Day 18 of 30: Parcel Portland

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 05, 2015

Our mission is to support local vendors in the great Pacific Northwest! Our 30 days is about celebrating some local Portland wedding vendors, we can’t forget about craft and culinary community. Parcel Portland can help you with all of your gift giving needs. Whether you are sending a gift for a birthday, baby or bridesmaid, she has you covered. Get to know Parcel Portland!


Champagne: When and why did you decide to start Parcel Portland, tell us more about you and the company?

Kim:I decided to start Parcel about 6 months ago after struggling to find a client appropriate gift while working in Marketing for an Architecture Firm. Needless to say, everything has moved quite quickly since then. I am thrilled to be self employed and I look forward to creating something new and different everyday.

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Champagne:What do you love most about being a part of the wedding industry?

Kim: I love working with couples to create favors and gifts which reflect their personalities and interests. For me, it is all about making events memorable and truly special.

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Champagne:Best tip you have for couples planning their wedding?

Kim: Prioritize. As a former floral designer and event planner I have seen this first hand so many times. It can be easy to get stressed out by a million different Pinterest inspired projects and loose sight of your overall vision. Start from the biggest and most important projects and then, if time allows, tackle the smaller ones.

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Champagne:What sets your business apart?

Kim: Parcel features local products and artisans and really strives to create memorable and thoughtful gift giving experiences representative of the Pacific Northwest. As a small business owner what is really important to me is supporting the Portland craft and culinary community.

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Photo by Maria Lamb Photography

Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Kim: Watching the grooms face when his bride walks down the aisle. It gets me every time.

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Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words! 

Kim: Thoughtful, clean, classic.

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Photo by Christa Taylor Photography

Get to know Parcel, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is excited to work on a custom order for you![Facebook ][Website][Instagram]

Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 17 of 30: Evrim Icov Portland Wedding Photograhy
Day 16 of 30: Dream Cakes
Day 15 of 30: Portland Make-up & Hair
Day 14 of 30: Washington High School, Revolution Hall
Day 13 of 30: Bella Via
Day 12 of 30: Gorge-ous Weddings
Day 11 of 30: Mary Alice Hall Photography
Day 10 of 30: The English Dept
Day 9 of 30: UNION PINE & Portland Assembly
Day 8 of 30: Moving Picture Weddings
Day 7 of 30: Simpatica Catering
Day 6 of 30: Peekaboo Portland
Day 5 of 30: White Pepper Catering
Day 4 of 30: Lux Sucre Desserts
Day 3 of 30: A Lovely Day Photography
Day 2 of 30: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals
Day 1 of 30: Maysara Winery
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Happy Planning!


Cheers,

The Champagne Team

Day 17 of 30: Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 04, 2015

We feel Photography should be a top priority at every wedding! The entire day goes by very quickly and couples want to relive their special day with their beautiful wedding photos. We began working with Evrim Icoz years ago and we feel honored every chance we get to work with him! Sit back, relax and get to know an extremely talented and humble photographer, Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography


Champagne: When and why did you decide to be a photographer?

Evrim: I started swing dancing when I was in graduate school to meet new people. I fell in love with dancing and when I moved to Oregon, I started participating in dances here as well. I also have been always interested in art. My grandfather was a professional photographer, and my dad did it for a while as well, and as an engineer, I was curious how cameras worked. One day I was at First Thursday art walk, and loved what I saw and decided to pick up photography and use my camera to document the local dance scene. It was a film camera and photographing dancers allowed me to learn a lot about timing, and photographing indoors.

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Photo By Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography


Champagne:What do you love most about being a part of the wedding industry?

Evrim: I love the many interesting people I meet and creating wonderful memories for them. I am their historian for their beautiful day.

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

Champagne: Best tip you have for couples planning their wedding?

Evrim: For photography, make sure that your photographer has plenty of experience. Check full weddings, not just the couple pictures or a portfolio, what is more important is seeing what a photographer will do at the whole wedding, not just couple best shots from each wedding. In addition, make sure to look at a photographer’s indoor photography since that will show how good a photographer is technically. In addition, one of the hardest things in photography is capturing moments. A good photographer will show a lot of moments from each wedding. So make sure they show you a lot of good moments and not just posed or semi-posed pictures, details or dance shots.

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography


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Photi By Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

Champagne: What sets your business apart?

Evrim: Professionalism, artistic eye and technical proficiency. Many times a good photographer is not a good professional. I love taking care of my clients and responding and delivering in a timely manner, having backup and good equipment, and making them feel at ease. In addition, since I learned photography before digital, I had to learn it the right way. Though the trend in photography is to outsource editing, I do my own editing and I use a classic yet modern editing technique that uses many of the same techniques from darkroom days adopted to digital. I avoid trendy editing styles, as they will look dated in a short time. I believe as photographers we have to be at the top of our game both technically and professionally.

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Evrim: I love the dancing part since I am a dancer myself. That is the pure fun part of the day. I also like creating stunning portraits for my clients. I have been studying portraiture and posing for years and love making my clients look their best without spending hours.

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography


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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography

Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words!

Evrim: Artistic, classic and unique

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography


Champagne: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Evrim: Do not sweat the small stuff! And hire a wedding coordinator - you will enjoy your day much more. A good wedding coordinator is worth her weight in gold!

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Photo by Evrim Icoz Portland Wedding Photography


Get to know Evrim[Twitter][Facebook][Website][Blog] Address: 723 SE 33rd ave, Portland, OR 97214


Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 16 of 30: Dream Cakes
Day 15 of 30: Portland Make-up & Hair
Day 14 of 30: Washington High School, Revolution Hall
Day 13 of 30: Bella Via
Day 12 of 30: Gorge-ous Weddings
Day 11 of 30: Mary Alice Hall Photography
Day 10 of 30: The English Dept
Day 9 of 30: UNION PINE & Portland Assembly
Day 8 of 30: Moving Picture Weddings
Day 7 of 30: Simpatica Catering
Day 6 of 30: Peekaboo Portland
Day 5 of 30: White Pepper Catering
Day 4 of 30: Lux Sucre Desserts
Day 3 of 30: A Lovely Day Photography
Day 2 of 30: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals
Day 1 of 30: Maysara Winery
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What’s 30 days of Vendors?


Happy Planning!


Cheers,

The Champagne Team

Day 16 of 30: Dream Cakes

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 03, 2015

Our favorite parts of a wedding receptions is the moment when the couple enjoys their cake cutting, mostly because we love delicious desserts! Our first experience with Dream Cakes was many years ago, their delectable cakes will have you asking for seconds, they are truly cakes that you’ll dream about! We recently wrapped up a stylized shoot with Johanna and her creative team. We found ourselves day dreaming as soon as the Johanna showed up on set and our mouth watered until the end as we indulged in the gorgeous cake! Whether you are getting married or helping a friend find a perfect cake, we recommend scheduling a tasting for your next wedding or event! Without further ado, get to know Dream Cakes!


Champagne: How Did Dream Cakes Begin, how long have you been in business?

Johanna: ​​Dream Cakes was originally started in 1994 by Judy Reese. Judy has since retired and passed the torch to, me. I spent the whole wedding season of 2014 with Judy, getting to know her, her recipes and techniques. Turns out Judy and I aren’t very different so it was perfect that I took over. I plan on operating Dream Cakes just as Judy with a focus on clean, classic, and elegant cake designs. Creating the cake of every brides dreams.

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Champagne: When and why did you decide to be a baker and cake designer?

Johanna: I’m originally from Reno, NV where I made my first batch of cookies when I was four, after that I was hooked, always spending time in the kitchen. Throughout high school I always made my friends birthday cakes. Reno is not the best place to grow up and try to be something so my best friend and I decided to move to Portland in 2007. I went straight to Oregon Culinary Institute graduated with honors from the Baking and Pastry program. After that I worked in a few bakeries/restaurants and I started making cakes for Bye & Bye, Sweet Here After, Vita Cafe, and Jack Knife; and thus my love for cakes really took off. I just love making something so beautiful, tastes delicious, and makes people so happy, it’s my one true passion.

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Champagne:What do you love most about being a part of the wedding industry?

Johanna:The best part about the wedding industry, is meeting happy couples that are excited about getting married and more importantly excited about cake. It’s rad being a part of the one and only time they get to order this cake in their lives, its not like a birthday cake, it’s their wedding cake.

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Champagne: Best tip you have for couples planning their wedding?

Johanna: For couples planning their weddings I’d advise not to stress, in the end it will all come together. We’re here to make it work.

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Champagne: What sets your business apart?

Johanna: What sets us apart: Dream Cakes cakes are baked fresh the day before the wedding, decorated the day of and never frozen. As often as possible we use local dairy, berries, and the finest imported chocolate. We make real butter-based buttercream and homemade fillings.

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Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Johanna: Honestly my favorite part about weddings is dropping the cake off and knowing that everyone is going to be happy. I think its sweet of couples to buy a cake to share with their closest friends and family. It’s a sweet tradition!

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Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words!

Johanna: Classic, Clean and Delicious. ​​​​
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Photo by Christa Taylor Photography

Get to know Dream Cakes today! Johanna is offering a complimentary anniversary cake for all of our readers who mention this blog! [Instagram][Facebook ][.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)][Blog] Address: 134 SE Taylor St. Portland, Oregon


Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 15 of 30: Portland Make-up & Hair
Day 14 of 30: Washington High School, Revolution Hall
Day 13 of 30: Bella Via
Day 12 of 30: Gorge-ous Weddings
Day 11 of 30: Mary Alice Hall Photography
Day 10 of 30: The English Dept
Day 9 of 30: UNION PINE & Portland Assembly
Day 8 of 30: Moving Picture Weddings
Day 7 of 30: Simpatica Catering
Day 6 of 30: Peekaboo Portland
Day 5 of 30: White Pepper Catering
Day 4 of 30: Lux Sucre Desserts
Day 3 of 30: A Lovely Day Photography
Day 2 of 30: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals
Day 1 of 30: Maysara Winery
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What’s 30 days of Vendors?


Happy Planning!


Cheers,

The Champagne Team

Day 15 of 30: Portland Make-up & Hair

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on February 28, 2015

Elegant, Timeless and Beautiful. These are all words you will hear when Portland Make-up & Hair‘s team take care of your wedding day beauty services! Their team of professional make-up and hair artists will bring professionalism, fun and calmness to your wedding site as they coordinate makeup and hair services for the bride and the entire bridal party. You and your wedding party can relax and enjoy — being pampered and making memories together on your special day. Let’s get to know a little more about owner and artist, Bri Ellis and the team behind Portland Make-up & Hair!


Champagne: How long has Portland Make-up & Hair been in business, tell us more about your company?

Bri: I began specializing in weddings 8 years ago when several of my clients from the salon were getting married that summer. (However, I have been working in the industry since 2000). I realized I really loved working with brides, and wanted to do it more! I LOVE weddings, and it is such an honor to be part of a brides special day!

Portland Make-up & Hair artists are highly trained, as well as extremely experienced. We will consult with you in depth to make sure we understand exactly the look you want- whether it be soft and romantic, or smokin’ hot and sexy- our artists can create the perfect look for your wedding day. We focus on the utmost customer satisfaction so that our clients to not only love the way they look, but feel the most beautiful they ever have!

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Photo By Erica Ann Photography


Champagne: When and why did you decide you wanted to be a make-up & hair stylist?

Bri: Growing up with four older sisters and a mother who were all naturals with make-up & hair, I couldn’t help but learn the “ins and outs” of all things beauty. As you’ve probably heard several make-up/hair artists say:  I was always the one who did my girlfriends make-up & hair for dances, etc. However, I didn’t really think of it as an option for a career until after I went away to college hoping to study communications.  After a while, I just knew that I wasn’t pursuing something I really wanted to do. So,  I stopped school to try & figure out what WAS the right fit. One day, I was sitting in my stylist’s chair, getting my hair done and it hit me. I could tell how much she loved her job, plus she was incredibly successful. I realized that I actually COULD do this as a career, and that it was a perfect fit for me! 

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Champagne: Best tip you have for couples planning their wedding?

Bri: Just have fun & try not to stress!!  Also, referrals from friends are a great way to find great vendors!

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Champagne: What sets your business apart?

Bri: Beyond excellence in Hair & Make-up design, we tend to the pampered client. We know to anticipate and tackle every imaginable beauty “crisis”…….. From developing a meticulous hair and makeup schedule & helping you get out the door on time, to dealing with emergency dress repairs, to making sure your photo sessions look perfect and go off smoothly.

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Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Bri: I guess I would say that my favorite part of my job is the long lasting & meaningful relationships that I get to develop with my brides.  I have several of my brides who have gotten married years ago that still come to me for cuts & color.  It is so cool to be there for one of the most special days of their lives-  then continue to grow that relationship over time.  I am so happy that I don’t just do their make-up & hair on their wedding day, and then never see them again.  I get to watch their families grow, and their lives develop.  It’s awesome!

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Photo By Brian M Whitt Photography

Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words! 

Bri; That’s easy…Elegant. Timeless.  Beautiful. 

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Photo By Brian M Whitt Photography

Champagne: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

Bri: We are often asked if we travel for weddings, and the answer is YES!!  The fee is $40 per hour outside the Portland metro area.  We have traveled all over Oregon & Washington- from the coast,  up to Seattle, all the way down to the Medford/Ashland Area. Interested in having us travel somewhere outside of Oregon/Washington???  E-mail us & we can chat about it!!

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Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 14 of 30: Washington High School, Revolution Hall
Day 13 of 30: Bella Via
Day 12 of 30: Gorge-ous Weddings
Day 11 of 30: Mary Alice Hall Photography
Day 10 of 30: The English Dept
Day 9 of 30: UNION PINE & Portland Assembly
Day 8 of 30: Moving Picture Weddings
Day 7 of 30: Simpatica Catering
Day 6 of 30: Peekaboo Portland
Day 5 of 30: White Pepper Catering
Day 4 of 30: Lux Sucre Desserts
Day 3 of 30: A Lovely Day Photography
Day 2 of 30: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals
Day 1 of 30: Maysara Winery
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What’s 30 days of Vendors?


Happy Planning!


Cheers,

The Champagne Team

Day 14 of 30: Washington High School, Revolution Hall

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on February 27, 2015

We’re almost half way through our 30 days segment! On this beautiful Friday we invite you to enjoy the 360 degree views at Portland’s newest wedding and event venue! The historic Washington High School’s Revolution Hall, opened their doors in 1908 and it’s newly renovated private event space is available now! Take a break at your end of your work day and enjoy getting to know Revolution Hall!


Champagne: When does Washington High School open, tell us more about this project and wedding venue?

Rachel:We are currently open for private events on the roof and in our auditorium! This has been an incredible project that brought together the smartest corporate minds and the most creative musical souls to make a collaborative, unique space in an old high school. Along with a diverse range of companies, there is an 830-person seated auditorium and two bars. The highlight of the building is the crown of the space, the rooftop deck. It has 360 degree views of the city, brand new construction, and an impressive list of amenities. It’s absolutely incredible, and I spend most of my days up there!

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Photo by Christa Taylor Photography

Champagne: What do you love most about being a part of the wedding industry?

Rachel: I love that weddings never go out of style. They change and move and become more interesting, but everyone keeps falling in love and wanting to celebrate that. Big parties about being in love! I also like to be the magical fairy who takes away stress and brings clarity to a process that can be really intimidating and confusing.

Portland Wedding Venue
Photo by Christa Taylor Photography

Champagne: Best tip you have for couples planning their wedding?

Rachel: Delegate, assign single tasks to individuals- they’ll obsess over getting their job just right and nobody ends up being overwhelmed.

Portland Wedding Venue
Photo by Christa Taylor Photography

Champagne: What sets your venue apart?

Rachel: We are the classic “take something old and make it new” concept, but we’ve done it with an incredible amount of class and care. The project has so much heart, and you can feel it walking through the halls. Also, THE VIEW!!

Portland Wedding Venue
Photo by Emily G Photography

Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Rachel: I love dresses. I also love the way the wedding feels after the ceremony- most of the stress seems to melt away and it’s all good feelings and drinks.

Portland Wedding Venue
Photo by Christa Taylor Photography


We can’t stop talking about this unique space and many agree with us, , Revolution Hall has one of the best views in town! .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) a tour at 1300 SE Stark with Rachel, for your next wedding and event! 


Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 13 of 30: Bella Via
Day 12 of 30: Gorge-ous Weddings
Day 11 of 30: Mary Alice Hall Photography
Day 10 of 30: The English Dept
Day 9 of 30: UNION PINE & Portland Assembly
Day 8 of 30: Moving Picture Weddings
Day 7 of 30: Simpatica Catering
Day 6 of 30: Peekaboo Portland
Day 5 of 30: White Pepper Catering
Day 4 of 30: Lux Sucre Desserts
Day 3 of 30: A Lovely Day Photography
Day 2 of 30: Something Borrowed Portland Vintage Rentals
Day 1 of 30: Maysara Winery
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

What’s 30 days of Vendors?


Happy Planning!


Cheers,

The Champagne Team

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