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Bloomsberry Floral – Wedding Flowers and more!

Meet Lisa. Lisa is the owner of Bloomsberry Floral. She has a background in graphic design but has been using her design skills to make gorgeous floral arrangements for weddings all over Oregon. Oregon Bride, Portland Bride and Groom, Style Me Pretty, and Elizabeth Ann Designs have all published Lisa’s floral work.

Here is one thank you I found thanking Lisa for her beautiful wedding flowers:

I was going to write you a thank you card when we got home from Whistler, but I couldn’t wait that long. Thank you, thank you, thank you- the flower were amazing beyond any expectations I had. My mom was more then impressed and I received compliments all around from every one how beautiful everything looked. You are truly talented. Thank you again for your time, sweat, patience and artistic beauty.

Thank you again for everything. -Stephanie

Wedding Flowers By Bloomsberry Floral

On top a vibrant wedding bouquet and on bottom a gorgeous set up at Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast. Love the stumps as pedestals and the ferns around the arch.

Everyone loves sunflowers. So simple and pretty.

Great use of color in this boutineer.

If you want to meet Lisa, your chance is fast approaching. Bloomsberry Floral along with many other Portland wedding vendors will be at the 2013 Art of Weddings Bridal Show happening January 3rd. It is worth it to get your tickets online. They are only $12.50 online, but will be $20 at the door. Plan ahead to meet the best Portland wedding vendors!



Burgundy and Gold Color Palette for your Wedding Day

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Burgundy and Gold Color Palette for your Wedding Day

With the chill in the air and leaves falling off the tree’s you know it’s time for holiday weddings. The holidays are a time for celebration and perfect for hosting your event. Everyone is in a cheerful mood and spending time with friends and family comes naturally. Choose a deep burgundy with gold accents for a formal and warm feeling. Everyone will dress up in their best and toast to the newlywed couple. Here are some images of the two colors together.




2013 Art of Weddings Tickets On Sale

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2013 Art of Weddings Tickets On Sale

Tickets are now available to purchase online for the upcoming 2013 Art of Weddings Bridal Showcase. This will be the ninth year of the bridal show and we are excited!. It is always classy, fun and filled with Portland’s best vendors. Whether you are looking for a photographer, florist, coordinator or a location to say I do, be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 from 6-9:30pm.

Why attend a bridal show? It’s the perfect place to multi task while celebrating your engagement. See displays, talk with the professionals in person and receive special offers from them. Save time and save money and have fun doing it! Tickets are only $12.50 online and will be $20 each at the door. Reserve yours today! 

The Gerding Theater at the Armory is the an amazing venue for the bridal show and a lovely spot to host your ceremony and reception. Find who else is exhibiting here.

Fall Bridal Bouquets

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Fall Bridal Bouquets

Fall is here. The crisp air and warm sunshine are the perfect mix, add a cup of warm apple cider and buttery corn on the cob and call it a great day! With the weather cooling down means the fall colors are right around the corner. The burnt oranges, warm yellows and rich reds are all lovely additions to your wedding day. Go with one color palette or combine them all for a lovely and elegant bouquet. Let’s look at some stunning arrangements and hopefully you’ll see one that will stand out to you!

We are blessed to have so many local options in our backyard. Dahlia’s are no exception and this time of year they are blooming all over. These deep purple dahlia’s make a stunning bouquet and will stand out against any bridal gown. Add a few acorns to complete the fall look.

With so many variations in color and shape, this hardy flower will last all day long. Head to Canby to the local Dahlia Farm to order your flowers for a DYI project. We especially like the deep purples like the flower shown below called the Jason Matthew.


If you like bright and sunny colors then bring in the happiness and warmth of bouquet of roses all in shades of orange and peach. Mix the size of the roses with garden roses and spray roses to give it more depth and then add in viburnum berries to complete the look.

Another stunning color palette to work with is cream and deep red. It has a victorian feel to it when combined together. The result is a bridal bouquet with texture and bold colors. Head over to one of our favorite sites to find more inspiration and lovely photos of fall bouquets at Martha Stewart.  Then why not take the afternoon to drive around and find ideas from nature, the pumpkin patch and your local farmers market.


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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



Morning Wedding Inspiration

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Morning Wedding Inspiration

Grab your coffee and wake up!  We’re gettin’ this party started EARLY!  Many couples choose to have a morning wedding when their favorite wedding venue is booked during traditional wedding hours or because it’s more budget friendly (some wedding vendors give discounts for weddings held earlier in the day).  Other couples simply enjoy that time of day and love breakfast.  Hosting a morning wedding may require dragging yourself out of bed even before the crack of dawn, but once the party’s over, you and your honey have the rest of the day to revel in your new status as husband and wife.  Instead of crashing into bed exhausted or hopping on a red-eye flight to your honeymoon destination, you get to soak in the events of the day, talk about how everything went and how you felt.  You can plan special activities for just the two of you to enjoy later that day or find a quiet place to relax and unwind together.  So what’s a morning wedding look like you might wonder?  Here’s a sample timeline, a couple of fun photo ideas, several dress ideas and lots of yummy looking menu options!

Sample Timeline:

5:45 AM – Attendants meet in room

6:00 – Make up & hair for attendants

6:30 – Make up for bride

7:00 – Hair for birde

8:00 – Change into dress and wedding attire

8:30 – Bride & groom’s first look with photographer plus bride and groom portraits

9:00 – Bridal party photos.  If there’s extra time, take some family shots, too.  (A great way to get the most important people there ON TIME!)

10:00 – Ceremony begins

10:30 – Reception begins

Morning Wedding Photos:

Funny early morning mugshots before getting ready.

Morning after the wedding photos.  A unique idea to capture that honeymoon glow.

Morning Wedding Attire:

Simple, flowing bridal gown with hair swept down to the side.

Short lace wedding dress that lets the beautiful morning light shine through.

{LEFT} Simple but elegant lace wedding dress with champagne bow.
{RIGHT} Short, vintage, nightie-inspired wedding dress.

Dressed up casual white dress.

Skip the wedding dress and just wear something casual, sweet, feminine and maybe a little vintage.

Morning Wedding Bouquet:

Morning Glories are great for morning weddings since their flowers open early in the day.

Morning Wedding Menu & Table Decor Ideas:

Pancakes and fresh fruit.
(I’m also diggin’ the sweet vintage dress and sweater for the bride and groom.)

Cereal Bar — Coffee Bar — Creme Brulee French Toast!

Donuts with tea and coffee.

An omelet bar.  (Also muffin place cards!)

Strawberries and muffins never looked so tasty in the morning.
Who said you can’t have cake in the morning?!

Pancake place cards and a dose of your morning crossword.

Beach Wedding Ideas with an Oregon Flare

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Beach Wedding Ideas with an Oregon Flare

Inspired by a recent trip to Astoria, Oregon, it seemed like high time I shared a few beach wedding ideas with you all.  The Oregon coast can be a really beautiful place to tie the knot, but it can also present a few challenges.  The cool weather, wind, blowing sand, rain or fog seem to stick around all year, even amidst the occasional sunny 90-degree days like I experienced on my trip.  One day it was gorgeous and the next it was cloudy and in the 60’s with fog!  You have to be ready for anything when you plan a wedding on an Oregon beach.  Here are a few ideas for making your beach wedding a success:

Embrace your Oregon roots!  Yes, it rains, fogs, mists and floods, so celebrate with a bit of wet fun.  Make a splash by wearing rain boots.  There are so many cute styles out there now-a-days.  Find some that match your style.  If rain boots are going to crimp your style, go bootless and barefoot or wear flip flops.  Just be ready to get wet!

Just like enjoying a cup of tea on a cold day, offer guests a way to feel warm and cozy by providing small blankets or throws that double as wedding favors.

Showcase Oregon’s natural beauty by creating simple wildflower wedding bouquets.

I love this creative idea for using driftwood.  Envision your sparkly wedding rings tied in the middle of this driftwood heart.  Now that’s a beachin’ ring bearer’s pillow!  For a thrifty wedding approach, you can find plenty of driftwood and make your own heart.  If you have money to burn, you can purchase a similar heart from Sugarboo Designs at $120 a pop.  Driftwood hearts in outline form are also available from Hear Black Market on Etsy for only $17.  Each piece of driftwood is collected from the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Sea shells also make a beautiful place to carry your wedding rings.  Just tie them on or buy a specially hinged sea shell ring holder to keep your rings tucked away before presenting them at the ceremony.

To avoid having your carefully constructed wedding hairstyle blow away in the coastal winds, try one of these messy updos.  You can tuck and pin your hair in place to keep it out of your face and if the wind roughs it up a little, you’ll hardly notice!  (P.S. I love choosing a pretty flower or headband to help secure everything.)

Keep the centerpieces at your reception tables clean and simple.  Use natural elements like rocks, grass and moss found on or near the beach and display them in clear containers like lanterns or glass jars.

Enjoy eating a beach inspired wedding cake without feeling like you’re eating the actual beach.  Your cake shouldn’t have the armor of an armadillo, so don’t add too many shells!

If you want to buy sea shells in bulk, use them for your seating cards, not your wedding cake.  These place cards are super easy to make just by printing off the tags and gluing on small individual shells.

One of the best parts about a beach wedding is the view as the sun goes down.  Make sure to take time out for a creative photo with your wedding party.  An image like this would look great on your wall for years to come.

This post was shared with our friends over at Modern Weddings Hawaii.  From the Pacific Northwest and planning a wedding in Hawaii or from Hawaii and getting hitched on the Oregon coast?  Check out Modern Weddings Hawaii for that tropical flare.

Beach Wedding Ideas with a Hawaiian Flare

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Beach Wedding Ideas with a Hawaiian Flare

Aloha and a big thank you to The Art of Weddings for allowing Modern Weddings Hawaii to guest post on their beautiful blog!  We thought we’d bring you some beach wedding ideas straight from our shores that you can incorporate into your wedding.  Everyone adores a little bit of ‘beach!’

One trend we’re really loving right now is the single bloom bouquet. They are so simple and elegant, and work perfectly with tropical flowers (like the protea pictured) because tropical flowers can be quite large.

Bring the ocean to you at your wedding reception with light blue tones, rustic touches, and of course, seashells!

Another thing we love at beach weddings is color!  Add pops of color to your white and beige color scheme to bring a tropical yet still elegant vibe to your big day.

As far as bridal style goes, when getting married on the beach you want to take the wind into consideration so we recommend an easy, breezy and beautiful ‘beachy braid.’

Talk to your photographer for some great photo opportunities that include your beachy background, but one shot you’ll want to be sure you don’t forget is this one:

And as a final thought on island style inspiration – let your surroundings take the limelight.  If you’re getting married at the beach under a big blue sky, don’t ruin the view, instead, frame it.

Did you find the wedding inspiration you were looking for?  What’s your favorite beach wedding idea?  Send us a photo and tell us about it!  Leave a comment or email us at