Openings in September

Hello friends.

I still have some openings left for the month of September. Do you need any last-minute details arranged, or someone to help you coordinate all of the moving pieces and details on the day of your wedding so that you can relax? Most importantly, have you been stressing that your funky fresh wedding is getting a little too weird, even for Portland?

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Photo by Atlas Photo Co.

Let me wave my magic wand for you and be your fairy wedding coordinator. I will help to turn the stress of those mundane wedding and event tasks into a fantastic and beautiful vision!

I couldn’t be more relieved…

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I am coordinating an Open House (grand opening) this weekend for the Venue I have been Managing, The Nursery.  

The weather in Oregon this spring has been nothing short of miserable – it’s been a wet spring. Outdoor wedding venues in the Willamette Valley are seasonal, and fully rely on gorgeous weather to be in their favor. What a misfortune it would be to have torrential downpours on us at our first official event of the season.

However, I have been working tirelessly to ensure that this little event goes off without a hitch. Not only do I represent the venue as their Sales and Event Manager, I am also their wedding coordinator, helping couples to achieve their dream wedding day.  So no matter your vision or style, come on down for a tour, some fresh coffee, and to meet some local industry vendors who will be passing out samples and pleased to offer you their helpful services.

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Sarah Taylor Photography

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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/668376773360389/

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.