Oregon Bridal Shoot – Mixing Metals and Patterns

Portland Oregon Floral Tablescape

Last Spring we were asked by the Canby Wedding Chapel to help with a rebranding Non Traditional Bride outside chapel in Portland Oregon
shoot. One of the first things that I noticed about the Chapel, was the traditional/conservative feel of the vintage structure.

 

The Chapel boasts a beautiful tented reception area, stained glass windows, and plenty of natural photo opportunities. To contrast the humble feels, we used some mixed metals and bold patterns. Tablescape using Airplants and Copper tones
We also aimed for a non traditional wedding dress to compliment our alternative styled bride.

The new managers of the Chapel, are easy to work with and incredibly dedicated. Check out more of the shoot below!

Rockstar Vendor Team:

Coordination and Styling: Campbell Events

Venue: Canby Wedding Chapel 

Florist: Sophisticated Floral 

Model: Kayla Garthwright 

Dress Shop: Brides for a Cause

Photographer: Alyssa McConaughey 

Videographer: Long Light Productions 

Rental Company: Vintage Meets Modern 

Desserts: Serious Cakes 

Stationery: Blue Bonsai Printing  


A Royal Recap

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Who else woke up at 5am to watch the wedding of the century?! Meeeee! I sure did. My husband and I poured champagne, bought some “Wedding Cake” Cupcakes, and hunkered down to watch the festivities in our pajamas.

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That Flower Arch. I could not get enough of that flower arch donning the entrance of Windsor Castle. The arch was filled with all of the grandeur that you would expect with a subtle nod to Princess Diana. It is reported that white roses were one of Princess Diana’s signature flowers. Another nod to Princess Diana was incorporated via Forget me not’s picked by the one and only Prince Harry. Prince Harry reportedly hand picked the flowers and had them incorporated into the bouquet Friday Evening. Future couples can we please make this a trend? This is adorable!

Incorporating and Breaking traditions sounds like an oxymoron, but both were true in this morning’s wedding. Not only were they pronounced as Husband and Wife instead of Man and Wife, but Meghan essentially gave herself away by walking alone. They also incorporated a sermon on love and civil rights by Bishop Michael Curry and the Kingdom Choir singing stand by me.

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We loved Meghan’s nod to modern fashion with her sleek and simple dress design. This was wonderfully accented by her simple bouquet. Honestly, my prediction was wrong, but I love the statement that the simplicity makes. The 16ft veil is a show stopping fashion statement, but the veil also has some hidden meaning. It is reported that the veil is embellished with hand embroidered flowers from each of the counties of the commonwealth. They also incorporated crops of wheat signifying love and charity, two of the values that Meghan and Harry have built their lives around.

Meghan chose the Queen Mary Tiara embellished with 10 diamonds that had initially meghan-markle-wedding-veil-3-1526737122.jpgbeen given to Queen Mary herself. This tiara was made in 1932 and gifted to Queen Mary for her wedding to Prince George. We are expecting to see some similar styles impact wedding headpieces in the upcoming year.

I cannot wait to see how the Royal Wedding inspires couples this wedding season. Meghan and Harry did an incredible job including and highlighting their Diversity. There were many instances that broke away from Royal tradition. It is reported that Prince Harry will be wearing a wedding ring which is something that is un heard of in the Royal World. The New Duchess of Sussex is already making strides and making waves in the name of diversity and feminism in the Royal Family. Now pardon me while I don my fascinator and head out for the evening!

 

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Tablescape Trends We Love

Marble Plates

 

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Unique Menu Prints

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I am in love with this shoot by Filosophi Events featured on Ruffled. The pineapple is the
symbol for hospitality and what a better place to show off hospitality than a wedding?! Big Palms and Bold florals have been dominating and this stunner by Kat Wilson shows off tropical vibes at their best.

 

 

 

Statement Glassware

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Bold Florals

Bold tropical florals are sure to set the mood in any venue. We often recommend featuring a variety of tall and low centerpieces to provide variety in the room. This pop of color from our Portland Feature with Leanne Rose photography was a great accent to the dark tones of the Ned Ludd Bar.

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Wedding Wire Couples Choice Awards

A HUGE Thank you to our incredible clients and couples that have entrusted us with their events year after year. We just won the Wedding Wire Couples Choice award for the second year in a row! Thank you again, and we can’t wait to assist in creating incredible weddings in 2018! See below for a bit about what wedding wire has to say about the award.

Wedding Wire Award 2018

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Campbell Events Honored for Excellence in 10th Annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 

Campbell Events announced its recognition as a winner of the esteemed 2018 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for Wedding Planning in New York.

WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

Campbell Events was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working with them. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“This is the tenth year we’ve celebrated our top-rated vendors who have helped millions of couples celebrate one of the most important days of their lives,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “This group of dedicated and acclaimed wedding professionals, such as Campbell Events LLC, not only make wedding planning simpler for engaged couples, but also serve as a trusted partner in helping to make WeddingWire the go-to place for wedding planning. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievement.”

Campbell Events is thrilled to be one of the top Wedding Planners on WeddingWire.com.

For more information about Campbell Events, please visit us at campbelleventsblog.com.

To learn more about the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.

WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 3 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 900 and maintains global headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

DIY Fall Floral Cones

Last fall we were lucky enough to be a part of Patrick and Rose’s crisp fall Pocono’s Wedding. The day was painted with the orange hues of the changing leaves, handmade paper flowers, and farmhouse style lanterns.

Rather than a traditional petal throw during the ceremony, the aisle was lined with preserved leaves.  During the recessional the guest’s threw small amounts of the leaves from handmade cones, which made for the perfect fall photos.

We have a step by step tutorial on how to make these cones below! Remember although we used leaves, this would be perfect for a variety of items (confetti, petals, etc…)

DIY Cones

Tools and Supplies

  • 1 Paper Cutter
  • 8×8 Vintage Paper Squares
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Filler (petals, confetti, leaves… get creative!)

 

Step 1: Cut a 2 inch corner from the top left of the paper

Step 2: Bring the right hand corner to the left hand corner, making a sharp bottom point

Step 3: Align the cone by sliding the corners of the paper up and down.

Step 4: Seal the cone utilizing the double sided tape.

Step 5: (optional) Fold the bottom of the cone for a symmetrical look

Step 6: Fill!

 

 

 

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Pal and Friend Reception Entrance

One of our couples last year walked in to a video animated specifically for them, and it was pretty much the cutest reception entrance I have seen.

A long time friend of my couple, is an animator. Not only did he create this incredible video for them, but he also designed a snapchat filter as well as little characters that popped up throughout their signs, menus, and hashtags.

Check out the video here!

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Portland Boho Shoot

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Happy Pride Month! We’re honoring this month with this fantastic shoot with some amazing Portland Vendors! As we announced a few months ago, we are expanding our services to the West Coast! I have spent the last few months networking with so many amazing Portland and Seattle vendors and I am so please to debut our first Collaboration.

The Crew

I met Jake Moffet back in our theater days in high school. Jake and I were involved in the same theater and journalism programs that I was involved in back in New York! A few college degrees and several years later we realized that not only were we both on the west coast but we were both involved in the World of Weddings. Jake not only is a fab model but is an amazing floral designer for Botanica Floral Design! That was when we knew we just had to get a team together. Leanne Rose and I met through Rising Tide Society and from there the rest just came together!

 

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We knew we wanted to do a New York/Portland Mash up. Since Portland very closely resembles Brooklyn, this wasn’t hard. We brought Old New York styled sophistication through The Groomsman Suit and mashed it up with some trendy vintage rentals through Vintage Meets Modern. After some hard core Googling, we found Elder Hall, which boasts rustic vibes in it’s event space and Boho vibes in the Ned Ludd tent.

 

The Day

Overall this day was incredible! Daniel and Jake were great models, and their love for each other truly showed throughout the shoot.  After a grand tour of some of Portland’s most scenic spots, we ended at Elder Hall where I had been busy working on tablescaping and ceremony design. We topped the table with a stunning tropical inspired bouquet from Botanica Floral Design, and got to munch on some Cupcake Jones treats. What more could a planner ask for?

 

Vendor Team

Coordination and Styling: Campbell Events
Venue: Elder Hall/Nedd Ludd

Photographer: Leanne Rose Photography

Florist: Botanica Floral PDX
Models: Jake Moffet/Daniel
Designer: The Groomsman Suit
Rental Company: Vintage Meets Modern
Catering/Drinks: Elder Hall
Desserts: Cupcake Jones PDX

The Tacoma Wedding Collective

I am so excited to be immersing myself in the West Coast Wedding Community! For our first big bash we are hosting a Wedding Happy Hour with Heritage Distilling. This is a smaller sized show where you can meet some amazing vendors and actually have a real conversation with them, rather than going from booth to booth.  Check out this amazing vendor line up and buy tickets here!

The Tacoma Wedding Collective – A Wedding Happy Hour

Time: 2-5pm

Tickets: $5 General Admission

Location: The Tacoma Community Arts Center, 1102 S 11th St Tacoma, WA 98405

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Hello Cupcake Tacoma 

The Tacoma Community Arts Center 

Heritage Distilling 

Krispy Kreme 

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Campbell Events – Event Planning and Design

Ike and Tash – Motion Booth

Celebrity Cake Studios – Bakery

Thrifty Events – Event Planning

Markie Jones – Photography

SSeko Designs – Fashion

Eunligraphy by Clara Park – Calligraphy

Paper Luxe Studios – Stationery

 

 

 

 

9 Reasons to Hire a Planner

unknown-4“Do I really need and planner?” “What do planners do?” “Can’t I plan my own Wedding?”

I hear these questions all the time. I often have newly engaged couples at my table during trade shows with these same exact thoughts. Is it truly worth the investment?

The Wedding world can be complicated for newly engaged couples, and it is best to have someone there to walk you through it, or at minimal, someone to watch over things the day of the wedding. Here are just a few of the many reasons hiring a planner will make your engagement easier.

1. We have been there already… Literally

So you get that ring on your finger, start breaking out the excel sheets, and start googling venues. You type in “Rustic Brooklyn Wedding”. Next thing you know you are 20 websites in and still haven’t found something that matches your vision. Planners typically have already worked in the local venues, met with the owners, and know exactly which venue would fit your vision best. Because we have typically worked there before, we know the best way to light it, what kind of decorations work (or don’t), the best floorplan to design, and the quirks of each place. We also know the owners (or at least know their reputation) so that we can field any issues before you even book.

2. We have a network

One of my favorite parts about working in the Wedding Industry, is the strong sense of community that other wedding vendors have. Rising Tide Society penned the phrase #communityovercompetition, and that embodies the spirit of the industry. Most planners have a network of about 20 other planners that can give recommendations, last minute assistance, and advise on venues or vendors that we haven’t worked with ourselves. When you hire one planner you are really tapping into their whole network.

3. Your Auntie/Cousin/Friend really isn’t your planner

Your guests and family are there to love and support you. If they want to donate their time helping you make an amazing guest book, giving you a family heirloom, or helping you call up those late RSVPs than that is AMAZING! But they probably don’t have the experience to be your planner or even your Day of Coordinator. They should be there to help you or hold your hand, but dumping an entire wedding on someone who has never worked in the industry really isn’t a fair situation for anyone.

4. We can save you money

Planners are experts at finding deals, knowing the deals that are going around, or finding discounts. We are amazing barterers and can be sure that you aren’t getting ripped off.

5. Timelines

When you have made a timeline over and over again, you start to understand what works and what doesn’t. We can help you with your flow so that everyone gets to speak, eat, and still get an amazing dance party. Let us do our thing and get that party flow on.

6. We can see your Vision

Planners and Designers spend a large bulk of time researching trends, styles, and ideas. We love planning styled shoots and creating on our own time. Most planners have done many different styles of weddings. When planning a wedding we want to make it Uniquely YOU. Our visions can be brought out on our own time through side projects, editorials, or styled shoots, because when we are planning your wedding we want it to reflect the couple. We get energy from watching you see your dreams come to life. It is one of my favorite parts of planning!

7. You need someone fighting for you

When I was buying a house, I started looking around without a Realtor. After going to several showings, I quickly realized that we really needed someone that was fighting for our best interest. I knew nothing about buying a house and the realtors selling the houses that we were looking at were just trying to sell a house. They were fighting for their client’s best interest not ours. Chances are, this is your first time navigating the Wedding World.  The wedding industry is a sales oriented field. You will have people trying to sell you everything from personalized hangers to personalized tissue packets. You need someone to be sure you are getting the best deal, and prioritizing your funding correctly.

8. Your venue manager isn’t necessarily your planner

Venue Managers are great, and make my life much easier, but they aren’t necessarily your planner. Although they may volunteer to help you with some aspects of your day, they are there to be sure that their team is aligned and their ducks are in a row. They are salespeople as well, and need to be sure that your wedding is making enough money for their establishment. Sure, they may volunteer to assist you in lining up your Bridal Party but they won’t be able to give you the same personalized experience that a planner will.

9. Your Wedding Day should be enjoyed

I say this A LOT, but it is only because it is true. At the end of the day it won’t matter if you have 5 courses or 1, baby breath or succulents, or the most bomb dance party. What will matter is that you and your new partner are enjoying the first day of your new adventure. As corny as it sounds, your guests are going to be focusing on celebrating you. They will notice how you are interacting with each other and will feed off of your excitement. If you have to handle all of the “Day Of”details yourself, you won’t be able to truly enjoy the day the same way that you could if someone else were to be there running around for you.

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