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Foodie Friday: A Yen For Chocolate, Yum!

I could probably write about chocolate for every Foodie Friday. But really, who couldn’t? Everyone loves chocolate (well at least everyone who isn’t an alien or Sasquatch). Because so many people enjoy that rich, velvety, sweetness, it makes a great substance for wedding favors, wedding snacks, thank you gifts, bridesmaids gifts, and even shower favors. Have a craving yet? Thought so. Luckily, I have an answer…A Yen For Chocolate. Yep, right here in Portland, Cristina Yen is making fabulous chocolates to make your wedding guests swoon.

About A Yen For Chocolate

Cristina’s website offers a lot of insight about chocolate, but also about her background as a chocolatier. The following is an excerpt from her About Me page.

Having spent her childhood in two cacao-producing countries, Ecuador and Brazil, it’s not surprising that Cristina Yen’s lifelong passion for sweets and chocolate began at an early age. …

Over time, a path became clear that combined Cristina’s intense interest in people and cultures with her lifelong passion for chocolate. After relocating to Portland with her husband in 2006, Cristina earned a degree in the baking and patisserie program at Le Cordon Bleu. Two years later she worked at the famed patisserie shop Fauchon in Paris before spending a year as manager of The Meadow, a family-owned shop specializing in salt, chocolate, wine and flowers in Portland. Now, having launched A Yen for Chocolate, her passion is creating perfect chocolate experiences for others.

Cristina’s Creations

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Patterns will be in for 2013, so this damask pattern fits right in! Love the color.

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These look great and also go with a polka dot wedding. These chocolates are placed on a Himalayan salt block. Salt blocks can be heated or chilled for serving food and make a great presentation piece. They can be found at The Meadow and Spice and Tea Exchange in Portland.

Wood is always popular in Oregon. Love these little boxes.

Cristina will be showing off her chocolates at the annual Art of Weddings Event coming soon on January 3rd, 2013. Get your tickets to meet her in person and see what her magnificent chocolates are all about.

 

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Portland Bride and Groom – Have you read it?

Are you looking for more information, ideas, and inspiration than you can find online? Do you live anywhere in Oregon? If so, you have to grab the latest Portland Bride and Groom magazine and take a peek! The magazine is a great way to get additional wedding resources and information about local Portland wedding vendors. Every issue showcases real weddings and you can even view the photo galleries from the real weddings online. If you see something you just have to have, it’s no problem…they also list all of the local wedding vendors that were used for each wedding. That makes it easy for other brides to locate a wedding vendor they love! They also list other  details like the weather the day of the wedding, the number of guests, and party favors. Even better, they help tell the story by including personal details like the brides favorite detail of the day and how the couple met and were engaged. If it sounds fun to read, it is. I never miss an issue. Go grab your copy today. Need to know where?

Retail Stores That Carry Portland Bride and Groom

  • Airports (Seattle & Portland)
  • Albertsons
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Fred Meyer
  • Haggen’s
  • Powell’s
  • QFC
  • Rich’s
  • Safeway
  • Zupans

Here is what I am talking about…yeah you gotta read it.

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Found on bryanruppphotographyblog.com.

What is your favorite part of Portland Bride and Groom magazine? Let us know at the annual Art of Weddings Event coming up in January. Portland Bride and Groom will be there in full force, so get your tickets, and get excited. We are.

 

 

Portland Wedding Spots: The Armory in the Pearl

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Portland Wedding Spots: The Armory in the Pearl

Every once in a while I come across a wedding spot that is just breathtaking. The Armory in Portland’s lovely Pearl District is one of them. I am absolutely gleeful that we are hosting the Art of Weddings Event there in January. I can’t imagine a more perfect place to showcase the best that the city has to offer brides, considering it is a premiere Portland wedding spot. Because the building has such a rich and vibrant history I thought it would be fun to share some of that with you!

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We often talk about including why you chose a spot in your wedding program or as part of the reception, and The Armory lends itself well to that idea. As far as Portland wedding spots go, The Armory has a fun past and a modern future. After its’ renovation it was given a platinum level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The combination of a historic building and any LEED certification (not to mention platinum) is quite the huge feat. But let’s go back a few years before that…

Before a Portland Wedding Spot and Theater: The History at The Armory

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The Armory in 1914

The following is posted on The Armory website,

“Constructed during the spring and summer of 1891, and formally dedicated in September of that year, the Annex initially provided local units of the Oregon National Guard—quartered in the three-year-old main Armory located on the south half of the same block—with more space for drill maneuvers, as well as an underground firing range for all-season target practice. The fortress-like Annex—with its thick walls, reinforced wooden doors, loopholes, turrets, and crenellated parapets—played another, no less significant role in the city. Given the era’s ongoing worries about mob violence and fears of class warfare, and given the numerous anti-Chinese riots that had recently taken place up and down the Pacific coast, most Portland residents would have welcomed the building as both a symbol of power, strength, and security, and as a constant reminder of military authority during unsettled times.

Although the Annex was designed to meet the needs of the National Guard, by the mid-1890s, it had definitely taken on the character of a public hall. One of the main reasons for this was the fact that the building could handle extremely large crowds. The roof’s innovative truss system meant that there no pillars to get in the way, and so more people could move freely inside the space. Additionally, whenever an event was scheduled, as many as 5,000 could be seated on temporary wooden bleachers on the main floor, while another 700 to 1,000 could easily fit in a second floor gallery.

What sorts of events would have taken place in the Annex? Prior to World War I, the offerings there were many and varied. In 1897, for example, audiences watched a display of “living pictures and animated scenes by the latest and greatest of all the so-called ‘moving picture’ machines–the wonderful electrograph.” The Oregon Pioneer Association staged two of its annual reunions in the building in 1898 and 1899, and in March 1900, it was the site of a moving tribute to the state’s war dead. During the first fifteen years of the new century, various local and national organizations, including the Portland Rose Society, the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club, the Shriners, and the Elks, used the Annex as a meeting and convention space, and a number of very well-attended trade shows and exhibitions were held there as well. At the same time, local music lovers could hear vocal recitals by, among others, Mary Garden (who, in 1902 created the title female role in Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande, and who may, or may not, have been the composer’s mistress), Dame Nellie Melba (in a program that, according to the newspaper’s account, transformed the “grim old Armory…into a veritable place of enchantment”), and the young Irish tenor John McCormack, and concerts by the Chicago and New York Symphony Orchestras. John Philip Sousa, a regular visitor to Portland, showcased his famous ensemble in a series of three Annex programs. The Oregonian’s review of the first of these reported that “3,000 people applauded when [Sousa] raised his baton at the Armory…and led his players into a revel of melody which continued for two hours and a half…The concluding number was the magnificent ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ from ‘Die Walkuere,’…and it rounded out most beautifully what was one of, if not in fact the very finest, evenings Portland has ever spent with a band of music.”

In 1911, the Annex welcomed “Colonel” Theodore Roosevelt, governor Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey (yet to start his campaign for the 1912 presidential election), and the current occupant of the Oval Office, William Howard Taft (who had previously spoken at the Annex in 1909, only seven months after being sworn in). Writing about Roosevelt’s visit, the Portland Spectator noted that, “The size of the crowd at the Armory must have pleased [him]; it was patient and enthusiastic. On the platform with him were a number of prominent citizens, who were as generous in their applause as was the man in the farthest corner of the building to whom the speaker’s words were hardly audible. The Colonel is popular—of that there is no doubt; probably all the people who go to hear him would not vote for him. If he does not know that he will run for the presidency again…Portland may feel satisfied that she did all that was possible to make Colonel Roosevelt’s stay pleasant….”

By 1918, Portland’s 4,500-seat Municipal Auditorium, dedicated the year before, had established itself as the preferred location for most of the city’s major cultural events, mainly because audiences could now experience concerts, recitals, and lectures in style and comfort, rather than in a large rectangular drill hall with hard wooden bleachers and cavernous acoustics. Clearly, the days of opera singers and symphony orchestras at the Annex were over. Amateur boxing, which had been introduced there in 1919, turned into the primary form of entertainment during the 1920s, and it continued to attract large and enthusiastic crowds up until the late 1930s.

In 1928, following a Fire Marshal’s report determining that the Armory and the Annex were unsafe, the county and the National Guard needed to decide whether to spend money to fix the problems, or to sell the property and its contents and put the proceeds toward the construction of a brand new facility. From this point on, one gets the sense that everyone involved simply lost interest in these structures, that the financial burden required to maintain two potentially hazardous buildings became too great. Over the next four decades, there would be repeated calls to replace the Armory, but none of these ever panned out. When Blitz-Weinhard purchased the Armory block in 1968, the Annex was a faded, worn, and neglected relic, one whose past glory seemed to be almost entirely forgotten.”

Wow, that is a LOT of history. Have you hosted an event at The Armory? Do you know of any other fabulous Portland wedding spots with just as much history? Let us know in the comments, Facebook, or Twitter.

Need info on the Art of Weddings Event happening January 3rd, 2013? Check out our website with info on vendors, tickets, and more.

Foodie Friday: Portland Food Carts That Cater For Wedding Receptions

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Foodie Friday: Portland Food Carts That Cater For Wedding Receptions

Remember the post about having a brunch wedding reception? Well, after I wrote that, I visited one of my favorite Portland food carts, Gaufre Gourmet, and had a delicious liege style waffle. Yum! Anyways, then I said to myself, “These would make a great brunch reception.” So I asked Charlene the owner, “Would you cater for a wedding reception?” Her response, “Absolutely.”   She proceeded to tell me that they just finished a whole stint for the NBC television show Grimm which films in Portland. Cool.

On that note, I started researching some of my favorite carts and found out that many of them will cater for wedding receptions. Apparently, there are a lot of Portland food carts that cater. So I picked some of my favorites to tell you about.

3 Portland Food Carts That Cater For Wedding Receptions

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1. Aybla Grill. Chef Saied Samaiel offers authentic Mediterranean cuisine. His falafel is top-notch. Made from scratch; it has great  texture and depth. From the Aybla Grill website, “Saied is trained as a Mediterranean grill chef. He was born in Syria and trained on the Greek island of Crete for ten years before coming here to offer Portland his authentic Mediterranean cooking.”

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2. Euro Trash. This is for all of the out of the box brides out there. Charlie’s menu is based on of Spanish and Portuguese traditions. He offers an eclectic array of offerings from escargot, hand dressed sardines, and foie gras.  All is totally yummy.  believe me, these are like no sardines you have ever had before.

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3. Gaufre Gourmet. Charlene offers delicious waffles in as many ways as you can imagine having waffles. Here is the description from their website, “The liége style waffle is made from a sweet brioche-style dough (not a batter) with big chunks of pearl sugar that are kneaded into the dough immediately before baking. The yeasted dough gives these waffles a dense and chewy texture, while the sugar gives them a sweet flavor and a carmelized coating. Liége style waffles are delicious all on their own (and everyone should try one plain) but The Gaufre Gourmet is taking these wondrous waffles to the next level by adding fresh, local ingredients.Whether you want a sweet treat or a savory meal, The Gaufre Gourmet will tempt your taste buds with the Northwest’s bounty of seasonal offerings. And they aren’t stopping at waffles . . . The Gaufre Gourmet makes all of their own waffle toppings from scratch, with the best fresh and organic ingredients available.”

What more can you ask for? Well, maybe some more ideas for Portland food carts that cater.  I will be sure to add more to the blog as I uncover them! Do you know of a great food cart? Tell us about it here, Facebook, or Twitter.

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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 info@artofweddingspdx.com.

 

 

Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best Mountain Location

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best Mountain Location

The final day in our series of favorite Portland wedding locations takes us out of the city to nearby Mt. Hood and home of Oregon’s highest hotel room at Silcox Hut.  Situated above Timberline Lodge at 7,000 feet, Silcox Hut offers an intimate wedding site with one incredible, breathtaking view of the mountain.  This is the perfect place to get away from it all while you focus on one of the most meaningful events in your life.  Take a look below for useful tips and information about planning a wedding at Silcox Hut.

Silcox Hut at Timberline Lodge (1 mile above the main lodge)
27500 E Timberline Rd
Government Camp, OR 97028

What is the capacity of your wedding location?

15-40 people.

Do you have space for doing a reception?

Yes.  Both the ceremony and reception are held in Silcox Hut.

What is the rental cost?*

10-hour site fee: $1,500
Food & beverage minimum: $2,350 ($99 per person, 25 person min., 40 person max.)

*Rates do change, so call 502.272.3251 to verify what the current rates are.

What do the rental and food & beverage costs include?

Private reservation of Silcox Hut from 2pm to midnight
Transportation for each guest to and from Silcox Hut
Three hours of Northwest Beer and Wine service
Two entree buffet
Sparkling fruit punch
Custom designed wedding cake
Gourmet coffee and tea service
Table linen service
China, silver and glassware

Do you require couples to use specific vendors?

Yes, for food and beverage only.  Otherwise, couples may bring in any other vendors of their choosing.

What is the capacity of the hut for overnight guests?

24 guests.  Additional lodging is available at the main lodge.

What is the cost of overnight lodging at Silcox Hut?

$115.00 per person.  Minimum of 6 persons.  Includes lodging, bedding, breakfast, gratuity and tax.

When is Silcox Hut open for weddings?

7 days a week year-round.

When should we reserve Silcox Hut for our wedding?

It’s recommended that you reserve your space at least a year in advance.

How do we make a reservation?

Call 503.272.3251.

Is there anything else you would like me to know?

Transportation is provided via snow-cat or on our Magic Mile Chairlift, weather permitting.  When Magic Mile is open, skiers may ski directly to Silcox for the night and then ski out and down to the main runs in the morning.

For more information:
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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Most Popular Garden

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Most Popular Garden

It’s Day 4 in the series on our favorite Portland wedding locations!  Yesterday, we revealed our favorite park for weddings in North Portland.  Because Portland has over 180 parks and gardens that can be reserved for ceremonies and/or receptions, it’s hard to choose just one!  So, today we’re bringing you one more garden wedding location that is definitely one of the most popular wedding sites in Portland — Shakespeare Garden.  This beautiful garden is tucked away in the heart of Washington Park.  We love how secluded it feels in the middle of such a highly visited park.  It was originally intended to include only herbs, trees and flowers mentioned in William Shakespeare’s plays.  However, the garden continues to honor the Bard with roses named after characters in his plays.  To find out what you need to know when planning a wedding here, continue looking down.

Shakespeare Garden
400 SW Kingston Blvd.
Portland, OR 97205

What is the capacity of your ceremony location?

75 people.  Limited to standing up ceremonies only.  You may provide up to 12 flat-footed chairs on the hard surface for elderly and disabled guests.

Is there a time limit?

Yes.  2 hours.

What is the rental cost?*

Shakespeare Garden: $500
Application/Processing Fee: $66.50
Electricity Fee: $22.50
Key Deposit: $100.00 (refundable if returned no more than 48 hours after the event)

*These prices are for 2012 only and may change for 2013.  Other fees may apply.  For a complete list of fees, view the wedding site brochure found on the Portland Parks & Recreation website.

Do we need a permit?

Yes, assuming you plan to invite guests other than your officiant and two witnesses.

Do you have space for doing a reception?

No.

During which hours can we reserve the wedding garden for our ceremony?

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

When should we reserve the wedding garden?

Reservations are taken for the current calendar year only.  To reserve wedding space for 2013, you must wait until the first business day of the new year.  Shakespeare Garden is very popular, so it’s recommended you reserve your space as early as possible.

How do we reserve the wedding garden?

In person:
PP&R Customer Service Center
1120 SW 5th Ave. First Floor
Portland, OR 97204
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:30 PM
(Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Check, or Money Order)

By phone:
503-823-2525 (Visa or MasterCard)
Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 5:15PM

By Fax:
503-823-2515
(Visa or MasterCard)

Is there anything else you would like me to know?

Wedding receptions, vehicle access, food, beverages, decorations, tents, canopies and awnings are not allowed in the wedding garden.  Shakespeare Garden is not available for weddings during the Rose Festival and the Washington Park Concert Series.

For complete information on planning a wedding at Shakespeare Garden and other Portland parks, go to Portland Parks & Recreation > Rentals/Permits/Fees > Rentals/Events > Wedding Sites.

To see a great video highlighting Shakespeare Garden, click here!  The video was shot using an iPhone 4 by Portland videographer, Eric Newland, of Hybrid Moon Video Productions.

The last of our favorite Portland wedding locations in this week’s series will be revealed on Saturday.  It might not be in Portland city limits, but it’s not too far away and the views are guaranteed to take your breath away!

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best Park in North Portland

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Top Portland Wedding Locations: Best Park in North Portland

We’ve brought you two of our favorite Portland wedding locations so far this week, including an urban wedding site with a view of the city and our favorite little church with character.  Now it’s time for what we consider the best park in North Portland — Peninsula Park & Rose Garden.  This park carries the honor of being Portland’s first public rose garden and maintains 8,900 plantings across two acres.  In addition to all the beautiful flowers, Peninsula Park is also distinguished by an historic bandstand and a large fountain.  If you’re dreaming about an outdoor wedding in a beautiful Portland park, Peninsula Park & Rose Garden is worth checking out.  Scroll down to find answers to your basic questions about planning a wedding here.

Peninsula Park & Rose Garden
700 N Rosa Parks Way
Portland, OR 97217

What is the capacity of your ceremony location?

100 people.  Limited to standing up ceremonies only.  You may provide up to 12 flat-footed chairs for the elderly and disabled if you desire.

Is there a time limit?

Yes.  2 hours.

What is the rental cost?*

Rose Garden & Gazebo: $500
Application/Processing Fee: $66.50
Electricity Fee: $22.50
Key Deposit: $100.00 (refundable if returned no more than 48 hours after the event)
Picnic Shelters: Range from $44.75 to $147.50

*These prices are for 2012 only and may change for 2013.  Other fees may apply.  For a complete list of fees, view the wedding site and picnic site brochures found on the Portland Parks & Recreation website.

Do we need a permit?

Yes, assuming you plan to invite guests other than your officiant and two witnesses.

Do you have space for doing a reception?

Not at the gazebo, but you can reserve a picnic shelter.

During which hours can we reserve the wedding garden for our ceremony?

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

When should we reserve the wedding garden and/or picnic shelter?

Reservations are taken for the current calendar year only.  To reserve wedding space for 2013, you must wait until the first business day of the new year.  Peninsula Park is very popular, so it’s recommended you reserve your space as early as possible.

How do we reserve the wedding garden and/or picnic shelter?

In person:
PP&R Customer Service Center
1120 SW 5th Ave. First Floor
Portland, OR 97204
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 5:30 PM
(Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Check, or Money Order)

By phone:
503-823-2525 (Visa or MasterCard)
Monday – Friday 8:30AM – 5:15PM

By Fax:
503-823-2515
Please included your Picnic Site Application if reserving a picnic site.
(Visa or MasterCard)

Is there anything else you would like me to know?

Food, beverages, decorations, tents, canopies and awnings are not allowed in the wedding garden.  Wedding receptions are not allowed in the wedding garden.  To hold your wedding reception at Peninsula Park, please reserve a picnic shelter.

For complete information on planning a wedding at Peninsula Park and other Portland parks, go to Portland Parks & Recreation > Rentals/Permits/Fees > Rentals/Events > Wedding Sites OR Picnic Sites.  Both wedding and picnic sites have brochures you can download.

Only two days remain!  Check back tomorrow and Saturday to find out which other Portland wedding locations made our list of favorites.

{Thursday}  Most popular Portland garden
{Saturday}  Best mountain location near Portland