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A Red Carpet {REAL} Wedding

When M’chel Bauxal sent me photos of her Wedding at the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon- I fell in love right away. Dennis and M’chel met a TV station and it was a whirlwind of romance after that. As a TV host and a celebrity makeup artist couple- it was only fitting that Dennis proposed LIVE on air! Yes, watch this on air proposal for yourself…. it is so sweet!

I’ll let M’chel tell the rest… so sit back and enjoy!

We chose the World Trade Center in Portland, Oregon because of the sophisticated and modern feel of the solid white truces that offered an ideal setting. The spacious open air terrace and relatively quite Sunday downtown was perfect for a wedding. Becki Duckworth of West Coast Event Productions provided a creative part of the wedding, the lounge which overlooked the Wilamette River in downtown Portland. Two large white leather tufted couches, chairs and ottomans were decorated with baby blue and red fur throws and pillows.

My dress was made of baby blue silk. A modern, couture wedding dress designed by myself and made by Allison of Amai Unmei. It was encrusted with Swarovski crystals on the cuffs, collar and corset back with a 27 foot train. My shoes were covered with some odd 3,000 small blue topaz Swarovski crystals that took me about 15 hours to put on with tweezers.

To keep with our “Red Carpet” glam- as guests arrived at the reception, they walked down a we a 40 foot red carpet and were photographed by several paparazzi photographers. Custom designed bottles of red and baby blue Jones Soda with our engagement photo and a note from us to our guests imprinted on the back were on every place setting.

Guests stood in front of step & repeat banners with our “G” signature logo made by Wonderful Graffiti. In the middle of our cake stood a 12″ square glass vase filled with blue water with large red and clear crystals. Small blue topaz and red swarovski crystals decorated the outside of our 8″ metal “G” cake topper.

Groomsmen: All the men wore designer Italian black suits with red swarovski crystal buttons on the cuffs, black shirts, and red satin stripped ties. Maid of Honors: Two different styles of black silk formal gowns adorned with red Swarovski crystals broaches, chandelier earrings and 1940′s style feather/crystal hair pieces.

At the end of the evening, I had the big surprise waiting that Dennis had no idea about: I planned and schemed for months to arrange. We blind folded Dennis while we were driving around Portland, stopped and lead him up an elevator to a roof top and there was a beautiful helicopter waiting for us!

Thanks M’chel and Dennis for sharing your fabulous red carpet wedding with us. Great work by Becki Duckworth of West Coast Event Productions and many other vendors not listed here.

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A Woodland Wedding

When Aleah {from The Good Life Event Specialists} sent me over this Woodland Wedding Theme, I knew I had to share it with you all. From the breathtaking trees to the sweet sentiments, this wedding in the woods was all about style and woodsy romance. I’ll let Aleah take it from here and share her experiences working with this adorable couple, Emily and Ryen:

We worked with Emily and Ryen to pull details from the surrounding forest Emily and her brothers grew up playing in. Being all about nature, the save the dates, place cards, invitations, and programs were brushed with a tree logo to symbolize Emily and Ryen’s story; they met while climbing.

Chock full of amazing details created by Emily’s father were details such as wooden directional signs pointing to “drinks, chapel,” and other fun locales on the property, a custom altar, and an absolutely amazing rustic wooden bar {see last photo}!

Fiddle ferns, moss, and hostas were harvested and incorporated into lush centerpieces.

Keeping with the wedding in the woods theme, we incorporated magical lighting an transformed Emily’s dad’s bar into a cigar and scotch lounge after dinner; check out the elk lamp! To top the night off, we had a rockin’ band play into the night. Having played with some of the biggest names in rock, the Chris Friel Orchestra kept everyone dancing and singing at Emily and Ryen’s own private concert. Congratulations, Emily + Ryen!

Here are some additional details:
Design and coordination: Nick and Aleah Valley – The Good Life Event Specialists: http://www.goodlifeevents.net
Floral: Floressence, Seattle: http://www.floressencedesign.com
Photography: Amore Studios: http://www.amorestudios.com
Band: Chris Friel Orchestra: http://www.chrisfriel.com
Dessert (cupcake bites): Susanne’s Cakes: http://www.susannesbakery.com
Catering: Ravishing Radish: http://www.ravishingradish.com
Paper goods: izzy girl: http://www.izzygirl.com
Rentals: AA Party Rentals: http://www.aaparty.com

Ceremony guitarist: Glenn Letz: http://www.glennlestz.com
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Hay! Have a Seat

I am really loving the concept of creative wedding ceremony seating. Below show hay bales being used in place of your typical folding chairs seen at most wedding ceremonies. What a simple way to add a bit of whimsy and playfulness to your special day. A little country chic anyone?

Here, you can incporporate your wedding colors by using solid throws and fabric throughout the space.

Or, simply gather mismatch quilts which creates a very homey feel. You could even borrow family heirloom quilts (say if your granny has some) which would add a touch of meaning to the seating.

All white covereings are an option too- although this look is a little bland for my personal taste.

What are your thoughts? Could you see hay bales at your ceremony?

{photos via The Knot, Tec Petaja, and Martha Stewart}

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You Asked: Tiffany Blue Wedding Invitations

A wonderful reader left this comment the other day on our Tiffany Blue Wedding theme post:

“Hi, I’m just starting to plan a wedding with Tiffany Blue and chocolate brown as my colors. I need help finding invitations.” –Kia

I love it when readers ask for suggestions so Kia, here are a few of my favorite tiffany blue themed wedding invitations:

tiffany blue wedding invitation

Swirl Wedding Invitations

tiffany blue wedding invitation

Lush Leaves: Paradise

Dotti Invitation in Sky

Winter Flourish

Simple Dots

Above: Lush Leaves via Wedding Paper Divas. Swirl, Dotti, Winter Flourish, and simple Dots via Minted.

Hope that helps you Kia {and everyone else out there planning an event with this color scheme!

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Photo Booth Props | Smitten Sticks

If you read this site often, you know I am currently obsessed with photo booths at parties and weddings. My last favorite version was using a chalkboard in your photo booth shot (remember that?), but alas I have a new favorite version! Check these out:

They are called Smitten Sticks and if you tell me they don’t make you smile I’ll call your bluff!

Add these adorable paper expression to your next photo booth and I guarantee they will be a huge hit!

Smitten Sticks would be a great addition to any party photo booth and even more adorable for a wedding photo booth! Can you even imagine? Adorably witty and fun (and you can quote me on that)!

Be sure to visit Smitten Sticks for yourself….enjoy!

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Stylish Save the Date Cards

Recently engaged? Well- consider sending out one of these stylish save the date cards from Chickadee Prints. They offer several lovely save the date cards to compliment your style as a couple. Many of their designs also have matching bridal shower invitations which makes for a great cohesive feel to your special occasion! Here are a few designs I am fond of:

Cotton Beauty Announcement

Raining Flowers Invitation

Something Blue Announcement

Daisy Dreams Invitation

Head on over to Chickadee Prints and browse their wedding section to see more stylish choices. I’d love to know your favorite! I think I am loving the Garden of Love design the most!

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