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Niblack Events is made up of local experts who live and work on the Oregon coast. This premiere catering company offers a range of styles and options, giving a truly hand tailored guest experience. As well as being available for any questions about resources in the area of your event.
I meet up with Doug Niblack, owner of Niblack Events, and we were able to chat & experience his passion for food. Doug has been in love with dining since he was very young, somehow always knowing he was his happiest in the kitchen. At 17 he started washing dishes in a small, nationally recognized fine dining restaurant becoming immediately addicted. There were many things that drew him in-
“ It was the combination of the smells, sounds of merriment, contentment, and appreciation, it was the camaraderie of the cooks and servers, and ultimately, it was the choreography of the dance that happens every night in kitchens and dining rooms across the world.”
What are the main meal options when considering your catering needs?
First is a Buffet Style, this is perfect for large groups with a large spectrum of palates and preferences. Guests will have the ability to peruse an elegant spread of delectables in a build your own style that is sure to please everyone that has the capacity to enjoy good food.
Next would be Family Style Dining, this style is for the more intimate and deliberate weddings. Family style offers the intimacy of breaking bread with those at your table, an increased level of service from a highly trained server who is dedicated to each table, and the ability for the planner to design hand crafted dishes, displays, and pairings that the whole group may enjoy. What this style lacks in individual personalization, it makes up for in service and structure.
Finally offering a Plated Service, the most intimate and service based style of group dining. The plated menus range from 3 to 9 courses served to each guest, prepared and plated with all of the Chef's individuality and skill.
“The plated service is our favorite style as it highlights our abilities and gives us the chance to refine our passion in it's purest form, fine dining, a chance for each guest to escape their lives and be waited on as their full attention is where it should be, on the meal, the ambiance, and the joining of two special people.”
What were the hardships of venturing out on your own?
My biggest struggle is easy to name: Finding the right people for the right projects. I think almost every small, service based business owner would agree, people are invaluable and in the end I would much rather have the perfect employee over the perfect client.
When not working on his business Doug makes every effort to be in nature. He believes that all the fashion and dining trends are reverting back into a holistic and natural place that we all deep down know we belong to.
Nature inspires him and as a hobby forages for food and medicine with his Holistic Nutritionist partner. Also enjoy surfing, backpacking and anything that gets them out in the world and grateful for the air they breathe.
“The past few years I became infatuated with catering and large events, and after climbing the corporate ladder in a couple companies, I realized that in order to create a company that went beyond guest experience into progressive community and global perspective, I would just have to do it myself. I knew this challenge was biting off more than I could chew, but how do we ever learn from something we know we can do.”
You may think now that Summer is over so is the time for Weddings. Well I am here to tell you, you are wrong! Fall can be the most beautiful time of the year to have your special day. The changing of the leaves along with a bit of mist in the air makes a beautiful setting for such an occasion.
Taking place at Tumwater Vineyard this inspirational setting will hopefully give you some thoughts about your own fall time wedding. This winery, located in West Linn, O.R., creates a warm and comfortable setting for your friends and family to gather. Along with the warm tones of Fall, we have added pops of Teal throughout our stylings to compliment the season and give a modern vibe.
Our invites bring a clean and stylized design, created by Letters & Dust, giving your guest all the information needed while staying in a modern and up to date style.
I love these rings by VK Designs, a clean and classic style while allowing a bit of a distinction between you and your partner with keeping one matte and one polished. Their brand also only uses ethically sourced materials making them top on my list of go to’s.
Our flowers by Gifford’s Weddings have an organic feel, along with the delicate tones flow nicely with our warm settings throughout
Cocktail Hour, my favorite hour of the day. Even cooler is having the bar come to you. This mobile bar from Wandering Spirits PDX brings everything to you, including a bartender!
Having professionals taking the wheel makes it easy to hand over your signature cocktails along with other options of wine and even a beer tap. This adds an up to date and luxury feel to any event.
Our table scape is where the colors really come together and for me it’s all about that gold! I love the accents of gold with our blues and greens making the tones very calming. Modern with a bit antiquity keeps our table dreamy and stylish on this vineyard location.
Table stylings by As You Wish Events, along with table rentals by Country Garden Tables, are all about the details. Hiring a pro will help keep your main style focus on point and keep the day flowing.
Let’s not forget about the dessert! I love me some sweets, so being able to choose from more than just cake allows room for a stylish variety. Mini desserts are all the rage, they allow you to have many treats without over doing it. These tasty bites by Trés Bella Cookies are more than that, they are beautifully hand crafted, while still accenting our modern cake.
The cake, brought to you by Bees Custom Cakes, shows a modern watercolor feel using teal with accents of edible gold foil and florals bring a bit of the season onto our dessert table.
Details are the little things that you and your guests will remember, so when wondering how to get the best out of your wedding day hire those who know what to do, allowing you to enjoy your day in style.
If interested in learning more about everyone that brought this styled day together check out all the vendors involved below.
Event Designer: As You Wish Northwest asyouwish.wedding
Table Rentals: Country Garden Tables countrygardentables.com
Florals: Giffords Weddings giffordsweddings.com
Rings: VK Designs valkasinskas.com
Invites + Signage: Letters & Dust lettersanddust.com
Cake: Bees Custom Cakes beescustomcakes.com
Desserts: Tres Bella Cookies tresbellecookies.com
Mobile Bar: Wandering Spirits PDX wanderingspiritspdx.com
I was so excited when I got a chance to visit these sweet animals at their home and see what goes into caring for such beautiful creatures. They are handled by a one family farm specializing in two different kinds of services. One aspect of what they do is to share their llamas & alpacas in a therapeutic and educational environment, being able to bring joy to nursing homes & special-need schools. The community took so much joy with the company of Rojo and his friends they started to offer celebration services with couples for weddings and families for birthdays. Either way, bringing happiness into the world and help sharie the beauty of llamas & alpacas wherever they go.
It all began in 2006, when the family validated how exceptionally friendly and well behaved llama, Rojo was during an interaction with a child that had some disabilities while visiting the county fair. In 2007, they had Rojo certified in animal-assisted therapy and began growing the therapy herd in 2008. By 2011, these llamas were invited to their first wedding and several birthday parties. Because of how addicting llama love is, their reputation has been doubling or even tripling each year since.
“Our core ideals is that, as a faith-based non-profit, we feel we have been given a gift from God in our exceptionally friendly animals to share as a gift with our community. Through our animals we can offer genuine human interactions with those ‘untouched’ in the elderly and special-need community. It is through spreading even more joy at weddings and birthdays that we can continue to reach as many people as possible in therapeutic and educational ways.”
Soon this family hopes to offer farm visits and on-site one-on-one therapy interactions to reach even more people. As well as to offer certification courses allowing more therapy llamas and alpacas across the country to do what they do.
Helping others understand the low risks involved in inviting llamas and alpacas to their celebrations has been a major goal. When first sharing Rojo for therapy, they took a photo album to all the local nursing homes showing how wonderful their animals were, because no one was too keen on having a 400lb farm animal inside the facility.
“I love hearing people's minds change about how they perceive llamas and alpacas. So many people assume llamas are just dingy farm animals that spit when encountered. In fact, many llama owners view their llamas as their pets just as you view your dog. Pet llamas, seen in parades and at fairs, when treated with respect, will be very sweet and gentle animals”
As for future plans they would love to have more community-support through fundraisers and private donations. Right now they are primarily supported through entertainment-type events. The goal is to have less entertainment based events, allowing for even more therapy and educational ones.
There is always something to do in their industry, either working on animal outfits or organizing the farm to prepare for the public. When there is any free time, If not spending (a minimum of) 4 hours a day off the farm with an animal or catching up on emails, Shannon enjoys spending evenings off the farm playing board games or having a beer with friends to decompress.
“I would love to only share our animals Monday-Friday with nursing homes and schools with limited special events each year. It's financially unavailable to do that at this time, but that's where we are focusing to get to someday. But what we do is so truly incredible for the lives we get to touch that it's more than we expected when we started 10+ years ago that I couldn't ask for more.”
It was so great to see the tremendous work it takes to care for such animals and to see a family that cares so much for them! If you want to learn more about Shannon Joy, and the family farm, you can check them out online and please follow their adventures through Social Media.
Keep your eyes peeled for the many news and wedding features that are continuously coming out!!
The Lash & Beauty Lab is all about beauty and is dedicated to pursuing excellence with in their services. This haven of beauty began with the art of eyelash extensions and has since grown into skincare with skin treatments & soon permanent makeup.
This Beauty Lab supports everyone who walks through their door ready to take the lash or skin care plunge, with the main goal of creating a warm environment not just for their clients but eachother. They recognize the clients ultimate focus, but their goal is to exceed those expectations, while still standing behind the work.
The being behind the magic of this Lab is Cheri Wroblewski, with a diverse background including multiple certifications, training, and work with well-known celebrities, she received her certificate in Esthetics from The International School of Beauty and Advanced Certified Technician through Xtreme Lashes.
"What really sparked my interest was while I was in my first few years of business running Lash Boutique in NY I had worked at a Medical Clinic Spa which introduced me to more medical services. There I met a dermatologist who told me that I would see results through chemical peels. I since have done chemical peels every month (maybe skipping a few here and there) but for almost 10 years. I saw a change in my skin in the first year of trying chemical peels that I felt I never saw with just facials. That started my research in product and skin services that are more result orientated."
"Lashes are instant gratification. My favorite is when the clients looks in the mirror for the first time and say how much they "LOVE" it. I get to make women and men feel more beautiful and I love to make people feel good. I get to work with amazing women all day. Not only are my girls who work for me amazing I get to see all my clients on a regular every 2-4 weeks. We become close and it feels like family."
Any advice for brides before the big day?
Oh my gosh I love this question!!! Im also getting married soon so these are all the things I'm doing myself... ;) I love getting brides in before the big day. Of course get your lashes done thats number one!!! These will save you from any of those teary moments and having to worry about which as we know makes mascara slide down your face or can make your lash strips pop off in the corner. Lash strips can not only be a bother they are extremely uncomfortable and damaging. If you only want to get lash extensions for the big day then I would suggest coming in at least 1 month before the day. This was you get a full set and one fill touch-up appointment. The fill being the appointment where you can change anything about your lash look. IE longer, thicker, more dramatic. No one ever regrets lashes and especially after they see themselves in their photos. Next for your skin and If you do little of all these services or pick one and do a series you will see results and be thankful when the day comes and your skin is glowing. I would personally start with chemical peels as far in advance before the big day. A year would be ideal but even 6 months will give you amazing results. Microneedling 4-6 treatments will smooth out your skins texture, lighten hyper pigmentation, and my favorite it helps acne scarring. LED light should be on your list too!! This is a non invasive treatment that uses light waves to heal. One treatment and you'll seeing your skin glowing, imagine 4 or more before the big day. You will have no regrets with these services. You'll only regret not doing them!!
What are some tips to keep your skin glowing in harsh weather?
Again I cant say this enough but chemical peels are the best! They will help take off the top layer of your skin that start to looks dull in the harsh weathers. You will get the fresh skin that will allow all the products you use at home to work deep in your skin not just sit on top of the skin. My favorite product is Hyaluronic acid serum. Its a humectant which means it holds its weight in water. That keeps your skin hydrated more the even a moisturizer. All serums really. They have such a high water content so this parred with chemical peels during the winter will give you that dewy face look you get in the warmer months.
Any suggestions for first time Lash users?
Lashes are simple. They are so easy to maintain. Just follow your after care instructions. Always clean your eyelids and lashes with a remover that is formulated. The big thing is to make sure that whatever products touch the lashes themselves are formulated for the extensions. IE...makeup remover and mascara.
What's a big no no for skin care?
Not washing your face at night. Skipping SPF. Another really big no no is not using a retinoid or retinol. It is still to this day the best anti aging skin care cream. I tell all my clients that if they aren't using any form of a retinoid they are actually doing a disservice to their skin.
As for future plans Cheri is looking to expand services, and a possible 2nd location. She is also working on her very own lash care products for lash extensions
"My happy place is when my girls who work for me are happy. I have surrounded myself with women who are supportive and non drama. My happy place is my studio. I love going to work. My girls and I get along so well. We laugh all the time. We care about each other. My happy place is work and home. I'm really lucky."