Open House at The Nursery May 20th

It’s Cinco De Mayo, a day to remember and celebrate an unexpected triumph! May 5th also marks a great reminder that we are only 15 days out from our Open House!

Are you still searching for the perfect wedding venue? Come have a look for yourself! Meet vendors, sip wines from nearby wineries, and take in the glorious veiw and gardens.
Please RSVP and share the event!
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More information about this great new Portland-area venue at https://thenurseryweddings.com/.

Feeling Blessed

I just took a look around the mess that surrounds me.

There are wedding decoration budget spreadsheets open in four tabs of my browser. I’ve got several PDF venue contracts open which make the fan on my laptop speed up with that recognizable ‘whooshing’ sound, symbolizing “she’s getting hot captain!” I’m feeling the heat and looking for daycare providers, and vendor business cards are strewn about my desk. The life of a Portland-area sole proprietor Wedding Planner is a busy one. Did I mention that I am a stay at home mom, run a new event venue, and cater to a clientele who marches to an alternative beat in life? Portland likes to keep things weird, and in a world where I’m competing with pearl-wearing Planner-zillas with beaucoup advertising bucks, I have to be the weirdest one out of all of them in hopes of standing out. So no pearls for me. 

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Yet, here I am – killin it. Elmo to my left, precious Burning Man memorabilia to my right, and I’m sitting here on my bomb ass couch with a roof over my head loving every minute of it. I’ve got a nice full client roster, a loving partner who supports and encourages my work, a snuggly cat, and a great kid. I feel the strength that a supportive community has brought me, and continues to give me every time I get a “follower“, a “like” or a “share”. Because I have the ability to do what I love to do, I can be here with my child to watch him grow into such a unique and bright little kid, and bring to fruition a once-secret lifelong dream. 

Thanks for sticking with me team. This wedding coordinator/planner/party host guru is feeling the love today. 

Sneak peek: Willamette Valley’s Newest Wedding and Event Venue

Introducing Willamette Valley’s Newest Wedding and Event Venue, The Nursery.

Nestled inside the beautiful Klupenger’s Nursery lies two acres of sprawling lawns, old growth Doug Fir trees, a large pond, water feature, and a blacktop basketball court with ADA access. This beautifully landscaped venue can accommodate up to 300 guests showcasing excellent views of some of the Valley’s oldest and most historic agricultural estates, Nurseries, and wineries. It lies just above the Willamette River between Champoeg State Park and the Aurora Airfield. Only 30 minutes from the city of Portland, it has easy access from the freeway, and boasts plenty of parking for guests and vendors. The space includes a full size Bridal Suite equipped with a full bar, full bathroom, professional make up prep area, and a conversational seating area.

Perfect for weddings, anniversaries, proms, corporate picnics, teambuilding exercises, star-gazing parties, birthdays, and fundraisers. 

Here are a few off-season photos from a recent visit. Not shown are seasonal plantings and a close up of the pond. The property lies East to West and is sure to boast excellent photographic opportunities. 

Amenities:

  • Dedicated Venue Coordinator at your service
  • 1 full bathroom, 1 full bridal suite, 1 full bar
  • 37’ x 42’ blacktop courtyard (1152 sq. ft.), ADA accessible, with in-ground lighting
  • ADA walkway
  • Exclusive use of 2 acres of event space
  • Beautiful landscaping
  • Much of the property offers flat event space
  • 1000 sq. ft. amphitheater or bowl style event space for smaller events
  • Ample parking
  • Easy load access for vendors
  • Views of ponds and historic farms
  • Wineries, airpark, and State Parks very near by
  • Boat ramp and river access near by
  • Nearby freeway access
  • Only 30 minutes from Portland
  • Secure and private

Future Amenities Coming Soon:

  • Wedding pergola with old growth backdrop
  • Flagstone patio for intimate gatherings, overlooking historic pond and barn
  • Catering prep (food warm up) area
  • Additional floral installations
  • Additional romantic lighting installations

Contact me now to inquire about discount pricing for our first season!

Seeking private home as potential wedding venue

Hello Readers!

I am putting myself out there and offering a virtual “pleased to meet you”.  Here is the deal – things are slow in the winter, and I get stretched pretty thin.

Perhaps you already rent out your space to events, and you need someone to take the burden off your shoulders? Or perhaps you have always wanted to turn your unique property into an event space, and just haven’t had the time or motivation to do it yourself?

I am seeking to establish a relationship with a potential venue that has a large well manicured home and property. The hope is that you would be open to becoming a small wedding and event venue, with me as the primary point of contact. I would manage all planning and coordination, as well as sales and rental packages. I have plenty of experience brokering these types of deals and advising on insurance and rental rates. I am even offering to build a website and do seasonal promotions if that is something you require assistance with. There is a lot of potential for steady revenue with this venture.

The ideal home would have at least a half acre private gathering space that is easily accessible, with plenty of parking or adjacent street parking, and not be “stacked up” alongside your neighbor’s homes or additional structures. The portion of the property intended for use should be very well maintained. It would also ideally have a space for brides to get ready, in the traditional “brides room” sense. Perhaps it would come with other ammenities such as outdoor power, existing barn, arbor, or gazebo, photogenic gardens, a view, or large patio that could fit several dining tables and/or chairs.
I am proposing to work for a flat fee per event, and help you to earn a nice supplemental income as seasonality allows.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in partnering with me on, please reach out to me via the “contact” tab.

With warm regards,

Emily

Oak Grove Indoor Play announces Movement & Music Class

ANNOUNCING: Movin’ and Groovin’: A music and movement class for children and their caregivers. http://oakgroveindoorplay.com

Come shake, rattle and roll with the Rock N Roll Fairy for a fun-filled and interactive musical experience. Appropriate for Walkers through Preschool ages.

She creates a forum where singing along, call and response, and movement games are intertwined to create a space where all children feel seen and celebrated! Her music is intended to help children embody positive messages, and teach concepts through music and movement. Her songs are educational and celebrate peace, love, diversity, positive self –awareness, safety, and reverence for the Earth. Shakers, dancing scarves, and various other instruments weave themselves throughout the class. She switches off between guitar, djembe drum, shakers, and other various instruments to teach beginning musical concepts such as rhythm.

Thursdays: 9:15 am – 9:55 am | Registration is required.

* Session 1 (5 weeks): February 23 – March 23 | $50 | $12 drop-in

* Session 2 (7 weeks): April 6 – May 18 | $70 | $12 drop-in

Create a profile and register here: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/idp

A one-time $10 required registration fee will be applied at check out.

Special FREE preview class on Thursday, February 9th at 9:15 am.

Reserve your spot for our Elopement Packages now!

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Prepare your vows and call your friends for a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day Elopement Package at Hip Chicks Do Wine! Featuring flowers by Gifford’s Weddings, local chocolates and hors d’oeuvres, and Wedding Officiating by Events By Emily. Complete the form below to make a reservation.

Wedding packages (couple & 2 guests) include a romantically decorated ceremony space, wedding aisle, choice of ceremony script and ceremony music, ordained Officiant, reserved table, choice of glass of wine or beer per guest, and photo booth backdrop ($225). Additional wedding guests with included choice of beverage are $15 each.

To help make your evening more memorable, available Wedding Package add ons are listed below.

Hip Chicks Do Wine | 4510 SE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Package Options (indicate choices below):

  • Base Wedding Package | Wedding ceremony, choice of wine or beer, photo booth backdrop, and reserved table ($225)
  • Additional hosted wedding guests ($15 each) and include choice of beverage.
  • Cheese & charcuterie board ($20 per table)
  • Bottle of sparkling wine with choice of chocolates or cupcakes for four ($35 per table)
  • Photography by www.amberhempen.com, 20+ edited shots ($100)
  • Custom bouquets and boutonnieres by Gifford’s Weddings (custom pricing):
    • Small Bouquet | couples choose color  ($50)
    • Large bouquet | couples choose  color ($100)
    • Matching Boutonnière | ($10)
    • Matching pin on corsage | ($30)
    • Bag of rose petals | ($15)

Please note: Couples intending to marry must have at least two witnesses present and a valid State of Oregon Marriage License in hand, obtained from any County Human Services office. Parties residing in Multnomah County can file for a license online to save time here.

February 14th, 2017 | Reservations Requests can be made between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

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Valentine’s Day Elopement Packages

Emily’s BIG Announcement! 

January 13, 2017

I am working on putting together Elopement Packages for those of you who are interested in getting hitched on Valentine’s Day! I am very excited about the partnerships I am currently putting into place for this project!

If you would like to pre-reserve a spot for this service and event, please email me.

Fun Hint! This project involves a local winery, local chocolates, local artisan meats, and a great local florist!