Archive for February, 2012

Nancy & Nate’s Video Recap

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Shields Films created an absolutely gorgeous recap of Nancy & Nate’s glamorous wedding day.  They just look so in love it gives you goosebumps.   Enjoy!

For more past wedding recaps, check out our YouTube Channel!

OR Bride Feature #3, Nancy & Nate!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I cannot even begin to say enough good things about this couple.  First of all…look at them! They are GORGEOUS!  Its no surprise that Oregon Bride Magazine wanted to publish this fab event.  I had been looking forward to Nancy & Nate’s wedding all summer and loved getting to know them and their families throughout the planning process.  Nancy & Nate have the greatest personalities, as do their families.  Nancy’s parents were quite involved–her mom was as sweet as can be and her dad was seriously hysterical.  He always kept me on my toes and had an inappropriate joke to keep us all laughing.

This wedding at the Portland Art Museum was pure glamour.  The ceremony was styled in all white, ivory, black and candlelight.   We had an amazing gobo “break-up” pattern on the ceiling, soft blush up-lighting and fluffy beautiful flowers.  The couple’s dog, Zoe, even walked down the aisle and barked as if on cue when Nate broke the glass at the end of the Christian/Jewish ceremony.

Guests were wowed as they walked into the reception to see beautiful black chiffon draping, shades of white, black and now fuchsia.  The tables were adorned with stunning floral, black chargers, silk dupioni linen and the black and white dance floor was centered in the ballroom.  The cake was a delicious piece of artwork and the luxurious linen  it sat on was all black in a textured fabric matching the bride’s skirt.

Nancy & Nate’s wedding was a huge party.  Guests drank and danced all night, and there were smiles all around.   Everything turned out perfectly, as it should have for this wonderful couple!

Click here for Nancy & Nate’s slideshow courtesy of Holland Studios

Flowers by Zest Floral, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals & Peter Corvallis Productions, Catering by Vibrant Table,  Cake by Dream Cakes, Videography by Shields Films, Ceremony Music by Duo Con Brio, Reception Music by Swingline Cubs, Makeup by Event Cosmetics

Mom Duties

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Do you have a mother or mother-in-law that is a teeny bit overbearing and really just wants to be included in your wedding planning?  Need tips on how to deal with her?  Click on any of the three recently published articles below for a few ideas…

Chicago Wedding Resource

Kiss the Bride NW

VV Daily Press

photo by Leah Nash 

Happy Planning!



Stationary Vocabulary

Friday, February 17th, 2012

One of the very first things you will shop for is your stationary suite. From Save the Dates to Invitations, it is important to understand what you are ordering and what you need to order. To get a better grasp on the various terms here are some common items you will come across in your planning process, courtesy of the fabulous Elizabeth Corr over at New & Blue.

Accommodation Card – Gives guests information about lodging near the wedding site.  If you have arranged for a group rate, let your guests know the name it’s under.

Direction Card – Provides directions to the ceremony and reception locations.

Reception Card – If your ceremony and reception are at two different locations, you will need a reception card. This will tells guests what time and where the reception will take place.

RSVP/Reply/Response Card – Sent with your invitation, this card is filled out by your guests and mailed back to you.  Traditionally the reply card is accompanied by an addressed and stamped envelope, although today many couples are opting for a reply postcard.

Transportation Card – Lets guests know that you’re providing transportation from Point A to Point B on the wedding day.  If you need to know how many guests will be taking advantage of the provided transportation, just add a line to your RSVP card.

Within-the-Ribbon Card– Indicates to guests that they are to be seated in the “ribbon-ed off” section during the ceremony.   These are more of a southern tradition…I rarely order them for weddings here in Portland.

Informal – Flat or folded card that is typically used as a thank you note.  It comes with an unprinted envelope.

Escort Card – Directs guests to their assigned tables and is positioned in alphabetical order near the entrance to the reception.

Place Card – Directs guests to a specific seat at their assigned table.

Calligraphy – Artistic hand-inked lettering that adds an elegant touch to envelopes, escort cards, place cards, table numbers and more.

Menu Card – Gives a course-by-course listing of the food to be served and possible wine pairings.

Wedding Program – Outlines the ceremony proceedings.  May include songs, readings, special acknowledgements, and list the wedding party.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your sweetie spoils you today…you deserve it!!

photos courtesy of Powers StudiosHolland Studios 

From Winter to Spring…

Friday, February 10th, 2012

It is still early February but this past weekend, with blue skies and sunshine, it felt like spring. Weddings during these transitional months can be hard. Do you need to prepare for torrential downpour, freezing temperatures or possible sunburns? It can be a little tricky, especially if you are hoping to snap some pictures outside.  Put your mind at ease and prepare for a little bit of everything.  These colorful sweaters from JCrew are a great way to cover up yourself and your bridesmaids.

With so many fun and bright colors to choose from you are able to pick out a color that will match the design of your wedding.  Plus–what a great bridesmaids gift that they WILL be able to use again!

Sam + Devin’s Wedding Trailer

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I am such a huge advocate of wedding videos–especially when the bride and groom have put so much time and thought into all of tiny details.  If you are considering not hiring a videographer, maybe watching Sam & Devin’s amazing wedding trailer will change your mind…

Sam + Devin // Wedding Film | Portland from Moetic Films on Vimeo.


For more photos from this amazing wedding, visit the Jos Photography Blog.

Sam & Devin’s Armory Wedding

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Sam & Devin had a blowout wedding and reception at Gerding Theater at The Armory this last September.  We helped with Day-Of assistance and it was obvious that there was much thought that went into this big event.  Oregon Bride Magazine thought so as well…Sam & Devin’s photo was published in the current issue under the “Local Weddings of Note” feature.

Everything from Aerial Dancers serving champagne to guests to an artist hired to paint the reception as it was happening and a few wardrobe changes were just a few touches that made this wedding one to remember.

Photography by Jos Photographers, Video by Moetic Films, Flowers by Geranium Lake, Rentals by West Coast Event Productions, Catering by Art of Catering, Cake by Le Cookie Monkey, Reception Music by Design Band, Ceremony Music by John Ross


Jenga Guest Book

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I saw this terrific idea on Pinterest and just had to share.  How many of you played Jenga as a child…or as a drinking game in college?!?  I have such fun memories with this game and I love the idea of having the pieces at your wedding for guests to leave a special note on.

Its a great way to bring a little nostalgia to your day and inspire guests to actually “sign the guest book.”  Imagine years into the future playing this same Jenga game with your children—brilliant!!

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