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Thanksgiving Wedding – A Turkey Day Special!

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Thanksgiving Wedding – A Turkey Day Special!

Most of you out there are probably preparing or just finished a giant slab of turkey, complete with all the trimmings. I haven’t had mine yet, so my mouth is still watering from the idea of mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, fresh rolls, and pumpkin pie. Yum! Thinking about Thanksgiving dinner and writing for the blog, I thought, “What about Thanksgiving Weddings?”. That is where my search began. her are some of my favorite findings!

Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

Thanksgiving wedding ideas for Portland

This has a great blend of many fall colors. The sash really makes the bride’s dress pop. The bridesmaid’s bouquets are simple and sophisticated.

If there is one thing this Thanksgiving wedding got right…it is pie! Pie is a must for a wedding on Thanksgiving weekend. Love their idea for a pie buffet.

Thanksgiving wedding decorations

This one has a bit brighter color scheme. Bringing light into the fall colors can be difficult, but it is tackled like a pro in this spread. Love the paper globes in orange and cream…goes very well with orange and white pumpkins. Two word not often put together describe this one: elegant and vibrant.

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Don’t forget the pine cones. Pine cones are a must have for a Thanksgiving wedding. This is classic and beautiful.

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Here is a very elegant place setting. The gold pumpkins add an air of swankiness to the table. This was designed by Martha Stewart.

If you are attending a wedding this week or weekend, post your best Thanksgiving wedding photos on our Facebook! We love to share your great ideas!



Local Wedding Vendors Spotlight: Old Town Florist

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Local Wedding Vendors Spotlight: Old Town Florist

I just spent way too much time choosing the photos for this post! I was caught up in the gorgeous flowers I found on the Old Town Florist wedding blog site. After perusing their entire site, I found the link to the real gem, their blog. It was full of wedding by wedding stories and gorgeous designs. I am really excited that they will be joining us for this years Art of Weddings Bridal Show in January 2013.

The biggest thing I noticed after popping around both sites is that Old Town Florist does it all, and they do it all well. Not an easy task! They have mastered any style you could dream up for your wedding day. This is how they put it,

Our formula is really quite simple. Consider making an appointment with us at least 3 months prior to your wedding. Show us your photos, your swatches, tell us your dreams. Your visions of the perfect wedding are our ultimate goals, and virtually anything within your imagination is worth exploring. From classical elegant to wild and whimsical, your bridal party, ceremony and reception florals require the deft attention to detail that only a creative and highly skilled florist can realize.”

Take a peek at what I found.

Local Wedding Vendors Magical, Romantic, Classic, and Modern Flowers

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I don’t even like pink, but this bridal bouquet leaves me swooning. I adore everything about this picture. The flowers highlight the bride and the dress without over taking anything! Very romantic.

bright bouquet from local wedding vendor Old Town Florist

This is just adorable. Bright and bold bouquet for a bold NW bride. Love the little buttons.

green bouquet for Portland bride from Old Town Florist

This is very fresh feeling. With a lot of green this is still beautiful.

classic bouquet of white flowers for a classic wedding

Sometimes classic white is the way to go. Love the hint of color and the high contrast with the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Nice work.

If you are planning a wedding in Portland, you should not miss out on meeting Old Town Florist and many other great local wedding vendors at this year’s show. Tickets are simple, you can buy them online for only $12.50. The price at the door will be $20, so be sure to get tickets early. See you there!




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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.