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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!
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!
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!
My favorite emerging trend? ROMPERS!! Watters nailed it with these two.
Another beautiful look we saw over and over were lace sleeves. I’m guessing Kate Middleton had something to do with this!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
The popcorn bar came from Masala Pop. The flavors were amazing! Think chai, saffron, rose water, and so on. Delicious and so unique.
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.
Party Place provided all the rentals from the chairs, to the china and everything in between.
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.
Crave Design created the fab paper products!
Adrienne’s gorgeous gown was courtesy of Anna’s Bridal Boutique.
Special thanks to our models, Adrienne Jarvis & Evan Bernstein as well as Jeegisha Patel for the beautiful Indian attire!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
photo found on pinterest