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Black Swan Events

Portland , OR

LOCATION

2808 NE MLK Blvd
Portland, OR US 97212 (map)
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ABOUT US

When you dream of your wedding day, what do you see? Is it the casual elegance of a vineyard, lush in the abundance of harvest? Do you envision the classic tradition of a grand ballroom,... Read more
When you dream of your wedding day, what do you see? Is it the casual elegance of a vineyard, lush in the abundance of harvest? Do you envision the classic tradition of a grand ballroom, stately and opulent? Perhaps your dream wedding holds the intimacy of an oceanside ceremony, with the natural whisper of the sea to accompany your vows?



Our featured venues accommodate 10 - 3000 guests, (yes 3000!) and showcase 17 unique properties. They include a 63 acre private estate, an historic ballroom, a private winery in Vancouver, and two stunning ballrooms in downtown Portland. Purchase of the romantic 41 ft classic sailing vessel, Moontide, harkens back to the era of Bogie and Bacall, offering an intimate setting for a sunset proposal or exchange of vows.



You are not a package, neither should your wedding be. I invite you to bring your vision, skills, talents and passion to the table. From that we will help you create a celebration your guests will remember for the rest of their lives and you will not be paying for the rest of yours! Congratulations on love well found! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING PLANNING

What types of weddings do you accommodate?
Civil, Destination, Double Weddings, Eco-Friendly / Green, Military
What wedding planning services do you offer?
Day-of Coordinator, Full Planning, Partial Planning

REVIEWS

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Char
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
A beautiful surrounding not only the yacht but the event in which was created around it. A short planned, inexpensive, expression of love to be forever. A man 60, a women 50 found in each others waters. Where they had been afraid to swim they now dive in. Bless a beautiful person for making our forever so BEAUTIFUL TOO!!!!

John and Char
A beautiful surrounding not only the yacht but the event in which was created around it. A short planned, inexpensive, Read more...
A beautiful surrounding not only the yacht but the event in which was created around it. A short planned, inexpensive, expression of love to be forever. A man 60, a women 50 found in each others waters. Where they had been afraid to swim they now dive in. Bless a beautiful person for making our forever so BEAUTIFUL TOO!!!!

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Services Used: Wedding Planning
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john
Wedding:
8/3/2013
4.8/5.0
Gabrielle is fantastic. Every detail, every nuance handled on time and on budget.
Gabrielle is fantastic. Every detail, every nuance handled on time and on budget.
Gabrielle is fantastic. Every detail, every nuance handled on time and on budget. Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I was lucky to work with Gabrielle for 15 months in preparation for our July Saturday wedding. Gabrielle was an irreplaceable and critical part of our wedding. I feel grateful that we worked with her, and I cannot give a stronger recommendation for her services.
No matter what aspect we talked about, Gabrielle always listened to me, smiled, and presented options. She was never judgmental or bossy. One by one, Gabrielle systematically helped us line up all our vendors. We only focused on one aspect at a time (venue, food, photography). First, Gabrielle always sought out our opinions and preferences. Then she would usually direct us to 2-4 options of vendors she had experience working with that she thought we would like/would meet our needs. From there, we made the final choice and Gabrielle helped us set it up. Her approach made it really easy for us to do a little research on our own, but from a narrower starting point.
As the wedding got closer, we could be genuinely excited and happy because everything was already planned. We had a minute by minute timeline for the whole 36 hours before the wedding, so by the time we were that close we felt incredibly prepared and ready. Not that we didn’t experience some mishaps. I almost flipped out when my husband requested significant changes to the seating chart to accommodate new guests. Our best man got lost on the way to the rehearsal. Our florist got rear-ended on the way to wedding. The day of the wedding we realized not all of the tux rentals made it to the hotel. Gabrielle put out all the fires, kept everything running to schedule, and made sure my husband and I never broke a sweat. We were able to enjoy the day because we could trust that she was in charge. We were unconditionally confident that Gabrielle would make things work, and she did. I realize it sounds cliché, but it was the best day of our lives (so far!). I don’t know if we could say the same thing if we hadn’t worked with Gabrielle.
I was lucky to work with Gabrielle for 15 months in preparation for our July Saturday wedding. Gabrielle was an Read more...
I was lucky to work with Gabrielle for 15 months in preparation for our July Saturday wedding. Gabrielle was an irreplaceable and critical part of our wedding. I feel grateful that we worked with her, and I cannot give a stronger recommendation for her services.
No matter what aspect we talked about, Gabrielle always listened to me, smiled, and presented options. She was never judgmental or bossy. One by one, Gabrielle systematically helped us line up all our vendors. We only focused on one aspect at a time (venue, food, photography). First, Gabrielle always sought out our opinions and preferences. Then she would usually direct us to 2-4 options of vendors she had experience working with that she thought we would like/would meet our needs. From there, we made the final choice and Gabrielle helped us set it up. Her approach made it really easy for us to do a little research on our own, but from a narrower starting point.
As the wedding got closer, we could be genuinely excited and happy because everything was already planned. We had a minute by minute timeline for the whole 36 hours before the wedding, so by the time we were that close we felt incredibly prepared and ready. Not that we didn’t experience some mishaps. I almost flipped out when my husband requested significant changes to the seating chart to accommodate new guests. Our best man got lost on the way to the rehearsal. Our florist got rear-ended on the way to wedding. The day of the wedding we realized not all of the tux rentals made it to the hotel. Gabrielle put out all the fires, kept everything running to schedule, and made sure my husband and I never broke a sweat. We were able to enjoy the day because we could trust that she was in charge. We were unconditionally confident that Gabrielle would make things work, and she did. I realize it sounds cliché, but it was the best day of our lives (so far!). I don’t know if we could say the same thing if we hadn’t worked with Gabrielle. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
Black Swan Events responded with the following comments:

Thank you Angela and Michael! I was a joy to work with you both. What I must give you credit for is that you coordinated this wedding from your home in CO.
Planning any wedding is a big job, doing it from a location 1500 miles away speaks volumes to how well organized you both were. I also admired how much of Angela's creativity went into this wedding. I still have one of the beautiful programs you made. Thank you again for trusting me with your special day.
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Jeffrey
Wedding:
5/11/2013
4.9/5.0
Working with Black Swan Events was a tremendous help for planning our wedding. Gabrielle was wonderful to work with. Her calm demeanor and attention to detail were truly priceless. Her network of professionals (dj, photographer, florist and printer) that she connected us with during the planning stages were top notch. Additionally, her professionalism, experience and ability to meet our requests were true assets which helped us flawlessly execute our wedding and reception.
Working with Black Swan Events was a tremendous help for planning our wedding. Gabrielle was wonderful to work with. Her Read more...
Working with Black Swan Events was a tremendous help for planning our wedding. Gabrielle was wonderful to work with. Her calm demeanor and attention to detail were truly priceless. Her network of professionals (dj, photographer, florist and printer) that she connected us with during the planning stages were top notch. Additionally, her professionalism, experience and ability to meet our requests were true assets which helped us flawlessly execute our wedding and reception. Read less
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Ekaterina
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
It's hard to express how greatly we appreciate Gabrielle and everything she had done to make our dreams come true. Gabrielle's knowledge of the industry, ability to be flexible (the extent of our wedding had changed half-way thru the planning process), her ability to negociate impossible to dream of deals, her hard work, her creativity, people's skills and her enthusiasm are absolutely fenomenal!
It's hard to express how greatly we appreciate Gabrielle and everything she had done to make our dreams come true. Read more...
It's hard to express how greatly we appreciate Gabrielle and everything she had done to make our dreams come true. Gabrielle's knowledge of the industry, ability to be flexible (the extent of our wedding had changed half-way thru the planning process), her ability to negociate impossible to dream of deals, her hard work, her creativity, people's skills and her enthusiasm are absolutely fenomenal! Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
10/6/2012
4.8/5.0
My husband, Ryan, and I made the decision to use a wedding planner for two reasons. One, we knew it would take a lot of pressure off our shoulders, and two, Gabrielle and Black Swan Events have an amazing network of vendors that know each other and have worked together numerous times before. With their industry expertise and a visible passion for what they do, we knew we were in safe hands.

Another reason we were excited to have a wedding planner on our side was to aide in our historical, Victorian-inspired wedding. Ryan and I are big history nerds and having decided on our ceremony in the Fort Vancouver National Reserve (think post Civil-War housing), we wanted to keep the whole event as period-specific as possible. Without Gabrielle's contact, Rebecca, we would not have been able to pull off the menswear. Rebecca hand-made the men's period-specific shirts and waistcoats, even attending the day of to help them put all the pieces together just so. Another one of our contacts was Daybreak Carriages, which helped provide the horse and carriage ride before and after the ceremony. No historically-inspired wedding is complete without that! Our florist worked with us, and our lantern centerpieces, to focus on candlelight as the main source of lighting and ambiance (after the sun went down). Our musician incorporated acoustic guitar and violin to help provide the audible experience we wanted for our guests. Our caterer allowed us to incorporate mason jars as drinking glasses to give dinner that old-fashioned feel. All of the elements we wanted to create our Victorian-Era wedding were there, thanks to Gabrielle and her team. She helped us put together a group of vendors that understood our vision and worked with us down to every last detail.

Choosing Gabrielle and Black Swan Events helped us to ENJOY the wedding planning process, so that we could enjoy being engaged - a special time that only lasts so long. Our money was well spent!
My husband, Ryan, and I made the decision to use a wedding planner for two reasons. One, we knew it would take a lot of Read more...
My husband, Ryan, and I made the decision to use a wedding planner for two reasons. One, we knew it would take a lot of pressure off our shoulders, and two, Gabrielle and Black Swan Events have an amazing network of vendors that know each other and have worked together numerous times before. With their industry expertise and a visible passion for what they do, we knew we were in safe hands.

Another reason we were excited to have a wedding planner on our side was to aide in our historical, Victorian-inspired wedding. Ryan and I are big history nerds and having decided on our ceremony in the Fort Vancouver National Reserve (think post Civil-War housing), we wanted to keep the whole event as period-specific as possible. Without Gabrielle's contact, Rebecca, we would not have been able to pull off the menswear. Rebecca hand-made the men's period-specific shirts and waistcoats, even attending the day of to help them put all the pieces together just so. Another one of our contacts was Daybreak Carriages, which helped provide the horse and carriage ride before and after the ceremony. No historically-inspired wedding is complete without that! Our florist worked with us, and our lantern centerpieces, to focus on candlelight as the main source of lighting and ambiance (after the sun went down). Our musician incorporated acoustic guitar and violin to help provide the audible experience we wanted for our guests. Our caterer allowed us to incorporate mason jars as drinking glasses to give dinner that old-fashioned feel. All of the elements we wanted to create our Victorian-Era wedding were there, thanks to Gabrielle and her team. She helped us put together a group of vendors that understood our vision and worked with us down to every last detail.

Choosing Gabrielle and Black Swan Events helped us to ENJOY the wedding planning process, so that we could enjoy being engaged - a special time that only lasts so long. Our money was well spent! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Ruth
Wedding:
8/9/2012
5.0/5.0
When we first met Gabrielle at the NW Wedding Scoop, she immediately began detailing our wedding and offering great ideas... and we hadn't even hired her yet. Stop researching other event planners and simply make this phone call. She is a wedding guru and easily cut our personal planning time in half. All of this while providing extra value in smart vendor negotiations. We were able to bring so much more to our wedding than we ever would have considered initially.

In addition, she truly cares about making her client's big day the absolute best. It isn't a coincidence that every review prior to this also received 5 stars. There really is no alternative to a coordinator in the NW. Thank you very much Gabrielle. Paul & Ruthie.
When we first met Gabrielle at the NW Wedding Scoop, she immediately began detailing our wedding and offering great Read more...
When we first met Gabrielle at the NW Wedding Scoop, she immediately began detailing our wedding and offering great ideas... and we hadn't even hired her yet. Stop researching other event planners and simply make this phone call. She is a wedding guru and easily cut our personal planning time in half. All of this while providing extra value in smart vendor negotiations. We were able to bring so much more to our wedding than we ever would have considered initially.

In addition, she truly cares about making her client's big day the absolute best. It isn't a coincidence that every review prior to this also received 5 stars. There really is no alternative to a coordinator in the NW. Thank you very much Gabrielle. Paul & Ruthie. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Ceremony Music, DJ, Favors & Gifts, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, , Travel, Unique Services
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clafouti13
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Hiring Gabrielle was the best decision we could have made.

Responsiveness: She returns emails within 24 hours, usually well before then. She is an excellent communicator.

Professionalism: Man, she got the job DONE. And our wedding day went VERY smoothly--I know that she was working like a crazy person behind the scenes, while we were blissfully floating about.
She also has a wonderful circle of vendors--because she has those relationships, we ended up getting some great deals on great service. So I appreciate her professional relationships outside of ours.

Value: She is worth her weight in gold--if I could give her 10 stars for value, I would. The amount that we paid for the amount of service that we got is hard to believe.
Yes, she saved us about the amount that we paid her by getting us deals with other vendors (especially catering). When all is said and done, I think that we ended up paying about as much as we would have ended up paying without her--maybe a few hundred dollars more--but getting twice the wedding that we would have without her.

Flexibility: I think that she re-planned our wedding about a million times. She took all our curveballs, and smoothed everything out.

What a gem. Hire her.
Hiring Gabrielle was the best decision we could have made.

Responsiveness: She returns emails within 24 hours, Read more...
Hiring Gabrielle was the best decision we could have made.

Responsiveness: She returns emails within 24 hours, usually well before then. She is an excellent communicator.

Professionalism: Man, she got the job DONE. And our wedding day went VERY smoothly--I know that she was working like a crazy person behind the scenes, while we were blissfully floating about.
She also has a wonderful circle of vendors--because she has those relationships, we ended up getting some great deals on great service. So I appreciate her professional relationships outside of ours.

Value: She is worth her weight in gold--if I could give her 10 stars for value, I would. The amount that we paid for the amount of service that we got is hard to believe.
Yes, she saved us about the amount that we paid her by getting us deals with other vendors (especially catering). When all is said and done, I think that we ended up paying about as much as we would have ended up paying without her--maybe a few hundred dollars more--but getting twice the wedding that we would have without her.

Flexibility: I think that she re-planned our wedding about a million times. She took all our curveballs, and smoothed everything out.

What a gem. Hire her. Read less
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Mrs. Rychel
Wedding:
2/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Gabrielle is amazing! She was with me each step of the way and made sure I had all my bases covered. Throughout the process she was very responsive to questions I had made sure that my wedding was on budget. The day of the wedding all I had to do was relax and get pampered. Gabrielle made it all happen without me worrying. She was great!
Gabrielle is amazing! She was with me each step of the way and made sure I had all my bases covered. Throughout the Read more...
Gabrielle is amazing! She was with me each step of the way and made sure I had all my bases covered. Throughout the process she was very responsive to questions I had made sure that my wedding was on budget. The day of the wedding all I had to do was relax and get pampered. Gabrielle made it all happen without me worrying. She was great! Read less
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Noel McGregor
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Gabrielle with Black Swan Events was wonderful to work with!!!! She always had a VERY quick response to all my email and phone calls. Gabrielle was able to take all my ideas and turn them into reality for my dream wedding. I was able to focus on the fun part of the planning and brainstorming and be completely stress free! My wedding day I didn't have to focus or worry about anything but getting ready and marrying my husband. Everything turned out perfect and I had no stress because of Gabrielle!
Gabrielle with Black Swan Events was wonderful to work with!!!! She always had a VERY quick response to all my email and Read more...
Gabrielle with Black Swan Events was wonderful to work with!!!! She always had a VERY quick response to all my email and phone calls. Gabrielle was able to take all my ideas and turn them into reality for my dream wedding. I was able to focus on the fun part of the planning and brainstorming and be completely stress free! My wedding day I didn't have to focus or worry about anything but getting ready and marrying my husband. Everything turned out perfect and I had no stress because of Gabrielle! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Working with Gabrielle was awesome, hiring her was the best decision I made in planning our wedding. Before I worked with her I was a nervous wreck. She helped me have the wedding of my dreams.She was able to bring our multicultural identities together beautifully. She was honest very helpful. The most important thing of all was that she gave me what none of my girlfriends have had. A worry free wedding!! I was actually able to enjoy my wedding. In all the weddings I have ever been the brides were worried out the food, the decoration the DJ ect. A lot of them even cried because things did not go their way, or a family member was being to overbearing. I did not have any of that, it was like a well synchronized military march!! (sorry, I'm in the Army). I was beautiful, at the end of my wedding my cheeks hurt because I smiled and laughed a lot. Gabrielle went above and beyond, her level of professionalism was amazing. She kept me on schedule, on budget,( happy husband,lol) and got me the right vendors. Gabrielle is a must for a smooth memorable wedding!! Thank you Nick and Sherly Pruett PDX
Working with Gabrielle was awesome, hiring her was the best decision I made in planning our wedding. Before I worked with Read more...
Working with Gabrielle was awesome, hiring her was the best decision I made in planning our wedding. Before I worked with her I was a nervous wreck. She helped me have the wedding of my dreams.She was able to bring our multicultural identities together beautifully. She was honest very helpful. The most important thing of all was that she gave me what none of my girlfriends have had. A worry free wedding!! I was actually able to enjoy my wedding. In all the weddings I have ever been the brides were worried out the food, the decoration the DJ ect. A lot of them even cried because things did not go their way, or a family member was being to overbearing. I did not have any of that, it was like a well synchronized military march!! (sorry, I'm in the Army). I was beautiful, at the end of my wedding my cheeks hurt because I smiled and laughed a lot. Gabrielle went above and beyond, her level of professionalism was amazing. She kept me on schedule, on budget,( happy husband,lol) and got me the right vendors. Gabrielle is a must for a smooth memorable wedding!! Thank you Nick and Sherly Pruett PDX Read less
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alliecorbs
Wedding:
9/3/2010
5.0/5.0
I worked with Gabrielle from Black Swan Events for my wedding on September 3, 2010. I live in Florida and was planning my wedding in Oregon, and needless to say this was a bit challenging. When I started working with Gabrielle, she took care of everything. She assisted me in getting vendor appointments set up for my pre-wedding planning visit. She also came with me on all appointments and helped me navigate through these busy days to focus on what was important to me and my husband to be. she also assisted in communicating with the wedding venue to ensure that everything was as I would like it when we arrived.

I arrived in Oregon a week before my wedding and Gabrielle had everything planned out. She was able to keep the week stress free, while keeping me and my family on schedule and focused on the things that needed to get done.

On the day of the wedding, she handled everything with professionalism and made us all feel comfortable. I could not have asked for a better wedding planner and friend. Our wedding was a special day to remember and I know that Gabrielle and her team are to thank for that!

Sincerely, Allie and Rory
I worked with Gabrielle from Black Swan Events for my wedding on September 3, 2010. I live in Florida and was planning my Read more...
I worked with Gabrielle from Black Swan Events for my wedding on September 3, 2010. I live in Florida and was planning my wedding in Oregon, and needless to say this was a bit challenging. When I started working with Gabrielle, she took care of everything. She assisted me in getting vendor appointments set up for my pre-wedding planning visit. She also came with me on all appointments and helped me navigate through these busy days to focus on what was important to me and my husband to be. she also assisted in communicating with the wedding venue to ensure that everything was as I would like it when we arrived.

I arrived in Oregon a week before my wedding and Gabrielle had everything planned out. She was able to keep the week stress free, while keeping me and my family on schedule and focused on the things that needed to get done.

On the day of the wedding, she handled everything with professionalism and made us all feel comfortable. I could not have asked for a better wedding planner and friend. Our wedding was a special day to remember and I know that Gabrielle and her team are to thank for that!

Sincerely, Allie and Rory Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning
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Hali'a Event Planning
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Gabrielle is Amazing. Professional, on point and most of all listens to her clients. Her attention to detail made the wedding amazing. As a wedding coordinator I definitely understand the trials of planning a wedding and Gabrielle's execution was amazing. Smooth and effortless! I hope that I am able to work with her in the near future. She is definitely a great mentor! Her clients absolutely LOVE her!
Gabrielle is Amazing. Professional, on point and most of all listens to her clients. Her attention to detail made the Read more...
Gabrielle is Amazing. Professional, on point and most of all listens to her clients. Her attention to detail made the wedding amazing. As a wedding coordinator I definitely understand the trials of planning a wedding and Gabrielle's execution was amazing. Smooth and effortless! I hope that I am able to work with her in the near future. She is definitely a great mentor! Her clients absolutely LOVE her! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Wedding Venue
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Hillary
Wedding:
1/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Gabrielle made my dream a reality. Everything about our wedding was easy and so much fun. The stress and worries that are stereotypical of weddings were no where to be found at our event because of Gabrielle and her amazing ability to create wonderful events. Without her my wedding would never have been what is was and I am sad that we are no longer working with her. Absolute perfection.
Gabrielle made my dream a reality. Everything about our wedding was easy and so much fun. The stress and worries that are Read more...
Gabrielle made my dream a reality. Everything about our wedding was easy and so much fun. The stress and worries that are stereotypical of weddings were no where to be found at our event because of Gabrielle and her amazing ability to create wonderful events. Without her my wedding would never have been what is was and I am sad that we are no longer working with her. Absolute perfection. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Planning

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