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Portland Bridal Show This Weekend

bridal showIf you are planning to walk down the aisle in the next few years, don’t miss the PDX Bridal Show this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center. Their fashion shows are always fun to watch and you’ll be able to check out hundreds of wedding vendors under one roof. Get the latest ideas on decor themes, bridal bouquets and gifts for your groom. Many vendors offer special discounts if you order on site. And don’t forget everyone’s favorite – food tasting. Some of the area’s best bakeries hand out cupcakes and caterers tempt you with appetizer and beverage samples. Yum! I’ll be there both days at the Fairgate Inn booth. Stop by and say hi! Click here for show details.

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British Groom Weds Portland Sweetheart

Sunday morning’s rain didn’t keep the smiles from shining through for this happy couple. No stranger to wet weather, Kilby arrived from the U.K. on the 4th of July to wed his American sweetheart, Dolores. The intimate wedding was held at Mt. Tabor Park in a grove of cedar trees. D gifted guests with sweet mini-bouquets of fresh lavender which she hand-picked at a lavender farm earlier in the week. Each bouquet was accented with a special feather brought from England and then tied with ribbon and love. The wedding party celebrated with brunch at Toast Restaurant in SE PDX before the bride and groom headed to Sisters for their honeymoon cabin. Kilby, a holistic therapist, returns home in August where he lives and works on his English Narrow boat. The newlyweds will commute between continents until deciding on their future home. Love and Light to you both wherever your new road takes you!

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Putting Spring in your Ceremony

 A “Planting Ritual” is such a lovely addition to wedding ceremonies.  Not only is it a green thing to do, it is a meaningful and mindful symbol of two families rooted in tradition coming together to witness their loved ones starting new growth as a couple. How simple and beautiful is that?  And one of my favorite plants to use is Daphne.  The pink blossoms and green leaves represent the colors of the heart and the fragrance is unbelievably sweet. It’s also one of the first shrubs to bloom – sometimes even as early as February. 

After the ceremony, you can transplant your Daphne into your garden (it likes shade) or use in a container for your deck/patio.  Put it near your entry or walkway so you can enjoy the fragrance as you walk by.  It’s also perfect for snipping and using for indoor flower arrangements. For simple steps on Daphne potting and care click here. Daphne How To’s

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Colors of the Heart

 Did you know that the colors of the heart chakra (the 4th major energy center in our body matrix) are green and pink?  A vibrant green with a crystal pink center.  If you are thinking about wedding color combinations, you can’t go wrong with pink and green.  Not only do they compliment each other beautifully, there are hundreds of shades of each to choose from.  Soft pastels are perfect for dresses, cake icing and men’s ties.  Splashes of hot pink or kiwi green are great for ribbons, sashes, and table decor.  And florists will love that you’ve given them such a wide variety of flowers to work with … imagine the possibilities with tulips and roses alone. 

And after the wedding, take your colors home.  Pink and green lend themselves well to just about any space especially dining areas and bedrooms.  And if you are in close quarters, you’ll find these colors easy on the eyes and comfortable to live with.  Whether it’s a cozy table for two or accent pillows on a loveseat – this combo lasts the test of time.

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FEATURED WEDDING – Andreah & Aaron

With This Ring

“Thank you for officiating our ceremony.  It was wonderful and beautiful and all that I had hoped it would be.” Andreah

It was a beautiful October 3rd out in the country.  The rain shower had cleared the air and the sun was sparkling.  Shades of autumn surrounded the guests as Andreah & Aaron exchanged wedding vows.  Congratulations to you and your loving family members! View wedding album on next page. Continue reading “FEATURED WEDDING – Andreah & Aaron”