26
Jan

Bunchberry

When the sun is shining in Portland, you have take advantage of it, since it is so rare here in the Northwest this time of year. My husband and I live close to a fabulous nursery and I occasionally will go on a walk to check out the goods.

Bleedingheart

When it comes to your wedding boquets and being unique. Choose Flowers, vines and greens that are native to your state or celebrate whats in  season. We are blessed here in Oregon, we’re surrounded by green everywhere you look, thanks to the rain. After all we are called The City of Roses for a reason.

International Rose test garden at Washington Park in Portland, OR

You can still have that decadent flair without oredering out of town for the expensive exotic flowers.  Just look at this beautiful dahlia!

flowers

Make friends with your florist. He or she is likely to throw in a little something extra for you if you take the time to pay special interest in their business and a little bit of kindness goes a long way. And we can all use a little extra around our wedding day. Usually florists keep bags of petals around for isle decoration. You can specify what color you are looking for which may mean a little extra or you can go for an assortment of color, if you are nice to them they might throw in an extra bag. It’s almost spring and the I can’t wait for the Cherry Blossoms to start blooming!

Oregon Cherry Blossom

I still remember digging through my mothers cedar chest and seeing her beautiful wedding dress for the first time. It has been kept safe and sound and looks just like it did in 1977.

Preservation? What’s that?  “Preservation” means when used in conjunction with a wedding gown means to prepare for long-term storage by making sure the item is free of dirt, stains and any other foreign matter that will discolor or otherwise damage the fabric over time, then store it in an environment that will minimize damage from light, temperature and humidity changes, mildew and mold, and insects.

A friend of mine said to me, why don’t you blog about preserving wedding gowns. When I was getting married, I knew nothing about this. I love it when I get feed back from family, friends and readers. I want to share the things I know, things that inspire me and if I don’t know about it, I promise to research it so I do know and can share it with you.

If you aren’t going to donate your dress to a wonderful foundation like Brides Against Breast Cancer and decide you want to keep it as sentimental piece of your most important day, like I did, you should know what to do to keep this gorgeous gown in great condition.

Through creative marketing however, “preservation” has, in some circles, come to mean a specific method or process designed specifically for wedding gowns. Be suspicious of any process with a special trade-name. There are no secrets to preserving any type of garment. Any museum conservator will confirm this. ( And I encourage you to ask.) What’s out there – and does it work?  If you have looked into having your wedding gown preserved, you have probably already come across some of the methods of storage in common use.  Plastic bags, vacuum-packing, acid-free boxes…. Some of these methods have been around for many years  – but do they work? One of the more popular storage methods is to have your gown sealed in a plastic bag and in turn store that inside a decorated display box.  Although attractive in appearance, this method does introduce some technical problems of its own.  First of all, plastic bags are one of the worst possible storage mediums – arguably worse than just leaving our gown in the open.  Here’s why:

  • Plastic bags give off fumes in the form of  “plasticizers” (chemicals that stop the bags going brittle). These fumes discolor fabrics over time.  Remember, your gown is sealed in this chemical-laden air, accelerating the discoloration process!
  • Plastic bags are very good at sealing in moisture. This can accelerate chemical destabilization of dyes and is an ideal environment for the growth of mildew and mold. Either condition will ruin a garment.

Tip-Top Cleaners is Portland’s first east-side environmentally friendly cleaners. They utilize the GreenEarth cleaning system and specialize in wedding gown preservation. Mickey the owner of Tip-Top cleaners is so sweet, I just love her. Mention her website and receive a 20% discount on your first service.  Her wedding gown preservation service starts at $250.  Some professional places will charge $1000 just to look at a dress.  Mickey does it herself and doesn’t ship the gown off to Seattle or California like most cleaners do. She was telling me that the other day a woman brought in her 105 year old wedding gown her mother wore in 1905  and the woman wore it to her wedding in 1955 for her wedding, it went in gray-brown came out white and brought tears to her eyes.

Then of course there is the infamous  Wedding Gown Specialists. This company does everything from preservation to restorations and provide a museum quality packaging environment. You can contact the customer service department to find a certified wedding gown specialist near you.

Most local Bridal gown shops will sell Wedding gown preservation bridal dress cleaning kits. They can run from $149 and up.  When you choose the kit, your gown will be cleaned and preserved and stored in a preservation chest with a convenient carrying handle, then placed in a crush-proof shipping container. (you send it off  to be cleaned) You will receive a 20-year certificate of guarantee on this $500 declared value; up to three additional accessories can also be processed for free.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Take special care in preserving your wedding gown. Maybe your daughter or your daughters daughter will want to wear your wedding dress someday.

Brides Against Breast cancer

 

I am super excited about volunteering for the Brides Against Breast Cancer! During the power hour too! Getting married?? Join all of us for a unique opportunity to find the gown of your dreams at a remarkable price, while helping make wishes and memory-making events come true this weekend! Jan. 22-24th! ;)

Attend the Power Hours and be the first bride in Portland to browse through hundreds of exquisite name brand and designer wedding gowns. Your Power Hour admission entitle you to an early shopping spree where ou can choose, try on and purchase your dress ahead of the crowds.

Power HourFriday, January 22nd 9am-11am $20 Per attendee

Location
Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland- Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah St. , Portland, OR 97232

All proceeds benefit “Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation”  Browse through hundreds of beautiful name brand and designer gowns valued up to $8000 at an incredible 25%-75% savings.  Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Debit Cards are accepted.

When you purchase your special dress at Brides Against Breast Cancer charity wedding gown sale, you not only save hundreds even thousands of dollars, you help make a difference in the lives of stage IV breast cancer patients. Be sure to visit the website to learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer www.BridesAgainstBreastCancer.org 

To get involved in your city check out www.makingmemories.org for more events to be part of!

I will see you at the Doubletree!  Happy Friday!  Have a super-de-duper weekend!

21
Jan

Valentines Heart Petit fours

I’m gonna warn you, this is kinda a long one, I rustled up some yummy things to share, I may have got carried away – so grab your favorite treat and a coffee/tea. It seemed yesterday that everyone was talking about food and what they were craving to eat. Which got me thinking of my favorite things to eat which lead to recipes and dinner parties and so on, so I have to share my finds with you, its Thursday! I went to this lovely dinner party and for dessert we had Tres Leche Cake. So delicious and such a wonderful dessert to serve for a party! I have the marvelously easy recipe to make this treat to share with you and your guests! ;)

Tres Leche Cake

Ingredients for Cake

  • 1 package white cake mix
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can condensed milk (14 oz.)
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions: Mixcake ingredients together and place in a rectangular cake pan (spreay with non stick cooking oil) Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes until knife inserted in middle comes out clean. Allow to cool for 20 minutes. Mix together milk filling together and refrigerate while cake is cooking. Mix frosting together as cake cools. Mix well until whipped cream peaks. When cake is done allow to cool, then fill with milk filling. You can poke holes in the cake or use a flavor injector. Frost, decorate and enjoy!

Message-in-a-Cookie Cutter

Perfect Valentine treat, a message in a cookie cutter from Williams-Sonama! You can leave your own personalized message for that special someone.

Apple Poscket Pie Molds

These are the cutest little pocket tart-lets I have ever seen and William-Sonoma has these perfect little pie molds to make your very own. Put your choice of fruit,cheese or meat inside. How excited would your guests be to come over for breakfast and see these delicious cuties being served?! 

Liqueur Lollipops

I am a huge DIY junkie! These Liqueur Lollis are so fun and such a great way to flavor and decorate your favorite cocktail drink. Found on Martha Stewart.com .  Easy to make….

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • flavoring extracts (black currant, peach, raspberry)
  • food coloring (burgundy, ivory , red)

Directions: Cook sugar, corn syrup, and the water in a small pan over medium-high heat, brushing sides often with a damp pastry brush, until mixture measures 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Stir in flavoring and coloring. Pour into lollipop molds: add sticks while still hot. Let cool completely, the unmold. Store in a single layer in an airtight container with a silica package. Angela, what do you think? We should make these Friday for the dinner party!!

sweet potato french fries

I have become a huge fan of  OurBestBites.com, they always have yummy recipes, but this one caught my eye and I had to share! I love Sweet potato french fries like you wouldn’t believe and Our best bites has a fabulous recipe and a one of a kind honey-lime dip to go with, so yummy, I swear, once you start eating them, you won’t be able to stop. Go and check out the recipe! Haaaaapyyy Thursday!

 

Rockabilly Retro Wedding Shoes

I haven’t been feeling well the past few days, thats why I haven’t blogged, exuses, exuses, but I still managed to click through the blogsphere to read my favorites and shop some adds! I can’t wait to show you what I have found.

Shoe Love Kiss The Groom 

In reading ILoveLolliblog I had to find out who did the photography of these super fun & fabulous pictures and where I could find the shoes and I will tell you , but first the lovely Lolliladies made a great point, that I have to share with you – ‘ There is nothing better than being yourself on your wedding day and letting your bridal party do the same. Be comfortable and confident. Be effortlessly elegant. ‘ So true! Its so important to have fun with your special day and let your true self shine, that is what will set you apart from the already fluffy white flowery wedding world.

omelle.com

Kiss The Groom blogged about this GORGEOUS bride.  Her shoes made my heart skip a beat. Elizabeth Messina (well known photographer & creator of Kiss The Groom ) as always, does an excellent job of showing the brides true personality, confidence and just how much fun you can have getting your picture taken by a professional photographer! The bride happens to be one of the founders of OMELLE a luxury shoe company where you can find your very own fabulous pair.

Speaking of shoes, below are some statement heels-If you haven’t noticed, its all about the statement heel. There’s a lot of ‘architectural’ footwear out there at the moment, but I’ve certainly never seen the term taken quite so literally as Geox has done in their new range of party shoes, each of which has a heel shaped like the Empire State Building. Geox is a  company KNOWN for comfortable, breathable shoes. What do you think? I find it a bit frustrating/jelous that they are EXCLUSIVELY sold only from Geox’s London stores: Covent Garden, Westfield, and King’s Road. Even though they are fashioned after an American sky-scraper in ‘ Neeeewww Yorrrrk! Everybody say yeaaah- yeaah- yeaaaah! ‘ ;)

empire-state-building-shoes

Now that I have Alicia Keys voice stuck in your head we’re are moving on to my next love. :)  Bolero’s are the best way to accessorize any fantastic cute-fit. And the Bonzie Shop has some of the cutest ones I have seen yet! Bonzie is an independent Irish design label with romantic vintage and appeal. Pair one of their Bolero’s with a plain tank-top or that perfect black dress to wear ANYWHERE, by the way, I couldn’t just pick one favorite Bolero, so I put (3) pictures on here for you to ‘oodle’ over.

Ruffled Bolero Bonzie 

Black Bolero De La Peirrot

Rococco Bridal Wrap

I am crazy for all kinds of headpiece decoration this year from over the top-hats to beaded-headbands and beautiful-vintage-scarfs. Florica has created these delicate pieces so beautifully. Florica is a shop that has started a new line of bridal and occasion headpieces by Irish designer Helen James. . Each flower is individually cut, one petal at a time, so every piece is completely unique. Find them and purchase one of your very own from Florica’s Shop. What a special way to feel so perfectly girly and pretty this spring! Happy Hump-Day

Silk Flower

 

Daliah Dress
I was so excited to receive an email from Magnifique Boutique announcing they are carrying Stephanie James Couture ! Stephanie is a desinger in Huntington Beach, California. To think her super talents  started off with mastering the art of making barbie clothes out of paper towels and scotch tape.  I first discovered Stephanie James Couture on Rock’nRoll Brides Blog  - who by the way I read EVERY morning with my cup of coffee, ADORE her! So after reading Rock’nRoll Brides blog about Stephanie James dress that she designed for Siri (who is a singer/song writer and absolutely adorable!) I went crazy for this dress and had to check out Stephanie James Couture, she has a blog  as well and a facebook
Stephanie designs gowns that are stunningly brilliant with a big nod to the retro. Rockabilly, offbeat, vintage-inspired, tea-length dress searching brides rejoice! You must check out her website for a gallery of her work – the photos are so amazing! The vintage designs  have also been said to lend themselves well to women that are a bit more top heavy. The other awesome part is her dresses are still reasonably priced!
Search the web ladies, nothing but greatness has been said about Stephanie James Couture! These amazing dresses come with a wide range of options as well. Want a colored petticoat under your Audry dress? Choose from ’42′  shades!  How about a custom died ribbon on the FAMOUS Josephine dress!? Seriously check her website out and/or contact Magnifique Boutique to try on your
Stephanie James gown TODAY while they are still here!!! Check out these photos of her dresses….
Stephanie James Couture - Video from Wedding Life
Lucille

josephine

Audrey Dress - with dot lace and Blue Pettioat

The Back Porch Shoppe

This Thursdys finds feature worded signs. My husband and I made our own wedding signs for our outdoor wedding. And I was looking at our wedding photos AGAIN and thought, “this would be a great idea to post a blog about.”

Since outdoor weddings seem to be a trend everywhere, makeing or buying these adorable items add such great character. Whether you are having your wedding at home, an outdoor venue, private residence or at the beach. Use them as a prop in photos, or to direct your guests, set them up at the reception, hang them from your chair with ribbon.

 One of the signs we made for our wedding sits in the garden now as a precious keepsake. 

I picked out some great designers to showcase some examples for you. You can always be the DIY type and go out to grandpa’s wood-shop, get some wood and paint and make them yourself! Have fun with this, I hope this inspires you.

The Back Porch Shoppe

Family Attic

The Back Porch Shoppe

 The Back Porch Shoppe

 Family Attic

Family Attic

Photos FamilyAttic

Thank you The back porch shoppe

The Back Porch Shoppe

Family Attic

You can find any of these signs from the following Etsy Shops, both can and will custom design them for you! ;)

 Family Attic Shop  &   Back Porch Shoppe

WeddingResourceStudio.com

We are having the longest winter ever, turn up the heat with these lovely selections from ENZOANI. Take a look at these chic bridal jacket options available at Wedding Resource Studio in Tigard, Oregon.

Maggie Sottero

This gorgeous gown from Maggie Sottero Spring 2010 Ambrosia collection is finally available!  This dress is Ambrosia herself! Full bustled gown with dipped neckline and corset closure. The glamour of embellished lace accents the bodice, as a sensational fit through the hip area combines with caught-up detailing throughout the Soft Shimmer Satin skirt. A romantic lace inset panel is punctuated with handmade flowers that are also nestled within bustled train. Check with Charlotte’s weddings & More

Gabrielle

I had to select something else from Maggie Sottero’s 2010 Spring Ambrosia collection.  The Gabrielle gown, sparkling crystal detail on bodice -flattering fit and flare skirt – The unique bow detail on the train is so perfect! BIG BOWS are the perfect accessory to your 2010 wedding gown! The combination of Verona Organza and Delustered Satin creates alternating panels from the neckline to the hemline of this impressive design. The glistening brooch conceals the back closure. PERFECT! Check out the rest of the Maggie Sottero 2010 Spring Ambrosia Collection! :)

The AMAZING Ian Stuart

I just discovered the beautiful designs of UK-based bridal designer, Ian Stuart. I’m absolutely in love with the level of detail on all his gowns. You might want to take note of the accessories used if you want to have the same dramatic effect on your wedding day. I will let the photos speak for themselves. Which one is your favorite? I couldn’t choose just one.

Want to save money? Check out Previously Owned Dresses by Ian Stuart to get your very own! http://bit.ly/6nuSnR

Check out this online bridal store for January Madness, there prices are amazing! http://bit.ly/7T3H3b

ArtOfWeddings

When I went to the Art Of Wedding Show, I met so many talented local Vendors. Its my job to tell you about them as your wedding planner <3 ;) Jasmine Photography is amazing, if you book your wedding photography with Jasmine Photography between now and February 7th you will receive two 4×6 mini albums (makes an excellent gift for parents)!

Portland Center Stage

My first time to the  Armory was at the Art of Weddings show. It is truly beautiful inside! I spoke with Kavita Jhaveri the Event Coordinator for the Armory, I was extremely impressed with her professionalism and knowledge of the facility and all they have to offer. I would love to hear from you if your interested to find out more about renting the Armory for your upcoming wedding, reception or event.

Allison from ak cake design was there and she is such a doll! Her cakes were not only jaw dropping gorgeous, the cake was so yummy I had two of each sample -I’m so not afraid to admit that! YUM!

Greg  James from SOLSTICE video was there as well, he is such an awesome guy, so easy to talk to! If you’re looking for a videographer, I recommend SOLSTICE! They specialize in creating a professional and uniquely tailored wedding story specific to your wishes. With many years of film making and video production experience, you are sure to fall in love with their creations!

SwankyTables.com

Annette Warnick from Swanky Tables was there. She has the wonderful ability to design an event so beautifully! Like she says she has bubbly drinks, sweet treats and yummy details! I loved the ghost chairs!

Sophie Bridal Couture

Sophie Chang the designer from Sophie Bridal Couture was there with her lovely husband and daughter, such nice people! Sophie is having her grand opening February 5th, 2010 at 1895 NW 188th Ave. Hillsboro, OR. 97124. I am definitely going! Contact me for a special offer of $100 off when you spend $500 or more on your wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses or if you want to go with me to the grand opening!

If you’re not planning a wedding then no big deal, if you are, this was the 5th annual Art of Weddings event. There were over (40) local businesses from caterers, designers, photographers, florists, celebrity make-up artists and videographers all there vying for your attention, not to mention the complimentary alcoholic beverages and hor d’oeuvres, goodie bags and giveaways. And a swanky bridal couture fashion show all for the low price of $10 buck-a-roos!

I was one of the lucky peeps to get a red envelope in my gift bag. I received a gift certificate from Jaya Krupp Health  & Fitness for a free personal training session & a free nutritional counseling session – so excited about this! Jaya is so sweet and I look forward to my personal training session like you wouldn’t believe! If you are like most brides and want to stay in shape or get in shape for your wedding I suggest talking with Jaya Krupp! I hope you enjoyed the eye candy! Happy Tuesday!