Last week we had the honor of attending Oregon Bride Magazine’s annual Best of Bride Party at one of Portland’s newest event venues, The Exchange Ballroom & Rooftop! Every year they outdo themselves with unique details and the most cutting edge designs…and this year was no different!
Best part? Bridal Bliss was named “Portland’s Best Wedding Planner” and “Portland’s Best Day Of Coordinator” of 2015, for the sixth consecutive year! We are beyond thrilled and so appreciative of everyone that took the time to vote for us and keep our streak alive. The magazine holds an initial vote, narrows it down to finalists and then the wedding industry makes the final decision. That makes the awards so much more meaningful!
This team busts their butt for each and every client. While there are many perks, being a professional wedding planner is not always glamorous (I will not get into details!). To receive a little recognition for everything we do behind the scenes really means and lot. Who doesn’t love a pat on the back? This team of strong, talented and FUN women is truly amazing and inspiring.
It was so fun to watch many collaborators in the industry accept well deserved awards (including Anna’s Bridal!), and to catch up with old friends. Portland is so lucky to have such talented wedding professionals! Oregon Bride brought in Poison Waters to make the announcements and to say she was a riot would be an understatement. She had us in stitches! What a great party–thank you Oregon Bride and congrats to all of our fellow award winners and nominees! Also–thanks to each and every one of you that took the time to vote. Your love and support over the years is genuinely appreciated!
Nora with Alisa & Heather from OR Bride accepting awards
Click here to meet our team! We missed a few, but had a good turnout!
Top row from L to R: Kirsten, Jennifer, Katy, Elizabeth, Jen & Cam. Bottom row: Meghan, Nora, Natalia & Carrie
Anna’s Bridal accepted FOUR awards including best dress shop!
Nora & Heather, an Oregon Bride Lifer!
Mary & Ryan were married on a hot July day at one of our favorite places to be, The Allison Inn in Wine Country. In honor of their anniversary this week, we felt the need to share this fab event that was somehow never blogged about! Mary & Ryan read about Bridal Bliss on a blog and were planning a wedding in three short months. They brought on Nora to not only guide them through the process, but also design the entire event and make most of the decisions. Weeks after they booked, the couple went on an extended road trip of the US in their Airstream trailer and were not exactly accessible. Nora took what little guidance they gave her (a natural feel with bright corals and curly willow) and ran with it. Thankfully Mary & Ryan loved the finished product and the night was certainly one for the books with exceptional details. The best part? Mary, Ryan, Nora and Nora’s husband Tyler have become the best of friends and recently returned from a fun sunny family vacation together. We’ve even had the opportunity to plan more weddings and parties for this wonderful family!
Mary wore a darling short number with Christian Louboutin pumps for photos, to greet guests and cocktail pre-ceremony. She then quickly changed into her custom made bridal gown for the ceremony remainder of the evening. Ryan had intended to change into a custom lavender/grey suit but was having too much fun and decided to stick with his tan duds.
Wood rounds with calligraphy made their way into the decor as ceremony reserved signs, bride/groom chair signs and even reception escort “cards.” The Party Place created custom wood benches with cushions for our ceremony which were intermixed with the folding chairs.
After a meaningful ceremony officiated by a close family friend, the couple walked out with all of their friends and family singing the recessional. It started with Mary’s brother, and then more and more joined in. We printed the lyrics to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the back of the program so everyone could join in once they realized what was happening. It was so fun!
Guests dined on an absolutely delicious six course meal complete with coursed wine pairings.
Could she be anymore gorgeous!?! The truth of the matter is that she even more beautiful on the inside. Nora loved every minute of working with Mary! Low maintenance, trusting and fun.
As the night went on, we had the band make an announcement for all the guests to head out to the patio. We surprised them with an epic fireworks display coordinated with music the couple had chosen! in an effort to keep the party going, we welcomed guests back into the ballroom with warm cookies, shots of milk, espresso and Bailey’s (the bride’s favorite).
This wine country wedding was truly an event to remember and the party was rocking into the wee hours!
Photography: Holland Studios, Cinematography: A Niko Productions, Flowers: Geranium Lake: Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio, Reception Music: Swingline Cubs, Lighting: Think AV, Fireworks: Western Display Fireworks, Rentals: The Party Place, WCEP, Peter Corvallis, Makeup: Katherine Sealey, Hair: Chrystal Waddell, Photo Booth: Paparazzi Tonight, Cake: Dream Cakes, Invitations: New & Blue
Susanna and Andrew fell in love with the garden next to Castaway and just knew they had to use it for their ceremony. Pomarius Nursery was a perfect setting for this lovely couple to tie the knot. Susanna worked with Meghan and continued the whimsical garden feel inside Castaway with terrariums filled with tea lights that hung from manzanita trees- the room just glowed! June Bug jammed throughout the night with a fun Pop Folk sound. The details to this event were so fabulous that June Bug Weddings featured it!
Not to be outdone by his wife Mary (click here to read about the fab shower she hosted!), Ryan wanted to throw a rowdy baby shower bash to celebrate his good friend’s impending fatherhood. He wanted to celebrate John, and he wanted to go big. Nora came up with the idea of a progressive party and knew that Double Decker PDX would be the perfect form of transportation.
The guys met up and were greeted with Sofia champagne and snacks as they loaded the bus. The first stop was Circa 33 private speakeasy for appetizers, cocktails, and a little surprise.
Ryan wanted a fun game to get everyone a bit rowdy. We decided to have a drink off, but with a twist. Each guy received a bonnet to wear and a baby bottle filled with a while Russian drink. Team Pink drank first, and the winner went up against the winner of Team Blue. It was ridiculously hilarious! The best part? The guys kept their bonnets on all night!
Next stop: Ned Ludd’s Elder Hall for a amazing coursed dinner! Ryan worked with the chef to design a mouth watering menu with squash fritters, tempura cauliflower, beef rib steak and a rich bourbon chocolate brownie.
We initially planned on the final stop being Multnomah Whiskey Library but the guys decided to go a little more low brow and celebrated into the wee hours at Alibi! What better way then end the night with Blue Star Donuts for the ride home?
As much as we love planning weddings, it is always fun to do something different whether it be a corporate holiday party, engagement party, going away brunch or even baby showers. When Nora was asked to coordinate a fab baby shower for Juliet, she jumped at the opportunity! Mary, the host, wanted something opulent, romantic, sweet and extra special for her dear friend Juliet. I think we delivered!! What a great group of friends and fun event to pull off! Click here to see what kind of shenanigans the guys were up to celebrating the dad-to-be!
How adorable is her baby bump??
This vibrant and elegant couple went all out for their dream Pakistani Mehndi ceremony at the Portland Art Museum which was coordinated by Jennifer. Ambar and Jeff’s ceremony featured delicious entrees, specialty drinks and more from Artemis Catering. The Portland Art Museum was stunningly decorated with flowers, linens, candles and an ornate Mehndi stage in shades of jewel tones, ivory and gold. After the traditional ceremony, guests enjoyed a special dance by the bridal party and everyone got involved when guest DJ Prashant taught and led a Bollywood dance. The DJ kept the music going the rest of the evening as guests enjoyed delicious dessert and danced the night away!
The next day, Ambar and Jeff had their second ceremony at the majestic Skamania Lodge. The weather was perfect and their colors of ivory, gold and purple were enhanced by the beautiful outdoor setting. The couple had many personal touches including their wedding programs, favors and guest book that included photos of the couple, family and friends. The guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, dessert and had fun in the photo booth at the Pakistani wedding. It was a perfect day for a wonderful couple!
photography by Stark Photography, mehndi food by Artemis Catering, cinematography by Focal Point, floral by Bloomsbury, reception DJ by Dennis Marcinello, photo booth by Happy Matic, hair/makeup by Blossom & Beauty
photo by Ernie Sapiro Photography
Are you from Seattle? Getting married in Seattle? Or love candles as much as we do? Well we have just the tip for you! Glassy Baby rents out their gorgeous votives for private events and weddings. Candles are one of our favorite accents to any wedding, and they are inexpensive too! The lighting and glow gives any wedding an extra touch of romance. At just $5 a piece, you can now transform any table scape or add a personal touch to your reception and have the choice of huge range of colors. Here are a few pictures from weddings we have coordinated in Seattle, Portland and Bend that have all utilized them.
photo by Riso Studio
Photo by Riso Studio
photo by Jessica Hill Photography