Category Archives: Vendors

Doula Services in Portland

Owning and operating your own business is simultaneously the most exhilarating and the most terrifying experience.  You are in control and everything is up to you.  The same can be said of becoming a parent.  That’s what is so great about the launch of Sydney’s new business providing doula services in Portland.

Sydney is a natural with little ones and her personality puts everyone at ease.  As a certified doula, her knowledge and experience takes away the stress of managing life’s new routines and expectations.  Her clients rave about her service and enjoy the extra care and nurturing they receive in the comfort of their homes.

We recently had the opportunity to capture some new professional headshots and lifestyle images for her website.  Make sure to check out her new website – www.modernmampdx.com – to learn more about this wonderful service.

 

Vendor Spotlight: Charlotte’s Weddings & More

Charlotte’s Weddings & More held their Annual Open House event in March of this year.  Top wedding professionals were available to offer tips and suggestions on the wedding planning process and to showcase their products and services.  Multiple drawings and giveaways were offered throughout the show with the grand prize being a $1,000 credit toward any wedding gown.

Just prior to the Open House, we had the exclusive opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and capture the models getting ready and modeling some of the latest wedding dress designs available at Charlotte’s Weddings & More.  Special thanks to Portland Make-up & HairBella Bloom Florals, and Charlotte’s Weddings & More for collaborating on this project.

 

Vendor Spotlight | CK Wedding & Event Design

We are extremely excited for Chelsea & Kayla with CK Wedding & Event Design on the opening of their brand new office location.  To celebrate the momentous occasion, this dynamic duo held an extremely fun Open House event.  As Portland wedding planners, they have worked tirelessly designing and creating their new space and it is absolutely gorgeous.

They came over to our studio recently for some professional headshots and we had a chance to catch up with them just before their big Open House event.  As we head into the wedding season, we wanted to share with our readers a bit more about Portland wedding planners Chelsea & Kayla:

 

What advice would you give a couple that just got engaged?

Kayla: Breathe. Take a deep breath before you dive head first into planning. Also, do your research and trust your gut! The process should be fun and exciting for you and your fiancé, don’t get lost in it!

Chelsea: Take your time! Really think about everything and what is the most important to you about that day! There is no need to rush the planning process. It is one day and it goes by so fast. So enjoy every moment about it!

 

How did you get started?

Kayla: I fell in love with the idea of working weddings when Chelsea and I were roommates. She worked at the Abernathy Center and would bring home the most gorgeous flower arrangements…. And cake, a lot of cake!!! J

Chelsea: I have always been in love with weddings. In elementary school there was a magazine sale and I begged my mom to buy a subscription to Brides magazine. I would sit for hours just looking through the bridal magazines, imagining people’s weddings and how I would plan them. In college I was really able to experience the wedding industry and haven’t looked back!

 

What makes CK different?

Kayla & Chelsea: We build a true relationship with our clients! We are best friends and we value our friendship. We have put our heart and souls into this business and I believe the clients can see that.

 

Describe your style

Kayla: Clean, fun, and evolving

Chelsea: chic, inspiring, and energetic

 

Outside of weddings what is your favorite thing to do?

Kayla: Going out to dinner with my husband! Someday our daughter will be added into that but she is 3, and anyone with a 3yr old can agree with me when I say that she is not the most fun to dine with. :p

Chelsea: Spending time with my husband and our two dogs, love taking the time on weekends to enjoy everything that Portland has to offer! I’m always up for girl time though! I LOVE getting pampered with manicures and pedicures and drinking champagne of course!

 

What or who motivates you?

Kayla: At this point in my life Harper, my daughter is my biggest motivator. I want to make her proud and I want her to see what a true boss lady looks like!

Chelsea: My husband! We met when we were getting our bachelors degree then went and got our masters together! Experiencing all that together gives me the motivation to better myself and reach all my goals!

 

If you or anyone you know is planning a wedding, make sure to check out CK Wedding & Event Design.

Personalized Holiday Gifts

I know this time of year is very busy for everyone.  Trying to find the time to shop and find the right gift can be quite challenging.  So, we wanted to share a very unique way of personalizing your holiday gifts.  It is an idea that adds that extra special touch and something that makes your gift truly unique.

Make sure to check out Alesia Zorn Calligraphy.  Alesia has officially launched a brand new service of custom engraving.  She is now engraving on glass and metal!  Think of all the endless possibilities ranging from bottles of wine and wine glasses to flasks, pocket knives, and more.  Alesia Zorn’s calligraphy is highly sought after and her talents are far reaching.  Consider personalizing your holiday gift this year with Alesia Zorn Calligraphy.  Make sure to mention that her wacky friend from Boston sent you…

Encore Events’ Rockstar Swag

Anyone who knows Cindy with Encore Events knows that she is one of the most creative and talented wedding coordinators in Portland.  I have personally witnessed her magic with transforming her couple’s wedding day vision into a memorable celebration that far exceeds her clients’ expectations.  Ask any of her couples.  Cindy receives rave reviews.

Toward the end of last year, Cindy approached me about a really neat concept.  She wanted to select a handful of wedding professionals to each donate a personalized gift to be placed into a box to be hand delivered to a number of wedding venues in town.  The intention was to gift a handful of venue contacts with individualized gifts from a number of wedding professionals as a way of thanking them for their business and to celebrate the holiday season.

Each beautifully crafted box contained a note which read:

As a celebrated member of Portland’s fabulous wedding community, please enjoy this luxurious box of swag meant for a true industry rockstar.  Let it be a reminder of how fortunate we are to have such incredibly talented professionals in our area.  Each company listed below exemplifies dedication and excellence in the products and services they offer.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope your 2014 is blessed beyond compare!

Cindy hand delivered each of these boxes to a number of venues in town and we wanted to share this fun way that wedding vendors have worked together to provide an exceptional level of service to not only their individual clients but to the vendors they work with as well.

A special thanks to Chicago Event Planning and management and to the vendors who participated in Cindy’s Encore Events’ Rockstar Swag.

Encore Events – Letter
Event Cosmetics – Event Cosmetics Product & Service Gift Certificate
Encore Events – Holiday Pepper Jelly Gift Set
A Yen for Chocolates – Assortment of Gourmet Treats
Barclay Event Rentals – Holiday Candleholder and Candle
Paul Rich Studio – Calendar of photographs of Europe by Paul Rich Studio
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy – Custom Engraved Shot Glasses
Flowers For You – Dried Lavender or a Mini Terrarium
Hybrid Moon – Gourmet Popcorn & Lunch with Ride in the Rolls Royce
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy & Advantage Letterpress  – Letterpress Thank You Cards

Preferred Vendors

We typically photograph 20-25 weddings per year, and as a result, we have the opportunity to work with many wedding vendors.  We wanted to give a shout out to those vendors who consistently do exceptional work.  There are so many amazing vendors out there and here are just a few that we have had the privilege to work with on a regular basis and whose services we can consistently recommend.

 

Accessories:
August Veils
Twigs & Honey
Wedding Cottage

Bands:
5 Guys Named Moe
Designband
Hit Machine

Cakes & Cupcakes:
Artisan Cake Company
Beaverton Bakery
Saint Cupcake

Calligraphy:
Alesia Zorn Calligraphy

Caterers:
Crave Catering
Jake’s Catering
Pearl Catering

DJs:
All Wright Music
Encore Mobile DJs
Event Team Entertainment

Florists:
Blum Floral Design
East West Floral Arts
Geranium Lake Flowers
Lavish Flora

Make-Up & Hair:
AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup
Event Cosmetics
Face Body Beauty
Kira Pinski

Resource Guides:
Bravo! Wedding

Venues:
Bridal Veil Lakes
Governor Hotel
Hotel deLuxe
Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Video:
Ambient Sky
Focal Point Digital Media
Hybrid Moon
Shields Films

Vintage Rentals:
Something Borrowed

Wedding Consultants:
Blush Bridal Consulting
Champagne Wedding & Event Coordination
Creations by Ly
Encore Events
Luxe Event Productions

Elephants Catering & Jenkins Estate

We have had the opportunity to work with Elephants Catering on a number of occasions throughout the years.  Their catering services are absolutely fabulous.  Many of you have had their food at a number of their locations throughout the Portland area.

Elephants Catering & Events has established a new partnership with the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District where they now manage all events and catering at the Jenkins Estate in Beaverton, OR.  To announce their new partnership, Elephants Catering & Events held an Open House event just last evening.  A fully hosted bar and delectable treats were provided by Elephants Catering.  The Party Pros provided all the rentals and Botanica Floral Design provided the floral.  Kevin with NW Mobile DJ Service played a number of hits and got the guests out on the dance floor having fun.

Make sure to check out the Jenkins Estate for your wedding celebration.  The location has lots of rustic charm and incredible light.  It is a photographer’s dream location!