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Featured Vendor – Michelle DeCourcy

Featured Vendor - Michelle DeCourcy

Choosing your wedding gown. To me this one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. How do you want to look on your wedding day? Modern, elegant, sweet or over -the- top stunning? Of course you want to feel comfortable in whatever you are wearing and it’s important to try on a variety of gowns and designers before you choose the final one. We all have different body shapes and certain gowns will look better on certain shapes. By going to a salon or designer they can help you with the fitting process.

From cute and sassy to simple and elegant, Michelle DeCourcy has your style. Michelle began her fashion career in 1999. The following year she established Michelle DeCourcy, a successful ready to wear line with top-selling items and collections that were carried in more than 200 specialty stores and boutiques across the country, as well as her own flagship stores in Portland, Oregon.

Michelle’s designs have been featured in Vogue, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Lucky, WWD and Best Of People. Over the past decade she has developed a Cult following in Portland Oregon in addition to an a list celebrity following.

Here are a few of the designs you can find on her website. See more in person in a featured fashion show at The Art of Weddings 2014 Bridal Show! Get your tickets here.


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Wedding Fashion 2013: Bridesmaid Dresses

Wedding Fashion 2013: Bridesmaid Dresses

Martha Stewart Weddings went on a Pinterest rampage recently, and I found myself pouring through a bunch pf photos of adorable and stylish bridesmaid dresses. It was a new 2013 collection from Alfred Sung. Without further ado, here’s the latest in bridesmaid dresses!

Alfred  Sung Bridesmaid Dresses Fall 2013 Collection



I love this simple fitted bodice with A line skirt for a bridesmaid dress. The color is rich and fabulous. Pay special attention to the shoe choices for today. I love the colored shoes they paired with these dresses. And really, what is not to love about pockets in a bridesmaids  dress? I used to think pockets in your wedding dress were as good as it could get, but not really. If all of your bridesmaids have pockets, that is a lot more storage space for lipstick, or whatever other emergency wedding items you may need.



More pockets, pleats, and a very feminine bridesmaid dress.



This dress is classy and chic! This one would be perfect for a modern wedding. Earrings and great shoes are a must for this stunning dress.

dessy-group-bridal-alfred-sung-bridesmaids-dresses-8_vertHalter top dresses look great on lots of different body types. If you have bridesmaids with full chests, this is a great choice. This dress is sure to be a winner with many brides and bridesmaids.



This dress is even more feminine than the other pink dress. This one has a hint of the 1950s in it if you ask me. The sleeves are adorable.

Which of the bridesmaid dresses was your favorite? Finding a dress that will be flattering to all of your bridesmaids can be a challenge, but I think there are plenty of options above. I think this is a strong collection and I can’t wait to see some of these in real wedding photos!


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

Vista Hills Vineyard Wedding by Kate Kelly Photography

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
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