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Emee Pumarega, CMP
Portland, Oregon
Emee Pumarega is a wedding and event planner based in Portland, Oregon. (503) 284-6756
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I can't believe it was only a year ago we were at Oaks Pioneer Church and the Elysian Ballroom celebrating Kathleen and David's wedding reception. A little rain didn't dampen the happy couple's spirits! Photos by Once Like a Spark. Floral by An Affair To Remember. Related articles { Design Roundup } 5 sites to help you choose a wedding color scheme {Destination Weddings 101} Traveling with a wedding gown When and how do we sign our Oregon marriage license? { Portland Wedding Venues } Planner's Roundup - 5 sites that allow outside catering Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
It's a bright fall November day in Portland, so I thought I would post something with a harvest vibe. Today's photo comes from David Barss, taken at Zenith Vineyard in 2012. Jeanne and Korash were married towards the end of the summer and I just love the interplay between light and shadow that makes for an atypical couples' photo. Related articles { Portland Wedding Venues } Planner's Roundup - 5 sites that allow outside catering { Local Love } Transport your out of towners Portland-style in a Tesla electric town car! Man dressed as tree arrested for blocking traffic {Destination... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Today's photo comes is from the 2007 archives! Altura Studio captured this beautiful outdoor reception at the Portland Art Museum sculpture garden. I loved how the platinum lamour table linens contrasted with the bright colors of the fall flowers and the existing art. Very excited to read that the PAM will be adding a fantastic new art pavilion in this location in the next couple of years, but it's a little bittersweet to say farewell to this unique outdoor urban wedding location. Catering: Vibrant Table, Flowers, Geranium Lake. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Today's photo comes from Scott McNamara, taken at a wedding we planned for Lauren and Kurt at Multnomah Falls in 2012. With this type of scenery you really don't need any other decor! Their ceremony was held on the patio surrounded by forest and the falls in the background; the reception was held inside the historic 1925 lodge Great Hall, with its soaring ceilings and crackling fireplace. Related articles Multnomah Falls, Oregon, 1918 { Design Roundup } 5 sites to help you choose a wedding color scheme {Destination Weddings 101} Traveling with a wedding gown Discover Waterfalls and Wonder Hiking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Today's photo that I'm loving comes from Evrim Icoz Photography - we recently did a wedding at The Nines Hotel where the client asked for modern, geometric centerpieces to go with the modern, glamorous look of the hotel and the reception. These were designed by Geranium Lake and I just love the mix of textural floral with the sharp lines of the container. Thank you to everyone who worked on this wedding with us! "Photo of the Day" is our regular blog feature where we pick a quick favorite photo and share it with you. It might be a behind-the-scenes,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Happy anniversary to these lovely grooms! We were thrilled to be a part of their wedding a private riverfront Wilsonville estate last year. Family and friends contributed flowers from their farm, and the grooms provided the wine from their Sherwood winery. A farm-to-table dinner buffet was created by Valley Commissary Catering, and the guests danced the night away to Pura Vida Orquestra, honoring the Cuban heritage of Mauro's family. Many happy returns to the couple! Related articles { Design Roundup } 5 sites to help you choose a wedding color scheme {Destination Weddings 101} Traveling with a wedding gown When... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
A harsh reality of planning a wedding is creating a budget. It may not be the most romantic aspect of your nuptials, but it’s crucial, in order to reduce stress and not overspend. Here are some helpful ways to plan your budget: Talk to all the contributors. Maybe the couple is paying for the entire wedding themselves, maybe one family is footing the bill, or maybe it is being split between many parties. Whatever your situation is, make it clear from the beginning how much (and on what aspects of the wedding) each group is willing to spend. Decide what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
After the initial thrill of getting engaged subsides, you now realize that there's some planning to do! This time can easily feel overwhelming as friends and family barrage you with questions: Have you set a date? Where will the wedding be held? What's the theme? Where should I get a hotel room? !!! Fear not, there's actually a pretty organized system for thinking through the steps to planning a wedding that I can share with you in a few sentences. And no, it doesn't start with setting a date! Read on... Phase One - Design, Budget, and Team << START... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Photo credit: Madeline Ball, licensed by Creative Commons Newly engaged? If you've started planning, that likely means heading to the computer. What you’ll come across are many websites that provide some of the same things a coordinator does: a to-do list, a list of vendors, and hundreds of articles about anything and everything wedding related. If you're not sure if wedding coordinator is in your budget, or you want to take on the planning yourself, these websites are amazing resources. However, there are several things a website can’t do: Tailor a plan unique to you and your partner. A coordinator... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
We're happy to share the news that two top review websites, and recently recognized EJP Events by putting us on their "best of" lists. Thanks to all of our brides and grooms, we love making your day special! Here are a few of the featured weddings and what they said: (Photo: Altura Studio) (Photo: Powers Studios) (Photo: Evrim Icoz) Wedding issues bugging you? Please contact us to set a time to chat about your wedding and how we can help. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
No, not the marriage license or rings, but still there are a few items that people always seem to forget. Take care of these now and make your life a lot easier. 1. A place to put cards that are given as gifts. Whether you use a customized cardbox, or just a nice glass fishbowl, have a secure place for guests to put their cards so they don't fall under the gift table or blow away. 2. A good guest book pen. Make sure it does not smear easily and has acid-free, archival quality ink. 3. Someone to handle final... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
You would never walk into a store, grab a dress off the rack, pay for it and walk out, would you? No, you would try it on first! Especially if it was for an important occasion. The same should apply for your wedding day! After witnessing a couple of "wardrobe malfunctions" this summer, bride and groom alike, I have to remind you all: Please try on your gown or tux before you take it home for the last time! Yes, you may have had several fittings. But things can happen between the last fitting and the final pickup. You could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Erika and Lionel came up to Portland from sunny LA to have a subtly-Hello Kitty-themed wedding at the The Grotto with reception at The Nines Hotel. As soon as she said "Hello Kitty" you know I was already SO THERE for everything. I was also super excited to help them combine Erika's Mexican cultural and family traditions with Lionel's Filipino heritage. Some of these traditions were expressed in the traditional Filipino Catholic ceremony, complete with veil, cord, and coins ceremonies; and in having a cumbia band at the reception. All in all, it was an exciting, whirlwind day with lots... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Now that the holiday rush is dying down, it's time to send save-the-dates for your 2016 wedding! Normally, Save-the-Date cards or emails are sent about six months before the wedding, although they can go as early as one year in advance. This means you should design and order them about seven or eight months before the wedding to give you time to print, address, and send. Invitations are sent eight to twelve weeks before the wedding, so order four to six months out. Do you have to send save-the-dates? No, there is no etiquette requirement for these, but they are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
(Yes, this is what your coordinators look like after about 12 hours on site :-)! Image courtesy Evrim Icoz Photography) The wedding photobooth used to be a fun novelty; now it seems like a wedding must-have, along with regular photography and mini-desserts. So common now, that we're often asked, "What can I add to my wedding to entertain guests along with, or instead of, a photobooth?" We are definitely still big fans of the photobooth because not only is it amusing, it serves as a different kind of wedding documentation and also as a party favor. But here are a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
As the summer wanes, and our clients return from honeymoons, we receive a lot of inquiries about what to do with the wedding dress or sari. EJP Events is an authorized dealer for the Wedding Gown Preservation Company, and we have had great results with them. You don't have to have had your wedding coordinated by us to take advantage of this service. The gowns are expertly cleaned and wrinkles removed. Repairs can be done and additional items such as veil, train, and shoes can be cleaned and included in the box underneath a divider, in their own individual acid=free... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Been meaning to blog about this one for a while! I was so pleased to pick up the most recent issue of Portland Bride and Groom magazine to find one of our weddings from last summer featured. Photos courtesy Stark Photography Erica and Rohan planned a traditional church ceremony at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a surprise Sri Lankan (Sinhalese) ceremony, called a poruwa, at their reception location of Castaway. They chose a multitude of wonderful details, from the vintage double decker bus to take guests from church to reception, to the modern geometric details of the wedding cake from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
You're engaged, you've got the venue and the date, and are so excited to get going on planning! Yet, you're stuck on what the wedding will actually look like. Envisioning the final event means you need to pick invitations, table linens, flowers, lighting, and all the assorted goodies that go with your big party. And of course you've got to start with a color or two (or a few!) that hopefully go together. "But I like everything!" you say. Or maybe, "Our site has this weird carpet and I'm not sure what goes with it." Or possibly, "I don't want... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Photo by Ewen Roberts Although the bulk of outdoor Oregon weddings have not yet begun, winter lovebirds are still heading out to beachy climates to get married. The question of how to pack your wedding gown comes up a lot! Always check with your airline first for specific packing restrictions. Here are some tips from one of our gown specialists: "You will not be able to use the standard length bridal gown bag as carry on luggage. It is too long, and too easily torn. Place your gown inside an FAA-approved garment bag instead. For instance, US Airways states that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
via Here's a question I get asked quite a bit: when and how do you sign the marriage license? I've seen it done a number of ways. (First though, make sure you go in person to the county office and pick up your marriage license within 3 and 60 days before the wedding! You can start the process online in Multnomah County, but you both still must go in person to pick it up, with valid ID. More about that here.) You will have given the county clerk $60 and your personal information, and signed your names to a... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 20, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
For so many couples, the food is the THE most important part of the wedding celebration. I often hear from them: "The food HAS to be good"..."We like the Portland food scene and want to integrate it into our wedding"..."We want to give our guests a taste of Portland and the Pacific Northwest". Often, they already have a caterer in mind when they start their venue search, and are challenged when they keep running into venues that have strict exclusive lists. That got me to thinking. What Portland wedding and event venues allow outside catering? Here are just a few.... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 26, 2015 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
We were invited to two fun holiday open houses by a couple of our favorite vendors, and we just have to share! Geranium Lake Flowers is hosting a cookie exchange party and 20% off sale, while Event Cosmetics will be doing a "Party in the Penthouse" at their Da:Da Salon location. Both events are this Thursday, December 11th. Click the pictures above for exact details! Holiday open houses are great ways to check out potential vendors for your wedding and get a little shopping done at the same time. Hope you enjoy! Related articles { Local Love } Quin Candy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Transportation is always an issue when you have a wedding with any out-of-towners. Pick a popular Portland-area destination like Hood River, and things get even more complicated. Who picks people up at the airport? How do we get them to the hotel? I just stumbled across Tesla Trips, based out of Hood River, and it looks like we have another great option that is eco-friendly and super stylish! Tesla Trips offers PDX Airport-to-Hood-River Shuttle, as well as special event and wedding town car tranpsortation. If you have guests who want to pop out for a little winery trip or Gorge... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
Lollipop production at Quin Candy If you are looking to deck out a candy bar, stuff scrumptious sweets into guest bags, or just take a break from planning and treat yourself, make sure to check out Quin Candy. All of their candy is made in-house and the ingredients are sourced locally when possible. They have an array of caramels, lollipops, and chews with unique and delicious flavor profiles like maple and cracked pepper caramels and smoked cola gumdrops. Their Best of Oregon Caramels are crafted with Oregon grown hazelnuts, local honey, and salt from the coast. You can visit their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Portland Wedding Coordinator
We have been fans of Lena Medoyeff's natural-silk gown shop on NW 23rd for just about ever. And to hear that they are having their first ever bridal sample sale? Woohoo! It's next week, June 12, 13, and 14. Definitely check it out! For more info, go to via Related articles { Daily Reblog } Tips and Tricks to Attending Bridal Shows A Unique Bridal Dress: La Sposa 7 Fun Games for a Bridal Shower Party Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2014 at Portland Wedding Coordinator