|I married the man of my dreams and my best friend. I’m pretty much the luckiest chic on the planet.|
|The men looking snazzy in their tuxes|
|My mom handmade all of the dresses for the wedding party|
|My aunt made my wedding bouquet and added in a handkerchief and cameo from my great-grandmother|
|We scraped together enough money to pay for a wonderful Jazz band—I wish that I could pay them three times what we did. They were absolutely amazing.|
|My family made tasty desserts for our dessert and coffee reception|
|My little sister was my maid of honor—Isn’t she lovely?|
|Our wedding party was slightly LARGE—It was nice being surrounded by friends and family|
|The Mother-of-the-Bride and the Mother-of-the-Groom accidentally got the same dresses… but, they looked gorgeous!|
|My lovely flower girls walking down the aisle|
We all know that I love a good party. When I heard about the Pacific Northwest Blogger’s Meet-Up I couldn’t wait to attend. The Paper Mama threw a pretty decent shin-dig with the help of many amazing sponsors. The event was located at The Lucky Lab in SE Portland. I was fortunate enough to get to meet 50 Pacific Northwest area bloggers, play a fun photo scavenger hunt game, and enjoy some tasty brews. I left with a swag bag full of awesomeness.
Just to be completely honest— networking situations such as these are incredibly difficult for me. I was excited to be able to attend the event, but was more than just a little bit nervous. I’m usually the one throwing events and working on all the details behind the scenes rather than chatting for extended periods with all the guests. I had three panic attacks due to the massive crowd (in small spaces) and trying to talk over everyone. But, these ladies were all so very sweet and friendly that halfway in I didn’t want to leave to go home to the kiddo and hubby. Such a fun time!
I can’t believe I didn’t actually take very many photos of the decor…. but, I took a ton of photos of the lovely ladies. Take this post as an excellent source of inspiration for party-clothing for a summer evening networking event. Some seriously stylish ladies in attendance!
Oh, and if you are a PNW blogger and want to attend the next event then check out the PNW Blogger website and follow along for updates about when tickets go on sale. The next event is slotted for Nov. 3 at West Elm in the Pearl district of Portland, OR.
Now, for some photo-overload. Some of these were taken with my camera and others were taken with my iPhone. Professional photos will be added once we get them from the photographer. Sara, of Sara Gray Photography, was taking photos most of the event and I can’t wait to see her work!
|Top Row Left to Right: The Paper Mama; myself and Fork & Vine; Myself & The Friendly Fox Middle Row: Bringing Up Ruby & Me; The Boho Mama, Bringing Up Ruby, myself, and The Paper Mama; Hi Baby Blog & Me Bottom Row: Somewhere in the Middle, Me & Britches & Boots, Me all dolled up; The Boho Mama & me!|
|Top: Britches & Boots, A Punk, A Pumpkin, and A Peanut, Fork & Vine Bottom: Margaret Jacobson Photography, Moorea Seal, Fork & Vine|
|Top Row: The Velvet Bird, I Might Just Explode Bottom:Britches & Boots, Say It, Don’t Spray It!; Group of lovely bloggers; Near Sighted Owl & Say It, Don’t Spray It!|
|Top Row: Hi Baby Blog, The Boho Mama, PDX Mama Bottom Row: The Curly Cues, Somewhere in the Middle; Rouge & Whimsy , Delightful Neat & All Dressed Up Ashley|
|Some of the great cards given by the many bloggers in attendance|
|SWAG Bag goodies from a ton of great sponsors|
|Some of the many awesome items from the sponsors: Tissue Holder from Posies and Pattycakes; Button earrings via Bliss Baby Designs; Bicycle coin purse from Lil Alice; Button earrings via Mama Mandolin; BirchBox; Remember Miro notebook; Tidy Tots Potty Chair Liners via Mompact; Supportland Card ; Chocolate from Fran’s Chocolates|
|Putting together the Birth Kits|
|Delicious snacks for all the ladies working on the kits|
|Adorable drink station set up by Megan… seriously most adorable cups and saucers, ever!|
|Each kit comes with 3X3 plastic square, gauze squares, string, razor blade, 1/8 bar of soap, and plastic gloves|