Archive for the ‘Fun Details’ Category

Inspiring Invitations

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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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.

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Mary & Ryan’s Allison Wine Country Wedding

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Guests dined on an absolutely delicious six course meal complete with coursed wine pairings.

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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.

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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).

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This wine country wedding was truly an event to remember and the party was rocking into the wee hours!

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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

John’s Rowdy Baby Shower

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Not to be outdone by his wife Mary (click here to read about the fab shower she hosted!), Ryan wanted to throw a rowdy baby shower bash to celebrate his good friend’s impending fatherhood.  He wanted to celebrate John, and he wanted to go big. Nora came up with the idea of a progressive party and knew that Double Decker PDX would be the perfect form of transportation.

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The guys met up and were greeted with Sofia champagne and snacks as they loaded the bus.  The first stop was Circa 33 private speakeasy for appetizers, cocktails, and a little surprise.

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Ryan wanted a fun game to get everyone a bit rowdy.  We decided to have a drink off, but with a twist.  Each guy received a bonnet to wear and a baby bottle filled with a while Russian drink.  Team Pink drank first, and the winner went up against the winner of Team Blue.  It was ridiculously hilarious! The best part?  The guys kept their bonnets on all night!

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Next stop: Ned Ludd’s Elder Hall for a amazing coursed dinner!  Ryan worked with the chef to design a mouth watering menu with squash fritters, tempura cauliflower, beef rib steak and a rich bourbon chocolate brownie.

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We initially planned on the final stop being Multnomah Whiskey Library but the guys decided to go a little more low brow and celebrated into the wee hours at Alibi!  What better way then end the night with Blue Star Donuts for the ride home?

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Juliet’s Chic Baby Shower

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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As much as we love planning weddings, it is always fun to do something different whether it be a corporate holiday party, engagement party, going away brunch or even baby showers.  When Nora was asked to coordinate a fab baby shower for Juliet, she jumped at the opportunity!  Mary, the host, wanted something opulent, romantic, sweet and extra special for her dear friend Juliet.  I think we delivered!!  What a great group of friends and fun event to pull off!  Click here to see what kind of shenanigans the guys were up to celebrating the dad-to-be!

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How adorable is her baby bump??

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photography by Jessica Hill Photography, catering by Art of Catering, linens by La Tavola, invitations by Marsupial via Bridal Bliss, printing by Crave Design, rentals by Party Place, floral by Zest

A fun Seattle Touch to Any Wedding Reception

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

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photo by Ernie Sapiro Photography

Are you from Seattle? Getting married in Seattle? Or love candles as much as we do? Well we have just the tip for you! Glassy Baby rents out their gorgeous votives for private events and weddings. Candles are one of our favorite accents to any wedding, and they are inexpensive too! The lighting and glow gives any wedding an extra touch of romance. At just $5 a piece, you can now transform any table scape or add a personal touch to your reception and have the choice of huge range of colors. Here are a few pictures from weddings we have coordinated in Seattle, Portland and Bend that have all utilized them.

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photo by Riso Studio

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photo by Jessica Hill Photography

Linen Trends

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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We received some new fabric samples in our office today and we love the linen trends of bold patterns and colors. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors for your wedding- it adds a fun dimension and element of design! Here are some of our favorites we paired together. If you are interested in renting linens for your wedding, we can help!

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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Asking bridesmaids to be in your wedding is such a fun task and something we are always asked about. We decided to put together a simple, fun and cost effective way to ask each friend or family member for a little inspiration!

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Step 1: Gather all your supplies.

Here are some fun ideas for supplies:

Mini Champagne bottle– We love all things glitter so we decided to spray paint the bottle of champagne with gold glitter paint.

Nail polish– Grab a bottle in a coordinating wedding tone.

Ring– Little rings or pieces of jewelry can be found online for pretty inexpensive. It’s a fun detail to gift your bridesmaids!

Sign– How cute is this celebration sign? Get crafty and create you own card to ask each bridesmaid. Here is a balloon filled with confetti that instructs each girl to inflate, pop and then celebrate. Ridiculously adorable.

Packaging: Grab a good size box, packaging supplies and don’t forget cute ribbon or twine!

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Step 2: Package

If you are mailing your boxes make sure to package them safely. If you are hand delivering we recommend doing a little layering so there are lots of fun surprises when opened.

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Step 3: Card & Mail

Make sure to write a personal note to each bridesmaids and attach to the top. Then either mail or hand deliver to each girl!

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Beautiful Blush Wedding

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

We planned a blush wedding this past season with such gorgeous details, it was too beautiful not to share! Nora coordinated the garden event held at a private social club downtown Portland which featured beautiful light pink and ivory tones, amazing lighting by Greenlight Creative, lush blooms by Zest and dramatic floral chandeliers.

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photos by Ben Pigao Photography, cake by Dream Cakes

Eileen & Darren’s Art Deco Wedding

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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Eileen and Darren envisioned a Art Deco themed wedding reception to compliment the beautiful 1920’s style engagement ring Darren popped the question with.  The wedding, coordinated by Meghan, was held at the Oregon Golf Club and featured glamorous details created by Eileen that truly brought a unique touch to the day. Bella Bloom Florals beautiful arrangements filled the tent for a pop of fuchsia. For dessert, Laurie Clarke Cakes created a decadent, beautifully designed art deco wedding cake complete with their monogram. Guests dressed for the theme in 1920’s cocktail attire and danced the night away with with music played by John Ross Productions.

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Talk about a great bridesmaid gift!

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I love how this ombre aisle turned out!

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Such a great guest book idea!

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D A R R E N & E I L EEN from J&M Media on Vimeo.

Photography by Powers Studios, Hair/Makeup by Face Body Beauty, Chairs by Sedera, Photo Booth by PDX Photo Lounge, Video by JAM Media, Officiant by A Beautiful Ceremony

Chair Swag

Monday, February 9th, 2015

It is always so fun when a bride and groom decorate the backs of chairs with various creative ideas. Here are a few of our favorites–we absolutely love chair swag!

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photo by Altura Studio

Flowers – talk to your florist about adding in some flowers for the back of your chairs or even re-purposing ceremony decor. Whether it’s a large single bloom or a lush garland, it will make your chairs pop! 140329-404

photo by Lauren B Photography

Wooden Signs – this is a wonderful DIY project. Find some scrap wood from a recycled center, drill 2 holes in the top corners and thread ribbon through. Hire a calligrapher (or friend) to write anything fun on the wood signs.

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photo by Lauren B Photography

Arrows – there are lots of fun ideas online for cute arrows with your initials, or Mr. and Mrs. The arrows add a fun modern element and also dress up the backs of your chairs.

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photo from Wedding Chicks

Ribbon – grab a large ribbon and tie oversized bows on to the back of the chairs. Another idea is to tie the two bride and groom chairs together with one big bow.

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photo by Fritz Photography

Monogram – have your initial of your first name or your new last name tied to the back of each chair. The options for monograms are endless!

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