This morning I have been getting to know Geranium Lake Flowers and learning a lot about wedding flowers and the business of it. As I was researching, I have just become more and more excited to have Geranium Lake Flowers on our list of Portland wedding vendors for this year’s Art of Weddings bridal show on January 3rd. One of the best things about reading about and knowing so many wedding vendors is appreciating them each for their own unique style. Geranium Lake Flowers takes care of the floral arrangements for over 100 weddings each May-October, so I would say they have the style factor down. It is always interesting to hear how people ended up doing what they love and are good at and the owner of Geranium lake Flowers, Kim Foren is no exception. Here is her story as it reads from the Geranium lake Flowers website,
Owner Kim Foren is trained as a fine art painter and showed her whimsical oil paintings for sixteen years at Quartersaw Gallery in Portland. Desiring a change in her corporate life, she started selling flowers in 1993 out of her VW van in front of Grand Central Bakery on SE 22nd and Hawthorne in Portland. She named her business Geranium Lake Flowers inspired by her favorite Windsor and Newton oil paint color “Geranium Lake”, a saturated fuchsia pink. The name serves as a reminder to keep her business creative. Moving to the US Bancorp Tower in 1995, she has become one of the premier floral and event companies in the Portland area. She has personally appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show and her company has attracted such prestigious customers as Portland Monthly magazine, Nike, The Nines Hotel, Leftbank Annex, and many more.
Floral Designs by Geranium Lake Flowers
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You can meet Geranium lake Flowers and other Portland wedding vendors at the Art of Weddings bridal show on January 3rd, 2013. We have compiled a group of what we deem as “the swankiest Portland wedding vendors” and can’t wait to share them with you. All will be ready to talk to you about your wedding and how they can help make your wedding day everything you’ve dreamed of. Tickets to the bridal show are available online, so hurry before they sell out!
Wedding lighting is something we haven’t talked about in quite a while. Well, no more putting it off. It is important and can really take your wedding and reception to a whole new level of elegance. Lighting is the easiest and best way (in my opinion) to create your desired ambiance. Brides tend to get wrapped up in details like centerpieces, flowers and other decor and forget the powerful effect that wedding lighting can have on a space. For example, love your wedding venue, but hate the carpet? Lighting can deter the eye away from elements you don’t like and onto elements you do, like architectural columns or drapery.
Want to know more? Contact Green Light Creative, located right here in Portland. They are experts when it comes to lighting events. I advise all brides to consider lighting as part of your budget. One of the best things about it is you can choose how dramatic your lighting becomes. Green Light Creative offers very economical packages for simple lighting as well as very dramatic statements like personalized gobo designs for the walls and ceiling at your reception. Wondering what a gobo is? Here is how Green Light Creative discusses them on their website,
A “gobo” is a metal or glass template that we slide into the lenses of a traditional theatrical spot light. The template is stamped or printed with an image. We “project” these images onto walls, floors, ceilings, canopy surfaces, curtains and backdrops, stages….your imagination is the only limitation!
Green Light Creative Wedding Lighting Design
Here are some event photos from past weddings where Green Light Creative has worked their lighting magic!
Inspired to add wedding lighting into your wedding day? Well, you can make it easy by meeting Green Light Creative at this year’s Art of Weddings bridal show. On January 3rd, Green Light Creative along with a long list of other preferred wedding vendors in Portland will be congregated at The Armory ready to share their wedding expertise with you. Ticket are available online. See you there!
One of the ways I categorize the best Portland wedding venues is by their ability to host weddings all year round. Abernethy Center is all about year round weddings. They have multiple wedding spaces and are very helpful when it comes to making sure your wedding venue is everything you had imagined. Here is what one couple, Krystal and Keith Scott had to say about choosing the Abernathy Center for their wedding.
“I found Abernethy Center years ago online and fell in love with it! When I got engaged it was the first place I thought of to go look…and I was not disappointed! They made one of the most important days/nights of my life absolutely magical…I have been to many other venues in the Portland Metro area and Abernethy Center truly was the best choice I could have ever made!…If you choose Abernethy Center don’t be afraid to brain storm new and innovative ideas with the staff they are open and willing to work with you to make your special day all that you want it to be!”
I am not really sure I can put it better than that. My favorite space at Abernathy Center is the patio. It is perfect for a cocktail hour before the reception.
Best Portland Wedding Venue Pictures From Abernethy Center
Take Krystal and Keith’s advice about thinking outside the box with Abernethy Center. You can start the conversation at this years Art of Wedding bridal show where you will find them alongside many of the other best Portland wedding venues. Tickets are online and available at the door.
Friday’s on the Art of Weddings blog are all about tantalizing those taste buds and thinking about a favorite foodie parts of planning a wedding. Today, I have some photos that are going to make you wish you had a full stomach. Chez Joly catering is one of Portland’s best wedding caterers. As a wedding caterer, they have been in business since 1990 and are a family owned local wedding vendor. They also have their own intimate event space perfect for a small wedding or rehearsal dinner.
Things You Get With Chez Joly As Your Wedding Caterer
- wait staff
- china rentals
- beverage service
- bar service
- fresh and local ingredients
A Sample Chez Joly Menu Items
- Oregon Painted Hills Center Cut Filet Mignon served with wild Oregon chantrelles in a Madeira sauce
- Trapold Farms Oregon Haricot Verte served with roasted challots
- Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Chardonnay cream sauce
- Baked Pork Loin stuffed with caramelized apple and cherry chutney
- Portobello & Wild Mushroom Lasagna with spinach and truffled riccota cheese, balsamic reduction and pesto sauces
- Pecan Crusted Rack of Lamb with Brown Sugar Barbeque Sauce, Chive Mashed Potatoes, and Roasted Shallot Green Beans
Photos To Make Your Mouth Water
Need to hear about more? Come speak to Chez Joly about how they can help you as a wedding caterer for your big day. They will be there in person at this year’s Art of Weddings bridal show at The Armory. Join all of the best Portland wedding vendors on January 3rd.