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Julia & Marcus’ German Festivities

Monday, April 21st, 2014

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There are so many great things to say about Julia & Marcus that I don’t even know where to begin.  As you may or may not know, Bridal Bliss began as a business plan entered into Gonzaga University‘s Business Plan Competition.  My business partner was our beautiful bride, Julia.  We ended up winning the competition (yay!) after which Julia decided to live in Seattle and I decided to move back to Portland and start up Bridal Bliss.  Regardless, we have remained good friends so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to receive her call telling me that she and Marcus were finally engaged! The two dated for years and years, so I knew it was bound to happen soon.  These two are salt-of-the-earth, good, fun people.  Let me tell you, they know how to party!

Soon after Julia shared the good news, I learned that they wanted a German themed wedding.  You heard right.  Elizabeth came on board to plan the big event and took the Bavarian theme to the next level.  With only a few months to plan, this wedding was one for the books.  So many awesome details to this event–take a peek!

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The day began with an outdoor ceremony at Julia’s parents home in Bellevue, Washington.  Marcus’ is mostly known by his nickname “Saki,” short for his last name, Tsurusaki.

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 Elizabeth making sure everything is perfect before guests arrive.

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 In lieu of a wine ceremony…Julia & Marcus had a Saki ceremony! 

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We enjoyed a Cocktail Hour at the home before heading over to the reception in downtown Seattle.

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The reception, which took place at 415 Westlake, is where the Bavarian theme came to play.  As they entered, guests could choose their glass or stein for the evening.

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The homemade ginger cookie favors.  

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The benches were made by Julia’s father!

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I was so impressed with how many people actually dressed up in traditional German garb.  With 200+ guests, it is pretty impressive to have a whole room into the theme!  

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Photos by Cleary O’Farrell, Rentals by Grand Event Rentals, Catering by Seasoned in Seattle, Reception Music by S-Bahn

 

Leslie & Devon’s Waverley Beauty

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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There are some clients you connect with more than others, and I fell in love with Leslie the moment I met her.  She is carefree, beautiful and has an inner strength amid the trials that life has thrown her way.  The three of us had such a wonderful time planning their November wedding together and the end result couldn’t have been more beautiful.  The navy, blush and champagne color palette was drop dead gorgeous.  Quite frankly, I think everything about this Waverley wedding was drop dead gorgeous.  From the dreamy plexi and candle ceremony, to the elegant gold up-lighting to the amazing florals…there was nothing not to love.  Take a peek!

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A gardenia adorned each place setting.  To say the room smelled amazing would be an understatement! nev_396

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Once dancing got started, we set out pashminas with a note that read “to have and to hold, and keep you from the cold” with instructions to head outside at 9:30 PM where guests would be surprised with firework show!nev_425

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We also arranged for a special lounge setup for the guys with high ends scotch and cigars.
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In addition to gingerbread & pumpkin ice cream sandwiches from Ruby Jewel (my fave!!), guests were treated to warm cookies and shots of milk!nev_564

 

For those that over-imbibed…a hangover helper station was just the right touch.nev_567

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Photographer: Altura Studio, Flowers: Geranium Lake, Lighting: Greenlight Creative, Cake: Dream Cakes, Paper Products: Grand Papery, Video: Shields Films, Transportation: Best Car in Town, Gown: Marcellas Le Boutique, Reception Dress: Anna’s Bridal

Gavin turns 1 with a sunshine themed birthday bash!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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When you first become a parent, everyone warns you how fast time flies.  It is so cliche, but so true!  We celebrated my son Gavin’s first birthday last week and I’m still in denial that a whole year has already passed since we met him.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while or following me on Facebook, you know that the little guy decided to come into the world two months early.  After spending a month in the NICU and watching Gavin grow this past year…we felt the need to really celebrate!  He is a healthy, hilarious and happy little boy.  If you ever want to make Gavin smile, all you have to do is sing “You are my sunshine” to him and he will immediately light up.   I decided to take that and run with a fun theme.  For everyone that keeps asking…here are a few photos from the festivities at our home!

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I have the worst sweet tooth ever, so a dessert display was a given!  Did you know that Bridal Bliss now designs dessert tables for weddings??  We are launching next month and so excited about it.  More details to come soon!

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My good friend, Judy Reese…owner of Dream Cakes, made this darling cake.  It was as delicious as it was beautiful, which is always the story with Judy’s amazing treats.  Thank you so much Judy!

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The birthday boy!

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Another good friend, Lisa from Crave Design, printed up all the signs, tags and labels.  They turned out so cute–thanks Lisa!

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Gavin getting spoiled by his Grandmas…as usual.  It pays to be the first grandchild on both sides of the family!

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The Grandpas were not to be outdone…

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Loved having so many close friends celebrate with us.

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In an effort to keep the kiddos entertained, we setup a coloring station to fit the theme.

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Auntie Elizabeth getting Gavin ready for his big smash

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He wasn’t quite sure what to do with the cake initially….

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…then he got a taste and slowly dug right in!

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I would say he enjoyed his first taste of sugar!

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Sunglasses favors with a cute tag that read  “Thanks for brightening by day!

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Gavin’s buddies!

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This might be my favorite photo of the whole party…deliriously tired and opening presents with a sugar high from such a fun day.

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Gavin got another shot at a cake smash the next day with a family party.  Can’t celebrate this guy enough!

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It has been such a joy to watch this little guy grow up.  We are thankful beyond words to our “village” for all the love and support this last year.  We are truly blessed.

 

Jessica & John at Leftbank Annex

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

This image is quite possibly the best first look photo I have ever seen…

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Enjoy a few more images from Jessica & John’s beautiful wedding at Lefbank Annex!

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photos by Bryan Rupp, flowers by Rosemary Stafford, Catering by Devil’s Food Catering, Makeup by Whitney Stassi

Laura & Nitin at The Allison

Monday, November 4th, 2013

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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!

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Cocktail hour followed the ceremony, which included plentiful hors d’ oeuvres, unique cocktails and an aerial dancer performance!

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Our gorgeous dinner tent–each place setting included a personalized menu.

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Once dinner and toasts were over, belly dancers shimmied in to lead guests to the party! 

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The candle lit walkway led guests to our lounge.

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Partway through dancing, the party was lead out to the patio for a fire dancer performance! 

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…and the party continued for hours!

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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,

Hangover Kit Favors!

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Our talented team member, Emily, worked on a September wedding that had a favor so cute (and practical!!) that I just have to share it with you all–take a peek!

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photos courtesy of Sara Gray Photography, printed items by Crave Design

Yassi & Ali’s Persian PAM Production!

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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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!

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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. 

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Dancers began the ceremony processional with incense.Yassi and Ali! Please share and tag! ps. I appreciate if you leave my copyright notice/logo on the picture, esp. when using as a profile picture.:) Please tag others!

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. 

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Between the ceremony and reception, guests were treated to yummy cocktails, hors d’ ouevres and an amazing spread of fresh fruit.

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The ceremony and cocktail hour took place on the first floor at the Portland Art Museum.  The reception was awaiting on the third floor.

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The  gobo projected onto the back wall was a custom monogram of the couple’s initials in Farsi.Yassi and Ali's Wedding

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How amazing is this cake?  It had its own riser and was a focal piece in the room. 

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The couple was showered with bills during their entry dance! 

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This group knew how to party!! 

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 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,

Baby Bliss

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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 member Katy and Heather threw a shower for me that was one for the books!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Such a great party—a HUGE thanks to Katy & Heather, and also to everyone that made it out!

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Debbie ALWAYS has a smile on her face!

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Gavin and his two grandmas…this is one spoiled boy!  So lucky to have these two amazing ladies in our lives.

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My little guy and I

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We had a wonderful time and I loved introducing Gavin to so many friends.  Thanks again Heather & Katy!

Sasha & Jahan’s Cultural Wedding

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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!

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The first look sets forth a day full of giggling!

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These two love to laugh!

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Regrouping before the ceremony

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Ceremony begins in Waverley’s Ballroom

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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!

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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.

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The ceremony ends with the bride and groom feeding each other sweet honey with their pinkies.

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The reception in Waverley’s dining room

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Toasts

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A traditional Persian wedding involves LOTS of dancing!

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Photos by Jos Photographers, Flowers by Geranium Lake, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Hair/Makeup by Powder Inc, Video by Black Label Films 

Lisa & Steve’s Vineyard Wedding

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

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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!

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The paper suite, designed by Lisa’s friend, was SO cute.

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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.

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The programs double dutied as fun word puzzles for guests.

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Getting ready to walk down the aisle.

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Mr. & Mrs.!

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The tablescapes were beyond charming.

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The bride changed into this sassy number for their choreographed first dance.

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The kids were told no dessert until after the first dance…they made sure to be on guard!

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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!

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Pretty sure she’s thrilled!!!

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Cheers to the happy couple!

Photos by Ben Pigao Photography, Flowers by Zest Floral, Catering by Pearl Catering, Dessert Display by One Divine Party, DJ & Sound by Chad Dowling Productions, Transportation by Lucky Limousine 

 
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