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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!

Big thanks to Junebug for the feature!

Coordination: Catherine | Caterer: ChefStable Catering | DJ: Event Team Entertainment | Doughnuts: Nola Doughnuts | Florist: Amanda Karam Floral | Guitarist: John Harr | Hair Stylist: Wyatt Strand | Makeup Artist: Sarah Liz | Paper Goods: Sara Schultz | Photography: Laurken Kendall Photography | Rentals: West Coast Event Production + The Party Place | Transportation: VIP PDX | Videographer: Haley Baitman

 

Melanie + Brady

 

As a part of the Seattle-based Bridal Bliss Team, it is not every day that I get to plan a wedding in Oregon.  However, after meeting Melanie and Brady I knew I just had to be a part of their special day!

Melanie and Brady chose The Columbia Gorge Hotel for their September wedding, which was even more special for Melanie's family as many of them live in the area. 

The entire weekend was full of celebration, and we could not have been happier with the gorgeous fall Pacific Northwest weather.

If you have not been to this hotel before, it is one to visit as it sits directly above the Gorge providing wedding ceremonies - including Melanie and Brady's with the most amazing backdrop.

Guests enjoyed this view, along with beautiful arrangements by Jordan of Blum, and were entertained by the cutest flower girl and ring bearer duo.

Following some epic family photos (including some good laughs over me trying to remove sap from Brady's suit pants!)  guests sampled cocktails and appetizers on the patio before moving over to our main tent for dinner.

Blum's stunning certepieces, coupled with rentals from Bridgewood Rentals and paper goods by Robinson Paperie made for a truly stunning evening.  Dinner concluded, and the real party began.

And when I say party, we are talking one for the books. Mel and Brady, both WSU alums contacted their college favorite, DJ Goldfinger, who made a special trip out from Pullman to celebrate with these two!  He kept the entire night moving with a packed dance floor from start to finish! And a first for me, the party was so fun we actually had wedding crashers from the hotel next door!!! Needless to say we had to ask these four to leave to make room for our actual wedding guests!


The celebration concluded the following morning with a farewell brunch on the patio of the hotel.  Guests slowly made their way downstairs, in part because of all the fun had the night before, but more so that no one wanted this weekend to end!  I felt very much the same way - sad to say goodbye to such an amazing couple!

Mel and Brady, I don't think a dance party will ever be topped! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Blossom + Beauty | Catering + Venue: Columbia Gorge Hotel | DJ: DJ Goldfinger | Florist: Blum Floral | Paper Goods: Robinson Paperie |Photography: Amanda K Photography | Rentals: Bridgewood Rentals | Videographer: Bogle Productions |

 

Madison + Kevin

 

I had such a wonderful time planning this wedding with Madison and her mom, Annette.  This was one for the books. The couple chose to get married out at Scholls Valley Lodge in Hillsboro, Oregon. 

We had the best team of vendors assembled for the wedding day. Portland Makeup and Hair was first on site to start the glam process with the ladies. Aniko Productions was there to capture every special moment. From first look to last dance, they were at the ready to make sure the memories would last.

Brenna Burnett Florals had the floral design covered! From beautifully design bouquets and boutineers, to custom table centerpieces, there was no shortage of fresh flowers. There were custom hand-lettered signs throughout the evening courtesy of Letter and Dust.

The guests were treated to an acoustic set for cocktail hour by John Ross Music, before he switched into DJ mode for the dance party.  But let's not skip over the food…. Taste of Excellence did an amazing job of bringing the couples food vision to life.

I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed getting to know these families!  Madison and Kevin, thank you again for having me as a part of such a special day!

Coordinator: Cam | Beauty: Portland Makeup & Hair | Catering: Taste of Excellence | Florals: Brenna Burnet Florals | Music: John Ross Music | Photography: Aniko Productions | Rental: The Party Pros | Restrooms: Luxury Restroom Trailers | Signage: Letters & Dust

 

Lindsey + Roberto

 

Lindsey & Roberto created the perfect mix of showcasing Portland while nodding to fun traditions. Their intimate and low-key feel created such an amazing atmosphere for the day.

Their ceremony took place at the top of Mt. Tabor among trees and a stunning triangle backdrop adorned with a modern floral touch. Guests were greeted with a cocktail and music by a brass band.

Each chair held a personalized handkerchief that was used in the Second Line following the ceremony. This tradition from New Orleans was so much fun!

Guests followed Lindsey & Roberto as they paraded around the summit of the park with their brass band.

Up next was the reception held at Plaza Del Toro.

Food was the feature here as guests were treated to an amazing family style meal and cocktails. The modern style of the venue lent itself perfectly to the feel of the day.

By the end of the night, even the vendors felt like family and the party continued for hours. Congrats Lindsey & Roberto, I loved being a part of your day!

Coordination: Carrie | Band: Brass Roots Movement | Beauty: Blossom & Beauty | Cake: Little Red's Bake | Florist: Wander & Rose | Paper Goods: Letters & Dust | Photography: Mark Federighi Photography | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + The Party Place | Videographer: Tennison Weddings | Transportation: Lucky Limo

 

Courtney + Scott

 

It was the perfect Portland, summer day for Courtney and Scott last August. We arrived at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, in North Portland, to start set up for the day.  The girls were upstairs getting pampered by Powder Inc. Beauty, while Party Place was busy getting things set in the dining room.

After their first look, perfectly captured by Honeysuckle Photography, Courtney and Scott tucked away until it was time to start the ceremony.  

Blum Floral Design was on hand to finish the gorgeous table settings, before delivering the bride and her maids their stunning bouquets.  

Chad Dowling Productions set the musical tone for the day, starting out on the lawn, and continuing into cocktail hour.

Once guests were seated for dinner, they were treated to Courtney and Scott’s first dance before a fabulous meal prepared by the club.