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Cocktails, Appetizers and Photo Booths, Oh My!

Cocktails, Appetizers and Photo Booths, Oh My!

It’s almost here, The Art of Weddings Bridal Show! This one is special since it’s the 10th Anniversary of the show. I can’t believe it’s been that long already since the first show. I remember everything from the first one and everyone since. All have been unique and different in their own way. I have to say my favorite venue for the bridal show has been The Gerding Theater at The Armory in the Pearl District. The mix of modern and old architecture brings a unique atmosphere for any event. Get your tickets today online and celebrate your engagement! Below are few of the fabulous vendors who will be at the show.

Attend the bridal show and celebrate your engagement in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Sip on signature cocktails created by Mint & Mirth. If you don’t know about them you need to. Here are few of the yummy recipes.

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Then sample any of the savory and sweet treats from the Artemis Foods, Chez Joy Catering, Pearl Catering & Lightning Cupcakes.

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Above photo Pearl Catering.

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Above photo Chez Joly Catering. 

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Above photo Artemis Catering.

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Above- Try a yummy sweet goodness of a cupcake from Lightning Cupcakes.

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Hop in the Happymatic Photo Booth and say cheese! We in love with their wooden booth and the classic photo strips it produces. Always a fun addition to your wedding reception and a totally different way to see your guests!

See you tomorrow night from 6-9pm at The Gerding Theater at The Armory!

The Art of Wedding’s 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

The Art of Wedding's 10th Anniversary Bridal Showcase

We are so excited for the tenth annual Art of Weddings Bridal Show! We started with a vision on a napkin while chatting with a friend at a coffee shop and it has grown ever since. The goal was and has always been to keep the event relaxed, fun and non-pressured. We think you should be able to meet and talk to vendors without feeling like you have to book them on site. Of course you can if you fall in love but the goal is for your and your fiance to celebrate your engagement in a stylish atmosphere.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to reserve your tickets online. Get a discounted price of only $8 each when you enter the code: PCS online and you will also be automatically entered for the opportunity to win a whole wedding from the Lucky in Love contest (valued at over $20,000). Otherwise get them at the door for $15 each.

We always love having it at the modern and beautiful Gerding Theater at the Armory in downtown Portland. Parking is on street and in nearby lots. Coat check on hand in case it’s a rainy evening.

View stunning photography, sample culinary delights, snack on a sweet cupcake and hop in a photo booth for some silly memories. Stay around for a featured fashion show by local fashion designer Michelle DeCourcy and walk away with ideas to plan your perfect wedding day! See you this Wednesday evening from 6-9pm!

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Are you Lucky in Love? Win a complete wedding!

Are you Lucky in Love? Win a complete wedding!

Is planning stressing you out? Are you thinking that it’s just too overwhelming to narrow down the vendors choices in the Oregon for your upcoming wedding? If planning isn’t your thing and you just want to have fun, kick back and enjoy your wedding day without lifting a finger than we have an amazing contest for you. You could win a wedding valued at over $20,000! Yes you read that correctly. All the vendors you need from a photographer to the venue to a caterer you could win in an awesome contest called,

“Lucky in Love – A Uniquely Portland Wedding Giveaway”


We are excited to announce that by attending The Art of Weddings Bridal Show on March 26th, 2014 bridal show engaged couples will have the first opportunity to sign up for this giveaway! That’s right, before the contest goes live online in April, engaged couples can enter at the bridal show. What’s even better than that you ask? If you purchase your tickets online your email will automatically be entered into the Luck in Love contest! You will be the first to get the nitty gritty details on how to win this amazing contest.

Below is a list of the fabulous local vendors who are a part of it. Many of them will be showcasing at the Art of Weddings Bridal show so you can meet them in person. Any couple would be so “Lucky in Love” to have all of these vendors on their big day! We hope to see you on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at The Gerding Theater at The Armory. Who knows, you may end up feeling “Lucky in Love”!

Wedding Decor – Rustic Country

Wedding Decor - Rustic Country

We live in a rustic state. When you venture 20 – 30 min outside of the city of Portland it turns to farmland very quickly. That is one of the things I love about this state. It reminds you that the simple life isn’t too far away. That the basics are grown in our own backyard. We are blessed to have apple orchards, vineyards, farm fresh eggs and so much all around us. I come from the midwest and all those things remind me of back home. When I think of country settings I love see horses grazing in the fields and old barns with bales of hay stacked high. This is the inspiration for this wedding decor post. Here are a few ideas that come to mind for creating the ultimate chic rustic wedding.

Horse shoes. They remind me of playing in my grandparents backyard, tossing the heavy metal shoes through the air hoping to hear the ting when it hits the metal post. They are also a symbol of luck and why not have a little luck at your wedding? From invitations which you can find at to cufflinks for your man, there are a lot of fun ways to add this symbol to your event. Here are few we love.

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Hay bales are another fun and easy way to change the look of your event instantly. Take away the traditional white plastic chairs and bring in rows of hay. Add bright blankets to the tops or keep them simple with white or cream linens. We also love the reception table seating set up with hay, how cool is that?! We know it would be a wow factor at any event.

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The mason jar. It has made an appearance at many backyard weddings and has so many uses. Whether it’s holding flowers as center pieces on your tables or pre-made cocktails are sealed tight and kept cold in a tub filled with ice, you can find a way to incorporate them into your rustic wedding.

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Whatever you decide to do to create that rustic country feel, go with it and enjoy it! It should feel relaxed and fun for your wedding guests. Cheers!

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2014 Event will be located at: Portland Center Stage at the Armory