True Colors: Purple Reign

Soirées holding court on warm Northwest nights call for a rich palette of plum, violet, and rose gold | Photographs by Justin Myers

pbg2014-eyeshadowEyes Have It

“Use plum shadows to create a dramatic smoky eye or blend with soft rose tones for a romantic look,” says local makeup artist Jennifer Walker. “They enhance any eye color, but can really make blue eyes pop!” Bridal makeup prices vary at Face Body Beauty


Good Scents

Star-shaped hyacinth lends divine perfume to a bounty of lush blooms like antiqued-lavender amnesia roses and quill chrysanthemum; a few gilded feathers up the luxe. Prices vary at Rosemary Stafford Floral Design



Wrist Watch

If the gown is elaborate, consider limiting accessories to elegant arm candy, like this 14K rose gold, pink quartz, and amethyst number. $1,299 at Ben Bridge Jeweler


Fit to Be Tied

Whether it’s cheeky letterpress-printed Pendleton cotton, plaid wool, or plum flannel, these locally made bow ties are a fine finish for a slim-lapel, two-button navy or gray suit. Prices vary at Harding & Wilson


Evening Star

Forget fondant—and forks: the Pie Spot’s addictive Oregon marionberry “pie holes” are the perfect grab-and-go-get-on-the-dance-floor party sweet. $3.75 each ($3.25 for orders of 100-plus) at the Pie Spot


Small Wonder

Pair these delicate 18K rose gold, amethyst, and diamond flower studs with an elaborate updo and statement neckline or bold shoulder. $1,475 at Tiffany & Co

Fruitful Union

Dry wines like Champagne don’t go well with sweet foods; instead pair your (chocolate!) cake with Pacific Rim’s divine Framboise raspberry dessert wine. $13.99 at New Seasons Market, for locations visit


Violet Femme

Sexy and comfy, Eberjey’s stretch lace Daisy bralette and thong are a must for the honeymoon. $65 and $45 at Lille Boutique


 In Favor

Celebrate our Rose City by giving guests Camamu Soap’s fragrant Unrepentant Rose hearts, or have the local company customize the scent, shape, and color for your big day. Prices vary, visit for retailers


Precious Metal

Holly Stalder’s rose gold sequin shrug is a posh topper for Kate Towers’s just-plain-cool silk chiffon gown or your post-wedding-day jeans. $155 and $2,300 at Haunt


Plum Pals

Have your gals set the stage for your grand entrance in local designer Sophie Chang’s glamorous high-low frock. $320 at Sophie Chang Collection


App for That

From scanning barcodes to taking selfies on that dream sofa in-store (guests can chip in!), a new, exclusively Ikea Portland app makes registering a snap. Pannå place mat is $1.99 and Forsla dinnerware is $3.99–4.99 at Ikea


Party On

The whole gang’s invited to the rehearsal? Egg Press’s minimalist letterpress Esquire suite is chic, but won’t compete with a more formal or fanciful wedding invitation. $1,358 for 100 invites and RSVPs at Egg Press


Gold Standard

An on-trend hue in a classic silhouette, Kate Spade’s rose gold Italian leather Licorice pumps will put a sophisticated sparkle in your step. $328 to order at Kate Spade


Triple Play

Affordable and available in 30-plus hues, Material Good’s vases make for stylish centerpieces, guest room surprises, or wedding party gifts. $15–28 at Red Sail, 1723 NE Alberta,