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Ethnic Inspiration Shoot

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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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!

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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!

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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.

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The popcorn bar came from Masala Pop.  The flavors were amazing!  Think chai, saffron, rose water, and so on.  Delicious and so unique.

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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.

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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.

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Crave Design created the fab paper products!

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Adrienne’s gorgeous gown was courtesy of Anna’s Bridal Boutique.EastsideExchange-0170

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We adore the Zest girls! From left to right…Elizabeth, Nora, Hailey & Caitlin

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Special thanks to our models, Adrienne Jarvis & Evan Bernstein as well as Jeegisha Patel for the beautiful Indian attire!

La Marca Minis

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

If you know me, you know I love Prosecco.  Lets not kid ourselves….I don’t discriminate against champagne or sparkling wine, but when I have the choice I prefer the fruitiness of a chilled glass of Prosecco.  So, when I heard that La Marca came out with new mini bottles, I just had to share!  These could be such a fun addition as a wedding favor, served with a striped straw as a welcome pre-ceremony drink,or even adorning a table at a bridal shower.  The baby blue label is chic and elegant and you can purchase a mini as low as $5 each!

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According to La Marca, Prosecco has quickly become one of the most successful sparkling wine types made today. Prosecco is made from the white grape, Glera. This expressive grape is prized for its delicate flavors and aromatics. Prosecco is made through the Charmat method, which creates a delicate effervescence and a food-friendly palate.

Wedding Trends for the 2014 Season

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Yesterday, Cathy Marshall from Channel 8 contacted me to film a segment about trends for the upcoming wedding season.  Take a peek at my interview that aired on KGW news and King 5 news in Seattle!  What do you think?


Photos by (in order of appearance) Altura Studio, Bryan Rupp Photography, Ben Pigao Photography, Kim & Niki Photography

Trend in Bridesmaids

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The New York Times recently reported a new trend when it comes to wedding parties….including Grandma as a bridesmaid!  We’ve had Grandma’s as flower girls, but I think the idea of her standing up as a bridesmaid is adorable! What do you think?

Bride’s Magazine Best Venues

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

We are honored to have be chosen as a top wedding planning firm by Bride’s Magazine yet again!  Such a thrill to be considered in the same league as Yifat Oren & Sasha Souza.  This time, they asked us to submit our favorite wedding venues in the northwest…two of which made it into their “Best Venues in America” article in the February issue.

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Kid Friendly Bar

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Yes, that is correct- even the kids at your wedding can have a bar! Let them get a little wild and have some fun with a hot chocolate bar. Using large beverage containers offer hot chocolate at a warm temperature. The bar can include all of the fixins so the kids can customize their own drinks. Here are some toppings that are sure to be a hit: whip cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate chips, and cookie crumbles.

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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!!

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Click here on more details on this fab giveaway!

Registry Woes No More!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

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Creating a wedding registry is fun, but it can also be overwhelming, time consuming, and even difficult. We are frequently asked for registry recommendations and even sometimes to help with registry gift selections. That’s why we were pretty excited when we stumbled upon newly launched Blueprint Registry, the first wedding registry platform that helps you create a wedding registry based on the layout of your home.

Blueprint Registry allows for you to search for gifts based on your personal style and home layout. They give you a visual representation of how the gifts will fit into your life or home along with quantity and style recommendations.

It is important to create a registry that is easily accessible for your wedding guests and Blueprint Registry does just that. It’s a one-stop-shop for you & your wedding guests, making the registry process seamless and easy for both parties.  Blueprint Registry works with large well-known stores like Crate & Barrel, William-Sonoma, West Elm, Amazon and more. In addition they also work with small designers and boutiques offering a wide range of high quality gifts.

There are fun features scattered throughout the website that make registering more fun and personal. But over here at Bridal Bliss, we think the best two features of the site are the Group Gifting option and the Thank You & Easy Return Guide.

The Group Gifting feature gives you the ability to allow multiple guests to contribute to larger ticketed items on your wish list. You have the ability to set the number of guests that can contribute to each gift, so the price point per person on a group gift is up to you!

The Thank You List and Easy Return Guide include a purchase summary and return summary for each gift, organized by vendor. You will be able to view each gift purchased along with the purchasers name and contact information- making writing your thank you notes a breeze!

Lucky in Love Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Feeling lucky?

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A dream team with 18 of Portland’s most talented wedding professionals have banded together to create Lucky in Love – an exceptional giveaway valued at over $20,000! Only ten uniquely Portland couples will be selected from the submissions to participate in the promotion.  This means that each finalist will have a one in ten chance of winning!!!

If you, or someone deserving that you know, is engaged and interested in being considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity, please send an email to: luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com.

 
Your email must include:

* A photo of the couple

* Answers to the following questions with as much detail as you’d like (one paragraph for each question):
1. What makes you, as a couple, unique?
2. What do you love most about Portland and why?
3. Describe your dream wedding and tell us whether your wedding date is already set or if the date is flexible.

Once the 10 finalist couples have been selected, it will be up to the general public to vote for the winning couple.

What might a Uniquely Portland wedding look like? Well, look no further.

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The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, all whom made this inspirational photo shoot happen.

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

Email luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com and let us know if you’re feeling lucky in love!

This promotion is open to all engaged couples who reside in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Full details, terms and conditions will be shared with potential finalists. Once the final ten couples have been selected, the promotion will no longer consider additional entries, so please contact us immediately if you are interested.

Social Media Concierge…awesome or absurd?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Every once in a while we like to post up and coming wedding trends…some of which are more outrageous than others.  Take a peek at the newest yet, as seen on the Today Show last week.  I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend $3000 on decor rather than on some random person tweeting and instagraming my day!  What do you think?

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