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Real Portland Wedding: Alexis & Eddie

Real Portland Wedding: Alexis & Eddie

Whew, our wedding day has come and gone. What a fun, whirlwind of a weekend we had. We tied the knot on May 12th, 2012 in downtown Portland on the lovely patio of Hotel Modero. After getting my make up and hair done by the talented and cute Nicole Wagner my girlfriend and I headed to the hotel to get ready. I was SO nervous but managed to eat a nice lunch with her on the patio before getting ready. Kate Kelly arrived and we started getting dressed and she started capturing the day. I was so nervous and excited to see my man, Eddie all dressed up in his suit and for him to see me in my gown. Getting to see each other before the ceremony helped calm both of us down a lot. We then walked out together and joined a very small group of friends and family. Marky of Custom Ceremonies put together a touching and personal ceremony, which of course I started to tear up during!

After the lovely vows were complete we took a few family photos and then headed inside for an amazing dinner by Nel Centro restaurant. We filled one of their intimate rental rooms and enjoyed dinner. A few impromptu toasts, cupcake eating, talking and photo booth pictures filled the rest of the evening. We were so lucky to have an amazing weekend of 80 degree weather! It was just perfect. After everyone left we headed up to our amazing suite at Hotel Modero to spend the evening. It went by in a blink of an eye and before we knew it was morning! If only there were more hours in the day!!! Below are highlights from our wedding day. Enjoy and thank you to the amazing Kate Kelly for capturing the moments. Please see the list of talented wedding vendors listed after the images.



Our day wouldn’t have come together without the talented Portland vendors listed below. Thank you all for making our wedding day so special and memorable!

Photography: Kate Kelly Photography

Flowers: Lisa of Bloomsberry Floral

Jewelry: Annette of Stella & Dot

Veil & alterations: Andrea of August Veils at the Bridal Loft

Make-up & hair: Nicole Wagner of Powder Inc.

Hair cut/color: Many Zelinka at Ginger Salon

Cupcakes: Cupcake Jones

Cookies: Le Cookie Monkey

Officiant: Marky of Custom Ceremonies

Ceremony/Reception Site: Hotel Modera & Nel Centro

Do-It-Yourself Flower Hair Pieces

Do-It-Yourself Flower Hair Pieces

Whether you’re planning an up-do or long flowing tresses for your wedding hair style, fresh flowers are a beautiful way to accent it.  They’re totally easy to do yourself, so take notes and try it out!  Here’s how it’s done:

TOOLS: Floral tape (can be purchased at craft stores, some flower shops or google it and buy it online), beading wire or floral wire, scissors and whatever type of flower you want.  Note: use an open flat flower so it sits nicely against the head.  Some favorites are gardenias, fully bloomed and opened roses, lisianthus, orchids and ranunculus (the flower used in this example).

  1. Push your thin wire through the stem close to the base of the flower.  If the stem is stiff, try poking a needle through first.
  2. Drag the wire through and cut it.  The 2 sides of wire should be even.  Make sure the wire is an inch or 2 longer than the stem so you’ll have room to curl the bottom up like you see in picture #7 below.
  3. Twist each wire around the stem a couple of times, and then twist them around each other.  This will make the wire twice as strong.
  4. Grab your floral tape and start wrapping the stem from the base of the flower.
  5. Keep wrapping until you get all the way to the bottom.
  6. Snip the tape right where you feel the wire ends.
  7. Now roll the bottom back up to make a loop.

Now, use that loop to secure the flower with a bobby pin.  This makes the flower more sturdy and it stays alive longer because you’re not crushing the stem.  Always try to avoid spraying hairspray on the petals of your flower hair pieces!

Do-it-yourself flower wrapping courtesy of The Beauty Department.

Nail Polish Ideas for Your Wedding Day

Nail Polish Ideas for Your Wedding Day

Treat your nails to something brilliant on your wedding day!  One of the latest trends in nail polish adds texture to your fingertips using caviar beads.  It’s really easy to do it yourself or you can purchase kits.  Simply apply two coats of nail polish and, while still wet, apply the tiny beads.  Let dry for 15-20 minutes and apply a clear coat just at the tip of the nails for added durability.

And if that’s not easy enough to follow or you want to see more examples of these trend setting nails, watch this video from the UK company, Ciate.

Have you or anyone you know tried this yet?  Do you have any other nail polish ideas you would like to share?  Please let us know!

Something Blue: Colorful nails for your wedding day!

Something Blue: Colorful nails for your wedding day!

The tides are changing!  While pretty but barely there nail polish is on its way out, 2012 brings a new wave of style for your wedding day nails.  Inspired by the folks at Beautylish, check out these runway favorites and paint on a splash of color in honor of your something blue.

CHANEL Exclusive Creation Nail Colour in Sky Line

Chanel’s Spring 2012 catwalk showcased pale, pearled blue nails.  The exclusive lacquer, aptly named Sky Line, will be available for purchase come July on

OPI Nail Lacquer in I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! (Spring 2012 Holland Collection)

From designer Angel Sanchez comes a stunning, steel-tinged periwinkle.  We love this shade, for it flatters nearly every complexion and gives the right amount of edge without overshadowing the bride on her walk up the aisle.

ESSIE Nail Polish in Who Is The Boss (Spring 2012 Bridal Collection)

For those who prefer the warmer, aquatic side of the wedding color wheel, Essie’s nuptial knockout, Who Is The Boss, provides a subtle, robin’s egg blue that dries into the perfect pastel seafoam color.  The no-shimmer creme formula is flattering on all nail shapes and the mix of blue, green and gray perfectly coordinates with any wedding band.

Oscar de la Renta’s Essential Larimar Nail Polish

This icy blue nail polish debuted earlier this year as one of Oscar de la Renta’s first ever beauty products.  The color is inspired by the blue larimar gemstones of the Dominican Republic and is slated to hit stores this fall (though devoted followers might be able to snag a bottle from de la Renta’s Facebook page as early as next month!).  If the brand’s success in the fashion world has anything to say about it, this new beauty line is sure to be a smash hit!

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