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Lucky in Love Wedding Contest Finalists!

Please meet your Lucky in Love finalists! Only one couple will win. Directions on how to vote are below the finalist profiles.

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1,000 from each of the following vendors, with the total prize value well over $20,000!

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

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To vote, please leave a comment on this blog post with the couple’s names.

Really want them to win? You may go to each of the links below to vote for your favorite couple, for a total of 30 votes!

To vote via other vendor’s blogs, click each of the links below and leave a comment with the couples names.
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup

To vote via vendor’s FB pages, click each of the links below, like the vendor’s FB page, find the couple you want to win, and leave a comment on their photo (note – comments on the main album will not count, only on individual photos, and votes will only count if you have liked the vendor’s page).
Krissy Allori Photography
Mint + Mirth
Bridal Bliss
Modern Moments Designs
Michelle DeCourcy
Swoon Floral Design
Jein King Makeup
John Ross Music
Something Borrowed
Nimbi Design
Artisan Cake Company
West Coast Event Productions
Moving Picture Weddings
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
Happymatic Photo Booth
PDX Pedicab
Artemis Foods
Hotel Deluxe

Voting rules: You may vote for your favorite couple once on each of the pages for a total of 30 votes. Multiple votes from the same person on the same link will not count. For a FB vote to count, the page (not just the album) must be “liked” AND a comment must be made on the specific couple’s photo. Please direct any questions to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com.

Art of Catering Dishes on Food Trends and Favorite WCEP Events

Smarsh Holiday event 2013, an Art of Catering favorite.

Creatively adapting to diverse dietary restrictions from a growing population of vegan, nondairy, and gluten free clients without jeopardizing taste or the Portland “foodie” experience can be a catering challenge–though Art of Catering (AOC) has developed solutions to meet these dietary standards while offering innovative menu and service trends clients are after.

Along with the influx of vegan and gluten free menu requests, Art of Catering Event Coordinator, Eric Sandstrom, is noticing clients straying from plated, seated, traditional banquet menus, and are turning to small plates and family-style menus.

“People like to share and sample” said Sandstrom, which is why so many clients are choosing to forego formality–opting for a variety of tapas, or small plates. Art of Catering recommends passed service for a menu comprised of tapas, or “composed plate” buffets; caterers prepare 7.5 to 9 inch plates with different samplings of complementary menu items, and arrange the mobile “composed plates” on a buffet table for guests to pick up and enjoy. AOC and West Coast Event Productions collaborated to select WCEP’s new new vortex and pasta plates which are perfect for small plate menus.

Hors d’oeuvres and small plates can be difficult to execute under vegan and gluten free guidelines, as so many feature a bread or starch-based vessel, though creative adaptions like using endive leaves as a base for hors d’oeuvres items like Art of Catering’s popular artichoke tapenade, is one of the many ways caterers can adapt to combine somewhat contradicting food trends.

Art of Catering and West Coast Event Productions have collaborated to deliver countless creative events over the past 15 years.

“We have a history with West Coast; it is always fun when clients give us the autonomy to be creative. I love seeing what West Coast comes up with, and we work with our staff to match the theme” said the Art of Catering Event Coordinator. “Working with West Coast on SMARSH holiday events has been among my favorite; we’ve done everything from glamorous Gatsby, to a gritty 80’s theme where our servers even wore side ponytails”.

From staff appearance to plating, Art of Catering is known for presentation and precise execution. Never scheduling more than three events in one day, “clients choose Art of Catering when they are looking for a higher level of food and service… we don’t try to be the biggest, but the best” said Sandstrom.  Attention to detail, and the ability to create any menu from authentic Asian cuisine to a dessert display that mirrors the event color palette has earned AOC’s reputation in Portland’s event industry, and positioned the company as a favorite among West Coast Event Production clients.

 

In-house Custom Built Urban Farmer Collection

The industrial chic and pleasantly contradictory concept of the Urban Farmer look is versatile for any event from corporate seminars to weddings. West Coast Event Productions has been developing an extensive Urban Farmer collection over the years, building various innovative and custom pieces in-house using a mixture of wood materials, sleek metals, and complementary neutral colors.

Cargo stools, slate and wood table

Urban Farmer bars with pendant lights, wood slatted backdrops, custom built in-house.

Wood slatted backdrop, Lit PDX Sign, chrome and wood coffee table. All pieces fabricated in-house at WCEP.

Teak Wood Bistro Table, black bar stools.

Slate top wood tables, cargo stools, custom built 10 foot tall wood slat room dividers-capable of accommodating monitors.

Chrome coffee tables with natural wood.

Feeling Lucky in Love?

Eighteen of Portland’s most talented wedding vendors have come together to create Lucky in Love – a uniquely Portland wedding giveaway valued at over $20,000! Only ten uniquely Portland couples who are lucky in love will be selected to participate in the promotion. Finalists will have a one in ten chance of winning!

If you, or someone you know, is engaged and interested in being considered for this once in a lifetime opportunity, send an email to luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com. Include a photo of the couple and answer the following questions with as much detail as you’d like:

1. What makes you, as a couple, unique?
2. What do you love most about Portland and why?
3. Describe your dream wedding and tell us whether your wedding date is already set or if the date is flexible.

What might a Uniquely Portland wedding look like? Well, look no further.

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Be sure to watch our teaser…
 

The winning couple will receive a gift certificate valued at a minimum of $1000 from each of the following vendors, all whom made this inspirational photoshoot happen.

Photographer: Krissy Allori Photography
Floral: Swoon Floral Design
Vintage Rentals and Styling: Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals
Cake: Artisan Cake Company
Videography: Moving Picture Weddings
Venue: Gerding Theater at the Armory
Hotel: Hotel Deluxe
Bartending: Mint+Mirth
Caterer: Artemis Foods
Custom Designed Gown: Michelle DeCourcy
Hair and Makeup: Jein King Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning: Bridal Bliss
Invitations and Graphic Design: Modern Moments Designs
Custom Laser Cut Wood Favors & Decor: Nimbi Design
Transportation: PDX Pedicab
Music: John Ross Music
Photobooth: Happymatic
Rentals: West Coast Event Productions

Email luckyinlovepdx@gmail.com if you’re feeling lucky in love!

This promotion is open to all engaged couples residing in the greater Portland, Oregon area. Full details, terms and conditions will be shared with potential finalists. Once the final ten couples have been selected, the promotion will no longer consider additional entries, so please contact us immediately if you are interested.

2014 Spring and Summer Color Trends

The 2014 spring and summer color trends are a fabulous mixture of classic pastels and vibrant, eye-catching colors that are complementary as accents or alone. Here are some of West Coasts’ favorite combinations of this year’s spring and summer color trends designed by and available from WCEP. Get inspired by Freesia yellow, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue, and Radiant Orchid. 

 

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The Art of Weddings 2014

The Art of Weddings Show has been an anticipated bridal event since the beginning in 2004, when founder Alexis Turk sought out to produce a “swankier” wedding show with the “best vendors in Portland, Oregon”. This year’s Art of Wedding Show was held at the Gerding Theater. West Coast Event Productions were among the diverse array of wedding vendors, including Venus Allure Salon & Spa, August Veils, and Jennifer Alyse Photography.

Engaged couples meandered about the the Gerding Theater, making acquaintances with wedding vendors and getting their wedding wheels turning before viewing  a bridal fashion show. West Coast Event Productions provided the runway show provisions and displayed a table setting showcasing new wedding rental inventory from Beverly Hills. West Coast Event Production’s Art of Weddings table display featured bohemian gold crystal stemware, vintage flatware and china, and gold candelabras. View any wedding Pinterest board or bridal blog, and the popularity of gold adornments and tableware will be undoubtedly apparent. Wedding photographer, Jennifer Alyse, who shot The Art of Wedding Show, agrees and explains what is so desirable about the trendy, yet classic wedding color scheme

“The most aesthetic, photogenic table pieces and settings are those with dimension, different textures and the incorporation of subtle touches. I am really seeing beautiful champagne, peach and rose gold as trends for this coming wedding season” said Jennifer.

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Alyse Wedding Photography. 

Guest Experience: Time is of the Essence

Considering guest experience from entry to exit is vital in order to keep guests engaged, and achieve the driving goal set for attendees and the event. Identifying the overarching goal can help dictate many of the details that impact guest experience—from décor and menus, to music selection and event flow.

The guest goal for a wedding reception is to ensure friends and family bid farewell feeling they have shared a special experience with the bride and groom, and enjoyed themselves. For a corporate event, the goal may be to educate employees about company policies, or a new venture in the making. Nonprofits must concisely convey their mission during an event; the goal being that communicating the organization’s mission will persuade guests to support their cause. Regardless of the various guest goals that exist, there is one key element of guest experience that must be considered across the board—ensuring there are no distractions to hinder the chance of meeting goals by keeping attendees engaged.

Art of Catering staff was there to fill this Self Enhancement gala guest's glass before she knew it was empty. SEI raised over $600,000 that evening. Guests were well taken care of; keeping their attention on the program, and the auction.

What is this key consideration? Time and timeliness. These are not a new concepts, though time and time again, time is overlooked. Time of day, what time food will be served, when the program, presentation or speech begins all substantially impact guest experience, and help dictate whether guests remain engaged, or take a mind stroll. Where are your guests arriving from? Will they be hungry? How promptly will food be served? How long is the cocktail reception prior to the program beginning? Will guests retain important messages if the cocktail hour lags on, and drinks have been flowing? Was enough networking or mingling time allotted, or will guests be disgruntled and reluctant to listen when their conversations have been cut unnecessarily short for a presentation?

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A Magical Night for Self Enhancement Inc.

 Self Enhancement Inc. celebrated the nonprofit’s first annual major fundraiser, combining two events from years past, at the Pure Space and Flex Space Portland venue Saturday, February 22. The nonprofit serving local at risk youth, was the first West Coast Event Productions client to utilize both Pure Space and Flex Space venues, turning the combined 22,000 plus square foot exclusive venue into a “A Magical Night of Wonder”, complete with aerial performers, jugglers, and a man on stilts! Regal red, and gold organza dominated the color pallet throughout the linen and enchanting lighting design, though it was the Self Enhancement student performers that stole the show. The harmonious sounds of 50 plus members of the SEI choir and band, populated with students from 13 different Portland public schools, rang throughout Pure Space, and delighted guests that donated a total of 607,000.00 to the nonprofit that evening. West Coast Event Productions donated a curricular truss structure with state of the art speakers hung in the center of the 40 foot ceiling to facilitate optimal sound to every corner of the room.

Self Enhancement Inc.’s programs positively impact hundreds of kids in the Portland community. Ninety eight percent of SEI students graduate high school in four years, with 85 percent continuing on to pursue higher education. Learn more about SEI’s performing arts, educational, and family and community programs to see how you can contribute to their effort to serve Portland’s youth. WCEP took great pleasure in the opportunity to part of this event, and help support SEI’s mission.

If you’re interested in learning about holding an event in both Pure Space and Flex Space as an exclusive venue, please contact kayse.dahl@wcep.com

 

A Wedding that Hit All the High Notes- Oregon Symphony Duo

West Coast Event Productions and Jennifer Fox of Perfect Planning harmonized to orchestrate a sensational wedding for Carlos Kalmar, music director for the Oregon Symphony, and Rafaela Wahby, a violinist for the Oregon Symphony. “Fairy tale” and “dream-like” are descriptors Jennifer Fox, the couple’s wedding planner and owner of Perfect Planning, used to describe the wedding.

“When you walked in the room, it felt like a dream sequence” said Fox of the collective ambiance. “Rafaela described the wedding as ‘ethereal’. The goal was to achieve a modern romantic environment. Blush pink, light peach, soft whites, subtle metallic touches and lucite were key design elements throughout the event.

The wedding was held at The Nines Hotel, the venue selected only eight days before the wedding date as the previously chosen venue had proven to be an inappropriate setting. Perfect Planning and West Coast Event Productions were able to accommodate the last minute rearrangement, executing an exceptional and whimsical affair for the musical couple. Having changed venues in urgency, adaptions were made to convey the wedding vision, and incorporate all the floral, décor, and rental elements necessary to create the serene modern and romantic wedding. Over 200,000 orchids that had been ordered for a specific fixture in the previous venue were transformed and arranged to resemble subtle piano keys—incorporating the couple’s love of music without overstating the theme. Warm, intimate lighting illuminated the mostly white décor including white tufted bars, white dance floor, chiffon draped partitions that created a large cozy lounge area, and chrome and glass etierges.

Carlos and Rafaela’s relaxed and varied menu was composed of tapas based off of the dishes at Departure. Rafaela’s love of cocoa was apparent in the plethora of unique desserts, that included a hand-selected chocolate display created for guests to enjoy throughout the evening from elegant Belmont Silver china. Rather than a plated or buffet dinner, consider a variety of tapas for your wedding menu. This allows you and your significant other to display a spectrum of your favorite cuisines, and most guests will find at least one item that delights their palate by having a wide selection. Having various food choices is also wonderful for guests with food sensitivities or allergies.

Photos courtesy of Evrim Icoz Photography