Where do you get such wonderful things?

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.

{ Real Portland Wedding } A big red party at The Portland Art Museum

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.

This post wouldn't be complete without mentioning some of the amazing people we worked with: Geranium Lake Flowers, Royce's Prop Shop, The Bridal Loft and Vibrant Table Catering.

But enough talking, I know you want to see the photos!  Here are a few, courtesy of Melissa Jill, the photographer who flew in from Arizona just to shoot the event.

With Melissa's permission, we also asked our friend Robert McNary to stop by during setup and shoot some reception details. A couple are below.




Bravo! Wedding Affair

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:

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Spotlight on The Ribbon Jar

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!Ambercake

Cake photo courtesy Eric Cable. Ribbon jar photo courtesy The Ribbon Jar.

shout out to The Bridal Loft!

As many of you know, The Bridal Loft bridal salon in NE Portland has been EJP Events’ physical home since 2002.  We love these ladies and have so much fun being their "roommates" in business.

Andrea Hoyt of August Veils, also a Bridal Loft member (or "Loftie", as we like to say) just got a fabulous write up and feature of her custom veil and headpiece design in the Oregonian’s special bridal issue

This is a great article featuring Andrea’s expertise and some beautiful styles!  Read the full article here:
"The Drama’s in the Details":  Oregonian Special Bridal Section 2008, page 10-11

personality is the anti-trend

I just got off the phone with a writer for Northwest Meetings and Events magazine.  She was interviewing me for a piece on “wedding trends” for 2008.  I had to chuckle a little bit as she asked me questions like, “I’ve heard that square and unusually-shaped cakes are a new trend, have you seen this?” (I saw my first square cake the year I started coordinating, in 1997), and “What new colors are you seeing for weddings in 2008?” (Somebody invented new colors?)


The problem with “trends” in weddings is that,

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