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Advertising on The Art Of Weddings – Portland Wedding Vendors

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Advertising on The Art Of Weddings – Portland Wedding Vendors

Our new website and blog have been cranking since their debut just a few months ago. Our site statistics are better than we could have dreamed, and we would love to provide a service not only to brides but to local Portland wedding vendors.

Our blog posts are averaging  hundreds of hits a day, and over 20,000 viewers a month. Our search engine ranks are climbing higher and higher.  This is a very targeted market for local Portland wedding vendors and we would love to feature you in our vendor section. We have limited the number of spaces available, and will only sell 5 ads per category with no exceptions.  That means your ad won’t be lost among too many of your competitors.

Right now, we are offering great introductory pricing for website ads. A standard ad (small, bottom row) is only $30 a month, while an even better deal is a premium ad (bigger, top row) for only $40 a month. Ad spaces right on the blog are only $30 a month as well. These prices will last through October 1st, 2012.

We love writing about all Portland wedding vendors, but we will guarantee an individualized blog post about new businesses who purchase ads. If you have any couples who would like to participate in a “real wedding” post, we would love to showcase them and your business for as many “real weddings” as you can provide to us.  For an idea of a featured blog post, check out the one we did for Cacao. A recent example of a “real wedding” post was for Portland wedding vendor Kate Kelly Photography.

If you want to sign up, it is easy! Find your business category online and click on a standard ad. Enter your info, upload your ad and be sure to click “yes” to subscription and you’re set!
If you have questions or to request a media kit please email alyssa.roehrenbeck @ 


Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding by Kate Kelly Photography

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Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding by Kate Kelly Photography

Thanks to Kate Kelly Photography for sending over this lovely wedding from Vista Hills Vineyard. Alex and Janina both looked stunning on their big day and you can see in the photos how much fun they had with their family and friends. Below is advice and info about their day from the couple. Enjoy the images!

How they met: In 2004 at the University of Puget Sound

The engagement:  One Friday evening we had plans to go to happy hour with Alex’s parents.  When Alex came to pick me up, he told me his parents weren’t able to meet us.  Slightly annoyed that I’d left work early, Alex took me to the Rhododendron garden where he had to drop something off for work.  It had begun to rain and I was not dressed appropriately to be walking around a park.  Eventually Alex sat down on a bench, and confused, I asked him what he was doing.  He asked me to sit down, and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  Shocked, I of course said yes.  He had also brought champagne and glasses.  On the way home from the park, Alex told me we had an hour to pack an overnight bag.  When we got to my house, Alex had more champagne as well as stargazer lilies.   We quickly packed bags when a towncar arrived to take us to The Nines.  Alex had reserved a beautiful suite overlooking Pioneer Square.  After settling in, we went to dinner at Urban Farmer.  After dinner, feeling slightly tipsy, Alex lead me into a room off the main lobby at The Nines where his two brothers, their wives and about 10 of our friends were waiting to surprise us.  It was an amazing evening, and Alex truly thought of everything.

Favorite thing about him: I love Alex’s smile, his eyes and his kind heart.

Favorite thing about her: Alex loves Janina’s integrity, and her intensity about their relationship.

Wedding Colors: Green and Pink Wedding Flowers: White roses

Favorite Details: Honestly, everything turned out perfectly.  The weather was amazing, the food was wonderful,  and the colors we chose worked out wonderfully with the venue.  I loved our bridesmaids dress and the way the pink and green looked with the navy.  I also really liked our favors, personalized match boxes and sparklers.

What was the highlight of your day: Seeing each other for the first time and being surrounded by and celebrating with the people that mean the most to us in the world.

Honeymoon Location: Kaanapali, Maui.

Advice for other brides:  Everyone says it, but the day goes by incredibly fast.  Take the time to slow down and take it all in.  Try and stay relaxed, the more relaxed you are, the more you’ll enjoy it.

Bridesmaid Dresses: The English Department / DJ: Clint Kuper / Flowers: Andy Pandy Floral Designs / Ceremony Music: Collage Trio / Invitations: Oblation Paper & Press / Hair: Sarah Stevens from Icon Salon / Make up: Sarah Huff / Rings: Helzberg and Fred Meyer Jewelers /Transportation: RAZ Transportation and Chariot Limousine / Officiant: Melissa Coe
Holly Stalder Wedding Gowns

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Holly Stalder Wedding Gowns

What a beautiful sunny spring day! Wait, is it spring yet? It sure feels like it outside today and we hope you are out enjoying the sunshine. We are inside dedicated to bringing you wedding ideas, fashion and inspiration for your upcoming nuptials. So let’s talk fashion! Ohh we love fashion and we are in love with Holly Stalder’s spring and summer wedding line. Here is what Holly had to say about the new designs:

“For Spring and Summer 2012 I went for a more modern look then in season’s past.  Bright whites, clean lines, and soft fluid shear silhouettes where the inspiration.  Metallic chiffon and a delicate rose colored sequin fabric where used for the accent boleros and hair pieces.”

Enjoy the photos below and head over to her website to find out how you can soon be wearing one of her lovely creations. Photo credits:  Natasha Estelle

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Fascinator Fashion – Ellen Marie

I have the vintage wedding bug! I can’t stop finding fun vintage accessories and this time around I was inspired by the amazing fascinator designs I found by Ellen Marie right here in Portland. A wedding fascinator is a unique way to include a vintage headpiece that completes a vintage wedding look. The word fascinator originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers.

Ellen Marie gives helpful insight on how to wear a fascinator on her website, “Fascinators and hair flowers can be attached any place you like them on the head, and can be worn either with a veil (on top or underneath, it is your choice), or on their own at a rehearsal dinner or reception.  Most fascinators come with secure alligator clips, although a comb, barrette, or other attachment can be used on the back.  I can even convert fascinators into brooches, if you are looking for a wedding gown sash brooch or gown decoration.  Just contact me prior to placing your order and I will work with you to make sure the fascinator you like can be customized with a different backing type. ”

Here are some of the designs from Ellen Marie.

This is the “Liliana” design and you can get this or one similar for $148.00.

Portland Wedding Fascinators“Ashleigh” design by Ellen Marie. Only $68.00.

“Kathlynne” design priced at $58.00.

“Adelina” is graceful and delicate. Priced at $58.00.

 I adore this flapper inspired fascinator for a vintage 1920s wedding. This one is priced at $148.00.

You can view more Ellen Marie vintage headpieces on YouTube.








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Wedding Ideas for Something Blue

“Something blue” can be tricky if your wedding colors just don’t jive with blue. But “something blue” does not have to be the bane of your wedding day existence. There are plenty of ways to add “something blue” and actually improve the look and feel of your wedding. Some of the newest wedding ideas for ways to do “something blue” involve nails, shoes, purses, headpieces, and jewelry.

I found this gorgeous wedding head piece by Selena Michele. It’s handmade and runs $45.00.

I found this clutch lined with blue on the inside by Mermaid’s Dream. It costs $68.00.

Don’t forget there are many shades of blue. Traditionally brides have used a baby blue, but that does not mean you have to follow suit. This year I love the “something blues” I am seeing in Navy blue, royal blue,  and even turquoise.

Turquoise shoes: Simply Jessie; Bride in statement necklace: Tana Photography; Earrings: First Comes Love Photo; Necklace and bangles: Kate McPherson; Bride showing off shoes: Jen Curtis

Turquoise shoes:  Simply Jessie; Bride in statement necklace: Tana Photography; Earrings: First Comes Love Photo; Necklace and bangles: Kate McPherson; Bride showing off shoes: Jen Curtis

Lots of options in turquoise here. Shoes and jewelry seem to be the perfect spot to incorporate blue and keep with tradition.

baby blue wedding necklace

This necklace is classic and elegant enough for any wedding. I found this necklace on One Wed.

Shoes are a sure way to make a statement with blue.

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The style of the shoes is very traditional, but the color is not.

blue wedding shoes, feathersThese shoes are less traditional with their peacock feather detailing. These are by ParisXox and run $144.00.

Last but not least, go bold with your hands and have your nails painted blue for the big wedding day.

something blue nailsI love this MAC nail color. Look for Breezy Blue from MAC. See, incorporating blue doesn’t have to give you the blues.




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This Season Nude Nail Polish Is In

So now you have a gorgeous engagement ring and a wedding band soon to follow. It is time to start paying close attention to your hands. This year metallic, nudes, and colors that pop are all the rage for a wedding day look to talk about.

As always, OPI makes superior shades with great quality. Their Sephora bridal collection is a great starting point for planning your wedding manicure.

A manicure for your wedding day is perfectly complete with a nude this season instead of the traditional french manicure. Nude shades make nails look longer and chips are much harder to see in neutral shades. You can choose a simple and elegant color to compliment any skin tone. Dark skin tones should try coffee and mocha colors. Olive skin tones look great in beige. Fairer skin tones look best with peaches and light pinks.

Nude nail shades are in for wedding manicures this season.
Pictured is OPI’s shade called Bubble Bath.

Sources: Left – Sara Gray Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs; Right

Want it to be a little more festive than a glossy nude shade? Try adding a metallic in the mix.

Go bolg with a polka dot manicure for your wedding day. Sources: Left – Jagger Photography via Green Wedding Shoes; Right – Julie Harmsen Photography/Hey Gorgeous

Want to go bolder? The polka dots pictured are an adorable way to jazz up your hands on your wedding day.


If you are really looking for high quality and durable nail color to last through the honeymoon, try CND Shellac. You can be chip resistant for a full two weeks. You can pick some up for around $15 on

Brooch Bouquets: A Creative and Fun Accent on Your Wedding

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Brooch Bouquets: A Creative and Fun Accent on Your Wedding

Looking for a bouquet which will really make heads turn? Brooch Bouquets add a modern feel to your wedding while creating a personal accent which will leave your guests talking. At Bloomsberry Floral, a local florist, Lisa creates brooch bouquets to fit her bride’s wants and needs.



Collect Brooches from those close to you to make your bouquet personal and fun! It is a uniquely wonderful way to involve those you care about in your wedding. Most of Lisa’s clients will supply her with 40-50 brooches for a bouquet.

Brooch Bouquet by Bloomsberry Floral

Lisa began designing these bouquets three years ago for The Art of Weddings Event and since then, her gorgeous arrangements have been sent to brides throughout the country.

If you supply the Brooches the bouquet will cost $325. A small price to pay for such a special focal point of your wedding.

Brooch Bouquet by Bloomsberry Floral

Not only will a Brooch Bouquet by Bloomsberry Floral shine on your wedding day, it also makes a fabulous keepsake filled with fun memories!


Alima Pure: Mineral makeup for natural beauty

For those of you blushing brides looking for an enhanced natural look on your wedding day, Alima Pure is an excellent choice.  For one, this beauty company is located in our very own city of roses and we always love supporting Portland businesses!  Their pure mineral makeup is sure to be gentle on your skin and you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with new makeup you can’t stand.  Convenient sample sizes are available for purchase, but you will also receive three free samples with every order, so it’s hard to go wrong!  If you’re new to mineral makeup, Alima Pure has plenty of tips and advice to give via their website.  You can even ask a makeup artist for suggestions of the perfect cosmetic combination.  If you’re still in doubt, check out their testimonials page to read what Alima Pure users are raving about!