Photos up for Art of Wedding Event!

dsc_0006OMYGOD the sun is shining. It shined yesterday as well. In Portland people feel like moles when the sun shines during the winter (and sometimes in the summer). So hurry, get out there and get it before it’s gone and don’t forget your sunglasses.  I took the dog to doggie daycare (Fetch on MLK) this morning so I have to have another excuse to get out there while the sun shines.

The Art of Weddings last night was a big success according to Ericka Dickey (Congrats Ericka!) and several attendees. The Luxe Autohaus is a great venue. Plus it’s very close to my house which is always a bonus!

Here’s a photo gallery of the vendors on hand for the event. They were all local, upscale businesses so great to have them in one place so you can shop ’til you drop.

Here’s a taste of the Art of Wedding:

Swanky Tables Event Design

Swanky Tables Event Design

Madi Cosmetics

Madi Cosmetics

Studio del Fiore

Studio del Fiore

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Fleur Bliss

Fleur Bliss

Darkness Falls Design

Darkness Falls Design

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Elizabeth Dye Design

Elizabeth Dye Design

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Weddings … An Art Form

The Art of Weddings
And if you’ve been part of a wedding, and who hasn’t as a relative or as the person who is marrying, you know it is an art.

There are bridal shows in Portland and there are bridal shows. This event is different. It’s branded as a Couture Bridal Event with a couture bridal fashion show featuring hand-made gowns from Kate Towers, Amei Unmei, Lille Boutique, Garnish and Elizabeth Dye and The English Department. Also hand-made men’s suits by Duchess Clothier and lingerie by Oh Baby.

Swag Bags
Bridal swag bags will be given to participants, with goodies from participating vendors.

There will also be:
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Chocolate tasting with Missionary Chocolates
Try new bridal makeup and hair by Madi
Bridal photo shoot with Jasmine Photography
$100 off custom wedding invitations by 1st Comes Love for any wedding booked at the event!
Grand Bridal Raffle featuring amazing prizes (just a sampling): One Night Fresh & Chic Getaway at Hotel Lucia, 1 hour engagement session with website and $50 print credit from Jasmine Photography (value $300), Custom Invitation Package from 1st Comes Love ($275 value). All proceeds benefit Go Red for Women.

Laura Shinn, Editor of Oregon Bride Magazine and a contributor to Willamette Week will emcee the event.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
Location: LUXE Autohaus (corner of NE 17th & Glisan).
Time: 5-9 p.m.
Admission: 2 guests $20, $25 at the door.

Wedding Belle Blues

The weather, the flowers, the setting … everything was beautiful including the bride and groom, my daughter (bridesmaid) my grandson (usher and he read an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit).

It was a spectacular day with no real (or imagined) upsets or emergencies or no-shows etc. Speaking of my son’s wedding on Friday in Spokane.  Gregory and Amy were delighted – tired but delighted with how everything turned out. The venue was Belle’s Victorian Gardens.

Amy, Greg and the wedding party at Friday night's wedding.

Amy, Greg and the wedding party at Friday night

We stayed at The Davenport Hotel downtown the first two nights but it was just too small for Bob and I, my sister Dawn and her 9-year-old Jake. Plus she was having PMS I found out afterward. Of course she’ll never admit that it was a problem. Doncha just love sisters? And this is my good sister! Gotta love ’em.

Oh yeah I forgot. There was one mishap. I forgot my dress. Sort of accidentally on purpose. You know. I wasn’t enthralled by the dress. So I had a Ralph Lauren linen suit in Navy blue and it was a good excuse to shop and find something to go under it. I think I must have about 6 outfits for that wedding. My sister had more than I did. Ah well … it extends the shopping experience doesn’t it?

Amy and Gregory.

Amy and Gregory.

We shopped at Nordstrom’s, Chico’s and Macy’s besides a few other boutiques there on Thursday. Nordstrom’s had a gorgeous beaded black and gold sleeveless shell but it didn’t work because of the black. Gorgeous I tell you, and it was on sale for $138 from $350-plus. But I found another steely silver sequined top at Chico’s that looked better with the navy blue.

My grandson and nephew were having the time of their little lives! Aren’t they adorable? I bought Jake the tie for his birthday at Macy’s last month and it looks a bit too small.

Justin and Jake looking for all the world like they're two mellow young men. Wrong. You'd be very wrong if you thought that!

Mellow? They only look mellow!

Justin at the wedding dinner.

Justin at the wedding dinner.

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