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Last week we had the honor of attending Oregon Bride Magazine’s annual Best of Bride Party at one of Portland’s newest event venues, The Exchange Ballroom & Rooftop! Every year they outdo themselves with unique details and the most cutting edge designs…and this year was no different!
Best part? Bridal Bliss was named “Portland’s Best Wedding Planner” and “Portland’s Best Day Of Coordinator” of 2015, for the sixth consecutive year! We are beyond thrilled and so appreciative of everyone that took the time to vote for us and keep our streak alive. The magazine holds an initial vote, narrows it down to finalists and then the wedding industry makes the final decision. That makes the awards so much more meaningful!
This team busts their butt for each and every client. While there are many perks, being a professional wedding planner is not always glamorous (I will not get into details!). To receive a little recognition for everything we do behind the scenes really means and lot. Who doesn’t love a pat on the back? This team of strong, talented and FUN women is truly amazing and inspiring.
It was so fun to watch many collaborators in the industry accept well deserved awards (including Anna’s Bridal!), and to catch up with old friends. Portland is so lucky to have such talented wedding professionals! Oregon Bride brought in Poison Waters to make the announcements and to say she was a riot would be an understatement. She had us in stitches! What a great party–thank you Oregon Bride and congrats to all of our fellow award winners and nominees! Also–thanks to each and every one of you that took the time to vote. Your love and support over the years is genuinely appreciated!
Nora with Alisa & Heather from OR Bride accepting awards
Click here to meet our team! We missed a few, but had a good turnout!
Top row from L to R: Kirsten, Jennifer, Katy, Elizabeth, Jen & Cam. Bottom row: Meghan, Nora, Natalia & Carrie
Anna’s Bridal accepted FOUR awards including best dress shop!
Nora & Heather, an Oregon Bride Lifer!
Love wedding gowns with plunging backs, receptions adorned in neutrals, brunch weddings or dessert displays? Watch our recent segment on KGW News to learn about more hot wedding trends for 2015!
photo by Yasmin Khajavi
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.
Photo by Jos Studios
Photo by Jos Studios
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!
photo by FS Photography
photo by FS Photography
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.
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!
photo by Ben Pigao Photography
photo by Ben Pigao Photography
photo by Powers Studios
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!
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!
photo from paperdivas.com
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!
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.
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.
Photo by Ben Pigao Photography
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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 Beauty, Powers Studios, Moving Picture Weddings, Laurie Clarke Cakes, Crave Design, La Tavola Linen, Gourmet Productions.
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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!
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.
Can’t wait for next year!!
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.
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!!
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.
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!!!