Hi Friends!

Weddings are my PASSION! I have consistently worked in the love business for the past 3 years helping couples make their wedding dreams into a reality! A recent bride myself, I know firsthand what it is like to plan your own wedding and diving into the wedding world is a dream I get to live each and every day. Following my own wedding, my new husband and I packed up our lives (including 2 fur babies, Panda & Marcus), hit the road, and drove across the country looking for a new adventure in Portland, Oregon. Here, I found a home with Abernethy Center, a place where I can continue to build on my passion and absorb the love and magic that weddings bring! Writing Smooch is another way for me to reach couples looking for some extra support when it comes to planning a beautiful wedding! Stay tuned for the latest tips and idea coming your way!

XO

Madison!

Outdoor Weddings in Oregon (and Why We Love Them)!

Outdoor Weddings in Oregon (and Why We Love Them)!

Outdoor Weddings in Oregon (and why we love them)!We may be partial, as most of the Abernethy team was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but we’re thoroughly convinced this is the most beautiful place in the country to live and to get married! As lovers of...

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WEDDING WISDOM – Unplug on Your Wedding Day

WEDDING WISDOM – Unplug on Your Wedding Day

Photography: Sweetlife PhotographyOne of the best gifts you can give yourself on your wedding day is to unplug. We all know how easy it is to get caught-up posting, scrolling, or texting. Your wedding is an invitation to put the world on pause and be fully present...

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Your Wedding Guest Count — Making less into More!

Your Wedding Guest Count — Making less into More!

Photography: Jane & Co PhotographyAs intimate weddings have gained popularity we’ve seen guest counts getting smaller over the last few years, and now with COVID, small celebrations will probably be the norm for a while.  I know it can be challenging to narrow the...

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Wedding Wisdom – Wedding Reception Seating Arrangements

Wedding Wisdom – Wedding Reception Seating Arrangements

Photography: SLF Weddings Assigned Seats vs Open Seating, it’s an age-old debate.  Some couples opt for open seating based on the idea that allowing guests to sit where they want will make people feel more comfortable and simplify the wedding planning checklist by...

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Wedding Wisdom- Phones & Speeches

Wedding Wisdom- Phones & Speeches

Photography: Briana Batey Photography Ever notice that the vows, toasts, and speeches are always among the most heartfelt moments of a wedding? These are the moments that really let guests in on your love story and help them get to know you better as a couple -- it’s...

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Wedding Wisdom – Food: A Wedding Day Must!

Wedding Wisdom – Food: A Wedding Day Must!

Photography: Madison Mackie PhotographyMake eating on your wedding day a priority! It’s an old stereotype but it’s true, too often couples go all day, on the Big Day, without eating! It’s totally understandable given the nerves and everything moving so quickly on your...

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Planning your Social Distance Dream Oregon Wedding During COVID

Planning your Social Distance Dream Oregon Wedding During COVID

Hello Smooch Family! As our venue emerges from hibernation, and our staff returns to work, Abernethy Center is embracing a new normal.  The pandemic has made us all acutely aware of life’s inherent uncertainty and as a result, has brought into focus what truly matters...

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