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Life has been a bit of a whirlwind these last few months.  At the end of August, Anna’s Bridal & Bridal Bliss found a new home and had a week and a half to move from the old to the new.  Our new space is in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego on the corner of A & State Street.   Although independently owned, Anna’s Bridal is run by my mother which makes it all that much special.  I love seeing her every day and working side by side in the same industry.  Between the glam chandeliers, the elegant hardwoods and the layout that lends itself to a special experience, I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

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Photos by Powers Studios.  Click here to see more!

I am in LOVE with our office design.  The colors are perfect together, there is great lighting and quite a bit of room to expand.  We regularly have several planners in at a time collaborating and getting work done.  The office allows for two areas for clients to enjoy whether meeting with their coordinator, looking at invitations, or viewing a table mock up.

A few weeks ago we hosted a big grand re-opening party and celebrated our new digs with friends and family.  We had a great turnout and it couldn’t have been more fun.  A big shout out to all who helped make it happen!  Thanks to Zest Floral, Face, Body BeautyPowers Studios, Moving Picture Weddings, Laurie Clarke Cakes, Crave Design, La Tavola Linen, Gourmet Productions.

Please stop by and say hi!

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Casey and John’s elegant wedding at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton, Oregon was just as timeless and elegant as they both are. The bride is a true southern belle and made sure that every last detail was accounted for. Their wedding featured rich gold and navy blue hues that included a few personal touches for their out of town guests, like Oregon pint glasses. After guests feted on a one of kind dinner from the famous chef’s at the Joel Palmer House, guests were treated to a lively performance by the band Soulmates.
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Rentals by Party Place, Ceremony Music by Ariel Consort, Flowers by Anna Mara Flowers, Photos by Christy Cassano, Transportation by NW Navigator
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I came across a video today that is too funny not to share!  This is what would happen if there were a role reversal between bridesmaids and groomsmen-enjoy the laugh!



Joslin and Kevin really wanted their wedding day to be a fun party filled will great food, drinks, and dancing. When they found Long Farm Barn they just knew it was the perfect fit. After getting married under the beautiful tree on the property, they made the historic 1900 barn the focal point by having their dinner take place in the garden. Guests sat at family style tables decorated with burlap and lace runners made by the mother of the bride and beautiful floral arrangements. Two Girls Catering BBQ’d an incredible dinner onsite. Guests then moved inside the barn where Kevin’s uncle kicked off the dancing with his band, Chihuahua Desert. Chad Dowling Productions continued the with a jam packed dance floor- the bride and groom even crowd surfed! 
















These photos are some of my favorites of the season–how cute is this couple?!?


Makeup by Kim King,  Hair by Emily York, Photos by Powers Studios, Cake by Lamb’s Thriftway, Catering by Two Girls Catering, Cinematography by Prophezy, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Rentals by Barbur Blvd Rentals, Band by Chihuahua Desert



Recently I posted about what is trending for 2015 Spring bridal fashions as witnessed from our shopping trip in NYC for Bridal Fashion Week.  As promised, here is a recap of some of the fab parties we attended.  I have to say, this is definitely the highlight of the year when it comes to attending glamorous events! Who better to throw a party than two of the wedding world’s top publications?  Martha Stewart Weddings & The Knot did not disappoint!


Our first stop was Martha Stewart Weddings20 year anniversary soiree at The Pierre Hotel, at the edge of Central Park.  There was so much going on at this event that it was hard to take it all in!


From a “glitter yourself” station, to photo booths, to makeup and manicure re-touches, to more food than you can ever imagine including oysters, dessert spreads, ice cream, savory treats and more, to a darling stationary station, to celebrities, to a killer band, to orchid favor pots, to an open bar, there was more than enough to keep us entertained! I’m exhausted (and excited!) just listing it all!


I even had the opportunity to chat with Darcy Miller, long time editor and creative mind of Martha Stewart Weddings!


Our next stop was the New York Public Library for The Knot’s big event.  They sent a party bus to shuttle us all back and forth and getting there was half the fun!


The Knot did not disappoint with an amazing floral wall featuring stunning cakes, appetizers served by waiters in wedding garb, a scent station, and a band that kept the dance floor hopping.



We ended up having some drizzle towards the end of the evening but The Knot was prepped with big white umbrellas and an attendant to walk with each person to and from the building to make sure not a drop of water hit you.  It was super fancy, but totally unnecessary for this Oregonian!  It did however make for a great scene outside of the library.

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Can’t wait for next year!!


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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!



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.





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.


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.


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.



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!





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!





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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