Sep 17, 15
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Ever wonder why brides carry flowers, why you wear a wedding ring or why wedding cake is a “thing”?  Learn more about how these and other wedding traditions came to be on our recent segment on KATU’s AM Northwest!

photo courtesy of Jessica Watson Photography

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Sara and Tom were one spectacular couple. They are truly two of the most genuine and fun loving people. From day one they expressed to Elizabeth that wanted to plan a wedding at home that would represent them as a couple. Sara and Tom decided to get married in the backyard of Tom‘s parents house. 60 of their closest family and friends gathered around while they said “I do” with the Columbia River as their backdrop.  Sara and Tom met while at a Dance Dance Revolution competition, so when it came time to plan their wedding we of course had to have a DDR machine. Guests lined up all night long to dance the night away. Sara and Tom of course had an outfit change later in the evening – something a little more suitable for the DDR machine. The day was absolutely beautiful.





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Photography by Ben Pigao Photography, Hair & Makeup by Gabi Johnson, Rentals by Party Place, Catering by Devil’s Food, Cake by Dream Cakes, Floral by Zest, Sound & Music by Chad Dowling Productions

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J+J were a super sweet couple that were a complete joy to work with.  They were laid back and just wanted to have a wonderful event at The Sentinel Hotel.  Busy with two kiddos, they didn’t have much time to plan and relied on Nora to pull together their wedding day together.  The couple wanted a red color scheme and a double happiness chinese symbol scattered throughout.  With a large Chinese contingent, we even printed the escort cards in two languages!  The couple entered their reception followed by traditional Chinese lion dancers and it was so fun to watch the guests’ reactions.  A good friend of the couple and well known mixologist, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, curated the signature cocktail menu.  All in all, the day was perfectly executed and there wasn’t a single hiccup.  J+J went on a honeymoon to Bali a few days after the big event, and then planned a family honeymoon to Disneyland a few weeks after.  So happy for this darling couple and their new family!

Photography: Yasmin Khajavi, Day-Of Printing: Crave Design, Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals, Cake: Dream Cakes, Lighting: Think AV, Photo Booth: The Original Photo Booth, Flowers: Swoon, Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio, Reception Music: Chad Dowling Productions

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Carolyn and Scott met with Bridal Bliss over a year before their wedding date and got right to work with Elizabeth. The couple wanted to wow their guests and have touches of a Gatsby theme carried throughout the night! After visiting a few venues Carolyn and Scott quickly settled on The Benson Hotel. The Benson’s beautiful chandeliers, over-sized fireplace and gorgeous staircases offered the perfect art deco feel for the wedding. The ceremony was held in the Crystal Ballroom and a cocktail hour followed in The Benson’s stunning lobby.  With gorgeous flowers by Blum Floral and lighting & music by Paradox Productions, the ballroom was transformed. As Carolyn and Scott were introduced into the ballroom guests were on the dance floor waiting and ready to dance. After cutting a rug for a few songs and working up an appetite, guests sat down to a delicious dinner.  However it was not long until the dance floor was packed and that is how it stayed for the entire night!















photos by Powers Studios, hair and makeup by Jein King, rentals by Party Place & Sedera, cake by Dream Cakes

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Heather and Kirk hosted a beautiful summer wedding at River Haven Farm, filled with personal touches from friends and family.  Several of Heather’s friends came together to form a wonderful chamber music ensemble for their ceremony, crafting a special Ave Maria arrangement for the bridal party processional and generally delighting the guests with their virtuosity. Kirk and Heather’s friend and pastor, officiated the ceremony with grace and humor and touching anecdotes of Heather and Kirk’s early relationship. The joyful atmosphere continued through the social hour with fun lawn games and an old-fashioned soda bar, while another group of friends set up a Jazz Band and played great toe-tapping rhythms.  Dalton’s Northwest Catering provided a sumptuous buffet for dinner, while the best man and maid of honor roasted and toasted the bride and groom with great good humor.  Dessert was a treat with a variety of delicious cakes from Laurie Clake Cakes and a colorful candy display arranged by Heather’s sister and cousin.  A custom kissing booth crafted by a friend and a few fun props became the focus of a photo booth, with Susannah from Peter Mahar Photography snapping the photos.  Once the dancing began in earnest, another friend stepped in to DJ, playing crowd favorites bringing everyone onto the dance floor!  What a great party coordinated by Kirsten!  Congratulations again to Kirk and Heather!

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Sound & Music by Chad Dowling Productions, Rentals by Party Place & Something Borrowed,  Flowers by Zest & family, Makeup by Julie Lampros, Hair by Katerina Tsirimiagos


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Hannah and Jon wanted a fun party with great food, a great DJ and great drinks. Being the first of their friends to tie the knot, the bride and groom wanted everyone to have a blast. Hannah and Jon were high school sweethearts. They had the amazing opportunity to have their ceremony  in his family’s Lake Oswego backyard where he grew up.  Following the ceremony, guests made their way to OMSI for a fun night of eating, dancing, and drinking. Hannah and Jon had many little unique details that really personalized their wedding. They have a pet Ducks so at the ceremony, Jon’s mom surprised them with two small Duck statues at the at the altar. Jon is a big beer enthusiast so for guest favors he brewed three different types of beers and bottled them in 20 oz bottles. Keeping with the OMSI/Science theme we custom made table assignments using the Periodic Table of Elements – assigning each guest an element box. “Slices” were served as a late night snack and special surprise to Jon and his buddies. Slices is a restaurant on the East Coast that Jon and his friends would frequent. The restaurant serves only slices of plain pizza with different sides (ranch, BBQ sauce, blue cheese, Oregano, etc). Their guests celebrated until midnight then headed to Apex (wedding dress and all) for an after party. Natalia and Hannah had a unique routine during the planning process…scheduling runs and nailing down details as they sweat!





















photography by Ellie Asher, rentals by Party Place, Something Borrowed and West Coast Drape, hair/makeup by The Prettiest You, floral by Buddies Flowers, DJ by Event Team Entertainment

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A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to be one of the first to execute what just may be a hot new wedding trend in Oregon…a marijuana bar!  We posted a few photos on social media and they have gone completely viral.  Details from our interview have been posted internationally in such publications as Elite Daily, USA Today, Huffington Post, MashableCosmopolitan, Metro UK, Food World News and Yahoo UK to name just a few.   The response has been either love or hate, which is no surprise.

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This idea was completely thought up by the client and they chose all of the weed varietals on their own. The groom also happens to grow marijuana professionally.  Elizabeth Corr worked with a licensed “Bud Tender” to manage the bar on the private property and made sure transportation was available for guests.  While our coordinators obviously did not partake, they did mention that it was very well received by guests.  This may not be for everyone–this particular couple was thrilled with the outcome.  Love it or hate it, this is clearly a very unique idea for the wedding industry. To each their own, right?!?

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Both NBC & FOX interviewed us for segments that aired throughout the nation—take a peek!


photos provided by Jessica Hill Photography

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Marie & Yann are a very busy couple currently living in Michigan.  The bride’s family is from the area so they worked with Nora to coordinate an intimate yet elegant event.  The wedding ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Lake Parish and was followed by a Oswego Lake Country Club affair.  With the groom’s entire side traveling from Paris, they made sure to honor his French heritage.  Between the gorgeous blush and neutral tones, gold accents, the brides dress change and the absolutely perfect weather–this was a wedding to remember!












photography by Holland Studios, cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, floral by Zest, cake by Dream Cakes, rentals by Party Place, chairs by Ohana Party Rentals, hair & makeup by Powder Inc, printed items by Crave Design , DJ & lighting by Chad Dowling Productions

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Simple, elegant and classic. When Katy first met with Kate and Brian these were some of the words that came to mind when asked what they envisioned for their wedding.  The Sentinel Hotel (formerly The Governor) was the perfect fit for the timeless affair with a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom followed by cocktail hour in the Renaissance Room with beautiful ceilings and sunlight flowing in the windows.  Next guests made their way upstairs into the Governor Ballroom (formerly known as the Heritage Ballroom) for  the reception.  Paper goods designed by Crave Design matched the room’s decor of pewters, golds, ivories and pops of blush.  A variety of short and tall floral arrangements, by Zest floral, adorned the combination of long and round tables throughout the ballroom, creating a warm and elegant feel. With an open bar and great music provided by Josh Fancher of NW Premier Mobile DJs, guests danced the night away until the wee hours of the morning.













Photography by Honeysuckle, Rentals by Party Place, Cake by Dream Cakes

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Working with Melissa and her mom was such a joy, and they just might be some of Nora’s all time favorite clients. They have great style, but also an Italian sass that continuously kept their planner on her toes. The day (featured by Style Me Pretty and Wedding Wire) was perfect—even though they had to execute the rain plan, everything flowed beautifully and the Grotto Chapel was breathtaking.  One (of many) detail that we loved? Melissa wanted to switch up the first look and have Charlie walk to her rather than vise versa.












The Grotto Chapel was breathtaking, and totally decked out in floral and candles.  It truly took your breathe away when you walked in.







Gospel Choir!  Such a fun surprise for guests.





The evening “garden party” that Melissa envisioned was brought to life and was breathtakingly beautiful. From the tablescapes, to the gorgeous linens, to the romantic lighting, to the intricate cake–it was perfection.141011-513




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I also had the opportunity to be a part of planning the big musical surprise and what struck me most, was how much love was surrounding Melissa & Charlie. Everyone was genuinely excited for the wedding and for the happy couple. It was clear that the bride & groom not only make family come first, but have truly touched many, many people in their lives including myself.











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photography by Lauren B Photo, cinematography by Moving Picture Weddings, linens by La Tavola, transportation by Portland Pedals,  Double Decker PDX and Twilite Limo, flowers by Blum Floral Design,  paper goods by Paper Bloom & Studio Grace,  nannies by NW Nanny, hair/makeup by Face Body Beauty, rentals by Classic Vintage Rentals, Ohana Party Rentals, lighting by PSAV, cake by Laurie Clarke Cakes, photo booth by Limelight, gospel choir by LaRhonda Steele, strings by Duo Con Brio, band by Hit Machine

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