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Urban Orchard Inspiration Shoot

Show me a day filled with fall hues, gorgeous blooms from Blum Design In Flowers and a sweets table that includes hot cocoa (my favorite) and I’ll show you a blogger that couldn’t be more pleased.  Because when it comes to insanely beautiful wedding inspiration, this crazy cool urban orchard shoot captured by Ashley Forrette is right up my alley.  Two words: seriously stunning.  See it all here.

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From Blum Design In Flowers… Our “Urban Orchard” inspiration shoot took place at Urban Studio which is located in the center of Portland’s Pearl District. Fifteen years ago the Pearl District was a primarily industrial, partially abandoned area. Since then it has undergone a massive revival and is home to many condos, restaurants and boutiques. That combination of downtown chic and industrial made for a wonderful and completely blank slate for our imaginations to play with. The area also hosts a lot of hidden spots that are fantastic for portraits that our photographer, Ashley Forrette, was sure to utilize.

For the shoot we wanted to create a look that was classic and elegant while still maintaining a really warm, inviting and fun feel. We chose the colors of plum, apple red, peach and green as they’re both rich and a little whimsical.

In recent years Portland has developed a wonderful sense of locavore pride. So we wanted to make the most of what our area has to offer not only to show clients how to share it with guests in a slightly new way. Apples, wheat, herbs, and, of course, roses (in reference to Portland’s nickname, The City of Roses) were featured in the table centerpiece and personal flowers as a fairly subtle reference to area’s farming industry. We also created a dessert buffet that featured warm drinks in addition to the cake. Fresh pressed hot cider and hot cocoa with all of the fixings made a sweet accent to the table and also warm guests up. Last but not least, a smores pit made out of a repurposed wine barrel added a really fun photo op and sweet treat at the end of the shoot!

Photographer: Ashley Forrette Photography | Wedding Gown: Ania Collection | Florist: Blum Design In Flowers | Cake: Dream Cakes | Groom's Suit: Duchess Clothier | Coordination: Champagne Wedding Coordination | Hair And Makeup Artist: Powder Inc. | Hair Piece: Serephine | Linens: La Tavola | Printed Goods: Studio Olivine | Rentals: The Party Place PDX | Wedding Venue: Urban Studio

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Glamorous Gold Ballroom Wedding in Portland

When it comes to ballroom wedding, brides and grooms often have to work with backdrops that don’t fit their wedding day style to perfection. But that is definitely NOT the case with this ballroom celebration. This bride used an already gorg space and added her own dose of style and style and style for days. The result – with photos by Yvonne Wong – is wedding perfection. More right here!

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From the bride…My husband and I met while I was in grad school at Boston College. We love the history and architecture of Boston and the campus so we knew we wanted a venue with those features. Finding that in Portland, Oregon where we live now was a little challenging but we found the Treasury Ballroom which was formerly the Federal Treasury building. The setting really lends itself to something glamorous and romantic which is completely our style.

My grandmother is Japanese so along with my mother and I, we folded 1000 paper cranes in a blush and gold palette to include in the decor to honor my heritage. The ceremony/head table backdrop that was created with these cranes was so incredible!

I included my new 13-year-old stepdaughter as a bridesmaid and I’ve never been big on matching dresses so it seemed to make the most sense to simply give my ladies a palette and let them find dresses they loved in their own styles. Since no two of us live in the same state I was a little worried about how it would come together but one the big day I thought it looked fantastic!

I’ve always loved flowers and I knew I wanted really amazing arrangements. Kim from Swoon Floral actually understood my loose yet elegant instructions and was great about incorporating the blooms I loved.

The food and wine were our biggest priorities. We paired our wines with the food and brought it in from a few of our favorite local Willamette Valley wineries. My husband was determined to have a champagne tower which really fit in with our theme well. My husband’s a total nerd at heart and I wanted to make sure the wedding was really him as well so I arranged a few surprises including a Star Wars themed groom’s cake, Death Star ice cubes and a Darth Vader helmet for some fun pics!

We wanted really intricate signs so when my mom suggested using the vinyl on mirrors we loved it! She designed and created program, bar and guest book mirrors which are now hanging in our apartment.

Originally our ceremony was supposed to be on the building’s rooftop however we had driving wind and rain so luckily Misty and her team were able to create a stunning space for the ceremony inside the ballroom. Everything came together so perfectly! Best.Day.Ever!

Photography: Yvonne Wong Photography | Videography: Moving Pictures | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Floral Design: Swoon Floral Design | Cake: La Joconde | Invitations: Crave Design | Reception Venue: The Treasury Ballroom | Catering: Vibrant Table | Officiant: Reverend Dee Richardson | Design & Styling: Luxe Event Productions | Groom\'s Attire: Mr.Formal | Rentals + Lighting: The Party Place | Wedding Coordination: Luxe Event Productions

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Romantic Bridal Hairpiece Shoot

In the world of fab Mondays, this post reigns supreme.  It’s ethereal, gorgeous and combines some of our fave designers, the crazy awesome talents of Kacee Geoffroy and Kat Park and a whole world of beautiful hair pieces from Nicky Teo.  It’s basically a dream come true for any lover of weddings, accessories and downright pretty (that’s all of you).  See it captured by Diana Marie Photography right here.

From Nicky Teo… Nicky Teo bridal hairpieces are delicate, graceful, functional, and romantic. The 2014 collection was inspired by ethereal vines. They are dainty, exquisite, and whimsy which creates a unique one of a kind piece. Even with all the sparkle, there is a simplicity about them. The beauty of the collection is that they are flexible and can be formed to accommodate whatever hairstyle you have. The 2014 collection is so versatile and unique, that no matter how sophisticated or simple your wedding is, there’s one that will suit your personal style.

Photography: Diana Marie Photography | Styling: Two's Company | Hair & Makeup: Kat Park | Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy | Designer: Nicky Teo | Dresses: Myra Callan | Dresses: Leanne Marshall | Dresses: Sarah Janks | Dresses: Claire Pettibone | Dresses: Winne Couture

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