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Kelsey & Josh’s Leftbank Recap

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The talented folks at Focal Point created a wonderful recap video of Kelsey & Josh’s urban Leftbank Annex wedding–take a peek!

Dessert Displays

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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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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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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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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Portland Bride & Groom Magazine Feature

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Recently the crew at Portland Bride & Groom Magazine asked us to design an entire spread for the new issue that was released just this month. We pitched a few ideas and thankfully they chose my favorite…”Winter Wonderland” meets “Ralph Lauren Chic” which was shot at Cooper’s Hall.  Elizabeth Corr and I were able to put our minds together, get creative and really make the magazine feature beautiful and cozy.   We have several copies at our office so feel free to stop by and pick one up–it is a gorgeous issue!

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The spread came together amazingly well, and we loved so many different aspects.  Our favorites were the chic chair coverings and the place settings.  The elegant china and silver chargers worked so well with creatively designed menus, geometric napkins and a charming bow.   The entire design had a masculine feel, but was softened up by textural elements such as the fur and the grosgrain ribbon.  Between the hot chocolate, the lush flowers,  the plush blanket favors and the delightful mac & cheese, the entire spread gave us a warm fuzzy feeling!

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With a rock star team including Zest Floral, AK Cake Design, Royce Prop Shop, Paper Bloom, and BBJ Linen we couldn’t go wrong!

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Thank you to Anna and everyone at Portland Bride & Groom for including us in this—we had a great time and always love working with you  We had to take a few  behind the scenes shots–such a fun crew! IMG_1406

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2014 Musings

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

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A new year means its time for me to get sentimental!  The holidays are always such a great time to take a step back, regroup, count my blessings and set goals for the coming year.  2014 was definitely a year to remember and there are so things to be thankful for.  Between moving into a beautiful new space with Anna’s Bridal smack dab in the middle of high season, executing our busiest year ever (99 events!) and keeping up our vendor relationships, there was certainly no lack of craziness!

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The day before Thanksgiving we celebrated my dear friend and fellow Bridal Bliss team member, Katy Haley, being cancer free.  She fought breast cancer with such grace and composure it was truly inspiring.  Katy insisted on working through her treatments and never once complained.  Rather, she balanced surgery, radiation and chemo with work and being an amazing mama to two sweet kiddos.  Katy is a truly remarkable person (and planner!) and I am so lucky to have her as a part of my life.  Thanksgiving certainly brought with it special meaning this year.

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This was my first full year running Bridal Bliss as a working mom.  I am beyond blessed to have amazing family support and my moms spending time with my son, Gavin, throughout the week when I am in the office.  While juggling my work life and home life has been a learning experience, it has made me much more efficient.  Early mornings and late nights are a pretty good trade off for spending time with my sweet little boy.  Gav is a few months shy of two years, running around, getting into everything, saying quite a few words, keeping us laughing and bringing so much joy to our lives.  I hope that 2015 will continue to bring our families health, happiness and good fortune.

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Bridal Bliss is thriving!  We have added new talent to our growing team and have been able to assist more clients than ever.  A highlight was being awarded with the honor of a top 150 ranking of national wedding professionals as well as being named Portland’s best wedding planner, best all around wedding vendor and best day-of coordinator by Oregon Bride Magazine yet again! We have had several events published on blogs, magazines in addition to professional advice printed in national publications.  The Portland wedding community has also been growing and it has been a pleasure to meet and work with new vendors, while also strengthening our relationships with the tried and true veterans.

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Our clients this year have been nothing short of amazing.  So many fun personalities, creative minds, and wonderful families. I’m having a blast blogging all of the events and reliving the memorable events.  It is truly an honor to play a large role in such a special day in our client’s lives. We get to connect and know our clients very well throughout planning and many have become lifelong friends throughout the years.

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photo by Lauren B Photography.  Click here for more images from one of my favorite events of the year!

A few weeks ago I treated our team to a celebratory weekend away at Black Butte Ranch.  These girls are not just talented, creative and resourceful, they are FUN!  I love that our team works so well together, but also plays so well together!  Regular happy hours, play dates, lunches, wine tasting trips and coffee pow wows are the norm outside of the office.  It is a very special thing to work with a group of women that all genuinely like and care about each other.  More exciting news?  Two of our coordinators have weddings on the horizon!!! Both Natalia & Elizabeth are planning their own nuptials …Natalia this April and Elizabeth in March 2016.  Can’t wait to see what unique elements they incorporate into their own events.

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2014 has blown by and I am really looking forward to a new year, wonderful new clients and making many exciting new memories throughout the coming months. Wishing you are yours love, laughter and the happiest of new years. Words cannot express how much we all appreciate your continued support!!

Grand Re-Opening Party!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Life has been a bit of a whirlwind these last few months.  At the end of August, Anna’s Bridal & Bridal Bliss found a new home and had a week and a half to move from the old to the new.  Our new space is in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego on the corner of A & State Street.   Although independently owned, Anna’s Bridal is run by my mother which makes it all that much special.  I love seeing her every day and working side by side in the same industry.  Between the glam chandeliers, the elegant hardwoods and the layout that lends itself to a special experience, I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.

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Photos by Powers Studios.  Click here to see more!

I am in LOVE with our office design.  The colors are perfect together, there is great lighting and quite a bit of room to expand.  We regularly have several planners in at a time collaborating and getting work done.  The office allows for two areas for clients to enjoy whether meeting with their coordinator, looking at invitations, or viewing a table mock up.

A few weeks ago we hosted a big grand re-opening party and celebrated our new digs with friends and family.  We had a great turnout and it couldn’t have been more fun.  A big shout out to all who helped make it happen!  Thanks to Zest Floral, Face, Body BeautyPowers Studios, Moving Picture Weddings, Laurie Clarke Cakes, Crave Design, La Tavola Linen, Gourmet Productions.

Please stop by and say hi!

Bridal Fashion Week Parties

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

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Recently I posted about what is trending for 2015 Spring bridal fashions as witnessed from our shopping trip in NYC for Bridal Fashion Week.  As promised, here is a recap of some of the fab parties we attended.  I have to say, this is definitely the highlight of the year when it comes to attending glamorous events! Who better to throw a party than two of the wedding world’s top publications?  Martha Stewart Weddings & The Knot did not disappoint!

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Our first stop was Martha Stewart Weddings20 year anniversary soiree at The Pierre Hotel, at the edge of Central Park.  There was so much going on at this event that it was hard to take it all in!

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From a “glitter yourself” station, to photo booths, to makeup and manicure re-touches, to more food than you can ever imagine including oysters, dessert spreads, ice cream, savory treats and more, to a darling stationary station, to celebrities, to a killer band, to orchid favor pots, to an open bar, there was more than enough to keep us entertained! I’m exhausted (and excited!) just listing it all!

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I even had the opportunity to chat with Darcy Miller, long time editor and creative mind of Martha Stewart Weddings!

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Our next stop was the New York Public Library for The Knot’s big event.  They sent a party bus to shuttle us all back and forth and getting there was half the fun!

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The Knot did not disappoint with an amazing floral wall featuring stunning cakes, appetizers served by waiters in wedding garb, a scent station, and a band that kept the dance floor hopping.

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We ended up having some drizzle towards the end of the evening but The Knot was prepped with big white umbrellas and an attendant to walk with each person to and from the building to make sure not a drop of water hit you.  It was super fancy, but totally unnecessary for this Oregonian!  It did however make for a great scene outside of the library.

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Can’t wait for next year!!

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Elizabeth + Tim Engaged!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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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Pretty Preppy Feature

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Here at Bridal Bliss we coordinate weddings of all different styles and colors.  However, my personal favorite look is a design scheme with a little bit of prep added to the mix.  So, when Oregon Bride Magazine asked me to create a six page spread with the look of my choice….there had to be some preppy details included in the feature!  Elizabeth Corr and I  took the season’s hottest color, blush pink, and added in bold geometric patterns to design a scheme that really popped.  What do you think?

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The cake design was inspired by the Kate Spade confetti design, love her clean, sassy and chic look!Pretty Preppy3

A few behind the scenes shots!

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(photo by Powers Studios, who graciously hosted the shoot!)

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Flowers by Liz Rusnac Floral Design, Rentals by West Coast Event Productions, Calligraphy by Palomino, Invitation Suite by The Card Bar, Rose Gold Silverware by Kate Spade, Cake by Dream Cakes, Design & Ribbon Runner by Bridal Bliss

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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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!

 
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