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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.

Jackie Boehm - April 30, 2015 - 11:10 pm

AWESOME job you two. Beautiful layout. Very well done. How did I know for CERTAIN, if I scrolled down far enough I would see our terrific Bradley. 🙂

Hope Tew - May 1, 2015 - 8:17 am

Paul, great write up and beautiful pictures to capture this milestone. Kayla and Chelsea I adore your new office space and know all your future clients will too!

Mary Boehm Chisum - May 1, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Kayla, you guys are both amazing! Again, your mother would be sooooooooooooooooooooooooo proud of you, as I’m sure she is looking down on you from Heaven with her big smile!

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!

3rd Annual Table Top Competition

The Portland chapter of the International Special Events Society recently hosted their 3rd annual Art of the Party Table Top Competition.  It is an opportunity for some of Portland’s finest to showcase their talents in table top design.  This year, a total of 3 awards were given:

Best Use of Theme: (a tie) Peter Corvallis Productions & Bird Dog Creative

Best Use of Alternative Materials: East West Floral Arts/Barclay Event Rentals 

People’s Choice Award: East West Floral Arts/Barclay Event Rentals 

Congratulations to this year’s winners and a special thanks to fellow Loftie Emee with EJP Events for being part of the panel of experts along with fellow Loftie Alesia with Alesia Zorn Calligraphy for working the registration booth.  Catering services were provided by Food in Bloom.

Here are some highlights from each table scape and if you wish to see additional images from the event, the entire collection of images may be viewed HERE.

Lasting Impressions:

Peter Corvallis Productions:

Vibrant Table:

Gather Events & Starflower:

Bird Dog Creative:

Events by Lisa Marie:

East West Floral Arts/Barclay Event Rentals:

Le Table Fatale:

Muse Wedding Planning & Event Coordination:

Le Barclay Event Rentals:

Catering services by Food in Bloom

 

 

 

Helene Goode - November 5, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Wonderful photos Paul! Love the clarity and details. Can’t wait to get some photos on Pinterest and my website!

Alesia Zorn - November 6, 2012 - 12:14 am

Love you like pancakes, Paul! Thanks so much for the shout out!

Red Lion Hotel Portland- Convention Center - November 6, 2012 - 7:25 pm

There are wonderful shots! Thanks for sharing – Ours didn’t turn out nearly as good as these ;).

Barclay Event Rentals - November 8, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Paul, you did it again! You captured every beautiful detail so perfectly! Thank you for taking the time to be there. We were so lucky to have you!

Sophisticated Floral Designs - November 15, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Thanks so much for taking those amazing images! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Christina Safford - March 26, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Paul, as I expressed to you personally, I love and adore these shots! So much detail and it was thrilling to be part of the competition. Thank you for capturing the spirit of the event!

Puddle Jumpin’ Cards

Every so often we like to do a vendor spotlight to highlight the talents of a particular vendor in the wedding industry.  This vendor spotlight is on Puddle Jumpin’ Cards.  Sunny, the creative genius behind Puddle Jumpin’ Cards, creates incredibly unique custom hand carved and block printed invitations.

With Portland being a market that is saturated with creative types, I wanted to highlight the incredible work that Sunny creates.  It really stands out from the crowd.

We recently met up with Sunny in our photo studio to document a selection of her work.  We sat down with her and had a chance to learn even more about her process and her work:

Paul:  Can you talk about your process a bit – from conceptualization to end product?

Sunny: When I first meet with an engaged couple, we go over their vision and toss ideas around about their custom design. I like to think of the invitation as a blank canvas, and I paint the picture of the couple’s personality and style while setting the tone of their wedding. I send proofs and we refine them until the design is exactly how they imagined it to be (or more)! I love it when the couple gives me creative freedom to explore unique ways of bringing their ideas to life.

Paul: At what time during the wedding planning process should a couple contact you?  In other words, what is a reasonable turnaround time for you?

Sunny: A couple should contact me very soon after their wedding date, venue and approximate invitation count is decided on. When it gets to be 7 months before your wedding and you haven’t decided on an invitation designer, it’s time to crack the whip and get on it!

Paul: What is unique about the product you offer to couples?

Sunny: I specialize in hand carved block prints which is a unique process to offer couples. Each invitation is hand printed after the custom block is carved out. The couple even gets to keep the block after their wedding! I like the idea of framing the block along with the printed invitation. It makes really lovely art for their new home together.

Paul: You primarily make invitations – do you also make table markers, save the dates, etc?

Sunny: I also create wedding day paper goods, such as place cards, escort cards, table numbers, programs and menus. I can design shower and rehearsal dinner invitations as well. It’s fun to tie in one’s theme, color and style in all their paper elements!

Paul: What is your artistic background?

Sunny: I graduated from Northwest College of Art in the quaint town of Poulsbo, Washington. I have a BFA in Visual Communication with majors in fine art and design. My childhood was spent drawing on math papers and coloring on the walls. I love getting the chance to tie my fine art background into invitations by hand painting elements of the design. 

Paul: Where can people see more of your work?

Sunny: Aside from wedding invitations, you can find my hand carved and printed card line on my website and at numerous local businesses around Portland, such as: Powell’s City of Books, New Seasons Markets, Kazoodles Toy Store, Oblation Papers and Press, Zim Zim Department Store, AllPort, Annie Bloom’s Books and more. The Oregon themed cards are very popular in gift baskets used for out of town guests at weddings.

We are so excited to share this work with all of you and hope you pass along Sunny’s work to those who may be looking for unique invitations or other printed material for a wedding or event.  Thanks to Sunny with Puddle Jumpin’ Cards for sharing all your talents.