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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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

Melissa & Charlie’s Nines Wedding

Monday, August 17th, 2015

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Working with Melissa and her mom was such a joy, and they just might be some of Nora’s all time favorite clients. They have great style, but also an Italian sass that continuously kept their planner on her toes. The day (featured by Style Me Pretty and Wedding Wire) was perfect—even though they had to execute the rain plan, everything flowed beautifully and the Grotto Chapel was breathtaking.  One (of many) detail that we loved? Melissa wanted to switch up the first look and have Charlie walk to her rather than vise versa.

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The Grotto Chapel was breathtaking, and totally decked out in floral and candles.  It truly took your breathe away when you walked in.

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Gospel Choir!  Such a fun surprise for guests.

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The evening “garden party” that Melissa envisioned was brought to life and was breathtakingly beautiful. From the tablescapes, to the gorgeous linens, to the romantic lighting, to the intricate cake–it was perfection.141011-513

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I also had the opportunity to be a part of planning the big musical surprise and what struck me most, was how much love was surrounding Melissa & Charlie. Everyone was genuinely excited for the wedding and for the happy couple. It was clear that the bride & groom not only make family come first, but have truly touched many, many people in their lives including myself.

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photography by Lauren B Photo, cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, linens by La Tavola, transportation by Portland Pedals,  Double Decker PDX and Twilite Limo, flowers by Blum Floral Design,  paper goods by Paper Bloom & Studio Grace,  nannies by NW Nanny, hair/makeup by Face Body Beauty, rentals by Classic Vintage Rentals, Ohana Party Rentals, lighting by PSAV, cake by Laurie Clarke Cakes, photo booth by Limelight, gospel choir by LaRhonda Steele, strings by Duo Con Brio, band by Hit Machine

Kim & Fred’s Golf Club Wedding

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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As Kim began planning her wedding, she knew one thing was certain.  Messiah Lutheran Church was a must for the ceremony venue, as she had strong family ties to her childhood church.  With the bride and groom being avid golfers, Katy knew that it only made sense for Kim and Fred to host their reception at a golf club.  The Oregon Golf Club Clubhouse fit exactly what the couple wanted for their intimate affair.  Gorgeous orange and ivory florals, navy linens,  pops of gold throughout the room and a stunning view of Mt. Hood set the mood for a beautiful evening.  Miniature bottles of Mumm Champagne were utilized as escort card holders and menu cards placed at each setting to match the decor were designed by the talented Lindsay Zogas of Paper Bloom.  Guests enjoyed a beautiful arrangement of desserts provided by Bridal Bliss Desserts, and Kim even incorporated a fun surprise for Fred, who is a huge Red Sox fan.

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photography by Jos Studio, floral by Geranium Lake, hair/makeup by Face, Body Beauty, music/photo booth by Chad Dowling Productions, transportation by Lucky Limousine, rentals by Party Place

Steph & Cory’s DIY Wedding at Castaway

Monday, August 10th, 2015

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Steph and Cory met in college and are such an incredible people. They instantly became a couple that Meghan loved working with and their personalities were really reflected in all the festivities and details they created. From the book initials and table numbers to the eclectic mix of centerpieces by Zest Floral, the couple created a truly beautiful look for their DIY wedding day at Castaway. They were married in front of a fireplace mantel backdrop in Versailles Garden, with breathtaking views of the Marquam Bridge in the background. Then it was time to celebrate! Chad Dowling Productions kept the party going with a photo booth filled with fun props and great music to get everyone on the dance floor. 

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Photography: Jessica Watson, Hair/MU: Portland Hair & Makeup, Dessert: Le Cookie Monkey, Rentals: Party Place & Something Borrowed, Video: Hybrid Moon, Catering: Food in Bloom 

 

Margot & Juan’s Oregon Golf Club Wedding

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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The Oregon Golf Club was the perfect venue for Margot & Juan’s classic wedding coordinated by Katy. The ceremony faced east and guests had views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams and neighboring vineyards during the Catholic vows.   Signature cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres were served on the patio post-ceremony and guests were then invited into the amber lit pavilion for dinner and dancing with music provided by Pressure Point Band.  The combination of mercury glass, pewter linens, gold chiavaris and chargers gave the big white tent a sophisticated and warm vibe.  Zest provided stunning ivory florals featuring hydrangeas and white garden roses with pops of magenta and sprigs of gold baby’s breath at each place setting. The ceremony space was later converted into an outdoor lounge area under cafe lighting provided by Greenlight Creative.

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Being from Venezuela, Juan wanted to incorporate some of his cultural traditions into the wedding, one of which was serving  delicious tequeños (imagine the most delicious fried cheese stick you’ve ever had, then make it even better) as a late night treat. Following the tequeños, they included another fun tradition, La Hora Loca “the crazy hour,” where the bride and groom provide props for their guests (everything from fun necklaces to masks and sunglasses) to use throughout the evening while dancing the night away.  It was definitely an evening to remember!

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photography by Evrim Icoz Photography, hair/makeup by Powder, Inc., rentals by The Party Place, cake by Lamb’s, transportation by Lucky Limousine and Eco Shuttle, printing by Crave Design, cinematography by Watertown Films

Laurie & Mike’s Riverhaven Wedding

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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Fun.  Joyful.  Beautiful.  Three little words that only begin to describe Laurie and Mike’s wedding, coordinated by Kirsten, which was a remarkable reflection of the wonderful couple that they are.  Friends and family gathered from all over to celebrate at River Haven Farm, which provided a naturally beautiful setting for their ceremony overlooking the Willamette River that was officiated with great humor and style by their best man!  Fun cocktails were served up by Tin Cantina out of their funky Airstream bar, and a delicious dinner was catered by Food in Bloom beneath a huge tent as long afternoon shadows stretched across the lawn and brought relief from the summer sun.  Lush floral arrangements by Zest Floral Design in pale pinks, peaches and greens accented the beautifully appointed tables, set with mismatched vintage china from Something Borrowed paired with sleek modern glassware and silver chivari chairs from The Party Place.  Northwest Nannies took care of the almost thirty toddlers and young children (including Laurie & Mike’s darling boy, William), engaging them with fun activities and leaving their parents to enjoy the party!  All Wright Music kept the atmosphere lively and the dance floor packed with all ages after Laurie and Mike opened with their first dance and were joined by their adorable son, William, in a heart-melting moment.  As the party finally came to a close, Mike surprised Laurie with a grand exit and they were whisked away in a 1947 “Silver Wraith” Rolls Royce Limousine.  What a night to remember!

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Photography by Benjamin DiCaprio, Hair by Gabi Johnson, Photo booth by Booth Shakalaka, Cake by Dream Cakes, Transportation by Best Car in Town 

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 

 
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