For the first ever, I will be co-hosting an open house / wedding soirée with makeup artist Kelli Thomsen, and you're invited!
Through all the fuss of wedding planning, I often hear brides joke about “just eloping instead”. Maybe even you yourself are asking 'Is elopement right for me?' It seems like a simple solution to an otherwise chaotic event. But here’s the thing, eloping isn’t for everyone, the same way full day weddings aren’t for everyone. If you’re struggling to decide which option is really the best for you, you must first answer these following questions:
One - Will Your Potential Guest List Interfere?
If you’re like me and have a big family of aunts, grandmas and cousins, think about how you would feel if they weren’t there to hear your vows. There is no right answer, and it’s not to be decided by your family members themselves. If your dream is to elope, you're looking for a compromise, and your family loves a good party, consider holding a “reception-like” event a day or week later!
Two - Is Your Dream Venue Actually a Venue?
One perk of eloping is having the opportunity to be married almost wherever you want. If you and your fiancé are hikers, an obvious option would be to elope at the top of a hill overlooking the city. If you’re surfers or swimmers, a beachside elopement is also meant for you! And, permits are significantly cheaper than large capacity venues. However, if you vision yourself dancing in a dazzling ballroom, eloping seems out of the question. You can also search for Portland venues that hold elopements or small weddings if you'd like something in between.
Three - What Vendors and Services are Your Priority?
If Catering or DJs aren’t on the top of your list, but Photography and Florals are, you could consider putting more of your budget towards the vendors that you will be happiest with. By choosing to elope, your vendor list will shorten dramatically and you can put your dollar to booking your dream vendors without having to sacrifice your solid budget. Don't forget to contact your dream vendors to see if they offer Oregon Elopement packages or services.
Four - Do You Really Want to Elope?
Eloping is a very intimate process, and very rarely involves more than eight people. If a party is important to you, eloping probably isn’t. If decor and bridesmaids are a priority to you, eloping probably isn’t. There is no right or wrong, only preference. Make a list of your pros and cons if you’re seriously considering taking this direction.
I hope these tips helped clear up some questions, and brought the answers you needed. If you’re still struggling, leave some questions for me in the comments box. You can also ask your favorite Portland vendors what they did personally to gain new perspective.
Today I want to give a little love to the well dressed grooms and groomsmen out there, as well as to those who maybe WANT to be well dressed, but don't know how. This blog is for you! A fitted and well cared for tuxedo or suit will make a world of a difference to the style and elegance of the wedding day. Sure, the decor might look nice, and the dress might bring to you a lot of compliments, but if the guys aren't put together the photos will remind you of the unpreparedness. So today I want to give you five of my best tips to avoid any mishaps and take your gorgeous event to the next level!
Kelli Thomsen is a Fine Art Eco Beauty Makeup Artist based here in Portland, Oregon. We connected at the late end of last year and quickly scheduled opportunities to work together. Kelli has studied from some of the most talented industry leaders and uses her skills to create simply and classic looks that highlight the natural beauty of her clients. One of the biggest questions we hear in the wedding community is "Should I do a test run of my makeup and hair?" and the answer is an absolute yes! Kelli is here to tell us why and educate us on the importance of a trial session.
1 - It allows you to let your natural beauty shine
'One of the most valuable things a professional makeup artist brings to the table, besides her arsenal of luxury skin prep and makeup products, is her ability to take the brides natural look and bring out a more polished version.'
2 - You get to work with them before the wedding
'During a trial run, you will have the time to connect with the artist and see the way they work; do they have good natural light, is there a comfortable makeup chair, are the products they use clean, are they being sanitary? Brides also want to choose an artist that leave them with a touch-up kit for lips, helps them put on jewelry, assists with the veil, and all the important extras.
Without this prior connection and ability to communicate needs and see what the artist brings to the table artistry wise, there is no way of knowing how wedding day beauty will take shape. This can create nerves and anxiety that weren't expected and also can leave little time for adjustments the day of. When the trial is set prior, there is a schedule set, so expectations can be met. This creates a very calm and therapeutic beauty space before the ceremony and/or reception.'
3 - Not every bride is the same
'Without a test run, many things can happen on a wedding day that are unforeseen. A common misconception is that makeup artist’s create the same look from bride to bride. A true professional will get to know the skin type, understand sensitivities, know what the bride’s day to day look is, as well as understands what attributes the bride loves about a certain look. This means there is no correct bridal makeup method or cookie cutter option that will work for everyone. It is crucial to have a trial run for this very reason – because there is only one YOU and there is a makeup artist that is meant to help YOU to look your most beautiful!'
4 - You can learn a lot from it, such as:
+ Your skin type and what products to use leading up to the wedding day
+ Your face shapes, eye shapes, and what placement of products is best for your own unique beauty
+ Recommendations on products and tools for daily use, before & after the BIG day
+ Skin Treatments & Eye Treatments that are wonderful for pre-wedding beauty
+ Professional advice on how to schedule the timeline for beauty on the wedding day
+ Recommendations on application of makeup to look good in natural light and flash photography lighting
+ Best-in-class products for touch-ups throughout the wedding day and evening
+ Recommendations for hair styles to work with the makeup look
For more information on what goes on in a trial session, or to connect with Kelli, contact her at www.kellithomsen.com!
Booking your venue is one of the most important parts of wedding planning, but I don't have to tell you! Luxury venues with high demand book two to three years out. In order to help you stay organized, I asked Samantha Struck of StruckSured Events to help create a list of the most important questions to ask a venue before booking. You might be surprised by some of the things you should consider before booking!
Friends, tonight I want to express my gratitude once again. It's been a very reflective month for me, so I want to take a moment to say thank you for being here, for being supportive, and sending over you Holiday wishes. I'm in the kitchen baking cookies and watching Home Alone, and everything feels perfect. The holidays can be stressful, but come Christmas Eve, that feeling just melts away. It's a good reminder for me going into the new year, to slow down, and enjoy the little things in life. Merry Christmas!
One of the most exciting, and most difficult, parts of planning a wedding, is choosing your dress. Brides will spend months searching boutique to boutique for the right dress to match her style and her budget. I am fortunate to live in Oregon, where we never experience a drought of gorgeously designed dresses. We have some of the biggest names in the industry within our city limits, as well as some of the most beautifully curated bridal boutiques. One of my favorites is Ania Bridal, in NW Portland. Stepping into their shop is an experience, an experience I don't want you to miss!