Nov 14, 14
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photo by Holland Studios

When thinking about your ceremony, the very first thing to happen is people walking down the aisle. The aisle is a wonderful spot to add a few details and have fun. Here are some ideas on various aisle decor!


photo by Holland Studios

Petals: we are suckers for flowers, so aisle petals are some of our favorite. You can have them on the sides, down the middle, covering the entire aisle or in fun swirl designs.

Runner: You can have a runner laid down on the aisle. Runners can come in a variety of colors or even be personalized with a logo or monogram

Candles: Candlelight is very soft and romantic. Line the aisle with candles in glass containers or lanterns. You can never have too many!

Shepherds Hooks: If getting married outside you can place shepherds hooks along the aisle. The hooks are then able to hang lanterns or flower arrangements.

Garlands: Love the look of greenery? Have large garlands running down the sides of the aisle. Or if you are up for a little more work, hang the garlands from row to row.


photo by Krissy Allori

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Portland in the fall and winter is absolutely gorgeous. All the leaves are falling and colors are changing.  So why not take the opportunity and capture your engagement photos during this beautiful time of year?

Below are a few fun and alternative locations for a fall or winter session!

Downtown Oregon City- cute little shops, fun bars & a beautiful bridge

Clackamas River Trail – great trail full of trees and gorgeous colors

McLoughlin Promenade – lots of wonderful brick stairs and a gorgeous outlook of the falls

Overlook Park: Great park with large trees and a beautiful view of the city

Lower Macleay Park: Full of wonderful trails, hikes & benches by the stream

Foothills Park: Great waterfront pictures, cool architecture designs and some covered areas

Sniff Dog Hotel: Bring the dogs! Great pet friendly spot with a cute bar


photos by Ben Pigao



Joslin and Kevin really wanted their wedding day to be a fun party filled will great food, drinks, and dancing. When they found Long Farm Barn they just knew it was the perfect fit. After getting married under the beautiful tree on the property, they made the historic 1900 barn the focal point by having their dinner take place in the garden. Guests sat at family style tables decorated with burlap and lace runners made by the mother of the bride and beautiful floral arrangements. Two Girls Catering BBQ’d an incredible dinner onsite. Guests then moved inside the barn where Kevin’s uncle kicked off the dancing with his band, Chihuahua Desert. Chad Dowling Productions continued the with a jam packed dance floor- the bride and groom even crowd surfed! 
















These photos are some of my favorites of the season–how cute is this couple?!?


Makeup by Kim King,  Hair by Emily York, Photos by Powers Studios, Cake by Lamb’s Thriftway, Catering by Two Girls Catering, Cinematography by Prophezy, DJ by Chad Dowling Productions, Rentals by Barbur Blvd Rentals, Band by Chihuahua Desert



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!!


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Did you love reading about Kate & David’s Cathedral Park flash mob proposal last week?  If so, enjoy these two videos courtesy of Moving Picture Weddings!



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!!!


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I just returned back to town after a whirlwind trip to NYC for Bridal Fashion Week with my mom, owner of Anna’s Bridal Boutique.  Our Bridal Bliss office just conveniently happens to be located inside of the bridal shop and my mom and I are super close, so trips like this are a blast!  The goals of the trip are to purchase new gowns for the shop, stay up on trends, network with wedding professionals, and have fun!

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Designer Hayley Paige with her own designs showcasing some of the season’s biggest trends: sequins, crop tops and very fitted butts!

Stay tuned for a recap of the fun over-the-top industry parties  we attended…until then, here are some trends you can look forward to!  I apologize in advance, these were all taken quickly by my phone so the quality/photographer isn’t the best!

photo 1clockwise from top left: Watters, Watters, Hayley Paige, Marisa

Easily the biggest new look we saw was a silhouette very eloquently described by designers as “tight butt, low back.”  When I say low back, I mean LOW back.  How gorgeous are these?  Every single designer we visited had a few of these looks in their collection!

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My favorite emerging trend?  ROMPERS!!  Watters nailed it with these two.

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Another beautiful look we saw over and over were lace sleeves.  I’m guessing Kate Middleton had something to do with this!

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I was surprised to see short dresses fading out, but a great replacement is a high/low skirt.  This gown by Modern Trousseau was to die for.

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Lastly, two emerging trends many designers showcased were studded accents and illusion necklines.  I have to be honest, I don’t love the harsh juxtaposition of studs on a delicate gown, but some of the illusion necklines are quite beautiful.

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Interested in any of these gowns or trends?  Definitely head into Anna’s Bridal to try some on!  Check back soon for more Bridal Market pics!

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Last spring I had the honor of planning a proposal at Cathedral Park for an incredibly sweet and down to earth couple, Kate & David.  The groom-to-be wanted to make his proposal super special and memorable for his girlfriend, and they both lived out of state.  David & Kate were planning to visit Portland in a few short months and he was hoping to incorporate some sort of flash mob for the big question.  Being in a flash mob (not just witnessing one), was on Kate’s bucket list so David was determined to make it happen.


This was our plan….we put up a fake listing about a guy proposing to his girlfriend online.  The date of the fake proposal would “coincidentally” be around the same time that the couple would be in town.  David showed the listing to Kate and suggested they participate, and she bit!  I worked with Tony at Billings Dance Center and his crew created a video with the choreography.  It was sent over, David & Kate practiced, and she was all in.  Essentially, we were planning a flash mob in a flash mob.



We planned a rehearsal the morning of, even though the dancers already had everything nailed down.  But in order to really fool her, David & Kate showed and up we practiced the routine.  There was a fake groom (“Damon” who was dancer), and he played the part of the nervous proposer perfectly.  Then, we breaked for Damon to pick up his girlfriend and David took Kate to lunch.  Everyone was to come back and act casual at Cathedral Park (some picnicked, some tossed around a ball, some played with a dog, etc).  During the break, Kate & David’s family showed up and we hid them up high at the park so they could see everything.  Kate’s sister and her family came straight from the airport and were stuck behind a train so we were super nervous they wouldn’t get in place without being seen!





Luckily we got everyone in place, the time came for Kate & David to return and the weather held.  The music began, they hopped on stage and started their routine right on cue.  Halfway through, the choreography changed and all the dancers circled around Kate & David.  She was clearly confused and then shocked when the “bride” (a dancer!) ran up on stage to join the dance and David got down on his knee.  It was such a thrill to watch it all happen and my heart was pounding!





After the proposal, the dancers kept performing as family walked down the hill.  Kate’s eyes got bigger and bigger as she saw all of her close family who traveled from all over the country make their way to her.  It was such a special day, and such a special group of people.  I had the best time planning this!  Even more exciting?  We are planning this sweet couple’s 2015 Portland wedding!







Photos by Powers Studios

Check back in a few days to watch the video!

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Jill & Scott’s Hilton wedding took place on a clear and beautiful day in May.  The view from the venue was amazing, the flowers full and fluffy and the bar was flowing at this event coordinated by Elizabeth.  My favorite part about spring weddings?  Peonies!  Jill & Scott took full advantage–check it out!

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Rentals by Sedera and Ohana Party Rentals, Floral by Zest Floral, Hair/Makeup by Powder Inc, Cake by Dream Cakes, Photography by Glo Photography, Music & Photo Booth by Paradox Productions, Officiant Maureen Haley, Gown by Anna’s Bridal



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Hayley & Casey…what a couple.  This bride had so much energy and sass, it was adorable.  In addition to her full time job, Hayley works as an award winning dance coach.  It was at dance practice where Casey proposed so of course these special girls were included in the wedding festivities.  In addition, Hayley took her coaching skills to choreograph an amazing first dance with her new husband (click here to see it!) and delighted guests.  The purple and apple green color scheme at this Pure Space event was bold, sparkly, dramatic and perfect for these two.   Such a fun wedding!

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Catering by Gourmet Productions, Cake by AK Cake Design, Hair & Makeup by Powder Inc, Photos by Your Street Photography, DJ by Paradox Productions, Flowers by Zest Floral, Transportation by Double Decker PDX, Rentals by WCEP

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