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Kelsey & Josh’s Urban Leftbank Wedding

Monday, December 29th, 2014
Kelsey and Josh were a darling couple right from the beginning. Elizabeth knew planning was going to be fun when they started talking details about the urban chic wedding. Kelsey and Josh both had incredible style and their wedding was nothing short of that. Left Bank Annex was the perfect venue; a mix of modern and classic provided us with an excellent backbone for the wedding designs to begin unfolding. From an amazing table design to Salt & Straw late night no detail went missed at this fab wedding. Kelsey & Josh’s guests loved being a part of a wedding that truly represented the couple and celebrated until the wee hours of the night with a very full dance floor!
Photos by Jessica Hill Photography, Flowers by Zest, Ice Cream by Salt & Straw, Hair/Makeup by Powder, Inc, Catering by Vibrant Table, Rentals by Party Place, Video by Focal Point,   DJ by Paradox Productions, Cake by Cutsforth, Printing by Egg Press
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We submitted this wedding for publication but unfortunately our timing was off.  Regardless, what Kelsey wrote is so great that I have to share!
Josh and I go back to Middle School, where we were nothing but strangers who passed 
in the halls.  We became friends in High School, where we attended our Senior Prom together.  
We chose separate paths after High School, spending the next four years at rival Universities.  
Through mutual friends, we reconnected three years later and quickly became inseparable.  On 
September 9, 2012, while on a hike at Wahclella Falls, Josh, with our dog Cassius by his side, got 
down on his knee and proposed.  That unforgettable moment took place in front of a beautiful 
waterfall and was captured on film by a stranger, who somehow knew what was about to 
The wedding plans began immediately.  With the help of our wedding coordinator, we 
chose our venue, Left Bank Annex, an industrial building in downtown Portland.  “Urban Chic” 
became the theme for further wedding inspiration. All the details (glasses, stemware, 
silverware, plates and menus) all had to be modern and clean.  I chose blush accents in my 
flowers and napkins to compliment my neutral color scheme.   The metal table numbers went 
perfectly with the industrial venue and the centerpieces, along with mirrored vases and varying 
heights of floating votive candles added to the touch of elegance and romance that we 
envisioned.  To add to the fun of the reception, we treated our guest to “Salt and Straw”, 
Portland’s favorite ice cream shop, as they scooped their unique flavors such as Coffee and 
Bourbon, Sea Salt Caramel, Honey Lavender.  Being that Mac & Cheese is my favorite food, we 
decided that serving an elegant version as a late night treat would be the perfect solution to 
satisfy the late night cravings!
Despite all the beautiful details, the best part of my wedding day was my walk down the 
aisle.  Although this is what I was most nervous for, having my dad by my side and future 
husband in tunnel vision, it was a feeling that cannot be described.  We were honored and 
extremely fortunate to have so many family and friends present to witness our vows and love 
we share for one another.  That, hands down, is the reason why September 7th 2013, was, thus 
far, the best day of our lives.

Joslin & Kevin’s Wedding at Long Farm Barn!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014


Joslin and Kevin really wanted their wedding day to be a fun party filled will great food, drinks, and dancing. When they found Long Farm Barn they just knew it was the perfect fit. After getting married under the beautiful tree on the property, they made the historic 1900 barn the focal point by having their dinner take place in the garden. Guests sat at family style tables decorated with burlap and lace runners made by the mother of the bride and beautiful floral arrangements. Two Girls Catering BBQ’d an incredible dinner onsite. Guests then moved inside the barn where Kevin’s uncle kicked off the dancing with his band, Chihuahua Desert. Chad Dowling Productions continued the with a jam packed dance floor- the bride and groom even crowd surfed! 
















These photos are some of my favorites of the season–how cute is this couple?!?


Makeup by Kim King,  Hair by Emily York, Photos by Powers Studios, Cake by Lamb’s Thriftway, Catering by Two Girls Catering, Cinematography by Prophezy, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Rentals by Barbur Blvd Rentals, Band by Chihuahua Desert

Hayley & Casey’s Pure Space Event

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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Hayley & Casey…what a couple.  This bride had so much energy and sass, it was adorable.  In addition to her full time job, Hayley works as an award winning dance coach.  It was at dance practice where Casey proposed so of course these special girls were included in the wedding festivities.  In addition, Hayley took her coaching skills to choreograph an amazing first dance with her new husband (click here to see it!) and delighted guests.  The purple and apple green color scheme at this Pure Space event was bold, sparkly, dramatic and perfect for these two.   Such a fun wedding!

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The wedding was THIS fun.  This photo totally cracks me up!View More:

Catering by Gourmet Productions, Cake by AK Cake Design, Hair & Makeup by Powder Inc, Photos by Your Street Photography, DJ by Paradox Productions, Flowers by Zest Floral, Transportation by Double Decker PDX, Rentals by WCEP

Hayley & Peter’s Perfect PAM Wedding

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014



Hayley & Peter had a perfect PAM wedding back in March.  These two come from amazing families, and I truly enjoyed getting to know them throughout planning.  Hayley & Peter met through Christian Mingle and definitely a match made in heaven.  The ceremony was so thoughtful, and it was obvious to everyone that these two are so in love.  My first meeting was with Susan, Hayley’s mom, who described the bride’s sense of style as Kate Spade meets Pottery Barn.  We infused that look with whites, ivories, and blush tones at First Congregational Church and The Portland Art Museum to create a truly elegant event.  I loved it!






I mean seriously, how cute are these kiddos??









Two of the sweetest grandmothers I ever did see.


Hayley honored her late father by attaching a necklace he had given her to her bouquet.  He had recently passed, and from the stories I heard he was a truly wonderful man.  His presence was certainly felt!Hayley Anderson1

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Photos by Lauren B Photography,  Flowers by Zest, Printing by Crave, Catering by Art of Catering, Hair/Makeup by Powder Inc,  Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Cake by Dream Cakes

Shay & Andy’s Downtown Wedding

Monday, September 29th, 2014


I love weddings with a intimate, warm and cozy vibe, and Shay & Andy‘s downtown wedding was just that.  With a ceremony at First Presbyterian Church and a reception following at The Sentinel with many many detail items to set, Elizabeth had her hands full. The weather held out for us and the black and gold art deco design was perfect in the Governor Ballroom.  My favorite part?  Shay’s elegant gown from Anna’s Bridal that she zipped off during dancing to reveal a sassy cocktail dress perfect for dancing!




















Photos by Powers Studios, Hair by Tribe Hair, Rentals by Avery’s, lighting by Think AV, Cake by Dream Cakes, Video by CVP, Flowers by Old Town Florist, Transportation by Best Car in Town, DJ by DJ Royale, Catering by Jakes


Stephanie & Stephen’s OGC Wedding

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Stephanie & Stephen’s OGC wedding was a perfectly planned affair with a New England vibe.  This is such a sweet and fun couple, and Stephen’s smile is electric (especially when he first saw his bride)! While the rain was not planned, it brought with it a cozy magical feel that really added to the day.   We tried to mix it up by having the ceremony staged on the side of the rose garden, which is quite different than a standard Oregon Golf Club event.  The reception tent was gorgeous with wood tables, and a fresh palate of white, tangerine and gold. Guests enjoyed a seated meal and a photo booth complete with puppets created to look like the bride and groom.  As if that wasn’t enough, a sweet and savory waffle cart and Salt & Straw ice cream arrived late night!  Take a peek–
















Photos by Ben Pigao, Catering by Oregon Golf Club, Flowers by Blum Floral, Hair by DuRubia Salon, Makeup by Event Cosmetics, Rentals by WCEP, Table Rentals by Classic Vintage Rentals, Lighting  by Think AV, Cake by Laurie Clarke Cakes, Late Night Treats by Salt & Straw and Flavour Spot, Ceremony Music by Duo Con Brio, Reception Music by Swingline Cubs, Transportation by Lucky Limousine, Paper Items by Paper Bloom

Pretty Preppy Favor

Monday, September 15th, 2014

If you loved our Pretty Preppy feature in our last blog post, then you will really love the favor we created!  As darling as this sparkling wine split turned out, it didn’t make the cut for the magazine spread.  However, this DIY project is too fabulous not to share!


Pretty Preppy Feature

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Here at Bridal Bliss we coordinate weddings of all different styles and colors.  However, my personal favorite look is a design scheme with a little bit of prep added to the mix.  So, when Oregon Bride Magazine asked me to create a six page spread with the look of my choice….there had to be some preppy details included in the feature!  Elizabeth Corr and I  took the season’s hottest color, blush pink, and added in bold geometric patterns to design a scheme that really popped.  What do you think?

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The cake design was inspired by the Kate Spade confetti design, love her clean, sassy and chic look!Pretty Preppy3

A few behind the scenes shots!


(photo by Powers Studios, who graciously hosted the shoot!)




Flowers by Liz Rusnac Floral Design, Rentals by West Coast Event Productions, Calligraphy by Palomino, Invitation Suite by The Card Bar, Rose Gold Silverware by Kate Spade, Cake by Dream Cakes, Design & Ribbon Runner by Bridal Bliss

Parissa & Tommy’s Beach Wedding

Thursday, September 4th, 2014


Parissa & Tommy were married at Surfsand Resort near Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach.  They planned their beach wedding while living in Chicago, and took just a few trips out to plan.  The couple worked with Katy and infused both Persian and Chinese traditions to honor the bride’s parents.  The family connected so well with Katy that they have cerebrated holidays together!   Oregon Bride Magazine agreed that this was a beautiful wedding and decided to feature it in their current issue!


Parissa’s mom, Poh (who is as cute as can be), had guests write messages on a fabric square at the welcome reception in Portland. On the wedding day she had the closest family & friends squares sewn closest to the center, with extra squares for other guests to sign who hadn’t already.  Afterwards she created a beautiful quilt for the newlyweds!



Parissa’s dad walked her down to the first look with her groom.  I love this!BEN_PIGAO_PHOTOGRAPHY_SCANLAN_WEB-149







Parissa & Tommy had a Catholic ceremony at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.




After the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the hotel with a traditional Tea Ceremony as a nod to Poh’s Chinese background.



Following the Chinese Tea Ceremony was an outdoor Cocktail Hour.


After the Cocktail Hour, Parissa & Tommy had a traditional Persian Sofreh (ceremonial spread) set up for another cultural ceremony…this time a Persian “Aghd.”



The Ballroom at Surfsand was laid out with long tables, gorgeous flowers and elegant chiavari chairs. BEN_PIGAO_PHOTOGRAPHY_SCANLAN_WEB-615


This cute favor bag included the couple’s favorite salt water taffy.BEN_PIGAO_PHOTOGRAPHY_SCANLAN_WEB-622






Design Band does it again!  Never been at a party they’ve performed at without having tons of fun!BEN_PIGAO_PHOTOGRAPHY_SCANLAN_WEB-1068

Click here for more photos from this wedding.

Photos by Ben Pigao Photography, Hair/Makeup by Mascola’s Salon, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, Flowers by Jennie Greene Designs, Ceremony Music by Duo Con Brio, Paper Products by Crave Design, Photo Booth by Portland Photo Booth Company

Ethnic Inspiration Shoot

Thursday, August 28th, 2014


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!


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!


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.




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




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.




Party Place provided all the rentals from the chairs, to the china and everything in between. EastsideExchange-0083a




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.


Crave Design created the fab paper products!





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







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


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

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