Kristin & Danny were married on a beautiful July day at a venue we work at quite often, The Foundry in Lake Oswego. We originally met with Rosie, Kristin’s mom, who may go down in history as one of the sweetest mothers ever. She was the local contact, while Kristin & Danny lived out of state and left most of the decisions to Rosie. It all came together perfectly incorporating Kristin’s pinks, Danny’s love of hunting and the couple’s fondness of frozen yogurt!
Photos by Powers Studios, Hair/Makeup by Face Body Beauty, Rentals by The Party Place, Catering by Art of Catering, Cake by Laurie Clarke, Video by JAM Media, Flowers by Geranium Lake, Ceremony Music by Effesenden, Officiating by Robert Griffin, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Transportation by Lucky Limousine
Here at Bridal Bliss, we like to mix things up and try new things so no two weddings are the same. One fun idea that we had the opportunity to pair up with Simpatica Catering and try in a recent issue of Portland Bride & Groom Magazine was a new take on the traditional wedding cake. For those that prefer cheese after dinner rather than sweets, this one is for you. The bride and groom can even ceremoniously cut the “cake!”
If you loved Afaf & Joseph’s wedding photos from our last post…then you will really love this recap of ther Governor Hotel wedding by the talented folks at Moving Picture Weddings!
Afaf & Joseph met in the Middle East while Joseph was visiting on vacation, and quickly knew they had found their soulmates. During the long distance engagement, the bride was English teaching in Syria while the wedding was planned in Portland by the groom and Bridal Bliss coordinator, Elizabeth. Afaf made it into town just a few short weeks before the event and was in for the celebration of a lifetime!
The ceremony was held at St. George Orthodox Church.
The beautiful reception took place in The Governor Hotel’s Heritage Ballroom.
photography by Powers Studios, video by Moving Picture Weddings, floral by Zest Floral, cake by AK Cake Design, cupcakes by Cupcake Jones, lighting by Think AV, rentals by Ohana, band by Fadi Hanni, favors by Verdun
We initially met Paul when we coordinated his brother’s wedding in 2011, so we were thrilled when he called us up to plan his wedding to Grace! Grace was a ballerina with the Oregon Ballet Theater and had just accepted a job dancing in San Francisco, so this wedding was on the fast track. Katy coordinated the nuptials in just a few short months, and the end result is really stunning. So stunning, that it is featured in the current issue of Oregon Bride Magazine!
Grace had her beautiful gown custom made by Adam Arnold, the designer for OBT. The first look took place inside the Portland Art Museum, in which the Mark Building is named after Paul’s Grandpa.
Much needed handkerchiefs for guests at the ceremony.
The ceremony took place at Trinity Cathedral and was followed by a champagne reception.
This image is so perfect!
An intimate dinner was held for the couple and their wedding party in the downtown Zupan’s cellar…a well kept secret!
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photo by Fritz Photography, rentals by WCEP, hair/makeup by The Prettiest You, cake by Dream Cakes, flowers by Geranium Lake, transportation by Best Car in Town & Double Decker PDX, gown by Adam Arnold
Jonathan & Lindsay came to us just mere months before their wedding. They had begun planning with another coordinator, and then contacted us after they were unhappy with the services they were receiving. We were able to pick up the pieces and plan the wedding That Jonathan & Lindsay were hoping for. This wedding was featured on Borrowed & Blue and there were so many fun details that one was featured in Oregon Bride Magazine!
The ceremony and reception took place at West End Ballroom
A Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment.
This photo was featured in the current issue of Oregon Bride Magazine as a unique table assignment idea. Why not incorporate your personalities and make guests do a math equasion to figure out where they are sitting?
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photos and video by Atelier, flowers by the bride!, cake by La Jaconde, catering by Simpatica, rentals by Party Place, photo booth by Smile Photo Booth, hair and makeup by Urbaca Salon
Is one of your wedding colors pink, red, blush or fuchsia? If so, you are in luck! Valentine’s day is right around the corner and stores stock themselves full of goodies, crafts and décor in these colors. To save some money we recommend heading out on February 15th and seeing if you can scoop up some sweet deals. Below are some items to keep an eye out for…
Bridal Bliss Dessert Display photo by Powers Studios
Tissue paper- great for crafts, welcome bags or favors
Craft Paper- notes, table numbers, custom signs or any other DIY project
Candles- many candles in your colors will be on sale
Large Letters: look for over sized letters that say “Love” or “XOXO”
Valentine letters or games: these are perfect at a kids table
Fabric- stock up if you plan to make linens, table runners, or decorative pillows
Candy- need we say more…
Did you like Sasha & Jahan’s wedding photos from one of our past posts? Then you will LOVE their highlight video I just got my hands on courtesy of Black Label Wedding Films! Enjoy!
Sasha + Jahan Wedding Highlight Film from Black Label Films on Vimeo
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We have seen bridemaid dress rentals available online for quite some time now, but it has taken a little longer for me to buy into it for groomsmen…until now! I recently stumbled up www.theblacktux.com and they did it right. The site offers a wide selection of high quality, contemporary rentals for groomsmen without the high prices. Once the groom has selected the style and matching pieces, the rest is super easy! We always like to recommend buying local, but for those who are a little more price conscious, this is a great alternative.
photo by Lauren B Photography
Groomsmen can get measured one of three ways. One, just tell them your size. Two, get measured by a tailor and they will even pay for the cost. Or three, measure at home with the help of a friend. After submitting your measurements your order will arrive 1 week prior to the wedding. You can wear the tux as much as you want within that week. After the wedding- simply stick it back in the box with the prepaid label and drop it in the mail. Worried about the tux not fitting correctly (that was my first question)? Click here for details…they have that covered too.
photo by Riso Studio
Say good-bye to the one to two day tux rentals that leave everyone in a frenzy post weddings. This place is too good not to check out.
Wedding show season is here and we are so lucky in Oregon to have a large variety of great shows. While the shows are super helpful they can also be a little overwhelming. So, here are a few tips to help you prepare for the show and make the most out of your time.
models from Anna’s Bridal from the Portland Bridal Show
Bring a friend- it is important to bring a friend, bridesmaid, mom or someone who can help you navigate through the show. They will be a great soundboard and able to soak up information from vendors too. That being said…don’t bring too many friends or the different opinions can be overwhelming as well.
Take Notes- bring your phone or couple of pens and a pad of paper. Take notes about the various vendors you like. At the end of the day it can all seem like a blur, so your notes will be very helpful when going back through everything.
Collect- collect goodie bags, business cards and handouts from vendors that stick out to you. These will come in very handy and you will be able to cross-reference your notes (see above). The business cards and handouts will allow you to have important vendor’s contact information at your fingertips. Some vendors will offer bridal show specials so make sure to take anything they are passing out in the off chance you have some a little money. It is helpful to bring labels with your names, contact info and wedding date so you do not waste time filling out paperwork at different booths.
Photographers- talk with photographers as they get booked up quickly, so it is important to talk with them and take notes about who you like best. Ask questions about their communication, style, pricing. If you are sold on a certain company or person, don’t be afraid to book them at the show (with your planner’s blessing!).
Checkbook/Credit Cards- some vendors will accept deposits at bridal shows. If you end up loving a vendor and you are ready to book, do it.