Success at Skamania Bridal Open House

On Sunday, January 30th, Skamania Lodge located in Stevenson, Washington held a Bridal Open House that had a variety of wedding services from Skamania Lodge as well as other wedding vendors such as planners, photographers, cakes, florists, and child care. Both Teresa and I had our booth at the Lodge and got the opportunity to meet a ton of amazing brides, grooms, family members and other vendors! We felt that being a part of this amazing Bridal Show was a great opportunity for us to reach out to more clients to build more relationships! We are so excited to hear back from those who we got to meet and talk with! Thank you Skamania Lodge!  Here are a few pictures I took from the show!!! Enjoy! :)
Our set table...The center piece was a large vase filled with tangerines, pink and white tulips and gerber daisies! Very Springy, Bright, Cheery and Fun!

Our specialized business card for Skamania Lodge
A table setting with the tangerine napkin wrapped around the dinner plate with the place card/menu on top with a bright pink gerber daisy on top.
Another table setting from a different table with a gold charger plate, folded napkin with a dark red pear and orchid.

Wine bottle used as a table number

Another beautiful table setting with purple roses

Thanks to those brides, grooms, families and vendors for making this such a special and FUN event!! Can't wait to talk to you all soon! Thanks again Skamania!!

Skamania Lodge Bridal Open House

This Sunday January 30th, Columbia Gorge Weddings with be creating a booth at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA for its Bridal Open House from 12-4. Visitors can enjoy a preview of the 2011 gourmet food and delicious wine tastings by Maryhill Winery. There will also be hourly tours for those to view Skamania's gorgeous and breath taking property. While walking through the show, couples will be able to visit booths from 10 preferred vendors and view design idea samples! The cost is $10 per person. Come see us this Sunday!


Flowers! Flowers! Flowers!

When it comes time to deciding on which floral arrangements to select for your wedding day, it can be overwhelming with the 1000's of varieties you can choose from! Here are a few tips and ideas to remember for the 2011 wedding season!!

1. Go for BOLD and contrasting colors. Many florists are saying more brides and grooms are coming in selecting bold, bright and unique colors rather than pastels for their floral arrangements to add a punch of color to their wedding. Use contrasting colors together to add some flare and fun to your wedding, like turquoise with bright orange, or magenta and bright greens,  or reds with blues. You can use the contrasting colors with just the flowers or use the contrasting colors against the bridesmaids dresses.

2. Add texture to your arrangements by using natural greenery and herbs as well as vegetables and fruit!
       Spring Wedding Flowers.jpg

3. Think loose, natural and organic. Another popular trend for wedding flowers are to use floral arrangements that look as though you found them in nature. This especially goes well with simple, backyard outdoor weddings. Find a family member or friend's garden and look for inspiration on how natural the flowers go together and choose your favorite combinations.

4. Simplicity. As the economy has tighten our wallets, the best way to still make a statement with floral arrangements is to use large single flowers such as peonies, sunflowers, calla lilies, etc. This is cost effective. simple and elegant.

5. Use different vases from flea markets or from family members and friends. This will give your wedding an eclectic look and add a more personal touch. Look for antique pitchers, old flower pots, tea pots, or use tea cups for smaller arrangements for cocktail and bar tables.

Schedules and Wedding Day Check-Lists

On the day of your wedding, you want to make sure everything runs accordingly to plan. To ensure this organization, make it easier for you and your wedding party and vendors by creating a timeline schedule as well as any checklists with items that need to be completed on that day for your wedding planner. Take your time on creating these lists so you can add and subtract any ideas and thoughts. Disperse these lists to all parties one week ahead of the wedding, therefore if there are any last minute changes, there will be time to do so. Below, I have created a sample Wedding Day Schedule. Please make your timeline and checklists as detailed as you would like, this helps with any possible confusion that could occur during the day of the wedding. Go over the list with each person to ensure he or she fully understands.
Wedding Day Schedule:
Wedding Day Begins
Bridal Party arrives at Venue
Makeup/Hair Appointment Begins
Arrival of Photographer and/or Videographer
Groom and Groomsmen arrive at Venue
Dressing of Bridal Party and Groom and Groomsmen
Arrival of Caterer and Bartenders
Arrival of Flowers
Arrival of DJ
Arrival of Cake
Arrival of Officiant/Pastor
Prelude Ceremony Music Begins
Pre-Ceremony Cocktails*
Arrival of Guests
Line up bridal party and groomsmen for Processional
Ceremony Begins
Special Guests are seated
Processional Begins
Bride Walks down the Aisle
Reception Begins:
Cocktail Hour
Dinner (Depending on how many courses served, you can split it up by salad, sorbet, entrée, etc.)
Toast (Best Man and/or Maid of Honor and/or other Guests)
Cake Cutting
First Dance
Father/Daughter Dance
(Mother/Son Dance)
Dancing for Everyone
Bouquet and Garter Toss
Last Call at the Bar
Last Song of the Night
End of Reception
Photographer/Videographer/DJ/Caterer/Bartenders time of Departure will vary depending on what you have agreed upon with them
*Optional activities depending on the Bride and Groom's desires. 
Make this day as enjoyable and fun as you have always dreamed about. Staying organized is key in making this successful! Therefore, make sure you put dedicated time into making these lists! And most importantly, on the wedding day, RELAX! Let the professionals take care of wedding details!
(Photos by Jim Semlor)

Signature Cocktails

To add a personal and fun touch to your wedding, create a signature cocktail you can serve your guests during cocktail our or during the entire event. To help find ideas think of you and your partner's favorite cocktail, different seasonal flavors and colors.  Below are some images and cocktail recipes I have found:


Orangesicle Cocktail (One of my favorites):
Ice cubes
Orange Juice
Vanilla flavored Vodka
Vanilla Ice Cream
Orange Soda
Directions: Place ice cubes, vanilla ice cream, vanilla flavored vodka and orange juice in a blender and blend well. Pour 3/4 full into serving glass. Equally top each glass with orange soda. Dip orange slices in sugar and place on rim of glass for garnish.

Peach Martini:
2 fl. oz. vanilla-flavored vodka
1 fl. oz. peach schnapps
2 fl.oz. fresh peach nectar*
1/2 fl. oz. fresh lime juice
Ice Cubes
Peach Slice (for garnish)
chilled martini glass
*Fresh Peach Nectar
You’ll need enough soft, ripe peaches (about 1/2 lb. by weight) to equal 1 cup of sliced peaches.  Boil enough water in a pot to be able to just submerge the peaches.  Place the peaches in the water just long enough for their skins to loosen, then immediately remove them and shock them in some ice water. You should be able to easily remove the skins with your hands.  Peel the peaches, remove the pit, and slice them.
Combine 1 cup of sliced peaches and 1/2 cup of water in a blender and liquefy until smooth and free of chunks.  Next, strain the peach puree through a sieve.  You can store this for 3-5 days in a glass jar or bottle in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it

Add the vodka, peach schnapps, peach nectar, and lime juice into a martini shaker along with some ice.  Shake until thoroughly mixed and chilled, then strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a slice of fresh peach.

Mango Margarita:
. 4 oz. tequila1 oz. Triple Sec 2 mangos, peeled and seeded1/2 oz margarita mix
2 oz. water 2 cups crushed ice
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.


Blueberry Mojito
2 oz Van Gogh Açai Blueberry Vodka
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
10 Mint Leaves
10 Fresh Blueberries
Club Soda
Muddle mint leaves, blueberries, and simple syrup in cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, add the vodka and lime juice and shake well. Strain into an ice–filled highball glass and top with the club soda. Garnish with mint sprig or skewer of fresh blueberries.

Purple Rain Cocktail:
1 shot of Blue curacao
1 shot of Peach Archers
A dash of Grenadine
Optional: 1 shot of Vodka
Fill serving glass with ice. Add shot of Blue curacao and Peach Archers. Fill the the glass with lemonade. Add a dash of Grenadine. Stir all ingredients together in glass. Garnish with lime slice.

Blushing Bride:
Pink Lemonade
Lime Twist
Optional: Add 7 up for a bubbly drink!

I love the idea of serving the drinks in a mason jar, SUPER CUTE!!
Want to make it kid friendly, remove the vodka and pre-make it in a large jar for family and friends to service themselves!
Watermelon Champagne Cocktail:
3 watermelon chunks
1/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar:water)
1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
1 drop orange flower water
3 oz. Veuve Clicquot Champagne
Directions: Muddle the watermelon in the lemon, simple, Grand Marnier, and flower water in a mixing glass. Add ice and Champagne and stir briefly. Strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top off with extra splash of Veuve. Garnish with lime twist or watermelon slice.


Midori Sour:
1 part Midori
4 parts sour mix
Melon balls
Serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with melon balls.

Midori Sour
Midori Cosmopolitan:
3/4 oz Midori
2 oz  citrus vodka
Splash of white cranberry juice
Berries or green fruit to garnish
Shake and strain into a chilled glass. Add an optional curly lime peel garnish.
 Green Cosmopolitan

The Something Blue:
2 oz Hpnotiq
2 oz white wine
1 oz ginger ale
Pour all ingredients into a champagne flute!
The Something Blue Wedding Cocktail

Blue Moon Cocktail:
1  cup  crushed ice
1/4  cup  vodka
1/4  cup  blue curaçao
1/4  cup  whipping cream
2  tablespoons  vanilla-flavored syrup (such as Torani)
2  tablespoons  fresh orange juice
1  tablespoon  Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
In a blender, combine all ingredients and whirl until smooth. Pour into four martini glasses (4 oz.) and garnish the rim of each glass with a slice of orange.

Blue Moon Cocktail

Here is an example of where the bride used her name in the signature cocktail name:

Enjoy and drink safely! :)