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Bachelorette Planning

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

While bachelorette parties are a blast to attend, planning them can be a bit of a challenge.  Brain-storming a unique location idea, finding a date that works for everyone and coordinating travel plans can be quite the task.  A new website, TheBach.com, streamlines the whole process for you.  Check it out!

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How cute is this idea?  Glam trip to LA with a stop at Disneyland!  Our darling bride, Sarah, was married in January and enjoyed the California sun in December!

Chair Swag

Monday, February 9th, 2015

It is always so fun when a bride and groom decorate the backs of chairs with various creative ideas. Here are a few of our favorites–we absolutely love chair swag!

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photo by Altura Studio

Flowers – talk to your florist about adding in some flowers for the back of your chairs or even re-purposing ceremony decor. Whether it’s a large single bloom or a lush garland, it will make your chairs pop! 140329-404

photo by Lauren B Photography

Wooden Signs – this is a wonderful DIY project. Find some scrap wood from a recycled center, drill 2 holes in the top corners and thread ribbon through. Hire a calligrapher (or friend) to write anything fun on the wood signs.

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photo by Lauren B Photography

Arrows – there are lots of fun ideas online for cute arrows with your initials, or Mr. and Mrs. The arrows add a fun modern element and also dress up the backs of your chairs.

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photo from Wedding Chicks

Ribbon – grab a large ribbon and tie oversized bows on to the back of the chairs. Another idea is to tie the two bride and groom chairs together with one big bow.

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photo by Fritz Photography

Monogram – have your initial of your first name or your new last name tied to the back of each chair. The options for monograms are endless!

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2015 Wedding Trends

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Love wedding gowns with plunging backs, receptions adorned in neutrals, brunch weddings or dessert displays? Watch our recent segment on KGW News to learn about more hot wedding trends for 2015!

Dessert Displays

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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photo by Yasmin Khajavi

This last spring we launched a dessert display option for our clients as an exciting added service.  Several took us up on it and and we had the opportunity to provide tasty treats with different darling presentations throughout the summer!  What sets us apart besides the large range of options and unique display pieces?  The high end ingredients used in the delicious desserts all of which are procured from a local scratch bakery.  All baked goods are made in a licensed commercial kitchens, which is very important to us.

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Photo by Jos Studios

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Photo by Jos Studios

We have an extensive inventory of beautiful glassware, platters, linens, custom signage and decorative details that we utilize to build your dessert display. Our process is simple – you tell us about your wedding and choose your treats, and we will design the display, source all of the sweets and provide the supplies. On the day of your event, we will set-up, restock, and tear down after the party is over. It’s that easy!

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photo by FS Photography

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photo by FS Photography

Some decadent and delicious items our clients have chosen this past summer are fresh fruit tarts, red velvet and cream cheese cupcakes, dark chocolate edible cups with vanilla bean pudding, blonde brownies and chocolate with caramel and sea salt cake pops to name a few!  We have many tasty options and can work with you to create a display with all of your favorites.

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photo by Yasmin Khajavi

Dessert displays are quickly gaining in popularity and we hope to bring styled sweets to several of our weddings this coming season!

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photo by Ben Pigao Photography

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photo by Ben Pigao Photography

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photo by Powers Studios

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photo by Powers Studios

Cascading Bouquets Are Back!

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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photo by Emily G.
This bouquet was first seen in the early 1900’s and really grew in popularity in the 20’s and 30’s. After taking a break the cascade bouquet (also known as the shower bouquet) came back with a bang in the 80s with Princess Diana carrying one of the most iconic cascading bouquets.
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After disappearing again for a few decades, cascading bouquets are back and we love it. This year we have seen a variety of cascading bouquets. From the traditional all white flowers with a mix of greenery trailing down to the ground, to a more whimsical teardrop look with colorful blooms and a small cascade of loose  greenery. A cascading bouquet come in all shapes and sizes. If you are interested in a cascade bouquet for your wedding, we recommend talking with your florist and picking out a style that works best for your figure and dress.
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Aisle Decor

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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photo by Holland Studios

When thinking about your ceremony, the very first thing to happen is people walking down the aisle. The aisle is a wonderful spot to add a few details and have fun. Here are some ideas on various aisle decor!

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photo by Holland Studios

Petals: we are suckers for flowers, so aisle petals are some of our favorite. You can have them on the sides, down the middle, covering the entire aisle or in fun swirl designs.

Runner: You can have a runner laid down on the aisle. Runners can come in a variety of colors or even be personalized with a logo or monogram

Candles: Candlelight is very soft and romantic. Line the aisle with candles in glass containers or lanterns. You can never have too many!

Shepherds Hooks: If getting married outside you can place shepherds hooks along the aisle. The hooks are then able to hang lanterns or flower arrangements.

Garlands: Love the look of greenery? Have large garlands running down the sides of the aisle. Or if you are up for a little more work, hang the garlands from row to row.

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photo by Krissy Allori

Fall & Winter Engagement Photo Ideas!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

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Portland in the fall and winter is absolutely gorgeous. All the leaves are falling and colors are changing.  So why not take the opportunity and capture your engagement photos during this beautiful time of year?

Below are a few fun and alternative locations for a fall or winter session!

Downtown Oregon City- cute little shops, fun bars & a beautiful bridge

Clackamas River Trail – great trail full of trees and gorgeous colors

McLoughlin Promenade – lots of wonderful brick stairs and a gorgeous outlook of the falls

Overlook Park: Great park with large trees and a beautiful view of the city

Lower Macleay Park: Full of wonderful trails, hikes & benches by the stream

Foothills Park: Great waterfront pictures, cool architecture designs and some covered areas

Sniff Dog Hotel: Bring the dogs! Great pet friendly spot with a cute bar

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photos by Ben Pigao

Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2015 Trends

Friday, October 17th, 2014

I just returned back to town after a whirlwind trip to NYC for Bridal Fashion Week with my mom, owner of Anna’s Bridal Boutique.  Our Bridal Bliss office just conveniently happens to be located inside of the bridal shop and my mom and I are super close, so trips like this are a blast!  The goals of the trip are to purchase new gowns for the shop, stay up on trends, network with wedding professionals, and have fun!

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Designer Hayley Paige with her own designs showcasing some of the season’s biggest trends: sequins, crop tops and very fitted butts!

Stay tuned for a recap of the fun over-the-top industry parties  we attended…until then, here are some trends you can look forward to!  I apologize in advance, these were all taken quickly by my phone so the quality/photographer isn’t the best!

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Easily the biggest new look we saw was a silhouette very eloquently described by designers as “tight butt, low back.”  When I say low back, I mean LOW back.  How gorgeous are these?  Every single designer we visited had a few of these looks in their collection!

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My favorite emerging trend?  ROMPERS!!  Watters nailed it with these two.

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Another beautiful look we saw over and over were lace sleeves.  I’m guessing Kate Middleton had something to do with this!

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I was surprised to see short dresses fading out, but a great replacement is a high/low skirt.  This gown by Modern Trousseau was to die for.

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Lastly, two emerging trends many designers showcased were studded accents and illusion necklines.  I have to be honest, I don’t love the harsh juxtaposition of studs on a delicate gown, but some of the illusion necklines are quite beautiful.

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Interested in any of these gowns or trends?  Definitely head into Anna’s Bridal to try some on!  Check back soon for more Bridal Market pics!

Pretty Preppy Favor

Monday, September 15th, 2014

If you loved our Pretty Preppy feature in our last blog post, then you will really love the favor we created!  As darling as this sparkling wine split turned out, it didn’t make the cut for the magazine spread.  However, this DIY project is too fabulous not to share!

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Weddings and Weed

Monday, September 8th, 2014

With legalities around marijuana constantly changing, it interesting to learn how it affects even the wedding industry.  Click here for an interesting article from the New York Times regarding the herb and Colorado & Washington weddings.

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