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Laura & Nitin’s September wedding at The Allison Inn was easily one of my all time favorites. This couple was very hands off and let myself and their crew of professionals surprise them with an epic wedding. The only requests were to include unique performances throughout the evening and lavish florals. Laura peeked in on details along the way and encouraged us to get creative…thankfully they loved the end result!
Mr. & Mrs!
Cocktail hour followed the ceremony, which included plentiful hors d’ oeuvres, unique cocktails and an aerial dancer performance!
Our gorgeous dinner tent–each place setting included a personalized menu.
Once dinner and toasts were over, belly dancers shimmied in to lead guests to the party!
The candle lit walkway led guests to our lounge.
Partway through dancing, the party was lead out to the patio for a fire dancer performance!
…and the party continued for hours!
Photos by Ben Pigao, Flowers by Zest, Rentals by Party Place & West Coast, Aerial Dancing by A-WOL Dance Collective, Belly Dancing by Sedona Belly Dance, Fire Dancing by Flamebuoyant, DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid, Cake by Dream Cakes, Printed Items by Crave Design,
Yassi & Ali’s entire wedding design scheme was inspired by a dress that Yassi loved. She loved the way it looked and she loved the richness of the color. From there we worked with Geranium Lake to translate it all into a gorgeous wedding! This couple was incredibly thoughtful in choosing each of their vendors and working on details to ensure that the event had a “wow factor.” Ali owns ABC Jewelry downtown, so I can ssure you that the jewels were out of this world!
Yassi & Ali included a traditional Persian ceremony (and “Aghd”) and a huge peice of that is the wedding spread, or “Sofreh.” Each item included in the Sofreh represents a wish for the couple…like honey to represent a sweet life, or eggs to represent fertility.
Dancers began the ceremony processional with incense.
Another Persian tradition that I LOVE includes a thin cloth held above the couples heads, with happily married women rubbing sugar cubes together over them and wishing them a sweet life.
Between the ceremony and reception, guests were treated to yummy cocktails, hors d’ ouevres and an amazing spread of fresh fruit.
The ceremony and cocktail hour took place on the first floor at the Portland Art Museum. The reception was awaiting on the third floor.
How amazing is this cake? It had its own riser and was a focal piece in the room.
The couple was showered with bills during their entry dance!
This group knew how to party!!
Photos by Evrim Icoz, Video by Moetic Films, Flowers by Geranium Lake, Cake by Dream Cakes, Chairs by Ohana Party Rentals, Makeup by Event Cosmetics, lighting by Portland Art Museum, Catering by Devil’s Food,
While weddings are our forte here at Bridal Bliss, we also plan several other events including corporate functions, birthday parties and bridal showers. We also plan baby showers…and my dear friends and fellow Bridal Bliss team members Katy and Heather threw a shower for me that was one for the books!
Katy & Heather originally planned the shower with a “ready to pop” theme. However, my baby boy Gavin decided to show up two months early (!!!) and unfortunately the party had to be cancelled. Instead the girls planned a “Sip n’ See” for a smaller group of industry friends to be able to meet my little man and enjoy some food and drinks at one of our favorite venues, The Foundry.
This event was no ordinary shower. Katy & Heather took the details to a whole new level with adorable invites by Crave Design, a yummy spread by Food in Bloom Catering, darling Blissfully Sweet dessert display, delicious cake by Dream Cakes, gorgeous flowers by Zest, an awesome lounge and rentals from Ohana & Party Place and even a cotton candy station from Fairy Floss…all captured by Ben Powers. My friends know me well…I have a ridiculous sweet tooth!
One of my favorite details was a fun activity that guests were invited to participate in. 26 blank wood blocks were prepared and guests were asked to choose one letter of the alphabet, and decorate a block that letter. Gavin now has a complete set of alphabet blocks and they are all personalized by my friends. What a clever idea!
Such a great party—a HUGE thanks to Katy & Heather, and also to everyone that made it out!
Debbie ALWAYS has a smile on her face!
Two of my favorite ladies…could their little ones be cuter??
The Bridal Bliss girls!
Gavin and his two grandmas…this is one spoiled boy! So lucky to have these two amazing ladies in our lives.
My little guy and I
We had a wonderful time and I loved introducing Gavin to so many friends. Thanks again Heather & Katy!
Sasha & Jahan had a beautiful Persian wedding at Waverley Country Club last September. They planned their event from California and worked with Katy and Emily to fine tune all the details. We absolutely love infusing culture, family traditions and personalty into weddings. Congrats Sasha & Jahan!
The first look sets forth a day full of giggling!
These two love to laugh!
Regrouping before the ceremony
Ceremony begins in Waverley’s Ballroom
A traditional Persian wedding ceremony, or Aghd, involves a spread known as the Sofreh. This Sofreh is filled with eggs, sweets, nuts, and several other items that each represent a wish for the couple. Eggs for fertility, desserts for a sweet life and so on. I love all the symbolism–so meaningful!
Part of the wedding ceremony involves all of the happily married women in the room holding a beautiful cloth over the couple’s heads. They then rub large sugar cubes together above the bride and groom to shower their marriage with blessings.
The ceremony ends with the bride and groom feeding each other sweet honey with their pinkies.
The reception in Waverley’s dining room
A traditional Persian wedding involves LOTS of dancing!
Lisa & Steve were married on a beautiful August day at Vista Hills Vineyards. These two were the most low maintenance couple of all time. They knew a bit of what they wanted and let us get creative. Nora & Emily incorporated their love of books into the decor and a beautiful sorbet color scheme. Take a peek!
The paper suite, designed by Lisa’s friend, was SO cute.
Being at a winery, Lisa & Steve appropriately had a “wine box ceremony” during their wedding where they wrote notes to each other and locked them up with a great bottle of wine to be opened at a later date.
The programs double dutied as fun word puzzles for guests.
Getting ready to walk down the aisle.
Mr. & Mrs.!
The tablescapes were beyond charming.
The bride changed into this sassy number for their choreographed first dance.
The kids were told no dessert until after the first dance…they made sure to be on guard!
The bride had no idea where she would be honeymooning, as it was being secretly planned by the groom. Steve surprised Lisa with the destination by giving her a travel book to Provence!
Pretty sure she’s thrilled!!!
Cheers to the happy couple!
Beth and Simon came to us to plan their wedding, insisting that they get married at the beach. We had the hardest time finding a venue that fit what they were looking for! So, we ended up utilizing a gorgeous home and adjacent property in Cannon Beach owned by the bride’s sister and her husband, who’s wedding we planned in 2012! I think you will agree that you cannot beat the setting of this gorgeous event planned by Katy! Congrats Beth & Simon!!
First look on the beach!
Such a cute couple…he swept her off her feet!
Ceremony in the woods
Photos by Ashley Purcell Photography, Video by Aniko Productions Catering by Simpatica, Rentals by Party Place, Flowers by Bridal Bliss, Dessert by Saint Cupcake, DJ & Photo Booth by High Fidelity Entertainment, Paper Goods by Crave Design
I’ve always loved the color combination of cobalt blue with vibrant orange. Leah & Trevor worked with Natalia on their spring wedding at The Foundry and incorporated some really fun and unique touches.
I love the typesetting of their thank you notes at each place setting!
Could he be any cuter?!?!
photos courtesy of Powers Studios
Crystal & Ben were two of the most laid back clients I have ever worked with. Both are doctors, and Crystal was in Washington DC for most of our planning. Ben was her eyes and ears, and he was a rock star groom coming to meetings and scoping out venues. We ended up at Oregon Historical Society for the reception and a sunflower and bike theme for the whole event. Bikes were incorporated in the engagement session, all the printed items, cookie favors, the cake and so on. It was definitely woven through the whole event–take a peek!
The couple rented school buses for wedding party and guest transportation.
All the printed items for this event were DARLING, and went along with the bike theme.
The ceremony was held at the beautiful St. Patrick Church in NW Portland.
This is was pure happiness looks like.
I love me some striped socks!
These simple pots leading up to the reception were one of my favorite details of the day. Just so sweet!
The basket on the bike was for cards!
Cake–can you see the bikes piped on?
Great event, great couple, great night. This wedding gives me the warm fuzzies–congrats Crystal & Ben!