Some of our favorite quotes? “When we originally started planning the only things I knew I wanted was for it to be outdoors, have long barn tables, ice cream for dessert and llamas! In the end, it turned out so beautiful and perfect. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
And, “Our DJ Bryce had nothing but bangerz on the dance floor. There was seriously so much love and laughter. I would do anything to relive this day all over again. It was perfect!”
Thank you, Stephanie and Nyles, for letting us be part of your special day, and for sharing your story.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
$100 off custom wedding invitations by 1st Comes Love for any wedding booked at this event!
Grand Bridal Raffle featuring amazing prizes: 1 hour engagement
session with website and $50 print credit from Jasmine Photography
(value $300), Custom Invitation Package from 1st Comes Love ($275
value). All proceeds benefit Go Red for Women.
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!
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.
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!
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!
I adore Abby Larson’s wedding style blog, Style Me Pretty. So it was pretty exciting to hear that she featured one of our weddings on the front page of SMP this week. You can take a look by clicking below…
I just got back from returning a red aisle runner to our dear friend Mike Piper at An Affair to Remember. Not only is he a great wedding coordinator, he is also an amazing florist and has a huge selection of unique props that I love to raid. The red rose petal aisle runner that you see in the last blog post is one of those things! Apparently his mother sewed all of those rose petals on by hand?!? (Don’t forget, Sunday is Mother’s Day!) It just reminds me how important in this business it is to make contacts and build relationships, because you never know what wonderful things your colleagues have in their warehouses.
I feel bad that we haven't been updating so much lately … I can't believe the whole month of April went by without a peep. But my excuse is that we've been working so hard for our clients. One of them, Sarah and Daren, just had their wedding on April 26. I can't believe it's over and I am actually sad that we won't be talking as often anymore! Sarah is actually an event planner herself and was responsible for a HUGE event and fundraiser for a contractors' association in the Portland area. So it was extremely flattering when she asked EJP Events to be her wedding coordinator.
She came to us with some amazing ideas for a big red party, and really let us take it and run with it. We had so much fun, and hope the bride, groom, family, and guests did too.
It has been a busy month! Yesterday EJP Events and The Bridal Loft participated in a very fun, very energetic wedding show called the Bravo Wedding Affair. We heard that there were 500 attendees and it certainly felt like it in our themed room — "An Island Getaway". If you weren't there, here's what you missed:
Sometimes we at EJP find out about fabulous products through serendipitous ways. We found out about Salem, Oregon-based The Ribbon Jar last year when owner Amber Lee asked us to coordinate her wedding. And how glad we were to work with her. Amber’s whimsical style and fantastic vision for her wedding were a joy to execute. And now we know to share her wonderful online store with you! If you are picky about your ribbon, want high quality, and a variety of colors and styles to choose from, please take a look!
Thank you again, Amber, for including us in your fun and fabulous day!