Fun. Joyful. Beautiful. Three little words that only begin to describe Laurie and Mike’s wedding, coordinated by Kirsten, which was a remarkable reflection of the wonderful couple that they are. Friends and family gathered from all over to celebrate at River Haven Farm, which provided a naturally beautiful setting for their ceremony overlooking the Willamette River that was officiated with great humor and style by their best man! Fun cocktails were served up by Tin Cantina out of their funky Airstream bar, and a delicious dinner was catered by Food in Bloom beneath a huge tent as long afternoon shadows stretched across the lawn and brought relief from the summer sun. Lush floral arrangements by Zest Floral Design in pale pinks, peaches and greens accented the beautifully appointed tables, set with mismatched vintage china from Something Borrowed paired with sleek modern glassware and silver chivari chairs from The Party Place. Northwest Nannies took care of the almost thirty toddlers and young children (including Laurie & Mike’s darling boy, William), engaging them with fun activities and leaving their parents to enjoy the party! All Wright Music kept the atmosphere lively and the dance floor packed with all ages after Laurie and Mike opened with their first dance and were joined by their adorable son, William, in a heart-melting moment. As the party finally came to a close, Mike surprised Laurie with a grand exit and they were whisked away in a 1947 “Silver Wraith” Rolls Royce Limousine. What a night to remember!
Having a wedding emergency kit on-site at every one of our events is very important! Sometimes we need something as small as a safety pin, and other times we need to pull out the big guns. Check out our segment that aired on KATU’s AM Northwest last week with some suggestions of what you should stock your wedding emergency kit with!
U of O grads, Yael & Luis, invited their friends and family to travel to Black Butte Ranch to witness their marriage coordinated by Carrie. A combination of cultures was important to these two, the part Jewish ceremony was translated into Spanish while the couple stood inside the birch & floral chuppah. The crisp Central Oregon air and beautiful views created a perfect setting for this bohemian, glam style wedding. The décor was carefully chosen to wow in every corner of space. Deep reds, dusty blues and ivory filled the reception deck and flowed onto the tables in an eclectic yet simple way. A polaroid photo booth, lawn games and a Mexican themed menu entertained guests while they enjoyed the gorgeous venue. As the night cooled off guests cozied up by the fire pit, enjoyed the s’mores station and danced well into the evening. Portland Bride & Groom recently featured the multicultural wedding–take a peek!
We recently opened up a gorgeous invitation order for some of our clients and just have to share a few pictures! Given our obsession with all things “gold dot,” these were a big hit in our office. Bridal Bliss offers a wide variety of invitations at every price point. Sugar on top? All Bridal Bliss clients receive a discount on their invitation suites as well as etiquette advice! Email your coordinator today to learn more or set up an appointment.
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