Some fun news! I started a new project earlier this year, called NW Wedding Underground, that I’m really excited about! It’s a website dedicated to featuring favorite wedding venues (hence this Victorian Belle Mansion wedding feature) and vendors in the Pacific Northwest. For each feature, a bunch of awesome vendors come together to enhance the space and show off their talents. Photos as well as several videos are created with vendor interviews and tours of the space. My friend Angela has helped me get it rolling, and together we have published 2 episodes so far, have 2 more in the editing stage, and a whole year’s worth in the works for 2020!
Our very first episode features Victorian Belle Mansion, which is in the Kenton neighborhood in North Portland. Kenton is such a cute neighborhood, and the mansion is just steps away from the main street. It’s such a beautiful venue and the grounds are expansive. Once you step through the wrought iron gates, you’re transported into a quaint secret garden, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are numerous areas around the property for amazing portraits.
Jovana Combs performed hair and makeup magic on Angela and myself, which was such a treat. She is so sweet and fun to chat with. Her focus is to enhance natural beauty, without using a ton of makeup. We both felt very natural and radiant for sure! Of course, she also did hair and makeup for our model, Sami Rae!
Sami Rae wore a dress from Blue Sky Bridal. Blue Sky Bridal is a cute boutique dress shop on Mississippi Ave, in Northeast Portland. They specialize in consigning new, used, and sample gowns at discounted prices.
Floral for the feature was provided by Floral Sunshine! Annie was so much fun to work with, and her flowers were so cheerful (and sunny!). She created a beautiful piece for the ceremony arbor, a bouquet for the bride, and gorgeous centerpieces for the reception space.
Speaking of the arbor, Rose’s Rentals brought in nearly everything else for the space! They custom built the hexagonal arbor, set up dozens upon dozens of candles for the first dance area, as well as tables, chairs, china, flatware, linens, and various other decor items for the reception.
Finally, can we talk about this cake?! Leslie Foster, of The Cake Room, created the most intricately detailed cake I think I’ve ever seen. It was so tall, and really reflected the look and style of the Victorian mansion!
Venue – Victorian Belle Mansion
Hair & Makeup – Jovana Combs Beauty
Florals – Floral Sunshine
Cake – The Cake Room
Rentals – Rose’s Rentals
Wedding Dress – Blue Sky Bridal
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