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.

Easter Cocktails | Easter Themed Drinks

Here is a roundup of great Spring drink ideas— perfect for your Easter cocktails.

easter cocktails

What makes a great Easter themed drink? To me it has to be refreshing, light, and possible even pastel {a bonus}!

Above: A Pink Bonnet, Pear Lemon Fizz {shown with the flags}, the Blue Cottontail, and the Cucumber Mint Gimlet

easter cocktails

This twist on the classic Mimosa is also great to serve at an Easter brunch. Check out my full recipe for this Tangerine and Thyme Mimosa.

Looking for more than just cocktails? Set up an entire Easter Brunch or make this simple Easter Candy Bark.

Owl Themed Baby Shower

I wasn’t planning on posting a baby shower theme today, but when I discovered the work of Melody Brandon via her blog My Sweet & Saucy…. I became mesmerized by her fabulous cake artistry. This owl themed baby shower cake really caught my eye. I thought you might all enjoy it as well.

Have you ever seen a cuter owl? Melody created this by pulling inspiration from an invitation given to her by her client.

The brown and white polka dots really add a lot to the overall owl themed decor. Also- the simple addition of a few runners of green and white polka dot fabric pull the theme together brilliantly. I Love the green and brown color scheme.

A closer look.

See….gorgeous right?

Here is one last look at the owl cake that caught my eye. Great work Melody! I am sure I will be sharing much more of her cake and dessert creations with you all in the future.

*Sweet & Saucy Shop is located in Long Beach, CA– check their amazing work!

DIY Wedding Favor Bags

Want to save on costs but also send your wedding guests home with a sweet treat? How about trying these DIY favor bags? With minimal effort {and a fabulous FREE template}, you can create these thoughtful treat bags to give your guests.

You’ll need:

1. Scallop Cards from Paper-Source $6.50 for a 20 pack of cards
2. Lunch Bags
3. 1/8 in Ribbon $9.50 for 30 yards we used chartreuse
4. Eyelet Setter $4.50
5. Eyelets in Gravel $1.45 for 50
6. 1/8 Hole Punch

1. Print out the Scallop Cards
2. Place Scallop Cards on the Lunch Bag
3. Punch holes through the card and bag at the same time
4. Place eyelets right side up and card right side down, use Eyelet Setter and a small hammer to set
5. Fill your goodie bags with yummy treats
6. Run 1/8 in Ribbon through the bag and card and tie

And you will have the most thoughtful favor bags!

Template and images via The Wedding Chicks

Welcome to The Celebration Shoppe!

Looking for fresh and modern party supplies? Want your next birthday party, baby shower, or special event to have a “pulled together” look? The Celebration Shoppe can handle that for you! Thoughtfully Simple is proud to be working with this stylish company and we wanted to take a moment to show off some of their fabulous designs.

Perfect for a couple’s baby shower- This “Guess whooo’s having a baby?” theme is adorable! Bye, bye rubber ducky, hello owl! These owl themed party supplies will be a hoot!

Aargh Matey! This pirate ship party is clever and fun. If you are looking for pirate themed party supplies— I highly recommend these. I love the use of red and white dots accompanied with the red and white stripes- a total “pirate” vibe.

This pink, black, and zebra motif is perfect for many girlfriend gatherings. Bachelorette party, birthday…. just because? This “Bubbly” theme can cover it all. Chic yet playful, what could be better?

These are just three of the fun modern party themes offered by The Celebration Shoppe. I will be sharing more of my favorites…. so stay tuned!

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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