Bride Ideas Blog

Wednesday, September 17 2014
From the bride's parents walking her down the aisle together to the mason jars filled with kid-friendly art supplies dotting the reception tables, the focus of Leslee and Andy’s wedding day was as much about the family as it was the couple. Troutdale’s McMenamin’s Edgefield was a fitting stage for this relaxed affair—the gorgeous gardens provided photo ops galore, while the character of the hotel and restaurant’s interiors matched the pretty-yet-quirky bridal aesthetic. Family fun aside, I’m...
Monday, September 15 2014
Every October, Oregon Bride hosts their annual wedding show, Urban Unveiled to celebrate local nearly-weds and the region's most creative wedding vendors. This evening of opulence is a chance for brides and grooms to meet and mingle with the Urban Unveiled partners who can make nuptial visions a reality, while guests enjoy fine wines, nibble on sumptuous cuisine and indulge in to-die-for desserts. The evening ends with an amazing raffle and an awe-inspiring fashion show.From now until the event...
Monday, September 15 2014
 These days, when it comes to wedding gifts and favors, customization is key—and why not? With so many vendors offering personalized services, giving your guests a gift that will always remind them of your wedding day can be a heartfelt way to demonstrate your appreciation of their support. Smith Teamaker, a Portland-based small-batch artisanal tea company, has introduced a new line of teas catering to tea-loving nearly-weds who are looking to do just that. Smith’s weddings program allows...
Monday, September 15 2014
Oregon Bride is gearing up for another Urban Unveiled (Thursday October 30, 6p.m.-9p.m.) and this year, we're increasing the 'wow' factor with an over-the-top theme. Our annual wedding show, which actually feels more like a swanky cocktail party, is meant to connect the best vendors with the area's brides, grooms, moms, maids and anyone else who feels like tagging along.We're having the party at North Portland’s Leftbank Annex, a sleek urban canvas that will be transformed by this year’s theme...
Wednesday, September 10 2014
When I saw Beau and Jacqueline (aka Beth)’s wedding photos, it struck me how well the subtle autumn theme complemented the couple’s beautiful day. When we talk about distinct wedding themes done right, this is what we mean. Beth’s bold red lip and vintage-inspired dress absolutely pop against the fall-hued florals, while the peppering of yellow leaves imbue the photos with the crispness of fall. You can practically smell pumpkin and apple cider wafting off these images! Vintage touches, from...
Monday, September 8 2014
Jessica and Evan’s gorgeous engagement session is like a series of snapshots of all things Portland—from the couples-yoga pose to the intimate shots against the backdrop of the industrial area. Evan popped the question while the pair were on a two-month backpacking trip through South America, which makes Forest Park a well-suited location for the majority of these sweet photos. Keep scrolling to see what Alice of Mosca Studio had to say about shooting these photographer friends’ engagement...
Saturday, September 6 2014
When our intern Nico first brought Pronghorn’s new private event island to my attention, I couldn’t wait to see the weddings Oregon couples would dream up at the unique new venue. Brooke and Ryan’s European-inspired nuptials didn’t disappoint! From the swans to the gorgeous chandelier-draped wrought iron arch to the bride’s fit-for-a-princess gown, this couple’s big day was an elegant and dramatic affair to remember. Keep scrolling down to see what the bride had to say about her wedding day....
Saturday, September 6 2014
Every October, Oregon Bride hosts their annual wedding show, Urban Unveiled to celebrate local nearly-weds and the region's most creative wedding vendors. This evening of opulence is a chance for brides and grooms to meet and mingle with the Urban Unveiled partners who can make nuptial visions a reality, while guests enjoy fine wines, nibble on sumptuous cuisine and indulge in to-die-for desserts. The evening ends with an amazing raffle and an awe-inspiring fashion show.From now until...
Thursday, September 4 2014
When it comes to bridal beauty, finding the right balance between looking glamourous and photo-ready and still looking like you can feel like the tightrope-walk of wedding planning. While on the hunt for the right makeup artist to get you primped for the big day, finding a beauty shop with a "we want what's best for you" philosophy is one of the easiest ways to narrow the search. When we found out that luxury apothecary-style cosmetic, skincare and spa chain Bluemercury was opening an Oregon...
Wednesday, September 3 2014
My favorite thing about the wedding world is the amount of palpable joy that crosses my desk each day. When I first saw Erica and Tyler Keegan’s wedding photos, I was immediately struck by the visceral quality of the joy in these images. In the tender snapshots of the newlyweds with their two children, Hudson and Nyah, sandwiched between, these two radiate happiness. Charming details like the hysterical alcohol sign (below), kept the elegantly muted decor, from all-white table bouquets to the...