Melissa + Ben


I just loved helping Melissa and Ben plan their glam garden party wedding! The picturesque Bridal Veil Lakes in the Gorge set the tone for their stunning event. Guests were greeted with a champagne arrival and made their way to the meadow for the ceremony. One of their close friends officiated a personal and sweet ceremony and included Ben surprising Melissa with a dove release that held special meaning to them both. After the ceremony, guests continued around the lake to the Gorge Overlook for cocktail hour. It was a gorgeous view and setting with picnic blankets for guests to enjoy. 

Dinner tables were set under bistro lights and detailed with dreamy café au lait dahlia centerpieces accented by gold and blush. With the lake as a backdrop, Melissa and Ben shared a beautiful sweetheart table lined with garland and candlesticks. After toasts, the two got to share the most incredible sunset with their guests.

To kick off dancing, Melissa, Ben and their guests begin a flash mob that Melissa had choreographed. The rest of the evening was amazing with guests taking Polaroid selfies on the vintage furniture, a packed dance floor and a cigar bar. There were so many memorable moments at Melissa & Ben’s wedding and I am so thrilled that I got to be a part of it. It really was the best day ever! Congrats you two, I am so happy for you and your life together and big thanks to Portland Bride + Groom Magazine for featuring the event! 

Coordination: Meghan Wicks | Photography: Powers Studios | Catering: Devil's Food | Cinematography: Moving Pictures | Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals + The Party Place | DJ: Paradox Productions | Floral: Swoon | Cake: Dream Cakes | Chalk Art: Letters + Dust | Doves: Three Butterfly Wishes | Transportation: Lucky Limousine


Corinna + Rafa | Portland Wedding | Oregon Event Planning and Design | Hazelwood Photography | NW Mobile DJ Production

Corrina and Rafa first met with Corrina was living abroad in Spain, where Rafa is originally from. The two infused elements of the Spanish culture into their wedding including a traditional Sidra toast and saying their vows to each other in both English and Spanish.The couple’s wedding, coordinated by EMILY, was held at the stunning and private BRIDAL VEIL LAKES overlooking the Columbia Gorge. The couple stayed with a traditional rustic charm design elements for their wedding. Each place card was a personalized wood chip, and the cupcakes sat atop hard carved wood pieces as well. Once guests arrive at the venue they headed to the ceremony site which took place in front of the beautiful lake. At dinner guests were served traditional northwest cuisine family style before dancing the night away!

photography by HAZELWOOD PHOTO, catering by SIMPATICA, rentals by OHANA PARTY RENTALS, dessert by PASTRY GIRL, music by Torque Libre & NW MOBILE DJ, transportation by DOUBLE DECKER PDX