Sharing some favorite events of New Years past at the Bellagio Hotel and Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, and at the Skamania Lodge Resort–featuring a Blues Brothers theme. When it comes to New Years, there is no such things as over the top!
“Elegant and romantic, with a touch of sass,” is how Jamie Jubitz describes her black-tie wedding at the Portland Art Museum on July 28th of 2012. Jamie and groom David wanted an elegant and romantic theme that felt personal, with pops of sassy red and unique custom wedding rentals. The wedding elicited a sense of intimacy—despite the 430 guests.
“I will never forget the feeling I had walking down the aisle,” said Jamie. West Coast Event Productions helped create the intimate environment that truly conveyed the couples’ personality with inspiration from the bride and groom.
The couple said their vows on a floral platform in the round of the ballroom. Groom David came up with the idea to position the alter in the center of the space—allowing guests to feel part of the ceremony.
“We wanted guests to feel like they were truly part of the wedding. It was our way of saying ‘you’re here because we want you to always be part of our lives together’” said Jamie. Brides and grooms generally hope that guests enjoy themselves at their wedding, though this was of particular concern to Jamie. Jamie recalled attending her first black-tie event in New York with her then fiancé, and remembered how special she felt. The couple wanted to recreate that feeling for their guests, which is why the bride and groom paid extra attention to their experience. Jamie and event planners took extra care to include décor and rentals that would transform the Portland Art Museum to make their wedding a one-of-a-kind experience, even for guests that regularly attend events at the venue.
One of the most jaw-dropping décor inclusions were the gorgeous floral orbs that hung overhead at the reception. Linens with an asymmetrical circular design complimented the custom aerial décor on the tables. Jamie came to West Coast Event Productions with an idea for the orbs from Pinterest. From there, Designer and West Coast Event Productions Owner, Pat Smith, helped materialize the custom rental design with original flair reflective of Jamie and David. Today, the couple is looking to transform one of the orb into permanent light fixture in the foyer of their new home—making the romance and memories of the wedding part of their everyday lives.
“Pat (West Coast Event Productions co-owner) helped pull everything together. Every time I met Pat, I thought she was amazing. I don’t think we said ‘no’ to any of her ideas. We even called to make changes just two weeks before the wedding, and Pat made it work” said Jamie.
Striking a balance between elegance and intimacy can be challenging, though this wedding achieved the elegance, romance, and sassiness Jamie and David were aiming for at the Portland Art Museum.
Caldera Art’s annual auction “Stories of Change” was held at Pure Space on November 14th. Guests and supporters bid on fabulous items including a week in Florence, a private dinner party at Widen and Kennedy, and expressions created by Caldera students. Among the items up for bid, were pieces from the “Progressive Platter Project”. Student participants collectively paint ceramic platters as part of the project–passing platters every ten minutes to a new student artist until the piece is complete.
Pure Space evolved into a natural northwest venue, with wooden plank centerpieces, noble fir props, wooden urban-farmer bars, and mason-jar chandeliers under the mezzanine. Blue lighting filled the space like a northwest blue sky while emcee, Storm Large, hosted the program.
Caldera brings children and artists from the country and city together to discover untapped talents, confidence and opportunities for at-risk children through the arts. Learn more about Caldera’s youth programs, and year-round effort to cultivate a positive and inspiring environment for established and emerging artists as a “catalyst for the transformation of underserved youth through innovative year-round art and environmental programs”.
West Coast Event Productions is thrilled to announce we have recently acquired a new venue, Flex Space. Flex Space is located behind the Pure Space venue in the Pearl District. Flex Space is reminiscent of Pure Space in terms of versatility. Like Pure Space, Flex Space elicits an urban-chic vibe, though with distinguished rustic character all its own. Below are details for visualization:
- 5,500 square feet
- 250-350 guest capacity
- Polished exposed concrete floors
- Dark wood accents
- Street level access with ramp
- Customizable lighting options with truss
- High ceilings with steel beams
- Venue rental inclusions, with endless options from West Coast Event Productions available
- Full kitchen to be constructed with access from both Flex Space and Pure Space
- Access to Pure Space through Flex Space via ADA ramp for larger capacity events, or break out area potential. Double doors will allow both venues to be fully separated as well.
The preferred catering and preferred vendors list is currently being considered.The website and online presence is also underway, as published photos are postponed due to renovation–though Flex Space will is available for events.
West Coast is working to make Flex Space “nonprofit friendly”, and act as a sponsor for various nonprofit events at the venue. We are excited for the opportunity to tangibly communicate our company values in this effort, and to be proactive partners with our nonprofit clients.
Similar to Pure Space, Flex Space will stand as an ideal venue for galas, weddings, auctions, corporate events and meetings, trade shows, and every reason to gather. We are excited to introduce this new venue to the city, and welcome tours. If you would like additional information, or to schedule a tour, please contact:
Duane Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 971-570-9634 OR Kayse Dahl, email@example.com, 541-598-4505
Eclectic lounge nooks at the Bossanova Ballroom is where the cast of “Portlandia”goes to retire after shooting season four, on comfy couches and red leather arm chairs. One of the iconic quotes from the show’s first season, “Portland is where young people go to retire” is conveyed in the decor at the wrap party–with vintage and indie inspired elements reminiscent of many young Oregonian’s dwellings here in Portland, and the show’s sets.
The dark wood panel backdrops, tribal print area rugs, and natural wood coffee tables tied the eclectic decor into a cohesive design. If you’re looking to create a neat Portlandia themed event there are many rental and decor options available in the West Coast warehouse, though if you’re producing an event outside of West Coast’s jurisdiction…just put a bird on it.
Fall is the harvest season–traditionally known as a time to celebrate and give thanks for a successful harvest and plentiful food. Ancient people held grand festivals to show appreciation for their crop, and Oregon Food Bank’s annual Harvest Dinner is a modern opportunity for Oregonians to celebrate the tradition, give thanks for the nourishing food they have, and support those not as fortunate not only during “harvest season” but the rest of the year.
West Coast Event Productions has partnered with Oregon Food Bank (OFB) for the past six years to produce this great event. While the harvest theme remains consistent, Jaime Huxford, Pat Smith, and the rest of the West Coast team work to ensure the event is unique each year, while maintaining the elements that brand this event, and the values of Oregon Food Bank so well.
“Oregon Harvest Dinner had for a couple of years, used greater themes that drove the décor…one year we built a huge two story red barn and had scarecrows. Another year we did an Oregon theme and showcased different areas in Oregon including a Burnside bridge and a Mt. Hood inspired backdrop. The past two years, OFB wanted to bring Oregon Harvest Dinner event’s focus back on the work OFB does. Décor often utilizes items in their warehouse, using pallet walls (which constructed a whiskey bar this year!) and stacks of food on pallets for backdrops. This year, OFB incorporated their annual donor recognition awards into the event, and provided large banners that celebrated their honorees” said Huxford.
“We’re so fortunate to be able to hold this event in our warehouse, so we want to ensure that the warehouse is part of the event and the decor,” said OFB Special Events Coordinator, Tracey Walker of the more authentic warehouse atmosphere. “West Coast Event Productions has done a great job at highlighting the food stored in the warehouse, and hiding the not so pretty parts with little creative touches that are rough, rustic, and fun.”
Attendees at Oregon Harvest Dinner helped provide support for OFB’s work to secure and distribute food through the OFB Network, and to find solutions to hunger through innovative programs. Last fiscal year, for the second consecutive year, over one million emergency food boxes were distributed by OFB. Distribution of food boxes has increased 41 percent in the past five years, and where there’s higher demand, there must be higher supply. Look for the save the date for Oregon Harvest Dinner next year for a fabulous night to give thanks and give back. See what other neat ways you can support Oregon Food Bank at community driven events, like Season’s Eatings in December. Corporate sponsors—consider including Oregon Harvest Dinner 2014 in your sponsorship budget now, and help with current efforts focusing on food supply, childhood hunger, and increasing fresh food availability.
See a whiskey bar made out of Oregon Food Bank pallets and the full album and more photos on the Portland Society Page
SOLVE supporters kicked up their heels at the Bluegrass and Blue Jeans fundraiser at Pure Space Friday, October 25th, to raise money to support on-going efforts to improve the environment and award those dedicated to the environmentally driven cause. The purpose of the fundraiser, like the décor, was simple but impactful—to support SOLVE’s mission. SOLVE’s Special Events Coordinator, Emily Sullivan, choose Pure Space for its versatility, size, and ability to transform to compliment the laid back event.
“Bluegrass and Blue Jeans was an evening to honor people who have gone out of their way, and taken it upon themselves to say ‘this is our community, and we will do something to help’” said Sullivan.
The 19th annual Citizenship Awards Banquet, Bluegrass and Blue Jeans, was an evening of wine tasting, music by “Jackstraw”, fabulous dinning by Art of Catering, and program recognizing very deserving individuals—a local teacher, community group, individuals, and a group of a business’ employees for their dedication and involvement with SOLVE, and improving the environment. See the well deserving recipients below.
The event décor and theme mimicked award recipients, John and Fran von Schlegell’s easy-going attitude, and after all, “SOLVE is about picking up trash and plating trees” said Sullivan of the tastefully casual design.
The décor was casual indeed, though West Coast lead, Elizabeth Garcia, and Sullivan steered clear of burlap and hay bales for the Bluegrass and Blue Jeans event. Small 12 by 12 inch wooden crates with candles and wild flowers created centerpieces for the navy blue linen adorning round tables that seated the 400 guests. Standing cocktail tables around the space wore causal cloth themselves, sporting blue denim linens to match the guests’ lower halves. New Season’s gave away 450 jars of jam for a down home gesture of appreciation in support for our Oregon environment.
SOLVE organizes over 1,000 volunteer opportunities a year. Opportunities to give back and help cultivate a nourishing and thriving environment for today’s and future Oregonians include planting trees, beach clean-up and various other activities that are great for the whole family and groups. Check out upcoming SOLVE events and get in on the action. Be prepared to mark your calendars for next year’s 20th Annual Citizenship Awards Banquet, and ask yourself “What can you do to be an Oregon hero” this year? See more on the Portland Society Page
SOLVE Citizenship Awards guests enjoyed wines from:
- Bethel Heights Vineyard
- Brick House
- Domaine Drouhin
- J.K. Carriere Wines
- Mahonia Vineyard
- Penner Ash Wine Cellars
- WillaKenzie Estate Winery
Dinner Wine Sponsor: Great Northern Asset Management
John and Fran von Schlegell
Tom McCall Leadership Award
Individual Citizenship Award
Educator Citizenship Award
Beach Drive Buccaneers
Community Group Citizenship Award
Fred Meyer Stores
Business Citizenship Award
Do you love sushi, extreme sports, and Japanese culture? This event may be your cup of tea! Sumo + Sushi will be held on November 16th at Pure Space. Sumo and Sushi will ignite all your senses with a complete Japanese culinary experience, featuring uniquely creative food and live professional sumo wrestling.
The 90-minute sumo show features three-time World Sumo Champion Byambajav Ulambayar; five-time US Sumo Champion Kelly Gneiting; and highest division Pro Sumo All-Star Yama, one of the heaviest Japanese humans ever. While a pro sumo emcee explains the rules, technique, and sumo culture, you can cheer on your favorite wrestler as these three massive athletes smash together in front of your table.
Tickets range from $69 to a VIP ticket for $99. You can purchase them here. Looking forward to seeing you in the ring at Pure Space for this not-so-everyday living social event!
West Coast Event Productions, Inc. helped the Portland Japanese Garden celebrate 50 years of breathtaking landscape at the Portland Art Museum Saturday, October 19th. Garden inspired centerpieces meandered down the table, with autumn trees so literal you could almost smell fall. Called the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the 5.5 acre Portland Japanese Garden is composed of five gardens, all incorporating the three characteristic elements of Japanese Gardens–stone, water, and plants. Entering a Japanese garden, one is supposed to feel harmony, tranquility, and peace. Japanese gardens are also asymmetrical in design . The traditional concepts behind a Japanese garden were kept in serious consideration as decor and placement of the garden’s 50th anniversary event were selected.