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Cupcakes For A Cause

56806657_2261129590795829_1075094970626473984_nIntroducing THE perfect dessert treat for your celebration. Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop offers delectable sweet and savory cupcakes that look adorable and taste amazing. Even better, they do it with a purpose. Since opening in SW Portland six months ago, the not-for-profit bakery has provided return-to-work opportunities for adults with acquired brain injury. Small but mighty, the team at Sarah Bellum’s hopes to raise awareness about brain injury while delivering a scrumptious product. The ingenious name – a nod to the cerebellum in the brain – will give you some idea of the heart and humor at work here. With advance notice, the bakery can delivery a variety of mini or full sized cupcakes for your wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, celebration of life and receptions of all sizes. Check out the full range of flavors on their menu page. It’s hard to pick favorites but the cheddar chive savory is always a hit, as is the salted caramel. And the lemon-blueberry. And the chocolate-raspberry. And … okay you get the idea. Organic, bargain priced, delicious, gluten-free/vegan options and all for a fabulous cause. This is a love story that everyone can celebrate. TIP: You can also send guests home with a treat for fido – exclusive PUPcake gourmet dog treats.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Bellum’s Bakery & Workshop. 

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The Art of Romance

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Rollmates by Jonathan Sundy

Coming up with a gift that expresses the joy of being in love can be a daunting task. Especially when you want it to be an original idea. Meet Jonathan Sundy, a romantic soul and whimsical artist extraordinaire. His unique character designs capture the childlike spirit of loving hearts in sweet and simple ways that never fail to bring a smile.

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Apple and Pear by Jonathan Sundy

Whether you are buying the gift for your bride, your groom or the happy couple, there are wonderful designs to choose from with options of original paintings on canvas or framed prints. Jonathan’s work is currently on exhibit at a number of venues around PDX or you catch him in person at Crafty Wonderland this Saturday at the Portland Convention Center. Note: Be sure to check out Jonathan’s illustrated books, too!

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It’s All About The Blend

lovers-leapMarriage is all about blending. Ideals, perspectives, personalities, lifestyles … leaning into each other and complimenting each other’s unique attributes. And speaking of blending, I’ve always loved the idea of using special tea blends as wedding favors. It’s easy to create an attractive gift package to place at each setting or display in a “take one home” basket. Caution: Be sure to gift a tea that’s trusted and not from an import warehouse. Lover’s Leap, from Portland favorite, Smith Tea, is a perfect choice. Fragrant rose petals in black Ceylon accented with chamomile and citrus. You get 15 sachets per box individually sealed in a large (4″ x 2.5″), decorative foil lined wrapper. Want to take your wedding tea to the next level? Read my post about having Smith do your packaging and/or custom blend your wedding day tea. Here’s to happy blends everywhere!

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Finding A Change of Heart

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“A change of heart is the almost magical force that erases the distress in relationship and gives you a fresh start.” Whether you have been married for two years or twenty, this is a book you’ll want to put on your nightstand. Pransky offers a refreshing and surprisingly simple approach to understanding interpersonal dynamics. If you’re happily in love with your partner, this can take you to a deeper level. If you’ve hit some bumps, The Relationship Handbook can guide you in making the shift to a sweet resolution. If you want to refresh your thinking about people in general, this will do that, too!

Note: Also available in eBook format.

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Romantic Destinations in OR

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Nye Beach “my pick” – Newport, OR taken 9/2015

Hood River, Cannon Beach, Timberline Lodge … just three of the top romantic getaway destinations in Oregon. The Oregonian listed their picks for 2016 last weekend and there were no surprises this year. The feature also included reader poll results for best coastal towns with Cannon Beach winning for romance and Florence getting top honors for best getaway. Read more about the hot spots. Note: I have to say Newport wins in my book … beauty, food, Nye Beach, whales, cool vibe and still manages to offer serenity. Contact me if you need any suggestions for your visit.

 

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New 5 Star Review

review“We couldn’t have chosen a better officiant for our wedding. She made our wedding ceremony one everyone will remember. She allowed us to personalize it whatever way we chose and was so quick with responding to emails, calls and etc. We highly recommend her! Thanks Jane for everything!”  Thanks, Ashley. You were a delight to work with and I’m so happy for you and Ryan. Click here to see the feature on Ashley and Ryan’s vineyard wedding.

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New 5 Star Review!

review“My husband and I could not have been happier with Jane! We knew as soon as we met her that she was the right fit for us. Her personality and demeanor is amazing. She customized our ceremony exactly how we wanted it, making it beautiful, meaningful and fun. I was extremely nervous before the ceremony and she went out of her way to do everything possible to ease my nerves. I highly recommend Jane to anyone looking for an officiant.” Brittany