Congratulations to Amrapali Boutique and Big Sale!

Our friends at Amrapali Boutique in Hillsboro are celebrating their 4th anniversary, and we just got this great sale notice from them. If you need to outfit yourself for a South Asian or Indian wedding this summer, you have to check out their great selection of clothing, jewelry and gifts!
"Thank You For Your Patronage

It is because of your love and support that AMRAPALI is celebrating  its 4th Anniversary.
It only feels like yesterday when we opened our doors on
9th January, 2010.
A dream came true and all of you helped 
nurture & support it.
Thank You Once Again.


Celebrate Amrapali's Anniversary

With Our Clearance Sale Extended to 2/16/14

Huge Selection of Scarves $10 only!

Most Salwar Kameez, Saris & Tunics
Flat 30% off

All Jaipur Jewelry
BUY 2 GET 1 Free

All Jewelry Sets" 


Happy shopping!

Wedding Wonderland Sneak Peek — Crafty Wonderland {Upcoming Wedding Planning Events in Portland}


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We just got a reminder about a really fun-sounding event this coming week! On Saturday, May 11, Crafty Wonderland is happening again at the Oregon Convention Center. And this time, there will be a special "Wedding Wonderland" area featuring handmade and vintage items from local Portland retailers, all carefully curated by the clever folks behind Crafty Wonderland. Definitely check it out!

"We are super excited to have a special Wedding Wonderland section in our Super Colossal Spring Sale this year! What is Wedding Wonderland, you ask?! Vendors with items we thought might be of interest to folks planning a wedding have been conveniently placed together in several rows! All of our vendors have amazing goods to show you, so please be sure to visit all of the booths whether you’re planning a wedding or not!"


Gluten-free beer tasting tonight at Belmont Station

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Gluten-free is a hot topic around Portland weddings and events these days, as many people are eliminating this protein from their diet either for better health, or because they have been diagnosed with an intolerance. Whatever the reason, it's great to have options so you can accommodate those important friends and guests who are going this route.

So it's so great that tonight at Portland's lovely Belmont Station, one of my favorite places to get beer, there's a tasting where you can try every single gluten-free beer available in Oregon.From their newsletter:

THURSDAY JUNE 7  5 – 7PM GLUTEN FREE BEER TASTING. Taste every Gluten Free Beer available in Oregon, from Portland's own Harvester & Omission, plus all 3 New Planet Beers, Lakefront New Grist, Redbridge, Bard's Tale, and imports from Green's, St. Peter's and Estrella.  (FYI: In the case of Estrella and Omission there is some debate about whether they can be called Gluten Free but they are very low parts per million gluten, thus meeting stringent guidelines)  A brewer from Harvester and some of the distributor/brand reps will be present. 

If you've been wondering what gluten-free beer options are like, you'll definitely want to be there!

Are you eliminating gluten from your diet and wondering what to do with menu items at the wedding, such as cake, alcohol, and so forth? What creative ideas have you come up with? Any caterers or cake bakers you just love? Feel free to leave a comment.

{ Meet and Greet } Join us at The Bridal Loft open house – March 14, 2012


Have you met our family at The Bridal Loft yet? I am grateful to have had the "Lofties"'s friendship, camaraderie, and business support since I joined in June of 2002. We are doing our yearly open house to welcome the upcoming 2012 and 2013 wedding clients, as well as renew friendships / make new ones in the community of artists, artisans, and designers that make up Portland's wedding businesses.

Please join us on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 4pm to 8pm and enjoy a fun evening out with the wedding professionals of The Bridal Loft, Portland’s original bridal collective. Light hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served as you view the 2012 collections from August Veils and beadALEX, as well as getting your opportunity to meet in person with:

Bridal beauty educator Katherine Sealy of Event Cosmetics

Wedding planner Emee Pumarega of EJP Events (that's me!)

Photographer Paul Rich

Calligrapher Alesia Zorn

The cinematography team of Scott and Amanda Shama of Ambient Sky Couture Wedding Films

Master seamstress Kim Trickey of Sewing Solutions

and designer Andrea Hoyt of August Veils

Bring your wedding questions and be ready to enjoy the atmosphere of The Bridal Loft. We’ll see you there!

RSVP here for best service.

Photo credits, clockwise from top left: Holland Studios, Holland Studios, Holland Studios, Craig Strong, The Bridal Loft, Craig Strong

From Willamette Week: Win a Space-Themed Wedding at the Space Room Lounge

We loved this little blurb in Willamette Week about the Space Room Lounge’s contest to give away a free wedding:

MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: The Space Room, the Hawthorne Boulevard Stumble Zone’s recently remodeled shrine to drunken retro-futurism, is giving away a wedding at the bar, including a licensed officiate, photography, invitations and free appetizers for up to 50 guests, to the couple who write the best 200-word essay on why they want a space-themed wedding. Even at recession wedding prices, this deal’s probably worth $5,000. The deadline to enter is Sunday, Nov. 15.


We checked out the website, and if you win, you’d have to use the prize and get married by March 2010.  For the right Portland couple, this might be perfect! Are you thinking of entering? Tell us!

Let’s toast to Cinco de Mayo! (with a Margarita and Mexican Martini recipe)

Even though Cinco de Mayo is a minor regional holiday in Mexico proper, its significance in the US isMargarita-pdphoto that of a major cultural celebration similar to St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, or Chinese Lunar New Year1. Don’t confuse Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, with Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16th), however.  The 5th of May marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, where Mexican forces defeated French invaders seeking to install a French emperor of Mexico.

What does any of this have to do with Portland weddings? I just want to acknowledge the all-important Mexican-American contribution to the summer wedding menu: the Margarita. No matter what food is on the menu, a freshly-squeezed, hand-shaken Margarita lends an easy festivity to any wedding.

In honor of the holiday this week, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite Margarita recipes from Texas, as well as one of my favorite variants, the Mexican Martini. For both recipes, all your juices should be fresh-squeezed, and the tequila should be light or Silver. (I recommend Herradura or Patron.)

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Portland Indie Wine Festival this weekend – May 1-2, 2009

Portland-indie-wine-festivalIn Portland we love to shop local, independent, and handcrafted, in everything from our handbags to dresses to food. I find this especially true when clients come to us to plan a wedding; there’s no better way to show out-of-town guests a taste of the Northwest than by featuring local crafts and foods.

So when I heard that the 5th Annual Portland Indie Wine Festival was right around the corner, starting tomorrow and going through May 2, I thought, Wow! What better way to offer your guests a taste of the Northwest than by introducing them to wines that they won’t be able to get anywhere else.

I had the pleasure of tasting the Three Angels Primitivo a couple of weeks ago at the Hotel Vintage Plaza grand re-opening, and if that one wine is any indication of the quality of the Portland Indie Wine Festival overall, the event will definitely be worth attending.

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Sneak peek: Bling’s the Thing!


If you are engaged in the Portland area, you do not want to miss The Bravo! Wedding Affair at the Embassy Suites Downtown Portland, this Sunday, February 22, 2009 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Get tickets here, or keep reading for a sneak peek into what EJP Events, The Bridal Loft, and the rest of the "Bling's the Thing" team have planned for attendees!

The Bravo Wedding Affair is a unique, interactive wedding show where seven wedding coordinators take over the Embassy Suites Downtown Portland for a day and transform each event space into a themed wedding.  From "Dusk after Sunset" by Soiree Special Events, to "Renaissance Romance" by Sweet Dreams Bridal Consultants, to our own "Bling's the Thing" coordinated by EJP Events, as well as six others, the coordinators assemble crack teams of wedding vendors and compete to create vignettes to inspire and excite. It's like "Iron Chef" for wedding planners! (Seriously – we have from midnight until 10am to transform our room. Find out if we make it or not!)

"Bling's the Thing" will be located on the Mezzanine level in the Colonel Lindberg Ballroom.  Featuring decorator/designer Royce's Prop Shop, floral by Event Floral, music from Paradox Productions, a fashion show debuting the Love, June Bridal spring 2009 collection, hair and makeup from Event Cosmetics and Fada Salon, aestheics from Soleil Spa, veils from August Veils, alterations info from expert seamstress Sewing Solutions, photography by David Barss, videography from Bigler Productions, cake sampling from La Joconde, and catering/drinks from Crave Catering — "Bling's the Thing" reads like a "Who's Who" of Portland weddings. Don't miss it – we can't wait to see you there.

Image from Nicole Green Photographer.

Art of Weddings 2009 – a swankier kind of bridal show!

Art of Weddings Portland Wedding Planning Bridal Show

We are so excited to be invited back to participate in The Art of Weddings, a boutique bridal show happening on Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 5-8pm at LUXE Autohaus. Last year, it was held at the very swanky Secret Society Ballroom, and this year's installment promises to be even more innovative and interesting!  The Art of Weddings team has enlisted the help of the CRAVE! Portland team — you know, the gals behind the extremely fun shopping parties? — to promote the event, and it looks to be even bigger and better this year.

Some of the highlights of the show's offerings:

Stay tuned here for all kinds of news and buzz about the show.  You can even win tickets over at Simply Chic Weddings.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday VIP deals from Dosha SalonSpa

Dosha SalonSpa email offer VIP Holiday Party
I know lots of Portlanders like to hit Dosha for the manis, pedis, waxing and such, especially around bridal time.  Here 's a great tip:  If you attend one of their holiday parties in December, you receive a complimentary VIP card for 10% off services pretty much all year round.

This year it also looks like they're offering 20% off gift certificates if you bring in a Toys for Tots donation.  Wonderful!