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Portland Bride & Groom Magazine Feature

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Recently the crew at Portland Bride & Groom Magazine asked us to design an entire spread for the new issue that was released just this month. We pitched a few ideas and thankfully they chose my favorite…”Winter Wonderland” meets “Ralph Lauren Chic” which was shot at Cooper’s Hall.  Elizabeth Corr and I were able to put our minds together, get creative and really make the magazine feature beautiful and cozy.   We have several copies at our office so feel free to stop by and pick one up–it is a gorgeous issue!

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The spread came together amazingly well, and we loved so many different aspects.  Our favorites were the chic chair coverings and the place settings.  The elegant china and silver chargers worked so well with creatively designed menus, geometric napkins and a charming bow.   The entire design had a masculine feel, but was softened up by textural elements such as the fur and the grosgrain ribbon.  Between the hot chocolate, the lush flowers,  the plush blanket favors and the delightful mac & cheese, the entire spread gave us a warm fuzzy feeling!

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With a rock star team including Zest Floral, AK Cake Design, Royce Prop Shop, Paper Bloom, and BBJ Linen we couldn’t go wrong!

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Thank you to Anna and everyone at Portland Bride & Groom for including us in this—we had a great time and always love working with you  We had to take a few  behind the scenes shots–such a fun crew! IMG_1406






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

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!

Behind the Scenes at Lucky in Love

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Have you entered our Lucky in Love Giveaway yet?!?  Take a peek at this behind the scenes look at our inspiration shoot by Moving Picture Weddings.  Watch until the end for Elizabeth and I to dork out!!

Lucky In Love Competition :: Behind the Scenes from Moving Picture Weddings on Vimeo.

Click here on more details on this fab giveaway!

Pantone says to go green for 2013!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Every December, a color of the year to come is named by Pantone…the authority on all things color related.  This year, the chosen color is Emerald Green.  They describe the color as “Lively.  Radiant.  Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

I have to be honest, initially I wasn’t thrilled by this tone.  However…the more I look at it, the more I like it.  Emerald is a very flattering color (lucky bridesmaids!), and looks crisp and clean against whites, or rich and elegant with other jewel tones.  There is so much you can do with it, and it can certainly make a statement.

What do YOU think??  Do you remember what Pantone named as 2012’s color?  Click here to find out!

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Inspiration Shoot Featured!

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

This morning the wedding blog of all wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty, featured an inspiration shoot we were thrilled to be a part of.  The shoot had a “modern day fairytale” theme, and it came out as dreamy as ever.  Click here for more photos and the Style Me Pretty Feature!

Props to all the amazing wedding professionals that put this together!  Stay tuned for the video feature of the shoot.

Venue: Imago Ballroom, Floral by Bella Bloom, Rentals by West Coast Event Productions, Photos by Emily G Photography, Printing by Paper Bloom, Hair/Makeup by Face Body Beauty, Menswear by Duchess Clothier, gown by Charlotte’s Bridal, Jewelery by Mandalena, Dessert Buffet by One Divine Party, Video by Black Label Films, Officiation by A Beautiful Ceremony NW

Icelandic Inspiration

Monday, April 2nd, 2012


Last week some of my college girlfriends and I had a crazy idea for a girls trip and went to Reykjavik, Iceland for an extended weekend.  We had the BEST time and while we were there, checked out some darling shops and boutiques.  One of our favorites had a great display of tea cups and really made me want to style a wedding or event after the look.  How fun to have a bridal tea or luncheon with this gorgeous china?

Other than shopping, we had a great time exploring the town, hiking a glacier, enjoying the geothermal hot springs and of course…exploring the nightlife.

Keep Iceland on your radar for a fun and unique vacation adventure!

Words to live by…

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

If you haven’t yet experienced the virtual pin-board, Pinterest, yet…I urge you to check it out!  It is an amazing way to organize all the beautiful photos you find online and arrange them in defined categories.  You can easily share your images with friends or even give a few different people access to pin images onto the same board.

I have a board called “Words To Live By” where I keep inspirational quotes and a few words of wisdom that just crack me up.  I came by the wise words below from Audrey Hepburn and just had to share it with you.

For more inspirational photos and fun quotes, follow my Pinterest page!  You may need an invitation to join, so just let me know and I will happily take care of you!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Wishing you and yours a very happy St. Patrick’s Day! I will leave you with one of my favorite Irish blessings (which is a GREAT addition to a wedding toast)…

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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