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When clients come in searching for a venue with a beautiful view, Waverley is usually at the top of our list!  Ashley & Chris chose to have their Waverley wedding at this traditional country club and certainly threw an affair to remember.  With quite a bit of family involvement, Nora made sure everyone was happy with a striking navy & white color scheme, unique musical choices, an elegant monogram adorning the printed items and other wedding details and a packed dance floor courtesy of Precious Byrd.  Both families were an absolute pleasure to work with and the wedding day could not have gone any more smoothly.  These two are a stunning couple and we’re sure will have a very happy life together!

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This group of girlfriends is absolutely adorable.  We were lucky enough to plan Sarah’s (second from the left) wedding a few short months later!

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The ceremony began with a bagpiper playing and slowly making his way from the 18th green–so dramatic!

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Ashley’s step-father began escorting the bride down the aisle, and then handed her off to her dad.  It was such a sweet moment!

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Photography by Powers Studios, Hair/Makeup by Powder, Inc & Gabi Johnson, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, Cake by Dream Cakes, Photo Booth by Happy Matic, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Floral by Zest, Ceremony Music by Halcyon Strings, Bagpiper by John Toohey, Transportation by Lucky Limousine, Day-of Printed Items by Crave Design

 
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Asking bridesmaids to be in your wedding is such a fun task and something we are always asked about. We decided to put together a simple, fun and cost effective way to ask each friend or family member for a little inspiration!

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Step 1: Gather all your supplies.

Here are some fun ideas for supplies:

Mini Champagne bottle– We love all things glitter so we decided to spray paint the bottle of champagne with gold glitter paint.

Nail polish– Grab a bottle in a coordinating wedding tone.

Ring– Little rings or pieces of jewelry can be found online for pretty inexpensive. It’s a fun detail to gift your bridesmaids!

Sign– How cute is this celebration sign? Get crafty and create you own card to ask each bridesmaid. Here is a balloon filled with confetti that instructs each girl to inflate, pop and then celebrate. Ridiculously adorable.

Packaging: Grab a good size box, packaging supplies and don’t forget cute ribbon or twine!

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Step 2: Package

If you are mailing your boxes make sure to package them safely. If you are hand delivering we recommend doing a little layering so there are lots of fun surprises when opened.

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Step 3: Card & Mail

Make sure to write a personal note to each bridesmaids and attach to the top. Then either mail or hand deliver to each girl!

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Marie & Yann are a very busy couple currently living in Michigan.  The bride’s family is from the area so they worked with Nora to coordinate an intimate yet elegant event.  The wedding ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Lake Parish and was followed by a Oswego Lake Country Club affair.  With the groom’s entire side traveling from Paris, they made sure to honor his French heritage.  Between the gorgeous blush and neutral tones, gold accents, the brides dress change and the absolutely perfect weather–this was a wedding to remember!

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photography by Holland Studios, cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, floral by Zest, cake by Dream Cakes, rentals by Party Place, chairs by Ohana Party Rentals, hair & makeup by Powder Inc, printed items by Crave Design , DJ & lighting by Chad Dowling Productions

 
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Jighna and Sarthak met online and could not have been more perfect for one another. When they met, Jighna lived in Portland and Sarthak lived in Seattle- but both had a love and appreciation for the beautiful NW. So when it came time for them to plan their wedding, they wanted their guests to experience all their favorite things from the Pacific NW. Jighna and Sarthak absolutely fell in love with Resort at the Mountain after seeing the beautiful outdoor spaces. Being surrounded by all the natural elements created a perfect foundation for the overall design and theme. Jighna and Sarthak were an amazing couple from start to finish. The Indian wedding weekend was a 4 day celebration with family and friends flying in from all over the world coordinated by Elizabeth. They did a wonderful job honoring their family history and traditions while incorporating fun details of their own.

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Jighna and Sarthak invited all their family and friends over to help kick off the wedding weekend celebration with a Mehndi Night. The girls enjoyed receiving henna drawings on their hands and feet. It is believed that the darker and deeper the henna stains the more the husband and the in-laws will love her bride. As you can see – Jighna’s henna was very dark and so she is clearly in for a long & happy life.

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The couple decided to do their own twist on a typical Sangeet.  They wanted it to be a more relaxed laid back feel, with food, drinks, entertainment, and in an outdoor space so that guests could enjoy the incredible views of the area.

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Their Baraat was a large processional full of color, music and traditions. Sarthak and his family travels through the streets, singing and dancing, making their way to the ceremony. Sarthak rode a traditional white horse and led the procession with the help of a Dohl Player providing the beats for the music.

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Jighna & Sarthak from J&M Media on Vimeo.

Photography by Symbol Photo, Hair by Cloud Hair, Makeup by Powder, Inc, Rentals & Lighting by Royce Prop Shop, Catering by East India Catering and Thai Smile Restaurant, Cake by Dream Cakes, Dessert Display by Bridal Bliss Desserts, Doughnuts by Blue Star, Cinematography by JAM,  Flowers by Geranium Lake, Baraat Music by Brar Productions, Weekend Music by DJ Aanshul, Reception Chair Rental by Sedera Rentals, Dessert by Staccato Gelato, Horse from Rolling Hills Stable, Henna by Salon Amrapali

 
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Planning a wedding with a client that gives you creative freedom  is such a fun and exciting experience.  Christina & Chad wanted a wedding that was unique, special for their guests, beautiful and a real party.  The event, coordinated by Nora, certainly didn’t disappoint!  We planned Christina’s sister wedding several years ago, so we were beyond excited to work with this sweet family again.  This wedding was also featured on Wedding Lovely!

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There was a key design piece that we incorporated throughout the entire event from the save the dates, to programs to napkins…an elegant and chic monogram.  We even had it adorn the custom round ceremony stage that Christina & Chad stood on as they said their vows.  The gray, yellow and white color scheme was perfect.  The hues were even included in the large round balloons we brought in from some lighthearted wedding party photos.  It was fun until Chad let his go before we were done shooting!

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Christina & Chad returned down the aisle after the recessional and released row by row while greeting each of their guests.

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My favorite focal piece was the stunning floral tree.  The talented florist spent hours constructing and perfecting the gorgeous ceremony backdrop and guests couldn’t stop gushing.  Well, that and the stunning 12-carat diamond broach (in the shape of a bow) purchased by Christina’s Great Grandfather for her grandmother’s 16th birthday.

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I also loved how Christina incorporated quotes that struck her throughout her engagement, which she had kept and saved.  She named tables after authors and personalized each table’s menu cards to feature one of those special quotes.  She really put thought into her event and personalized it to represent the couple and their life together.

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A huge hit at the reception was a dessert display with a special ice carving featuring the couple’s monogram and slots to have standing cake pops.  We couldn’t refresh them fast enough!

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So many wonderful vendors worked this special event and Christina, Chad and their families were an absolute joy to work with.  I love how the day unfolded and how beautifully all of our details came into place.  The event was flawless and Christina & Chad were glowing all night.  Even better?  The couple became pregnant with their first child almost immediately after the wedding!

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Christina + Chad // Wedding Film | Portland from Moetic Films on Vimeo.

“Wow! What can I say?  You have done it once again–Christina & Chad’s wedding was nothing short of spectacular! Every detail was meticulously planned and flawlessly carried out to ensure that the celebration of their marriage was perfect.  Your skills and talents brought our dreams to reality with this wedding. You are incredible, Nora, and deserve the highest accolades. We have one more daughter–and when she is ready to get married your number will be at the top of my speed dial!  With enormous gratitude and warmest regardes -Leslie Workman, mother of the bride

Photography by Powers Studios, Cinematography by Moetic, Floral by Zest, Gown by Anna’s Bridal Boutique, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, Classic Vintage Rentals and WCEP, Dessert Display by Bridal Bliss Desserts, Cake by Beaverton Bakery, Ice by Wynter Ice, Day Of Printing by Crave Design, Strings by Ariel Consort, DJ by Chad Dowling, Hair & Makeup by Powder Inc, Lighting by Greenlight Creative, Nannies by NW Nanny

 
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OMSI was the perfect location for this modern, romantic and unique wedding which was coordinated by Jennifer.  Helen and Joe incorporated many personal touches including a handmade ceremony backdrop and wedding favors.  Helen and Joe included their love of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” movie in to their special day by referencing it in the seating cards and wedding cake.  This fun and loving couple enjoyed the Portland downtown skyline as a back drop for their cocktail hour and wedding photos.  The guests enjoyed delicious salads and specialty flatbreads for dinner.  The DJ kept the party going and guests enjoyed the photo booth.  It was a perfect day for this beautiful couple, their family and friends!  So much so that Oregon Bride Magazine has it featured in its current resource guide!

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photography by Yasmin Khajavi, cake by Beaverton Bakery, DJ by NW Mobile DJ, hair/makeup by Courtney Rogers, photo booth by Red Eye Photo Booth, dress by Charlotte’s Bridal

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Ally & John dreamed up a romantic, English garden vibe so Oregon Golf Club with their gorgeous tent, outdoor ceremony rose garden and spectacular view was the perfect venue. Katy brought everything in from the rustic wooden tables, to a custom bar, to the beverage dispensers for the lemonade and water. The couples’ favorite cocktails (Ally’s was a blackberry margarita and John’s was Moscow mule) each had a custom stir stick with a monogram included to add a little sass. The bar also featured wines/beer from their hometowns and where John proposed.  The cocktail hour was graced with a custom corn hole game with color coordinating bean bags.  Vintage furniture was chosen for the lounge area and photo booth- which also featured wedding photos of Ally & John’s family members. The bride’s father custom made the cross that sat up on the ceremony table adorned with garlands that were later re-purposed onto the head table.  A floral “G” for Gallagher hung behind the couple, accenting the head table, which was also embroidered with the couple’s monogram. Vintage window panes with table assignments, handmade photo booth props, custom cocktail napkins and the bride and her maid of honor hand embossed each place card tag that was tied onto a sprig of rosemary. Table numbers were made of photos of the bride and groom at that respective age. Hops hung from the chandeliers creating the garden vibe indoors. Wooden boxes and silver vases intermixed with mercury glass votives, natural linen runners and the mix of long walnut and round tables was magic inside the tent. This garden wedding was so fabulous that Oregon Bride Magazine has it featured in the current issue!

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photography by Ben Pigao, rentals by The Party Place, Ohana Party Rentals and The Party Place, DJ by Chad Dowling, late night treats by Ruby Jewel, floral by Blum, hair/makeup by Face, Body Beauty, Calligraphy by Palomino, lighting by Greenlight Creative, ceremony music by Duo Con Brio, cake by Dream Cakes

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While in New York for Bridal Fashion Week this last fall, we came across an idea so genius yet simple that we kicked ourselves for not inventing it first!  Who has been to an outdoor wedding with a bride wearing an amazing veil?  More often then not, that veil is flying in the wind and the poor girl ends up fussing with it for half of the ceremony. Enter Save the Veil.  These elegant weights are easily attached to the veil (and can be simply removed), and will ensure that it stays in place despite any breeze!  The magnetic jewelry can be ordered to coordinate with the gown and after the wedding can even be made into earrings.

Interested?  You can find these locally at Anna’s Bridal Boutique in Lake Oswego!

photo by Jos Studio

 
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 The Jenkins Estate was the perfect venue for Tai and Kevin’s casually elegant and riotously fun wedding coordinated by Kirsten!  The Meadow provided a beautiful outdoor setting for their sweet, heartfelt ceremony, officiated by the groom’s sister.  Tai and Kevin wrote their own vows, and Tai had us all tearing up as she described how each of her bridesmaids had been an instrumental example of different key qualities and values that she promised to always strive for in her marriage with Kevin.  The sweet formalities were rounded out with a beer unity ceremony, as Tai and Kevin mixed a black and tan with a couple of their favorite beers and enjoyed their first sip together as a married couple!   Vibrantly colorful bouquets and table arrangements from Zest set the tone of the fun summery evening, paired with Tai’s creative DIY bookish theme – guests found their way to their seats courtesy of library cards, with table numbers crafted in colorful tape on book covers.  The reception at the main house included a tasty buffet dinner, with cake and Voodoo Doughnuts as a late night treat and party favor.  A Beat Above Entertainment kept the party rocking with great music and a fun photo booth, which captured many a silly moment.  What a great party!  Congratulations Tai and Kevin!

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photos by You Look Nice Today, catering by Elephant’s, hair/makeup by Powder, Inc, cake by Lamb’s, rentals by Party Place, transportation by Lucky Limousine,

 

 
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We planned a blush wedding this past season with such gorgeous details, it was too beautiful not to share! Nora coordinated the garden event held at a private social club downtown Portland which featured beautiful light pink and ivory tones, amazing lighting by Greenlight Creative, lush blooms by Zest and dramatic floral chandeliers.

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photos by Ben Pigao Photography, cake by Dream Cakes

 
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