Behind the Scenes Planning with Meghan | Introduction & Engagement Photos

If you work in the wedding industry chances are, you know the ins and outs of what makes a truly amazing wedding day. You may work with a bride and groom’s vision from an actual picture, a Pinterest board, or a dinner conversation (those can sometimes be the best!).


In six months, I, (Meghan, Event Producer at Whitney Werts & Company) will take my turn being THE bride on May 12, 2018 at the Oregon Golf Club. I will (or try to, ha!) take off my event producer hat and enjoy a day that has only been a dream thus far. Over the next months, I look forward to sharing some personal insights, knowledge and learnings from my own planning experience. Be sure to understand that I know not everything I share will apply to your day, your clients or your vision but I believe it is important and humbling to have the chance to follow along.

Scott and I got engaged last October, so yes, you could say we have enjoyed a nice engagement. For us, having a longer engagement has been beneficial for our families and even our own relationship. We were fortunate enough to go on a family trip to Hawaii in July which became the perfect opportunity and backdrop for our engagement session.

It had been rainy and cloudy (a tropical rain) the day before we took our photos so as you can image the texts sent to the photographer were frequent. First milestone: learn to accept and believe that what will be will be and positive thoughts only!

When we looked through all 115 photos together, it was the first time we really saw and had time to reflect on our relationship and love for each other through raw, emotional, and authentic lens. It wasn’t a selfie shoot like we are typically use to where we review the photo and retake until it’s just right. We noticed each other let down guards and let go of insecurities, which created moments and photos that still seem surreal. Take a look and enjoy some of our favorites! 

Love, Meghan

Photographer: Jenna Strubhar
Location: Ironwoods Beach at Kapalua, Maui, HI

Chelsea + Marc | Maysara Winery | Portland Wedding Planner

We always love when we get to work at Maysara Winery, but when you have a couple like Chelsea and Marc, it makes the day feel magical.  These two could not have been more fun to work with and the details of their day were perfection!


The ceremony took place out on the lawn with the Momtazi Vineyard creating the perfect backdrop. Geranium Lake Flowers lined the aisle and ceremony backdrop with beautiful swags of eucalyptus.  Chelsea and her bridesmaids carried beautiful lush bouquets of cream and green that they put together themselves a few days before the wedding.


The ceremony itself was full of love and fun stories about how the couple reconnected at a dive restaurant over extremely greasy pizza.

Once the newlyweds shared their first kiss as a married couple, the party started!

Koi Fusion, PDX Sliders, and Maiale di Volo Woodfire Catering offered the most delicious food truck menus! The Waitstaff Team ensured that service was flawless.

The long farm tables were draped with eucalyptus, crystal vessels and candlelight. The beautiful place settings were marked with marble tiles.

The vintage accent pieces from Classic Vintage Rentals were gorgeous.

Check out their custom monogram!!


After dinner, the dance party commenced! DJ Zimmie kept the dance floor packed all night.


Pip’s Original Doughnuts joined the food truck party and served the guests a late night treat.


Chelsea and Marc's love for each other, their friends, and their family was felt by all and we were honored to be a part of the celebration.

Craig with Watertown Films did an amazing job!  Check out their highlight film.

Vendor Team

Venue: Maysara Winery
Photography:  Catalina Jean
Videography: Watertown Films
Floral: Geranium Lake Flowers
Catering + Service:
     Koi Fusion | PDX Sliders | Maiale di Volo Woodfire Catering | The Waitstaff Team
Music: DJ Zimmie
Dessert: Papa Haydn | Pip's Original Doughnuts
Rentals: Barclay Events
Vintage Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals

Zoë + CJ | Zenith Vineyard | Portland Wedding Planner

During the very first meeting, it was apparent that this wedding was going to be a true celebration of love and family. Zoë and CJ’s special day was full of thoughtful touches and personal details that created an intimate and sentimental feeling felt by all that attended.

Zoë was a very hands-on bride with a stunning vision for the details of the day. She planned every detail exquistly. The vendors this couple selected created a phenomenally talented team that executed those details beautifully.


Zenith Vineyard in Salem, Oregon provided the perfect venue for the elegant alfresco affair that Zoë and CJ hoped for.


The beautiful palette of blush, peach, and berry helped to create the simple and romantic feel. The bride’s aunt and uncle own a flower farm where Zoë and her maids spent a day carefully cutting the flowers that would be used. Ali Briskey Designs took those flowers and created the most gorgeous arrangements. 

From the bride:
“Our favorite part of the day was hands-down the ceremony. My father built the 10 foot cross that was the focal point behind us at the ceremony, walked me down the aisle, and performed the ceremony. Our mothers were of course seated in the places of honor, CJ’s father opened the ceremony with a prayer, and all seven of our siblings & siblings-in-law stood with us as a part of the wedding party along with our closest friends. It was so meaningful to us to be so literally surrounded and supported by the people who mean the most to us in the world as we committed our lives to each other.”

Aren’t these the cutest flower girls!? What is even more special about these girls is that they are the daughters of Zoë’s cousins who were the flower girls at her parents’ wedding over 30 years ago.


For the reception, the elegant, fresh feel translated through white linens and dark wood chairs.  The floral arrangements added the perfect touch of color. 

The newlyweds were joined by their family and friends under the bistro lights to dine, dance, and be merry.  Andrew with John Ross Music and Productions made sure the dance floor was packed the entire night. 

From the Bride:
"Most of all though, the day was special not because of the details or the decor, but because we felt so surrounded by love. It was one of our priorities and criteria about our wedding that it be not just a celebration of our marriage, but a celebration of all the people attending who have played a huge role in our lives and our love story. And that is exactly how it played out, a day that felt so unique to us and our guests—down to the way CJ’s groomsmen knew I loved Christmas, so they convinced the DJ to play Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and everyone on the dance floor absolutely just had the best time dancing to it even if it was in the middle of a vineyard in August. Those are the things that we never could have planned, but were what made our day perfect."

We loved working with this couple and their families.  We loved this celebration of love.  We loved the vendor team. This was one for the books!

Make sure to check out Ivy & Gold's blog post to see more incredible photos!  

Vendor Team

Venue: Zenith Vineyards
Photography: Ivy and Gold
Floral Design: Ali Briskey Designs
Videography: Candy Glass Productions
Catering: Vibrant Table
Music: Andrew Serino of John Ross Music
Hair + Makeup: Blossom & Beauty
Lighting: Bowerbird Events
Cake: Lamb’s Market Place
Paper Goods & Table Numbers: DIY by Bride
Wood Signs: MenloMakes on Etsy/DIY

Introducing Whitney Werts & Company | Our New Name & New Look! | Portland Wedding Planner

We are so excited to introduce to you our new name and new look!  When I started Whitney Werts Events in 2012, I was young, driven, and with big dreams to establish a company that would fulfill my passion for the details and personalization that goes into the coordination of each event.  These past 5 years have been extremely rewarding-- filled with lots of exciting firsts, new opportunities, friends, challenges, lessons, incredible and inspiring clients, and of course growth!  I have put countless hours and heart into this business and it has evolved into a company that I am really proud of.

Going through the rebranding process enabled me to do some sole searching and not only reflect on how far we have come, but also what we have envisioned for the future.  While our look and our experiences have grown, our foundation and priorities still remain the same.  We are a boutique planning company, each of us take on a limited amount of events a year, and having a personal working relationships with our clients always will be our priority!  Getting to know our clients not only enables us to be the best planners we can be for our clients, but it also is what gives us the satisfaction and fulfillment in what we do.  Getting connected with our clients and seeing them live out their dream wedding day with their family and friends will never get old!

The Name - Whitney Werts & Company!
Not only have we matured as a company in these past 5 years, but our team has also grown!  I am so proud and blessed to have these talented, strong, ambitious women by my side.  This new name represents our growing team; it is not just a solo endeavor anymore, and I could not do it without these ladies by my side.  

The Look – Thanks to See Level Design Co.!
Our new look, reflects the maturity and years of experience we bring to the table.  With our vast knowledge of the ins and outs of what makes an event successful, and our extensive vendor relationships, we deliver personal, sophisticated, and timeless one-of-a-kind events for each of our clients.  And a big shout out and thank you to my friend Kelly of See Level Design Co. who brought our new look to life!

Introducing our Blog!
Stay tuned to get to know us more on our blog and see what we are up to.   We are excited to be able to share more real weddings & their stories with you as well as valuable tips and professional guidance that may help you through your own planning process!

Whitney Perry, Owner & Lead Designer


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