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Luis & Yael’s Multicultural Black Butte Wedding

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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U of O grads, Yael & Luis, invited their friends and family to travel to Black Butte Ranch to witness their marriage coordinated by Carrie. A combination of cultures was important to these two, the part Jewish ceremony was translated into Spanish while the couple stood inside the birch & floral chuppah. The crisp Central Oregon air and beautiful views created a perfect setting for this bohemian, glam style wedding. The décor was carefully chosen to wow in every corner of space. Deep reds, dusty blues and ivory filled the reception deck and flowed onto the tables in an eclectic yet simple way. A polaroid photo booth, lawn games and a Mexican themed menu entertained guests while they enjoyed the gorgeous venue. As the night cooled off guests cozied up by the fire pit, enjoyed the s’mores station and danced well into the evening.  Portland Bride & Groom recently featured the multicultural wedding–take a peek!

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photography by Rebecca Madsen, rentals by Something Borrowed, Barclay Events, Illuminate Your Night and Incredible Events,  flowers by Zupans on Belmont, DJ by Dan Dubay

Corinna & Rafa’s Bridal Veil Wedding

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Corrina and Rafa first met with Corrina was living abroad in Spain, where Rafa is originally from. The two infused elements of the Spanish culture into their wedding including a traditional Sidra toast and saying their vows to each other in both English and Spanish.The couple’s wedding, coordinated by Emily, was held at the stunning and private Bridal Veil Lakes overlooking the Columbia Gorge. The couple stayed with a traditional rustic charm design elements for their wedding. Each place card was a personalized wood chip, and the cupcakes sat atop hard carved wood pieces as well.
Once guests arrive at the venue they headed to the ceremony site which took place in front of the beautiful lake. At dinner guests were served traditional northwest cuisine family style before dancing the night away!

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photography by Hazelwood Photo, catering by Simpatica, rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, dessert by Pastry Girl, music by Torque Libre & NW Mobile DJ, transportation by Double Decker PDX 

Ashlyn & Ben’s King Street Station Wedding

Monday, July 6th, 2015
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Ashlyn and Ben met through their younger brothers who played basketball together. From the first time Elizabeth met with them it was clear that this night was a celebration not only for them but the joining of their families. Both coming from big families Ashlyn and Ben decided on King Street Station for their reception. The old train station is absolutely stunning with vaulted dome ceilings, beautiful lighting and right in the heart of the city.
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Guests arrived for a beautiful ceremony at First Presbyterian, which included an amazing bell choir from Daniel’s Recital Hall. The ceremony was heartfelt and special as the couple were married by Ashlyn’s Uncle. Following the ceremony guests headed to Seattle’s King Street Station where they were wowed by the amazing building, gorgeous flowers and a wedding reception where every detail perfectly was planned.
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One of the cutest details was the pre set menu which also included a timeline and program for the reception. After dinner, guests danced the night away and sent off the newlyweds with an unforgettable sparkler send off.
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Florist: Floressence DesignRentals: Pedersens Rental CompanyDJ: DJ Good TimesPhotographer: Brent Van Auken, Cake: Kara’s Cakes

Best of Bride Awards 2015

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Last week we had the honor of attending Oregon Bride Magazine’s annual Best of Bride Party at one of Portland’s newest event venues, The Exchange Ballroom & Rooftop!  Every year they outdo themselves with unique details and the most cutting edge designs…and this year was no different!

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Best part?  Bridal Bliss was named “Portland’s Best Wedding Planner” and “Portland’s Best Day Of Coordinator” of 2015, for the sixth consecutive year!  We are beyond thrilled and so appreciative of everyone that took the time to vote for us and keep our streak alive.  The magazine holds an initial vote, narrows it down to finalists and then the wedding industry makes the final decision.  That makes the awards so much more meaningful!

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Kirsten showing some love to Laura from Moving Picture Weddings!

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This team busts their butt for each and every client.  While there are many perks, being a professional wedding planner is not always glamorous (I will not get into details!).  To receive a little recognition for everything we do behind the scenes really means and lot.  Who doesn’t love a pat on the back?  This team of strong, talented and FUN women is truly amazing and inspiring.

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Katy & Nora from Bridal Bliss with Josh from Mosca Studio

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Elizabeth with Anna & Nicole from Oregon Golf Club–one of our favorite venues, and a big winner of the night!

It was so fun to watch many collaborators in the industry accept well deserved awards (including Anna’s Bridal!), and to catch up with old friends.  Portland is so lucky to have such talented wedding professionals! Oregon Bride brought in Poison Waters to make the announcements and to say she was a riot would be an understatement.  She had us in stitches!  What a great party–thank you Oregon Bride and congrats to all of our fellow award winners and nominees!  Also–thanks to each and every one of you that took the time to vote.  Your love and support over the years is genuinely appreciated!

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Nora with Alisa & Heather from OR Bride accepting awards

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

Click here to meet our team!  We missed a few, but had a good turnout!

Top row from L to R: Kirsten, Jennifer, Katy, Elizabeth, Jen & Cam.  Bottom row: Meghan, Nora, Natalia & Carrie

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

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Anna’s Bridal accepted FOUR awards including best dress shop!

Oregon Bride Magazine Best Of Bride 2015 Award Ceremony | Eastside ExhangeBallroom, Portland Oregon | Photography by http://MoscaStudio.com #moscastudio

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Nora & Heather, an Oregon Bride Lifer!

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Mary & Ryan’s Allison Wine Country Wedding

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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Mary & Ryan were married on a hot July day at one of our favorite places to be, The Allison Inn in Wine Country.  In honor of their anniversary this week, we felt the need to share this fab event that was somehow never blogged about! Mary & Ryan read about Bridal Bliss on a blog and were planning a wedding in three short months.  They brought on Nora to not only guide them through the process, but also design the entire event and make most of the decisions. Weeks after they booked, the couple went on an extended road trip of the US in their Airstream trailer and were not exactly accessible.  Nora took what little guidance they gave her (a natural feel with bright corals and curly willow) and ran with it.  Thankfully Mary & Ryan loved the finished product and the night was certainly one for the books with exceptional details.  The best part?  Mary, Ryan, Nora and Nora’s husband Tyler have become the best of friends and recently returned from a fun sunny family vacation together. We’ve even had the opportunity to plan more weddings and parties for this wonderful family!

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Mary wore a darling short number with Christian Louboutin pumps for photos, to greet guests and cocktail pre-ceremony.  She then quickly changed into her custom made bridal gown for the ceremony remainder of the evening.  Ryan had intended to change into a custom lavender/grey suit but was having too much fun and decided to stick with his tan duds.

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Wood rounds with calligraphy made their way into the decor as ceremony reserved signs, bride/groom chair signs and even reception escort “cards.”  The Party Place created custom wood benches with cushions for our ceremony which were intermixed with the folding chairs.

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After a meaningful ceremony officiated by a close family friend, the couple walked out with all of their friends and family singing the recessional. It started with Mary’s brother, and then more and more joined in.  We printed the lyrics to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on the back of the program so everyone could join in once they realized what was happening.  It was so fun!

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Guests dined on an absolutely delicious six course meal complete with coursed wine pairings.

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Could she be anymore gorgeous!?!  The truth of the matter is that she even more beautiful on the inside.  Nora loved every minute of working with Mary!  Low maintenance, trusting and fun.

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As the night went on, we had the band make an announcement for all the guests to head out to the patio.  We surprised them with an epic fireworks display coordinated with music the couple had chosen!  in an effort to keep the party going, we welcomed guests back into the ballroom with warm cookies, shots of milk, espresso and Bailey’s (the bride’s favorite).

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This wine country wedding was truly an event to remember and the party was rocking into the wee hours!

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Photography: Holland Studios, Cinematography: A Niko Productions, Flowers: Geranium Lake: Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio, Reception Music: Swingline Cubs, Lighting: Think AV, Fireworks: Western Display Fireworks, Rentals: The Party Place, WCEP, Peter Corvallis, Makeup: Katherine Sealey, Hair: Chrystal Waddell, Photo Booth: Paparazzi Tonight, Cake: Dream Cakes, Invitations: New & Blue

Susanna & Andrew’s Castaway Garden Wedding

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

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Susanna and Andrew fell in love with the garden next to Castaway and just knew they had to use it for their ceremony. Pomarius Nursery was a perfect setting for this lovely couple to tie the knot. Susanna worked with Meghan and continued the whimsical garden feel inside Castaway with terrariums filled with tea lights that hung from manzanita trees- the room just glowed! June Bug jammed throughout the night with a fun Pop Folk sound. The details to this event were so fabulous that June Bug Weddings featured it! 20140725-SusannaAndrew-014

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S & A Preview from J&M Media on Vimeo.

 Photography by Aaron Courter, Catering by Catering at its Best, Hair/Makeup by Kirstie Wight, Flowers by Solabee, Cake by Papa Haydn, Video by JAM

John’s Rowdy Baby Shower

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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Not to be outdone by his wife Mary (click here to read about the fab shower she hosted!), Ryan wanted to throw a rowdy baby shower bash to celebrate his good friend’s impending fatherhood.  He wanted to celebrate John, and he wanted to go big. Nora came up with the idea of a progressive party and knew that Double Decker PDX would be the perfect form of transportation.

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The guys met up and were greeted with Sofia champagne and snacks as they loaded the bus.  The first stop was Circa 33 private speakeasy for appetizers, cocktails, and a little surprise.

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Ryan wanted a fun game to get everyone a bit rowdy.  We decided to have a drink off, but with a twist.  Each guy received a bonnet to wear and a baby bottle filled with a while Russian drink.  Team Pink drank first, and the winner went up against the winner of Team Blue.  It was ridiculously hilarious! The best part?  The guys kept their bonnets on all night!

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Next stop: Ned Ludd’s Elder Hall for a amazing coursed dinner!  Ryan worked with the chef to design a mouth watering menu with squash fritters, tempura cauliflower, beef rib steak and a rich bourbon chocolate brownie.

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We initially planned on the final stop being Multnomah Whiskey Library but the guys decided to go a little more low brow and celebrated into the wee hours at Alibi!  What better way then end the night with Blue Star Donuts for the ride home?

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Juliet’s Chic Baby Shower

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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As much as we love planning weddings, it is always fun to do something different whether it be a corporate holiday party, engagement party, going away brunch or even baby showers.  When Nora was asked to coordinate a fab baby shower for Juliet, she jumped at the opportunity!  Mary, the host, wanted something opulent, romantic, sweet and extra special for her dear friend Juliet.  I think we delivered!!  What a great group of friends and fun event to pull off!  Click here to see what kind of shenanigans the guys were up to celebrating the dad-to-be!

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How adorable is her baby bump??

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photography by Jessica Hill Photography, catering by Art of Catering, linens by La Tavola, invitations by Marsupial via Bridal Bliss, printing by Crave Design, rentals by Party Place, floral by Zest

Ambar & Jeff’s Pakistani Wedding Weekend

Monday, June 8th, 2015

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This vibrant and elegant couple went all out for their dream Pakistani Mehndi ceremony at the Portland Art Museum which was coordinated by Jennifer. Ambar and Jeff’s ceremony featured delicious entrees, specialty drinks and more from Artemis Catering. The Portland Art Museum was stunningly decorated with flowers, linens, candles and an ornate Mehndi stage in shades of jewel tones, ivory and gold. After the traditional ceremony, guests enjoyed a special dance by the bridal party and everyone got involved when guest DJ Prashant taught and led a Bollywood dance.  The DJ kept the music going the rest of the evening as guests enjoyed delicious dessert and danced the night away!

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The next day, Ambar and Jeff had their second ceremony at the majestic Skamania Lodge.  The weather was perfect and their colors of ivory, gold and purple were enhanced by the beautiful outdoor setting.  The couple had many personal touches including their wedding programs, favors and guest book that included photos of the couple, family and friends.  The guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, dessert and had fun in the photo booth at the Pakistani wedding.  It was a perfect day for a wonderful couple!

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Ambar & Jeffrey’s Wedding Film at Portland Art Museum & Skamania Lodge from Focal Point Digital Media on Vimeo.

photography by Stark Photography,  mehndi food by Artemis Catering, cinematography by Focal Point, floral by Bloomsbury, reception DJ by Dennis Marcinello, photo booth by Happy Matic, hair/makeup by Blossom & Beauty

Erin & Sean’s MAC Wedding

Monday, June 1st, 2015

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I have been putting off posting about Erin & Sean’s wedding for weeks. I adore this couple so much and its hard to express it and really do it justice! It is always a special thing to plan a friend’s wedding. This was an extra special scenario because both the bride and groom are good friends, and the three of us have worked together in the industry for several years. What an honor to be a part of this fab event!
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I remember clearly when Erin & Sean met back when both were working at The Governor Hotel.  She was absolutely giddy and I just knew it was something special. Erin kept me updated as they continued their courtship and it was obvious that these two were perfect for each other. They both exude so much joy when they are together and literally grin from ear to ear. Plus they like to laugh….a lot. That will be clear as you go through the photos!

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Erin & Sean’s wedding day at Multnomah Athletic Club went off without a hitch. There was really no other option with the exceptional team of professionals they hand picked to be a part of this event!  From the beautiful fall hued centerpieces, to the elegant “chameleon” chairs to the amazing meal courtesy of the couple’s dear friend and well known chef Philippe Boulot, to the outpouring of love from their friends and family, this was a wedding that really stood out.  These two have such a love for life and their celebration was the perfect representation of how they are as a couple.

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Congrats Erin & Sean–so thrilled you have found so much happiness together!

Erin and Sean from Northwest Film Co. on Vimeo.

photos by Paul Rich & Alan Weiner, rentals by WCEP, photo booth by Paparazzi Tonight, video by NW Film Co, floral by Blossoms, DJ by Rose City DJ’s, officiant by Bob Renggli, cake by Dream Cakes 

 
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