How to have a car-free wedding

cargo bike wedding car-free wedding
(c) Bryan Rupp
light rail wedding trimet MAX
(c) Evrim Icoz

Couples want to be environmentally conscious and use sustainable methods and services for their weddings. A get-together of so many people can create a great deal of carbon load and waste, and consequently, most of our clients want to reduce and offset this burden. We see a lot of couples choosing sustainably farmed foods, vegan and vegetarian menus, and using flowers and decor that are locally sourced and not creating undue waste, so why not take the next logical step and reduce fossil fuel dependency?

Conferences, conventions, and meetings have been stressing the importance of public transit and reducing the number or cars at an event for many years, but it’s taken a while to catch on for social events. Thankfully in Portland, with transit and bike culture always at the forefront, we’re seeing more and more weddings go car-free.

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{ Real Oregon Weddings} Kristin and Jason at Lewis and Clark College

portland wedding planner at lewis and clark college
photos by Joe Riedl

Kristin and Jason were married last July at Lewis and Clark College in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel and their reception was at Smith Hall in the historic Albany Quadrangle on campus. Many thanks to Joe Riedl for the photos of the day.

We enjoyed working with the following great companies to make their day truly special:

Chefstable Catering
Sammy’s Flowers
The Party Place
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Art of Weddings Recap and Roundup

The past week was plenty busy with our participation in the first wedding show of the year – The Art of Weddings.  We had so much fun and saw all kinds of cool things that we just have to tell you about. So today's Saturday Roundup will have a lot of content, hang in there!

First off, we were so lucky to be placed near Annette from Swanky Tables Event Design.  Her business centers around getting all the little details on the table just right, from linens to place cards, and she even has a candy buffet setup service!  Her table was all decked out in pink and silver, and it was hard to resist the pink rock candy swizzle sticks! We can't wait to do an event with Annette.

Swankytables portland wedding

Next up is Karren's Specialty Cakes.
They were handing out full-size samples of their chocolate orange and
pear cake and both were fabulous.  I am really picky about
cake so take my word, it's great! I heard tell that Karren only does
one cake a weekend, so if you're interested, get on it! Pictured below
is the Porceline cake from her website:

Porceline wedding cake portland

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Haute looks from Emilia Kaye

Our friends over at Event Cosmetics recently did a high-fashion runway show with Emily Sunnell, the designer of the Emilia Kaye clothing line.  The looks are startling, very Marie Antoinette!  Not necessarily what you'd think of for a wedding, but I love the mood that this look inspires.  Great job EC team! Photos by Brett Marjanen.

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Prepping models for the show

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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!

Saturday Roundup

We are starting something new on the blog today: A Saturday Roundup!  In the Roundup, we'll recap the best of what we've seen in Portland weddings, wedding planning and wedding style this week, so you don't have to scroll all over creation (or Alltop) to find your goodies.

First things first: 50% off sale at Shoefly.com until Sunday. Heard about this from the PortlandPicks.com gals — thanks!

gold pumps sandal shoe, wedding shoe

Next, we have Ethical Wedding's review of The Green Bride Guide:

ethical weddings, green bride guide review 

Next, a topic near and dear to us Portlanders: Rain at the wedding, from Santa Barbara Wedding Chic. (I thought it didn't rain much in lovely Santa Barbara!) Photo below by Laura Novak.

Laura Novak Photography, rain wedding 

Our compatriots to the north (Seattle, that is) at What Junebug Loves have posted a Holiday Gift Guide.  Usually the term "holiday gift guide" is kinda ho-hum to me, but this one had: Bacon-of-the-Month!  Now you're talking!

Junebug's holiday gift guide, wedding planning, portland wedding

Finally, a pink idea for wedding toasts, holiday celebrations, or just to go with french fries:

Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage (another tip from PortlandPicks–if you aren't a subscriber, you need to be!)

piper heidieck, champagne, wedding toast 

That's it for Saturday Roundup!  Have a great rest of the weekend, and if you have thoughts or feedback about anything you saw today, please do feel free to post them here!

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!

Allison & Michael’s wedding at Kruger Farm, photos by Evrim Icoz

Evrim Icoz, a Portland-based photographer, just sent us a few wonderful photos of a wedding we coordinated this past September at Kruger Farm on Sauvie Island.  Here are a couple of our favorites:

View the entire blog post over at Evrim's blog here.

what not to wear to your wedding

Index-crystal I’m a big fan of What Not to Wear on TLC.  I love the transformation the show’s guests undergo from beginning to end.  A wedding can be a lot like that, where we go from the everyday, to the once-in-a-lifetime, on every level, including the bride’s look.

So I was so excited to hear that they were doing a wedding edition of the show: how fun! to see Stacy and Clinton work their magic on a bride.

And even cooler — I’ve found that this same service (minus the embarrassment of having to be on national TV) is available right here in Portland, from Inspire Style Coaching.  Jandi and her team will come to you, take measurements and do a style interview, to help you find the exact kind of dress that will work best with your body type.  No more guesswork and relying on salespeople to figure out what is going to look great; the Inspire Style methodology is an art and a science in itself.  The stylists will even go shopping with you, directing you to the right stores and boutiques that carry the exact look you’re shooting for.

For most people, the wedding dress is a huge part of the day — and a huge part of the stress!  How cool that there is a service like Inspire Style for those of us who don’t have Stacy and Clinton!