Nothing will create a memorable wedding more than infusing it with the couple's personality.  Emmett  was raised on the Oregon Coast and met Suzanne as an undergrad student. Three years later, on a  chilly winters walk by Haystack Rock  he proposed   Crystalizing their wedding vision began with  identifing  the cornerstones of their story.
One of the first things to emerge was their passion for chocolate!
These two loved chocolate. Really really good chocolate.
In fact when Emmett proposed, he tucked the ring into a tiny gold Godiva box, next to a truffle! Weaving that detail into the reception was a must!
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The chocolate menu was the hit of the reception. They release an intoxicating aroma and and deliver a stunning visual effect . Just before the first course, waiters in white gloves removed the menus and placed them in custom boxes then replace the box at each guest's place setting.
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Empty Godiva truffle boxes allowed guests to take home some of the white chocolate seashells as a gift from the wedding couple. The centerpieces and the menus served dual purposes. They were decorative elements for the table and then were either eaten or went home with guests as highly sought after favors. And what went in the martini glasses you ask? The couples signature drink : Godiva White Chocolate Martinis
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Another corner stone was Suzanne and Emmet's connection to the sea. Enlarge this image to see the detail of the edible white chocolate seashells atop and around the "Treasure Box " centerpieces. These exquisite centerpieces were created by Christina Yen of Yen for Chocolate from Valrhona Chocolate . At 10pm guests were invited to break open the boxes and enjoy a late night treat. The sugar rush had them dancing into the wee hours of the morning !
 
 
Attending A Bridal Show this weekend? 
Avoid making the brides #1 mistake :
"Do not rush to sign anything at a show. "

Shows are a resource where you  gather knowledge and begin to crystalize your vision. Avoid the temptation to make a decision on impulse or under pressure.
I advise couples to bring two things to any wedding show,
~ their phone to take photos and 
~ their calendar to schedule appointments with prospective vendors. 

Reputable professionals will honor their show special for the next week or two after a show to allow for private consultations. For most couples their upcoming wedding will represent their largest financial investment , other then buying a house, for the next five years. The professionals who will help you bring your wedding vision to life and on budget, want you to make an informed choice that is right for YOU.

I hope to meet you at the Bravo Wedding Affaire on  Sunday Feb 23rd 2014 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Portland from 11am - 4pm.
We will be unveiling a stunning new ceremony design!

Congradulations on love well found !
Gabrielle of Black Swan
 
    "It is not our place to tell a client what to do. or what is "right".  It is our place to listen., to guide  them as they crystalize their vision, and then...
     exceed their expectations."
    Gabrielle Dowding

    Author

    Having coordinated over 400 weddings nationally and internationally, Gabrielle and her team
    deliver weddings that ignite the imagination while honoring the couples budget.
    This blog is an inside look at how they create  these award winning events ,  and how to avoid costly mistakes.

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