Bride Ideas Blog

Wednesday, April 16 2014
Move over cupcakes, there's a new trend in wedding desserts: pies! Of course, in the age of mason jars, these trendy pies aren't just any regular old pies, but pie in a jar. Terri Hiles, owner of Portland's All Jarred Up, has perfected the pie in a jar. We're predicting the beginning of a new era of wedding favors and memorable reception desserts. All Jarred Up specializes in baked goods served in a Mason jar. What began as an experiment on Etsy has now expanded into a successful food cart...
Tuesday, April 15 2014
Seattle couple Sharon Foster and Matt Viers planned on having an idyllic September destination wedding at Mt. Hood. However, their scenic outdoor wedding quickly shifted inside a dark, rustic barn due to uncooperative weather on the big day. "Everything was flooding and there was no break in the clouds at all," says Alice Falzone, wedding photographer and owner of MoscaStudio. The Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast crew saved the day by decorating the barn with flowers, candles and mini string lights...
Monday, April 14 2014
This year, bridal designer Jenny Packham's 2015 collection was inspired by 1930’s society photographer Madame Yevonde’s series of mythology-themed photos. The catwalk featured flowing, drapey silk, empire waists and tasteful beading reminiscent of Greek goddesses. Photo credit (right): The Guardian Laura Mercier makeup artist Talia Shobrook created a muted and soft makeup look that paired well with the romantic collection. The flushed, dewy skin and rosy lips in particular stand out,...
Thursday, April 10 2014
Picking out bridal lingerie should be just as special as the dress itself. Brides want to feel sexy yet relaxed on the big day, and what's underneath the gown can have a huge impact on a bride's comfort and confidence. And, if we're being honest, the  groom is probably more excited to see the lingerie than the dress. Layneau, Portland's newest exclusive lingerie company, specializes in bespoke hand-stitched garments made with high-end materials from France. Materials used to create the...
Tuesday, April 1 2014
Toni Mikel wanted a birthday party. She also wanted the thrill of picking a gorgeous white gown, the fun of tasting endless slivers of dainty wedding cakes, and, most importantly, she wanted to throw the party of a lifetime. When her 38th birthday rolled around, the Portland real estate agent and owner of Bluebird Real Estate opted to throw a wedding-themed party rather than wait around and leave things to fate. Her charming save the date says it all: “Personally, all I really want these days...
Thursday, March 27 2014
If there’s one thing that seems to baffle all brides, it’s choosing the perfect color palette for the special day. With endless online inspiration shoots and Pinterest boards to comb through, the options can seem endless – and overwhelming. Thankfully, there are a few tools out there that aim to make the decision easier for brides-to-be. Read on for some of our favorites! Design Seeds This charming, laser-focused blog features gorgeous daily inspiration palettes, each supplemented by a photo...
Thursday, March 27 2014
California natives and real estate appraisers Jessica and Brian Kelly met at age fifteen on camping trip and quickly became high school sweethearts. Despite an eventual breakup, fate brought them together to rekindle their flame ten years later. Jessica’s real estate career took the couple to Sisters, where they fell in love with the charm of rural Oregon. Instead of returning to their roots for their summer wedding, they brought their friends and family to their new hometown for an incredible...
Wednesday, March 26 2014
Having an outdoor wedding? Don't make guests cringe at the thought of having to use a dingy, dirty portable restroom. Treat your friends and family to a spacious luxury restroom trailer by Privy Chambers. This family-owned business and member of the Portable Sanitation Association International has more than 25 years of experience as luxury potty purveyors. They will cater to any wedding location, including the Oregon coast, Willamette Valley and Hood River. Couples can choose between two-...
Thursday, March 13 2014
We spied a bowl full of white knots at a local Portland wedding and wondered what they symbolized. Turns out, these simple ribbons are the work of White Knot for Equality, a group founded in the wake of California's Prop 8 "to educate people on the importance of Marriage Equality, provoke dialogue, and show the wide-spread support Marriage Equality truly has." These ribbons are showing up everywhere from store window displays to Hollywood star lapels, but perhaps the most significant place is...
Friday, February 28 2014
I'm a sucker for beautiful stationery. As paper goods and handwriting goes the way of the dodo bird, I hold on to my stash of cards and lined envelopes, awaiting the opportunity to send something to someone. Imagine my delight when I discovered Portland-based stationery design studio, Elli. Their curated collection of wedding invitations that are so lovely, it might be hard to let go long enough to drop them into the mailbox. Their "Deco Elegance" invite (above) is printed on thick 120lb card...