We are honored to have be chosen as a top wedding planning firm by Bride’s Magazine yet again!  Such a thrill to be considered in the same league as Yifat Oren & Sasha Souza.  This time, they asked us to submit our favorite wedding venues in the northwest…two of which made it into their “Best Venues in America” article in the February issue.

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Katherine & Dan were married at First Congregational Church with a reception following at The Portland Art Museum.  Katy pulled all of the details together including some seriously amazing ceremony music (the bride is a music professor at Lewis & Clark).  She wrote a song for her new husband and had a group of over twenty friends sing a Capella.  Totally magical.

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Photos by Jos Photographers, Flowers by Zest Floral, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals and The Party Place, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Cake by Piece of Cake, Catering by Food in Bloom

 

 

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Margaret & Brad were married at Long Farm Barn this last summer.  This venue is naturally gorgeous, and the barn adds such a fun element for dancing.  This couple and the mother of the bride worked with Elizabeth and definitely made sure no detail was overlooked!  Fun fact…both the bride and groom are basketball players and the groom even plays pro!1

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Photography by Left Turn Studio, Rentals by WCEP, Chair Rental by Ohana Party Rentals, Flowers by Paige Beal, Catering by GP Productions, Sound & Music by Event Team Entertainment, Photo by West Coast Entertainment, Cake by Beaverton Bakery, Dessert Buffet by Blissfully Sweet,

May 5, 14
 
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Yes, that is correct- even the kids at your wedding can have a bar! Let them get a little wild and have some fun with a hot chocolate bar. Using large beverage containers offer hot chocolate at a warm temperature. The bar can include all of the fixins so the kids can customize their own drinks. Here are some toppings that are sure to be a hit: whip cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, sprinkles, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, peppermint sticks, chocolate chips, and cookie crumbles.

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Taylor & Jaren’s wedding was held at the property of the bride’s parents in Wilsonville.  Natalia coordinated the festivities, which included some super cute details.  From glowing sky lanterns, to a darling lemonade stand, to a well loved cigar bar, to a beautiful couple…everything about this event was fun!  Take a peek–

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photos by Jayde Lucretia Photography, catering by Art of Catering, band: A New Groove

 

 

 

 

Have you entered our Lucky in Love Giveaway yet?!?  Take a peek at this behind the scenes look at our inspiration shoot by Moving Picture Weddings.  Watch until the end for Elizabeth and I to dork out!!

Lucky In Love Competition :: Behind the Scenes from Moving Picture Weddings on Vimeo.

Click here on more details on this fab giveaway!

 
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Creating a wedding registry is fun, but it can also be overwhelming, time consuming, and even difficult. We are frequently asked for registry recommendations and even sometimes to help with registry gift selections. That’s why we were pretty excited when we stumbled upon newly launched Blueprint Registry, the first wedding registry platform that helps you create a wedding registry based on the layout of your home.

Blueprint Registry allows for you to search for gifts based on your personal style and home layout. They give you a visual representation of how the gifts will fit into your life or home along with quantity and style recommendations.

It is important to create a registry that is easily accessible for your wedding guests and Blueprint Registry does just that. It’s a one-stop-shop for you & your wedding guests, making the registry process seamless and easy for both parties.  Blueprint Registry works with large well-known stores like Crate & Barrel, William-Sonoma, West Elm, Amazon and more. In addition they also work with small designers and boutiques offering a wide range of high quality gifts.

There are fun features scattered throughout the website that make registering more fun and personal. But over here at Bridal Bliss, we think the best two features of the site are the Group Gifting option and the Thank You & Easy Return Guide.

The Group Gifting feature gives you the ability to allow multiple guests to contribute to larger ticketed items on your wish list. You have the ability to set the number of guests that can contribute to each gift, so the price point per person on a group gift is up to you!

The Thank You List and Easy Return Guide include a purchase summary and return summary for each gift, organized by vendor. You will be able to view each gift purchased along with the purchasers name and contact information- making writing your thank you notes a breeze!

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What happens when you mix a sassy dance instructor bride with an able and willing groom? Pure magic.  Check out this awesome choreographed first dance from our wedding last weekend!  Nice work Hayley & Casey!!

 
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Feeling lucky?

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A dream team with 18 of Portland’s most talented wedding professionals have banded together to create Lucky in Love – an exceptional giveaway valued at over $20,000! Only ten uniquely Portland couples will be selected from the submissions to participate in the promotion.  This means that each finalist will have a one in ten chance of winning!!!

If you, or someone deserving that you know, is engaged and interested in being considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity, please send an email to: luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com.

 
Your email must include:

* A photo of the couple

* Answers to the following questions with as much detail as you’d like (one paragraph for each question):
1. What makes you, as a couple, unique?
2. What do you love most about Portland and why?
3. Describe your dream wedding and tell us whether your wedding date is already set or if the date is flexible.

Once the 10 finalist couples have been selected, it will be up to the general public to vote for the winning couple.

What might a Uniquely Portland wedding look like? Well, look no further.

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The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, all whom made this inspirational photo shoot happen.

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

Email luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com and let us know if you’re feeling lucky in love!

This promotion is open to all engaged couples who reside in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Full details, terms and conditions will be shared with potential finalists. Once the final ten couples have been selected, the promotion will no longer consider additional entries, so please contact us immediately if you are interested.

 

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There are so many great things to say about Julia & Marcus that I don’t even know where to begin.  As you may or may not know, Bridal Bliss began as a business plan entered into Gonzaga University‘s Business Plan Competition.  My business partner was our beautiful bride, Julia.  We ended up winning the competition (yay!) after which Julia decided to live in Seattle and I decided to move back to Portland and start up Bridal Bliss.  Regardless, we have remained good friends so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was to receive her call telling me that she and Marcus were finally engaged! The two dated for years and years, so I knew it was bound to happen soon.  These two are salt-of-the-earth, good, fun people.  Let me tell you, they know how to party!

Soon after Julia shared the good news, I learned that they wanted a German themed wedding.  You heard right.  Elizabeth came on board to plan the big event and took the Bavarian theme to the next level.  With only a few months to plan, this wedding was one for the books.  So many awesome details to this event–take a peek!

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The day began with an outdoor ceremony at Julia’s parents home in Bellevue, Washington.  Marcus’ is mostly known by his nickname “Saki,” short for his last name, Tsurusaki.

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 In lieu of a wine ceremony…Julia & Marcus had a Saki ceremony! 

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We enjoyed a Cocktail Hour at the home before heading over to the reception in downtown Seattle.

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The reception, which took place at 415 Westlake, is where the Bavarian theme came to play.  As they entered, guests could choose their glass or stein for the evening.

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I was so impressed with how many people actually dressed up in traditional German garb.  With 200+ guests, it is pretty impressive to have a whole room into the theme!  

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Photos by Cleary O’Farrell, Rentals by Grand Event Rentals, Catering by Seasoned in Seattle, Reception Music by S-Bahn

 

 
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