Archive for the ‘Real Weddings’ Category

Turquoise Foundry Wedding

Monday, September 28th, 2015


Merrin & Andy were an incredible couple that Meghan truly enjoyed working with. They lived in San Francisco, but chose to get married in Portland and wanted to create a wedding full of details to showcase the beauty of the area. Stormy skies lingered throughout the June day to create a dramatic backdrop for their wedding ceremony on the The Foundry Promenade. Guests then moved inside to enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest inspired dinner provided by Food in Bloom and treats from Ruby Jewel Ice Cream and Mother Peach Hazelnut Caramel Corn.  Zest Floral filled the room with beautiful floral and candle centerpieces and hanging lanterns for a pop of color M+A celebrated their American and Canadian roots by creating a themed Photo Booth shot by Jessica Watson Photography– complete with hockey sticks, flags, jerseys, and so much more.
























hair/makeup by Powder Inc, dj by Event Team Entertainment

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Katie & Lane’s Abernethy Wedding

Thursday, September 24th, 2015


When Katie met Lane in school she knew instantly that Lane would be be her husband. Not wasting any time the two became engaged and began planning the wedding of their dreams. Katie, with the help of her coordinator Elizabeth, planned up a romantic and timeless evening. Katie and Lane said “I do” in the which Abernethy Chapel which is picture perfect and situated among beautiful gardens with lush green trees. As the Northwest rain started to come down, guests made their way from the chapel to the ballroom. The room was filled with candles and gorgeous rosette linens on all the guest tables. Most importantly the room was also filled with personal touches like Hawaiian leis as a nod to Katie’s heritage and pictures printed on their wedding cake. During the formal dances Katie and Lane played a slide show dedicated to their loved ones. There was not a dry eye in the room! The wedding evening was made even sweeter as Katie surprised Lane with a amazing wedding gift and get away car, a vintage truck that Lane had been eyeing. Katie keeping it a secret purchased the truck months before the wedding and arranged for it to be Lanes gift on their wedding day. Talk about a perfect send off.  5367




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photos by Kimberly Kay, hair/makeup by Jein King, cake by His Bakery, video by Focal Point, floral by Zest, music and lights by Paradox Productions 

Ali & Bob’s Colony Wedding

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Ali & Bob’s gorgeous wedding was held at The Colony in St. John. It was a beautiful evening filled with love, laughter and happy tears, with the help of Annie’s coordination. The bride’s and groom’s parents along with their dogs, walked each of them down the aisle and a close friend officiated the ceremony with heartfelt words. The well-behaved dogs, Maestro & Freya, laid at the front of the aisle for the entire ceremony as if to give their blessing for the union. The tables were simply set with glorious green and white natural floral table runners, and guests sat in their designated places for the ceremony and dinner. Guests dined on an Italian-style feast of steak, polenta, and orzo, finished off with a self-serve pie bar. Laughter filled the room as Ali danced with her Dad to “Twist and Shout,” a dance they had clearly been doing since she was a little girl. The dance floor opened, the wine was flowing, confetti was popped, and the party began a fun-filled time for all. Congratulations on your love story Ali & Bob!


Photography: FS Photography, Hair/MU: Kassandra Sommerville, Rentals: Party Place, Catering: Feast Works, Floral: Anna Mara, DJ: DJ Colin,

James & Natalia’s Spring Wedding

Monday, September 21st, 2015


Natalia and James tied the knot on a crisp April day with Jen as their planner.  Although all of our weddings are memorable and unique, this one was extra special.  Natalia has been a lead coordinator with Bridal Bliss for several years, so it was even more meaningful to be a part of her big day!











The simple, yet gorgeous, spring wedding ceremony was held at Cathedral Park and officiated by Leslie Sharp.  Framed by the stunning underside of the St Johns Bridge, friends and family surrounded the couple as they exchanged vows.  They even had a special guest included in the ceremony– their sweet Boxer puppy, Hendrix.  Photographer and friend, Dave Russell, from their hometown of Denver, captured the magical day perfectly.  He was even able to snag a couple photos of the Natalia and James standing in the middle of the St Johns Bridge!








Immediately following the ceremony, Natalia and James were ready to celebrate with all of their guests at their reception venue, Village Ballroom at the Oregon Public House.  Natalia and James chose this venue because it combines two things they are passionate about; charity and beer.  Oregon Public House is the world’s first non-profit pub with 100% of its’ net profit going to various charities.  Every single detail of this wedding was unique and meaningful to the couple.  Crave Design created paper products featuring legos…a mutual hobby of the couple.  All the floral, including the custom made Lego boutonnieres that matched each groomsman’s personality, were provided by one of our other Bridal Bliss coordinators, Carrie.






As implied by their wedding hashtag, #partyoftheyear411, James & Natalia’s wedding reception was definitely a night to remember.  They had everything from salsa dancing taught by the father of the bride, Javier, to delicious food provided by Ate-Oh-Ate and Tamale Boy.  There was even a surprise appearance made by a Storm Trooper, thanks to DJ Chad Dowling, who kept the party going all night with tunes from the 90s.





Sara & Tom’s Wedding at Home

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


Sara and Tom were one spectacular couple. They are truly two of the most genuine and fun loving people. From day one they expressed to Elizabeth that wanted to plan a wedding at home that would represent them as a couple. Sara and Tom decided to get married in the backyard of Tom‘s parents house. 60 of their closest family and friends gathered around while they said “I do” with the Columbia River as their backdrop.  Sara and Tom met while at a Dance Dance Revolution competition, so when it came time to plan their wedding we of course had to have a DDR machine. Guests lined up all night long to dance the night away. Sara and Tom of course had an outfit change later in the evening – something a little more suitable for the DDR machine. The day was absolutely beautiful.





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Photography by Ben Pigao Photography, Hair & Makeup by Gabi Johnson, Rentals by Party Place, Catering by Devil’s Food, Cake by Dream Cakes, Floral by Zest, Sound & Music by Chad Dowling Productions

J+J’s Red Sentinel Wedding

Monday, September 7th, 2015

J+J were a super sweet couple that were a complete joy to work with.  They were laid back and just wanted to have a wonderful event at The Sentinel Hotel.  Busy with two kiddos, they didn’t have much time to plan and relied on Nora to pull together their wedding day together.  The couple wanted a red color scheme and a double happiness chinese symbol scattered throughout.  With a large Chinese contingent, we even printed the escort cards in two languages!  The couple entered their reception followed by traditional Chinese lion dancers and it was so fun to watch the guests’ reactions.  A good friend of the couple and well known mixologist, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, curated the signature cocktail menu.  All in all, the day was perfectly executed and there wasn’t a single hiccup.  J+J went on a honeymoon to Bali a few days after the big event, and then planned a family honeymoon to Disneyland a few weeks after.  So happy for this darling couple and their new family!

Photography: Yasmin Khajavi, Day-Of Printing: Crave Design, Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals, Cake: Dream Cakes, Lighting: Think AV, Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth, Flowers: Swoon, Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio, Reception Music: Chad Dowling Productions

Carolyn & Scott’s Benson Wedding

Sunday, September 6th, 2015


Carolyn and Scott met with Bridal Bliss over a year before their wedding date and got right to work with Elizabeth. The couple wanted to wow their guests and have touches of a Gatsby theme carried throughout the night! After visiting a few venues Carolyn and Scott quickly settled on The Benson Hotel. The Benson’s beautiful chandeliers, over-sized fireplace and gorgeous staircases offered the perfect art deco feel for the wedding. The ceremony was held in the Crystal Ballroom and a cocktail hour followed in The Benson’s stunning lobby.  With gorgeous flowers by Blum Floral and lighting & music by Paradox Productions, the ballroom was transformed. As Carolyn and Scott were introduced into the ballroom guests were on the dance floor waiting and ready to dance. After cutting a rug for a few songs and working up an appetite, guests sat down to a delicious dinner.  However it was not long until the dance floor was packed and that is how it stayed for the entire night!















photos by Powers Studios, hair and makeup by Jein King, rentals by Party Place & Sedera, cake by Dream Cakes

Heather & Kirk’s Riverhaven Farm Wedding

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Heather and Kirk hosted a beautiful summer wedding at River Haven Farm, filled with personal touches from friends and family.  Several of Heather’s friends came together to form a wonderful chamber music ensemble for their ceremony, crafting a special Ave Maria arrangement for the bridal party processional and generally delighting the guests with their virtuosity. Kirk and Heather’s friend and pastor, officiated the ceremony with grace and humor and touching anecdotes of Heather and Kirk’s early relationship. The joyful atmosphere continued through the social hour with fun lawn games and an old-fashioned soda bar, while another group of friends set up a Jazz Band and played great toe-tapping rhythms.  Dalton’s Northwest Catering provided a sumptuous buffet for dinner, while the best man and maid of honor roasted and toasted the bride and groom with great good humor.  Dessert was a treat with a variety of delicious cakes from Laurie Clake Cakes and a colorful candy display arranged by Heather’s sister and cousin.  A custom kissing booth crafted by a friend and a few fun props became the focus of a photo booth, with Susannah from Peter Mahar Photography snapping the photos.  Once the dancing began in earnest, another friend stepped in to DJ, playing crowd favorites bringing everyone onto the dance floor!  What a great party coordinated by Kirsten!  Congratulations again to Kirk and Heather!

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Sound & Music by Chad Dowling Productions, Rentals by Party Place & Something Borrowed,  Flowers by Zest & family, Makeup by Julie Lampros, Hair by Katerina Tsirimiagos


Hannah & Jon’s OMSI Wedding

Monday, August 31st, 2015


Hannah and Jon wanted a fun party with great food, a great DJ and great drinks. Being the first of their friends to tie the knot, the bride and groom wanted everyone to have a blast. Hannah and Jon were high school sweethearts. They had the amazing opportunity to have their ceremony  in his family’s Lake Oswego backyard where he grew up.  Following the ceremony, guests made their way to OMSI for a fun night of eating, dancing, and drinking. Hannah and Jon had many little unique details that really personalized their wedding. They have a pet Ducks so at the ceremony, Jon’s mom surprised them with two small Duck statues at the at the altar. Jon is a big beer enthusiast so for guest favors he brewed three different types of beers and bottled them in 20 oz bottles. Keeping with the OMSI/Science theme we custom made table assignments using the Periodic Table of Elements – assigning each guest an element box. “Slices” were served as a late night snack and special surprise to Jon and his buddies. Slices is a restaurant on the East Coast that Jon and his friends would frequent. The restaurant serves only slices of plain pizza with different sides (ranch, BBQ sauce, blue cheese, Oregano, etc). Their guests celebrated until midnight then headed to Apex (wedding dress and all) for an after party. Natalia and Hannah had a unique routine during the planning process…scheduling runs and nailing down details as they sweat!





















photography by Ellie Asher, rentals by Party Place, Something Borrowed and West Coast Drape, hair/makeup by The Prettiest You, floral by Buddies Flowers, DJ by Event Team Entertainment

Kate & Brian’s Sentinel Wedding

Thursday, August 20th, 2015


Simple, elegant and classic. When Katy first met with Kate and Brian these were some of the words that came to mind when asked what they envisioned for their wedding.  The Sentinel Hotel (formerly The Governor) was the perfect fit for the timeless affair with a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom followed by cocktail hour in the Renaissance Room with beautiful ceilings and sunlight flowing in the windows.  Next guests made their way upstairs into the Governor Ballroom (formerly known as the Heritage Ballroom) for  the reception.  Paper goods designed by Crave Design matched the room’s decor of pewters, golds, ivories and pops of blush.  A variety of short and tall floral arrangements, by Zest floral, adorned the combination of long and round tables throughout the ballroom, creating a warm and elegant feel. With an open bar and great music provided by Josh Fancher of NW Premier Mobile DJs, guests danced the night away until the wee hours of the morning.













Photography by Honeysuckle, Rentals by Party Place, Cake by Dream Cakes

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