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Did you love reading about Kate & David’s Cathedral Park flash mob proposal last week?  If so, enjoy these two videos courtesy of Moving Picture Weddings!

 
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This last weekend was one to remember.  Elizabeth Corr, a Bridal Bliss planner, my good  friend, and my soon to be sister got engaged to Tim Sheils who just happens to be my brother-in-law!  I have been anxiously awaiting this big event for months (let’s not kid ourselves…years!), and it did not disappoint.  Tim caught Elizabeth totally off guard and planned a perfect proposal.  It all began last month when Tim drove to Seattle to ask Elizabeth’s parents in person for her hand in marriage.  Such and old school and gentlemanly gesture, I absolutely love it.

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Elizabeth worked a wedding on Friday, so she unknowingly set him up and asked Tim to make plans for Saturday.  He had pre-planned a hike up at Silverlake Falls and totally lucked out with the beautiful weather.  He took his time to scope out the perfect location as they hiked, and had the ring hidden in his shoe.  Tim asked a passerby to snap a bunch of photos and then popped the big question.  Of course, she said yes!!

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Afterwards, Elizabeth thought they were heading back to Portland to get massages.  Tim mentioned a houseboat that a friend had put up for sale and that they should check it out on their way home.  Elizabeth loves being on the water, so she was totally down.  What she didn’t know was that in the houseboat her nearest and dearest were waiting to surprise her and spend the weekend celebrating the great news. Elizabeth’s parents and several cousins came down from Seattle, her closest Portland friends were there, and my husband  Tyler and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

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It took Elizabeth & Tim a bit longer to get back to the houseboat than expected and the anticipation was killing us! Finally, the happy couple walked through the door and the only way to describe the looks on their faces was pure joy.  Everyone was so excited, tears were flowing and it was just such a perfect moment with so much love in the room.

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The ring is absolutely gorgeous.  The best part?  Tim had it custom designed to include his grandma’s and future mother-in-law’s diamonds.  So thoughtful and just so awesome.

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I am beyond excited for our family to grow, for all of the festivities to come, and to share a lifetime of happy memories with these two.  I love them both so much individually, but even more so as a couple.  I am just on cloud 9.  Cheers!!!

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I just returned back to town after a whirlwind trip to NYC for Bridal Fashion Week with my mom, owner of Anna’s Bridal Boutique.  Our Bridal Bliss office just conveniently happens to be located inside of the bridal shop and my mom and I are super close, so trips like this are a blast!  The goals of the trip are to purchase new gowns for the shop, stay up on trends, network with wedding professionals, and have fun!

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Designer Hayley Paige with her own designs showcasing some of the season’s biggest trends: sequins, crop tops and very fitted butts!

Stay tuned for a recap of the fun over-the-top industry parties  we attended…until then, here are some trends you can look forward to!  I apologize in advance, these were all taken quickly by my phone so the quality/photographer isn’t the best!

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Easily the biggest new look we saw was a silhouette very eloquently described by designers as “tight butt, low back.”  When I say low back, I mean LOW back.  How gorgeous are these?  Every single designer we visited had a few of these looks in their collection!

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My favorite emerging trend?  ROMPERS!!  Watters nailed it with these two.

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Another beautiful look we saw over and over were lace sleeves.  I’m guessing Kate Middleton had something to do with this!

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I was surprised to see short dresses fading out, but a great replacement is a high/low skirt.  This gown by Modern Trousseau was to die for.

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Lastly, two emerging trends many designers showcased were studded accents and illusion necklines.  I have to be honest, I don’t love the harsh juxtaposition of studs on a delicate gown, but some of the illusion necklines are quite beautiful.

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Interested in any of these gowns or trends?  Definitely head into Anna’s Bridal to try some on!  Check back soon for more Bridal Market pics!

 
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Last spring I had the honor of planning a proposal at Cathedral Park for an incredibly sweet and down to earth couple, Kate & David.  The groom-to-be wanted to make his proposal super special and memorable for his girlfriend, and they both lived out of state.  David & Kate were planning to visit Portland in a few short months and he was hoping to incorporate some sort of flash mob for the big question.  Being in a flash mob (not just witnessing one), was on Kate’s bucket list so David was determined to make it happen.

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This was our plan….we put up a fake listing about a guy proposing to his girlfriend online.  The date of the fake proposal would “coincidentally” be around the same time that the couple would be in town.  David showed the listing to Kate and suggested they participate, and she bit!  I worked with Tony at Billings Dance Center and his crew created a video with the choreography.  It was sent over, David & Kate practiced, and she was all in.  Essentially, we were planning a flash mob in a flash mob.

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We planned a rehearsal the morning of, even though the dancers already had everything nailed down.  But in order to really fool her, David & Kate showed and up we practiced the routine.  There was a fake groom (“Damon” who was dancer), and he played the part of the nervous proposer perfectly.  Then, we breaked for Damon to pick up his girlfriend and David took Kate to lunch.  Everyone was to come back and act casual at Cathedral Park (some picnicked, some tossed around a ball, some played with a dog, etc).  During the break, Kate & David’s family showed up and we hid them up high at the park so they could see everything.  Kate’s sister and her family came straight from the airport and were stuck behind a train so we were super nervous they wouldn’t get in place without being seen!

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Luckily we got everyone in place, the time came for Kate & David to return and the weather held.  The music began, they hopped on stage and started their routine right on cue.  Halfway through, the choreography changed and all the dancers circled around Kate & David.  She was clearly confused and then shocked when the “bride” (a dancer!) ran up on stage to join the dance and David got down on his knee.  It was such a thrill to watch it all happen and my heart was pounding!

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After the proposal, the dancers kept performing as family walked down the hill.  Kate’s eyes got bigger and bigger as she saw all of her close family who traveled from all over the country make their way to her.  It was such a special day, and such a special group of people.  I had the best time planning this!  Even more exciting?  We are planning this sweet couple’s 2015 Portland wedding!

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Check back in a few days to watch the video!

 
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Jill & Scott’s Hilton wedding took place on a clear and beautiful day in May.  The view from the venue was amazing, the flowers full and fluffy and the bar was flowing at this event coordinated by Elizabeth.  My favorite part about spring weddings?  Peonies!  Jill & Scott took full advantage–check it out!

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Rentals by Sedera and Ohana Party Rentals, Floral by Zest Floral, Hair/Makeup by Powder Inc, Cake by Dream Cakes, Photography by Glo Photography, Music & Photo Booth by Paradox Productions, Officiant Maureen Haley, Gown by Anna’s Bridal

 

 

 
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Hayley & Casey…what a couple.  This bride had so much energy and sass, it was adorable.  In addition to her full time job, Hayley works as an award winning dance coach.  It was at dance practice where Casey proposed so of course these special girls were included in the wedding festivities.  In addition, Hayley took her coaching skills to choreograph an amazing first dance with her new husband (click here to see it!) and delighted guests.  The purple and apple green color scheme at this Pure Space event was bold, sparkly, dramatic and perfect for these two.   Such a fun wedding!

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Catering by Gourmet Productions, Cake by AK Cake Design, Hair & Makeup by Powder Inc, Photos by Your Street Photography, DJ by Paradox Productions, Flowers by Zest Floral, Transportation by Double Decker PDX, Rentals by WCEP

 

 

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Hayley & Peter had a perfect PAM wedding back in March.  These two come from amazing families, and I truly enjoyed getting to know them throughout planning.  Hayley & Peter met through Christian Mingle and definitely a match made in heaven.  The ceremony was so thoughtful, and it was obvious to everyone that these two are so in love.  My first meeting was with Susan, Hayley’s mom, who described the bride’s sense of style as Kate Spade meets Pottery Barn.  We infused that look with whites, ivories, and blush tones at First Congregational Church and The Portland Art Museum to create a truly elegant event.  I loved it!

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I mean seriously, how cute are these kiddos??

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Two of the sweetest grandmothers I ever did see.

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Hayley honored her late father by attaching a necklace he had given her to her bouquet.  He had recently passed, and from the stories I heard he was a truly wonderful man.  His presence was certainly felt!Hayley Anderson1

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Photos by Lauren B Photography,  Flowers by Zest, Printing by Crave, Catering by Art of Catering, Hair/Makeup by Powder Inc,  Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Cake by Dream Cakes

 

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I love weddings with a intimate, warm and cozy vibe, and Shay & Andy‘s downtown wedding was just that.  With a ceremony at First Presbyterian Church and a reception following at The Sentinel with many many detail items to set, Elizabeth had her hands full. The weather held out for us and the black and gold art deco design was perfect in the Governor Ballroom.  My favorite part?  Shay’s elegant gown from Anna’s Bridal that she zipped off during dancing to reveal a sassy cocktail dress perfect for dancing!

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Photos by Powers Studios, Hair by Tribe Hair, Rentals by Avery’s, lighting by Think AV, Cake by Dream Cakes, Video by CVP, Flowers by Old Town Florist, Transportation by Best Car in Town, DJ by DJ Royale, Catering by Jakes

 

 

Stephanie & Stephen’s OGC wedding was a perfectly planned affair with a New England vibe.  This is such a sweet and fun couple, and Stephen’s smile is electric (especially when he first saw his bride)! While the rain was not planned, it brought with it a cozy magical feel that really added to the day.   We tried to mix it up by having the ceremony staged on the side of the rose garden, which is quite different than a standard Oregon Golf Club event.  The reception tent was gorgeous with wood tables, and a fresh palate of white, tangerine and gold. Guests enjoyed a seated meal and a photo booth complete with puppets created to look like the bride and groom.  As if that wasn’t enough, a sweet and savory waffle cart and Salt & Straw ice cream arrived late night!  Take a peek–

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Photos by Ben Pigao, Catering by Oregon Golf Club, Flowers by Blum Floral, Hair by DuRubia Salon, Makeup by Event Cosmetics, Rentals by WCEP, Table Rentals by Classic Vintage Rentals, Lighting  by Think AV, Cake by Laurie Clarke Cakes, Late Night Treats by Salt & Straw and Flavour Spot, Ceremony Music by Duo Con Brio, Reception Music by Swingline Cubs, Transportation by Lucky Limousine, Paper Items by Paper Bloom

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If you loved our Pretty Preppy feature in our last blog post, then you will really love the favor we created!  As darling as this sparkling wine split turned out, it didn’t make the cut for the magazine spread.  However, this DIY project is too fabulous not to share!

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