Happy Mother's Day

To all the mothers out there- we love you, we honor you and we hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day. Know that you make the world a better a place and fill our hearts with comfort and joy. 

With love,

Vanity Affair Events

Aubree Lynn Photography

Aubree Lynn Photography

Olivia Strohm Photography 

Olivia Strohm Photography 

Josh Neff Photography

Josh Neff Photography

Colleen Amelia Photography 

Colleen Amelia Photography 

Robby Cavanaugh Photography 

Robby Cavanaugh Photography 

Melissa Mcclure Photography 

Melissa Mcclure Photography 

Ideas Worth Spreading

TedxPortland put on its seventh annual event this past Saturday at the Keller Auditorium, and I was lucky enough to be the attendee to represent Vanity Affair Events. As I walked up to the doors of the Auditorium, I felt an overwhelming sense of excitement as I was about to be granted access to the minds of some of Portland’s most creative thinkers. I had no expectations as I organized my personal belongings and got comfortable in my seat. I figured I would listen to this group of chosen individuals talk about their hard earned success and well deserved accomplishments, and maybe find the motivation to tackle some of my own projects; that I would leave the event more knowledgeable than I had been before I sat down. And maybe, just maybe, I would hear an idea worth spreading. What I did not realize at the time, was that it would not be an idea worth spreading, but perhaps a deeper discovery I would like to share with all of you.

Photography by Connor Meyer

Photography by Connor Meyer

“Travel more, spend less.” “If you can dream it, you can build it.” “Stop chasing. Start doing.” These were the kind of messages that were conveyed throughout the day. Speaker after speaker, the audience was built up to leave the Keller Auditorium with enough confidence and inspiration to tackle the world’s biggest problems. So why could I not stop thinking about LOVE? Of all things – LOVE! 

As each speaker stood on stage and spoke about vastly different topics – robotics, virtual reality, the 9th planet, travel, knitting (yes you heard me, knitting) there was one common denominator. Love. As each speaker told their story, the story that had gotten them to this very stage, they unfolded this beautiful underlying message of love and support. Sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, partners, friends, family, and colleagues provided the support that eventually carried each person to their highest achievement. And it was clear, not a single speaker made it to that stage alone. As I sat in my seat, alone, I could not help but think about how I too had made it here. I thought about the overwhelming love and support I have received from those around me. I thought about the relationships I had built, the friendships I helped form, and the everlasting bonds that were a result of all of this. And then I thought about us – Vanity Affair Events. How what we call “work”, isn’t work at all. It’s a gift. A gift we have been given to help spread the love. Every single day, we get to take part in events that only exist because of the love shared between family and friends. Even the world’s greatest minds and most intellectual beings NEED the support of those around them to even consider their work to be of value.

Let the summary of my first contribution to this blog be a truth: While we may not have ideas worth spreading, we know love is worth spreading.

Love,

Alex

Alex Timberlake, Production Assistant

The same last name as the Founder of Vanity Affair Events, Alex is the older sister of Kelsey. If there is a ying and a yang among family members, this would describe these two siblings.

A graduate in 2008 from Chapman University in Orange California with a BA in Communication Studies, Alex’s career path has been most recently in the Restaurant Industry. The gravitational pull back to Oregon has been both prompted by her love of the NW and her sister wanting to combine their respective strengths in business.

Alex left a tenured position in Management and Market Development for a large food chain in California. The role as Market Development Manager required overseeing four restaurant locations and their operations. Her expertise in identifying weak areas in that atmosphere brings Vanity Affair an advantage in all things operational. A vision is only as good as its operators! Alex’s behind the scenes and systems oriented approach, will fortify both Kelsey and Danielle’s careful planning of all details most important for your event.

When Alex is not working, you can find her immersed in all things NFL (a fantasy football guru) and searching for her next great read.

Forever Foster

In November I wrote a blog titled Childhood Groom and it is a blog that is really dear to me. It describes what I believe one of the best parts of my career to be, and that is the people it brings back into my life from childhood, in one form or another. 

Meet Krissy and Matt. When they approached me a little over a year ago with the opportunity to be their Wedding Planner, it was, and has been, a walk down memory lane, and one I would walk over and over if given the chance.

The three of us went to high school together, very familiar with who one another was, but never were our immediate friendships within the same circle.  Krissy was an amazing dancer with an infectious laugh and Matt the most genuine, authentic, witty friend to my first real boyfriend (go ahead, laugh, it's true) who I gained through AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) with a username 'LiLKeLc88'....written just. like. that. 

Although strictly an observer, there was always something unspoken between Krissy and Matt and years later I ran right into Krissy as she was walking in for coffee and I was walking out and in our passing, she laid it thick on me that her and Matt had officially crossed paths and were dating. 

Something about that day. Krissy was radiant. Hadn't seen her in years and it always reminds me just what 'love does.' It's magical. And looking back on their winter wedding, magic would be the perfect way to describe every emotion and detail that went into creating this weekend.

A beautiful, overcast February day in Portland, Oregon, where Krissy and Matt exchanged vows in front of family and friends is one that I will hold close. From the beautiful table settings, the unbelievable floral installations who were carefully crafted by her own Mother, Amy, to the way Matt looked at Krissy when she came down the stairs of Hotel deLuxe for their first look, you just don't forget moments like these. 

Cheers to K+M for a lifetime full of health, happiness and everything in between.

Love,

Kelsey 

Wedding Design & Coordination by Vanity Affair Events

Photography by Olivia Strohm Photography

Floral Design by Amy, Mother of the Bride

Stationery by Parkside Prints

Hair and Makeup by Faye Judson and Kiss & Makeup Artistry

Rentals by Barclays

Catering by Chefstable

Ceremony & Reception The Evergreen PDX

 

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

It's hard to believe that tomorrow we welcome March and Spring will soon be here. Where has this year gone? Can we travel back in time? 

As we slow down and reflect on this past month, we are reminded of our weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where two amazing human beings exchanged vows and shared in celebration surrounded by their closest family and friends from all over the world. 

Danielle and I arrived on Thursday, assembling welcome bags, delivering to resorts for when guests checked in. It's these little details that really make your loved ones feel so special and as we hand delivered, we too felt in the joy they would soon be greeted by. 

We witnessed a beautiful rehearsal at Carmel Mission on Friday afternoon and sent guests to rehearsal dinner while we ironed out any last details and laid out our plan for wedding day. We enjoyed a dinner for two at II Tegamino and threw ourselves into a bit of a food coma, but absolutely worth it and highly recommend if you ever find yourself in this beautiful place. 

We woke Saturday morning to misty rain and by Noon the clouds parted ways and we were standing under blue skies. It's amazing how the world works and I find myself saying it more often than not. It had been pouring the entire week and here we stood with sunshine, soft waves in the ocean and dry sand under our feet. Those moments are powerful and they always make me smile. 

This weekend was possible because of the amazing team that we collaborated with and for clients who allow us to create and execute a design we are confident with to reflect the environment they want to see, touch and feel. Because of all of them, we did just that. 

On this last evening in February, we're missing those soft ocean waves and the sand beneath or feet, but thankful for where our work takes us and the relationships we nurture along the way.

With Love,

Kelsey  

Wedding Design & Coordination by Vanity Affair Events

Photography by Aubree Lynn

Floral Design by Gavita Flora

Stationery by Tie That Binds

Hair and Makeup by Blush Monterey 

Rentals by Chic Event Rentals

Reception La Playa Carmel

Styling of invitation suite Kaleb Norman James, photo by Amanda K

Into the Woods

The design process is always where I consider myself the strongest, if we're being transparent. It is often where I find myself knee deep in inspiration, hoping it transpires into the feel, setting and details I want to see when a guest walks into an event. It's where I feel most at home.

There is one thing that is always evident: having design ideas and putting them on paper are two very different concepts, and as we collaborated to create this save the date, I can't help but feel so fortunate to work with Mekala, Owner of Tie That Binds, because I could not have imagined our final product to be more beautiful. 

We designed this save the date to have a more sultry, romantic feel. We brought in faded elements of Central Oregon, while giving it clean lines with bold, modern typography and included small gold foil flecks to provide depth and texture to it's presence. A wax seal placed on the exterior of the envelope lent itself to a more traditional, personalized feel that would properly represent their initials without it appearing as a logo, which was important to us. 

Mekala and I had numerous conversations about details, ensuring we felt it represented our client and the overall tone we were setting for their wedding weekend at House On Metolius. Not only did we feel it set the bar high for what's to come, we knew when guests opened their mail it was going to be a weekend they would not want to miss. 

Looking forward to sharing more as we wrap up their full invitation suite in the coming weeks. 

With Love,

Kelsey