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The Art of Weddings 2013 Bridal Show

Every winter we host a high-end, swanky, entertaining bridal show. The first of it’s kind for Portland, it was started over ten years ago and has been evolving ever since. From different venue’s to a selection of Oregon’s top wedding vendors, every year the bridal show brings fresh ideas and displays for the discerning brides. We are excited to have the 2013 Bridal Show hosted at The Armory at Portland Center Stage. It’s one of the most beautiful venue’s in downtown Portland and you won’t want to miss this bridal show! Mark your calendar for Thursday, January 3rd, 2013.

The upcoming Art of Weddings is sponsored by Portland Bride and Groom Magazine and McMenamin’s Hotels. Watch the video below from the last show to see what it’s all about. Check back here regularly for updates on the event. Tickets will go on sale around the end of November, beginning of December. Vendors who would like to participate please email Alexis at



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Wedding Beauty: Feel Confident with Kirstie Wight on Your Wedding Day

Nothing is worse than getting ready for a special event and feeling like you look like a frumpy overstuffed muppet with too much makeup on (I have been there, I promise). To avoid that on your wedding day it is important to find a skilled makeup artist who will consult with you about the particular look you would like to achieve on your wedding day. Kirstie Wight was at our Art of Weddings event in Portland earlier this year and we think she has what it takes for just about any bride.

Bridal Beauty: 3 Tips for Wedding Day Makeup

  1. Try to find a place with good light for your makeup artist. Some makeup artists bring their own lighting set up, but a good base of natural light is always welcome. If your holding an outdoor wedding, make sure to check the makeup out in that light before you head down the aisle.
  2. Blend. Blend again. Then blend some more. Makeup lines are just as bad as underwear lines, eek!
  3. Don’t forget the eye drops. Often, brides have had little sleep or get overly emotional, or over stressed on their wedding day. A few eye drops really will eliminate red eyes.

Wedding day makeup is definitely an art and if you are unsure of what sort of look you like, Kirstie can help you with suggestions based on your skin tone, dress, and style. If all else fails, a more natural look may be the way to go for your wedding day makeup. Especially if you don’t wear much makeup everyday (oh, the life of an Oregonian girl). You want to look at your wedding photos and recognize yourself, so be cautious with anything to different than your normal color palette.

Kirstie Wight elevated the beauty of all these brides and can do the same for you.

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A fresh look for this bride.

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A very romantic and elegant look.

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This is a perfect natural look for wedding day makeup.

Thinking about Boudoir Photos for your groom after our Peek A Boo post yesterday? Kirstie Wight does makeup for that as well.

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Yep, that looks good. See you at Art of Weddings next year Kirstie Wight!


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Advertise on Art of Weddings!

We worked extra long and hard to revamp The Art of Wedding’s website. Instead of it just focusing on the annual event it now combines a blog, event information and vendor search. We wanted to bring the same look and feel that the bridal show has, clean & modern to the website. The whole website focuses on Oregon weddings and vendors. We love living in the Pacific Northwest and being around so many talented people and wanted the new website to reflect that.

As a talented and professional wedding vendor in Oregon you now have a way to reach lovely, artistic and modern brides. Each vendor category only has five vendors listed under it so you don’t fall to the bottom of a page making it hard for brides to find you. You stand out as soon as they click on your category, how great is that? By being a part of the website you are linking yourself with a brand name that stands out and values professionalism and creativity.

Ad spots are currently available at a great price making it a perfect time to sign up and promote your wedding business before the busy season starts. Simply click on the ad you want to purchase and a new window will open. From there find your category and ad size and then fill in all the info. Just remember to click “YES” to subscription and make sure your ad tile is sized correctly. If you need help feel free to email us at We’re here to help and make you more successful!


Bridal Fashion Show Images

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Bridal Fashion Show Images

Here are more images from the 2012 Art of Wedding bridal show. We were thrilled with the fashion show and the variety of designers who were a part of it. The show included Cocoon Silk, Urchin Redesign, Embellish, Charlotte’s Weddings and More and men’s suits by Duchess Clothier.  Get inspired for your own wedding day and reach out to these talented Portland gown designers to find the perfect dress for you! I know we have our eye a few of these gowns:)





Images from 2012 Art of Weddings Bridal Show

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Images from 2012 Art of Weddings Bridal Show

Every year we are so thrilled to see so many talented vendors come together for one evening of beautiful wedding decor, food, desserts, fashion and more. This year’s show was a bit more of a challenge. Anytime I move it to a new location it’s as though I’m starting from scratch. I was pleased with how the space looked with everyone in it and the fashion show was the best thus far! Having more room to play with many of the vendors had larger areas to work with and this year we added The Groom’s List Lounge which was for the man in your life! From the stunning black and white display from The Wedding Lounge to The Art of Catering’s culinary delights, the show had so much inspiration to create a magical wedding day.

After taking the weekend off to decompress and relax from all the planning, I’m back to work and happy to share with you the professional images taken by Atelier Pictures.  View all the images on the facebook page.  Enjoy!

If you missed the annual bridal show you can always find the list of vendors here.  Happy planning:)


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The Art of Weddings is Finally Here!

I can’t believe the 2012 Art of Weddings bridal show is finally here!  It feels like we’ve been planning our own wedding for the last eight months, and just like brides, we’ve been working hard to make sure this day is perfect.  Thankfully, there are no cold feet here (maybe just a few excited butterflies), because our plans are finally falling into place.  Tomorrow night, Pure Space Portland will be filled with many of Portland’s finest wedding vendors!  Starting at 6:00 PM, the first 150 brides through the door with standard tickets will receive a gift bag and everyone through the door will receive a ticket to redeem for one wine sample courtesy of Abbey Creek Vineyard.  If you want pre-entry to the event at 5:00 PM, an extra fabulous gift bag, a reserved seat for the fashion show and a complimentary signature cocktail, make sure you order your VIP ticket soon!  There isn’t much time left to buy your tickets online, which is the best way to save time and money.  Save $10 on VIP tickets if you enter the SPECIAL CODE: congrats before 11:00 PM tonight (January 18th).  All standard and VIP ticket sales will end online at 9:00 AM tomorrow morning (January 19th).  If you miss your chance to order online, then you’ll need to purchase your tickets at the door.  Standard tickets will then be $20 and if there are any VIP tickets remaining, those will be $50.  Click here to order your 2012 Art of Weddings tickets before the online box office closes!

While you’re there, also make sure to check out the rest of The Art of Weddings website, which received a major face lift over the holidays.  In addition to information about the event, it now includes this blog geared towards real weddings in the Portland, Oregon area and a wedding vendor search tool.  Don’t forget to sign up for The Art of Weddings newsletter by entering your email address in the box near the top of the blog’s right-hand sidebar.  It will feature local vendors with special offers and tons of tips and advice for your wedding planning pleasure!

Dream Big with Westcoast Event Productions

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Dream Big with Westcoast Event Productions

We love everything Westcoast Event Productions has to offer.  Their design ideas and rental options never fail to create spectacular environments for any wedding.  We were just on their website the other day looking for some new wedding ideas and noticed they have a product catalog posted.  It’s so nice to be able to browse through their selection online!  This is an extremely busy time of year and anything that saves us time is a real plus.  They also have a “What’s New” section with some great examples of products they use to create stellar atmospheres at various events.  We encourage you to go see for yourself, but take it from us, your wedding guests will feel like they’re at the party of the year if you select Westcoast Event Productions for your wedding design and rental needs.  Here are just a few shots of what Westcoast can provide in addition to the typical tables, linens and vases:

Don’t forget — If you want to see Westcoast Event Productions at work, get your tickets to the 2012 Art of Weddings bridal show on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM at Pure Space PortlandWCEP will be there with examples of their displays.  They work hand-in-hand with Pure Space Portland to provide design and rental services.

Save on Art of Weddings VIP Tickets!

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Save on Art of Weddings VIP Tickets!

Whew, it’s been busy over here, but we survived the holidays and are psyched for this week’s 2012 Art of Weddings event! We couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming show that will take place on January 19th, 2012 at Pure Space Portland. There are going to be so many amazing vendors participating, from cakes to flowers to coordinators to caterers. We just found out that for the first time ever there will be a men’s lounge area brought to you by The Groom’s List. Now your man will also be able to enjoy a wedding event and find ideas for him and his groomsmen. If you haven’t heard of The Groom’s List, let your man know about it. It’s a great online resource for grooms-to-be.

Be sure to take advantage of a special discount being offered now through January 18th for all of you newly engaged couples. If you click here and enter the special code: congrats you will be able to get a VIP ticket for $10 off its normal price! There are a limited amount of VIP tickets available so it’s first come first serve. Once they are gone they are gone! Treat yourself and your maid of honor or groom to a special treat. The gift bags themselves are worth the VIP price. These babies aren’t filled with paper flyers, but tangible items from select vendors participating in the show.  Open your VIP gift bag and find anything from beauty product samples to a wine glass!

For more information visit The Art of Weddings website and get your tickets now!