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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.  

Baby Bliss

Friday, October 11th, 2013

While weddings are our forte here at Bridal Bliss, we also plan several other events including corporate functions, birthday parties and bridal showers. We also plan baby showers…and  my dear friends and fellow Bridal Bliss team member Katy and Heather threw a shower for me that was one for the books!


Katy & Heather originally planned the shower with a “ready to pop” theme.  However, my baby boy Gavin decided to show up two months early (!!!) and unfortunately the party had to be cancelled.  Instead the girls planned a “Sip n’ See” for a smaller group of industry friends to be able to meet my little man and enjoy some food and drinks at one of our favorite venues, The Foundry.



This event was no ordinary shower.  Katy & Heather took the details to a whole new level with adorable invites by Crave Design, a yummy spread by Food in Bloom Catering, darling Blissfully Sweet dessert display, delicious cake by Dream Cakes, gorgeous flowers by Zest, an awesome lounge and rentals from Ohana & Party Place and even a cotton candy station from Fairy Floss…all captured by Ben Powers.  My friends know me well…I have a ridiculous sweet tooth!




One of my favorite details was a fun activity that guests were invited to participate in.  26 blank wood blocks were prepared and guests were asked to choose one letter of the alphabet, and decorate a block that letter.  Gavin now has a complete set of alphabet blocks and they are all personalized by my friends.  What a clever idea!




Such a great party—a HUGE thanks to Katy & Heather, and also to everyone that made it out!


Debbie ALWAYS has a smile on her face!


Two of my favorite ladies…could their little ones be cuter?? sipNsee-51

The Bridal Bliss girls! sipNsee-81

Gavin and his two grandmas…this is one spoiled boy!  So lucky to have these two amazing ladies in our lives.


My little guy and I


We had a wonderful time and I loved introducing Gavin to so many friends.  Thanks again Heather & Katy!

Christina & Tyler’s Fab Festivities

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

 Christina & Tyler’s February wedding took place at a very unique space called Really Big Video, in Portland’s Pearl District.  It is basically a video production company’s empty warehouse space and it made for the perfect venue for this fun couple’s festivities.  Now, Christina isn’t just any bride, she is a Bridal Bliss lead planner so as you can imagine that this was a wedding we were really looking forward to!  From handmade striped and polka dot runners, to napkins folded in bows, to darling printed items…Christina pulled out all the stops and the end result was a wedding pure perfection.



Fuller’s Coffee Shop was the perfect locale for some photos…although unrelated, the newlyweds are now Mr. & Mrs. Fuller!



Christina had great signage at the event.  This vinyl piece was on the entry as guests arrived.5

Another great sign hanging down at the venue’s entrance. 


Elizabeth & Hailey were good sports putting up the sign in the cold!


More great signage…although what I wish you could see were the white vinyl polka dots that adoned the aisle!7



 The napkins folded like bows—how adorable are these?!?



These black and white anemones are perfect!12

On the back of each table numbers were childhood photos with the ages corresponding with the numbers.13



This was easily the best entrance I have ever seen….the couple followed a drum-line band into the reception.  Talk about coming in with a bang!!15



Christina & Tyler hand wrote letters to EACH guest, which were received with the table assignments.



 Christina had this big smile on her face ALL night…nothing beats a happy bride.


Dessert Display20a


 This was definitely a fun crowd…the dance floor was packed all night!


 Our groom was such a dance machine that half way through the reception…he realized his ring was missing!  The band made announcement and within minutes it was found.  Lucky guy!!


These cute signs were in the bathroom…no detail was overlooked!24

 I ADORE this photo.  Christina watching from outside and taking it all in.  Job well done…so thrilled to have been a part of your big day!!


Photos by Nate Broshot, Catering by Art of Catering, Flowers by Zest Floral, Soul Vaccination Band, Chad Dowling DJ, Security by Rover Security, Transportation by Lucky Limousine, Gown by Anna’s Bridal Boutique


Beth & Simon’s Video Recap

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Did you love Beth & Simon’s wedding photos from our last post?  Then you will adore their recap video courtesy of Aniko Productions!

Beth + Simon | Cannon Beach Wedding from ANIKO Productions Video + Photo on Vimeo.

Pamela + Shane’s Video Recap

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Pamela & Shane’s Parisian wedding at home was certainly one to be remembered.  Click here to view some of there photos…or just enjoy the video recap below courtesy of Black Label Films!

Pamela + Shane Wedding Film | Westin Hotel | Garden Wedding | Portland Oregon from Black Label Films on Vimeo.

We’re international!!

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Elle Taiwan

Its official, Bridal Bliss has been featured internationally!  One of our favorite weddings from last summer was featured in Elle Weddings Taiwan!!  Here is a peek at Mackenzie & Joey’s fab festivities…more photos from the talented Bryan Rupp to come soon!


Our Team

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Our team this year is the best it has ever been.  Each of our talented coordinators strives to take the best possible care of our clients, and deliver not only a low-stress planning experience, but a wedding day that will exceed every expectation.


We all recently came together  for a team shoot with photos taken by Evrim Icoz Photography and makeup by Powder Inc Beauty and had the BEST time.  The gorgeous tablescape came together thanks to Zest FloralOhana Party Rentals and The Party Place.  The day was full of champagne an laughter…these ladies are as funny as they are beautiful!!!  Take a peek at each of these fabulously creative girls…I hope you have time to learn a little more about each one! 


Click here to learn more about Brittany  


Click here to learn more about Christina


Click here to learn more about Elizabeth


 Click here to learn more about Emily       


Click here to learn more about Katy


       Click here to learn more about Meghan


 Click here to learn more about Natalia


Click here to learn more about Nora

2013 Awards!

Monday, July 29th, 2013


Every year, Oregon Bride Magazine hands out “Best Of Bride” awards for the wedding industry.  Past clients, friends and family are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite  professionals in the industry.  This year, the voting had a new twist…instead of just one round, finalists were named and then a second round of voting (reserved for wedding vendors only) decided who the actual winners would be! 

I am THRILLED to share that Bridal Bliss won FOUR separate awards!

Best All Around Wedding Vendor

Best Wedding Planner

Best Day-Of Coordinator 

People’s Choice Award (most votes from the first round of voting)

Thank you so much to each and every one of you that took the time to vote for us!!  This is such a huge honor and we are so very much appreciative.  Knowing that our peers made the final decision makes it all that much sweeter.  We love what we do and to be recognized is incredibly humbling.  


Our team this year is the best its ever been.  I love each of these ladies and their level of talent never ceases to amaze me.  It is because of each one of these wonderful ladies’ dedication to our clients that our company has such a great reputation.


This year’s event to announce the award recipients had a “white” theme and was so much fun.  From fab cocktails to amazing decor and a darling cupcake display…it was an event not to be missed!  


Take a peek at the video recap.

Click here for a list of all the big winners—Portland is oozing with talent!!

Natasha Huston’s Video Recap

Friday, March 8th, 2013


photo by Powers Studios

Marc Rotse and the team at Moving Picture Weddings never cease to amaze me.  Take a peek at Natasha & Huston’s highlight video, and click here if you missed their beautiful wedding photos!

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