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Gretchen & Chad’s Governor Affair

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Gretchen & Chad’s wedding was super special to me, as Chad is a very good industry friend of mine.  We worked together on the very first wedding I coordinated back in 1999 and have been tight ever since.  Chad was the DJ at my own wedding in 2009, and has been the DJ at every party we’ve thrown since.  He has the talent of keeping a dance floor packed ALL NIGHT.

I’ve watched Chad’s darling little girl, Emma, grow up and we’ve spent many Saturdays together wedding season after wedding season. So, I was beyond honored when Chad and his beautiful bride, Gretchen, asked me to help coordinate their wedding at The Governor Hotel’s Renaissance & Billiard Rooms.  Gretchen & Chad compliment each other so well and they are both into Star Wars, goth and their pug Helga…all of which made an appearance at the nuptials.








Here is where the “goth” and first peek at “Star Wars” came into play. We had the Manhattan Monk officiate the wedding and Gretchen was set with having the lights dim way down right as he walked in and the ceremony started.  She meticulously picked out music (which was perfect) and it started out with what sounded like a somber monk chant.  Once the officiant walked down the aisle, the music brightened up and the processional began.  It was very dramatic!




Rather than a having unity candle or sand ceremony, the officiant mixed up a cocktail with liquors representing qualities of a good marriage such as trust, love, etc.  The bride and groom toasted with this cocktail and it added a nice humorous, yet meaningful, twist.  I loved it!









Why wouldn’t he pull out a light saber for the cake cutting??




Photos by Powers Studios, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Flowers by Zest, Cake by Dream Cakes, Catering by Jake’s Catering, Chair Covers by Avery’s, Makeup by Powder, Inc.,  DJ/Lighting/Photo Booth by Craig/Chad Dowling Productions

Stephie & Andrew’s Vineyard Wedding

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014


Stephie & Andrew’s wedding was especially important to us, as Stephie is a past Bridal Bliss assistant!  We were so excited to be a part of her Aurora Colony Vineyards wedding and it all came together flawlessly.  The venue was stunning, the sun was shining and everyone had a good time.  I like the vineyard couple pics almost as much as I love the photos with Stephie and her twin sister.  Take a peek!




















Photos by Kira+Matt, Catering by Its Party Time Catering, DJ by Alpine Productions, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals 

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!


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.

New Portland Bride & Groom Feature

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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We are always so excited to see one of our weddings featured in print.  So, when Portland Bride & Groom decided to show off Sara & Chad’s wedding in their Summer/Fall 2014 issue, we were thrilled!  The whole article is very well done, and I really love the very end of the Q&A where Sara & Chad are asked for advice to other couples.  The response was “hire a local wedding planner–they felt hiring Bridal Bliss was the best money they spent.” If that isn’t an amazing complement I don’t know what is!!  A blog post with more photos from this fab wedding coordinated by Elizabeth are coming soon so be sure to check back.  Until then, enjoy Portland Bride & Groom’s write up and photos by Altura Studio!

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Promo at Treat!

Monday, June 2nd, 2014


Treat is a new local skin care and waxing studio and we cannot say enough good things!  Bridget, our friend and a past Bridal Bliss bride, is offering a free brow wax or tint with any booked service for the month of June.  This is open to anyone who is interested! Take full advantage of this…you can’t afford not to!



Treat also offers 20% off services for Bridal Bliss clients (can’t be combined with this promo!) in June and beyond.  


Lucky in Love Finalists!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Please meet your Lucky in Love finalists! Only one couple will win. Directions on how to vote are below the finalist profiles.

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, with the total prize value well over $20,000!

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

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To vote, please leave a comment on this blog post with the couple’s names.

Really want them to win? You may go to each of the links below to vote for your favorite couple, for a total of 30 votes!

To vote via other vendor’s blogs, click each of the links below and leave a comment with the couples names.
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Modern Moments Designs
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup

To vote via vendor’s FB pages, click each of the links below, like the vendor’s FB page, find the couple you want to win, and leave a comment on their photo (note – comments on the main album will not count, only on individual photos, and votes will only count if you have liked the vendor’s page).
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Michelle DeCourcy
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup
John Ross Music
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Happymatic Photo Booth
PDX Pedicab
Artemis Foods
Hotel Deluxe

Voting rules: You may vote for your favorite couple once on each of the pages for a total of 30 votes. Multiple votes from the same person on the same link will not count. For a FB vote to count, the page (not just the album) must be “liked” AND a comment must be made on the specific couple’s photo. Please direct any questions to

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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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!!

Lucky In Love Competition :: Behind the Scenes from Moving Picture Weddings on Vimeo.

Click here on more details on this fab giveaway!

National Recognition from The Daily Meal!

Monday, October 28th, 2013


Very exciting news for us over here at Bridal Bliss!  The Dealy Meal just this last weekend released names of 2013′s best wedding planning firms across the country and our team has been chosen for the state of Oregon!  This website currently produces more culinary content than any other resource and delivers a fresh take on dining news and trends, so this is quite an honor.


The Daily Meal featured our photo shot by Ben Pigao Photography of a Gatsby themed dessert buffet.  This beautiful spread from an August wedding was created by Blissfully Sweet

We love how The Daily Meal highlighted what makes each company stand out from their state’s competitors.  Here is what they said about Bridal Bliss…

Every aspect of event planning is essential and we love that Bridal Bliss manages to perfectly execute grand weddings with their tailored services, which have been noted in dozens of publications and highly ranked reviews. However, what caught our eye about this company was their emphasis on working with dessert designers to make sure your sweet table acts as the perfect accent to your themed wedding event.

Click here to read the full article and here to view other featured companies throughout the nation.

Meet Kirsten!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I’m so excited to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Kirsten Smrtka!  She not only comes with tons of wedding experience and training as a sommelier, but she is also as sweet as can be!


photo by Powers Studios

Kirsten was born in South Africa, and raised in Zimbabwe, but moved to the United States with her family when she was sixteen.  After graduating from university in Southern California with a degree in Biology, she moved to North Carolina and spent five years working in academic medical research.  

However, always a social butterfly and party planner, the idea of working in the hospitality industry held strong appeal, and with a love for food and wine Kirsten began working at an independent high end family-owned restaurant and event facility.  It was here that her love for special events was nurtured as a part of a small team that worked exclusively on fine dining private parties — weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and all the other special celebrations in life.  As a Certified Sommelier, Kirsten especially enjoyed the opportunity to create exceptional dining experiences through food and wine pairings.

Kirsten recently moved to Portland with her husband, and is thrilled to join the Bridal Bliss team and focus her energies on wedding coordination.  She is delighted with the opportunity to leverage her organizational skills, eye for elegant design, attention to detail, and love of hospitality to facilitate such special events.

A few fun questions and answers:

Favorite part of a wedding day: The moment just after the vows — there is such an outpouring of love from friends and family towards the bride and groom, who have just committed to a lifetime of love.  It is an emotional moment for everyone!

Favorite quote:  “The best is yet to come!”

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up:  An architect.  I loved legos.  (Still do!)

What is one place you would love to visit right now:  Thailand– visit with family, relax on the beautiful beaches, explore the rich history and cultural heritage, and obviously indulge in the food!

One interesting fact that not many people know about you:  As a baby my first word was “spider” (apparently I used to chase the innocuous wall spiders along the walls) yet ironically as an adult I am borderline arachnophobic.  

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