Real Wedding: Sara & Pat 08.02.14

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 27, 2015

The Oregon Coast is one of my most favorite places to be. In fact, you can usually find me there any beautiful free weekend I have! We spend our day playing with our pup on the beach and eating far too much delicious coffee, doughnuts, food, candy….So when I get to work in Cannon Beach- I am filled with excitement! Sara and Pat live in Florida and so I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting them in person until the day before their wedding. Their destination wedding meant that many family members and friends were staying on site at their wedding venue. It was clear when we entered the house that this family was full of love and fun! Right away, we felt right at home and are so happy that we got to be a part of their special day! From the gorgeous weather, the beach front ceremony, to the backyard celebration, the day was nothing short of amazing! Enjoy a few of the details from Sara and Pat’s perfect day!

Ceremony Venue: Cannon Beach
Reception Venue: Rental House
Wedding Planning: Champagne Wedding Coordination
Photographer: Jessica Watson Photography
Rentals: The Party Place
Florist: Amy Ossian
Hair & Makeup Artist: Aimee J’Adore
Ceremony & reception music: Pro DJ’s
Bakery: Wicked Cake Design
Invitations: Etsy
Guest Transportation: Portland Trolley

Day 30 of 30: Punch Floral

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 25, 2015

We cannot believe this day is finally here, we have reached DAY 30 of 30! This will be our final blog post for this years 30 Days of Vendors and we thank you for following along on this incredibly fun journey. We invite you all to get to know all 30 of these talented vendors. On our last post we leave you with some gorgeous blooms to brighten this rainy day… Let’s get to know a little more about the owner and lead designer Bonnie of Punch Floral .


Champagne: How did Punch Floral begin, how long has it been in business?

Bonnie: Punch has been in business for 6 years. The original founders, myself and Kim Moran (who now owns the adorable gift box business, Parcel) met and totally clicked.  We inspired each other creatively, liked to work hard, and laugh a lot. At some point we were ready to take the plunge into owning our own floral design business and just went for it.  After having the amazing and invaluable experience of working for a larger floral shop in town, I realized I really loved all the little floral details and wanted to focus mainly on weddings and getting to know what each couple’s vision is.

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Photo by Gemmers Photography

Champagne: ​When and why did you decide to be a floral designer?

Bonnie: After graduating from Clemson University with a BFA (bachelor of fine arts) I had a very successful run in the world of visual display and merchandising with some major retailers.  However, I found that after several years; I was craving a more creative outlet.  I had always wanted to work with flowers and had an amazing opportunity when I was hired by one of the most well known shops in town. Everything came together for me creatively and flowers became my passion!

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

Bonnie: It is always an honor to be a part of such a special day.  I love creating bridal bouquets and put a lot of thought into making them reflect each individual bride.

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Photo by Christa-Taylor Photography

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

Bonnie: Just think of it as the best party/ celebration of your life, so have fun and enjoy the ride!

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Champagne: What sets your business apart?

Bonnie: Being a small design studio, we are fully focused on each wedding.  We also love to go beyond the flowers and help with some of the styling details-  we have great props, furniture, a wide variety of vintage and modern containers, and can even hand-letter chalkboards for you.

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Photo by Christa-Taylor Photography

Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Bonnie: The flowers!

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Photo by Christa-Taylor Photography

Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words!

Bonnie: enchanting, whimsical, elegant

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Photo by Bethany F Photography


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

Bonnie: When I am not putting together floral arrangements, I love working on renovations in my little 1920’s bungalow, gardening, and spending time with friends, family, and taking my chocolate lab Riley to the park…being outside in Oregon is the best!


Thank you Bonnie for being a part of our 30 days segment! Head on over and get to know Punch Floral![Facebook][Twitter][.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)][Website]

Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 29 of 30: Paradox Productions
Day 28 of 30: Watertown Films
Day 27 of 30: Ecotrust
Day 26 of 30: Merit Badge
Day 25 of 30: Ambient Sky Couture Wedding Films
Day 24 of 30: Junebugs
Day 23 of 30: Tie That Binds Weddings
Day 22 of 30: Christa-Taylor Photography
Day 21 of 30: Bryan Rupp Photography
Day 20 of 30: Opal 28
Day 19 of 30: Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
Day 18 of 30: Parcel Portland
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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Cheers,

The Champagne Team

Day 29 of 30: Paradox Productions

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 24, 2015

Today we are excited to introduce you to Paradox Productions and one of their very talented team members, Ryan McGuire, better known as DJ RPM. As you can tell by the photos, they are an extremely fun group of guys and all of their clients have the best time on the dance floor! If you are looking for a team to make your day be an exciting and amazing celebration that you or your wedding guests will never forget, this is the team to do so! Get to know Paradox Productions and DJ RPM.

Champagne: How did Paradox Productions begin, how long have you been in business?

DJ RPM: Well, Justin Babbitt (DJ Paradox) founded the company in 2006 after getting out of the Marine Corps. So technically next year (2016) we will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary! Justin began to get overflow business in about 2010 and that’s when he decided to turn Paradox into more of a booking agency of some of the top DJs in Portland. I was actually one of the first guys he got in touch with and I’ve been with the company ever since.  Since then he’s continued adding other friends/colleagues with similar backgrounds and/or talent levels and today the full line up consists of Paradox himself, Me (R.P.M.), Lure, O.G. One, Stray, & OSO Fresh.  Having a roster like this let’s our clients know they’ve hired a true Pro and a true DJ because as we all know, the two are quite often not one-in-the-same. The intention is to offer a quality service that can only be achieved by a professional with a depth of experience. As a DJ who’s a fan of great DJ’s, I can tell you, it’s a really stellar team. The best of the best!

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Photo by Powers Studios

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

DJ RPM: As a kid I was fascinated by music and glued to the radio.  I always thought it would be cool to be a radio DJ.  I started “playing DJ” in my room with tapes when I was 9 or 10 years old.  As I got older I became enthralled by the art of mixing and scratching as well and as a teen I saved up and bought the equipment necessary to hone my skills in that area.  I used to do it just for fun, until one day I chatted with a Mobile DJ at one of my high school dances who was looking for some fresh talent for his roster.  It was at that point I turned my love for the art into a career path, but that was just the beginning.

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

DJ RPM: Throughout my 15 years as a professional DJ I’ve done all sorts of events.  In my 20’s I did a lot of school dances, played at most of Portland/Vancouver’s most popular nightspots and I did radio as well.  While all these avenues were fun and brought joy to the people attending or listening, weddings brought about of sense of “higher purpose” to what I do.  Having the privilege of making a positive and memorable impact on someone’s “once in a lifetime” experience is so rewarding at the end of the day.  Additionally, the pressure of knowing that much responsibility lies in my hands constantly motivates me to improve my skill set and I enjoy conquering those new challenges as they come about.

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Photos by Bryan Rupp Photography

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

DJ RPM: Make sure that you can actually ENJOY your Wedding!  Nowadays a lot of people are doing the DIY thing, which I can understand, but at the same time, it creates a lot of extra things to think about the day of and can make the day stressful.  Also, I see many couples spending so much of their reception off taking pictures somewhere that they miss out on having fun and spending time with their guests.  Pictures are important keepsakes, but creating memories with your friends and loved ones is priceless.  Taking care of your formal photo’s prior to commencement of the festivities and making sure things like “sunset pictures” are well-timed can buy you more time to party!


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Champagne: What sets your business apart?

DJ RPM: I heard someone say, “DJ’s are the new rock stars” and considering that DJ’s are packing stadiums and headlining Vegas nowadays, it’s hard to deny that.  DJ culture has never been more in the forefront than it is today and most people have at some point witnessed a DJ who can mix well and really command a crowd.  Therefore, the expectations for what a DJ should be able to do has changed dramatically in recent years.  15-20 years ago if you had a large music catalogue, a decent sound and light system and the ability to speak on a mic in front of a large group, you could DJ a wedding.  However, In 2015 people who demand quality want more from their wedding DJ than a guy who sounds like Wayne Newton on the mic and who’s go-to floor fillers are still “YMCA” and “The Chicken Dance.”  Sadly, most DJ companies still operate on this model, so many couples either settle for a cheesy DJ, or end up hiring a guy that only does clubs in hopes for a good dance party, often resulting in a poorly handled ceremony and reception. 

Justin (DJ Paradox), set out to give couples an additional option by selecting a roster of seasoned Mix-DJ’s who can not only produce high-energy dance parties, but can also handle ceremony and reception formalities with panache.  All the guys on our team have that “know how” for throwing parties that can only come from years of experience with rocking all types of crowds.  Our DJ’s have held residencies at top-notch clubs, dominated radio airwaves, played in arenas and repped big name brands and even pro sports teams!  We’re definitely not the typical group of average joe’s that make up most companies.  Paradox productions offers a variety of DJ’s with different styles and tastes who can compliment any type of wedding to create a unique experience.  Whether you’re more traditional or like to think outside-the-box, we strive to have everyone saying “that was the coolest wedding I’ve ever been to!”

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Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

DJ RPM: The DANCE PARTY of course!!!  I get to utilize my turntable-style mixing skills, as I always have, but I get to play such a bigger variety of music than I do at clubs, schools or on the radio.  Weddings present an audience of various ages and backgrounds and It’s really fun to see what kinds of things I can mix together from different eras and genres to make a great high-energy party mix.  Back in the day if you told me to mix from the Beatles into the Black Eyed Peas I’d say you were crazy but these days, by utilizing remixes of classics that add just enough oomph to modernize a song but maintain it’s original integrity, I can pull that off perfectly, notwithstanding a little finesse of course.  It’s just really fun to bring everyone together on a dance floor regardless of their background without losing that “edge” that defines me as a mix DJ.


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Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words!

DJ RPM: Modern Yet Classy

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

DJ RPM: I can’t truly rep the Paradox team without shouting out Jen Babbitt, our amazing DJ manager.  Before pairing clients with DJ’s she takes the time out to chat with the couples and really feel out what they’re looking for so she can link them with the perfect DJ from our roster to fit their needs.  She also handles the business end of things so when us DJ’s meet with the clients we can focus on discussing what we love the most… making their wedding a party to be remembered!

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Thank you DJ RPM and Paradox Productions for being a part of our 30 days segment! Head on over and get to know Paradox Productions [Facebook][.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)][Website]


Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 28 of 30: Watertown Films
Day 27 of 30: Ecotrust
Day 26 of 30: Merit Badge
Day 25 of 30: Ambient Sky Couture Wedding Films
Day 24 of 30: Junebugs
Day 23 of 30: Tie That Binds Weddings
Day 22 of 30: Christa-Taylor Photography
Day 21 of 30: Bryan Rupp Photography
Day 20 of 30: Opal 28
Day 19 of 30: Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
Day 18 of 30: Parcel Portland
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 28 of 30: Watertown Films

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 23, 2015

Happy Monday! We are near the end of our 30 days segment, and we thought your week should start out with a beautiful wedding film. As we mentioned before, we believe you should get to know your wedding vendors so that you are comfortable and can trust them to do their job on your special day! Get to know Craig with Watertown Films!

Champagne: How did Watertown Films begin, how long have you been in business?

Craig: Watertown Films began on a 13,000 mile road trip around the US. Shortly after my wife and I got married, we quit our jobs, packed up our 1986 Nissan Stanza wagon and hit the road for 2 ½ months. It was on this trip across America that we discovered the power of film. Not only did we document are own travels with short films, but we also came across a film company in California that made amazing wedding films…and I mean AMAZING. The kind of films that make you cry. It was then, back in 2011 that we decided to start on a journey and create a company that made films in such a way that caused people to connect on an emotional level….and Watertown Films was born.

Dawn Inspired Stylized Shoot, Gorge-ous Weddings, Stevenson, WA

Pride and Prejudice Inspired Styled Shoot from Watertown Films on Vimeo.


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

Craig: We love film! It is so powerful and unlike any other medium. On any given night you can drive by your local movie theater and find people flocking to the big screen in search of something. They’re on a search to be captivated and taken on a journey. The best films, in my opinion, are the ones where the actors are so good that you don’t consciously realize they’re acting. It’s those films that pull you in deep. That brings us to weddings. There are no actors in weddings. Just raw, real couples who are about to commit the rest of their lives to each other. That’s what sets wedding films apart from any other film. You get to capture real moments that are packed with emotion! No acting, No redos, just an amazing journey unfolding right before your eyes.

We create wedding films because we want to capture those little moments. Those moments which we know our couples will want to relive time and time again. We decided that’s what we wanted to do when we started our journey in 2011 and we have never looked back.

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

Craig: I love that I get to work with amazing couples every weekend. We get to be a part of such a meaningful event and have the responsibility of capturing that event. It’s not easy and it’s something we’re always striving to grow in…but we wouldn’t trade it for anything. Every time we deliver a film to a couple it makes us so happy to know we captured their day in such a way that they’ll be able to look back on that in 10, 20, 30 years and do the journey all over again.

Kurt & Ellie

Laughing by Your Side from Watertown Films on Vimeo.


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

Craig: Think through what you’ll walk away with from your wedding day. You’re about the spend a huge amount of money on planning, floral, design, dresses and suits, etc. It’s crazy to think that it will all be over within 24 hrs and the only thing you’ll have to remember it by will be your photos and your wedding film. I would encourage you to invest in Film. Create your wedding budget in such a way that you allocate funds towards remembering your wedding.

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Photo by Benj Haisch Photography

Champagne: What sets your business apart?

Craig: I can’t speak for other companies, but for us I can say this: we strive to capture your day in the most authentic and beautiful way possible. We never tell you to do this or that, or have you redo something. The moments that we capture are real, there is no acting. And it is those moments that add up to create your film. Your film is based on small moments, not just a bunch of random shots thrown down on the editing table and placed to some catchy music. We craft your piece with heart.

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Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Craig: I would probably have to say the first look. I love seeing couples have those short moments together before everything takes off. It’s in that moment where everything fades away and they get to come together again…. I’m tearing up as I write this and think about all the first looks I’ve been apart of. Some couples are insanely happy and giddy, some just break down and cry, others are just so overwhelmed with emotion they don’t know what to do. It’s these moments that I think I love most.

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Photo by Benj Haisch Photography

Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words!

Craig: Real, Authentic, Timeless

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

Craig: Pick wedding professionals for your wedding that you TRUST and CONNECT with. If you’re not comfortable with who your booking then it will show in the final product. Once you have decided who you are going with…. TRUST them to do their job.

Jessica & Evan:

Jessica & Evan // Highlight from Watertown Films on Vimeo.


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Thank you Craig for being a part of our 30 days segment! Head on over and get to know Watertown Films. [Facebook][.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)][Website][Instagram]


Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 27 of 30: Ecotrust
Day 26 of 30: Merit Badge
Day 25 of 30: Ambient Sky Couture Wedding Films
Day 24 of 30: Junebugs
Day 23 of 30: Tie That Binds Weddings
Day 22 of 30: Christa-Taylor Photography
Day 21 of 30: Bryan Rupp Photography
Day 20 of 30: Opal 28
Day 19 of 30: Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
Day 18 of 30: Parcel Portland
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!


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Day 27 of 30: Ecotrust

0 Comments • Posted by Champagne on March 20, 2015

Happy Friday! There are so many beautiful venues in Oregon and so finding the perfect space for your wedding day can feel overwhelming. If you need help narrowing down your search, feel free to contact us at our .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) email line for suggestions. Some may think you have to leave the city for gorgeous views. Ecotrust offers a gorgeous rooftop terrace right in the Pearl! Enjoy as you get to know, Ecotrust Event Spaces on day 27 of 30!!

Champagne: How did the Eco Trust Building begin, how long has it been in business?

Lauren: Ecotrust was founded twenty-three years ago with the ideal of connecting people to place, and to create new paths for conservation and economic development in the Northwest and beyond. In the late 1990’s, Ecotrust bought a 100-year-old warehouse, now known as the Natural Capital Center. We have been hosting celebrations here since 2005. 

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Photo by JOS Studios

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

Lauren: I enjoy building relationships with others in the industry—caterers, florists, DJs, planners—once you work with someone once, you know their style and are able to play matchmaker with potential clients. There are so many wonderful and creative people in the wedding industry in Portland!

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

Lauren: Communicate, and develop a system for organization that works for you. I think stress often comes from unanswered questions and holes in communication. By choosing vendors early, constructing a timeline, and making sure all parties are looped into that timeline, you’ll have confidence that all the major pieces will fall into place.

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Photo by You Look Nice Today Photography

Champagne: What sets your venue apart?

Lauren: Our location is unlike any other in Portland. We are centrally located in the Pearl District, with stunning views of the West Hills, and spaces that can transform from intimate fireside gathering to large urban gala. We have a dedicated events team that will work with you on logistics leading up to your event, and ensure the outcome is a success.

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Champagne: What is your favorite part of weddings?

Lauren: I love the process— seeing original thoughts, ideas, and creativity culminate and come to life on a day that signifies so much for two people. Each wedding is so different, and such a reflection of a couple’s personality. It’s so fun to experience and be a part of that.


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Photo By Bryan Rupp Photography

Champagne: Describe your style in 3 words

Lauren: Industrial. Green. Romantic.

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

Lauren: When you host your event at the Natural Capital Center, you support our nonprofit work to build a new economy that holds people and nature at its heart.

Thank you Lauren for being part of our 30 days of vendors segment! Schedule a tour with .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and get to know Ecotrust! [Twitter][Facebook][Website] Located at 721 NW 9th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97209.

Check out previous posts from our past 50 & 30 Days of Vendors:
Day 26 of 30: Merit Badge
Day 25 of 30: Ambient Sky Couture Wedding Films
Day 24 of 30: Junebugs
Day 23 of 30: Tie That Binds Weddings
Day 22 of 30: Christa-Taylor Photography
Day 21 of 30: Bryan Rupp Photography
Day 20 of 30: Opal 28
Day 19 of 30: Alesia Zorn Calligraphy
Day 18 of 30: Parcel Portland
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!


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The Champagne Team

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