Aug 7, 14
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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

Aug 4, 14
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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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Sarah & Matt worked with us to plan their Leftbank Annex wedding while they were living in New York and in the middle of school, hectic work schedules, a move and all around craziness.  It is refreshing to work with clients that have an idea of what they want, but are open to ideas from the wedding professionals they have hired. We loved the soft, clean palette and the juxtaposition of the exposed brick and raw space. From the GORGEOUS wedding gown, to bringing in Portland’s hottest ice cream cart to renting gorgeous furniture to create lounge spaces, this wedding (which was featured on Style Me Pretty!) was one to remember.

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There were so many personal aspects to this wedding, my favorite being the huppa Talit designed by all the guests. bridalblissselects-051

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Once the ceremony was over guests headed downstairs for a the Cocktail Hour, while a large team of wedding professionals “flipped” the space upstairs.  Let me tell you…as beautiful as they are, those tables are not light!bridalblissselects-088

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I love watching the Hora…and these dads did not disappoint!  The looks on their faces are priceless!bridalblissselects-101

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Photos by Lauren B Photography, Rentals by The Party Place & Classic Vintage Rentals, Draping by West Coast Drape, Flowers by Geranium Lake, Catering by Devil’s Food, Late Night Treats by Salt & Straw, Cake by Dream Cakes, Band: Wayne Foster Entertainment, Makeup by Event Cosmetics, Paper Products by Press Engaged

Jul 28, 14
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We love planning destination weddings! This last season, Elizabeth had the opportunity to work with Krystal & Joey on their wedding at the Four Seasons on the Big Island in Hawaii.  How gorgeous is this image??


photo by Fletch Photography

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Carol & John were the first two Nike execs to ever tie the knot, and Katy and I were thrilled to be a part of it.  With just two months to plan, we incorporated their love of wine with the decor and pulled together a pretty fab event.



What we hadn’t planned was the wettest day Portland would see in 2013.  A day before the wedding, we had to execute our rain plan and move our outdoor ceremony and cocktail reception inside the covered pavilion.  Between the rain, crazy wind (a huge glass door even broke!) and a bevy of umbrellas, it was truly an event to remember.  This sweet couple had such a wonderful story, and were two of the genuinely king people we have had the opportunity to work with.




Photos by Jessica Hill Photography, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Flowers by Zest, Paper Products by Crave Design, Rentals by Party Place, Makeup by Event Cosmetics,  Ceremony Music by Duo Con Brio, Reception DJ by NW Premier Mobile DJ’s, Photo Booth by Paparazzi Tonight



We coordinated a bevy of weddings at private residences this past season, and they were each fabulous in their own way.  Natalia worked with Melisa & Justin on their summer wedding at home, which was definitely a stunner.  So many thoughtful details and unexpected elements.  My favorite are the chair ties–so beautiful and uniquely done!FritzPhoto-Phillips-001-11






















Photos by Fritz Photo, Catering by Two Chicks & A Rooster, Floral by Sophisticated Floral, Rentals by The Party Place and Barclays, Hair/Makeup by The Prettiest You, Dessert by Hope’s Bake Shop,

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There were so many details to love from Maria & Brian’s golf club wedding.  Click here if you missed the photos…otherwise enjoy their feature film courtesy of Moving Picture Weddings!




Maria & Brian were SO much fun to plan with. They always brought a dose of humor to our meetings and were very straight forward and low maintenance.  They didn’t have particular feelings towards the design and decor, so I really was able to have fun and get creative.  Thankfully…they loved it!





Maria & Brian were married in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at Holy Trinity Church.  The hour long ceremony was followed by cocktails and a reception in the clubhouse at Oregon Golf Club.








We plan quite a few events at this Oregon Golf Club, but more often than not they take place outside or in a large tent.  It was fun having the opportunity to coordinate a wedding inside the clubhouse, as it has a warm, unique and cozy feel with huge windows that show off the great view.












Guests took full advantage of the Iphone charging station with pave floral!





Photos by Bryan Rupp Photography, Cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, Floral by Zest, Rentals by Ohana Party Rentals, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Dessert by Blissfully Sweet,  Transportation by Lucky Limousine, Paper Products by Crave Design




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

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If you enjoyed seeing Stephie & Andy’s photos on our last blog post, I think you will love their wedding video courtesy of Jaw Creations! The gorgeous  Aurora Colony Estate was a beautiful backdrop to this fun vineyard wedding.

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