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Kaetlin and Brendan envisioned an intimate gathering of family and friends for their wedding.  They also wanted to capture all the fun of their July 4th family traditions including running the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon on Sauvie Island (of course Brendan carried Kaetlin across the finish line!) and the celebration of the birthdays of Kaetlin’s brother and her best friend!



Needless to say Kirsten coordinated a festive day, filled with thoughtful touches of hospitality.  Guests were greeted with orange punch and strawberry lemonade, and were offered sunblock, sunglasses and program fans while they gathered in the afternoon sunshine for a ceremony on the Ecotrust Rooftop Terrace.  Reverend Griffen officiated the heartfelt exchanging of vows with just the right touch of humor and solemn ceremony.









Then it was time to party!  Bride and Groom cocktails were served, Polaroid pictures were snapped and glued into a guestbook with well wishes, and guests found the way to their tables on the terrace with mini bags of homemade m&m cookies in lieu of escort cards.  Kaetlin had recruited her family to help with décor, arranging colorful dahlias picked the day before in a variety of DIY concrete vases for centerpieces over chalk-paper table runners to create a unique modern urban look.





 Chad Dowling kept the energy flowing with an eclectic alternative blend of music carefully chosen by  Brendan and Kaetlin, and Food in Bloom provided a lavish buffet of local seasonal fare for dinner. For dessert, a decadent cake by Judy Reese at Dream Cakes was served on colorful assorted china, and a frozen-yoghurt bar with local Tartberry fro-yo topped it all off!  After dancing the rest of the evening away, a Portland Pedicab whisked Brendan and Kaetlin away as night fell to watch the fireworks over Portland from the rooftop bar at Departure.  We wish them every happiness and success as they begin the next adventure in their lives together in San Francisco!


Additional Vendors: hair/makeup by AJ’s Hair & Makeup, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, Photos by Powers Studios,



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!

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As a planner, the weddings that stand out the most in my memory are the ones that have the most unique details. Erika & Max’s Leftbank Annex reception certainly didn’t lack in non-traditional details!  Take a peek at their day with this fab highlight video by Moving Picture Weddings and click here for more from their big day!


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What Natalia loved about Erika and Max was that decisions were made as a team. This was a celebration about their union together. They wanted to throw a large party of 200 guests but also make sure there were details that brought out their personality. Both are sarcastic,  ridiculously smart, creative and beautiful people inside and out. Planning their non traditional wedding was a big treat and honor.
At the very first detail meeting it was very apparent that Erika and Max were the “non traditional” couple. A few things that were very important to them was to have great food emphasizing her Japanese heritage, getting tables that would allow us not to use tablecloths, and being able to wear a custom non white wedding dress. Knowing that  all were on the same page as them made the planning process that much more fun.
The details for this wedding were an amazing juxtoposition of classy and unique. The reception tables were long wood tables lined with cafe chairs. Centerpieces included silver and gold votives with large protea plants and seashells collected by Max’s family at a beach in the midwest. Erika wore a yellow and black custom made bridal gown instead of the traditional white wedding dress and to top it all off they decided to hold their ceremony the night before the reception at their rehearsal dinner. Thinking and feeling that the ceremony is the most intimate part of the wedding they wanted to share this with their close family and friends.
There were so many fun moments at this wedding but the two that stand out were the Storm Trooper we used as a Photobooth prop and introducing Erika and Max at their reception to the song of Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode.”
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Photography by Bryan Rupp, Flowers by Geranium Lake, DJ & Storm Trooper by Chad Dowling Productions, Hair & Makeup by The Prettiest You, Rentals by Blush, The Party Place and Classic Vintage Rentals, Catering by Food in Bloom, Video by Moving Picture Weddings, Officiant by Leslie Sharp
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It was a perfect Spring day for Bridget & Pete’s wedding. The weather even cooperated, with just a few little sprinkles (it brings good luck, right???). Bridget and Pete were married at the University of Portland where they met while getting their undergraduate degree. After the ceremony guests were whisked to Sentinel for a wonderful reception starting in the Renaissance room and then the Governor Ballroom.  Bridget’s sister designed all the day-of pieces with her gorgeous penmanship. This wedding coordinated by Christina was so fab that it was featured on Style Me Pretty!
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Bridget and Pete are a darling couple with an amazing sense of style, which made their wedding that much more fun to plan. Having a spring wedding they knew getting married outside was not an option so when planning for the reception they decided to bring the outside in as much as possible. They opted for exposed mahogany tables with matching chairs for dinner. Bridget & Pete accented with blush and white linens. With blooms popping up in Spring they took full advantage of the time of year and designed their centerpieces to include roses, garden roses, freesia, cherry blossoms, anemones, ranunculus, with touches of eucalyptus, succulents and greenery.
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Photography by Christy Cassano Meyer, Flowers by Zest, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals & Sedera, Pies by Pie Spot, Cake made by a friend,  Music by Chad Dowling Productions, Catering by Jake’s Catering

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

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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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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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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.


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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


photo by Powers Studios

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We first met Julie when we coordinated her sisters wedding back in 2010. When Julie contacted us to plan her barn wedding, we were thrilled to get to work with the Clainos family again! Julie is a very talented designer and one of Meghan’s favorite parts of the wedding at Langdon Farms Golf Club was all the DIY details she created in the months leading up to the event. From the individual menu place cards to the mini chalk boards for the kids table to the make your own Photo Booth props to the hand painted turquoise vases and frames, she really created a celebration that captured their fun personalities. Once toasts were finished and guests were enjoying cake from Beaverton Bakery, Julie changed into a super cute reception dress from Anna’s Bridal with turquoise converse high tops for her first dance with Zack. The couple exited with a glow stick send off and then hopped on a school bus to make their way to a super fun after party. It was certainly an event to remember! 





First look!





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Hair/Makeup by Julie Senders, Music by Stylus 503, Photography by Stephanie Klein Photography, Photo Booth by Happymatic, Flowers by Deb Howe

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Bride 1214 Cover

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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Every year Pantone releases its color of the year, a hue that influences fashion, art and design for the following 12 months.  Last year’s Radiant Orchid was one of my all time favorite tones (its in my wardrobe, my home, my own wedding…..) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with another bold berry tone.


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The color aficionados recently announced Marsala as their 2015 pick. In a company press release, Pantone described the color as “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.” While last year’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, “encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.


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“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors,” Pantone announced.


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While it seems that this color hasn’t been getting the best reviews, I have to say…I love it and have my fingers crossed that an upcoming client will let me get creative with it!

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