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Garden-Inspired Portland Ballroom Wedding

This garden-inspired ballroom wedding is seriously beautiful, with stunning live maple branches dotted throughout the ballroom, but it’s the Bride’s Big Day recap below, that has truly left a long-lasting impression on me. With a genuine smile that could not be wiped off her face, it’s clear the Bride and Groom enjoyed their Big Day, with the planning help of Bridal Bliss, and Lauren B Photo there to capture it all!

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Fall
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From Bridal BlissI have to be honest, I am so sad this wedding is over. Working with Melissa and her mom was such a joy, and they just might be some of my all time favorite clients. They have great style, but an Italian sass that continuously kept me on my toes. The day was perfect—even though we had to execute our rain plan, everything flowed beautifully and the Grotto Chapel was breathtaking.

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.

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.

From the beautiful Bride… We were delighted with how our wedding turned out and it started with our incredible venues. The Grotto in the fall is stunning; we loved the vibrant colors of the deciduous trees, and the autumn light filtering through the greenery in the upper gardens. Even though our wedding had to be moved into the chapel at the last minute, it was a beautiful change because the church is remarkable and our music was even more beautiful inside than out. Our guests raved about our cantor singing Ave Maria prior to the ceremony, but an even bigger hit was the gospel choir bursting out with “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” right as we had our first kiss. We can’t thank our wedding planner enough for that idea! Our delightful and spirited priest made our ceremony unforgettable. His homily was based on his gift- a painting he completed that morning of two cypress trees that rely on the other to grow. I will never forget the feeling of overwhelming love when he asked our guests to cheer for us in support of our marriage. I’ve never heard a sound so sweet in all of my life and we could literally FEEL the love of our family and friends washing over us as we stood at the altar. We couldn’t decide on a getaway car, but after I had an inspiration for a decal that said “Our Love is Electric” I knew we needed to leave in my husband’s Tesla.

A huge highlight for us was walking into our reception at The Nines’ ballroom before anyone had gone in. It took my breath away and I was speechless. We wanted the feeling of an evening garden party, and it was captured perfectly. Maple trees with soft white lights and hanging candles were the perfect complement to this theme. We couldn’t be happier with our selection of The Nines as a venue because our wedding food was perfectly delicious. From the cocktail hour to the late night bites with a perfectly orchestrated dinner in between, The Nines’ service and food did not disappoint! Add in the fact that our wedding cake was as tasty as it was beautiful, we could not believe our good fortune in working with such capable vendors.

What we will always remember about our reception though, was a surprise dance by the bride’s nieces, nephews, cousins and a former student. For months, they had been secretly rehearsing- across two states and three cities—to perform a choreographed dance to their re-written version of Happy by Pharrell Williams. I laughed and cried throughout the entire performance and to this day, this act was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me. As wonderful as this was, our reception would not have been complete without the same day edit from Moving Pictures. Our 300 guests were able to relive our wedding day with us- the highpoint for all of us was seeing Charlie’s reaction to the wedding gift I gave him. I had no idea that Charlie had cried at all on our wedding day until we watched him read the journal I had been keeping for him for the 100 days leading up to our wedding. It was a moment we will never forget.

One of our few regrets was that we didn’t have enough time to enjoy our band. Hit Machine was an absolute blast, and one of Charlie’s favorite wedding memories was playing the cowbell onstage with Bart Hafeman! Such a riot! As icing on the cake, we left our reception in a “Just Married” pedicab! What a blessing it was to be showered by rose petals as we waved goodbye to our loved ones and pedaled right through the Nines Hotel! Our driver capped off our night with a midnight tour of the beautiful downtown Portland waterfront.

Photography: Lauren B Photo | Cinematography: Moving Picture Weddings | Floral Design: Blum Floral | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Laurie Clarke Cakes | Invitations: Studio Grace | Ceremony Venue: The Grotto | Reception Venue: The Nines Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair & Makeup: Face Body Beauty | Lighting: PSAV | Band: Hit Machine | Ceremony Music: Duo Con Brio | Transportation: Portland Pedals | Transportation: Double Decker PDX | Transportation: Pedi Cab | Transportation: Twilite Limo | Event Childcare: NW Nanny | Gospel Choir: LaRhonda Steele | Junior Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna's Bridal | Linens: La Tavola | Paper Goods: Paper Bloom | Photo Booth: Limelight Photo Booth | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Ohana Party Rentals | Rentals: Party Place | Wedding Coordination: Bridal Bliss

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Colorful Portland Oregon Rooftop Brunch Inspiration

Brunch is – without a doubt – my favorite weekend activity, so it comes as no surprise this colorful rooftop celebration is my cup of tea. Bridal Bliss crafted a day saturated with lush blooms and bright hues, complimented with beautiful bite-sized treats. Soak in every sunny moment in the gallery here!

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Spring
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School
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Elegant

From Bridal BlissWe selected a brunch theme as the city of Portland is is very well known for their brunches. With patrons waiting in line for hours, we decided to skip the lines and bring a delicious brunch menu and atmosphere to a new venue in town. Washington High School, set to open it’s doors Spring of 2015, has an incredible roof top deck with a stunning view of Portland.

When planning the brunch we wanted to create a clean but festive feel with vibrant spring colors. Spring is a wonderful time of year in Portland and we wanted to capture the freshness and bring it to life. From personal mini cakes to crossword puzzles, we adorned the table with fun details wedding guests would enjoy.

From A Lovely Day… As a fun team of photographers, we loved the inspiration of a colorful brunch wedding. We wanted the photos to embody the same feeling as the best brunch you’ve ever had. Joyful, bright and happy, a brunch wedding on a rooftop deck brings smiles. We loved using a macro lens to capture the tiniest of details and we even braved a ladder on a roof for some great wide-angle images that truly showcase the magnificence of the venue. We loved the bright pops of pinks, blues and patterns and had a great time documenting all the thoughtful details.

From Zest Floral… When we think of a brunch wedding, we think of unique details combined with informal ambiance. For the flowers, our inspiration was to create a fresh and chic design that featured a splash of fun color, whimsical greenery and read wedding without looking like a typical wedding tablescape. We combined fluffy garden roses, roses, spray roses and hydrangeas with lush greenery and dainty ferns to create a full runner of fresh flowers cascading down both ends of the table. To blend the outdoor elegance with the laid back charm of the brunch theme; we used a floral color palette ranging from cream to blush and pops of vibrant pink. When accentuated by the beauty-filled view from Washington High School’s rooftop deck, the entire tablescape was simply stunning.

From Pearl Catering… At Pearl Catering we love serving fresh, local, fun bite size food. We loved the idea of a brunch inspired wedding since that is what Portland is known for. We deconstructed the already popular Chicken and Waffles and made them into bit size pieces – easy to eat at your table or walking around while mingling with your guests. Pancakes always give you the feeling of being at home with your family on a Sunday morning. We made bite size pieces so guests could still have a sense of a relaxed morning with family while enjoying a classy, formal lunch. The beautiful colors of black, red, and green inside the fruit shot help tie all the colors together.

Photography: A Lovely Day | Wedding Planner: Bridal Bliss | Florist: Zest Floral | Cakes: Dream Cakes | Caterer: Pearl Catering | Favors: Stumptown Brew | Venue: Washington High School | Bridal Gown:Anna’s Bridal Boutique | Hair/Makeup: Blossom & Beauty | Invitation Suite & Table Number: Paper Bloom | Linen: La Tavola | Men’s Formal Wear: Este’s | Place Setting Pencils: Target | Rentals: Party Place | Signature Drinks: Mint & Mirth | Vintage Tea Cups: Bridal Bliss

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Elegant Pacific Northwest Winter Wedding

Oregon winters are magical; that goes without saying.  But take a misty winter day in Oregon and add in some fabulous florals from Punch Portland, a bundle of golden-hued details and a bride and groom who are the literal definition of stunning and it’s a winter day like you’ve never seen.  Bask in the beauty captured by Anna Jaye Photography right here in the full gallery

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From Anna Jaye PhotographySarah, the Bride, loves the winter and knew she wanted a winter wedding from the get go, despite concerns from friends and family that it would be too cold and/or rainy (Oregon in winter means rain!). The day turned out lovely with a light mist falling through most of the day and a bit of fog on the horizon, which gave the photos a soft, Pacific Northwest feel.

Sarah and Matt were married in a little white chapel at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City, OR. Their reception followed in the Abernethy Ballroom a few short steps away.

Sarah’s florist incorporated succulents, brunia berries, cedar, and pinecones into the bouquets and boutonnieres to reflect the winter theme. She and her bridesmaids wore pretty fur stoles to keep warm. The centerpieces were a mix of tall branches (some with cotton) with mercury glass candles, and shorter vignettes with lush white blooms in white milk glass vases. Sarah said,”The most important thing for me was for everyone to have fun and enjoy the night which wasn’t very difficult since it was a very intimate wedding with only 65 guests. Only our family and closest friends were there so everyone knew each other very well.”

Photography: Anna Jaye Photography | Coordination: Adornment Events | Floral Design: Bonnie Of Punch Portland | Wedding Dress: Dorian By Rita Vinieris | Cake: His Bakery | Invitations: Etsy | Ceremony Venue: The Abernethy Center Chapel | Reception Venue: The Abernethy Center Ballroom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Bri Ellis Of Portland Make-up And Hair | Calligraphy: Lauren Heim Wedding + Events | DJ: DJ Lure Of Paradox Productions | Groomsmen's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Bridal Boutique: Lovella Bridal | Cake Stand Rental: Barclay Events | Dress Alterations: Anna's Bridal | Fur Stoles: Etsy | Garter: Etsy | Lantern Favors: Warm Impressions | Photo Booth: The Oregon Photo Booth Rental | Ring Bearer's Attire: Etsy

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Winter’s Dawn Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Captured through the lens of Mary Alice Hall the soft, subtle tones of the bridesmaid dresses coupled with the gorgeous intricate lace of the brides gown played perfectly with the rustic ambiance of the rustic setting. With gorgeous floral arrangements designed by Blum Floral Design and a captivating video by Watertown Wedding Films, every detail of this beautiful inspiration shoot cannot be missed here!

From photographer Mary Alice Hall… Champagne Wedding Coordination headed the event design for the shoot, but the inspiration and design planning was a collaborate effort from Mary Alice Hall Photography along with their team of creative Portland wedding vendors.

The winter’s dawn inspiration came from our love of 19th century romantic literature and Jane Austen’s timeless novel, Pride & Prejudice. We created a romantic and whimsical mood while keeping the design modern and timeless. Our all-time favorite scene in the novel and movie is when Mr. Darcy meets Elizabeth in the woods at dawn. The sunlight gleams on their faces and it’s as if they are the only two on the earth. As soon as we decided on our theme we knew that Wind Mountain Ranch in Stevenson, Washington was the perfect location.

For the overall color palette we chose scarlet red, ivory, blush and dusty gray and – we also knew we wanted to incorporate as much luxe textile as possible with velvet, fur, wool, and feathers. Something Borrowed provided incredible vintage furniture and accessories. A scarlet red velvet settee was the perfect seat for our bridal party. A white sheepskin throw and brant burgundy afghan brought warmth and texture to our bride and groom in our fireside lounge. Lane’ at Something Borrowed provided mis-matched, gold-rimmed vintage china for our formal place settings, along with crystal champagne flutes, wine goblets and gold flatware.

The gorgeous blooms, by Blum Floral Design, she used garden roses, peonies, hydrangea, amaryllis, ranunculus and tulips to create a soft, romantic look. She added a lot of thistles, dusty miller and several varieties of eucalyptus for texture and a cool grey blue undertone. Cranberries in vases and strung on wires added more of the rich color and texture. The dining table, a gorgeous six foot farmhouse table provided by Something Borrowed. We created an elegant and unique design by using brass pillar candles, lush flowers, vintage books and our favorite cooper vessels. You can’t imagine winter without fresh cranberries, we strung them on wires for chair ties and placed in vases which added rich color and texture to our dining table.

White Pepper’s pancake wedding cake was the main highlight of our brunch buffet – The scrumptious fluffy cakes were topped with French Vanilla buttercream, fresh berries and dripping with maple syrup. We created an intimate brunch, and the delectable brunch spread sat at a classic white Lucille desk alongside our French bar cart set as a coffee bar-with colorful, vintage teacup & saucers. Freshly brewed by Chemex, Stumptown Guatemala Bella Vista coffee, not only acted as a prop but the warm coffee helped us stay warm throughout the shoot!

Our brunch theme hors d’oeuvres weren’t only appetizing but it encompassed our theme of texture and bold color! Beet Pickled Deviled Egg, Sweet Celery Hood River Bosc Pear, Prosciutto, Pistachio Brioche Toast, House Blend Almond Granola, Greek Yogurt, Strawberry and an Herb and baby greens salad with breakfast berries and a lemon vinaigrette. Our wedding party celebrated and toasted with a Classic Mimosa Argyle 2011 Vintage Brut accompanied by fresh orange juice and grapefruit.

We wanted to create a unique and dreamy seating chart. The board was made of wooden ribbon spools. Each name was pinned to the rich colored velvet ribbon. Sitting alongside was our handwritten-letter invitation, and Trista carried the calligraphy theme to the place cards at our dining table.

The English Dept. lent us three beautiful wedding gowns and gorgeous accessories. For the bride she wore Leanne Marshall’s, Danielle. An Ivory and nude lace illusion bodice gown with full silk organza skirt. Accompanied by the in-house Elizabeth sash. The Double strand of glass rhinestones on ivory silk grossgrain ribbon sash gave contrast, texture and definition.

Our lovely bridesmaids wore Claire La Faye, Bespoken in blush and pale grey. Crossover chiffon gathered bodice with Alencon lace and silk pleating, asymmetric draping and pleating detail at waistline. This wedding gown is also available in off white, ivory, blush, robin’s egg blue and nude. Our dashing groom wore a trim fit, pure wool “Heather Gray Allure” tuxedo by Jean Yves from Este’s Men’s Clothing.Portland Make-up and Hair provided the hair and makeup look for our shoot. One of the universally favored aspects of the shoot was the cap veil, our stylists transformed our bride into an updated version of Elizabeth Bennet. Her second look was fun a sophisticated and she wore Mignonne Handmade Plume D’or, brass feather motif headband to add a touch of whimsical drama. Our bridesmaids were styled with loose curls and tucked back for elegance with their feather hair clips.

The collaborative winter’s dawn inspired stylized shoot was a dream come true and we hope it inspires readers!

Photography: Mary Alice Hall | Videography: Watertown Wedding Films | Event Design: Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination | Floral Design: Blum Floral Design | Wedding Dress: The English Dept. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The English Dept. | Catering: White Pepper | Groom's Attire: Este's Mens Clothing | Wedding Venue: Wind Mountain Ranch | Bride's Headpiece: Migonne Handmaid | Bridesmaids' Dress Designer: Claire LaFaye | Hair & Make-up: Portland Make-up & Hair | Rentals: Something Borrowed | Veil: Twigs And Honey | Wedding Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall

Blushing Marsala Bridal Inspiration + A Bouquet Recipe

You guys, I am in love with the color of the year, marsala. So much so that I’m even sprinkling it into my own wedding. So when Alexandra Grace sent over her recent shoot dedicated to a perfect blush and marsala combo, I wanted to jump through my screen and live in this shoot. This bouquet pretty much says it all, and lucky us, Ponderosa & Thyme is sharing the recipe below!

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Spring
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Park
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Rustic

From Alexandra Grace PhotographyPonderosa & Thyme and Alexandra Grace Photography put together this inspiration shoot to include the 2015 Pantone color of the year “marsala” with the theme of earthy, romantic, and dreamy. The bride was in a blush dress and the florals included some gorgeous marsala-colored orchids. The lush green forest was a perfect backdrop for our feminine bride, and helped evoke a wild & free mood. All photos photographed on film.

Materials

Foraged branches
Orchids (in Marsala tones)
Garden roses (Blush)
Tulips (Blush)
Anemones (White and blush)
Foraged bay
Blush ribbon streamers

Photography: Alexandra Grace Photography | Floral Design: Ponderosa & Thyme | Wedding Dress: ASOS | Film processing: Photovision

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Urban Meets Romantic Portland Wedding

I’ve been living in Oregon for just a little over a week now, and if this wedding is any indication, I am going to really, really like it here.  The perfect mix of romantic stylings and a fabulous urban setting, it’s the kind of laid-back meets sophisticated affair that makes my heart sing.  Think lush blooms from Sammy’s meets an all-out dance party.  See it all captured by Aaron Courter in the full gallery.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Aaron Courter… A beautiful and stylish wedding at the Leftbank Annex with urban Portland portraits in The Pearl and Rose Garden. Kait & Peter made their wedding their own, surrounded by a large bridal party, integrated with their friends from Barre3, and the evening ended with a surprise flash mob by their friends.

From The Bride… When Peter and I got engaged, I decided that I would be a chill bride. I would not fuss about the flowers, the seating chart, or having the perfect hair. Instead, I would focus on finding the joy in the process. This attitude served me well. Even though the day flew by, I was present and soaked in every moment.

My friends and family and I kicked off my wedding day at 10am with a barre3 class from my close friend and co-worker, Candace Ofcacek. She also happens to be a bit of a fitness celebrity. That class was pure magic. It both calmed my nerves and gave me a major energy boost.

Our friend David married us. He and his wife Christina wrote the ceremony, and neither of us previewed what they were going to say beforehand. Peter and I laughed and cried through the whole thing.

Dinner was delicious. Our menu was Northwest inspired and made up of locally sourced ingredients. I didn’t have many strong opinions about our wedding, but I did insist on having pudding cups from a local Portland company called Pixie RetrEAT Raw’r instead of the traditional cake. These “L’il Puddin”cups are incredibly decadent and satisfying. They’re also shockingly healthy!

The dance party that followed dinner and the toasts was next level. The highlight of the night occurred when all of my friends from barre3 rushed the dance floor and surprised me with a flash mob dance. I had no idea it was coming, and it was such a sweet surprise.

I’m so grateful to our photographer Aaron Courter for capturing our big day. He’s incredibly talented and a real dream to work with!

Photography: Aaron Courter | Coordination: Ella Events | Floral Design: Sammy's | Cake: Pixie RetrEAT Raw’r | Catering: Devil's Food Catering | Hair & Makeup: Gold And Arrow Salon | Wedding Venue: Leftbank Annex