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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


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!


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!


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!


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


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!


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.



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!!


Elizabeth + Tim Engaged!

Monday, October 20th, 2014


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.





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.


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!!!


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!


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!


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




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


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. EastsideExchange-0083a




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.EastsideExchange-0170







We adore the Zest girls! From left to right…Elizabeth, Nora, Hailey & Caitlin


Special thanks to our models, Adrienne Jarvis & Evan Bernstein as well as Jeegisha Patel for the beautiful Indian attire!

Best of Bride 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014


When I was training for a marathon a few years ago, my brother sent me a song to sync up and listen to while I would be running up the biggest hill.  It not only completely pumped me up, but stuck with me and I think of it when I’m feeling pretty amazing about life.  That song,  “The Best Around” from The Karate Kid (you laugh…but it is a a great song!!) could have been my theme song a few weeks ago at Oregon Bride Magazine’s “Best of Bride” awards.©

The general public voted Bridal Bliss into the finals for “Best All Around Wedding Vendor,” “Best Wedding Planner” and “Best Day-Of Coordinator.”  From that point, the wedding industry took over and made the final decision on who would be named  “Best of Bride” with another round of voting.  I am so thrilled to share that we won in all three categories we were nominated!  We have been named “Best of Bride” since 2006 (the year the awards started), and I have to be honest, it doesn’t get old!  I am so honored and appreciative to everyone that takes the time to vote for us.  The love and support over the year from friends, family, clients and fellow wedding professionals is truly overwhelming.


While we are happy to be in the background executing events, it is fun to be recognized.  That being said, I must pay credit where credit is due.  Our company would not be the best if it wasn’t for the talented team that make up Bridal Bliss.  Each one of these women brings something special to the table and never cease to amaze me with their talent, creativity, and commitment to our clients.  It truly is a spectacular team.


This year’s big event was held at The Oregon Golf Club, a Bridal Bliss favorite.  We had the opportunity to help coordinate and execute a Vintage Carnival themed party with Heather Matheny, an Oregon Bride veteran.  From Rum & Coke’s in vintage bottles, to carnival games, to an amazing dessert display, to aerial dancers, to fab and festive decor, it really turned out great….despite the weather deciding not to cooperate.








Accepting our award from Alisa Welch, editor of Oregon Bride

 Thanks again for all the love and support—we appreciate each and every one of you more than I could ever express.  A big congrats to all the fellow finalists and winners!

Photos by Mosca Photo, Rentals by Peter Corvallis Productions, Music by John Ross & Event Team Entertainment, Desserts by Artisan Cake Company, Invitations by The Card Bar, Venue & Catering by Oregon Golf  Club

New Address!

Monday, August 4th, 2014

I am so excited about our new office space that I can hardly stand it!  The new floors and chandeliers went in over the weekend, the walls are painted, and we are pulling together all of our furniture and decor.  Our office is in the same building as Anna’s Bridal, and their girls are  filling up the space as well– it couldn’t be more gorgeous!  We can’t wait to have you in, but until then…please note our new address.

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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 

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