Fabulous Portland, Oregon Wedding...
From the bride, Jenn: We had three aspects in mind when planning our wedding: including our families and friends, especially Patrick's two daughters, incorporating Persian and American traditions, and creating an elegant, yet fun atmosphere.
Our family played a huge role in our day. My aunt did all of our flowers, my uncle performed the Persian part of our ceremony, Patrick's daughters were our flower girls, and all of our family helped with the set-up and clean-up of our big day. The amount of gratitude we have to our family is indescribable.
Our ceremony included traditional vows and exchange of rings intermixed with Persian poetry and traditional symbols of good luck. Our theme was vintage with a modern twist. Our colors were turquoise, gold and ivory. Lace was also a common theme throughout our wedding. We used lace in our DIY candleholders, escort cards, table clothes, sofreh aghd (Persian ceremony), and of course my dress. We also wanted to have as many personal touches as possible. We did this through DIY projects such as our wishing tree, picture frame table numbers, luminary pictures of us from various stages of our lives, and sweets tables.
One of my concerns about having our ceremony and reception in the same room was that we would lose that wow factor you get when you walk into a reception. But, we were able make enough changes while our guests were on the patio for the cocktail hour that we were able to create a completely different atmosphere. We dimmed the lights, put our centerpieces made with blue hydrangea, white roses, calla lilies and light up led branches on the tables, and turned up the music. The rest of the night was full of amazing food both from our caterer and Persian food made by my grandmother, Persian and American dancing, and GREAT company.
Photographer: Studio Varnika - Portland, Oregon
Florals: Floral Fantasy (located in Stoughton, MA)
Event Design: Miss Formal
Lighting: Hollywood Lighting
Catering: West Hills Catering
Cake: BonBon Pâtisserie
Dress: David’s Bridal
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I couldn't wait to share these almost unbelievable masterpieces with all of you- beautiful pieces of art. I think they look like Princess Wedding Cakes.
They are elegant and romantic -- Is this a style of cake you would like to have at your wedding? What color do you like? Oh... look at the glass slipper on the top of this one!
Carrie's Cakes made all of these princess cakes. Carrie's Cakes has been featured on National Television Programs and won "Best Tasting Cake" on TLC's Ultimate Cake Off! For those of us who live in Utah we are fortunate to have this amazing cake maker. Carrie is so down to earth, fun and easy to work with that she would love to hear about your design and make it happen. This is hard to believe, but trust me, they taste even better than they look! She recently just did my daughters 10th birthday cake and it was the show stopper! Oh, by the way, the cake pops were out of this world.
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Wedding Regret- Don't Make My Same Mistake!
There are always things we learn as we go through the process of planning a wedding. Don't you think it would be nice if what we learn we could pass on to others to make their wedding day better? I do! Some things are not a big deal, but maybe it would be nice to have changed things around. Some things are a big deal- like mine. I had one major oversight that has become my wedding REGRET- big time!
MY REGRET- I didn't hire a videographer! Matt and I went to dance lessons for 6 weeks before our wedding and learned a super cute dance that Andrea Hale, who competed on Dancing with the Stars, (Quickstep Dance) choreographed for us. It was a Cha-Cha dance made to the song "FOREVER" by Chris Brown. The last two weeks we had our children come to dance lessons with us and learn part of the dance. So we had a family dance that was so DANG CUTE and all we have is a home-made video of it (I think... I hope somewhere...)
Here is what I have of it now, just pictures. Still cute but doesn't do it justice!
At least I hired a wonderful photographer, D'Andrew Photography, that captured the moment. I will forever be sad we don't have that special memory preserved on film by a professional videographer. The rest of the day would have been great to have on video as well- cutting the cake, our first dance, family, etc. Well the whole day would have been fun to have on video!
I hope you plan your wedding so you don't have any regrets! (Oh, PS- that means hire a professional videographer :-)