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Weddings Inspired Northwest

Weddings Inspired Northwest

We just learned about this upcoming net working event that we wish we could go to. With the newest addition added to our family (we had a baby girl)  she is keeping us busy and getting out of the house these days is limited! So we think you should go and have fun for us. Here is more info about the event and the line up of speakers. Find more info on getting tickets on their website Weddings Inspired Northwest.

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Are you inspired? Is your soul on fire? Are you stimulated to create new energy and ideas in your business?


Do you have the time in tune with what you industry is doing? Do you give yourself time to fuel the fires of creativity and innovation? Are you on the cutting edge?


Do other complimentary businesses know who you are and what you do?  Do other businesses refer their customers to you?

As the “slow time” set in for the beginnings of the 2014 Wedding season, I began to reflect (as I do, seemingly more and more) on the questions that I hear virtually all of my colleagues struggle with, year in and year out. Questions like, “what could I have done better”, “what did I miss”, “why didn’t THAT client book with me”, “what could I have done to prevent that bad review”, etc, etc…

Then it hit me – when do us Wedding Professionals ever take time out to reflect on ourselves? When do we take the opportunity to intermingle with our peers and friends to talk about the trends of the past year and those coming for the New Year? When do take the time to get some pampering for ourselves?  So, I set out to create an event to do just that – set a day aside for us Wedding Professionals, to focus on ourselves. Yes, a day for us to be the recipient of information rather than the presenter, for a day of pleasure and enjoyment (how about a lunch cruise on beautiful lake Coeur d’Alene) and with some top notch education thrown in – but, without stress of making sure everything is going just right.

That is why I created Weddings Inspired Northwest. Do YOU want to be INSPIRED?!

*Inspire*, *Educate*, *Network*. At it’s core, WINW was created for YOU, the Wedding and Event Professional. We all strive to grow our businesses but all too often the energy, desire and determination to focus time on that growth – is lost in doing what you do best… create the best experience for your customers.  So, this begs the question, are you taking care of you?  Whether the answer to that question is no, maybe or even yes – join us for the WINW event and be prepared to be *Inspired*, *Educated* and *Network* with some of the industry experts.

Renee Strauss – Renowned Wedding and Style industry celebrity and expert

Alexis Jones – Media Personality, Social Entrepreneur, Author and Inspirational Speaker

Linnyette Richardson-Hall – Creative Director and Premier Event Management

Shane McMurray – Founder of The Wedding Report

Rachel Sandall – Founder and editor of Apple Brides Blog

Misty Ceriello – Founder and CEO of Cameo Events, Storybook Bridal and PreVeiled

Visit us at to see full event details about the speakers, links to a full agenda, and to purchase a ticket to attend!!


Misty Ceriello

Misty Ceriello – Founder, President & CEO - Misty Ceriello is the Founder and CEO of Cameo Events LLC, the owner of North Idaho’s only specialty Wedding Dress and Formal Wear retail store – Storybook Bridal, and is a Nationally Accredited Wedding and Event planner. In addition to her “day job”, Misty has a passion for giving back where she is involved in multiple community groups and is the Founder and President of PreVeiled, a not for profit Wedding Wish Granting Foundation.

With the success of Cameo Events in the Denver, CO metro area, and it’s success now in the Inland Northwest, Misty and her teams continue to make a positive impact to the Wedding and Event landscape. In addition to Misty’s many successful weddings and events in the Inland Northwest, you may have also seen her on TV – where she was featured as the Wedding Planner for the Fox Network and Gordon Ramsay’s episode of “Hotel Hell”, and she has been featured on local NBC affiliates to talk about the PreVeiled Foundation.

When Misty isn’t bringing her infectious smile and unwavering positive outlook to Brides and Clients alike, she’s taking it home to family and friends where she loves warm summer nights at the lake, cooling off in one of our many lakes or rivers, or sitting on the porch watching the sunset. Some other fun facts: Faith in Jesus, Lemonade is best at the fair and only with lots of ice, road trips require a clean car before departure, sushi is best with rice paper vs seaweed, water is best out of a plastic cup, and the family cabin is her favorite place to be on earth, even when we have to let the bats out :-)

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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Advice for the Bride & Groom

Advice for the Bride & Groom

After you have said your vows and maybe shed a few tears, it’s time to celebrate and head to the reception. The reception is the time you get to say hi to everyone and let loose. Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming and as much as you have good intentions you don’t get a chance to talk to everyone. It’s ok, don’t stress about it. That’s why it’s fun to have activities for your guests.

One activity that is fun and interactive for them is having your friends and family leave bits of advice for your marriage. Even though you are in bliss at the moment, real life will set in and you will run into hard times. That’s ok, when you do you can slow down and pull out these bits of sage advice from guests who have been thru the ups and downs! Here are a few different ways you can ask them to do so.


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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