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This last weekend was one to remember. Elizabeth Corr, a Bridal Bliss planner, my good friend, and my soon to be sister got engaged to Tim Sheils who just happens to be my brother-in-law! I have been anxiously awaiting this big event for months (let’s not kid ourselves…years!), and it did not disappoint. Tim caught Elizabeth totally off guard and planned a perfect proposal. It all began last month when Tim drove to Seattle to ask Elizabeth’s parents in person for her hand in marriage. Such and old school and gentlemanly gesture, I absolutely love it.
Elizabeth worked a wedding on Friday, so she unknowingly set him up and asked Tim to make plans for Saturday. He had pre-planned a hike up at Silverlake Falls and totally lucked out with the beautiful weather. He took his time to scope out the perfect location as they hiked, and had the ring hidden in his shoe. Tim asked a passerby to snap a bunch of photos and then popped the big question. Of course, she said yes!!
Afterwards, Elizabeth thought they were heading back to Portland to get massages. Tim mentioned a houseboat that a friend had put up for sale and that they should check it out on their way home. Elizabeth loves being on the water, so she was totally down. What she didn’t know was that in the houseboat her nearest and dearest were waiting to surprise her and spend the weekend celebrating the great news. Elizabeth’s parents and several cousins came down from Seattle, her closest Portland friends were there, and my husband Tyler and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
It took Elizabeth & Tim a bit longer to get back to the houseboat than expected and the anticipation was killing us! Finally, the happy couple walked through the door and the only way to describe the looks on their faces was pure joy. Everyone was so excited, tears were flowing and it was just such a perfect moment with so much love in the room.
The ring is absolutely gorgeous. The best part? Tim had it custom designed to include his grandma’s and future mother-in-law’s diamonds. So thoughtful and just so awesome.
I am beyond excited for our family to grow, for all of the festivities to come, and to share a lifetime of happy memories with these two. I love them both so much individually, but even more so as a couple. I am just on cloud 9. Cheers!!!
Last spring I had the honor of planning a proposal at Cathedral Park for an incredibly sweet and down to earth couple, Kate & David. The groom-to-be wanted to make his proposal super special and memorable for his girlfriend, and they both lived out of state. David & Kate were planning to visit Portland in a few short months and he was hoping to incorporate some sort of flash mob for the big question. Being in a flash mob (not just witnessing one), was on Kate’s bucket list so David was determined to make it happen.
This was our plan….we put up a fake listing about a guy proposing to his girlfriend online. The date of the fake proposal would “coincidentally” be around the same time that the couple would be in town. David showed the listing to Kate and suggested they participate, and she bit! I worked with Tony at Billings Dance Center and his crew created a video with the choreography. It was sent over, David & Kate practiced, and she was all in. Essentially, we were planning a flash mob in a flash mob.
We planned a rehearsal the morning of, even though the dancers already had everything nailed down. But in order to really fool her, David & Kate showed and up we practiced the routine. There was a fake groom (“Damon” who was dancer), and he played the part of the nervous proposer perfectly. Then, we breaked for Damon to pick up his girlfriend and David took Kate to lunch. Everyone was to come back and act casual at Cathedral Park (some picnicked, some tossed around a ball, some played with a dog, etc). During the break, Kate & David’s family showed up and we hid them up high at the park so they could see everything. Kate’s sister and her family came straight from the airport and were stuck behind a train so we were super nervous they wouldn’t get in place without being seen!
Luckily we got everyone in place, the time came for Kate & David to return and the weather held. The music began, they hopped on stage and started their routine right on cue. Halfway through, the choreography changed and all the dancers circled around Kate & David. She was clearly confused and then shocked when the “bride” (a dancer!) ran up on stage to join the dance and David got down on his knee. It was such a thrill to watch it all happen and my heart was pounding!
After the proposal, the dancers kept performing as family walked down the hill. Kate’s eyes got bigger and bigger as she saw all of her close family who traveled from all over the country make their way to her. It was such a special day, and such a special group of people. I had the best time planning this! Even more exciting? We are planning this sweet couple’s 2015 Portland wedding!
Photos by Powers Studios
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Jill & Scott’s Hilton wedding took place on a clear and beautiful day in May. The view from the venue was amazing, the flowers full and fluffy and the bar was flowing at this event coordinated by Elizabeth. My favorite part about spring weddings? Peonies! Jill & Scott took full advantage–check it out!
Rentals by Sedera and Ohana Party Rentals, Floral by Zest Floral, Hair/Makeup by Powder Inc, Cake by Dream Cakes, Photography by Glo Photography, Music & Photo Booth by Paradox Productions, Officiant Maureen Haley, Gown by Anna’s Bridal
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!
While the girls were getting ready, the guys enjoyed themselves sharing boots at Prost.
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 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!
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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
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 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
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 & 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.”
Design Band does it again! Never been at a party they’ve performed at without having tons of fun!
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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
We first met Sara back in 2006 when she was a bridesmaid at her sister’s wedding, which we coordinated at Skamania Lodge. Sara wanted the same destination feel as her sister, but absolutely had to have a cool barn. We searched high and low from Washington down to Napa…and I think that you will agree that Brasada Ranch‘s barn was in fact perfect! Take a peek at this cowboy chic event coordinated by Elizabeth. Also, keep your eyes open for a nice big feature in the next issue of Portland Bride & Groom Magazine to learn more about this NYC couple and their fab event!
The Cocktail Hour may have been my favorite part of the event…how cool is this?!!?
photos by Altura Studio, flowers by Mint, rentals by WCEP, photo booth by VIP Photo Booth, desserts by Pie Spot, gown by Mika Inatome , hair/makeup by Artistry by Angela, ceremony/cocktail hour music by Bend Event Music, reception music by Chad Dowling Productions