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As a planner, the weddings that stand out the most in my memory are the ones that have the most unique details. Erika & Max’s Leftbank Annex reception certainly didn’t lack in non-traditional details!  Take a peek at their day with this fab highlight video by Moving Picture Weddings and click here for more from their big day!


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What Natalia loved about Erika and Max was that decisions were made as a team. This was a celebration about their union together. They wanted to throw a large party of 200 guests but also make sure there were details that brought out their personality. Both are sarcastic,  ridiculously smart, creative and beautiful people inside and out. Planning their non traditional wedding was a big treat and honor.
At the very first detail meeting it was very apparent that Erika and Max were the “non traditional” couple. A few things that were very important to them was to have great food emphasizing her Japanese heritage, getting tables that would allow us not to use tablecloths, and being able to wear a custom non white wedding dress. Knowing that  all were on the same page as them made the planning process that much more fun.
The details for this wedding were an amazing juxtoposition of classy and unique. The reception tables were long wood tables lined with cafe chairs. Centerpieces included silver and gold votives with large protea plants and seashells collected by Max’s family at a beach in the midwest. Erika wore a yellow and black custom made bridal gown instead of the traditional white wedding dress and to top it all off they decided to hold their ceremony the night before the reception at their rehearsal dinner. Thinking and feeling that the ceremony is the most intimate part of the wedding they wanted to share this with their close family and friends.
There were so many fun moments at this wedding but the two that stand out were the Storm Trooper we used as a Photobooth prop and introducing Erika and Max at their reception to the song of Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode.”
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Photography by Bryan Rupp, Flowers by Geranium Lake, DJ & Storm Trooper by Chad Dowling Productions, Hair & Makeup by The Prettiest You, Rentals by Blush, The Party Place and Classic Vintage Rentals, Catering by Food in Bloom, Video by Moving Picture Weddings, Officiant by Leslie Sharp
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It was a perfect Spring day for Bridget & Pete’s wedding. The weather even cooperated, with just a few little sprinkles (it brings good luck, right???). Bridget and Pete were married at the University of Portland where they met while getting their undergraduate degree. After the ceremony guests were whisked to Sentinel for a wonderful reception starting in the Renaissance room and then the Governor Ballroom.  Bridget’s sister designed all the day-of pieces with her gorgeous penmanship. This wedding coordinated by Christina was so fab that it was featured on Style Me Pretty!
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Bridget and Pete are a darling couple with an amazing sense of style, which made their wedding that much more fun to plan. Having a spring wedding they knew getting married outside was not an option so when planning for the reception they decided to bring the outside in as much as possible. They opted for exposed mahogany tables with matching chairs for dinner. Bridget & Pete accented with blush and white linens. With blooms popping up in Spring they took full advantage of the time of year and designed their centerpieces to include roses, garden roses, freesia, cherry blossoms, anemones, ranunculus, with touches of eucalyptus, succulents and greenery.
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Photography by Christy Cassano Meyer, Flowers by Zest, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals & Sedera, Pies by Pie Spot, Cake made by a friend,  Music by Chad Dowling Productions, Catering by Jake’s Catering

The talented folks at Focal Point created a wonderful recap video of Kelsey & Josh’s urban Leftbank Annex wedding–take a peek!

Jan 15, 15


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This last spring we launched a dessert display option for our clients as an exciting added service.  Several took us up on it and and we had the opportunity to provide tasty treats with different darling presentations throughout the summer!  What sets us apart besides the large range of options and unique display pieces?  The high end ingredients used in the delicious desserts all of which are procured from a local scratch bakery.  All baked goods are made in a licensed commercial kitchens, which is very important to us.

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We have an extensive inventory of beautiful glassware, platters, linens, custom signage and decorative details that we utilize to build your dessert display. Our process is simple – you tell us about your wedding and choose your treats, and we will design the display, source all of the sweets and provide the supplies. On the day of your event, we will set-up, restock, and tear down after the party is over. It’s that easy!

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photo by FS Photography

Some decadent and delicious items our clients have chosen this past summer are fresh fruit tarts, red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes, dark chocolate edible cups with vanilla bean pudding, blonde brownies and chocolate with caramel and sea salt cake pops to name a few!  We have many tasty options and can work with you to create a display with all of your favorites.


photo by Yasmin Khajavi

Dessert displays are quickly gaining in popularity and we hope to bring styled sweets to several of our weddings this coming season!


photo by Ben Pigao Photography


photo by Ben Pigao Photography


photo by Powers Studios


photo by Powers Studios

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We first met Julie when we coordinated her sisters wedding back in 2010. When Julie contacted us to plan her barn wedding, we were thrilled to get to work with the Clainos family again! Julie is a very talented designer and one of Meghan’s favorite parts of the wedding at Langdon Farms Golf Club was all the DIY details she created in the months leading up to the event. From the individual menu place cards to the mini chalk boards for the kids table to the make your own Photo Booth props to the hand painted turquoise vases and frames, she really created a celebration that captured their fun personalities. Once toasts were finished and guests were enjoying cake from Beaverton Bakery, Julie changed into a super cute reception dress from Anna’s Bridal with turquoise converse high tops for her first dance with Zack. The couple exited with a glow stick send off and then hopped on a school bus to make their way to a super fun after party. It was certainly an event to remember! 





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Hair/Makeup by Julie Senders, Music by Stylus 503, Photography by Stephanie Klein Photography, Photo Booth by Happymatic, Flowers by Deb Howe

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Bride 1214 Cover

Recently the crew at Portland Bride & Groom Magazine asked us to design an entire spread for the new issue that was released just this month. We pitched a few ideas and thankfully they chose my favorite…”Winter Wonderland” meets “Ralph Lauren Chic” which was shot at Cooper’s Hall.  Elizabeth Corr and I were able to put our minds together, get creative and really make the magazine feature beautiful and cozy.   We have several copies at our office so feel free to stop by and pick one up–it is a gorgeous issue!

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The spread came together amazingly well, and we loved so many different aspects.  Our favorites were the chic chair coverings and the place settings.  The elegant china and silver chargers worked so well with creatively designed menus, geometric napkins and a charming bow.   The entire design had a masculine feel, but was softened up by textural elements such as the fur and the grosgrain ribbon.  Between the hot chocolate, the lush flowers,  the plush blanket favors and the delightful mac & cheese, the entire spread gave us a warm fuzzy feeling!

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With a rock star team including Zest Floral, AK Cake Design, Royce Prop Shop, Paper Bloom, and BBJ Linen we couldn’t go wrong!

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Thank you to Anna and everyone at Portland Bride & Groom for including us in this—we had a great time and always love working with you  We had to take a few  behind the scenes shots–such a fun crew! IMG_1406






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Every year Pantone releases its color of the year, a hue that influences fashion, art and design for the following 12 months.  Last year’s Radiant Orchid was one of my all time favorite tones (its in my wardrobe, my home, my own wedding…..) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with another bold berry tone.


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The color aficionados recently announced Marsala as their 2015 pick. In a company press release, Pantone described the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” While last year’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, “encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.


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“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Pantone announced.


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While it seems that this color hasn’t been getting the best reviews, I have to say…I love it and have my fingers crossed that an upcoming client will let me get creative with it!

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A new year means its time for me to get sentimental!  The holidays are always such a great time to take a step back, regroup, count my blessings and set goals for the coming year.  2014 was definitely a year to remember and there are so things to be thankful for.  Between moving into a beautiful new space with Anna’s Bridal smack dab in the middle of high season, executing our busiest year ever (99 events!) and keeping up our vendor relationships, there was certainly no lack of craziness!


The day before Thanksgiving we celebrated my dear friend and fellow Bridal Bliss team member, Katy Haley, being cancer free.  She fought breast cancer with such grace and composure it was truly inspiring.  Katy insisted on working through her treatments and never once complained.  Rather, she balanced surgery, radiation and chemo with work and being an amazing mama to two sweet kiddos.  Katy is a truly remarkable person (and planner!) and I am so lucky to have her as a part of my life.  Thanksgiving certainly brought with it special meaning this year.


This was my first full year running Bridal Bliss as a working mom.  I am beyond blessed to have amazing family support and my moms spending time with my son, Gavin, throughout the week when I am in the office.  While juggling my work life and home life has been a learning experience, it has made me much more efficient.  Early mornings and late nights are a pretty good trade off for spending time with my sweet little boy.  Gav is a few months shy of two years, running around, getting into everything, saying quite a few words, keeping us laughing and bringing so much joy to our lives.  I hope that 2015 will continue to bring our families health, happiness and good fortune.

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Bridal Bliss is thriving!  We have added new talent to our growing team and have been able to assist more clients than ever.  A highlight was being awarded with the honor of a top 150 ranking of national wedding professionals as well as being named Portland’s best wedding planner, best all around wedding vendor and best day-of coordinator by Oregon Bride Magazine yet again! We have had several events published on blogs, magazines in addition to professional advice printed in national publications.  The Portland wedding community has also been growing and it has been a pleasure to meet and work with new vendors, while also strengthening our relationships with the tried and true veterans.


Our clients this year have been nothing short of amazing.  So many fun personalities, creative minds, and wonderful families. I’m having a blast blogging all of the events and reliving the memorable events.  It is truly an honor to play a large role in such a special day in our client’s lives. We get to connect and know our clients very well throughout planning and many have become lifelong friends throughout the years.


photo by Lauren B Photography.  Click here for more images from one of my favorite events of the year!

A few weeks ago I treated our team to a celebratory weekend away at Black Butte Ranch.  These girls are not just talented, creative and resourceful, they are FUN!  I love that our team works so well together, but also plays so well together!  Regular happy hours, play dates, lunches, wine tasting trips and coffee pow wows are the norm outside of the office.  It is a very special thing to work with a group of women that all genuinely like and care about each other.  More exciting news?  Two of our coordinators have weddings on the horizon!!! Both Natalia & Elizabeth are planning their own nuptials …Natalia this April and Elizabeth in March 2016.  Can’t wait to see what unique elements they incorporate into their own events.


2014 has blown by and I am really looking forward to a new year, wonderful new clients and making many exciting new memories throughout the coming months. Wishing you are yours love, laughter and the happiest of new years. Words cannot express how much we all appreciate your continued support!!

Kelsey and Josh were a darling couple right from the beginning. Elizabeth knew planning was going to be fun when they started talking details about the urban chic wedding. Kelsey and Josh both had incredible style and their wedding was nothing short of that. Left Bank Annex was the perfect venue; a mix of modern and classic provided us with an excellent backbone for the wedding designs to begin unfolding. From an amazing table design to Salt & Straw late night no detail went missed at this fab wedding. Kelsey & Josh’s guests loved being a part of a wedding that truly represented the couple and celebrated until the wee hours of the night with a very full dance floor!
Photos by Jessica Hill Photography, Flowers by Zest, Ice Cream by Salt & Straw, Hair/Makeup by Powder, Inc, Catering by Vibrant Table, Rentals by Party Place, Video by Focal Point,   DJ by Paradox Productions, Cake by Cutsforth, Printing by Egg Press
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We submitted this wedding for publication but unfortunately our timing was off.  Regardless, what Kelsey wrote is so great that I have to share!
Josh and I go back to Middle School, where we were nothing but strangers who passed 
in the halls.  We became friends in High School, where we attended our Senior Prom together.  
We chose separate paths after High School, spending the next four years at rival Universities.  
Through mutual friends, we reconnected three years later and quickly became inseparable.  On 
September 9, 2012, while on a hike at Wahclella Falls, Josh, with our dog Cassius by his side, got 
down on his knee and proposed.  That unforgettable moment took place in front of a beautiful 
waterfall and was captured on film by a stranger, who somehow knew what was about to 
The wedding plans began immediately.  With the help of our wedding coordinator, we 
chose our venue, Left Bank Annex, an industrial building in downtown Portland.  “Urban Chic” 
became the theme for further wedding inspiration. All the details (glasses, stemware, 
silverware, plates and menus) all had to be modern and clean.  I chose blush accents in my 
flowers and napkins to compliment my neutral color scheme.   The metal table numbers went 
perfectly with the industrial venue and the centerpieces, along with mirrored vases and varying 
heights of floating votive candles added to the touch of elegance and romance that we 
envisioned.  To add to the fun of the reception, we treated our guest to “Salt and Straw”, 
Portland’s favorite ice cream shop, as they scooped their unique flavors such as Coffee and 
Bourbon, Sea Salt Caramel, Honey Lavender.  Being that Mac & Cheese is my favorite food, we 
decided that serving an elegant version as a late night treat would be the perfect solution to 
satisfy the late night cravings!
Despite all the beautiful details, the best part of my wedding day was my walk down the 
aisle.  Although this is what I was most nervous for, having my dad by my side and future 
husband in tunnel vision, it was a feeling that cannot be described.  We were honored and 
extremely fortunate to have so many family and friends present to witness our vows and love 
we share for one another.  That, hands down, is the reason why September 7th 2013, was, thus 
far, the best day of our lives.
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