Portland's Upcoming Bridal Shows for Winter 2012

Holy cow! Portland’s winter wedding show season is jam packed with lots of fabulous opportunities for engaged couples looking for Portland wedding resources, ideas, vendors, etc for their big day! I would highly recommend researching these shows online to see which ones you are drawn to most. Choose 2 or 3 to attend. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with too much wedding information. The cool thing is several of the shows are new this year proving just how hard Portland’s wedding community is working to meet the needs of all of our local couples. There”s a little something for everyone. Take advantage of their efforts! Happy planning!

Portland Bridal Show – January 7th & 8th, 2012

A Country Bridal Affair – January 14th, 2012

The Art of Weddings – January 19th, 2012

Bravo Wedding Affair – January 22nd, 2012

Marry Me Event – January 29th, 2012

Portland”s LGBT Wedding Expo – February 19th, 2012

Rocked Bridal Event – February 26th, 2012

NW Wedding Scoop – March 10th & 11th, 2012

She Said “Yes!” Bridal Show: Troutdale House – March 18th, 2012

The Wedding Experience – March 24th, 2012

Portland Trail Blazers Brides & Basketball Bridal Show – April 1st, 2012

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Your Wedding Reception: Assigned Tables – I Do or I Don’t

Your Wedding Reception:  Assigned Tables – I Do or I Don’t

You’re having a seated dinner at your wedding reception for your wedding guests and you’re having a hard time deciding whether or not to assign dinner tables for your guests.  As a wedding planner and coordinator in Portland, Oregon, I have found that many couples struggle over this decision. Generally, the couples initial inclination is no.

“Let folks sit wherever they want.”

“Assigned table seating is too formal for our wedding and doesn’t mesh with the feel we are creating for the day. It’s just for weddings with plated dinners.”

“It would take forever to figure out who to seat where.”

As a planner and coordinator, I can say, without a doubt, that I’m in favor of assigned tables for most weddings regardless of wedding size or formality. Here are some ideas to consider in your wedding planning.

1.  The reality is that assigned dinner tables create a smoother flow for the wedding reception. Guests don’t have to rush from their wedding ceremony seat to try and save a group of chairs for everyone they would like to sit by for dinner. Folks like knowing they have a place to put their coats, purses, drinks, etc as well as knowing that they will be sitting with friends or people they know during the dinner hour. Many times wedding couples are fearful that assigned tables means guests will feel stuck…unable to move about during the wedding reception and visit with other guests. However, in the end, the assigned table seating, simply functions as place holder for belongings and a place to sit and eat dinner after the ceremony.

2.  Assigned dinner tables save money by requiring fewer tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, etc.  If you choose not to have assigned tables, then you will have to provide more seats than the number of guests attending. Why does this happen?  Folks will create their own groups leaving empty seats at various tables. In order to accommodate everyone, you will need to provide additional seating in your wedding planning, as people randomly spread out.

3.  Grouping guests together at assigned wedding reception tables is an opportunity for the couple to work together to make sure their guests are eating dinner with and/or near family and friends. Overall, the process of assigning guest to tables is relatively quick and painless. However, the larger the wedding, the more time consuming the task for the bride and groom or wedding couple.

Are there some wedding receptions where open table seating works? Absolutely. In my experience as a wedding planner I have seen it work…but usually with groups of about 80 or less.  In the interest of having your wedding reception be the best possible experience for your friends and family, I recommend assigned tables for groups over 100.  If you would like to meet with me for a visit about your Portland area wedding, please call me at 971.506.4749 or email me at Kami@WedPortland.com and I will be happy to hear about your dream wedding.  What are your wedding ideas and wishes?

Kami Aguilar, Wedding & Event Planner, Licensed Officiant

WedPortland, LLC




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Outdoor Wedding: Tent or No Tent

Tent or no tent? That is the big question..and frankly, rather common question for couples planning outdoor wedding ceremonies and/or receptions in the Pacific Northwest. The dilemma begins the day a couple chooses their outdoor venue. “What if it rains? What’s plan B? I don’t really want to pay to rent a tent.” Unfortunately, with the unpredictability of our climate, it is important to have a rental tent reserved for your big day unless your venue provides an indoor plan B option. The good news is that most rental companies will allow you to release the tent the Tuesday before your event with minimal to no charge. However, again, due to the unpredictability of our climate, sometimes this is too soon to make the call for your event. Do you risk it if the forecast is unclear and cancel the tent? Or, do you play it safe and rent the tent regardless of the unclear forecast? To eliminate financial stress as a factor in your decision, the recommendation is that you include tent rental in your budget from day one. If you need it, great! You have the tent reserved and the money set aside to pay for it. If you don’t, super great! You just saved yourself some money and are able to have the outdoor wedding ceremony and/or reception you envisioned.

Now, this conversation is not over. When we think of the need for a tent in the Pacific Northwest, we think of impending rain. However, a tent is just as necessary if it’s a sunny, hot day. Here are some questions to ask yourself: How much natural shade is provided by the landscape and/or venue? What time of day is my event? Where will the sun fall during that time? The reality is that 80 – 85 degrees in the direct sun gets real hot, real fast. Shade of some sort is a must.

The moral of the story is to plan ahead, budget for plan b and think rain or shine! Besides, tents can be a beautiful addition to your outdoor wedding ceremony and/or reception.

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Featuring…WINDOWS at the Red Lion – Convention Center

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Last Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of sharing a delicious raspberry-lemon drop with Sharyl Fickas, the catering manager for the Red Lion Convention Center, on the Windows patio overlooking downtown Portland. It was an incredible afternoon and the view was amazing! I kept thinking, “how did I not know this was here?” The stranger questions was, “why have I not coordinated a wedding here?” It is a lovely Portland wedding venue perfect for the couple looking to adhere to their budget and have a scenic downtown event.

The outside of the hotel is deceiving. The entire inside has been remodeled and is very much worth a look. Windows is on the 6th floor of the hotel. The bar area is clean and hip sporting a new recycled glass countertop. I love it! The outdoor patio is beautiful and spacious with the Portland skyline as it’s backdrop. With the view and the new modern look, it has many possibilities. I highly recommend contacting Sharyl at sharyl.fickas@gaha.biz or 503-820-4160 for a venue visit. Some highlights of their wedding reception package include:

  • Complimentary Tasting with Chef (up to four people)
  • Champagne/Sparkling Cider Toast Passed Butler-Style
  • Wedding Cake Cut & Served By Banquet Staff
  • Chine, Glassware, Flatware, Tables, Chairs, Setup and Cleanup
  • A Variety of Tablecloth and Napkin Colors to Enhance Your Theme
  • Dance Floor
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee & Tea, plus Sparkling Citrus Punch throughout Event
  • Complimentary Premium King Room for the Bride & Groom with your choice of Champagne, Wine or Sparkling Cider (Bottle)
  • Special Guest Room Rates for Out-of-Town Guests (Subject to Availability)


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Featuring…Jessica Belknap, Makeup Artist

A couple of months ago, I was introduced to Jessica Belknap at the 1 year anniversary party for the Portland Wedding Lounge. I learned that we have a shared philosophy of environmental consciousness. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to get to know Jessica as well as learn about the service she provides for clients. After a few email exchanges, we scheduled a coffee date. I had a blast meeting with her. She is kind, down-to-earth and easy to talk to. I enjoyed listening to her telling me her story. Jessica is a very talented makeup artist. I was impressed with her professionalism, her wealth of experience and training and her mission for her clients. This blog feature will give you a glimpse into Jessica and her services. I would highly encourage you to check out her website for more detailed information about her philosphy, gallery and services. Drum roll please…WedPortland is excited to highlight Jessica Belknap!

Describe the service you provide and why you love what you do.
I am a freelance makeup artist who specializes in “green”, beauty makeup for HD video, print/editorial work, and weddings. What defines “green” makeup? In order for a product to be considered for my “green” makeup kit it must fit some combination of these requirements: all-natural, non-toxic, vegan, and/or organic.

I love my job for three reasons: 1) I am my own boss. I do not work for, or represent, any one cosmetics line, so I am able to use products from multiple lines, and only the best products from each line, while still using products that are safe for myself, my clients and the planet. 2) I never have two days in a row that are alike. One day I may be doing makeup for a television commercial and a photo shoot, and the next day I may be somewhere like the Oregon Coast, or Mt. Hood, doing makeup for a wedding party. Each day in my career brings a new challenge and new adventure. 3) I meet intelligent, interesting, and inspiring people every single day, and I am fortunate enough to have one-on-one time to talk with them. When a client sits on my chair (they can be there anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours) I am given an opportunity to meet someone new, and learn about them. I consider every person who sits in my chair to be a friend and a teacher.

Briefly share your industry experience.
I have done theater makeup for nearly ten years and have been a full-time, freelance makeup artist for four years. I started as a freelance artist after graduating from collage and after two years of assisting, and studying under some of the Northwest’s leading artists. I have had the privilege to work under, and have been trained by Green Beauty Team founder, (and my green beauty guru) Kristen Arnett (NY, NY), in fashion, beauty and editorial makeup.

Share your favorite client moment.
It is difficult to pick just one, but here is one that comes to mind:
Immediately after the ceremony of a high end wedding, on a family ranch, in Southern Oregon, I was approached by the groom of the bride, who’s makeup I had just completed before the ceremony. He was a tall, professional baseball player, with a huge smile and misty remnants of tears clinging to his lashes, left over from the ceremony. He approached me and asked if I was the makeup artist who had done his wife’s makeup. I said, “yes”. He then reached out and gave me a big bear hug and said, “thank you for making (bride’s name) look like the best version of herself, and for making her feel as beautiful as I know she is”.
I will never forget that moment.

If you had a super power, what would it be?
Oooo… Tough one. If I have to choose one, It would probably be the ability to fly.

What is your favorite book/movie/tv show?
Book: Harry Potter Series or Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Movie: I have a lot, to name a few (I can’t just pick one!): The Devil Wears Prada, Almost Famous, 500 days of Summer, & Julie and Julia
TV Show: The Big Bang Theory or Friends

What do you do for fun?
Cooking and baking for friends and family and taking ballet or Pilates classes. I also love spending time with my pets. We have a dog, Mia, and a cat, Charlotte.

If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
My husband, Jesse, and I would buy small, nice house with a large yard (for an organic garden and room to build a makeup studio). I would also buy a new, fully electric car, and pay off Jesse’s student loans. If anything were left over, we may take a vacation to Europe or put it into savings (depending on how responsible we are feeling that week)

What brought you to the Portland area?
I grew up in Tualatin. My Dad’s family actually came to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. We have been here a long time. There is actually a street in Eastern Oregon named Belknap Street, after an ancestor of mine.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have been a vegetarian since I was 12 years old. Is that interesting? Also, I can’t wink.

What is your favorite piece of clothing? Why?
Oooo… I go through phases. Right now, I would have to say my Banana Republic blue and white jersey wrap dress. It is ridiculously flattering. Every time I wear it people ask me if I have lost weight. Haha! So, that is nice! I do love cardigans though. Ask anyone who sees me on a regular basis and I bet they would agree, I am probably wearing a cardigan 80% of the time when the weather is below 80.

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Oprah. She is an intelligent,strong women, a excellent business woman, a great teacher, and a humanitarian.

Favorite local restaurant and/or happy hour.
Eleni’s Estiatorio in Sellwood, Oregon. Simply delicious. You must go. It is perfect for special occasions, date nights, or Happy hour. Once you go here you won’t want to eat anywhere else. They are only open for dinner though.

Best way for potential clients to contact you or view your work.
My website: www.jessicabelknap.com or my professional FB page: https://www.facebook.com/jessica.belknap.makeup.artist

Anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?
I am a Green makeup artist. This means that I primarily use products that fit all or one of these categories: all-natural, organic, vegan, and non-toxic. I also offer green makeup education and personal shopping/training as well as my artistry services.

I do still have a kit of “traditional” name-brand makeup, and do use it for certain projects, but more and more, the demand for safe cosmetics is pressuring companies to create high-quality products, that perform just as well as the brands professional artists have used for years. I do not use “green” products that do not perform as well, or better, than the standard industry products. Over the past few years, this search for photo-quality, all-natural makeup has become easier. The demand for safe cosmetics in the fashion and wedding industry has given rise to many wonderful new professional-quality, safe, all-natural makeup lines that are outperforming their traditional department store counterparts, while still being conscientious of the impact they have on our clients and the environment.

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Featuring…Karyn Reohr with Black Label Films

Karyn Reohr with Black Label Films is truly passionate about her craft. Listening to her speak about her work and the service she provides clients is inspiring. Her enthusiasm and excitement are contagious. Karyn has worked hard to hone her talents and grow as a filmmaker. Like wedding coordination, wedding films and/or videography are not currently seen as necessary services for a wonderful wedding experience. However, I can say with full confidence that those who invest in these services would encourage everyone to do the same. What could be better than a film documenting your big day to share with friends, family and your future family? I highly encourage you to consider Black Label Films for your wedding film!

Describe the service you provide and why you love what you do.
I film and produce visual time capsules of couples’ wedding days for them to go back and experience again and again for the rest of their lives. I love it because it brings back the whole essence of the most important memories of one’s life, and it also allows a couple to share with family who couldn’t be there, as well as future generations such as children and grandchildren.

The more rewarding part of my job is when I get to see the reaction on the couples’ faces when I show them their cinematic film. Most couples say the film was better than the wedding day itself! I regularly get crying, laughter, hugs, and even gift cards and free coffee from happy clients. I really love what I do!

Briefly share your industry experience.
I have a degree in Computer Science so I am very comfortable with technology. I have always been artistic and have been a pianist and singer since I was in 3rd grade. I formed my studio in 2007 and ran it part-time while working at Intel as a software engineer and program manger. I left Intel in January 2010 to pursue an event filmmaking career full-time, because I discovered with quite clear revelation, finally, what it was I was supposed to do in life.

Why should someone hire you? What sets you apart?
My clients love that I focus all on them, and not on me. It’s not about how great my studio is or my own ego. It’s about their dream of having a Hollywood-quality wedding film produced with complete discreetness and no stress on their wedding day. I could talk about the planning, the collaboration with other vendors, the 1-2 month turn-around time, the flexible payment options, the quality of our equipment or the artistry of our editing. But really it’s all about the customer experience at Black Label, from start to finish.

Share your favorite client moment.
I have so many I couldn’t begin to pick an overall favorite But one recent moment was a bride who sent me a $100 gift card spontaneously in the mail after she saw her 5-minute cinematic Highlight film online. In her words: “I was blown away. I had no idea we would get something so utterly beautiful.” And she had even seen our samples beforehand! But still, when it’s your OWN wedding, it just is that much more special.

What do you do for fun?
I shoot weddings! Seriously, that is so much fun to me. But in my casual time, I love to spend time with my 2 year old daughter. Her language is really developing and she says the funniest things. I like to talk walks and hikes, shop, hang out at the pool, see movies, taste wines and cook dinners for my family.

Best way for potential clients to contact you, view your work or read reviews from previous clients.
The best way for clients to contact me is via email or text because I’ve got my iPhone with me all the time. You can reach me directly at karyn@blacklabeleventfilms.com, or text 503-799-2944. That is also the studio main phone so feel free to call also, but we may be with a client or out on a shoot.

You can view our work on our website: www.blacklabeleventfilms.com, and you can read reviews by searching for us on Wedding Wire or The Knot! I also have a couple of brides who have offered to be references.

If you want to be friends and keep up on latest happenings and work, we have a facebook page and twitter account also, just search for “Black Label Films”.

Anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?
I just want to leave couples with two things: First, the importance of hiring a modern cinematographer. You may be envisioning your wedding video as cheesy, 80’s style footage, but technology has come a long way and the new, fresh stuff is truly motion picture quality! You will want the experience to relive again after the day is over, trust me and trust 100% of brides who say that AFTER their wedding day is over and it’s too late. Currently, only 20% of brides hire a professional videographer and only about 5% hire a true creative filmmaker. Many brides hire a photographer and think that is enough. But a photograph doesn’t tell a story and doesn’t let you relive the actual experience. Moving imagery and sound is the only medium that can do that for you.

The second thing is the importance of personality in your documentary team – your photographer and filmmaker. During the consult you should absolutely ask about the standard stuff like packages, work and payment terms, but you should also get to know the person. Do you feel comfortable with them? Do they listen to your ideas and build from them? Are they helpful and gently guiding, or are they downright pushy? And do they offer valuable advice you hadn’t thought of? Think about this because your photographer and filmmaker team will be with you ALL DAY during your wedding, so you need to be sure you can handle being around them during your most intimate moments. The last thing you need to be stressed about is hiring someone whose work you think is phenomenal but whom you don’t particularly like. Talent must always be balanced with temperament, don’t let the wrong person ruin your day or your experience!

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Featuring…The Shot Photography

Not only have I had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Jamie Babick, owner of The Shot Photography, on a couple of weddings, I also had the pleasure of experiencing high school with Jamie as well. Yes, that”s right…we are both “Mustang Born!” There is no need to share our graduation year and date ourselves. When I think back to those four very important years, I remember Jamie as always smiling, energetic and fun. Her enthusiasm was contagious. She will blush when reading this but Jamie was also a very talented dancer and gymnast. Reconnecting with Jamie  last year in the wedding world was so much fun. She is an absolute joy to work with and a delight to be around. Her work speaks for itself. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work together and look forward to the opportunity again in the very near future. So, without further ado, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to…Jamie Babick!

Describe the service you provide and why you love what you do.
The Shot Photography covers family portraits, weddings, modeling and acting portfolios, and commercial photography.  I love what I do because I’m capturing and freezing moments in time.   As a little girl, I always obsessed over looking at my relatives photo albums…lovingly gazing into the picture to see what life was like back then.  Were they happy?  Were they sad?  I want to provide the same warm feelings I had to my clients as their photos are passed from generation to generation.

Briefly share your industry experience.
After college classes and having my first child, I decided that corporate life was wearing on me.  I wanted to do something I loved, something that would allow me to stay home to raise my kiddies.  I kept purchasing camera equipment because photography has always been an obsession of mine.  I finally decided to go for it and open my own business.  It’s been amazing ever since.  I love what I do and it fulfills that creative itch in me.

Why should someone hire you? What sets you apart?
Not only am I pretty darn good at what I do, but I have a personality that makes it super easy to get along with.  I’m a big kid at heart, and I think that’s why I get along with the little ones so well.  I’m not a stuffy photographer who’s there to take your pictures and run.  I have a smile a mile wide, and a laugh that can be heard from here to Texas.  The personal interaction I have with my clients is the most important.  If they feel comfortable with me, we are guaranteed to get some amazing photos.  I love capturing those little off-key moments where families are laughing at one another, or at a wedding where the couple that has been together for 50 years lovingly embraces each other on the dance floor.

Share your favorite client moment.
My most favorite moment was shooting this spit-fire little boy for his modeling portfolio.  He had a few apparel changes, and the weather was drizzly and grey, of course since we live in good ol’ Oregon.  We were at a park in Hillsboro, and there were mud puddles everywhere.   Even though his mom was keeping a close eye on him, he found a puddle and was jumping up and down through it, soaking his cute outfit and his entire body.  He had mud on his face, in his hair, and the sheer joy on his face brought tears to my May best horoscope tells you that in the first half of the month you might remember about your previous relationships. eyes!  I captured all of it and those were my favorite pictures of the set.  It was awesome.  ?

If you had a super power, what would it be?
This question took me a few hours to think about.  While milling over the obvious answers like mind reading, flying or having incredible strength, I stopped and thought about a couple particular situations that are currently going on in the lives of people around me.  I asked myself a question.  “Isn’t the whole point of possessing a super power to help people?  That’s the definition of a super hero, right?”  After much consideration, my answer is that I would wish for the super power to heal children of sickness or injury.  Cancer, disease, hunger, fatal injuries, and an infinite array of other issues that plague our beautiful children in this world.  All kids are innocently born into this world, and it breaks my heart in half to see or hear of horrific things happening.  I just want to wrap them up, protect and heal them.

What is your favorite book/movie/tv show?
Favorite book:  The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evonovich (the kind of books that make you laugh till your sides hurt and maybe pee your pants a little).
Favorite movie:  Steel Magnolias (I can recite the whole movie to you in the most polite & perfect southern accent)
Favorite TV Show:  Friends (by far the funniest, greatest TV show of all time)

What do you do for fun?
Camping, riding ATV’s, and crabbing with my family and friends are some of my favorite pastimes.  One of my most favorite things to do is read.  There is nothing like cuddling up with a good book and being taken away into the land of someone else’s imagination.
If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?
Honestly, I would probably do responsible things like pay off my mortgage and bills.  What was left I would invest in a building of my own to house a photography studio.

What brought you to the Portland area?
I am a born Oregonian.  Woohhoo!  I grew up in Milwaukie and currently reside in the fabulous town of Sherwood.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Writing is a passion of mine.  It has been ever since I was old enough to put words on paper.  When inspired, the words just seem to flow and come out in a creative, humorous way.  Sooner or later, I will attempt to write a book.  I’m definitely thinking something funny, witty and romantic.

What is your favorite piece of clothing? Why?
Jeans are my favorite because they are durable, go with almost everything, and most of all, they are comfortable.  I’m all about comfort!

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why? Pick one man, and one woman.

Man:  I would love to meet my maternal great-grandfather.  He was born in 1884 in Onano, Italy. He immigrated to the United States in 1906 and awaited his arranged marriage to my great-grandmother who arrived in the United States from Pizzoferrato, Italy in 1914.  They had 9 amazing children.  I would love to hear his life story….it would be absolutely fascinating.

Woman:  I would squeak and squeal like a little girl if I could meet Ellen DeGeneres.  She is an absolutely incredible woman.  Hands down.

Favorite local restaurant and/or happy hour.
Fat Milo’s in Old Town Sherwood is SO awesome!  They have wonderful homemade food and I love the diner type atmosphere.

Best way for potential clients to contact you, view your work or read reviews from previous clients.
The best way for potential clients to contact me is through my website.  There is a ‘contact us’ page, portfolios galore, and great info to read up on.

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Wedding Shoes Top Four

Wedding Shoes Top Four By Rev. Maureen Haley

Portland Wedding Officiant, July 2011

Expressing your individuality with those fabulous wedding shoes you love, is a great idea and while officiating at Portland weddings, I have seen a variety of traditional wedding shoes, non-traditional and comfortable bridal shoes, or not.  But keep in mind, there’s a reason Cinderella lost her glass slipper.  She took her shoes off, because after a night of dancing, her feet were killing her! In the interest of hours of fun on your wedding day, these are my Wedding Shoes Top Four suggestions:

1. Choose reasonably comfortable wedding shoes, that you love. Yes, we’ve all heard, beauty knows no pain, but pain can override the pleasure of your entire wedding day.  Completely enjoy the romance of your first dance with your groom with happy bridal feet.

2. Choose wedding shoes that you will be able to stand still in, whether short or long wedding ceremony.  You will be center stage the entire time.  You may think everyone can’t see you shifting from foot to foot, but they can and  video cameras will catch every wiggle you make.

3. Consider including cushion liners with the men’s shoes and have band aids for heel blisters.  Some of those rental shoes with the groom’s tuxedo can be miserable, especially if you’re standing on a hot sidewalk on a summer day during your Portland wedding.

4. You might assign one of your bridesmaids, to be in charge of orchestrating your wedding shoes wardrobe.  Choose comfortable shoes for your wedding photographs, before your wedding ceremony, as you will be walking and standing for long periods of time.  I have seen ballet slippers, flip flops, decorated tennis shoes, white bunny slippers, etc.  Switch to your fabulous wedding shoes, right before your ceremony and then change to your comfortable wedding shoes to dance the night away!

Best way to contact Maureen Haley, Portland Wedding Officiant
503-888-9876  revmaureenpdx@gmail.com www.portlandministers.com

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Featuring…Mayfly Flowers

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a local florist on more than one event. Amy Roberts of Mayfly Flowers is a super cool chick and a very talented floral designer. She goes above and beyond for her clients and they are always blown away by the way she brings their floral vision to fruition. In addition, for those of you seeking to host an eco-friendly event, Amy has excellent local resources. I highly recommend Amy for your special day. She is a rare find – pure style on your budget.

Amy and I have quite a few “small world” experiences surrounding us. Not only did her husband and I go to high school together but we also have an uncanny ability to book the same clients. Yes, it’s true…some of our common clients are a result of me referring my clients to Amy; however, some are a result of the universe bringing us together for another “small world” experience. I look forward to many more of these “small world” experiences, as it is always a pleasure to work with and collaborate with Amy.

Okay, enough of my mushy rambling…Meet Amy Roberts of Mayfly Flowers!

Describe the service you provide and why you love what you do.

I specialize in providing wedding flowers for DIY brides.   I cater to budget brides who would not normally be able to afford professionally designed floral arrangements for their weddings.  As a former budget bride myself, I have a special fondness for DIY brides and enjoy utilizing my talents to create beautiful wedding arrangements for those brides who may not have the time or skills to do so themselves.

Briefly share your industry experience.

I got my start in the floral industry in 1997 when I began working for Jones the Florist in Cincinnati, Ohio.  I also spent time with the Hyde Park Floral and Garden Center (also Cincinnati, Ohio) before moving to Oregon to pursue my graduate studies.  After doing the floral arrangements for my own wedding in 2007, I re-discovered everything I loved about “playing” with flowers and realized that I could do something I love while saving brides some money on their floral costs.  And Mayfly Flowers was born!

Why should someone hire you? What sets you apart?

I think that I have a unique appreciation for the bride on a strict budget, since I was one myself!  I pride myself on working within the boundaries of your budget and getting you the most bang for your buck.  So many DIY brides feel that they have to compromise and make sacrifices for the sake of the budget, but I’m here to make sure that you don’t have to give up having gorgeous flowers!

Share your favorite client moment.

What brings me joy and gratification in what I do is the moment when someone first sees the arrangements that I have created for their wedding.  When I can see that I have given them something they are thrilled with and have met their expectations, it makes all the hard work leading up to that point worth it.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

If you mean what super power I would wish for? Mind control.  It pretty much covers all the bases. If you mean what would someone else say is my super power?  I can be scary silent and stealthy when the need arises.

What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?

Book – anything by David Eddings.

Movie – too many to pick from but I’m a sucker for cheesy dance movies.

TV Show – too many “favorites” to pick just one, but my guilty pleasure is ‘Ghost Adventures’ on the Travel Channel.

What do you do for fun?

I love any chance I get to take my sailboat out on a mountain lake in the Cascades.  I enjoy spending time relaxing at home with my husband, our dogs, and friends.  And I am always dreaming of our next vacation!

If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?

I’d buy a lakeside home in northern Michigan and set up a college fund for my nephew.

What brought you to the Portland area?

I had finished grad school in Ashland, Oregon and was trying to decide between moving to Portland or Seattle.  Portland won the coin toss.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I’m a sports junkie, but my favorite is the NFL.  I spend my Sundays in the fall and winter parked on the couch watching football.  Go Packers!

What is your favorite piece of clothing? Why?

My favorite piece of clothing is my big, floppy sunhat because if I’m wearing it that means I’m either relaxing outside enjoying a gorgeous Pacific Northwest day, or I’m on vacation!

If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be and why? Pick one man and one woman.

Cesar Milan so I could get his advice on my dogs, and my great-great-grandmother so I could learn first-hand the story of the Cherokee side of my family.

Favorite local restaurant and/or happy hour:

So many to pick from!  I love the happy hour at Gold Dust Meridian McMenamin’s always holds a special place in my heart.  Veritable Quandary is fabulous for a fancy night out.  Arawan (Thai) is right down the road from our house for those nights when neither of us want to cook.  And Diane’s makes a great greasy-spoon diner breakfast!

Best way for potential clients to contact you, view your work or read reviews from previous clients:

Website or Facebook


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Featuring…Tall Drink of Water Floral Design

A little over a week ago, I had the pleasure of having breakfast with Jessi Hatch, owner of Tall Drink of Water Floral Design, at the Singer Hill Café in Oregon City. Jessi is a very talented, up-and-coming florist new to the industry. My time with Jessi was all positives. She is personable, down-to-earth, easy to talk to, fun and motivated toward success. I was immediately impressed with her creative eye and professionalism. It is an honor to introduce you to this lovely gal. I’m very excited about her work and the opportunity to collaborate with her in the near future. So without further ado, Jessi Hatch!

Why do you love what you do?

“I find fresh flowers very joyful. Floral design is a really good creative outlet for me. However, it’s really the whole process of meeting the client, grabbing their vision, going to the market and creating a masterpiece that I truly love.”

Briefly share your industry experience.

“I worked for three years as an event planner/fundraiser for Easter Seals. This role included planning and executing every detail of the event…including flowers. I’ve been providing floral design services for events hosted by family and friends. It is through this experience that I decided to follow my passion for floral design and launched Tall Drink of Water Floral Design in March or this year. I have floral design experience with weddings, holidays, bridal showers and baby showers.”

Why should someone hire you? What sets you apart?

“I’m easy going and a good listener. I believe in bringing the clients vision to life. I bring good ideas to the table when needed. I’m decisive and excellent at working within a budget.”

If you had a super power, what would it be?


What is your favorite book/movie/TV show?

Book – Tuesdays with Morrie

TV Show – Modern Family

Movie – Bridesmaids

What do you do for fun?

“I enjoy playing with my 10 month old, Hudson, spending time with my husband, Chris, camping, boating, wine tasting, campfires, hanging with friends, dinner parties, volleyball and of course, arranging flowers.”

If you won a million dollars, how would you spend it?

“I would tell no one. Then, I would surprise everyone with little meaningful gifts. For example, I would pay off my nieces Montessori school tuition, create college savings plans for kids in the family, take over someone’s mortgage for a year, etc.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

“I can give blood in under 4 minutes, I’m the quickest shopper you’ll ever meet and I was recruited to play Division I volleyball but decided to play club for UO instead.”

What is your favorite piece of clothing? Why?

“My boots. I love my boots. They are stylish and casual. I wear them everywhere, everyday.”

If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why? Pick one man, and one woman.

Man – Leo DiCaprio – “Just so I can look at him.”

Woman – Maya Angelou  – “ To hear some of the incredible wisdom she has to share.”

What is the best way for potential clients to contact you, view your work or read reviews from previous clients.

“Phone or email is the best way to contact me – 503.781.3928. My portfolio and reviews are coming to my Facebook page and website soon.”

Anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask?

“I’m a problem solver. Anything you throw at me, I can tackle. I’m easy to get along with and have the skills to bring your floral design needs to life.”

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