{ Real Weddings } Thalia and Conor at the World Forestry Center

Today’s EJP Events real wedding comes to you courtesy of Thalia and Conor, who we worked with last summer on their lovely wedding at the World Forestry Center. The WFC is such a great venue because there are so many choices for catering, and there are both outdoor and indoor wedding locations. For Thalia and Conor’s wedding, they chose the tented outdoor plaza for the ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour inside Cheatham Hall. During this time, our team changed the tent setup from ceremony to reception. Finally, they and their almost 200 guests headed back to the tent for a seated buffet dinner with a dance area in the center.

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While the guests went in for cocktails, the EJP Events team worked quickly to move ceremony decorations for reuse as reception centerpieces; remove tent dividers and bring out tables, move ceremony chairs around the dining tables; and set placesettings and favors.

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courtesy Fritz Photo

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The catering from Food In Bloom received rave reviews from the guests.

Thank you, Conor and Thalia, and to your families, for having us as part of your wedding day!

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{ Wedding Design } What’s inspiring me today…

Here’s what’s been inspiring me today:

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Clockwise, from top left:

DIY honeycomb shelving, on Green Wedding Shoes, photo by Jihan Cerda

Mon Voir Calligraphy, featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper. Just love this whimsical style! Photo by Jenna Rainey, the calligrapher.

7 Ways to Add Visual Height to A Room, via Apartment Therapy. Written for residential, but a lot of the tips, especially the one about drapes, apply to events and weddings as well. Photo by Le Belle Photographie

A darling ceremony at House on Metolius, photo by Jessica Watson Photography.

DIY Gem Place Card Holders on Ruffled Blog. Looks pretty easy! And love the subtle geometric touches, right in line with our predictions for 2014 wedding trends.

And finally, the glorious colors from the Oh Joy! Collection from Target. This garden party photo shoot has colors that I just want to swim in. Joy Cho’s taste, as always, is impeccable. Photos by Laure Joliet

Hope you enjoy!

{ Happy St. Patrick’s Day! } Dormae and Brian at Bridal Veil Lakes in the Columbia River Gorge

From Emee: It's so very easy to blog about what's going on around town in the world of Portland weddings — however, I'm making more of an effort to go back and blog our own weddings that we have coordinated and planned in the past, under the tagline { Real Weddings }. Some will be little snippets, some will be full features — but my goal by the end of this year, is for our { Real Weddings } tag to be as helpful to Portland couples as possible, full of as many real venue and wedding ideas, and providing inspiration and information to all.

In honor of St. Patrick's day, today's little glimpse is one of our favorite weddings that we coordinated at Bridal Veil Lakes. This Columbia River Gorge wedding included a Celtic handfasting ceremony to reflect the groom's Irish heritage, AND Filipino traditions to reflect the bride's. TOO AWESOME.

Thank you to Scott McNamara for the photos.

Celtic-handfasting-2Above: Dormae and Brian's Celtic-inspired handfasting.

Read more about Irish wedding traditions over at Green Wedding Shoes.

In the Filipino tradition, the ceremony often involves many extended family members called sponsors, and three important rites are used:

  • An exchange of thirteen coins representing the promise of the couple to support and provide for one another and the family.
  • A veil, historically symbolizing being clothed in the love of Christ, but in non-denominational weddings, more often interpreted as a symbol of the couple's home and safe haven in each other.
  • A cord, wrapped around the couple's shoulders, to symbolize the strong bond between the married couple.

        For Filipino weddings that take place in a church, there is also normally a candle lighting. You can read more about Filipino wedding traditions at MyBarong.com.

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Above: the Filipino veil and cord ceremony.

Below: Officiant Lisa Kristen-Scott is seen here, presiding over the couple's exchange of coins.

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Bridal Veil Lakes, as always, is a gorgeous venue.
We've coordinated tons of weddings there and always love it.

Are you incorporating any cultural traditions in your wedding ceremony? Do share with us in the comments!

Excited to join the content team at New York Institute of Art and Design!

Fun news! Through a partnership with Movable Media and the New York Institute of Art and Design, I will be regularly writing for NYIAD’s design blog on various topics related to event planning.

The first post went live this week and is called, “How to find out what your event planning client really wants.” Like the content here, our NYIAD content is written for and about the event industry professional and corporate event consumer. (For the bridal style blog, please visit The Portland Wedding Coordinator!)

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I am very excited about this partnership and hope you enjoy the articles too. Feel free to share and comment both here and over at NYIAD. Also, if you have an event planning, event design, or event industry topic you’d like me to cover, please feel free to email me directly at info@ejpevents.com.

–Emee

{ Happy Pi Day! } The Portland Wedding Coordinator’s Favorite Pies and Tarts

Happy Friday! Today is a VERY special day to me as it is International Pi(e) Day. A day to celebrate the ratio of the diameter of a circle to its circumference. (That’s ∏d, in case you were wondering…) BUT! Today is also a day to celebrate the most delicious circle of all, the pie. (No offense to burger or pizza lovers.)

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By Paul Smith (originally posted to Flickr as Pi pie) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is also a great time to talk about pie for your wedding; it’s a great substitute if you aren’t fond of cake! Here are a few of my favorite examples from weddings we have planned and coordinated:

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Clockwise from top left: Pies and cupcakes by Food in Bloom at Bridal Veil Lakes wedding; Random Order Pies at private garden venue in Hillsboro;
Random Order pies at Union-Pine wedding

Where can you get great pies for a wedding in Portland? Just a few ideas:

Random Order Coffee House, The Pie Spot, Lauretta Jean’s, Pacific Pie Co., All Jarred Up, Divine Pie Co (featuring gluten-free and allergy-friendly pies), Whiffies Fried Pies (who will pull their food truck right up to your wedding!).

If I missed any places you love, please add in the comments to share with everyone. Happy Pi Day!

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{ Portland Wedding Venues } Where can I have a barn wedding in Portland?

Your definitive-ish list of places to have a barn-style or barn-themed wedding in the greater metro Portland, Oregon – SW Washington area! Includes every barn venue I can think of between Hillsboro and Hood River, from Longview down to Silverton. Most are actual barns, some are barn-type buildings in outdoor sites. Whew!

Roloff Farms

Long Barn Farms

Postlewaits

Lucy's Garden

Tina's Barn

McMenamins Cornelius Pass

Clackamas River Farms

Perryhill Farm

Methven Family Vineyards

Anderson Lodge

Langdon Farms Golf Course

Red Barn Studios

Rebers Riverside

Water Oasis

Cape Horn Estate

Peterson Red Family Barn at Columbia Fruit Orchards, Woodland WA

Oak View Acres Farm, Canby

Pendarvis Farm

Log House Garden, Keizer OR

Miller Farm Retreat

Memorial Park Wilsonville OR

Sam Cox Building at Glenn Otto Park

Did I miss any? Please leave a link in the comments!

It’s tonight! Charlotte’s Bridal Special Event

Just have to tell you about this wonderful event we'll be participating in tonight with The Bridal Loft at Charlotte's Weddings in Beaverton.
Wednesday, March 4 (tonight!) from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Open House
Some things you don't want to miss:
– Massive goodie bag for first 100 attendees
– Prize drawing for $1000 towards a Charlotte's Weddings gown
– Door prizes every 15 minutes (EJP Events will be giving away a 45 minute consultation to work on any wedding problem you wish!)
– Get all your loose ends wrapped up by finding tons of great wedding service providers – no more worries about who is going to do what! Here a list of who will be there:

Bella Bloom Florals
Barclay Event Rentals and Design
Bravo Wedding Guide
Events by Lisa Marie
Face Body Beauty
Grand Hotel Bridgeport
Holland Studios
Hybrid Moon Video
Mint & Mirth
Oregon Bride Magazine
Paparazzi Tonight
Paradox Productions
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
The Best Car in Town
The Bridal Loft
Urbaca Salon

It's not too late to RSVP – go to the Charlotte's website to let us know you'll be attending.

See you there!
-Emee
EJP Events

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Best Wedding and Mother-of-the-Bride Looks from The Oscars 2014

Did you catch any of the Oscars on Sunday night? Although I haven't seen many of the movies, I love the red carpet and all the lovely dresses. There are always many stunners that would translate wonderfully to a Portland wedding, many with familiar and favorite wedding couturiers such as Reem Acra, Vera Wang, and Elie Saab. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Clockwise from top left: Lupita Nyong'o in Prada; Jessica Biel in Chanel; Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Reem Acra; Cate Blanchett in Armani; Kristen Bell in Roberto Cavalli. All photos courtesy oscars.go.com.

Inspiration was readily found for mothers-of-the-bride and groom as well: my personal favorite was a crimson lace design from Reem Acra on Bette Midler – truly divine! Take a look at the rest of our picks below:

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Clockwise from top left: Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab; Bette Midler in Reem Acra; Emma Watson in Vera Wang

What styles did you just LOVE from the Oscars red carpet this year? Did you get inspired to recreate a style that you saw into your own wedding day? Please post in the comments!

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