The {NEW} English Department

Last Friday I had the pleasure of joining many other wedding gown enthused women for the Grand Re-Opening of The English Department.

 Britta Marie Photography 

Britta Marie Photography 

I'm simply in love with The English Department and was lucky enough to find my gown here, during a Jenny Yoo trunk show. Their new space is so picturesque it makes me want to go through the whole dress shopping experience all over again. 

 Britta Maria Photography 

Britta Maria Photography 

The English Department merged with Xtabay, their sister company's vintage bridal space, earlier this month. The stunning new space, located in the SE Clinton neighborhood, is more than double the size and still carries designer gowns made to order, and now a small selection of vintage gowns as well.

 Britta Marie Photography 

Britta Marie Photography 

Accessories from Elizabeth Bower, ranging from sashes to tiaras fill ornate gold rimmed glass cases. Annie Ekstroms laced trimmed veils line their floral wallpaper. Oh how lace veils make me swoon. Their new space screams elegance with vintage charm.

 Britta Marie Photography 

Britta Marie Photography 

The Grand Re-Opening party was complete with our friends from Mint & Mirth serving up cocktails and champagne, Petunias sweet treats and gorgeous floral arrangements from Pistil & Stamen

 Britta Marie Photography 

Britta Marie Photography 

The English Department is now by appointment only, so make sure to give them a call in advance to meet with one of their darling wedding gown specialists.


2632 SE 25th Ave. Suite E

Portland, Oregon 97202

503.224.0724


Open on Wednesdays, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday by appointment.

 

Peace, Love & Happy Shopping! 

Danielle

The Good Beginning

My dearest friend had a beautiful wedding in the spring of 2014; the flowers were vast and the champagne was flowing, but there were no gifts. Some people were confused, questioning her choice, asking her repeatedly if she really didn’t want any gifts. But she and her fiance were certain they had enough silverware, linens and wine glasses and so, in lieu of gifts, they asked that their guests donate on behalf of their marriage to two charities that were near and dear to their hearts-  Alzheimer and Cancer research. Both diseases had impacted the couples families.

 Photos from The New Beginning 

Photos from The New Beginning 

This past week, our friend and mentor Beth Helmstetter (Event Designer & Owner of Beth Helmstetter Events) launched The Good Beginning. Her website is ‘A place where couples begin their marriage by doing good.’ It was designed to give couples the ability to register for donations towards charities across the globe.

 Beth volunteering at  Mission of Hope Haiti

Beth volunteering at Mission of Hope Haiti

How it Works: It's just as simple as registering at Crate & Barrel! You simply sign up with your name and wedding date and choose up to five charities in which you want guests to donate. The website takes care of the rest, providing you with a link to place on your wedding website which  will direct guests to your registry. The Good Beginning tracks all of the donations for you, so you can send appropriate thank you cards.

The Causes: The Good Beginning features organizations from around the world, in categories that range from Education, Poverty & Hunger, to Environment and Animal Welfare. If there’s a charity not listed or if you prefer to give locally,  you can simply add your charity of choice!


The Daily Give: Make sure to check out the websites blog, The Daily Give, where you will become “Consciously Inspired.” Articles ranging from bow ties that give back to dressing consciously on your wedding day.

I Hope to leave you feeling inspired today! Don't wait to check out and share The Good Beginning. 

Peace & Love, 

Danielle 

Sweet Mistake

You may be swearing off sweets for the new year, but don't forget about your wedding dessert which will taste that much better after your new years cleanse! 

Wedding desserts have come a long way from the traditional past of a single cake. When it comes to dessert couples are getting creative: doughnuts, s'mores, ice cream sandwiches to name just a few. Whatever dessert you choose, don’t get caught making these major sweet mistakes!

 Bryan Rupp Photography 

Bryan Rupp Photography 

1. Ordering Too Much

Wedding cakes are very expensive and walking away with the entire bottom layer is a sad waste. While large tiered wedding cakes can be gorgeous, they can also be costly and often times go uneaten.

Kelsey’s rule of thumb for ordering a wedding cake is a slice per person for 75% of your guest count.

 Aubree Lynn Photography

Aubree Lynn Photography

2. Not Ordering Enough

The only thing worse than walking away with an uneaten cake, is a dessert bar that is gone in mere seconds! When you’re ordering a dessert bar make sure to order enough. You’ve now given your guests variety (which they love!), but this also means they are going to want to try multiple goodies and because these cute little treats are bite size, they will likely put a few on their plate at a time and maybe even come come back for seconds.

Kelsey’s ordering rule of thumb for a dessert bars is 2 pieces per person. This will help balance out the unknown of who will have five and will have none.

3. Variety

Giving guests variety is a smart way to ensure your desserts will be eaten. Kelsey is a big fan of the dessert bar for this very reason. Your guests have specific dessert preferences, especially with cake- the red velvet cake you adore many of your guests may not. Ordering different flavors for different tiers on a cake or different types and flavors of smaller desserts helps aid this issue and satisfies all sweet tooths!

 Anna Jaye Photography

Anna Jaye Photography

5. Tradition

All this talk about dessert bars does not mean you have to say farewell to your wedding cake. There is something lovely about a couple's first cake cutting, not only is it a perfect photo opp that likely generations of women in your family have partaken in, but it's a very sweet ceremonial part of the day.

Kelsey suggests doing a small 1-3 tiered cake to cut and serve alongside your dessert of choice.

6. Decor

When you have beautifully crafted desserts that someone likely put hours into creating, make sure to display them. Your cake table is a perfect way to show off the sweets people will soon be able to enjoy. Use simple flowers or a runner to draw more attention to the table and don’t forget to label your desserts -especially if any of them are allergy friendly ( a simple V for vegan, GF for gluten free will do, as those folks searching out vegan and gluten free items will know what to look for!).

 Kimberly Kay Photography 

Kimberly Kay Photography 

 

Love, 

Danielle