shellan

WEDDING DATE:

Aug 04, 2007

shellan
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JCrew
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I searched what seemed like every bridal store in Portland looking for a simple dress. I never understood why, when I would go into a store, I would sit down with a sales rep, tell them exactly what I was looking for and then be brought a bunch of dresses that were nothing like what I wanted. I decided to narrow my search and start looking at sites that might not be tagged as bridal. I ended up with a dress from Jcrew that was exactly what I wanted! Their customer service was extremely helpful and they got me a fantastic price! ($80!)
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Fairy Court Creations
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I met this mother/daughter team at the Saturday Market in Eugene and fell in love with her beaded tiaras. She immediately worked with me in person to draw out and design exactly what I was looking for. We also looked at examples of existing tiaras to develop my color palette and select the perfect shaped and sized beads to use. She immediately conceptualized my thoughts and created a tiara using small opaque beads, green glass leaf beads, and a few twists of what looks like glittery twisty vine. We communicated via email and she often sent me photos of the crowns progress. She was a great listener and has amazing attention to detail. My tiara was my favorite accessory (besides my ringJ)
Services used: Unique Services

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( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I knew the general flow of how I wanted my wedding to unfold and I as a performing artist myself I knew how music can guide those transitions and make things appear seamless. I was so baffled by the idea that I might have to balance multiple groups for ceremony and reception and really wanted to condense resources and utilize the best of one company. I was thrilled and honored to stumble upon Wendy Goodwins website with Effesenden. I was immediately drawn to her approach to business, music and customer service. I knew that I wanted 2 people for the ceremony, 3 for cocktail hour and then transition into a 5 piece band for the reception and I was amazed that I could provide her with my perfect play list and she could pull it together with no questions asked. We even provided her with songs she wasnt familiar with and she learned them just for us! She laid out the timeline for our wedding, we discussed what instruments we wanted for ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, then she put together a band, confirmed my play list and provided some awesome music that kept my guests at the reception till the very end of the night! I would recommend her without a doubt to anyone. She is so sweet and personable and also extremely talented and dedicated.
Services used: Ceremony Music

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Ironwork Grill at Grand Lodge
 
( 4.0 / 5.0 )
Hillary at the Grand Lodge helped me brainstorm the ideal set up. I was a little hesitant at first because the windows from the restaurant look directly out onto our reception site but that didnt seem to be a problem. I also had access to the Compass Room although we didnt utilize it. Only downfall was that if it had rained our reception would have been cut short by 1-2 hours due to them closing the Compass room at 9 to turn it into a movie theatre. Luckily it didnt rain! Other problem was that we didnt have access to a cooler/fridge at the venue, which was a bit problematic since our bakery didnt follow our contract Ill explain that in my review for them. The staff at the Grand Lodge was very organized and whipped our set up together exactly as wed discussed.
Services used: Unique Services

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Catchings Grove, The Grand Lodge McMenamins
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
We knew we would have many out of town guests so we wanted to bundle the ceremony and reception site onto one property. We also wanted something uniquely Northwest since Im a native Oregonian and my husband is an Oregon transplant (from Fresno but moved here right after high school as he always knew he wanted to be in the NW.) Our site search was relatively short as the Grand Lodge offered us everything we wanted, plus a hotel for our guest, full service w/ catering, bar and table/chair rentals and it was a great price. We wanted a wedding with about 100 people and the grove on the backside of the property was the perfect size to meet this capacity while keeping an intimate gathering. The downfall was that you had to walk through the reception site to get to the ceremony ruining any element of surprise. There were huge hedges protecting the grove however making it easy to make a spectacular entrance. And the hydrangeas were blooming and it was beautiful! The colors were perfect.
Services used: Unique Services

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Central Print & Reprographic
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I had something very specific in mind and wanted to steer clear of the generic invites as well as the expensive custom invites. It was a lot of work but I was very pleased with the outcome. Paper was from Central Print in Eugene, Oregon. It wasnt what I had originally intended but after working with the printer we both decided that the ink would take better to the paper they had selected. I really wanted a nice water color image of lavender sprigs and asked a family friend who is an artist, Helen Brown of Sunriver, Oregon, if she minded providing me with a couple samples of her work. It ended up being perfect and she was nice enough to let me use her work at no charge. I printed the text and a small bumblebee image on an opaque overlay and tied it together with a small purple ribbon.
Services used: Unique Services

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PrintsMadeEasy.com
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I used a photo from our engagement session with our photographer and made a postcard, which I had printed through prints made easy and they turned out fabulous. Prints Made Easy was really easy to use and I was able to upload my photo, chose a border, select color, font and placement of text and then pull it all together. The price was good and the quality was excellent. Plus I had the freedom to have complete control over the final outcome. I ended up using them again for our Thankyou Postcards which turned out just as good.
Services used: Invitations

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Kate Kelly Photography
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I LOVE Katie! We were referred to her by another photographer and were thrilled by her personable touch and outstanding final products. Shes very good at what she does and even my husband (who has a background in photography and film) was comfortable enough to let her direct what images she felt would best portray our personalities and event. Ive always really loved the sort of photojournalism approach to photo sessions that not only catch the mood of events but also tell the story. I looked at several photographer portfolios and every book Katie provided, as examples were stunning. Post event she really takes the time to select the best photos and include an online slide show, which was great to share with guests after event. My final photo album might be the coolest book Ive ever seen. I cant imagine money better spent.
Services used: Photography

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Anthropologie
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Id had my eye on a particular dress and it went on sale and I had to jump on the great deal. I purchased 1 at the downtown store, 1 at the Bridgeport store (although was faced with some difficult customer service as I was inquiring about buying one more dress and the sales rep did not want to help me find one.) Then I ordered the 3rd dress online although it was twice the price as the in store sale did not apply to online orders. Their phone service was excellent however. All the dresses fit and none needed to be altered.
Services used: Dress & Attire

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Whole Foods Market
 
( 5.0 / 5.0 )
Finding a florist was hard work! I sent numerous email inquiries to multiple florists, each which took their time getting me quotes, which were usually too high for what I was looking for. I finally found a florist, Lemon Leaf Floral, and we communicated for about 3 months before she got pregnant, dissolved her business and told me that she would no longer be doing my flowers and refunded my money. This was 2 months before the wedding! I by chance was at a party with a bunch of Whole Foods employees and randomly inquired with the florist there if she could do my flowers and she totally saved me. Turns out Whole Foods do all sorts of floral arrangements and it was a great deal. The flowers they did were beautiful! Jennifer McGeorge of the downtown store pulled my request together like it was nothing. She did the bouquets and then my mother and a friend did most of the centerpieces from flowers picked at U-Picks on Sauvie Island. It all worked out in the end.
Services used: Wedding Cake

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Bakery Bar
 
( 3.0 / 5.0 )
I knew I wanted a cupcake tower because I liked the idea of having multiple flavors for guests and I also loathed the thought of taking time out for traditional wedding tasks of cake cutting and bouquet tossing. I researched several cupcake places in Portland and was very pleased with the Bakery Bars product and options. I also loved her concept and wanted to support a new up and coming local business. The cupcakes were excellent and exactly what I wanted. We had chocolate, lemon and carrot cake cupcakes and our mini cake on top was a poppy seed w/ raspberry filling. The colors and fondant decorations she used were exactly what I wanted even down to the two little bumblebees shes artistically crafted. Although I was upset that our initial contract wasnt followed and the cupcakes were delivered 4 hours earlier than agreed upon. This left my bridesmaids scrambling to set up the cupcake tower during the reception or else they would have melted away in the sun if set up earlier.
Services used: Unique Services