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McKenzie + George

 

From the moment I met McKenzie and George, I knew helping them plan their wedding would be a blast. George was the wild one, who reveled in as many unconventional ideas for their big day as possible. McKenzie was the mellow one, who embraced each of these ideas with a smile and even contributed a few of her own.

Together, they were a perfectly balanced pair, who simply wanted to bring together all their loved ones for a few days of fun and celebration.

During the planning process, McKenzie and George continuously expressed how they wanted to host an event that embodied who they are both as individuals and as a couple; fun, unique and full of surprises. With the help of Nora, George’s sister and the owner of Bridal Bliss, we put together a one-of-a-kind, three-day, wedding extravaganza.

The festivities began Thursday, with an intimate ceremony at an Airbnb in Washougal, WA. Family members gathered around, and McKenzie and George’s nieces and nephews blew bubbles, as the two said “I do”.

After the ceremony, everyone spent time feeding the horses from the farm and enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Crown Paella.

The night ended with bluegrass tunes from Left Coast Country and a beautiful sunset over the Columbia River Gorge.

Bridal Bliss celebrated our unique vision and helped us make it all happen. They quickly became a part of our “team” and my hubs and I felt like winners. The process was easy and fun. Our planner communicated with vendors, troubleshot, determined timelines, removed any headaches and brought it all to life seamlessly.
— McKenzie Miller + George Totonchy

Coordinator: Amber | Band: Left Coast Country | Beauty: Olivia Hawthorne Beauty | Caterer: Crown Paella | Cinematographer: Duran Creative | Florist: Blum Floral Design | Photographer: Ellie Asher Photography | Rentals: The Party Place | Transportation: M Executive | Dress: Anna’s Bridal




 

Erin + Jordan

 

The ceremony took place at The Grotto in North Portland. Erin looked nothing short of stunning in her beautiful, white gown form Anna’s Bridal.

She spent the morning with Blossom and Beauty, who created the perfect wedding look for her and her bridesmaids.

They had their first look in the park blocks in downtown Portland before heading to The Grotto for their ceremony.

The couple drew quite a crowd during their ceremony, with a few spectators even asking if the couple was famous (due to the paparazzi of course). Their personal paparazzi was Moving Pictures as well as Altura Studios.

After a traditional Catholic Ceremony, guests boarded charter buses to be taken to the Reception at the Portland Art Museum.

West Coast Drape had the reception spaced draped off, and once they were pulled back, it was time to be seated for dinner. The ballroom was dripping with custom floral chandeliers from Blum Floral design, that tables were perfectly in line with the design concept thanks to Party Place.

They had delicious bites and sipped on custom his & hers cocktails from ChefStable Catering. ChefStable hit a homerun with dinner, followed by the most amazing cake from Dreamcakes, which had a special hidden baseball nod.

Then it was time for Dancehall Days to start the party, and boy did they!! I have honestly never seen the ENTIRE room of a wedding get up to dance like these guys did!

Erin and Jordan, It was so great to see your vision come to life with this wedding. I enjoyed getting to know you both, and i’m always happy to meet you at breakside for a beer!

Coordinator: Cam | Catering: ChefStable | Cake: Dream Cakes | Florist: Bloom Floral | Photography: Altura Studio | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | DJ: Dancehall Days | Rentals: The Party Place | Officiant: Father Richard Boyle | Cinematographer: Moving Pictures | Draping: West Coast Drape | Photo Booth: Scarlets Photo Booth 

 

Kali + Frank

 

Kali has been dreaming about marrying her Prince Charming since she was a little girl and today her dreams came true!!

Kali and Frank said “I-Do” under a picture perfect September sky at Langdon Farms. From the florals from Flowers For You to the beautiful signage by Letters and Dust. Every single little detail didn’t go untouched. 

Congrats Frank and Kali! I love being part of your day and may all your dreams in this next chapter come true! 

Coordinator: Natalia | Florist: Flowers For You | Hair & Makeup Artists: Kyla Whiting Hair Design | Paper Goods/Chalk Board Sings: Letters & Dust | Photography: Lundyn Bridge | Venue, Catering: Langdon Farms

 

Ali + Wil

 

Weddings like this one are always the hardest to write about. There is so much detail, how am I supposed to form it into a couple paragraphs?! Well, needless to say, planning Ali + Wil's wedding was a dream come true. They were SO fun to work with, both extremely talented in their own right and a beautiful pair.

Their wedding was held at Bingham Estate, a private residence in Wisonville, along with Willamette River. Not only did it fit the couple's requests for a venue, but it definitely did not disappoint on the day of.

Their ceremony was held under a stunning floral arbor by Blum Floral, where Ali + Wil wrote the MOST amazing vows to one another, leaving no dry eye in the crowd.

After which the guests enjoyed cocktail hour by the pool- Art of Catering served Boozy Otter-Pops, Froze, along side some delicious appetizers- including a street taco station with mini margarita shots- ALL TO DIE FOR!

For dinner, guests made their way down to the lawn and sat amongst a mixture of round and long white wooden tables which were under rows of hanging garland strung from tree to tree.

Each setting was set with a custom acrylic charger that had the menu engraved into them by Letters and Dust, along with white and green florals in a variety of wooden bases and mirage chairs.

The ceremony altar was also transformed to the dessert display table where guests enjoyed a variety of sweets provided by Dream Cakes.

Greenlight Creative lit up the space and made it look even more magical as the night went on.

Everyone had a great time dancing thanks to Event Team Entertainment and Blue Wave Band- including an after-party in the pool house. It was definitely a night for the books! And June Bugs thought so too- loved seeing all the amazing details featured, thank you!

 

Darcy + Joey

 

Darcy and Joey are an UNREAL couple with the best love story of all time. Portland is simply a stop along their journey, as they both work for Nike at the moment, and I feel so lucky I got to meet them along the way!

Originally, Darcy & Joey were to say their "I-do's" on the rooftop of Ecotrust, but 93 degree weather is not ideal for an outdoor ceremony. The switch to hold the entire event at the Armory two days before the wedding was nothing short of amazing and came together beautifully! 

The ceremony was intimate and sweet. Their long time friend officiated and there wasn't a dry eye in the house during their vows! 

Family style dinner was served and sweet toasts were made. Then came the real party...their four and a half hour dance party!

Throughout the planning process Darcy made a point to make sure their guests would at least have 3 hours of dancing. We did that and more when we got Darcy changed into her sequin jumpsuit and coordinated a flashmob with her 30+ girlfriends. It was AMAZING. I was beaming in the corner so proud of my bride!! 

Darcy & Joey, I wish you nothing but happiness on your new marriage. You two are the absolute BEST!