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Hello Unforgettable Fans! As promised on Tuesday’s blog post, here is the gorgeous photo spread that photographer Lydia did for two of our US&E staff members, Vanessa and Andrew! Last week, we showed you the behind the scenes photos, so … Continue reading
Hello Unforgettable Fans!
It’s our pleasure to be able to take you behind the scenes of a beautiful winter fashion shoot that was done for the magazine Eugene Weddings. The shoot features last week’s wedding couple and US&E staff members Vanessa and Andrew! We had the opportunity to help Lydia Gillis with her goal of organizing a styled shoot, and US&E was were thrilled to get some behind the scenes pictures and details for our lovely followers. Take a look at what we found:
We are so proud of Lydia and the beautiful photos that she took. We believed in her from the start, and US&E is proud to have been a part of such a magnificent shoot. Stay tuned next week to see the finished product and what a beautiful rustic wedding looks like with the help of Unforgettable Service & Events, LLC!
Models: Andrew and Vanessa
Events Coordinator: Unforgettable Service & Events, LLC
Wedding Venue: Domaine Meriwether
Cake: Soft Peak Cakery
Drink Menu: Domain Meriwether
Photography: Lydia Gillis Photography
Florist: Patton’s Country Gardens
Dress: David’s Bridal, Giland
Groom’s Outfit: Banana Republic, bow tie from Macy’s
Jewelry: H Boutique
Stationary: Little Arrow Studio
Rental Equipment: Parties to Go
Also, check out Lydia Gillis Photography’s blog and thoughts on the shoot here: http://lydiagillisphotographyblog.com/winter-styled-wedding-domiane-meriwether-eugene-wedding-photographer/
Hello Unforgettable Fans! This week, our featured event is starring one of our very own staff members: Vanessa and Andy! this beautiful couple hired us to coordinate their beautiful wedding. We are so happy to have been able to see one of our own happy and be a part of their special day
Their ceremony at the Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm was played to the theme “Key to the Heart”. It was a country chic theme with lace, wood rounds, antique bottles with wild flowers, and old keys for the centerpiece. For the guestbook, they used and old window, and the couple was also married in front of an old barn with a beautiful reception by the river. At the ceremony, the first row of seating was pews that had been refurbished by the groom himself, creating a familial and homey atmosphere that went well with their country chic theme. They also brought an upright grand piano for a friend to play during the ceremony, and arrived via a hayride for the event, which they also used to exit after the ceremony was over.
JD Elegance snapped beautiful photos of the wedding, including the moment when the bride had her father walk her down the aisle and her brother carrying a sign in front as depicted below. The couple ended the wedding with a beautiful reception complete with music provided by DJ Sazquatch, a buffet from Hole in the Wall, and the US&E’s very own bar service.
The obstacle that appeared with Vanessa’s wedding was a common foe of US&E: the weather. It was an extremely windy day during the wedding. All of the table decorations kept falling down and things were getting blown over by the wind. However, as usual, Dawn was right there to save the day and hold everything together, making sure nothing flew away by keeping an eye on all of the decorations and finding creative ways to hold things in place. Another obstacle of this wedding that many couples face was a tight budget. The bride described that she was worried that with her tight budget, that she would not be able to have her ideas become reality. In an interview with the bride, however, she says that, “Even on a tight budget, if you have an idea, [Dawn] knows how to take it and make it real. I didn’t know what I wanted because I had seen so many things. Dawn was patient and supportive. She made sure that family didn’t skew my ideas or plans. She made sure it was exactly what Andy and I wanted, and what our dream was more than our families’ dreams or budget. It was nice to not be forgotten about in the whole wedding plan. She was always there, and she never was pushy about things.”
Dawn loved working with Andrew and Vanessa as US&E staff members. They always put their all into every task the job requires, but she was even more happy to work with them to make their day amazing! “They are a beautiful example of love,” she says. -US&E staff
Hello Unforgettable Fans!
We took a look at all the weddings we have planned so far and all the venues they have been held at. After this, we narrowed down the list to our first installment of the top 5 wedding venues. Check out our list:
1. Mount Pisgah
Mount Pisgah is infamous for its serene, beautiful setting and is a top favorite of the US&E staff and local Oregonians. One of the most unique things about this venue is that it can be either completely outdoors OR indoors. It’s a building that can be opened up to enjoy the surroundings. In addition to this, the patio is the perfect dance floor. Twinkle lights are scattered tastefully in the trees and pillars, and cafe lights strung over the dance floor. There are permanent bathrooms, and tables and chairs are included. Best of all, your wedding will go towards the non-profit group that runs the arboretum and the weddings that are held there help keep the building going. Not only have the perfect venue, but give to a beautiful cause as well.
2. Lewis and Clark Catering Company
A private urban location on the millrace near Autzen Stadium with a covered and heated patio for all weather events. It’s in town and makes a perfect urban, intimate setting, ideally for groups of 75 to 100 people. Since the venue is on site at a catering company, there is amazing on-site catering, as well as provided tables, linens, and place settings. In addition to this, there is a friendly staff and a huge, swanky bridal suite and groom’s lounge. Definitely a great pick!
3. Domaine Meriwether
This vineyard is locally infamous and established, but it has come into new ownership, which is CEO Dawn’s favorite thing about it. The staff and owners are very friendly and helpful and their unique bubbles are fantastic! They have a large space that is great for large groups outdoors and a beautiful, scenic mountain backdrop for photos. If it is an off-weather day, then they also have a huge indoor space that is a blank slate, giving the bride and groom an opportunity to transform it into whatever they want to.
4. Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm
This venue is a rustic, working farm on the middle fork of the Willamette River. It is extremely secluded, yet only 15 minutes outside of the city of Eugene, OR. There is a beautiful lawn right on the bank of the river that is perfect for ceremony and reception as well as a second farm yard site with “Pinterest” appeal. This venue also has the ability to arrive and/or leave by boat and is flexible with catering and vendor options. Included with the venue are a large tent, bar and cake tents, tables, chairs, and coffee/tea service. For the bridal party, there is access to the large log home to get ready for the wedding.
5. Sweet Cheeks
If you are looking to have a sunset wedding, you will find no better venue than Sweet Cheeks. From their amazing patio, there are incredible views and sunsets that offer beautiful wedding photos. The staff is friendly, helpful, and fun, and tables and chairs are provided. In addition to this, they have an amazing wine selection. We recommend Rosy Cheeks!
Don’t forget that the perfect venue is only made better with the perfect events coordinating team. We assure you that we will be the team to get the job done and make your dream wedding come true (or better!).
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This week’s featured event is Thurston High School’s first annual Alumni Hall of Fame banquet that was coordinated by US&E earlier this year. The banquet – that Thurston intends to be an annual event – was held in order to induct alumni athletes from the last 50 years into the school’s Hall of Fame; some of which even went on to compete in the Olympics or coach at University of Oregon. The event was planned with elegance and class, not just your typical high school awards ceremony, as many of the inductees into the Hall of Fame were successful business men and women or accomplished athletes during and even after their college years.
There were a few challenges that came with planning Thurston High School’s Hall of Fame banquet. Dawn and her team were given a limited budget and only four weeks to plan everything; however, the biggest challenge was turning a high school cafeteria into a space that the caliber of guests attending would feel was inviting and complimentary. A particular challenge with the cafeteria that the staff encountered, was that Thurston High School had asked that US&E incorporate the school colors of red, black, and white into the decor, but these colors were difficult to keep from clashing with the three shades of medium greens that made up the cafeteria’s color palette. This did not deter the staff, however, and they were able to work around the greens in a tasteful way by working once again with Bonnie Helsel, the florist and owner of Patton’s Country Gardens. Dawn designed a centerpiece of Manzanita branches with orchid blossoms attached, a base of white hydrangeas and surrounded by soft candle lights. The tables were decorated with black linens and red napkins, and some of the honorees’ tables were even decorated with photos from their time at the school in their chosen sport. Everything flowed together beautifully.
To create a special touch for the honored guests, Hole in the Wall (an award winning bbq company in Eugene/Springfield) was asked to step out of their comfort zone and create a “menu to remember” specifically for the event. Everyone was amazed that a barbeque company had such a wide variety outside their perceived forte. In addition to this, current students at Thurston High School honored the guests by volunteering to work the event and take direction from Dawn and her staff. They were dressed in professional black and white service staff uniforms and did an excellent job serving, bussing, and making all of the attendees feel welcomed and cared for.
Something that sets US&E apart from the rest is our meticulous attention to even the smallest and seemingly insignificant details of our client’s events. We go the extra mile to make sure that nothing is overlooked and that each and every event is truly unforgettable. We are so honored to have had the privilege to be a part of such an important event in Thurston High School’s sports program and look forward to working with them again!
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This week, we are featuring a non-wedding event. To give you an example of our dedication to our clients, no matter what may happen, we decided to highlight the event we planned for client Chea Barnes (who was the photographer of the pictures shown in last week’s event) – a baby shower for her sister.
Chea had recently relocated to Portland making the logistics of what she thought would be an easily planned shower a bit more of a challenge, so much so, that when she did make the call for some information, she just decided to put it in our capable hands. After a few conversations, Dawn and the florist, Bonnie, had a good vision of what Chea was looking for. Together they worked for the next 6 weeks fine tuning and creating the beautiful vintage baby shower for 28 lovely ladies to celebrate the birth of baby Ava. They decided on the theme of country vintage, a coral/peach color pallet and 7 different pies .
The baby shower had been planned and everything was going smoothly until life threw quite the curveball at Dawn. On her way to set up the baby shower for Chea’s sister, Dawn was hit by a tow truck that resulted in a totaled VW Jetta, and an emergency room visit via an ambulance. Luckily, the florist and vineyard owner were at the scene of the accident and able to get the equipment out of Dawn’s car before it was hauled off. Then, our associate event director, Mandy Hoggard, called on new team member Jen McNutt-Bloom, who was already on her way to the venue with pies and brunch in hand from our amazing baker and caterer, to finish the set and assist in the final tear down. Without an amazingly talented team of individuals working together, a situation like this could have ended much differently for the client.
As always, we work tirelessly behind the scenes, no matter where we are (including an emergency room), to ensure all our clients, no matter what size or design of their event, have a truly unforgettable experience!
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Every Thursday, Unforgettable Service & Events will be featuring a different event that we have had the pleasure of directing. Last week we began with the INSPIRE! Bridal Tour, Dawn’s favorite event that we produce biannually. This week, we have decided to feature the wedding of clients Dr. and Mrs. Montgomery Wettstein.
Mary and Monty’s wedding on September 28th, 2014 presented Unforgettable with one of their craziest challenges yet. The worst storm of the year happened to hit the valley the day of their vineyard wedding. The bride’s vision of an elegant evening under the stars, at the gorgeous King Estate Winery was planned with Dawn with meticulous attention to detail. We had worked with the couple to plan every last aspect of their dream wedding from their dream venue to the white velvet backdrops with Tiffany blue up lighting behind each lounge area surrounding the dance floor. It was going to be a beautiful fall evening! We just knew it!
However, Mother Nature had very different plans for us. As seasoned coordinators, we always have a backup plan for inclement weather especially in the Willamette Valley, no matter what time of year, because weather here is incredibly unpredictable. The closer the wedding got, the more concerned we became with the weather being less than perfect. Dawn made sure to get the reception space covered just in case the weather would not allow for an outdoor reception, when the warnings predicted not just rain, but monsoon type conditions with high winds.
Our lovely bride, Mary was still hopeful that the wedding could take place outside on the lawn and did not want to move it inside if at all possible; so she agreed to let Dawn, with her expertise, make a last minute decision to move the ceremony inside if it indeed became necessary. The morning of the wedding, there was no question the storm was on its way. As the bride was getting her hair and makeup done, Dawn made the call and moved the ceremony indoors. She had already made the arrangements two days before in case this situation happened, making the transition to the indoor location seamless. Not all of the outdoor wedding dreams the bride wanted was lost, however. The photographer was able to get some fantastic wedding shots of the couple out by the vineyard before the winds set in.
As the guests finished dinner and the party was just beginning, the storm hit hard. The King Estate tent that was being used for bussing and storage went flying down the driveway. On top of this, water collection buckets in the main tent were being emptied every five minutes due to the heavy rainfall. To add to this, the wind blew so strongly that at one point, the side of the tent that had been anchored down securely blew in and sent a floral arrangement crashing to the ground. The outdoor area had to be evacuated for safety reasons.
While Dawn and her crew ended up being soaked by the storm, none of the guests realized all that had gone on that night. US&E had kept the timeline going smoothly and the couple and the guests calm. Dawn was told later by the couple that no one had realized that things had gotten moved to avoid getting wet or damaged.
The bride even wrote us this glowing review:
“If you think you don’t need a wedding planner, you’re wrong, very wrong. You need Dawn and her staff if you want your wedding to be perfectly planned. No details will be overlooked. She came up with awesome ideas and has great connections. She’ll be there for you at any hour of the day and answer questions and address your concerns. My September vineyard wedding happened to coincide with the year’s craziest storm. Dawn had to redo everything last minute, the guests never knew. So all you Oregon brides, have a rain backup plan! Choose Dawn, she’s awesome!!!”
We are so happy that she loved her wedding and that we were able to make her big day such a special event, even with the unpredictable Oregon weather!
Details on the wedding:
Wedding Date: September 28th, 2013
Venue: King Estate Winery
Rentals and Lighting: Parties To Go
Photographer: Chea Studio Photography, Chea Barnes
Florist: Patton’s Country Gardens, Bonnie Helsel Bakery: Cakes by JoDee, JoDee Suter
Hair: NuVo Salon, Nancy Jones
Limousine: Superior Limo
Thanks, US&E Staff
Hello Unforgettable Fans!
From all of our wonderful reviewers, we have heard about the favorite moments of your events and how we have been able to make them special for you and your guests. Now it’s our turn! Some of our staff would like to tell you some of their favorite part of working for Unforgettable Service & Events.
Jona Henninger, a bartender for US&E, says that her favorite part of working for the company is the weddings. She enjoys serving at the weddings and being a part of the couple’s magical night.
Assistant Coordinator Kristina’s favorite part of working for US&E is that the company allows her to be herself and feel like part of a family…an unforgettable family!
Diane, one of our Associate Coordinators, says that the originality and creativity of events like the INSPIRE! Bridal Tour is what makes her work with US&E unforgettable. “Dawn Keeney thinks of it all so a bride and groom don’t have to,” she says.
“I love that Dawn and I are on the same page when it comes to quality of service and positive cooperation,” Damon, the newest member of the US&E team, says. “The Inspire! Tour is genius and I am so pleased to be a part of it!”
Finally, staff member Mara shares that her favorite part of working for US&E is “working along side my friend and seeing her in her element. She truly is professional and rises to any occasion. She does it with ease, grace, professionalism and a great sense of humor.”
There you have it! We are always having fun coming up with ways to make your event special and unforgettable, but now you know why that is so special and unforgettable to us.
Let us know your reviews and quote on events you have by giving us a review! Communication is the key to a happy relationship (even if it’s a corporate relationship with us)!
The US&E Staff