One of my favorite up and coming wedding trends is adorning chandeliers, or creating new chandeliers, out of flowers and greenery. Suspending a focal piece adds an exciting element to an event, and is unique and unexpected! If you are looking for a “wow factor,” consider floral chandeliers!
Lindsey and James are the kindest and most laid back couple and they wanted their wedding to reflect their personalities while also giving their out of town family a true look at the beauty of Oregon. They were referred to us by another 2014 couple so it was fun to work on both events simultaneously. Set just outside of Hood River, their ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails on the front lawn before moving to the reception. At the reception, the guests, drank, ate and enjoyed a selection of local homemade pies and ice cream for dessert. Such a fun day!
With the bride in Las Vegas, the groom in San Francisco and family in Vancouver, BC, Portland became the ideal location for Suzette & Jonathan’s destination wedding. Showcasing all that Portland had to offer was their main focus for a fun and entertaining wedding. Katy helped plan the nuptials and was bursting with ideas! Guests were transported via school buses to the Internationally known Grotto for an Outdoor Catholic Ceremony which included also included their family’s Filipino Traditions. Next guests were brought to LeftBank Annex where they enjoyed appetizers and cocktails before the reception. It was important to Suzette for the reception decor to incorporate metallics and go with the wood beams and exposed brick inside the venue, she wanted a rustic/chic yet glamours affair. Champagne chairs, chargers and tables adorned with grays, peaches, greens, metallics with pops of navy, and a moroccan print runners on the tables along with a thank you card from the couple on each setting left all 175 guests blown away. Jonathan serenaded Suzette to Justin Beiber’s “Baby Baby” as the couple was announced in as husband and wife where then guests noshed on a fabulous meal by Devil’s Food Catering. A dessert display provided by Bridal Bliss Desserts featured a variety of delicious cakes, tarts and cookies, along with a popcorn bar with various types of popcorn for everyone to enjoy. Guests stayed entertained throughout the 7 hour reception with an open bar, great music by their DJ along with music videos playing in the background, a Photo Booth and even true to Portland style- food trucks! Ruby Jewel and Koi Fusion provided late night ice cream sandwiches and tacos for guests late into the night. The wedding was perfectly planned and was full of fab details…so much so that Oregon Bride Magazine has featured the wedding is their current issue!
Eileen and Darren envisioned a Art Deco themed wedding reception to compliment the beautiful 1920’s style engagement ring Darren popped the question with. The wedding was held at the Oregon Golf Club and featured glamorous details created by Eileen that truly brought a unique touch to the day. Bella Bloom Florals beautiful arrangements filled the tent for a pop of fuchsia. For dessert, Laurie Clarke Cakes created a decadent, beautifully designed art deco wedding cake complete with their monogram. Guests dressed for the theme in 1920’s cocktail attire and danced the night away with with music played by John Ross Productions.
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How cute is this idea? Glam trip to LA with a stop at Disneyland! Our darling bride, Sarah, was married in January and enjoyed the California sun in December!
Ellie and Andrew both live back in Washington DC but wanted to honor the bride’s northwest roots. They planned a romantic garden wedding with Elizabeth and could not have been more thrilled after seeing a private club downtown. Their wedding was truly magical. From individual floral escort cards, hanging chandeliers in the trees and a 17 piece band- everything was perfection.
Lorraine and Stephen were married at Soter Vineyards and could not have asked for a more picture perfect setting for their wedding. The venue was absolutely gorgeous! Guests were welcomed with cocktail and appetizers upon arrival and everyone enjoyed walking around the vineyard and experiencing the grounds. Elizabeth worked with the couple to create the perfect festive environment the bride and groom were hoping for.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed dinner with an amazing view of the willamette valley. With the majority of the guests coming in from out of town, it was important to Lorraine and Stephen for everyone to experience the NW feel.
The Voodoo Doughnut truck made its way to the vineyard with classic Portland donuts for a late night treat. From flip flops for dancing to the Double Decker Bus, Lorraine and Stephen thought of every detail and guests had an amazing time enjoying everything the NW offers.
Flowers – talk to your florist about adding in some flowers for the back of your chairs or even re-purposing ceremony decor. Whether it’s a large single bloom or a lush garland, it will make your chairs pop!
Wooden Signs – this is a wonderful DIY project. Find some scrap wood from a recycled center, drill 2 holes in the top corners and thread ribbon through. Hire a calligrapher (or friend) to write anything fun on the wood signs.
Kaetlin and Brendan envisioned an intimate gathering of family and friends for their wedding. They also wanted to capture all the fun of their July 4th family traditions including running the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon on Sauvie Island (of course Brendan carried Kaetlin across the finish line!) and the celebration of the birthdays of Kaetlin’s brother and her best friend!
Needless to say Kirsten coordinated a festive day, filled with thoughtful touches of hospitality. Guests were greeted with orange punch and strawberry lemonade, and were offered sunblock, sunglasses and program fans while they gathered in the afternoon sunshine for a ceremony on the Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace. Reverend Griffen officiated the heartfelt exchanging of vows with just the right touch of humor and solemn ceremony.
Then it was time to party! Bride and Groom cocktails were served, Polaroid pictures were snapped and glued into a guestbook with well wishes, and guests found the way to their tables on the terrace with mini bags of homemade m&m cookies in lieu of escort cards. Kaetlin had recruited her family to help with décor, arranging colorful dahlias picked the day before in a variety of DIY concrete vases for centerpieces over chalk-paper table runners to create a unique modern urban look.
Chad Dowling kept the energy flowing with an eclectic alternative blend of music carefully chosen by Brendan and Kaetlin, and Food in Bloom provided a lavish buffet of local seasonal fare for dinner. For dessert, a decadent cake by Judy Reese at Dream Cakes was served on colorful assorted china, and a frozen-yoghurt bar with local Tartberry fro-yo topped it all off! After dancing the rest of the evening away, a Portland Pedicab whisked Brendan and Kaetlin away as night fell to watch the fireworks over Portland from the rooftop bar at Departure. We wish them every happiness and success as they begin the next adventure in their lives together in San Francisco!