When it comes to wedding planning it’s important to get professionals involved who love what they do and will give your event the individual attention to detail you deserve. On 23rd Street in Northwest Portland you will find a cute little shop owned by a creative & passionate soul, Norri. She can style your table tops, design custom invitations, thank you cards, and menus and also provide unique gifts and countless other wedding ideas! Learn more about her and her business, Moments by Norri in this feature!
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I was born in the Philippines and moved to USA when I was 18. I’ve been living in Portland for 3 years.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
How nice people are and the textures and colors of the city.
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
My store. I love meeting all the different people that visit my store each day. When not there I love the restaurants and beautiful meals.
How long have you been working as a professional wedding Stylist and Print Designer?
8 years designing wedding and event invitations with over 25 years of event styling.
I was educated in Interior Design, was a Graphic Designer for many years, and spent 24 years as a military spouse planning events and meals for the wonderful people that crossed my path on that adventure. I love making lasting moments come true and understand that the print materials for a wedding set a tone and should not be overlooked. The location itself should also convey the tone and make guests feel part of the wedding and not just bystanders.
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional Stylist and Print Designer for their wedding day?
Invitations are the first public announcement that the wedding couple share with their guests. Wedding invitations set the tone of the wedding and become one of the lasting artifacts from the special day. I have a beautifully framed invitation from my wedding in 1991. The location carries that tone and can make the event memorable and special by opening the hearts of the participants and guests.
What is the best part of your job?
I’m able create the vision of my customers and bring people together to create lasting special memories.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
Planning ahead for the unexpected. People often have specific expectations about their wedding day and helping them communicate those expectations can be a challenge.
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
Solo. Although I hope to have a select team in the future.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding Stylist and Print Designer? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
I am typically able to see the vision of the customer and if their vision is unclear, I can help them clarify for themselves so that I can understand their expectations. My style tends to be unique with a simple elegance where unexpected elements come together to convey emotions and set a tone that is muted and peaceful where the human connections can thrive.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
For invitations and printed “day of” materials, as early as possible. As a celebration stylist-my part will be working with the venue and catering company to ensure the event is unique. This needs to happen as soon as the logistical part of the catering is agreed.
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
My inspiration comes from the unique natural elements around me in Portland and the beautiful people I meet every day in my store. I’m always excited to see new design trends, but holding on to “old” trends of simple social protocols that convey caring and respect to others seems to still have a strong foothold in the digital age. Weddings are about people sharing a moment and I see couples wanting that simplicity.
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Absolutely anything…and see if they listen. Wedding planning is about listening. The couple will have specific expectations, even simple ones, and when those aren’t met then it will detract from their day and they might remember the disappointment of a tiny detail. Memories are really just lasting impressions of emotions so be sure that professional will help you feel the memories you want of that day.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Enjoy the journey and the moment on the day. Feel the love of the day with your partner and with the family and friends whom have come to share that emotion with you.
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I take such pride and joy in the curation and creation of beauty in the world that I take on each challenge with personal pride and care. I truly care about creating lasting memories through perfect moments that leave emotional imprints for a lifetime. If we work together, you will have a partner that cares about your day.