cake + Desserts: Bridal Bliss Desserts | DJ + Photo Booth: Event Team Entertainment | Paper Goods + Chalkboard Signs: Hey Halle | Transportation: Lucky Limousine

 

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.

 

Jackie + Matt

 

Jackie and Matt’s celebration was nothing short of amazing at the Leftbank Annex. A fun, traditional Jewish ceremony followed by the breaking of the glass that kicked off a cocktail hour with glasses full of sangria. 

Jackie & Matt’s guests were greeted at Leftbank Annex to a fun colorful ombre escort card wall and were pleased to find their seat for the ceremony alongside a wonderfully colored aisle by Anna Mara floral

Long farm tables and café lights were the perfect setting to serve up some paella from Crown Paella and kept guests full until we brought out the fun flavored popsicle cart by Ome Cali later in the night. Guests imbibed with delicious cocktails and danced the night away to music by Dancehall Days.

Thank you, Jackie and Matt, for the opportunity to plan your day and wish we could do it all over again! Best wishes to you both and congratulations on your marriage!

Coordination: Catherine Sammon | Photography: Altura Stuido | Beauty: AJ's Hair Design & Makeup | Rentals: The Party Place | Catering: Crown Paella | Floral: Anna Mara Flowers | Entertainment: Dance Hall Days 

 

Annah + Marc

 

I just knew I wanted to be Annah & Marc’s wedding planner when I first met with them. We just clicked and I loved hearing about their beautiful and fun wedding ideas. With a lovely vision of soft pinks and gold accented by a fun pop of mint green for an elegant yet modern look, their wedding details certainly captured this sweet couple!

The two had envisioned getting married outside in the Oregon Golf Club Rose Garden and although the day was stormy, the skies luckily stayed clear through their ceremony. These two high school sweethearts were introduced with cheers from their family and friends as they entered their reception and what a fun night it was celebrating. Huge congrats to this sweet couple! 

Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Rentals: Sedera Rental Co | Beauty: Face Body Beauty | Florist: Patricia Danilson | Cake: Laurie Clarke Cakes | DJ + Photo Booth: Chad Dowling Productions | Transportation: Lucky Limousine

 

Megan + Thomas

 

When I met Megan + Thomas, I knew their wedding would be beautiful, unique and so fun to be a part of! The two of them met online and continued to date long distance. They chose The World Forestry Center – Miller Hall as their venue- the perfect mix of rustic and woodsy and architectural accents.  We met to talk about their wedding and I loved hearing about the fun, personal details they wanted to incorporate into their big day.  From the way they incorporated a Harry Potter theme, to the hanging lanterns, lush flowers and a dessert table full of delicious desserts made by the bride – a pastry chef! Every detail of their wedding was a perfect fit. Congratulations to this wonderful couple!

 

Laura + Nitin

 
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Laura & Nitin’s September wedding at THE ALLISON INN was easily one of my all time favorites.  This couple was very hands off and let myself and their crew of professionals surprise them with an epic wedding.   The only requests were to include unique performances throughout the evening and lavish florals.  Laura peeked in on details along the way and encouraged us to get creative…thankfully they loved the end result!

Photos by BEN PIGAO, Flowers by ZEST, Rentals by PARTY PLACE WEST COAST, Aerial Dancing by A-WOL DANCE COLLECTIVE, Belly Dancing by SEDONA BELLY DANCE, Fire Dancing by FLAMEBUOYANTDJ ANJALI & THE INCREDIBLE KID, Cake by DREAM CAKES, Printed Items by CRAVE DESIGN

 

Sarah + Jjay

 

KATY worked with Sarah & JJay on this beautiful Temple & Private Residence wedding.  The charming outdoor reception boasted beautiful grounds, super fun lawn games and a s’mores bar enough to make your mouth water.  Everything from the guys’ attire, to the darling bridesmaids dresses to the going away dress is to die for!  Take a peek!

photos by TRAVIS J PHOTOGRAPHY, video by FIELDING FILMS, flowers by BELLA BLOOM, cake by Wilsonville Lamb’s, rentals by PARTY PLACE & OHANA PARTY RENTALS