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BRIDAL SHOWER BRUNCH

This bridal shower is close to our hearts because it was for a dear friend of ours. Whitney has been close friends to our venue manager, Jaclyn Kaba since high school, was in her wedding five years ago and has given her the honor of walking in her wedding this fall.

It was a collaborative effort between the whole bridal party, starting with a Pinterest board and dare we say quickly getting out of control?! There would be no details left untouched, from floral ice cubes to cascading floral runners, it was a feast for the eyes and taste buds with both a mimosa and a waffle bar for guests.

Najla Nomie Hazeem of Designs by Najla Rose and Jocelyn Nash-Pacheco spent hours executing the show stopping table runner and adorning flowers while Jaclyn Kaba designed custom signage and styled each table and station. With the help of maid of honor Jessica Barrameda, Devin Marie, and Alexandra Kelsey the morning of, everything came together even better than we could have imagine!

The dishes, assorted depression glass goblets and napkins are all part of our rental inventory.

The lounge was such a beautiful addition to this event, pulling all of the colors and feminine details together and made a great place for the bride to open gifts. 

*couch, rug and end table part of The Historic Cedar School rental inventory.

Mimosa anyone?!  Our lovely bar cart made the perfect mobile mimosa bar with custom mirror sign and rose bud ice cubes.

The waffle bar was a HUGE hit!  We will definitely be doing this again for another event only we will make sure to have two or three waffle makers because everybody wanted one and there was a little bit of a line.  Fortunately we had our mimosa bar and good company to keep us occupied.  

How adorable is the mother of the bride and her bride to be below?! 

One of the bridesmaids passed out two gifts and told the story of how the couple met and each time she said "left" you passed the gift left and each time she said "right you passed the gift right.  It was super fun and cute to hear their story!

You can see from the photo below we didn't go light on the mimosas!  This in one of my favorite images though because the table looks even more beautiful to me after sharing a meal with friends.

Um, how cute are these shoes the bride wore to match the theme?! Obsessed!

Below:  Here are the bride and her bridesmaids (plus one).  So much love for this group!

Vintage Tea Party Baby Shower

This mama to be asked for a tea party themed baby shower for the pending arrival of her baby girl.  She specified that she didn't want any games or the traditional onesies strung up for you to decorate and I thought to myself "Now this was a shower I could get behind and style!"

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I immediately thought of my grandmother's vintage china which I'm sure a lot of you will recognize as the Desert Rose collection.  I had been meaning to pull it out so we could add it to our rental selection and this was the perfect opportunity to get some shots of it in use.  Coupled with our assortment of colored depression glass it pulled all of the colors I wanted onto the tables.

Next I narrowed down the focal points which I decided on being 36" white balloons with baby rose vines hanging over each table.  They were the perfect way to showcase the height of the room while keeping it airy and light.  And how amazing did the vines look dangling over the flower arrangements?!  Do not be surprised to see me use these balloons again.  There are so many options with them and so much bang for your buck.

I wanted to make sure that there were details that still made it clear that it was a baby shower and I did that with the cake display where I wrote "A Baby Is Brewing" on the mirror in chalk paint and displayed the beautiful tea pots and cups and saucers that matched the plates.

A few vintage children's books coupled with a silver piggy bank and rattle also helped to tell the story.

The entry was kept really simple with a gold mirror saying "Welcome" painted in chalkboard paint and an extra balloon on the front steps.  Just inside we hung"baby shower" signs over some crystal dripped brass candlesticks and an extra bouquet.

....below you'll see the beautiful mama of the hour in the space!  Congrats Megan!

ROCKED! Bridal Show with Portland Bride & Groom 4.4.17

This was our VERY FIRST bridal show so needless to say I was a little nervous about being in charge of the booth.  My background in visual display gave me the confidence to tackle it though!  After all, how many window displays have I executed over the last 10 years... hundreds at least! 

THe Historic Cedar School ROCKED! Booth

So here was the thought process, start by replicating our slated feature wall in the auditorium and create a room environment that felt true to the modern/vintage marriage of our space.  Keep it light, bright and interesting while giving our brides something to do when they stopped by. 

My step dad and I built the wall one evening after work (which was a walk in the park compared to the 22' version we built in the auditorium)!  Mom painted it for me over the weekend and I set out to find props that would flow together.  I wanted to play off of the tag line my brilliant sister came up with "Where love goes to graduate" by adding items that reminded you it was a school without it being a classroom and achieved that with the globe and vintage desk. Monday the design duo/sister colab came together to finalize the set and BOOM there you have it!

To start the conversation with our brides we chose to do a give away of a FREE HOSTED BRIDAL SHOWER.  People were really excited about it and it started the conversation about their wedding plans and let them know we do more than just weddings at our venue.  We placed the submission bowl in the back to get them to walk into the space and view our slide show.

How pretty are the flowers by Foraged Blooms?! Cassie just opened a shop in Gresham OR and it is so beautiful.  We'll definitely be working more with her and recommending her!

We made a point to go around and introduce ourselves to the other vendors and invite them out for a site visit and had a few too many samples at the end of the night, lol!  All and all a successful event that we will definitely be doing again!

Umm, how cute is my sis though?! (insert heart eyes)

*Special thanks to Niko Hughes and Sherry Czapla for helping us pack up and load in and out.

That's it for now folks,

Thanks for stopping by and reading our first blog post!

<3 Jaclyn