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Ethnic Inspiration Shoot

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Recently, we had the opportunity to work with an amazing team of wedding professionals to pull together a vibrant Indian themed inspiration shoot at a brand new Portland Venue, The Exchange Ballroom & Cascade Rooftop.  We typically do not participate in inspiration shoots often, but this was too exciting to resist.  Both Oregon Bride Magazine & Style Unveiled jumped at  featuring our shoot on their blog.  Check out our video by Moving Picture Weddings and  photos below to learn a little more about where each vendor’s inspiration came from.

From Bridal Bliss (the planner): Recently we toured a brand new rooftop event space and were immediately inspired.  The last few seasons, neutral tones like creams and blushes have been all the rage with our brides.  Although this is a beautiful palate, it is always fun to utilize stylish bright and vibrant colors.  With such a fab urban background….we really wanted something that would pop, have an edge as well as a big wow factor.    We pulled together our  “Dream Team” of local Portland wedding professionals and realized many of us have Indian weddings this coming season.  Thus, the idea for an ethnic inspiration shoot was inspired.  From the bold colors, to the unique backdrop. to the elegant place setting, to the whimsical popcorn bar…everything came together perfectly.  Enjoy!

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From Kirstie Wight (the hair/makeup artist): To create our model’s Indian inspired makeup and hair, I chose a timeless look packed with drama. For all Indian women, it is about the eyes and this shoot was no exception. I used coral, gold, and dark brown eye shadow to create a smokey but colorful look.  I then lined the eyes with black kohl and added full flirty lashes. For the rest of the face, I added a soft gold highlight to the cheek and a bright pop of raspberry pink to compliment the beautiful saturated colors of the brides bouquet. I kept hair simple by adding a bit of curls then I gently swept the hair up in to a romantic up do that perfectly framed our models face.  She was as stunning as the shoot was!

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From Zest (the florist):  Pale color palettes have been all the rage for the past several years, and we wanted to showcase something fresh, vibrant and colorful.

The inspiration for this shoot came from our love of Indian weddings. They are just so beautiful, bright and happy. And they usually include a bit of decadence paired with a lot of color, neither of which are bad things in our mind!

When we heard about a hip new rooftop venue opening in downtown Portland, the vision of a modern, urban, colorful, Indian-inspired theme came to life.

The mandap, for example, felt very modern-eclectic. Strands of bright, colorful carnations and roses adorned the mandap, while white chiffon and a hanging chandelier added a contemporary edge.  Ghost chairs and gold Moroccan poufs offered a chic mix of nontraditional seating; and colorful rose petals and a mix of chic lanterns softened surroundings.

The tablescape also embodied a fun mix of modern and traditional elements. Decadent florals in vibrant hues featured roses, garden roses, gloriosa lilies, anemones, ranunculus and jasmine. Lavish gold vases, candles and bowls of oranges added interest and meaning to the tablescape, while ghost chairs and stylish stemware added the perfect contemporary touch.

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The popcorn bar came from Masala Pop.  The flavors were amazing!  Think chai, saffron, rose water, and so on.  Delicious and so unique.

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From Food in Bloom (the caterer):  We were so honored to participate in this Indian Inspired photo shoot partnering with Bridal Bliss and other top Portland vendors.  At Food In Bloom, we pride ourselves on our custom created menus and proposals, different for each client.  We make everything from scratch at our kitchen using only the best fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients.  Hence when we have clients requesting Indian themed cuisine, we love to create something very special.  For the photo shoot, we created some Indian favorites: the vegan samoas served with tamarind chutney, tandoori skewers served on a traditional banana leaf, chudwa (an Indian trail mix), spice platter, mango lassi and non-alcoholic pomegranate sparkler.

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From Bryan Rupp (the photographer): I was really excited to be involved in this shoot because I knew the vendors and their work well, so I knew bringing these people all together under the same vision would be amazing, and it was.

I was also excited to shoot at the Eastside Exchange, it’s a new venue to Portland and it’s a very well done rooftop venue.  I was inspired by the view of the city and the feeling of being outside so high up, there’s nothing like being on the rooftop of a building with a spectacular view of downtown.

I was inspired by the pale wood of the venue mixed with the bright colors and elements of the shoot.  The view of course was breathtaking, as was the light, and the models did a really amazing job.

Overall the shoot was a huge success, had a lot of fun behind the camera and connecting with the models and other vendors.

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Crave Design created the fab paper products!

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Adrienne’s gorgeous gown was courtesy of Anna’s Bridal Boutique.EastsideExchange-0170

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We adore the Zest girls! From left to right…Elizabeth, Nora, Hailey & Caitlin

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Special thanks to our models, Adrienne Jarvis & Evan Bernstein as well as Jeegisha Patel for the beautiful Indian attire!

Sara & Chad’s Brasada Wedding

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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We first met Sara back in 2006 when she was a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding, which we coordinated at Skamania Lodge.  Sara wanted the same destination feel as her sister, but absolutely had to have a cool barn. We searched high and low from Washington down to Napa…and I think that you will agree that Brasada Ranch‘s barn was in fact perfect! Take a peek at this cowboy chic event coordinated by Elizabeth.  Also, keep your eyes open for a nice big feature in the next issue of Portland Bride & Groom Magazine to learn more about this NYC couple and their fab event!

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The Cocktail Hour may have been my favorite part of the event…how cool is this?!!?

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All of the barn wood signs were hand made by Sara’s parents!altura_studio_80

photos by Altura Studio, flowers by Mint, rentals by WCEP, photo booth by VIP Photo Booth, desserts by Pie Spot, gown by Mika Inatome , hair/makeup by Artistry by Angela, ceremony/cocktail hour music by Bend Event Music, reception music by Chad Dowling Productions

Gretchen & Ben’s Private Residence Event

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Katy & Natalia worked with Gretchen’s mom, Jackie, to plan this beautiful outdoor wedding at her property in Castle Rock, Washington.  This stunning home and meticulously manicured grounds provided the perfect backdrop for the event.  Take a peek!

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Rentals by Specialty Events & Rents, Catering by Simpatica, Photography by Bella Lucia, DJ by Twin City DJ, Flowers by Chris Gould

Elaine & Shawn’s OR Historical Society Wedding

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Elaine & Shawn were married on a perfect Oregon summer day in the downtown Park Blocks at the Oregon Historical Society.  This couple planned their wedding with us from afar and incorporated apple escort cards, beautiful wood tables and even surprised their guests late night with the pink Voodoo Doughnut truck.

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Photos by Yasmin Khajavi, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, West Coast Event Productions, Something Borrowed & Avery’s, Catering by Heathman Hotel, Cake by Dream Cakes, Pies by Honey Pot Bakery, Hair/Makeup by The Prettiest You,  Floral by Geranium Lake, Officiating by Robert Griffin, DJ: Encore Mobile DJ

Kara & Scott’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Wedding

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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We met this cute couple when Kara was a maid of honor at one of our weddings….they were adorable then and they are adorable now.  Kara & Scott decided to have their wedding at McMenamin’s Cornelius Pass Roadhouse and worked with Emily to fine tune their details.  So many fun DIY projects…my favorite is the ceremony backdrop!

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Photography by Stark Photography, Cinematography by Prophezy, Makeup by Ebel Artistry, Rentals by West Coast Event Productions, Dessert by Crave Bakery,    Flowers by Punch Portland, Ceremony Music by Max’s Midnight Kitchen, Reception Music by Paradox Productions, Transportation by Double Decker PDX and First Student,  Photo Booth by Happymatic

Sharon & Manny’s OGC Wedding

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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We love coordinating weddings at Oregon Golf Club, especially when it means working with a super fun couple on an event full of gorgeous details.  Sharon & Manny worked with Meghan and celebrated their big day with shades of purple, beautiful white draping, a bevy of unique touches and one heck of a good looking guest list.  Enjoy!

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Love this first look photo!

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The wedding design was created by the groom himself! It adorned the dessert display backdrop, and all the printed items.

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Photos by Tyler Gould, Catering by Oregon Golf Club, Hair/Makeup by Powder, Inc, Rentals by The Party Place, Desserts by Blissfully Sweet, Cake by Laurie Clarke Cakes,  Photo Booth by Paparazzi Tonight, Cinematography by Ian Pratt, Floral by Flowers for You,

Sarah & Matt’s Leftbank Affair

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Sarah & Matt worked with us to plan their Leftbank Annex wedding while they were living in New York and in the middle of school, hectic work schedules, a move and all around craziness.  It is refreshing to work with clients that have an idea of what they want, but are open to ideas from the wedding professionals they have hired. We loved the soft, clean palette and the juxtaposition of the exposed brick and raw space. From the GORGEOUS wedding gown, to bringing in Portland’s hottest ice cream cart to renting gorgeous furniture to create lounge spaces, this wedding (which was featured on Style Me Pretty!) was one to remember.

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There were so many personal aspects to this wedding, my favorite being the huppa Talit designed by all the guests. bridalblissselects-051

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Once the ceremony was over guests headed downstairs for a the Cocktail Hour, while a large team of wedding professionals “flipped” the space upstairs.  Let me tell you…as beautiful as they are, those tables are not light!bridalblissselects-088

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I love watching the Hora…and these dads did not disappoint!  The looks on their faces are priceless!bridalblissselects-101

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Photos by Lauren B Photography, Rentals by The Party Place & Classic Vintage Rentals, Draping by West Coast Drape, Flowers by Geranium Lake, Catering by Devil’s Food, Late Night Treats by Salt & Straw, Cake by Dream Cakes, Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment, Makeup by Event Cosmetics, Paper Products by Press Engaged

Melisa & Justin’s wedding at home

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We coordinated a bevy of weddings at private residences this past season, and they were each fabulous in their own way.  Natalia worked with Melisa & Justin on their summer wedding at home, which was definitely a stunner.  So many thoughtful details and unexpected elements.  My favorite are the chair ties–so beautiful and uniquely done!FritzPhoto-Phillips-001-11

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Photos by Fritz Photo, Catering by Two Chicks & A Rooster, Floral by Sophisticated Floral, Rentals by The Party Place and Barclays, Hair/Makeup by The Prettiest You, Dessert by Hope’s Bake Shop,

Maria & Brian’s Greek Orthodox & OGC Wedding

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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Maria & Brian were SO much fun to plan with. They always brought a dose of humor to our meetings and were very straight forward and low maintenance.  They didn’t have particular feelings towards the design and decor, so I really was able to have fun and get creative.  Thankfully…they loved it!

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Maria & Brian were married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at Holy Trinity Church.  The hour long ceremony was followed by cocktails and a reception in the clubhouse at Oregon Golf Club.

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We plan quite a few events at this Oregon Golf Club, but more often than not they take place outside or in a large tent.  It was fun having the opportunity to coordinate a wedding inside the clubhouse, as it has a warm, unique and cozy feel with huge windows that show off the great view.

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Guests took full advantage of the Iphone charging station with pave floral!

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Photos by Bryan Rupp Photography, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Floral by Zest, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Dessert by Blissfully Sweet,  Transportation by Lucky Limousine, Paper Products by Crave Design

 

 

Gretchen & Chad’s Governor Affair

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Gretchen & Chad’s wedding was super special to me, as Chad is a very good industry friend of mine.  We worked together on the very first wedding I coordinated back in 1999 and have been tight ever since.  Chad was the DJ at my own wedding in 2009, and has been the DJ at every party we’ve thrown since.  He has the talent of keeping a dance floor packed ALL NIGHT.

I’ve watched Chad’s darling little girl, Emma, grow up and we’ve spent many Saturdays together wedding season after wedding season. So, I was beyond honored when Chad and his beautiful bride, Gretchen, asked me to help coordinate their wedding at The Governor Hotel’s Renaissance & Billiard Rooms.  Gretchen & Chad compliment each other so well and they are both into Star Wars, goth and their pug Helga…all of which made an appearance at the nuptials.

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Here is where the “goth” and first peek at “Star Wars” came into play. We had the Manhattan Monk officiate the wedding and Gretchen was set with having the lights dim way down right as he walked in and the ceremony started.  She meticulously picked out music (which was perfect) and it started out with what sounded like a somber monk chant.  Once the officiant walked down the aisle, the music brightened up and the processional began.  It was very dramatic!

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Rather than a having unity candle or sand ceremony, the officiant mixed up a cocktail with liquors representing qualities of a good marriage such as trust, love, etc.  The bride and groom toasted with this cocktail and it added a nice humorous, yet meaningful, twist.  I loved it!

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Why wouldn’t he pull out a light saber for the cake cutting??

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Photos by Powers Studios, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Flowers by Zest, Cake by Dream Cakes, Catering by Jake’s Catering, Chair Covers by Avery’s, Makeup by Powder, Inc.,  DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth by Craig/Chad Dowling Productions

 
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